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GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 14 December 12 11:59 am
by mtrax
There is a Android Application which supports Geocaching Australia its called GA Cacher

you can find it on the Android Store/Play
the App is Free to download. Your Feedback is welcome and any issues report to me (Mtrax) directly or try posting to this thread.


Here is a list of its features:
* Display nearby geocaches from Geocaching Australia, including Trig, movable, virtuals etc..
* Display details of the geocache and recent logs
* show and Navigate to geocaches using Google maps.
* Launch App from GCA links email or URL links
* select number of caches to load from 20-200
* Filter by Geocache type, ie load only Trad, Multi etc..
* logging Found/DNF.. from details page
* refresh Movable details
* Log Movable Cache location (with GPSr)
* Load Selected Geocache/TrigPoint
* Load from other locations using centre of Map
* Navigate using GCA map
* add Photo to Log from Android Gallery
* Show history of last Logs to GCA website

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 14 December 12 12:02 pm
by mtrax
Updates:
I noticed some network issues with Optus 3G yesterday which was causing Logging to fail but looks like its working again now

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 14 December 12 12:49 pm
by Zalgariath
Has been VERY useful during the cache race for live cache locations and logging :D

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 14 December 12 3:42 pm
by spatialriq
Brilliant App. I also had some login issues the other day, although I'm on Telstra. All good now though :D

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 17 December 12 12:25 am
by FelixII
:lol: Hasnt missed a beat for us. Is absolutely amazing. Can't do without it during a moveable race.

Awesome thanks so much 8) 8)

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 20 December 12 8:16 am
by s_mc500
I've been having login trouble with GA Cacher last 2 days, it auto updated to 0.42 but still login fails :(

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 20 December 12 8:20 am
by geo_jas
I had some problems this morning in the field but when I got to work I saw that GCA was having issues.

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 20 December 12 8:23 am
by caughtatwork
Yes the site was indeed having issues.
About 50 of the same database query stacked up.
Pressing F5 doesn't speed up the process, it just stacks another long running query behind the one that's already running.
I've kicked the DB in the nuts and it now seems to be OK.

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 09 January 13 4:58 pm
by gmj3191
Possible new feature - Clickable Log History
=================
With the moveable games each year, you often tend to collect a number of caches, and then later set about hiding them, which is the essence of the game.
When you hide one, you need to select it in the app so you can log it.
Aids in doing this might be:
- a QR tag on the cache which you can scan (a nice initiative this year by some)
- the cache code written externally on the cache (you still have to enter it and do a search)
- finding it on the map if it was originally not too far away

If there is no external code, and the other methods are a bit involved, you sometimes need to open up the cache to get the code off the log, so you can do your search
which can be pretty messy with some caches, especially the smaller ones.

It occurred to me that it might be a good idea to have a list of recent finds available in the app, so you could just pick the cache you want to log a move for, from the recent find list.
The app already has a recent log history.
It would be great if you could click on the items in this list to either bring up the new log screen for that cache, or just select the cache itself so you can then log it easily.

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 09 January 13 7:13 pm
by geo_jas
The history button gives you a list of recent logs. Just long press on the cache and you can open for details and logging. Works great.

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 09 January 13 10:55 pm
by gmj3191
geo_jas wrote:The history button gives you a list of recent logs. Just long press on the cache and you can open for details and logging. Works great.
Geeez you're right. I was too quick on the trigger.
Fantastic, thanks.

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 10 January 13 11:38 am
by mtrax
gmj3191 wrote:Possible new feature - Clickable Log History
=================
With the moveable games each year, you often tend to collect a number of caches, and then later set about hiding them, which is the essence of the game.
When you hide one, you need to select it in the app so you can log it.
Aids in doing this might be:
1- a QR tag on the cache which you can scan (a nice initiative this year by some)
2- the cache code written externally on the cache (you still have to enter it and do a search)
3 - finding it on the map if it was originally not too far away

If there is no external code, and the other methods are a bit involved, you sometimes need to open up the cache to get the code off the log, so you can do your search
which can be pretty messy with some caches, especially the smaller ones.

It occurred to me that it might be a good idea to have a list of recent finds available in the app, so you could just pick the cache you want to log a move for, from the recent find list.
The app already has a recent log history.
It would be great if you could click on the items in this list to either bring up the new log screen for that cache, or just select the cache itself so you can then log it easily.
1. the App should already support QR codes you just scan with what ever app you want and it should launch GA cacher
2. you can load a single cache with the Load-1 button
3. if you Long press on the Map view you can load caches centered around that location.
4. The History button should keep track of all your recent logs eg finds/moves etc..

thanks

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 10 January 13 11:39 pm
by gmj3191
Yes, I was aware of the first 3, but they aren't always convenient to use when you're executing a move if there's no external QR code or cache number, and the cache is logged to a map location some distance away.

The long press on the history (Find Log) is the one I was after, but didn't know about it.
I had tried to tap the history logs, but had not long pressed apparently.

All perfect now, thanks Mtrax.

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 11 January 13 1:14 am
by spatialriq
mtrax wrote:
gmj3191 wrote:Possible new feature - Clickable Log History

3. if you Long press on the Map view you can load caches centered around that location.

thanks
That bit doesn't work for me ... just comes up with the address of where ever I long clicked on?

Re: GCA Android App - GA Cacher

Posted: 11 January 13 2:56 am
by mtrax
My bad sorry you move the map to the new location and press the menu then select load from centre