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X-PAD Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can my license be moved to a new Android device?

Yes, your X-PAD license can be moved back into the Cloud, then deployed into a new device. This can be done a limited (~ 5 times) without factory assistance.

Click on the large X in the upper left-hand corner, select the LICENSE tab, then click Tools (bottom center,) finally Rehost license. Now, install on a new device and use your original Serial Number and Equipment ID.

Hint: Use the JOB, Job utilities, Backup and Restore option to save all your existing jobs, settings, equipment profiles, background maps and other files to a single backup file. You can then restore the backup file to your new device and EVERYTHING will be available.

2. Does X-PAD include all USA State Plane Zones?

Yes. After you install the localization package (see the Quick Start Guides for step-by-step instructions) all the standard state plane zones, all of the county zones are available. In addition, both GEOID12B and GEOID18 are installed.

3. What is the best Android device?

The best device might be the one you already have. We have a variety of rugged Android tablets available, however they typically have older versions of the Android OS; the cameras are not as good as the latest phones; they are not as fast and the battery life is not as good.

If you want a modern phone sized device with a great camera and exceptionally long-range Bluetooth, it may be difficult to beat a $350 Google Pixel 4a or other recent release.

Checkout these [ Customer Built Solutions ].

4. Are quadrant bearings supported?

Yes, with prefix entry. See page 18 "Using Quadrant Bearings" of this guide:

In addition both decimal and fractional US Survey Feet and International Feet are supported.

X-PAD also accepts chains as distance entries.

5. How hard is it to survey at Ground?

Trivially simple. See page 25 "Single-Point Localization at Ground" of this guide:

6. How well does X-PAD support the Zoom 90 robot?

Both X-PAD and the Zoom 90 are GeoMax products. X-PAD has the best support for the Zoom 90 including Long Range prism shots and EDM modes. Resectioning is simpler than other products.

Set collection is extremely simple and powerful. Checking back-sights, doubling, face changes and most robotic operations are simpler and more intuitive than you may be used to.

7. My total-station does not have Bluetooth. How will I connect my existing total-station to a cell phone or tablet?

See USB to Serial Adapter.

8. I can't find 'COGO Manual Traverse'! How do I enter a parcel from a metes-and-bounds description?

Try CAD, Draw, Layout (drag menu to left to find), Points and Lines; then enter each course. Both line and arc segments are accepted. There is a curve calculator for arcs and cord bearings can be directly entered.

9. I need to find a field center for a center pivot, can I draw a 3-point circle?

Yes: CAD, Draw, Circle 3P.

X-PAD Mark's FAQ's

Mark Silver keeps a detailed list of X-PAD FAQs, tricks, tips. They are all available at a single web folder in PDF form:

[ Mark's FAQ Folder ]

These FAQs include:

Base Position Adjustment notes (BPA)

Installing a Demo copy of X-PAD

Staking a Point with a Tape Offset

Site Calibrations: [ SPC at Ground ], [ Method 2 ]

Starting a Base with a Network (VRS) Position

Staking objects (Endpoints, Midpoints, Intersections) from CAD without adding points

Switching from a Serial_Number / Product_ID to a new Entitlement_ID

Importing SurvPC/SurvCE .LOC or .DAT localization files directly

Backing up an entire installation: settings, coordinate systems, jobs, code lists, instrument profiles, schemes

Viewing very detailed job log/history

Entering CODE and DESCRIPTION on the SURVEY and STAKEOUT screens


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