Program Features | Ecology & BS5837 Tree Survey Software | Portable Mapper Mold

Base Program - Tools & Features

Tools & Features inspired by you, created by us. Such as how to import & geo-reference an AutoCAD site plan with nothing more than a postcode, or how to share all your data interactively with anyone on any device and anywhere or, how to create a professional looking drawing or report with just a few clicks. Portable Mapper, the most innovative & forward thinking Ecology & Tree Survey Mapping Software today.



  • The Portable Mapper Interface

  • Navigation Tools

  • Information & Data Toolset



  • AutoCAD Drawings & Site Plans

  • Image Geo-referencing & Geo-tagging

  • Export Tools

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The Portable Mapper Interface

Designed from the ground up with very little in the way of constraints, think of this Python driven interface as a transparency sitting over the top of a stripped down to basics QGiS. The pre-programmed buttons are large (for large fingers), have large clear popup descriptions and continue to provide help and guidance throughout the use of the tool. This makes for a quick learning curve to ultimately get you up to speed. As one of our users put it; 'it is quite simply one of the most user-friendly systems I have ever used.'

Help Button - Portable Mapper
Portable Mapper Ecology & Tree Survey Mapping Software

Behind the button is where the action takes place. A simple, inconspicuous looking button may access hundreds and hundreds of lines of code which in turn accesses the raw building blocks of QGiS. This is what makes Portable Mapper so powerful, adaptable and unique.


Included in the             section are a selection of worksheets to get you started. They cover all the essential tools in the order that would be used in real life. We've even created a selection of bitesize training tutorials for you. Short and snappy and full of helpful tips and shortcuts and you can find them on our Tutorials page via the Help menu.

Navigational Toolbar - Portable Mapper

Navigation Tools

If you have maps then you need map navigational tools. You'll find all the usual ones here plus maybe a few you've not seen before.


       'Zoom Layer'  and          'Zoom Selection'  being familiar to those who use a GiS or AutoCAD perhaps.

        'Zoom to Postcode'  is something you may have also seen in some other software packages. This is a particularly useful addition simply because in this line of work we often find ourselves provided with limited or no site locational data but, we'd probably have the Postcode.


However, unlike other software packages who use the internet and a third party program for this search, we use an inbuilt dataset of Postcodes from Ordnance Survey, oh and a few lines of code too. Far quicker, reliable and perfect for those occasions where you have no internet connection.

Zoom to Postcode Tool - Portable Mapper
Zoom Selection Button - Portable Mapper
Zoom Layer Button - Portable Mapper

Information and Data Toolset

Essential BS5837 Tree Survey & Ecology Mapping Software for an Arborist, Tree Surveyor, Tree Officer or Ecologist | Portable Mapper | Mold

Found lower left this small selection of tools hides some big data management features.

The          'Information'  button is a multifunctional tool. Select a layer, click this button and then :

  • Hovering over an item on the map reveals that item's data table or thumbnail image such as a geo-tagged photo.

  • Double Click over an item on the map to reveal the data entry dialog box populated with the data you entered. If in editing mode then this dialog box becomes editable as well.

The          'Data Table' . Using the BS5837 Tree Survey layer as an example then the Data Table will show all the surveyed trees visible within the map window, ordered by tree number with all the data you entered for each tree organised in an editable spreadsheet style table. Portable Mapper have worked hard to make this tool user friendly so you can find and edit what you need with very little fuss.

         'Save and Close' , or perhaps 'Backup and Close' would be a better name. Every time you close the program you are given the option to backup all your data with today's backup overwriting yesterday's. No hardware or software is infallible so we highly recommend you create a daily or weekly backup routine, occasionally storing a backup off site for safe keeping too - just in case the unthinkable happens.

Information Button - Portable Mapper
Data Table Button - Portable Mapper
Backup & Close Button - Portable Mapper
AutoCAD Toolbar - Portable Mapper

AutoCAD Drawings & Site Plans

AutoCAD DWG & DXF Georeferencing Tools - Portable Mapper

Geo-referencing the Site Plan can be a challenge too.


How many times have you been provided with a Site Plan that has no Co-ordinates, no Scale or Scalebar, no Grid lines and you have no time to send it back to be done properly. Sounds familiar ?


Thankfully there is a solution. Portable Mapper have written a tool that makes the process simple. Whilst we may not have or know how to use co-ordinates we don't need to if we have the Postcode instead. So the first thing we do is move the Site Plan to the correct Postcode area. Then it's micro siting, rotating and rescaling to suit using the buttons provided. There are even popup instructions on the buttons to guide you through the process.


Our 'thinking outside the box' approach to this is far quicker, more reliable and more user friendly than the conventional way of geo-referencing.

Saving your DXF Site Plan


And last but not least saving. Here at Portable Mapper we look at the best ways of doing things. We could have just saved the DXF to file which is non-editable but, instead we created a database for your Site Plans to be stored all together, so they're editable and able to be tagged with site and job information so you can easily find your site data in future. Have a look in the layers list and you'll see two layers together called 'Mastermap' and 'Topographical' . Which layer you add the DXF site data to is up to you and done with the click of a button.

Found top left this small selection of tools are perfect for importing and geo-referencing site plans produced in AutoCAD or similar. Even the site plans other software packages struggle to import.


How do we achieve this ? Well, Portable Mapper have embedded the ultimate in AutoCAD converting tools in to our main program. The ODA file converter from the Open Design Alliance . This open source Python code is free to use and adapt commercially. Portable Mapper have taken the ODA source code and incorporated it in to our program to the point where one single button will convert every possible type of AutoCAD DWG drawing to DXF, right up to 2022. 


Take a look at the Tutorial to your left to see this in action.

Image Geo-referencing Toolbar - Portable Mapper

Image Geo-referencing & Geo-tagging

Found next to the DXF tools above the Image Geo-referencing tool works in exactly the same way as the DXF Geo-referencing tool above. 


Select you image. This could be an aerial photo, pdf image of a site plan or other kind of map you want to import. Now place by postcode and microsite and rotate to suit. Once done, Portable Mapper adds a geo-referencing tag to the file so in future all you need do is drag and drop and it pops in the right place.


Picture Geo-tagging is snapping site photos and attaching them to the actual location on the map. Just like everyone else does. But this shouldn't be where it ends as there may some important information you want to capture too. So we've created a database for you to enter your key site data. Photo locations can now be searched and sorted with the accompanying data editable. And of course when you hover over the map your picture pops up. 

Export Options & Tools - Portable Mapper

Export Tools

Four inconspicuous looking export tools that increase productivity

We're always looking for better ways to communicate, interact and share our knowledge with our colleagues. Having the tools on hand to do this without doubt increases productivity. Here are four tools that will help you along the way.

  • Export to GeoTiff  Take a screen shot but make it a geo-referenced screen shot too. So when you drag and drop it back in, it appears in the same place on your map. Great for capturing, saving and sharing a moment in time or snapshot of your work.

  • Export to Google Maps  With everyone on every device large and small able to access Google Maps, what If you could export all your map items and associated data in to Google Maps and create an interactive map to share with a simple link. Well you can with this powerful tool written by Portable Mapper. See our feature post about Google Maps.

  • Export to DXF  Need to bring your work back in to AutoCAD. No problem. This tool exports all your layers separately in to one file that simply drags and drops back in to AutoCAD.

BS3998:2010 Tree Recomendations & Works Report from Portable Mapper

  • Export to PDF  You don't need to wait for your tech team or to get back to the office to produce a professional looking report or drawing. Let Portable Mapper create these for you. Reports at the press of a button and drawings up to A2 in size and complete with legend, grid, co-ordinates, scalebar, title block and even your own companies name and address. Just fill in the title block and everything else is produced by Portable Mapper for you. See our Blog Post. for more information.

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