Entries by mtjacobs58

We’re Hiring Software Engineers

Come work for CalTopo! We’re a small, financially stable organization that is looking to grow our engineering team this year. All positions are full-time remote within the United States, with occasional in-person meetings at our headquarters location of Truckee, CA. To apply, email Matt Jacobs (mjacobs@caltopo.com). As a small team, we’re looking for developers who […]

Introducing Events

We’re announcing events, a new feature for team accounts that makes it easy to temporarily bring on members from outside your organization. If you have a SARTopo team account, you’ve probably started using the app’s real-time sync and location sharing features to improve situational awareness on searches. But what do you do for the large […]

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 […]

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  The USGS layer is out of date, MapBuilder doesn’t show enough street names, and OpenStreetMap gets shrunk to the point of illegibility when printing.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 […]