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AmayaTom

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  1. Yes, completely agree that this makes the maps really hard work to use, especially when you open a cache in a foreign country and want to see what is around the area, and then find that you are thousands of miles away back at home.
  2. Whilst I am pleased to see new features coming out (for example the puzzle cache solver works really well), I have to say that the new map changes really not work for me. I used the old map to do a high level view of what new series were around (for background, I have found a significant number of the caches in a many multiple mile radius from home). This could mean that I was searching around 50 miles from home in ever widening views, then when I spotted something interesting, I could zoom in closer. The new map is not suitable for doing this at all as it only shows a few caches in a very small area - to give an analogy, it's like trying to map the contents of a large office block by only being able to peek through the occasional letterbox now. It feels like it has been created for Sunday cachers' who may find one or two caches at a weekend within a mile or two from home, but that sort of user probably wouldn't use this map anyway - the number of caches it loads is just far too small to be even half useful. In the more recent past, there seemed to be a lot of research done in the caching community as to what cachers really wanted (e.g. by surveying cachers at mega events, the playtester initiative etc) - is this still being done (and then used to work on the new features)? In my opinion, this research was a really good thing as HQ could determine what people really wanted and then spend the 'new feature dollars' on doing precisely that. I haven't used these forums for quite sometime, but felt I needed to return to give feedback on these maps. I really hope the "old" map is not going to be retired as this would have a serious impact on the way I cache. BTW, I hope this is post is taken in the manner in which it is meant - i.e. constructive feedback
  3. Yes, it does still work. However I think where the confusion comes in is that instead of the page changing, it just downloads the GPX file into your downloads folder.
  4. Looks like we're finally getting new firmware (2.70) with it updating the following from 2.60 Added support for Connect IQ Apps and Widgets Added background download of geocache descriptions, hints, and logs for geocaching.com premium members Added power off pressure trend Improved Geocache Lists experience by adding bookmark lists as well as fixing some issues Fixed possible issues using Connect IQ Data Fields Fixed possible issue where calories were not recording with a heart rate monitor connected Fixed possible shutdown while measuring distance on the map Fixed fit file support for track logs with greater than 20,000 points Fixed possible issue reconnecting to speed and cadence sensors after a power cycle Fixed display issue after rotating on the notification page Fixed issue where live geocaches would overwrite geocaches loaded via .gpx file Fixed inconsistant data reporting for current tracks and saved tracks Fixed possible issues on the turn review page I particularly like the sound of "Fixed issue where live geocaches would overwrite geocaches loaded via .gpx file"
  5. I will answer that point in two ways; Firstly, I have never found an android app that is as good as the Oregon for offline caching. The basic geocaching interface on the Garmin is as good as I've seen - everything I expect and need is on the map or the geocaching sub-menu. I use C:Geo on my phone as a fallback, but I found it quite crashy especially if you forget to go backwards. I also paid for Neongeo which I really like for its live map, but it doesn't seem to be in active development any more. If you can recommend an Android app that is as good as the Garmin, uses OSM offline mapping and operates from .ggz files so I can store a lot of caches, and also does cache notes so that I can integrate nicely with GSAK for offline logging, I'll be very interested in trying it! (In fact, if Garmin made an app that replicated the Garmin's geocaching and tracking UI I'd probably pay and use that) Secondly - I have never used an android app that is as BAD as the oregon for ONLINE caching. The much vaunted "Live geocaching" aspect of the new 7xx range is very basic, and that's being kind. However, it is in its early stages and perhaps I shouldn't be so forgiving - but it may be a handy fallback for those days when you forgot to load a recent PQ/GGZ, or the caches got lost somehow. Whilst I agree with a lot of what dartymoor says (I too have c:geo and the Official App installed on my phone as a fallback, and use my Garmin with GSAK for both loading caches and submitting logs) I would like to add the following. I find the Garmin device is far more accurate, far more likely to lock on to the satellites and has way better battery life than any phone I have ever owned. I can also carry spare AA's in my pocket just in case. The Garmin is also water resistant (I'm often out in the rain), drop resilient and scratch resistant and far more holdable (i.e. fits in my hand much better). To compare a phone to a Garmin is a bit like saying you could take a road car off-roading. Yes, sure you could..., but you'd probably get in to trouble and a Landrover (or other 4wd off-roader) would do a far better job and would almost certainly not let you down. I should probably add here that I like to do my caching out in the wild (think mud, thorns, tree climbing, kayaking etc rather than in the city where a phone may well get you by.
  6. Having left this overnight and re-trying this morning (UK time), the functionality is now working again. Thanks
  7. I have just requested a new PQ for My Finds. This was generated, and when I tried to download it, I got: 500 - Server Error We're sorry, your request has resulted in an error. If you feel that the page you are looking for should be available, please let us know. Otherwise, you may browse the links below: Visit the Geocaching Home Page Create an Account Log in to Geocaching.com This was reproducible on both Chrome and IE Thanks :-)
  8. I pretty much agree with all of this. I have owned a 550, 650 and a 750. The jump from 550 to 650 was immense and well worth the money. The jump from 650 to 750 not so much. The Live Caching has its uses but could definitely be better. The Activites I tried, but found them so awful, I rapidly swapped back to Classic View. I have not been able to get an IQ Apps working, but haven't tried again after I first got the device and found nothing worked. I won't compare it to a Smart Phone, as I often cache in areas where there is no data (and sometimes no phone) signal and I want to be able to have everything stored locally and be able to swap batteries easily. What it should really be compared to is the 600 series and currently the improvements aren't that great. The Live Services are the big selling point from Garmin's point of view, and I try hard NOT to use them (as I prefer to have the full data loaded onto the device via USB), but there are times when I don't have data loaded for the area I happen to be in, and it makes a very handy fallback. However for me the most useful everyday features are the faster processor and the faster upload speed (USB connection). This means when you have a lot of caches loaded and want to find the next nearest cache, you aren't hanging around waiting as long for it to chew through the data, and also when you send the data to the device from GSAK (I use the GarminExport macro) they get put onto the device quite a bit quicker. Therefore to quote dartymoor above "I don't exactly have buyers remorse, but I don't have buyer's elation either..." that pretty much sums it up for me too. When I bought my 650, I did indeed have buyer elation (as it spanks the 550), but I certainly did not get this feeling updating to the 750. There are some useful (but quite minor) updates, but are they really enough to stop people using the 600 series? I'm not so sure... BTW, is the WebUpdater software still a version 2.6? I was expecting a faster turnaround of update releases this early in the 700 series release lifecycle...
  9. I frequently run geocache GPX files larger than 1GB without issue on my Oregon 650t. I'd agree, in the past I have certainly run with much larger GPX files than the 463,468 Kb one I quoted, and not encountered any real issues.
  10. Are you not sending them in GGZ format? No, I was using GPX. I'm not a fan of GGZ (especially on the 600 series) as it seems to make my GPS run even slower (at the point where I search for the nearest caches) - I guess it needs to decompress the GGZ data in addition to working out what is nearest? (Or am I doing something wrong?) Note the slow searching is much worse in a cache dense area than a cache scarce area. For the record, I travel quite a bit, and not always in a very predictable way, so I just throw everything that I might go near at the GPS, which was never possible in the 500 series days. What size is the file out of curiosity ? Windows shows it as 463,468 Kb - so fairly large
  11. Are you not sending them in GGZ format? No, I was using GPX. I'm not a fan of GGZ (especially on the 600 series) as it seems to make my GPS run even slower (at the point where I search for the nearest caches) - I guess it needs to decompress the GGZ data in addition to working out what is nearest? (Or am I doing something wrong?) Note the slow searching is much worse in a cache dense area than a cache scarce area. For the record, I travel quite a bit, and not always in a very predictable way, so I just throw everything that I might go near at the GPS, which was never possible in the 500 series days.
  12. Faster USB? One thing I have noticed when I download lots of caches from GSAK to my 700 series is just how much faster the download goes than my old 600 series. Has anybody else noticed this? To give an indication, I downloaded the same 48,288 caches from GSAK, using the same laptop, same cable etc to both devices (one at a time) and this is how long each took to download using the "GarminExport" macro in GSAK: Oregon 750 was 18 mins 42 secs Oregon 650 was 54 mins 35 secs Which very approximately makes it 3 times faster. I'm assuming this is down to a better USB connector...
  13. Unable to do that at this time.Also, downloaded caches will overwrite any existing geocache data (GPX/GGZ) on your device (only in the SQL database), so those will no longer be available to you. If you clear 'Live' data, they are still not available to you until the GPX/GGZ file is removed, the device rebooted, and the file reloaded, then rebooted again. Then I would have to disagree with dmjdigital's comment about good filtering. If you can't eliminate those you have found then you probably can't eliminate those on your ignore list which makes it useless as far as I am concerned. I would have to grade the filtering as extremely poor if these two can't be filtered out. I'll stick to my Montana and GSAK. To be more clear, you can not filter the data being downloaded, but you can filter your finds out after the download. If I understand, that means that if you have already found the 25 closest to your position, that filter will simply filter out all that you have just downloaded. In order to be useful, the filter would need to be on the download, not after the fact. Yes, that is exactly how it seems to behave, which is rather wasteful if you are downloading near home or in an area you have cached in before as you may download nothing of interest (i.e. you only downloaded caches you had already found).
  14. Unable to do that at this time.Also, downloaded caches will overwrite any existing geocache data (GPX/GGZ) on your device (only in the SQL database), so those will no longer be available to you. If you clear 'Live' data, they are still not available to you until the GPX/GGZ file is removed, the device rebooted, and the file reloaded, then rebooted again. Thanks for answering that. I hope this is something they will be looking in to with future firmware releases :-) Also overwriting detailed data with very basic data is not the way to go either...
  15. When using the live download (for example the nearest 25 caches), has anybody found a way to avoid it downloading caches you own and caches you have already found? Can this be done with the filter? I can't see any option for filtering out owned caches...
  16. The Garmin battery pack is an absolute disgrace and an utter waste of money. I wore mine out in about 3 weeks. I changed to Eneloop rechargeables and never looked back. I use the cheaper standard ones (white) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eneloop if I am caching for around 4 hours or so, and the Eneloop Pro ones (Black) for longer sessions. The Pro's aren't rated to recharge anywhere near as many times as the White ones but they will last you a very long time in the device. As for the freezing. Mine 650t seems to freeze/crash quite often. The three scenarios it seems to happen quite often are when I have found about 30 caches (such as on a power trail) without restarting it when I am plugging in updated coordinates such as when doing a multi-cache. It frequently just cuts out (i.e. turns itself off) when I do this. Sometimes it works just fine, other times it can crash again and again when I try and enter new coordinates for the same crash. Sending a cache or receiving a cache from another cacher with another garmin device that can send caches wirelessly The updated coordinates one is by far the worst, but in the almost 3 years I have had mine I have learnt to live with it because the rest of the unit ticks most of the boxes I want it to tick. A faster processor (it gets quite slow when you load a lot of caches in to it) and Wherigo functionality would be my two main wants - but as my phone does Wherigo's quite well I get by.
  17. Isn't that now gone too???? No, it's just left the US, but lives on elsewhere - for example: http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC57V0R_gps-maze-europe-germany
  18. That matched what I've been told by a Groundspeak founder, with specifics still undecided (so there is no more to know, yet). Also sounds like the global parties may remain on 3rd weekend of August, dubbed International Geocaching Day/Weekend. The demise of the Block Party will also impact our (WSGA's) Going APE mega-event, since the two events made up the destination weekend here in the Pacific Northwest. So, this could be the last year of the APE event in its current incarnation, as well. (Although no decisions have been made yet.) In short, it's 2015 or never if you want to attend the current Block Party (and get the icon) and the Going APE mega as they now exist. If the rumblings are true that there will be more International flavour (flavor if you're in the US ) to whatever comes next, I think it is quite a bold move by Groundspeak and one that has to be applauded as it will allow much larger chunks of the international community to be involved and that has to be a good thing (even though the Block Party and the Going Ape were impressive events). I await more news with interest!
  19. Has anybody heard any rumblings about what will replace this? The only thing I have heard in passing is that they will be spread out around the world - lots of satellite "block parties" as it were (I guess in mid-August) - giving more cachers a chance to get involved. Has anybody heard anything more concrete?
  20. I just tried to update the info in what has now become the "Bio" box, and the entry box it now so small (and OK, I have a lot of data in there ), that when you have a significant amount of data in it, you can't see enough of the data to work out where you are in the data. I had to giveup attempting to edit it. Could we have the "Bio" box made a lot bigger please? I appreciate this is probably work in progress, so just wanted to feed back a usability issue with it. Many thanks! A.
  21. I logged an attended via GSAK, but got no souvenir. Following the advice above has fixed the problem for me too. Thanks.
  22. How about GC41M5H, GC4FMZP, GC3Q4J9 and GC4KZQT I haven't seen a triple Jasmer yet (but stand to be corrected...)
  23. I have found that if I select cache http://coord.info/GC3EEXH and then select View Larger Map, then zoom out about 4 times, all 100 or so caches in the ring disappear making it look like there are no caches in that area at all. I am used to seeing the map reduce the number of caches in an area as you zoom out so as to be able to fit them onto the screen better, but this appears to be a glitch that makes them all disappear...
  24. Looks like the UK is bigger than I realised, when did Deci start to land grab
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