Entries by mtjacobs58

Local, Low-Risk Recreation

When disaster strikes, we at CalTopo are used to being able to take action – directly through SAR, indirectly by providing mapping support to incidents, or by supplying public information on rapidly evolving events like fires. So it’s an odd feeling to be facing a major emergency, and know that the best thing we can […]

Sentinel Satellite Imagery

Note: due to the costs of accessing this data, it may be restricted to paid CalTopo accounts at some point in the future – we’re going to leave it public as a trial run and see how that goes.It’s been a long, heads-down grind here at CalTopo as we work on the app, and new […]

Hiring For “Everything But Development”

Update: thank you for all the interest, the position has been filled. The time has come for me to offload a number of non-technical tasks; I don’t know what the right job description is, so for now let’s call it “Everything But Development”.  This a remote position – work from home, your van, or wherever. […]

Android Open Beta

The CalTopo blog has been pretty quiet over the past year, but not due to a lack of innovation.  Rather, we’ve been focused on a top secret project – one that after 18 months of development is finally secret no longer: a phone app.  Today marks the release of an open beta test for Android; […]

New MapBuilder Roads Option

One feature request I get fairly often is a better printable roads layer, primarily from SARTopo users for use in both urban searches and disaster response.  The USGS layer is out of date, MapBuilder doesn’t show enough street names, and OpenStreetMap gets shrunk to the point of illegibility when printing.  I’ve always assumed that the […]

Major Offline Improvements

A new version of CalTopo Offline and SARTopo offline has just been released (4151), with several major improvements: 1.  Real-time syncing between offline and online versions.  All of your maps from the website will show up in the offline version, and changes will automatically sync between the two.  If you make a change while offline, […]

Come Work For CalTopo

CalTopo is growing!  I’m looking for a contract graphic artist and a full-time UI developer.  Come work on a product you actually use, in a job with significant flexibility.  For more information, email mjacobs@caltopo.com. This could be your office (deck not included in job offer, applicant to supply their own) Graphic Artist I’m looking for […]

Wind Forecast Layer

When I added the weather forecast layer this summer, I mentioned my frustrations with the way the NWS requires you to bring up endless point forecasts to get an accurate picture of local precipitation amounts.  With the Northern California fires, I’m running into the same issue with wind – I’ll read about a forecasted red flag […]

High Resolution Post-Fire Imagery

Thanks to a generous offer from a contact on the Google Crisis Response team, CalTopo is temporarily displaying high-resolution imagery for portions of the fire-affected areas in Napa and Sonoma counties.  This imagery was taken by DigitalGlobe on Wed the 11th, and although the fires are still ongoing, it provides some degree of insight into […]

NorCal Fire Response

The quick summary: If you are seeking information on the Northern California wildfires, or trying to understand CalTopo’s current fire activity layer, please see this blog post. Edit: big thanks to the Google crisis response team for rapidly lifting the map quota.  The OpenLayers warning no longer applies.  CalTopo will be intermittently running on OpenLayers […]