+cfxcreative Posted September 1, 2007 Share Posted September 1, 2007 Hi, everyone.... This is my first post in the forums, so if I happen to break protocol at all, please be gentle! :-) With 31 finds under my belt, I'm still pretty new to caching and am interested in getting a better "workflow" in place. Currently, I've been determining an area that I'd like to visit and creating a map/details template in Photoshop and printing it out before I leave. Problem with this is that it's quite time-consuming and also not flexible. I have to know where I want to search and if I happen to be in another area, I'm out of luck if I want to look for any caches in that other area. Also, the two programs that I'm running on my iPAQ are PocketStreets and iGuidance, both of which only show the coordinates in Decimal Degrees format, rather than the standard that shows on listing page. This means even if I download the GPX file (which I can open in GPX Sonar), the coordinates are in a format I can't use with the programs I'm running. ARGH! I have an HP iPAQ Mobile Messenger 6955 (specs can be found here for anyone who's interested: http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/sm/WF...-12446158.html) that has a built-in GPS receiver. I bought this model knowing it had the GPS built in after I met a lady a year ago in a park near my house who told me about geocaching when I saw her walking around looking lost! I've looked at several programs on Handango and a couple of other software sites for PDAs, but the issue I'm having is knowing which programs will work well on the more square-sized screen on my device and have the all-in-one features I'm looking for. Other iPAQ models without the thumb keyboard have a more vertical rectangle-shaped screen which gives considerably more screen real estate. So, what I need is something that takes the smaller screen size into account so I don't have to constantly scroll up and down to view key information in the program. Also, I'd like something that shows coordinates in various formats in case I need to switch formats on the fly. Ideally, I'd like something that does everything in one - mapping, GPS and reading the GPX files on each cache. I met someone recently who had a Garmin GPS and he said they downloaded all caches within a certain distance from their home coordinates and they can check for caches nearby anywhere they are. It would be really nice to be able to do that, too, so if I feel like looking for a couple in a nearby area, it doesn't always have to be so premeditated. I looked at something called BackCountry which sounds good and includes free topo maps of the US, but I'm in Canada, so I'm not sure if those maps are available in a format I can use with the program for my area. Honestly, I'm not even sure what format I'd need to use for Geocaching. Any resources I should check out? Any help veteran cachers can offer would be super appreciated! Thanks in advance and hope to meet some of you out in the field! Carly aka cfxcreative :-P Quote Link to comment
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