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Feature Request: Add retrieving drafts to API

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I usually cache with my GPSr (Garmin Oregon) and I usually use the Field Notes feature there to record my finds in the field. I publish my logs using GSAK and it is easy to retrieve my Field Notes from my GPSr using the Publish Logs feature and using Fetch from the GPSr Field Notes.

 

However, if I am out doing some impromptu caching and/or don't have my GPSr with me, I will use the Geocaching® App on my smart phone. I don't like to publish my found logs directly to geocaching.com from the phone, as I like to use the GSAK Publish Logs feature and embellish the logs prior to publishing (and to keep my GSAK database up-to-date). So, I have begun using the new Drafts feature (formerly Field Notes) from the Geocaching® app.

 

However, Drafts are not available to the API, so GSAK cannot download them from my account easily, and I have to manually tag and record each one and cut/paste the info from the drafts on my geocaching.com account.

 

My request is that the Drafts be made available via the API, so GSAK could easily retrieve them. That would make it a lot easier, as now I have to enter in each cache GC code manually in GSAK Publish Logs.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Gerry (aka GManSan)

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Groundspeak stopped development and enhancements to the API many years ago... also stopped new developers from receiving licenses to use it. It's strictly in a maintenance mode now.

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On 5/4/2017 at 11:53 PM, SpiritGuide said:

Groundspeak stopped development and enhancements to the API many years ago... also stopped new developers from receiving licenses to use it. It's strictly in a maintenance mode now.

Isn't the same API used by the official smartphone app, as well as Cachly, GSAK, etc.?

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Richard

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I asked these questions via email, and got the following replies from HQ:

1. Does the official app use the same API as third party tools such as GSAK?

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For *some* data, our app communicates with backend systems using the same API used by third parties.

2. Does the API allow access to Drafts (i.e. Field Notes), specifically read access?

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No. However, some partners have a version of Drafts that only save to the mobile device.

Followed this up with:

3. Any plans to change the API to allow read access to Drafts?

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We have no plans to do so.

Pity.

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Yes, the official app is able to access data that API partners can't. Plus, it may have special connections to optimize performance when retrieving cache data.

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