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: Use the Map

This short article shows you the handling of the map. All is done by simple gestures. You surely used the map prior reading this article. It is very intuitive. The necessary gestures are shown in the images and explained underneath.

1) Move the map

Move the map by holding down one finger and move around.

2) Rotate the map

Rotate the map by holding down two fingers and rotate them around each other.

3) Zoom in/out

Move two fingers away from each other to zoom in.


Move two fingers closer together to zoom out.


Another possibility to zoom in is a short double tap on the screen.

4) Buttons and information on the map

  1. Info panels
    • The info panels in the upper area of the map show some interesting information. You can choose the shown information in the Info-page of the Map Options-pages by selecting “map options…” from the menu.
  2. GPS position & center map
    • “GPS position” shows your position in the map as an arrow like icon. You can bind the center of the map to the GPS position by a press on the “center map”-button. The “center map”-button is only visible if you have a stable GPS-signal.
  3. Crosshairs
    • The Crosshairs mark the center of the map, if the map is moved away from the GPS position as the center position. The Center of the map is the rotation and zoom origin.
  4. North arrow
    • The north arrow always points in the direction of the north. If you rotate the map or the map is rotated by the compass or GPS the north arrow will ever show you the north direction. If you press on the north arrow button the map is aligned to north for 5 seconds and rotates back after this 5 seconds.
  5. Zoom in/out
    • The zoom in and out buttons do what they are labeled for, they zoom the map in and out as an alternative to the pinch in and out gestures. Sometimes it is faster to press the zoom in and out buttons than doing this by the gestures.
      The current zoom level is displayed beside the zoom buttons for 1-2 seconds.
  6. Legend
    • The legend gives you an imagination of the distances displayed in the map. The upper number is measured in metrical unit the lower in imperial unit.