HowTo: Save caches

It is very easy to download caches from the map and save them as GPX-file for later offline use. Here is an example workflow how to do this.

1) Move the map to your desired position.
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In this case ‘Sassnitz’ in the north of east germany on the peninsula Rügen.

2) The center of the map should point to your target position. Press the refresh button to load the caches around this point.
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You should have been authorized to geocaching.com before, otherwise view the appropriate HowTo Login to geocaching.com.
After some seconds the caches according to your filter-criteria are displayed on the map. The filter criteria can be accessed by the Filter-button of the menu.

3) Open the menu and select the menu item “save caches”
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4) The download page appears
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Type in a descriptive name for your download and press the back button once to leave the input box.
The checkbox “Download full descriptions” should be selected to download the description text and logs of each cache.

5) Press the Download-button to start the download progress.
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Ensure a stable WLAN-connection and connect your phone  to a power supply while long download sessions.
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After 1-2 minutes the caches should have been downloaded.
Now you have one more GPX-file in your Waypoints-file-collection.

Thats all you have to do to download caches from the map as a new GPX-file for later offline use.

Now take a look into your Waypoints-collection.

6) Open the waypoints-page from the menu of the map-page
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Press the “waypoints…” menu item.

7) On the Files-page you can see one more file called ‘sassnitz.gpx’
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8) Select the GPX-file and press the Activate-button from the menu to activate this file for usage.
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9) Swap to the Waypoints-page and you see the list of waypoints ordered by distance.
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10) On the Layer-page you can see which Waypoint-file you have activated.
The Layer-page can be opened by a tap on the Layer-button of the the map menu.
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HowTo: User defined map

This HowTo explains the ability to use your preferred local map provider as source for the map tiles of the map. You can edit the settings of the “User Map” in a way the map tiles are usually accessed from map servers. Not all types of map servers are supported, but the majority which use the normal OpenStreetMap coding.

To edit the settings of the “User Map” follow this steps:

1) From the main screen choose Map / Download
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2) Choose the last entry of the list of maps, the “User” map.
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3) Open the menu and tap on “edit map provider”
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4) This are the default settings for the OpenStreetMap-Mapnik-Server
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You can see some fields to edit. The main setting is the URL of the map server. The URL contains some placeholders {0}..{3}. The amount of placeholders depends on the amount of sub-servers the map server has (load balanced).

The settings

  1. URL
    • for Server Count > 1: The placeholders are replaced with the server-number = {0}, zoom = {1}, tile-x = {2} and tile-y = {3}
    • for Server Count = 1: The placeholders are replaced with zoom = {0}, tile-x = {1} and tile-y = {2}
  2. Parameter Type
    • You should always choose OSM
  3. Server Count
    • Some map providers use more than one server to balance the traffic and reduce the server-stress
    • If this option should not be used, set it to 1 and replace the placeholder for the servers with nothing or a static value.
  4. Max Zoom
    • Type in the max zoom level the map provider allows. Some map servers provide map tiles until zoom level 16 only, escpecially such with included hill-shading. Usually this value is 18.
  5. File Extension
    • Type in the file-extension (png or jpg) of the format the map tiles are returned from the server.

Examples

Here is an example for the settings of a finnish map server.
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And thus it looks like in the map:
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More examples

User defined map: examples

HowTo: Add Stage to Cache

This post will show you how to add your own stage to a cache. We will add a simple stage by coordinates.

1) Select your desired cache from the map.
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We use the cache GC3DH6J (“Die Elbe – etwas tiefer gelegt”) for this example.

2) The details page of this geocache
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Scroll to the ‘Stages’-page.

3) The original stages of this cache
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Now press the ‘+’ add stage button.

4) The Add Stage page appears
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Type in your desired coordinates and a description if you want.
Press the OK-button to add the stage.
The cache is now also part of your favorites, because only favorited caches may add stages.

5) One more stage in the list of stages
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6) Navigate to the freshly added stage by press on ‘Go’ and choose it as ‘Target on map’
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7) The map shows all stages of your cache if you have selected them as target.
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Press the ‘Info’-button to return to the cache description of the targeted cache.

Happy hunting for multi caches! 🙂

HowTo: Import Waypoints

This post provides some facts about the import of waypoints from .gpx-files into maaloo Geocaching. The waypoints are imported from Dropbox. The login to Dropbox is also shown.

1) Open the Waypoints page.
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2) If you have not imported any waypoints before, this message appears
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3) Swap to the Files-page. If you have not imported any files before the list is empty.
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Press the lower left “Download”-button.

4) Select your preferred import source.
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In this example we demonstrate the import from Dropbox. If you have logged into your Dropbox from this app before, the app jumps to point 7 without step 5 and 6.
The Pocket Queries button allows to import your Pocket Queries from geocaching.com (for Premium-members only).

5) The app detects that you have not authorized with Dropbbox before and will start the login process.
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Type in your Email address and Password. Press ‘Sign In’.

6) Dropbox asks if you allow to connect your Dropbox-account with this app.
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Press the green button (‘Allow’ / ‘Zulassen’).

7) Use the lower menu buttons to navigate in your Dropbox-folders like in a file-browser.
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Use the ‘<-‘-button to navigate back to the parent folder.
Use the ‘Download’-button to download your selected .gpx- or .zip-file. In case of a .zip-file, it must contain one or two compressed .gpx-file(s), the second with the additional waypoints (stages of caches).
Select a .gpx/.zip-file and press the Download-button.

8) If the file was successfully downloaded this message appears.
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Press OK and 2x back-button of your phone.

9) The list of imported files contains now one file
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Select this file and press the middle Activate-button to activate this file for usage. You can have more than one imported file, thats why you have to activate your desired file for usage.

10) The message appears that you have activated this file.
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Press OK and swap to the Waypoints-page.

11) The waypoints nearby your current position are ordered by distance.
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You can sort the waypoints by distance, name, difficulty or terrain by a press on the lower left menu button. In case you did not load a geocaching-file, only the name and distance sort order make sense.

It’s so easy 😉

HowTo: Login to geocaching.com

The real benefit of this app is unleashed after a login to geocaching.com.

1.) Press on “Profile” to view your GC-Profile
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2.) The app detects that you are not logged in and asks to do so.
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Press OK to start the Login.

3.) The app connects to the geocaching.com server
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Do not use the Facebook-Login. Sign in with Geocaching.

4.) Type in your username and password.
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Press ‘Sign In’ after you entered your username and password.

5.) The geocaching.com-Server asks if you really want to connect this app to your geocaching-account.
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Press ‘Allow Access’.

6.) Now you should get a success message.
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7.) If you are only a Basic-member of geocaching.com, you will notice some limitations regarding the functionality of this app. This limitations are caused by geocaching.com to suggest you to buy a Premium-membership of geocaching.com 😉
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8.) If something goes wrong with your access to geocaching.com, you can explicitly disconnect and connect again from the menu.
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9.) If you get the following error message while login to geocaching.com, you should revoke the permission for maaloo in your profile settings on geocaching.com. Then wait a longer moment (some minutes to 1 hour) and try again.

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10.) Your access to geocaching.com expires after a certain amount of time (currently 90 days). You have to login again after this period.

Munzee

The Munzee-Online-Service is currently not available anymore. The data input was cancelled.

With version 1.9 of maaloo Geocaching the app supports the new hunting game “Munzee” of www.munzee.com.The goal is to capture the QR-code of a munzee-label found somewhere in the field, hidden like a geocache. The QR-code must be scanned with a munzee-certified app to be count for you as a found. Currently only the munzee-app self is allowed to capture munzee-QR-codes. Therefore you must switch to the munzee-app to capture the munzee. But you can use maaloo to navigate to the munzees.

Nearby import of munzees

  1. Preconditions:
    a) You have online acces
    b) You enabled the munzee-Online-Service in the Layer menu (default)
    c) You are in map-mode, see the map
  2. Move the center of the map to your desired position or just press the “center” button to align the center of the map to your current GPS-position
  3. Open the Slide-in menu and press the Refresh-button to start the online services
  4. The munzee-icons should appear after some seconds. That’s it!

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The green icons of munzee on the map

Options

To increase the number of imported munzees for one request, open the Layer-page and select the “Max number of results” in the Options-page accessible from the menu of the Layer-page.

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You can open the Layer-page in the map menu.

The munzee-online-service is provided by munzee.dfx.at