Application Name: Droid 2 CAD
Description: Capture points, export them as AutoCAD DXF points, KML files
Publisher’s website: QubeCAD
Version/date reviewed: v.2.0 / 4-25-11
Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2
Droid 2 CAD captures point locations, and lets you export them to an AutoCAD DXF file, KML file, or CSV file.
Bare-bone startup interface; icons at upper right are for recording points (left) and exporting points (right).
Tapping the record points icon brings up the point data screen, and also fires up the GPS. You can enter title/description data here.
To enter your current location/altitude, press the Get Location button, and the data will automatically be entered. There is no way to cancel a point entry; if you hit the back key without entering a location, a point will be created with no location information.
Points are listed as created, but there’s no way to edit/delete points after they’re created, except to delete all points.
From the menu, the Map View option plots the points in a Google Maps view.
You have the option to export all points in KML (Google Earth format), DXF formats and CSV. For the latter three, only the first point position is recorded; positions of subsequent points are recorded relative to the first point (i.e. displacement in meters or feet). I’m guessing this is useful for CAD applications, but I wish there was an option for absolute positions for all the points as well.
File export isn’t done to a local directory, but is instead sent to any number of options, including Dropbox (if installed on your Android) and Email. I prefer this approach to local saving, since then you don’t have to figure out how to get the files off your Android.
Other issues: Always use the menu’s Quit option to exit, otherwise the GPS may not be turned off, which can drain your battery.
Final thoughts: Potentially useful for CAD users, but for general location recording, and export in KML/GPX format, there are many better options.