Update Geocaching v2.4

A very useful new feature comes with V2.4 of maaloo Geocaching, the possibility to use ready made map packages from SD-card. If you do not have an SD-card you can import the map files by mail or Cloud. The map files must follow the .gemf-format, known from Android-phones. You can create this map files with the Mobile Atlas Creator (Mobac, format ‘Osmdroid GEMF’) by yourself or download them from other sources. There are some ready made map files in a neat map catalog on this site.

The most noticeable visual change is the new map menu. The different map sources are organized in an Online and Offline page with folders to categorize them.

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You can define as many user defined map providers as you want now. The limit of only 1 user defined map is revoked.

All new features

  • possibility to use ready made map files (.gemf) from SD-card or imported them to the local storage
  • more than one user defined map
  • the file extensions .gpx and .gemf are now associated with the app. You can open this file-type from mail or file browsers and switch directly to maaloo to import this files.
  • the Go-function now works better with the ‘Navigation HERE’ option.
  • A tap on the 2 or 4 Info-fields on the map opens the map options page to select the content for the fields.

 

Update Geocaching v2.3

A nice and needful feature comes with the new version 2.3, the Pop-up window in the map with a short description of the cache. The Pop-Up has two buttons, the info button and the ‘Go’-navigation button. Escpecially the ‘Go’-button allows the fast choice of this cache as your next target, without the need to open the info page first.
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All new features:

  • Map: Info Pop-up of the cache in the map
  • Map: new options
    – night mode
    – dark buttons
    – auto hide buttons
  • Czech language for the app (Thanks to Lupyno!)
  • Dutch language for offline helpers (Thanks to marmarroo!)

Update Geocaching v2.2

A big present for all german speaking users. maaloo Geocaching now speaks german, endlich!
But there is also a new feature for all other people, the black-theme. Especially for AMOLED-phones the black-theme is very useful to save energy.

New feature list

  • black and white theme
  • localized for german language
  • cache-details page more clearly arranged
  • bugfix: download caches sometimes results in not readable list

If you want to help to translate maaloo Geocaching to your local language e.g. Finnish or Czech, please contact me. (see Impressum)

Update v2.1 + v2.0

Two updates at one day! maaloo Geocaching v2.1 and maaloo Outdoor v2.0 are released today.
The Outdoor version gets the HERE map like the Geocaching version got in v2.0. Both version now have a fine tuned map download quota solution for each map provider. Both version talk to you by text to speech if you are nearby or reached your desired waypoint/geocache.

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Map download

The map providers have different restrictions for map downloads. This version respects this restrictions more stringent and re-allows some maps for download which were blocked in v2.0/1.2. You can read the restriction seetings in the Info page of each map provider.

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User defined map: examples

Here is a list of possible settings for your user defined map.

Open the settings page of the user defined map as follows:
1) Home screen, first page
2) press the small download button of the big Map button
3) scroll to the Online page
4) in the list of map providers scroll down to the last entry and press the + button of the ‘User’ map provider

The settings page looks like this
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6) Edit all settings according to a map provider of your choice including all the letters, symbols and brackets exactly as shown. Close the page with the OK-sign.
7) You find a new map provider entry in the list of User defined maps. Chosse this new entry and press the OK-sign to use it for the map

List of map providers

Google road

  • URL: http://mt{3}.google.com/vt/lyrs=m@@x={0}@@y={1}@@z={2}
  • Parameter Type: Google
  • Server Count: 2
  • Max Zoom: 18
  • File Extension: png

……view online: maps.google.com

Google hybrid

  • URL: http://mt{3}.google.com/vt/lyrs=y@@x={0}@@y={1}@@z={2}
  • Parameter Type: Google
  • Server Count: 2
  • Max Zoom: 18
  • File Extension: png

……view online: maps.google.com

 

Eniro (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland)

  • URL: http://map0{0:1}.eniro.no/geowebcache/service/tms1.0.0/map/{1}/{2}/{3:i}.png
  • Parameter Type: OSM
  • Server Count: 4
  • Max Zoom: 15
  • File Extension: png

……view online: kartor.eniro.se

Nearly all map providers do not allow bulk downloads. Do not download this maps, only use them for map browsing.

Update v2.0

This update starts with the implementation of many new features of the Window Phone 8 platform. The start is the most wanted feature, the HERE map integration. No more downloads of maps in advance, just go out for caching with the delightful Nokia HERE map.

The new features list:

  • Nokia HERE map integration
    – road and hybrid mode
    – day and night colors
    – adjust pitch for 3D view
    – fast rendering, ..
  • Geocaching features
    – added log type Will attend, Attended
    – bugfix: save caches
    ……– it should possible to download the caches of the map as list again
    – drop the default log text with a button above the log edit box
    – nearby the target cache the log/notes button switches to the log page
  • Address search
    – selected address result can be displayed on the map with the Go button

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This update is available for Windows Phone 8 devices only.
The coming updates will require the features of the Windows Phone 8 platform too.

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! 🙂