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  1. Have you upgraded your Palm Pre webOS to the latest version 1.2? If you have then you might be pleasantly surprised to see the "homebrew apps" are now available within the App Catalogue! Check the bottom right corner of the app catalogue screen for the little shopping bag icon & click on it. GeoCache Locator is now just as easy to install as Go-To Lite Yep the Pre is an awesome smartphone, the best I've ever owned and I LOVE the mult-tasking! Also the built-in GPS receiver appears to be very accurate, and I can go from "phone-off" to "on-and-position located" usually in just about 10 seconds!! Those current Geocaching apps are an incredible start, and I'd really look forward to seeing them mesh together somehow hopefully soon! Thanks for the info, just had the phone upgrade yesterday and had'nt poked around much since then. Guess there isn't much of a need for "filecoaster" anymore... The bag just shows what's already installed Go To Tool is what you want! See gototool.com for information. Here are links to the app catalog: Go To Tool Go To Lite
  2. Go To Tool Lite, v 0.5.2 has now hit the official Palm App Catalog.
  3. New versions, new features!!! Go To Tool Lite VERSION 0.5.2 ***** Import - loosened up import even further... Go To page - Fixed Log Button Go To Tool Lite VERSION 0.5.2 ***** Go To Tool Lite VERSION 0.5.1 ***** Import - Can now import gpx files from other sources (tested with bikerag gpx) Go To page - Lock-out heading dial rotation in preferences - Turn off display of glass in preferences - Nav and Sat buttons now pass waypoint name and description List View - Distance sort more efficient Go To Tool Lite VERSION 0.5.1 ***** Go To Tool Lite VERSION 0.5.0 ***** Preferences - Metric/English Units - 2 GPS coordinate formats in the lite version Import - Can now import *.loc files (from Geocaching.com) - Lite version limits import to 500 waypoints Go To - Details button shows waypoint's URL in browser (cache details, etc.). List View - Distance Sort now a toggle. Be careful with too many waypints in your list! Go To Tool Lite VERSION 0.5.0 *****
  4. Is that screenshot showing "28.284 meters" accuracy? Geez Were you outside with clear view of the whole sky when that screenshot was taken? Did you give the GPSr enough time to acquire a good fix? Nah, I was at my desk inside.
  5. I have an app. Find it here: http://www.precentral.net/homebrew-apps/go-tool
  6. NEW VERSION 0.4.1 ***** *** Import geocaching gpx files!!! *** Put files on device's media partition via USB, import in Go To tool, see screenshot. Tested with 500 waypoint files. *** Log button on Go To page *** Opens geocaching.com in browser, focused on log page for the selected cache. *** New waypoint 'near' opens in same window for easier copy/paste. *** WebView control keeps browsing in the same window. Extra information captured from URL provides better geocaching.com integration. *** New background color and display fixes. NEW VERSION 0.4.1 ***** http://precentral.net/homebrew-apps/go-tool
  7. I've uploaded my app to the PreCentral.net forums... I am developing a tool for storing and finding GPS waypoints. The initial drive was for geocaching but I've tried to make it general purpose. It is written to have mutiple categories for Waypoints (no UI for this yet). One of my favorite other ideas is marking you car's location when you park it. Or anywhere you want to get back to... or Go To!!! LIST VIEW The app opens in list view. Here you can add a waypoint. If you already have waypoints (3 are preloaded right now) you can tap one to enter Go To mode. Currently the list does not refresh properly when the app is launched so you must show and dismiss the add scene to view the existing waypoints (PITA). There is also some wierdness with the list display after deleting a list item. And currently no edit for existing items. Eventually the list view will be able to read waypoint import files (i.e. *.gpx for geocaches) List view will eventually have a category selector in the header. For geocachers I have button labeled 'Near' that will open the add waypoint scene and then take the current coordinates and open up the geocaching.com search page in the browser to find closest caches to the current location. After that it's copy and paste. If you enable 'switch applications' in the 'advanced gestures' area of the Screen & Lock app it makes the copy paste much easier. Also, to show DD.HHHHH format for cache coordinates just click the little link labeled 'Other Conversions' on the cache details page next to the coordinates (why? see below). ADD WAYPOINT If the GPS gets a location lock before the add waypoint scene is shown then the default coords will be current location. If no lock it defaults to Palm HQ (as in emulator). For the add scene I need to change the coordinate input from its limited degree and decimal hour format (DD.HHHHH) to have an additonal option (default) for degree and decimal minute format (DD MM.MMM). GO TO VIEW In Go To view you can stop and start GPS tracking. There is a compass dial that should show your current heading (works at 3-4 mph walk but loses heading if you go slower) and a compass needle that points in the direction of the destination. If there is no heading lock then you can turn the whole phone so N lines up with North and the direction arrow will point correctly. Distance to destination is listed in the header. Some of the raw data is displayed very small around the compass dial. There is also a 'List' button to go back to list view (this stops the tracking), a 'Nav' button that will launch turn by turn directions in Google Maps to get you close to waypoint and a 'Sat ' button that will launch Google Maps in satellite view at max zoom centered on the waypoint. Currently the app has a 'count' in the display that shows you how many tracking hits have accumulated since Go To was started. Currently this is the only way to make sure the GPS is still getting good data. I plan to add an LED type display element that wil 'light up' when a new tracking point is locked in and fade out over some small number (500-1500) of milliseconds. I also plan to add a 'log' button for geocachers to open the log page on geocaching.com in the browser for the waypoint name provided. BTW, I emailed geocaching.com and they said they had their own app in dev and I could not access their web services directly.
  8. I found my 4th Geocache using only the Pre this morning. The first was was last Friday. Then I was using just numbers from the location services. Now I am working on the UI. If the Pre can discern your heading, the degree dial lines up to show North. The needle points toward the target.
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