All Users


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Welcome to CalTopo and SARTopo

This site is aimed at providing a comprehensive look at all things CalTopo does. The first unit, labeled "All Users" covers the basic skills and how-to of using the program. Simple questions such as, "How do I switch layers?" or "How do I add a line along a trail?" are addressed here. If you see a button or option in CalTopo, we have a section about what it does in this unit.

Later, in the Recreation and SARTopo units, we will cover specific use cases and work flow suggestions for a variety of different activities. The SARTopo unit will also cover the object types that are limited to the SARTopo interface and not found on CalTopo.

How to Use this Site

The CalTopo Training site is divided into three primary sections: All Users, Recreational Specific, and First Responder areas.

Within each section are modules (chapters) containing individual lessons. The chapter page will have general information about the topic, followed by lessons that delve more specifically into the concept or function.

All Users will cover the basics of CalTopo: what it means to build a map and the basic components of the site as well as prcesses for handling map objects, data, and functions such as importing, exporting, and printing. All Users is like a knowledge base on steroids.

Recreation will dive deeper into use cases and work flows within CalTopo that don't fit into the SARTopo and first response category. We'll include specific examples that could be anything from backpacking to expedition planning, backcountry skiing, nature photography or biological field studies.

First Reponse is the section aimed at using SARTopo - a version of CalTopo aimed at first responders from Search and Rescue, Wildland Fire, Police, and any other response organizatin that requires mapping and data management. SARTopo contains features aimed at first response professionals, but sits on top of the basic CalTopo platform.

If you are new to CalTopo, start with the All Users section as a reference to get going. Once you are more familiar with the program, you can move on to the Recreation or First Response sections as appropriate.

Finding Mobile-Specific Instructions

Throughout chapters and lessons will be callouts for mobile specific information. The mobile app and the web program work seamlessly together, but some functions and features differ between the two. Also, navigating the app is inherently slightly different than navigating the website. In the mobile sections, we will address those differences and show you how to use the app to achieve the same goals.

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