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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Nomad Firmware update strongly recommended when using ArcPad 8

Trimble / TDS Nomad users are strongly encouraged to update the firmware on their device before installing and using ArcPad 8. The firmware (version 1.0.4) can be downloaded from:

This firmware update significantly improves performance of the device with ArcPad 8 and resolves a number of issues raised with previous versions of ArcPad (eg: error when editing data on a storage card).


  • At Monday, April 13, 2009 1:16:00 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    I wonder if this will fix the external GPS problem I am having with 8 on a nomad: tried two different GPS receivers connected by serial cable and arcpad says no GPS is found. It will see the sirf GPS in the nomad, but those things are nearly worthless.

  • At Tuesday, April 14, 2009 9:24:00 am, Blogger Billy Ellis said…

    Used ArcPad 8 for first time today and had numerous issues. I am running on a Nomad with updated firmware. First I had a difficult time registering my gps. Once I waded through that I noticed that unit ran very slow, sluggish screen regens, slow startup, etc. The gps icon is so small and blends in with everything else that I eventually gave up. I am going back to ArcPad 7 until above issues are resolved. The only good thing is you get ArcPad Builder. I couldn't afford it the first time around.

  • At Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:14:00 pm, Blogger Marika said…

    in general, yes, the GPS icon does appear smaller on all high res devices. if the size is important to your project, there are two things you can try. 1) turn off the hi res awareness of arcpad by downloading from arcscripts:, or,
    2) use a custom gps cursor. search for 'gpscursor' in the customising arcpad help for more information. you can make a cursor any size or style.
    regarding gps performance on the nomad - we have had varied responces on this. we will post more info shortly.

  • At Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:42:00 pm, Blogger Marika said…

    further to my last commment, ive uploaded an example custom GPS cursor to arcscripts:

  • At Sunday, April 26, 2009 5:14:00 am, Blogger Unknown said…


    Thankyou for the gps icon tip. That worked just fine. Still having issues with performance on nomad. Are there going to be some update in near future. Field season is fast approaching and will not be able to use arcpad as is. I will need to go back to arcpad 7 until issues are resolved.


    Billy Ellis

  • At Monday, April 27, 2009 11:04:00 am, Blogger Marika said…

    We are working with Trimble to understand the conditions where the Nomad appears sluggish, and blog any recommendations asap.

  • At Thursday, May 07, 2009 4:58:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a Nomad (firmware 1.0.4) and installed ArcPad 8 and have found that with 24bit RGB TIF images ArcPad would unexpectedly shut-down and I get a Microsoft error "We're Sorry..." message when I zoom into the TIF image. However, 8 bit TIF images are fine. Anybody else experienceing this on their Nomad?

    BTW, with the latest firmware update the toolbar button response has improved. But the "Start" menu is really slow if the ArcPad Today plugin is installed.

  • At Saturday, December 19, 2009 4:36:00 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    I'm having the same problem with images that Kaz described. Any progress on this?

  • At Monday, December 21, 2009 9:40:00 am, Blogger Marika said…

    jsut a reminder this is not the best place to ask a specfic question, such as image loading errors. if you have a specific issue, do post it (and prefereably sample data) on the arcpad forum at or call ESRI tech support.
    you may notice there are already a variety of image issues reported on the forum, and most with varying solutions.


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