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I would like to compose a Waypoint Name to my GPS utilizing GSAK that is something like this:

 

The 4 characters after the "GC" (Yes, the %drop2),

then a hyphen,

Then 5 characters of the Cache type code such as; LetBx, Virtl, Multi, etc

and these 5 characters would be replaced with "Micro" if the cahe is a Micro.

 

e.g.  3Q3S-LetBx, 4ABC-Virtl or 5XYZ-Micro

 

Is this possible?  It was with GPXSpinner before they upgraded and dropped the Micro override

Yes. This is where the new %macro tag introduced in version 6.0 comes in handy.

 

Copy the code below to a macro (for this example lets say you saved the code to c:\temp\gps.txt)

 

Now when you send waypoints to your GPS enter the following as the special tag in your waypoint name:

 

%macro="c:\temp\gps.txt"

 

Obviously you can change the code for your preferred 5 character abbreviations for the cache types.

 

# first assume other for all cache types
$ct5 = "Other"

If $d_CacheType = "B"
 $ct5 = "LetBx"
EndIf

If $d_CacheType = "C"
 $ct5 = "CaITO"
Endif

  
If $d_CacheType = "E"
 $ct5 = "Event"
EndIf

If $d_CacheType = "G"
 $ct5 = "BMark"
EndIf
 
If $d_CacheType = "L"
 $ct5 = "Lless"
EndIf
 
If $d_CacheType = "M"
 $ct5 = "Multi"
EndIf
 
If $d_CacheType = "R"
 $ct5 = "Earth"
EndIf
 
If $d_CacheType = "T"
 $ct5 = "Tradl"
EndIf

If $d_CacheType = "U"
 $ct5 = "Mysty"
EndIf
 
If $d_CacheType = "V"
 $ct5 = "Virtl"
EndIf
 
If $d_CacheType = "W"
 $ct5 = "Webcm"
Endif  

# if the container is a Micro then always override the cache type
If $d_Container = "Micro"
 $ct5 = "Micro"
EndIf

# Finally build the required waypoint string
$_Special = SubStr($D_Code,3,4) + "-" + $ct5 

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clyde, tanks again for gsak - i am on my way for my paperless caching solution but the procedure is a little bit too complex at the moment:

 

first i prepare pics from mapquest in a special zoom factor from yagcu and

from spoilersync the pics with html in the cachedescription.

than copying them in two diffent directories ./cache/berlin/maps/ etc

i modify the CACHE.HTM file like

------------------------------------------------

<img src="./maps/<#code>.gif"><p>

<a href="./spoiler/<#code>.html">Spoiler</a><br>

------------------------------------------------

and generate the html code. movin to sd-card into my dell...

 

all things are fine, but is there any way to simplify the complete procedure with gsak?

 

a. is there any chance that the custom urls are executable and wrote there result into the html-code?

b. can i put the downloaded pics via macro into the user_notes?

c. are there other possibilities to modify the CACHE.htm file, like font style etc..

d. what does the function cache density mean exactly? i gave gsak 500km and get as a result the top 50 caches with a 390 left behind???

 

a lot of questions, but the first one is the most important one...

 

thanks in advance

theo

a. is there any chance that the custom urls are executable and wrote there result into the html-code?

Yes. Any custom URL you want included in the the html code just preceed the name with a ! (exclamation mark) For more informtion please the help file or onliine here http://gsak.net/help/hs7730.htm

 

b. can i put the downloaded pics via macro into the user_notes?

Yes. You can do this via a macro. There is already a macro that will do this for you for the SpoilerSync photos ( see http://gsak.net/Macros ) You could then use this macro and change it to put in any other pictures you like.

 

c. are there other possibilities to modify the CACHE.htm file, like font style etc..

No. Currently you can not do this. (this is one of those "on the list" features)

 

d. what does the function cache density mean exactly? i gave gsak 500km and get as a result the top 50 caches with a 390 left behind???

Cache density represents the number of other caches within the given distance.

 

For example if you enter 10km the numbers to the left indicates the number of other caches that are within 10km of this cache. The list is in decending order, so the first cahce on the list has the most number of caches next to it (within this distance). This report is to help you get an idea of cache rich or "dense" areas.

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Clyde,

 

Great program and I am still learing the functions and just how usefull this program really is.

 

As everyone else here, I do have a question though.

 

Do you know of a macro, or is there a function built into the program to download the current GPX file for a given set of caches in the database.

 

I know this can be done via PQs, but my databases arent always that linear. I might have a few caches from many PQs in a single database, or caches created manualy along a route.

 

As I am sure you can imagine it is quite time consuming to have to open up each pages online URL and then download the GPX file for each page, then drag and drop the resulting GPS into the database. Normaly this wouldnt be a a problem, but when creating a multi-state route, this can be hundreds of caches.

 

An example. I have spent the last few weeks, as I have time available, plotting a route accross the US for a work related move I am making. Begins in NC and ends in WA. I am picking and choosing what caches I will find along the route based on ease of locating (I am on a time crunch) and the cache draw. The resulting database has about a hundred caches. This is the result of many hours looking at pages and pages of caches. By the time I leave some of them are potentialy weeks old and the information may be way out of date. In one case of going back for a quick look to ensure I was where I thought I was, the caches had been archived. Would have a pain if I had arrived in the area not knowing the cache had been picked up already and no longer available.

 

If there was an automated method to update the cache pages already in my databases this could be prevented.

 

Make any sense of is this ramblong diatribe?

 

Thanks

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Do you know of a macro, or is there a function built into the program to download the current GPX file for a given set of caches in the database.

 

I know this can be done via PQs, but my databases arent always that linear. I might have a few caches from many PQs in a single database, or caches created manualy along a route.

 

As I am sure you can imagine it is quite time consuming to have to open up each pages online URL and then download the GPX file for each page, then drag and drop the resulting GPS into the database. Normaly this wouldnt be a a problem, but when creating a multi-state route, this can be hundreds of caches.

 

An example. I have spent the last few weeks, as I have time available, plotting a route accross the US for a work related move I am making. Begins in NC and ends in WA. I am picking and choosing what caches I will find along the route based on ease of locating (I am on a time crunch) and the cache draw. The resulting database has about a hundred caches. This is the result of many hours looking at pages and pages of caches. By the time I leave some of them are potentialy weeks old and the information may be way out of date. In one case of going back for a quick look to ensure I was where I thought I was, the caches had been archived. Would have a pain if I had arrived in the area not knowing the cache had been picked up already and no longer available.

 

If there was an automated method to update the cache pages already in my databases this could be prevented.

 

No. Unfortunately the only way GSAK can do this type of thing is by "spidering" the geocaching.com website, and this is against the terms of use.

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This macro used to work:

 

IF FileExists("C:\GSAK\Downloads\Local*.*")

LOAD Settings=Local Database=Local

ENDIF

IF FileExists("C:\GSAK\Downloads\History*.*")

LOAD Settings=History Database=History

ENDIF

IF FileExists("C:\GSAK\Downloads\Locationless*.*")

LOAD Settings=Locationless Database=Locationless

ENDIF

 

Now in V6 I get an error message on line 3:

Error => File not found: C:\GSAK\Downloads\local*.gpx

 

Which is true, but there is a file named local others.zip. Otherwise the TRUE path of the IF wouldn't have been taken, I imagine.

 

The LOAD settings for "Local" are Load Files (as opposed to a folder of files) and the file name field contains C:\GSAK\Downloads\Local*.*. If I load from the "Local" settings (as opposed to the macro), no error occurs.

 

Thanks in advance for looking this over.

 

Steve

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This macro used to work:

 

IF FileExists("C:\GSAK\Downloads\Local*.*")

LOAD Settings=Local Database=Local

ENDIF

IF FileExists("C:\GSAK\Downloads\History*.*")

LOAD Settings=History Database=History

ENDIF

IF FileExists("C:\GSAK\Downloads\Locationless*.*")

LOAD Settings=Locationless Database=Locationless

ENDIF

 

Now in V6 I get an error message on line 3:

Error => File not found: C:\GSAK\Downloads\local*.gpx

 

Which is true, but there is a file named local others.zip. Otherwise the TRUE path of the IF wouldn't have been taken, I imagine.

 

The LOAD settings for "Local" are Load Files (as opposed to a folder of files) and the file name field contains C:\GSAK\Downloads\Local*.*. If I load from the "Local" settings (as opposed to the macro), no error occurs.

 

Thanks in advance for looking this over.

 

Steve

I don't recall any changes in this area for V6 so I am at a loss to understand why this worked before.

 

Perhaps if I explain why I think it is not working now and this should help track down if we have a bug or not.

 

Your IF statement checks for files "Local*.*" - this means the IF statement will equate to true if *any* file extension that begins with the file name "local" exists in that folder.

 

However, the implication of the error messages is that your saved settings "Local Database" uses "Local*.gpx" - notice the GPX extension. This means that only files with an extension of .gpx (and file name starting with "local") will be loaded. This would explain why the .zip file is not being picked up.

 

Do you recall changing the settings so the path has "Local*.gpx" instead of "Local*.*" ?

 

Perhaps your settings does actaully have "Local*.*" and the bug is that GSAK now some how converts this to "Local*.gpx"

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This macro used to work: <snip>

 

Do you recall changing the settings so the path has "Local*.gpx" instead of "Local*.*" ?

No, and I don't recall changing the settings dropdown to "Last Active", either, but I did. Hence, at my bedtime here, I misread the wildcard pattern I thought I was using. :unsure:

 

Sorry to have put you on a wild goose chase, Clyde.

 

Steve

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This macro used to work: <snip>

 

Do you recall changing the settings so the path has "Local*.gpx" instead of "Local*.*" ?

No, and I don't recall changing the settings dropdown to "Last Active", either, but I did. Hence, at my bedtime here, I misread the wildcard pattern I thought I was using. :lol:

 

Sorry to have put you on a wild goose chase, Clyde.

 

Steve

No problem. As wild geese go, these are very tame. :lol:

 

As you can imagine, I get all sorts of *bugs* reported via email.

 

I recall one taking me 16 hours straight to get to the bottom of - only to find it was pilot error exacerbated by drinking too much of the amber fluid :mad:

 

For some reason I lost my sense of humour that day. :lol:

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Clyde, here's something you might want to think about. Work with GC.com and give a free month premium membership with the registration of GSAK. If somebody uses the PQs for a month along with GSAK, they'll be hooked and keep paying the premium membership. So for a $3 investment, GC.com can increase their premium membership base.

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This would likely be a simple solution for a gsak user, but I've just started to use this software, and have a problem. I'm amd a Premium member, and would like to load a few caches into gsak. 1st. I do my PQ. wait for it to come through e-mail.

-while doing my pq, I specify a gpx. file. when I open my PQ, I click at the bottom of page select all, and send waypys to file. I fully expect it to go to my gsak. When the File Download screen comes up, it shows.

file name: geocaching.log

file type=gsak.

 

and of course when it opens in gsak, it only shows as a .log file and shows very little. hmmmm any help for this newbie would be of great help....thks. :mad:

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This would likely be a simple solution for a gsak user, but I've just started to use this software, and have a problem. I'm amd a Premium member, and would like to load a few caches into gsak. 1st. I do my PQ. wait for it to come through e-mail.

-while doing my pq, I specify a gpx. file. when I open my PQ, I click at the bottom of page select all, and send waypys to file. I fully expect it to go to my gsak. When the File Download screen comes up, it shows.

file name: geocaching.log

file type=gsak.

 

and of course when it opens in gsak, it only shows as a .log file and shows very little. hmmmm any help for this newbie would be of great help....thks. :mad:

It sounds like you are getting Pocket Queries through your email, but the latter download you describe is something different. If you get a page full of search results and check all for download, those come only in .loc format, which is little more than the coords--i.e., what you are getting.

 

If you go to the individual cache page, you can download that info as .loc or .gpx (which has all the other data you seek). Downloading one by one is slow. Wait for your pocket query to arrive--much more efficient.

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Cache Pack,

 

Just to elaborate a little on what embra said:

 

1) when you're setting up a PQ, make sure that you check the day of the week that you want to have it delivered. If you check the current day, the PQ's are usually emailed to you in a matter of minutes.

 

2) Once the email arrives with the PQ attached, either drag and drop it into GSAK, or save the GPX file to your computer, open GSAK, and go to "File>Load GPX/LOC file". Click on the little open folder to the right of the first text entry box and navigate to your saved GPX file. Choose the database you want to load the file into (this may just be "default" if that's the only database you have in GSAK) and click on "OK".

 

The file should load into the specified database and you're in business! :P

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If you go to the individual cache page, you can download that info as .loc or .gpx (which has all the other data you seek). Downloading one by one is slow. Wait for your pocket query to arrive--much more efficient.

 

 

 

when you say wait for my PQ to arrive, I think it has already arrived throught my e-mail. You also say that I can go to each page, and download as a gpx file, If I have PQ'ed 100 caches, that seem to me would take forever to do. I was just wondering if there was an easier way to do this. I hope i understand you correctly. thks. :P

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Thanks embra and Kai Team, I guess I will have to fool a little longer with this prob...I can copy a file to my gsak, and load it, but I'm still getting only loc. information. Anyways, if there was a course for this I would take it. Back to the drawing board...the old saying spend two hours at something, and get up and walk away...lol :P

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Thanks embra and Kai Team, I guess I will have to fool a little longer with this prob...I can copy a file to my gsak, and load it, but I'm still getting only loc. information. Anyways, if there was a course for this I would take it. Back to the drawing board...the old saying spend two hours at something, and get up and walk away...lol :P

I think the crux of the problem is that Groundspeak only allow 2 ways for you to get GPX files:

 

1. From a pocket query (For a good tutorial read this)

2. From the page that shows just one cache.

 

The confustion comes about when trying to download from the search results at geocaching.com

 

If you are trying to download the files this way, you will only be given the choice of a loc file and you will find the file is always called geocaching.loc

 

If possible always load GPX files into GSAK as they contain way more information

 

Please also see items 2 and 10 of the GSAK FAQ in the help file or online here http://www.gsak.net/help/hs1070.htm

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Bingo...I got the prob..solved...with all the info. you ppl gave me...I gathered it all together, and worked it out. Geees feel really good about the whole thing...just one last question....I have 500 loaded into GSAK(all cache information included)...now is there a way to kinda sort things out example...closest to home, that sort of thing.

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Bingo...I got the prob..solved...with all the info. you ppl gave me...I gathered it all together, and worked it out. Geees feel really good about the whole thing...just one last question....I have 500 loaded into GSAK(all cache information included)...now is there a way to kinda sort things out example...closest to home, that sort of thing.

Just click on any column heading to sort by that column (click again and your data will be sorted in reverse order)

 

If you click on the miles/kms column all you caches will be sorted nearest to your current centre point

 

You can set you current center point by:

 

1. Any cache - Right mouse click

2. Any location - Select a location from the location drop down box

3. Post code - Centre Point=>Post code (If your country is supported)

4. Click on the Home icon in the tool bar (You must have a "Home" location)

 

To see all the distances calculated from your home location you must enter a location called "home" via Tools=>Options=>Locations - There is already an example in that box. Just remove the # (comment indentifier) and replace the coordinates with your home coordinates.

 

Once sorted you can also limit the caches that you view/export (to your GPS for example) by setting a filter.

 

Filters are a very powerful way of manipulating your data. Try them out via Search=>Filter

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Found a interesting little quirk. I did maintenance on one of my caches and accidently posted a find rather than a note. I found it a week or two later and changed it to a note on GC.

 

I have a PQ set to pick up all my found caches once a week to keep things in sync. When I found this, I went to GSAK and unchecked the found box in the main view. A few days later I noticed my count in GSAK was off by plus one. When I started to audit it, I found that that cache was the culprit. It still had the FOUND box unchecked in the main view, however there was a date in the FOUND BY ME field. When I right clicked and hi EDIT it still showed the FOUND box checked with a date. Unchecking it while in EDIT fixed it.

 

Not earth shattering, however I have done this once or twice before and simply unclicking the found box im the main view seemed to fix it in previous versions.

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Is the Garmin 60c not supported by GSAK? I can download to my Legend and even upload FROM the 60c but can't download wayponits TO the 60c. I have reinstalled, checked the usb cable box. Any suggestions?

Thanks

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Found a interesting little quirk. I did maintenance on one of my caches and accidently posted a find rather than a note. I found it a week or two later and changed it to a note on GC.

 

I have a PQ set to pick up all my found caches once a week to keep things in sync. When I found this, I went to GSAK and unchecked the found box in the main view. A few days later I noticed my count in GSAK was off by plus one. When I started to audit it, I found that that cache was the culprit. It still had the FOUND box unchecked in the main view, however there was a date in the FOUND BY ME field. When I right clicked and hi EDIT it still showed the FOUND box checked with a date. Unchecking it while in EDIT fixed it.

 

Not earth shattering, however I have done this once or twice before and simply unclicking the found box im the main view seemed to fix it in previous versions.

I think you will find the problem runs deeper than this, as the next time you load any PQ into the database your account will be out by 1 again. Why?

 

The problem is that you still have the found log in your GSAK database. Unfortunately when you delete it on Geocaching.com the delete action is not reported in the next GPX file you download. So you must now manually delete the found log from your GSAK database (right mouse click, select delete a log) otherwise GSAK will recalculate this to your found count when you load a PQ or do a Database=>Repair/Defrag

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Is the Garmin 60c not supported by GSAK? I can download to my Legend and even upload FROM the 60c but can't download wayponits TO the 60c. I have reinstalled, checked the usb cable box. Any suggestions?

Thanks

Yes, the 60c is supported and many GSAK/GPSBabel users can send waypoints without a problem.

 

It is very strange you can upload from your 60c but not download - this doesn't make sense and I really can't think of anything that would cause this other than perhaps a flaky cable.

 

Can you send waypoints both ways using MapSource or EasyGPS

 

If you can, then turn on the "debug" check box before sending waypoints then email me the debug dump (see item 12 of the GSAK FAQ in the help file or online here http://gsak.net/help/hs1070.htm for help on how to do this)

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I have a small problem that I need some help with

 

I have a USB to Serial adaptor for one of my laptops that only has USB ports and it has assigned Com19 as the port but if I select Com19 as the port my GPSr is attached to in the GPS setup menu and try to upload or download waypoints I get an error message that COM1 Garmin can't init COM1 I have attached a screen grab of the error message

 

error.jpg

 

Any Ideas ?

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I have a small problem that I need some help with

 

I have a USB to Serial adaptor for one of my laptops that only has USB ports and it has assigned Com19 as the port but if I select Com19 as the port my GPSr is attached to in the GPS setup menu and try to upload or download waypoints I get an error message that COM1 Garmin can't init COM1 I have attached a screen grab of the error message

 

Any Ideas ?

Could you please take the option "Tools=>Send debug into to Clyde" and then email me the tracking number

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I have a small problem that I need some help with

 

I have a USB to Serial adaptor for one of my laptops that only has USB ports and it has assigned Com19 as the port but if I select Com19 as the port my GPSr is attached to in the GPS setup menu and try to upload or download waypoints I get an error message that COM1 Garmin can't init COM1 I have attached a screen grab of the error message

 

Any Ideas ?

Could you please take the option "Tools=>Send debug into to Clyde" and then email me the tracking number

Email sent :P

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howdy:, I had the same problem when I was trying to download waypts to my legend, I got the same error message...my com1 port was searching for my pda hook up, and would not respond to my legend. I just shut off my hotsync, and the legend cable worked just fine...but your situation may be totally different...I thought my legend cable was fried, was already to return to the store where I purchased...it sure can be frustrating. Anyway just my 2 cents worth. :P

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This may need a new thread, but I was wondering if any of the new Macro Variables can extract the Travel Bug name and reference #. I know you have the

 

if $d_HasTravelBug

 

But I would like to be able to cylcle thru the travel bugs attached and pull the name of the Bug, and the reference code. I know it is stored somewhere because the Show Offline has:

 

(This cache may contain travel bugs)

Buffalo Bug #4 (ref = TB1FDCD)

 

Of course I would love to be able to sort these to a "Travel Bug" page in the database, but I realize that would take Altering headers and stuff I am sure features in the program for understandable reasons.

 

But your Summary.txt macro gave me the idea to make myself a Html page listing the Bugs.

 

Anyway. Any thoughts?

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This may need a new thread, but I was wondering if any of the new Macro Variables can extract the Travel Bug name and reference #. I know you have the

 

if $d_HasTravelBug

 

But I would like to be able to cylcle thru the travel bugs attached and pull the name of the Bug, and the reference code. I know it is stored somewhere because the Show Offline has:

 

(This cache may contain travel bugs)

Buffalo Bug #4 (ref = TB1FDCD)

 

Of course I would love to be able to sort these to a "Travel Bug" page in the database, but I realize that would take Altering headers and stuff I am sure features in the program for understandable reasons.

 

But your Summary.txt macro gave me the idea to make myself a Html page listing the Bugs.

 

Anyway. Any thoughts?

Please see Database variables in the help file or online here http://gsak.net/help/hs21040.htm

 

You can glean this information from the $d_TravelBugs database variable

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Thanks I had missed that as a string.... Now just to play with the string and learn ... I love program chalenges <_<

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I'll start off by saying that GSAK rocks! That said, I've just updated to the latest and greatest 6.0.0.4X and I'm experiencing an interesting problem. To confound things a bit, I've switched hardware recently and am running a piece of firewall/security software.

 

Symptom: GSAK does not respond

 

Scenario:

1) After I start GSAK, my firewall/security software warns me that GSAK is attempting a DNS connection and asks whether I should allow this action.

2) I approve the network activity.

3) GSAK stops responding, i.e. in the Windows taskbar, the application status changes to 'Not Responding'.

4) I cannot exit GSAK, nor can I kill the application via the task bar.

 

Comments:

- I assume that GSAK is attempting a DNS connection in order to check if a new version is available. I also assume there is a way to turn off this feature (I seem to recall seeing as such, but can't remember where). Since this check is initiated shortly after starting GSAK, I haven't been able to find it and turn it off before the problem begins. That leads to my first question:

 

Q1) How do I turn off the GSAK auto network connection setting? In particular, is there a line in GSAK.ini that I can edit to do so?

 

and

 

Q2) Is the GSAK network connection being used to check for a new version?

 

Interestingly, GSAK informed me of the availability of a new version, i.e. the networking capability in the previous version worked correctly. Further, if I trust my firewall/security software, it informs me that GSAK is allowed to make any kind of network connection it desires. { insert evil laugh here } Other network activity, such as using the net to post this message, works fine, making me wonder if there is a temporary problem with the server on the other end.

 

Finally, not being able to kill the program is very mysterious. In other OSes, such is usually the result of waiting on hardware (e.g. I/O problems), but my networking situation appears okay.

 

Kind regards,

jbgreer

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I'll start off by saying that GSAK rocks!  That said,  I've just updated to the latest and greatest 6.0.0.4X and I'm experiencing an interesting problem.  To confound things a bit, I've switched hardware recently and am running a piece of firewall/security software.

 

Symptom:  GSAK does not respond

 

Scenario:

1)  After I start GSAK, my  firewall/security software warns me that GSAK is attempting a DNS connection and asks whether I should allow this action. 

2) I approve the network activity.

3) GSAK stops responding, i.e. in the Windows taskbar, the application status changes to 'Not Responding'.

4) I cannot exit GSAK, nor can I kill the application via the task bar.

 

Comments:

- I assume that GSAK is attempting a DNS connection in order to check if a new version is available.  I also assume there is a way to turn off this feature (I seem to recall seeing as such, but can't remember where).  Since this check is initiated shortly after starting GSAK, I haven't been able to find it and turn it off before the problem begins.  That leads to my first question:

 

Q1) How do I turn off the GSAK auto network connection setting?  In particular, is there a line in GSAK.ini that I can edit to do so?

 

and

 

Q2) Is the GSAK network connection being used to check for a new version?

 

Interestingly, GSAK informed me of the availability of a new version, i.e. the networking capability in the previous version worked correctly.  Further, if I trust my firewall/security software, it informs me that GSAK is allowed to make any kind of network connection it desires.  { insert evil laugh here }  Other network activity, such as using the net to post this message, works fine, making me wonder if there is a temporary problem with the server on the other end.

 

Finally, not being able to kill the program is very mysterious.  In other OSes, such is usually the result of waiting on hardware (e.g. I/O problems), but my networking situation appears okay.

 

Kind regards,

jbgreer

Tools=>Options=>Advanced then tick the box "turn off version check"

 

If GSAK can't connect to the version server, it should time out after 60 seconds.

 

However, I have had a couple of reports that some software firewalls seem to "lock" GSAK and cause this behaviour.

 

Edit: or edit gsak.ini and change chkPhoneHome.Checked=False to chkPhoneHome.Checked=True

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Comments:

- I assume that GSAK is attempting a DNS connection in order to check if a new version is available.  I also assume there is a way to turn off this feature (I seem to recall seeing as such, but can't remember where).  Since this check is initiated shortly after starting GSAK, I haven't been able to find it and turn it off before the problem begins.  That leads to my first question:

 

Q1) How do I turn off the GSAK auto network connection setting?  In particular, is there a line in GSAK.ini that I can edit to do so?

I believe I have found the answer to my first question. On the Tools->Options...->Advanced page, there is a checkbox for "Turn off version check". This has the effect of setting "chkPhoneHome.Checked" to True in the GSAK.ini, i.e.

 

chkPhoneHome.Checked=True

 

rather than the default

 

chkPhoneHome.Checked=False

 

My concerns as to why this check is failing still stand, but GSAK now appears to be operating correctly otherwise.

 

Cordially,

jbgreer

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Hi,

 

i work since a while with GSAK an it`s a great Programm!

But I use a Alan Map 600 and it would be perfect if I could load the waypoints direct to the GPS like Garmin or Magellan. Is that possible (maybe in a future Version)?

 

There are more and more people who use this GPS and if that works i will immediately register GSAK <_<

 

Infos from the GPS and the WP-Format are available here:

 

Alan MAP 500/600

 

File-Descriptions

 

The Alan is similar to Holux GM-101 and maybe Whistler Galileo GPS 100

 

Greets from Germany,

Marcus

 

(sorry for my english...)

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i work since a while with GSAK an it`s a great Programm!

But I use a Alan Map 600 and it would be perfect if I could load the waypoints direct to the GPS like Garmin or Magellan. Is that possible (maybe in a future Version)?

 

There are more and more people who use this GPS and if that works i will immediately register GSAK  :cry:

 

Infos from the GPS and the WP-Format are available here:

 

Alan MAP 500/600

 

File-Descriptions

 

The Alan is similar to Holux GM-101 and maybe Whistler Galileo GPS 100

 

Greets from Germany,

Marcus

 

(sorry for my english...)

Sorry to say I have never heard of this GPS before.

 

As GSAK uses GPSBabel for all GPS communications if GPSBabel supports it then so will GSAK. You might like to ask the same question here http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/gpsbabel-misc

 

Hmm, so you are saying you don't mind driving the car, using the air conditioning, power steering, central locking - but because it hasn't got a 6 stack CD player you won't pay for it? <_<

 

If you just want to send waypoints to your GPSr, then use the software that comes with the GPSr and forget about GSAK.

 

Forgive me, it has been a long week with the new release of GSAK and perhaps I am getting a bit cranky in my old age, but I find your "register" reasoning here a touch insulting.

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I have a small problem that I need some help with

 

I have a USB to Serial adaptor for one of my laptops that only has USB ports and it has assigned Com19 as the port but if I select Com19 as the port my GPSr is attached to in the GPS setup menu and try to upload or download waypoints I get an error message that COM1 Garmin can't init COM1 I have attached a screen grab of the error message

 

Any Ideas ?

Could you please take the option "Tools=>Send debug into to Clyde" and then email me the tracking number

All sorted in double quick time

 

Cheers Clyde <_<

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Caution: stupid question ahead.

 

Would it be possible to include a coordinate converter on the next release of GSAK? I'm planning a caching trip in a week, and caches keep popping up close to the route I have set up in S&T. I'd take off the data, make a new csv file in GSAK, then put it back on S&T, but then I lose all my route data. I'd go online, but I can't seem to find the sit ei was using to convert earlier, since jeeep only does DMS.

 

Or does GSAK already include this?

 

Thanks,

 

Blue

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I have a small problem that I need some help with

 

I have a USB to Serial adaptor for one of my laptops that only has USB ports and it has assigned Com19 as the port but if I select Com19 as the port my GPSr is attached to in the GPS setup menu and try to upload or download waypoints I get an error message that COM1 Garmin can't init COM1 I have attached a screen grab of the error message

 

Any Ideas ?

Could you please take the option "Tools=>Send debug into to Clyde" and then email me the tracking number

Email sent <_<

Just curiious, did you try going into Control Panel/System/Device Manager and reconfigure the USB to Serial adapter to Com1:? I use a USB to Serial adapter and work fine but I had to do what I described above.

 

Tom (WU8C)

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Hello Clyde

I read a few posts before about postcodes. I tried this on the german postcodes. So I discovered that my pcode and neighbourings is missing: 90471,90472,90473

Also I found a postcode 9045 that should be 90450.

I'm not shure but this was working a few month ago.

Chris

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Caution: stupid question ahead.

 

Would it be possible to include a coordinate converter on the next release of GSAK? I'm planning a caching trip in a week, and caches keep popping up close to the route I have set up in S&T. I'd take off the data, make a new csv file in GSAK, then put it back on S&T, but then I lose all my route data. I'd go online, but I can't seem to find the sit ei was using to convert earlier, since jeeep only does DMS.

 

Or does GSAK already include this?

 

Thanks,

 

Blue

I'd like to try help but I'm not sure I follow your question, in particular, what do you want to convert coordinates from and to and why?

 

If you're talking about format (e.g. degrees decimal) that's one thing. If you're talking about datum (e.g. WGS84) that would be another thing.

 

Also, why are you converting coordinates? If you're using geocaching.com coordinates for caches, the easiest thing is to have everything (GSAK, S&T and your GPSr) use the geocaching.com default (i.e. WGS84, decimal minutes). If you provide more information on what you trying to accomplish, I or others may be able to help! <_<

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I'm talking about converting the coordinate format. S&T only has DMS and decimal degrees formats, and I'd like to be able to convert a cache listing (or several listings) to decimal degrees, instead of HDDD MM.MMM.

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I'm talking about converting the coordinate format. S&T only has DMS and decimal degrees formats, and I'd like to be able to convert a cache listing (or several listings) to decimal degrees, instead of HDDD MM.MMM.

I'm not sure I fully understand where you want this information to display, but you can show the Latitude and Longitude columns in the GSAK grid and you can control the format.

 

Go to Tools=>Options=>Display and you can select between Decimal degrees, Decimal minutes, Decimal seconds, and UTM

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Sorry,

 

it was not my intention to be insulting <_<

I would not mean that I only register if GSAK have this feature.

I work only a few days with the programm, and the more time I spend i can see how great and usefull it is. I think you do a great job and I would register GSAK soon....

 

I had only the hope to use only one programm for my PDA and GPSr (how it works with a garmin) instead of using different programms....

 

Greets Marcus

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Hello Clyde

I read a few posts before about postcodes. I tried this on the german postcodes. So I discovered that my pcode and neighbourings is missing: 90471,90472,90473

Also I found a postcode 9045 that should be 90450.

I'm not shure but this was working a few month ago.

Chris

Hmm, are you sure this was working before?

 

The post code file is static and I haven't changed it in a very long time.

 

The German post code file was given to me by one of the GSAK users so I am not sure how up to date it was.

 

If you have or know of a file that is more current please let me know

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Sorry,

 

it was not my intention to be insulting <_<

I would not mean that I only register if GSAK have this feature.

I work only a few days with the programm, and the more time I spend i can see how great and usefull it is. I think you do a great job and I would register GSAK soon....

 

I had only the hope to use only one programm for my PDA and GPSr (how it works with a garmin) instead of using different programms....

 

Greets Marcus

No problems - my apologies.

 

As I say, I am just getting cranky in my old age :cry:

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I think you will find the problem runs deeper than this, as the next time you load any PQ into the database your account will be out by 1 again. Why?

 

The problem is that you still have the found log in your GSAK database. Unfortunately when you delete it on Geocaching.com the delete action is not reported in the next GPX file you download. So you must now manually delete the found log from your GSAK database (right mouse click, select delete a log) otherwise GSAK will recalculate this to your found count when you load a PQ or do a Database=>Repair/Defrag

Yep, I wwould have thought that at first blush too, however in the past, you pointed that fix out to me, so when I corected it, I also deleted the log in GSAK, however it still did it.

 

This is no big deal and one that you should spend little to no time on. I can't imagine it would happen that much, only to those of us with really fat fingers that log stuff hours after we should have been in bed.

 

Just wanted to make you aware.

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clyde, tanks again for gsak - i am on my way for my paperless caching solution but the procedure is a little bit too complex at the moment:

 

first i prepare pics from mapquest in a special zoom factor from yagcu and

from spoilersync the pics with html in the cachedescription.

than copying them in two diffent directories ./cache/berlin/maps/ etc

i modify the CACHE.HTM file like

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<img src="./maps/<#code>.gif"><p>

<a href="./spoiler/<#code>.html">Spoiler</a><br>

------------------------------------------------

and generate the html code. movin to sd-card into my dell...

 

all things are fine, but is there any way to simplify the complete procedure with gsak?

 

a. is there any chance that the custom urls are executable and wrote there result into the html-code?

b. can i put the downloaded pics via macro into the user_notes?

c. are there other possibilities to modify the CACHE.htm file, like font style etc..

d. what does the function cache density mean exactly? i gave gsak 500km and get as a result the top 50 caches with a 390 left behind???

 

a lot of questions, but the first one is the most important one...

 

thanks in advance

theo

a. is there any chance that the custom urls are executable and wrote there result into the html-code?

Yes. Any custom URL you want included in the the html code just preceed the name with a ! (exclamation mark) For more informtion please the help file or onliine here http://gsak.net/help/hs7730.htm

 

Clyde, thanks for your fast answers.

 

I am lookin for a paperless solution in HTML on my pda - offline. The --!-- brings me (only) one or more Hyperlinks. Let me specify the first question a little bit:

Can GSAK insert the RESULTs of the custom urls (like pictures from MapQuest, GoogleMaps) into the html-code for OFFLINE-viewing automatically at the generation process?

 

Thanks again in advance

Theo

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Clyde, thanks for your fast answers.

 

I am lookin for a paperless solution in HTML on my pda - offline. The --!-- brings me (only) one or more Hyperlinks. Let me specify the first question a little bit:

Can GSAK insert the RESULTs of the custom urls (like pictures from MapQuest, GoogleMaps) into the html-code for OFFLINE-viewing automatically at the generation process?

 

No, but if your PDA is a palm you could use plucker to do this.

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I'm talking about converting the coordinate format. S&T only has DMS and decimal degrees formats, and I'd like to be able to convert a cache listing (or several listings) to decimal degrees, instead of HDDD MM.MMM.

If you want to quickly see coordinates for a particular cache in decimal degrees format then you can do this quickly with GSAK by selecting Waypoint, Edit and selecting the decimal-degree radiobutton.

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*** GetMail Warning ***

 

Do use the Getmail feaure (either directly or via a macro)?

 

It has been brought to my attention that some or all PQs from Groundspeak are being sent with the following in the body of the email:

 

Please note: Due to the recent issues with the Pocket Query Generator, you will

need to click on the link at the end of this email to re-run this query a week

from today. This is a temporary solution until we can speed up the Generator.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

 

If you are using GetMail then you probably don't get to look at the body of the message so you may not be aware of this.

 

Workarounds until GrounSpeak sort this out

 

1. Stop using GetMail to pick up your Queries :lol:

2. Make sure you select the option "Leave on server" after matching download. That way you can still get these via a normal email client and then click on the link to make sure you get them next week.

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Hi Clyde

 

I've noticed a strange thing with GSAK 6.0, it might have been there in earlier versions too, but I don't think so.

 

When uploading waypoints to GPSr, (Garmin Etrex Legend or Garmin GPS II+),

special characters like + -_ are removed.

So GCX123-T becomes GCX123T in the GPSr.

Also at least when uploading to the Legend one of the waypoint symbols is wrong.

I've selected "Geocache", "Geocache found", "Residence" and "Cemetery" in the GPS setup, but unavailable caches get the default waypoint symbol instead of the cemetary.

 

My workaround is instead of uploading waypoints from GSAK I export the waypoints to Oziexplorer and upload to the GPSr from Ozi.

Then all the characters and symbols are uploaded correctly.

 

Any ideas ?

 

/Anders

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I've noticed a strange thing with GSAK 6.0, it might have been there in earlier versions too, but I don't think so.

 

When uploading waypoints to GPSr, (Garmin Etrex Legend or Garmin GPS II+),

special characters like + -_ are removed.

So GCX123-T becomes GCX123T in the GPSr.

Also at least when uploading to the Legend one of the waypoint symbols is wrong.

I've selected "Geocache", "Geocache found", "Residence" and "Cemetery" in the GPS setup, but unavailable caches get the default waypoint symbol instead of the cemetary.

 

My workaround is instead of uploading waypoints from GSAK I export the waypoints to Oziexplorer and upload to the GPSr from Ozi.

Then all the characters and symbols are uploaded correctly.

 

Any ideas ?

 

 

Hmm, I haven't had any other reports of the Cemetery icon not showing up on the Legend - anyone else with a legend can confirm this?

 

For the reason why the - (hyphen) not going down to your GPSr please see this post

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