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Release Notes (Website: New Search Map) - April 25, 2019

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I've been using the search tool (not the map) to search caches with attached clues, then saving them to Bookmark lists which I can then import into my preferred app (Locus); it avoids the need to use the Groundspeak App and the search map - neither of which I like.

 

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Windows XP isn't the best OS to use with modern websites. Then again, if you're using XP, your hardware is probably ~15+ years old?

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3 minutes ago, Mineral2 said:

Windows XP isn't the best OS to use with modern websites. Then again, if you're using XP, your hardware is probably ~15+ years old?

 

In some work environments old software is still used that isn't compatible with newer OS's. I know people who have to use old OS's, even on newer machines. :P

I wouldn't say an old OS is bad for modern websites - it's old browsers. You can have old browsers on new OS's, but your browser can only be as new on an old OS as much as the browser is compatible with the old OS.

Old browsers are still fine for websites that don't cut people off who don't have access to the latest and greatest browser technology (and it's not very often that that's actually necessary, depending on how much development time/funding you have available :laughing:). I greatly respect developers who still create functional websites for most every browser, but make better versions for the high tech - as opposed to making the best website ever first, then providing a stripped-down barely functional website they don't care much for for the status quo.

 

But once browsers start losing their support (like Chrome and FF on Vista no longer being updated) then there are other issues at play than whether a website 'works' or not... mainly, back doors, security loopholes, unfixed bugs, all things viruses can exploit, etc...

 

Anyway.  XP is still a strong OS at least insofar as being able to browse the internet. But it's not able to keep browser brands up to date with the latest & greatest tech. So it all depends on what kind of browsing you're doing, and whether your browser version is still supported :)

 

I'm quite glad flash is pretty much DOA, hehe. So much you can do now in standards-compliant scripting, and still fairly well supported in older browsers.

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It's mostly the security issues around using XP. Like someone said in a thread elsewhere on these forums: connect a Windows XP machine to the internet at your own risk.

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On 7/23/2019 at 7:13 AM, CAVinoGal said:

I would be happy if we could select our own default map.  I would choose the Browse map, yes, but we should have the option, I think.

 

I did use the (now) default search map during the recent promo, and could get used to it, possibly.  Still, I keep toggling back to the browse map on the computer.  On my phone, I did a whole lot more filtering the past week or so than I have done before, thanks to the promo.

I agree. The Search map worked well for the MATM promo on my computer and phone. Normally I would always skip the Search and go to the Browse map. Now that the promo is over I'm back to skipping it again.

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I keep looking for a cache in an area, and suddenly realize the web page is in “search mode” again. Search does have its uses, but not as often as Browse.

 

Please, please let us choose the default. 

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17 hours ago, geoBirder said:

I keep looking for a cache in an area, and suddenly realize the web page is in “search mode” again. Search does have its uses, but not as often as Browse.

 

Please, please let us choose the default. 

Can't agree more. Sadly all are requests are ignored. Please somebody tell us whet the use case is for the default to be search including finds and hides. Bonkers.

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This was mentioned quite some time back but apparently not in this thread so I'll bump it again as it's still not fixed. When you click on View Larger Map on a cache with corrected coordinates, the map centres on the original (bogus) coordinates, often leaving the actual cache at its corrected coordinates somewhere outside the map boundary.

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I find that I never use the search map. There might be one occasion where it would be useful: to see given waypoints on a larger map than the small map on the cache page has. But for that to work it would:

a) need to display those waypoints on that map to start with

b) I'd need to be able to select different maps to display hiking paths, satellite images, etc.

 

Yes, the name search map would in that case be confusing. But why do I end up on this search map if I click for the larger map to start with?

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20 minutes ago, terratin said:

I find that I never use the search map

 

I try to use it sometimes. It was practical tool for locating jevels etc.  For me it is too slow for everyday use.

 

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1 hour ago, arisoft said:

For me it is too slow for everyday use.

i totally agree... half the time my internet cant even run it. it takes forever to load up.

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2 hours ago, arisoft said:

I try to use it sometimes. It was practical tool for locating jevels etc.  For me it is too slow for everyday use.

It was useful for jewels, and I think it was very clever of them to come up with something that showed it off. I don't find it too slow for everyday -- I guess I have enough bandwidth or horsepower or something -- I just always run into the problem of panning away from the caches. To this day, from time to time I'll pan and not understand why there isn't a cache where I know there should be. Then I remember to switch to browsing.

 

One thing I learned from the jewel search really slayed me. I'm looking for jewels. I search in one place. Not enough. So I enter a new location in the search field, and the map slews to the new location but doesn't search there. The map is now completely empty. As misguided as I view the feature of mapping only what's been searched for no matter how the user moves the map, at least I understand the logic behind a pan not bringing in new caches. But I changed the search location. I'm fully on board with logic being this being a search map. There's no way in heck it makes sense for me specifying a location to mean anything other than "search here now."

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5 hours ago, dprovan said:

There's no way in heck it makes sense for me specifying a location to mean anything other than "search here now."

 

I do. I've occasionally entered a location to get to the vicinity of a location so I can more accurately pinpoint a specific location by panning around the map. I don't want to automatically search just because I enter a new location which could be as specific as coordinates or as vague as a country name.

 

The only time I'd support auto-updating the search of moving to a new location is if it's set as an optional toggle.

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I guess the new announcement about Lists helps explain why all of the feedback given about the Search Map has been ignored. What's the point of having the community give you feedback if you release a 1.0 and then go off and start something else that nobody asked for? I'm not saying that the changes in Lists aren't good, but please, fix the problems you already have first.

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