maaloo – Progress and Technical Fitness

The development of maaloo is still in progress. Quality expectations are very high, especially when it comes to rendering the maps and expanding the software.

The map rendering should at least meet the expectations of modern map applications and provide a solid basis for future expansion in this area.

Particular attention was paid to the design of the software in expandable components in order to be able to build various applications in the field of outdoor activities. This enables adaptation to special applications. The previous use cases of maaloo as a geocaching app or an outdoor app are to be incorporated into other use cases. The use cases can be packaged in their own modules and added to the maaloo core application.

These modules do not necessarily have to be developed by maaloo itself. In the future, maaloo wants to be a platform for outdoor applications, as an option for excessive expandability and division of labor.

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Perhaps this explains why it is not about being on the market as quickly as possible, but rather taking a little more time, but then standing on solid and high-quality legs. Ready for the future, not just for the moment.

Stay tuned. The goal is still, to release a maaloo Geocaching app in 2020.

maaloo Geocaching for iPhone and Android – On Approach

Good news. The app comes in a phase in which it works altogether – gets round. The functionality is not yet where it should be in the future. But it is possible to search geocaches, save as favorites and log the find.
The interface is modern and hopefully fluid and easy to use.

What’s included right from the start are high resolution offline vector maps from all over the world. That was important and took a little more time than planned – it was worth it.

Here are a few impressions of the state. The beta phase with users starts in spring 2020. Maybe you can join the TestFlight.

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maaloo Geocaching for iPhone

After a somewhat longer breather, owing to the decline of Windows Phone / Mobile, the journey continues towards the iPhone. maaloo geocaching is being redesigned, with fresh technology under the planks. The main focus lays on the target platform Apple iPhone. Potentially, it could also run on Android and Windows Universal App – but maybe later. Lets focus on iPhone.

When will it happen? Look forward to late spring 2019 over again …

Import, Export – GPX – OneDrive

The Live-API to OneDrive which is used by maaloo Geocaching/Outdoor was switched off by Microsoft.

You can still import GPX-files by direct file import. E.g. you can send an Email to yourself with an GPX file attachment. Open the attached GPX-file in your mail client on your phone. Touch on the file and all associated apps are listed which can open GPX files. Choose maaloo Geocaching/Outdoor an the file will be imported.

There are no export features available anymore. Sorry for any inconveniences caused. Ways of implementing an alternative feature to export a GPX file are checked.

Update: v2.9.6.0 – added the ability to export tracks and waypoints by export as plain text in the body of an Email. This re-enables the further post-processing and import in GPX-Editors on PC.

maaloo Geocaching for free – Update 2.9.5.

maaloo Geocaching is now free. You do not have to pay anything to use the full version. I hope you like that.

Update 2.9.5.0 – Changelog

  • The default map is now the OpenStreetMap “Normal” map, because of problems with the HERE map on newer devices.
  • The ‘View Online’ feature is not available for Basic members of geocaching.com.
  • The lost of the GPS-signal is now alerted by voice and vibration.

Update 2.9.5.1 – Changelog

  • There is an option for the new feature ‘The lost of the GPS-signal is now alerted by voice and vibration.’ – Settings / Proximity / Checkbox ‘Alert GPS-Signal lost’

Update 2.9.5.2 – Changelog

  • The Favorites / Waypoints page has a redesigned application bar. There is a new button to activate the multi selection mode and one more button to select all or de-select all items. You can elect the selected waypoints as your favorites, which copies them to the favorites folder.
  • If you choose “update all” from the Favorites menu, the geocaches are getting updated as usual, but now the pictures of the caches are downloaded too. (Hint: If you delete the favorites afterwards, the pictures stay in the storage of maaloo until you delete them by “Database / delete (red icon)” explicitly. Hint 2: If you have the same waypoints in a Pocket Query, the pictures of the same caches (equal GC-Code) are available too, also if you delete the favorites.)
  • The pixel offset in the OSM-map of the Lumia 950 device (RM-1105) is detected automatically now.

Update 2.9.5.3 – Changelog

  • Fixed an error in the coordinate transformation

Update Geocaching v2.9.4.x

v2.9.4.0:

This update offers 2 new filters for Geocaches. The Cache-Size and the Min-Favorite-Points filters.

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The selection of all sizes automatically includes the Unknown-size.

The other new features are the fast map and themes switcher, introduces with the v2.9.3 of the Outdoor version.

Updates v2.9.4.x – Bugfixes

v2.9.4.1:

  • Corrected coordinates of mystery caches in geocaching.com are visible again on the map and in the details of the cache.

v2.9.4.2:

  • A Timeout-message appears if the request for caches on the map is not responded in a certain time (see Seetings / Online / TimeOut Message Limit). This re-enables the next request faster.
  • Panoramio is no longer available. The former features for Panoramio are excluded now from the app.
  • Some other minor bugfixes.