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DCexplorer
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Joined: 2003-08-21
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Location: Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA

PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 9:22 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I am getting a CompactFlash GPS for my Dell Axim PDA, a PocketPC 2002 unit.

I am wondering what software others are using for Geocaching purposes.

It would be nice to have maps showing roads and multiple caches together on one screen. This seems like a more efficient solution for events like the upcoming campout, where there will be 75-100 caches available. People seem to like Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006 for driving, but it doesn't seem very useful for Geocaching.

So what software are you using?

 
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marc_54140
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Joined: 2004-01-28
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 6:18 am Reply with quote Back to top

Streets & Trips is wonderful for caching! You can use it with a laptop, if you have one and a navigator. Otherwise, it's fantastic for plotting out cache locations, routes to take, etc. Makes great printouts for a caching trip.

For a Palm, or PocketPC, I'd recommend Cachemate. It is the best program for listing and working cache info. There is a version for both Palm and POckets.
 
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jthorson
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 10:33 am Reply with quote Back to top

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Originally posted by DCexplorer:
So what software are you using?



None other than GSAK on the PC.
GSAK generates HTML files that are auto-synched onto the PDA and the browser of the PDA is used to view the pages. GSAK has lots of tools for producing indexes (by location, bearing, etc).

If you don't want to use GSAK you can just save selected cache pages directly to the PocketPC and again view with the browser.

PocketPC Cachemate is an option but is s l o w at more than 1000 caches.

 
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abcdmCachers
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 12:14 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I use GPXSonar to view cache info (reads .gpx files from pocket query directly). Although, it looks like the latest version requires PPC 2003 (I'm also running PPC 2002, so I must have an older version). GPXView is another very similar application. If you haven't already, see them all here: http://www.geocaching.com/waypoints/

For maps, I use Teletype (www.teletype.com). I can't endorse their product unconditionally due to some problems I've had, but it does a pretty good job overall. I generate cache waypoints for their mapping software using a program I wrote: http://www.logicweave.com/waypointgen.html.
If you pair their mapping software with a compact flash or bluetooth GPSr, you have a pretty nice in-car navigation system to get you to the cache location. Unlike my handheld unit, teletype supports unlimited waypoints so if you take a long road trip, you can have access to as many caches as you want for each state you visit.

We just got back from a 7-state road trip. Since we didn't have a precise itinerary, I loaded 1000's of caches along our likely route. My 1 GB SD card had no problems holding the .gpx files plus the detailed roadmaps and yellow pages for 10 entire states with plenty of room to spare. With this setup, no matter where you are, it's easy to see if caches are nearby.

Doug

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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2006 6:25 am Reply with quote Back to top

I see with these programs how to view the cache pages directly, and download GPX files, but can they automatically read multiple cache locations for navigating, or do I have to enter each one independently and manually?
 
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abcdmCachers
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 12:32 pm Reply with quote Back to top

If I understand your question correctly, it sounds like Pocket Queries will address your issue ( http://www.geocaching.com/pocket ). This will allow you to create a .gpx file that contains up to 500 caches around a specific location.

Doug
 
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