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  1. Update Mystery and Multi-cache Coordinates

     

    In this release we make it possible for Basic and Premium Members to add "corrected" coordinates to Mystery and Multi-caches. Visit the cache page and click the pencil icon next to coordinates, paste your new coordinates in the field and submit. That's it! The new coordinates will be hidden from others so there is no reason to fear spoiling the final location. When you download the GPX from the cache your new coordinates are included. (Please note: Pocket Queries will include only the original cache coordinates for now, however that functionality will be added in a followup release).

    When using apps that access the API, like Neongeo or GSAK, will the original or "corrected" coordinates be returned, or both?

     

    Well now that the feature is implemented we can create an API method to return the corrected coordinates when one of those apps requests them. So once the method is available those app developers will have to implement it on their end. It's not possible for it to just automatically show up like that unfortunately.

    That's what I figured, but thanks for the confirmation!

  2. Update Mystery and Multi-cache Coordinates

     

    In this release we make it possible for Basic and Premium Members to add "corrected" coordinates to Mystery and Multi-caches. Visit the cache page and click the pencil icon next to coordinates, paste your new coordinates in the field and submit. That's it! The new coordinates will be hidden from others so there is no reason to fear spoiling the final location. When you download the GPX from the cache your new coordinates are included. (Please note: Pocket Queries will include only the original cache coordinates for now, however that functionality will be added in a followup release).

    When using apps that access the API, like Neongeo or GSAK, will the original or "corrected" coordinates be returned, or both?

  3. Will links to nearby challenges be added to cache pages? Currently, such an option is missing...

     

    ...other caches hidden or found by this user

    ...nearby caches of this type, that I haven't found

    ...all nearby caches, that I haven't found

    --->

    ...all nearby waymarks on Waymarking.com

    ...all nearby benchmarks

    ...nearby Hotels

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    as for DNF's, what's the difference who wrote it? you can either go look for it anyway or not

    isn't that what caching is all about, go out and try to find it?

    I use the counter when evaluating DNF's on caches *I* own. As I mentioned I have a guardrail hide that seems to attract lots of DNF's from low count finders, and occasional one from the finders around several hundred and none from ones approaching or over 1,000. If I get 3 or 4 DNF's from the first group I pretty much ignore the situation, all is fine. If I get one or two from the last group I take a trip. The middle group I wait and see. Yes I could get this information by clicking on profiles, but that is a bunch of clicking for what was right there before.

     

    In the field I don't care. Since all I own is a dumb phone I need to load my GPS before I leave home. The four squares on GSAK pretty much tell me what I need to know about looking and I don't care about find counts of the finders or DNF'ers.

     

    I agree and also use the find counts for the same purpose. The four squares on GSAK is a feature many have asked for on the mobile apps as well that just keeps getting ignored. Not sure why as it seems like it'd be simple enough to implement?

  5. Folks, you brought back only half the date! Please bring back the WHOLE date - Month,day,year - on the logs!!
    The year is there for older logs. For recent logs, only the month and day are shown. So if there is no year, just assume it's the most recent day with that date.

     

    Pretty sure that's how it's always been, isn't it? Think people were just so freaked out by the date change, they forgot...

  6. Can the Official Geocaching app access these notes?

     

    No, the official app doesn't display them. I've used PCNs for my puzzle notes and final coords since they came out, so this feature is my favorite. :)

     

    One of the major features that makes me happy with Neongeo is the fact that the app keeps everything it downloads from GS in a cache. So as you scroll around the map, it constantly updates and fetches new caches automatically. I think the limit is 2000. On the official app, the only way to have that many was loading PQs slooooooooooowly.

     

    Edit: Neongeo also caches map tiles, so it can be used without a data connection. :)

    Okay, you've sold me! Neongeo bought; now, to take it out for a spin this weekend.

  7. That's basic functionality that's been lacking in the official app since the beginning and was requested many times during beta testing. Waiting for the ad-supported version of Neongeo before trying it out since a 15-minute window isn't sufficient to try out a geocaching app (why, oh why did the Android Market change from a 24-hr evaluation period?). Looks good so far though!

    The developer has released a new version with enhancements and bugfixes nearly every day. The only feature Neongeo doesn't have is the ability to display Souvenirs. :laughing:

     

    I've gotten two FTFs with it. One was a puzzle where I left my office without the final coordinates. Neongeo pulled them from my Personal Cache Note on my way out the door.

    Good to know that the dev is on top of things, as that makes all the difference; I just may try it out sooner than planned.

     

    Hmmm, I've never used the Personal Cache Note feature (and just configured ABP to hide it), but that could be a great use for it! May have to try that out. Can the Official Geocaching app access these notes?

  8. Please change that fact that Challenges count towards my finds total. I think they could be a fun side game to Geocaching. But when you start messing with my find totals I will not take part or support this new game. Make them like Benchmarks. Thanks.

    Benchmarks and waymarks are much closer to the true intent of geocaching than these challenges are, yet neither of those count towards your find total while challenges do? Really makes no sense to me...

  9. 5d2TI.png Neongeo (Android)

    Neongeo is your complete mobile geocaching suite for both online and offline usage. Search geocaches on the go, import GPX, log travellers and geocaches online, keep fieldnotes, setup custom map servers and much more. Visit Neongeo.com for more information. Stay tuned for a free ad-supported version coming soon!

    I finally took a look at www.neongeo.com and saw this in the FAQ:
    How to define final coordinates for an Unknown/mystery cache

    Go to www.geocaching.com and see your Personal Cache Note. If you enter coordinates there, original coordinates will be replaced. This works for Unknown/Mystery geocaches only. From the application, open the cache details page, refresh if necessary and see your Personal Cache Note for details.

    That is worth the price of admission. Thank you so much for opening up the API.

     

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    That's basic functionality that's been lacking in the official app since the beginning and was requested many times during beta testing. Waiting for the ad-supported version of Neongeo before trying it out since a 15-minute window isn't sufficient to try out a geocaching app (why, oh why did the Android Market change from a 24-hr evaluation period?). Looks good so far though!

  10. I now maintain no less than 12 ABP rules to keep the worst cruft off the gc.com pages.

     

    Please share your ABP rules so we can retain some control of what/how things appear...

     

    Disclaimer:

    geocaching.com#fieldset(class=DisclaimerWidget)

     

    "Success" favorites thing:

    geocaching.com#div(class=span-10 FavoritesStatusWidget)

     

    would be my contribution...

     

    Thanks! I've also figured out how to block the following sections I never use...

     

    Personal Notes:

    geocaching.com#fieldset(class=NotesWidget)

     

    Print:

    geocaching.com##div#Print

     

    Large Map:

    geocaching.com##div#uxlrgMap

     

    But haven't been able to figure out how to remove the For online maps... section.

  11. If they got rid of the d*** propitiatory cable and used a standard USB cable, another plus.

    2) Standard USB mini-B.

     

    Finally!!! I hate those d**n proprietary cables! Glad to see they're going with an established connector type. Sounds like a great unit and may consider getting one, depending upon the street price...

     

    Probably too much to ask, but I wonder if it has the capability to charge rechargeable batteries using the USB cable? :wub:

  12. Haven't seen it mentioned yet (and not sure it helps any ;)), but I've noticed that fieldnotes created via the TextMarks SMS system try to take into account the local GMT offset so that while the timestamp shown in the fieldnotes list is off (by the GMT offset), the date that appears in the Compose Log window will be correct... Shouldn't the same timestamp format be used for fieldnotes, no matter the source?!?!

  13. In the other thread, Elias commented that they are aware of the bug and have a ticket issued to get it fixed, but just in case he submitted another one. Have recently switched the way I go paperless and experienced this at times when I log some finds.

     

    Been experiencing this issue for some time and glad to know they're aware of it. Hopefully it gets resolved soon!

  14. I believe there is a bug that involved the Android gmail app, attachments and some apps, like GeoBeagle. Don't recall the details, but you can do the PQ to GeoBeagle download by using a browser to access your gmail account rather than the gmail app.

     

    There's an app called Blackmoon Attach Save Lite in the Market that will let you save any attachment to your device, so you may want to give it a try.

  15. Yes, it would be a very useful tool for reviewing log files for those who have put out Wherigo caches. Also, I've searched without any luck, but what exactly are the contents of the GWL files? Really just one field I can't identify, so I'm curious what it is. Why don't they at least include a header row???

     

    Looks like time, in YYYYMMDDHHMMSS format, Lat, lon, altitude in meters, ????, Comments???

  16. me personally I like to keep track of everything I have found.

     

    Plus, if you delete it off the unit, and sync VP will put it back. I want to keep track of every thing on VP. I have to be able mark it found.

     

    Anyone know which icons are available on the Tritons? I've discovered that, unlike my eXplorist, benchmarks do not show up with a unique icon and are instead assigned the unknown cache (?) icon.

  17. The current notifications work fine, but it would be even better if we could filter them more, mainly by whether or not the account holder has found the cache.

     

    For example, if a cache's coordinates are updated or it is temp disabled or archived, I really only care if it's for a cache I have not yet found. However, to receive those notifications, I have to get notified of ALL coord update logs, not just the ones I want.

     

    Seems like this would be beneficial to Groundspeak as well, as it would reduce the number of notifications being sent out...

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