This update integrates the ability to download OpenStreetMap vector map files directly from the app. There are files for nearly the whole world available.
You can download the files from the map manager. Press the map / download button from the main screen to open the map manager. There is a new Download button on the Offline-page.
This button opens a webpage with all the available maps. You can download a whole country or a part of a bigger country. The download of the file itself is executed by the phones system. You get a notification if the file is downloaded and ready for import. Click the downloaded file and the import will start. This can take a while if the file is big (some minutes for e.g. germany.map with 1.7GB). You can delete the file after import from the downloads folder, because it is copied into the apps storage.
World base map
Especially for the vector maps, there is a new world base map for lower zoom levels. This map is an online map and loads the map tiles on demand for zoom levels lower than 11. Vector map files does not have map data for the whole world, so if you zoom out to lower zoom levels you would not see a map anymore. With the new fallback to the world base map you always see a map until zoom level 3.
You need online access for the world base map, but the tiles are cached, so each used map tile is downloaded only ones.
You can disable the world base map for vector maps in the map options.
On which versions of the Windows Phone OS runs the App maaloo Geocaching and maaloo Outdoor 8 ?
Both Apps started with WP7.1 and were then upgraded together with the OS to WP8.0 and WP8.1.
Both Apps are not developed explicitly for W10M, but run also under W10M (build 10.0.10586.x). Do not use the Insider builds of W10M with this App, there are potentially more bugs.
It is possible that Microsoft prevents the ability to install apps which are designed for WP8.0 or WP8.1 on newer version of Windows 10 Mobile. maaloo Outdoor is designed for WP8.0. maaloo Outdoor (without 8) and maaloo Geocaching are designed for WP8.1.
With the state of today, the following versions are available in the Store (21 July 2016) :
- v22.214.171.124 (Geocaching)
- v126.96.36.199 (Outdoor and Outdoor 8)
- v188.8.131.52 (Geocaching)
- v184.108.40.206 (Outdoor 8)
- v220.127.116.11 (Outdoor)
- v18.104.22.168 (Geocaching)
- v22.214.171.124 (Outdoor)
You can add the Geocaching App features into the Outdoor 8 App and leverage the Outdoor 8 App to a Multi-Outdoor-tool. Geocaching and Outdoor in one App… awesome!
You must have been purchased the Geocaching and the Outdoor 8 app. Open the Geocaching App and press the Unlock button in Info / Apps. This will enable the Geocaching-features in the installed Outdoor 8 app. The amount of available Geocaching features depends on the version of the Outdoor 8 app vs. the Geocaching version. But normally both apps are close together.
The former Geocaching/Outdoor-InApps will be not available anymore.
You can find currently two versions of the Outdoor app. The Outdoor 8 app with the blue icon has one big advantage, it can record your track in the background. The green Outdoor App does not have this ability.
This has a technical reason, because of restrictions by WP8.1 vs. WP8.0. If the app is based on WP8.0 internally, it allows the background location tracking. There was no way to re-enable this for the green WP8.1 app, so the blue app was born.
You can unlock the trial version of the blue Outdoor 8 app for free if you have bought the green app already. In the green App go to Info / Apps and press the unlock button. You must install the blue trial version before. If you had bought the Geocaching-InApp, the Geocaching features will be unlocked in the blue App too.
If you plan to buy the Outdoor App, take the blue one.
If you have only a Basic account at geocaching.com, this app (and all other Live-API depentend apps) will get limited results by the geocaching.com Live API.
The limitations are:
- Only 3 full descriptions of traditional caches per day
- Only traditional caches are visible (no Multi caches, mystery caches, ..)
- no Pocket Queries
You must buy a Premium account at geocaching.com to have full access to the Live-API-features.
If you buy the app you do not get a Premium account of geocaching.com included.
After an upload of a local log the log date at the geocaching.com website differs in some hours. The reason is the timezone of your local log date differs from the timezone of the geocaching.com Servers. The Servers are located in Seattle USA (UTC-7).
The cache logs on the website are shown only with the date not the time. But if you are located in e.g. europe and you write your log early in the morning, the hour offset (e.g. Germany UTC+1 to USA UTC-7, difference 8 hours) will result in a day before on the website.
This is not nice but the API of geocaching.com gets the log date converted to UTC as required.
In a next version you can set an optional offset for the hours, which will be added before the upload to geocaching.com. You decide if the date at geocaching.com is shown correct or the date in other apps is correct.