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Chukypedro "Any answer to the above question ..? " | Read more » over 2 years ago
liz "Yes it would be super cool! Until then, try QGIS https://qgis.org/en/site/ -- open source geographic information systems software that you can run ..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
warren "this was one of the uses! And yes, we are working (slowly) on that: https://github.com/publiclab/mapknitter/issues/734 On Tue, Jul 2, 2019 at 4:05..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
stevie "Hi @eymund I think I remember you were working on a project similar to this posted question a couple years back. Do you have any advice on it? " | Read more » over 3 years ago
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molangmuir10 "Yes this is true. Is there not a way to draw polygons over overlapping images? Getting the annotations system running, with areas of any polygon d..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
warren "Hi all! i was thinking about this in the context of MapKnitter -- i think we have a way to calculate area of a polygon, so for example a single ima..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
molangmuir10 "Ah yes of course! I know you can do it in GIS but I don't have the software. This is a good way round it. And maybe this is a feature I will put in..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
silentsairam "Hi @molangmuir10 :+1: It is quite tough to measure Area of land from Aerial photos I guess as the Area is calculated based on the distance between..." | Read more » over 3 years ago