FAQ: Combine Geocaching and 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.

 

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FAQ: Outdoor vs. Outdoor 8

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.

FAQ: Basic member at geocaching.com

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.

FAQ: Wrong log date at geocaching.com

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.

 

Update Geocaching v2.9.1

This update fixes some bugs and provides some minor improvements.

Changes for Geocaching:

  • Bugfix: The Found-Icon were not updated immediately on the map in all conditions. This should work now for PQs, Favorites, Online-Caches and the target waypoint.
  • Bugfix: The [COUNT]-Tag in the log text was not updated for immediately send logs. The number of founds is now retrieved from geocaching.com before log upload.
  • The logs are now uploaded in the order of creation date, from the older to the newer entries. Previously this was not explicitly ensured.
  • The short_description of the GPX-files (PQs) are now involved for the description of the cache, previously only the long_description was displayed.
  • New: You can use [DATE_LOG] and [TIME_LOG] as placeholders for the date and time at the creation date of the log. The former [DATE] and [TIME] still exist but insert the current date and time at upload.

General Changes:

  • Missing map tiles are tried to download again after the online access is available again. Previously a failed map tile download was cached until the next map provider was selected or the App restarted.
  • The info field ‘Altitude’ now shows the altitudes above 1000m in meters not km.
  • The Lumia 950 had a pixel offset on the OSM maps which prevented the correct selection of waypoints on the map. There is a new map option to add an offset to the touch position. The option page is: map / menu… / map options / View Extended / Special settings. The Lumia 950 is detected and the right value set, so normally you must not do anything for this.

Update Outdoor v2.9.0 – POI

Update for maaloo Outdoor 8 (blue icon).

This update introduces the new POI online service provided by maaloo itself with data by OpenStreetMap. Points of Interest (POI)  are useful waypoints like restaurants, bars, shops or shelters. Find a shelter in the forest or a nice beer garden for a short break while hiking. You can save the POIs as favorite waypoints for offline purposes.

The POI service currently covers the area of europe.

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You can click on a POI as usual and open the detail page. Each POI can contain detailed information like opening hours or the postal address, dependent on the type of the POI.

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The types of POIs are organized in categories, which can be selected in the filter page.

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Enjoy the new feature, especially in unknown regions.

POI Data © OpenStreetMap contributors, ODbl 1.0.

 

 

Windows 10 Mobile

Some users have updated their phones to Windows 10 Mobile. The maaloo Apps are built for Windows Phone 8.x but run on Windows 10 Mobile too with some minor limitations.

The official update of W10M is the 10.0.10586.164. The 10586 is important, the last number is not so important.

One known limitation with W10M is the access to the SD-card. The maps on the SD-card are not detected by the app.
Some users had problems to start the app, if the app is installed on the SD-card. You should install the app on the internal storage of the phone in this case.

You should not use the Insider updates of W10M, not fast and not slow ring (14295.x) . There are potentially more problems. One problem is that the login to geocaching.com is not possible.

August 2017:  The app also runs on Windows Mobile 10 up to version 1607, Build 14393, which can not be guaranteed for newer versions.