Android Geocaching Apps

Discussion about software such as GSAK, OziExplorer etc, as well as all things hardware, GPSrs, laptops, PDAs, paperless caching, cables etc
Post Reply
User avatar
MtnLioness
2800 or more caches found
2800 or more caches found
Posts: 875
Joined: 12 May 09 5:50 pm
Location: Seaton, Adelaide
Contact:

Re: Android Geocaching Apps

Post by MtnLioness » 13 October 11 9:50 pm

I just got the courage to try Swype and found it pleasantly easy!
May come in handy for logging too

User avatar
kennythe1st
Posts: 133
Joined: 19 December 09 7:36 pm
Location: nr Daylesford, VIC
Contact:

Re: Android Geocaching Apps - Swype

Post by kennythe1st » 14 October 11 7:29 am

A shortfall of Swype is that when you enter an unusual personal name, brand, technical term or geocaching name, it doesn't provide that sequence of letters as an option. So you then have to revert to tapping. If it always placed the letter stream as the first word choice, it would be much smoother.

I guess whether this is an issue or not might depend on your work and interests being such that unusual words are not uncommon. So maybe the solution is an option in Settings to provide your letter stream as theh first displayed word.

Kenny

User avatar
noikmeister
5000 or more caches found
5000 or more caches found
Posts: 1200
Joined: 10 July 09 12:29 pm
Location: Canberra

Re: Android Geocaching Apps - Swype

Post by noikmeister » 14 October 11 7:45 am

kennythe1st wrote:A shortfall of Swype is that when you enter an unusual personal name, brand, technical term or geocaching name, it doesn't provide that sequence of letters as an option. So you then have to revert to tapping. If it always placed the letter stream as the first word choice, it would be much smoother.

I guess whether this is an issue or not might depend on your work and interests being such that unusual words are not uncommon. So maybe the solution is an option in Settings to provide your letter stream as theh first displayed word.

Kenny
It can only guess words that are in the dictionary. So there is no way of it knowing that when I "swype" over nkoiuytrghjkmnhgtrertyuiuhgfdsdftrer, that I really mean "Norkmeister".

I actually appreciate the way it introduces new words. It is superior to the standard input method. When you peck out a word that isn't in the standard dictionary and then choose it over the phone's suggestion it automatically adds it to the dictionary. This has led me to have words I don't really want in there and then it keeps using them.

With Swype it lets you choose your pecked-out foreign word and then says "Add to dictionary?" so if you don't really want it to be in there you don't have to have it in there.

User avatar
Mr Router
1500 or more caches found
1500 or more caches found
Posts: 2782
Joined: 22 May 05 11:59 am
Location: Bathurst

Re: Android Geocaching Apps

Post by Mr Router » 23 October 11 5:39 pm

we have been out for drives over the last couple of days finding caches :shock: using the eee pad to navigate 8) using GDAK as the data base and Ozi droid for mapping :D
maps are ubd nsw, nsw 1-250 and Festy's finest.
yesterday because the brain never transferred the sqlite.db3 file, GDAK used the last data file, so we missed some notes, doh.
but today i made sure the download was all there before transfer and things were sweet.
all in all this tablet/netbook has replaced both hardware like external gps and software such as gpsgate that you have to run on pc.
caches can then be logged when connected to our mobile ap.
i cannot recommenced Ozi droid any higher :D best of all in 3d mode, the attached photo sort of shows 3d
both GDAK and Ozi recommended

Image

User avatar
CraigRat
850 or more found!!!
850 or more found!!!
Posts: 6947
Joined: 23 August 04 3:17 pm
Twitter: CraigRat
Facebook: http://facebook.com/CraigRat
Location: Launceston, TAS
Contact:

Re: Android Geocaching Apps

Post by CraigRat » 23 October 11 5:58 pm

Sweet.

I haven't used Ozi on Android since one of the early alphas, I'll have another look!!

I do find it interesting that he'll be charging $25 for the release version....theres a few good apps out there (Lucus and OruxMaps) that do as much (Orux takes ozi format maps) and they are free...

User avatar
Mr Router
1500 or more caches found
1500 or more caches found
Posts: 2782
Joined: 22 May 05 11:59 am
Location: Bathurst

Re: Android Geocaching Apps

Post by Mr Router » 23 October 11 9:09 pm

CraigRat wrote:I do find it interesting that he'll be charging $25 for the release version...
i paid 25 to be a beta tester :oops: it is worth the money though \:D/

User avatar
CraigRat
850 or more found!!!
850 or more found!!!
Posts: 6947
Joined: 23 August 04 3:17 pm
Twitter: CraigRat
Facebook: http://facebook.com/CraigRat
Location: Launceston, TAS
Contact:

Re: Android Geocaching Apps

Post by CraigRat » 23 October 11 9:21 pm

Mr Router wrote:
CraigRat wrote:I do find it interesting that he'll be charging $25 for the release version...
i paid 25 to be a beta tester :oops: it is worth the money though \:D/
Just been using it......... I think I'll keep on using my other apps for now.

It's certainly got potential though.

User avatar
Mr Router
1500 or more caches found
1500 or more caches found
Posts: 2782
Joined: 22 May 05 11:59 am
Location: Bathurst

Re: Android Geocaching Apps

Post by Mr Router » 23 October 11 9:59 pm

cool , but yep it does need development :!: to interface it with things like gdak and be a little more animated, with more options like those on the pc version.
most of all be able to open a gpx file from all sources, hopefully if enough people use it development might come quicker :)

User avatar
gmj3191
5000 or more caches found
5000 or more caches found
Posts: 1314
Joined: 22 April 03 12:37 am
Location: Sandringham, Vic Garmin Oregon 650

Re: Android Geocaching Apps

Post by gmj3191 » 15 December 11 12:10 pm

OK, I bit the bullet and rooted my HTC Desire, using the procedure here http://www.t-mod.org/182-2/desire-tutorial/.
It looked a bit scary, but worked really well, and my phone is now able to support many more apps and the low memory restriction is a thing of the past.

I had all my contacts sync'd with Google and they all came back beautifully.
I used the T-Mod LeeDroid Gingerbread custom rom, which includes all settings for Telstra.
I had to choose between A2SD and Data++ version, but couldn't find any reasons why one is superior to the other, so went A2SD.

The video tutorials gave me confidence and everything worked as it should have.

I'm very happy with the result, and no longer get low memory messages and have to decline updates to key apps (such as GA Cacher).

ving
Posts: 32
Joined: 02 December 04 11:06 am
Location: campbelltown

Re: Android Geocaching Apps

Post by ving » 19 December 11 1:41 pm

am using c:geo on a htc incredible s. seems pretty good to me but i havent tried anything else.
are there any that would work better for me (not that i can fault what i have) and how would it be better? :?:

User avatar
gmj3191
5000 or more caches found
5000 or more caches found
Posts: 1314
Joined: 22 April 03 12:37 am
Location: Sandringham, Vic Garmin Oregon 650

Re: Android Geocaching Apps

Post by gmj3191 » 19 December 11 2:09 pm

I like c;geo, but the GC.com app is better as it can handle trackables as well as caches.

User avatar
CraigRat
850 or more found!!!
850 or more found!!!
Posts: 6947
Joined: 23 August 04 3:17 pm
Twitter: CraigRat
Facebook: http://facebook.com/CraigRat
Location: Launceston, TAS
Contact:

Re: Android Geocaching Apps

Post by CraigRat » 19 December 11 2:13 pm

ving wrote:am using c:geo on a htc incredible s. seems pretty good to me but i havent tried anything else.
are there any that would work better for me (not that i can fault what i have) and how would it be better? :?:
NeonGeo is probably one of the better ones out there, and it too can handle trackables and live data from GC and is under half the price of GC's over-priced app

Laighside Legends
10000 or more caches found
10000 or more caches found
Posts: 1273
Joined: 05 October 10 10:20 pm
Location: Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Re: Android Geocaching Apps

Post by Laighside Legends » 19 December 11 6:51 pm

I assume that since NeonGeo uses the same API as GSAK it will limit non-premium members to finding 3 caches a day...

User avatar
CraigRat
850 or more found!!!
850 or more found!!!
Posts: 6947
Joined: 23 August 04 3:17 pm
Twitter: CraigRat
Facebook: http://facebook.com/CraigRat
Location: Launceston, TAS
Contact:

Re: Android Geocaching Apps

Post by CraigRat » 19 December 11 6:58 pm

Laighside Legends wrote:I assume that since NeonGeo uses the same API as GSAK it will limit non-premium members to finding 3 caches a day...
Yep.
Not sure what the Grounsdpeak one is limited to of you are non-pm

User avatar
bshwckr
500 or more caches logged
500 or more caches logged
Posts: 214
Joined: 08 August 06 1:51 pm
Twitter: bshwckr
Location: Cessnock

Re: Android Geocaching Apps

Post by bshwckr » 21 December 11 9:55 pm

:D The new Oziexplorer Beta 1.09 is a huge advance on 1.08 and with the addition of your own screen designer. I was toying with dragging the old Garmin Oregon out again but looks like I will give the Garmin Asus A50 another chance now.

http://www.oziexplorer3.com/android/ozi ... droid.html

I created a screen design which has 3 screens. The first screen shows a map which overlays my wpt file of geocaches. I have added my current speed, altitude, time and a button to move to the next screen.
The second screen has a large compass which shows the direction and distance to the next waypoint (geocache as selected) and a button to move to the next screen.
The third screen shows a list of the nearest waypoints (geocaches) and colours them green if I am moving toward them. And a button to move to the next screen which is the first screen.

If anyone has any really good geocaching screen design ideas, I would like give them a try.

Another benefit I have found by updating to the latest beta, my "more detailed" maps are recognised. Prior to updating, I had the default World Map, an Australia wide map at 250000:1 and the (sometimes) 25000:1 NSW maps in the correct directory. The program refused to load the 25000:1 maps automatically as the most detailed maps. I could select and load them manually prior to the update but now it happens automatically.
From what I can see, this latest update has made Ozi for Android equivelant to its Mobile PC version with the exception of being able to open the web page of the geocache in question.
I hope Des adds some on-line functionallity in future versions.

Post Reply