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  1. #21  
    GeoNiche is the fanciest geocaching program for the Palm. Too bad that it does not support Treo's 5-way control. It does everything else. Tell the developer you might buy it if he added support for the Treo.
  2. #22  
    As a sidebar, EarthComber is a nice freeware geocachingsite:

    http://www.earthcomber.com
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    #23  
    I just found this link.....pretty cool!

    Geocaching.com wap site

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  4. #24  
    I use handmap extensively on my Treo. It has shown itself to be perfectly stable.
  5. #25  
    Quote Originally Posted by Geo-Treo
    GeoNiche is the fanciest geocaching program for the Palm. Too bad that it does not support Treo's 5-way control. It does everything else. Tell the developer you might buy it if he added support for the Treo.
    I checked out Geoniche, and it looks nice. The interface does look prettier than CacheMate, but I would have liked to see how it handles multiple databases with thousands of records on a SD card. The import/export utility is not nearly as nice as GSAK either.

    I currently have 2600 caches in CacheMate in 4 databases (3 on the card.), and it is still pretty snappy. I think CacheMate has more functionality for GeoCaching. The multiple icon display was nice looking, and seems to function more like a handhelp GPSr, but I think CacheMate would keep you focused on the end result... The Find! (but the nice display might be a feature that the author of CacheMate could add as an alternate view? )

    I also have used CetusGPS, but Cachemate does so much more, with a similar interface.


    GSAK is awesome! It Exports directly to CacheMate (Among many others), and Imports from CacheMate to retrieve found caches and logs. Being able to export the updated info directly in to GSAK, extract the finds (updating GSAKs Databases), and posting to the website from the interface using the included Macro is just too handy.

    Without a doubt, CacheMate/GSAK is the ultimate combo!

    BTW: Delorme Topo USA looks promising too. I plan to purchase it just for the Topo maps, and Sattelite maps.
  6. #26  
    Ultimate combo for whom? GSAK is a great waypoint management tool but, unfortunately, is Windows-only. As for GeoNiche versus CacheMate on the Palm, each has its strengths and weaknesses. GeoNiche, besides having a more informative and attractive interface, has more navigation features and better--and quicker--search capabilities. CacheMate's big strength is its geocaching specific data fields. They both get the job done so the choice--it's good to have choices!--may go to CacheMate because the developer keeps improving it whereas GeoNiche started out at a pretty high level but has been stagnant.
  7. #27  
    Quote Originally Posted by JoeGuru
    Well, I'm actually working on a review of Bluetooth GPS stuff for the 650. Here's a partial nutshell:

    Now here's the kicker on the 650: there is a bad bug in the serial Bluetooth routines. If you're navigating away, and you get a phone call, you have to reboot the 650 to get Bluetooth back. This means if you want to reliably use the 650 for a Bluetooth GPS device, you should shut off the phone portion. PalmOne is aware of the problem, but its solution doesn't seem to high on the priority list right now.

    Hope this helps.
    What????

    I am using TomTom on the Treo 650 and have NEVER had this issue. It works nearly flawlessly. I can accept phone calls and go right back to navigation w/o any issues
    digitalfx
    Former Treo 650 user
    now happy HTC TyTn owner
  8. #28  
    Quote Originally Posted by JoeGuru
    Well, I'm actually working on a review of Bluetooth GPS stuff for the 650. Here's a partial nutshell:

    Now here's the kicker on the 650: there is a bad bug in the serial Bluetooth routines. If you're navigating away, and you get a phone call, you have to reboot the 650 to get Bluetooth back. This means if you want to reliably use the 650 for a Bluetooth GPS device, you should shut off the phone portion. PalmOne is aware of the problem, but its solution doesn't seem to high on the priority list right now.

    Hope this helps.

    Like digitalfx, I have not had any problems with my Blue Logger and my headset -- answering calls while caching. I use DeLorme XMap with my Blue Logger, and CacheMate (As well as trying mutliple other software choices before settling on these 2) without any issues. I think your phone is buggery.

  9. #29  
    Quote Originally Posted by Geo-Treo
    Ultimate combo for whom? GSAK is a great waypoint management tool but, unfortunately, is Windows-only. As for GeoNiche versus CacheMate on the Palm, each has its strengths and weaknesses. GeoNiche, besides having a more informative and attractive interface, has more navigation features and better--and quicker--search capabilities. CacheMate's big strength is its geocaching specific data fields. They both get the job done so the choice--it's good to have choices!--may go to CacheMate because the developer keeps improving it whereas GeoNiche started out at a pretty high level but has been stagnant.
    Yes, It is unfortunate that GSAK is Windows only.

    But hey, every geek has at least one Windows machine. Even if they don't like to admit it. (I also have 2 MACs, and 3 Linux Boxes, but I admit that the Windows software I run on my XP machine far exceeds functionality of the other 2 platforms in most cases. If you are honest with yourself you understand the reality. I look forward to the day when that is not the norm.)

    And I agree, GeoNiche is pretty, but again, I choose function over beauty.

    Having all the caches appear on screen actually irritated me about handheld GPSrs, but I do realize it's usefulness on the inital decision to seek "which" cache. I honestly prefer CacheMate's solution because once I decide on a cache, I don't have to zoom in and out, or try to figure out which icon I am chasing. I already know. I just follow the Nav Display.

    Plus, I plan my Cache trips, so the processor speed of the Treo is not used much for searching, and planning. But the functionality is there if I want it. I have 9 cache raids planned currently, and they are already in seperate databases (Along with a data base of the 6 pocket queries (2500+ records) that I have of areas I frequent.). Unfortunately I could not get GeoNiche to do that.

    I also spend my time GeoCaching, not converting paper data to digital. I hated carrying a notebook to log my info, and then bring it home to transfer to GeoCaching.com's website. CacheMate's selections, and drop downs make logging caches almost unnoticable.

    Now -- I use a cache raid macro in GSAK, and automatically export it to CacheMate, and Street Atlas (I use it for street navigation from my house to the first cache site.). Sync my treo. Spend an afternoon finding new places, and friends. Come home sync my Treo again. Run a GSAK import/export/logging Macro. Hit submit on the GeoCaching.com site. And then sit around with friends socializing, and planning our next caching trip. I spend no more than 10 minutes of logging data, for every 4 hours of caching. I couldn't see doing this sport any other way.
  10. #30  
    I have the Tom Tom Navigator 5 and I Geocache and I am able to put in lat and long with no problem. It takes a little tweaking but if you pm me I will send you directions on how to do it..
  11. #31  
    great thread. just what I was looking for. I don't know why I couldn't find it last night
  12. #32  
    Is there a way to import caches into CotoGPS? I've tried CacheMate and CacheNav and that will get the job done but I like the format of CotoGPS better.
  13. #33  
    Quote Originally Posted by MossMan
    Is there a way to import caches into CotoGPS? I've tried CacheMate and CacheNav and that will get the job done but I like the format of CotoGPS better.
    The latest version of GPSBabel will export to CotoGPS formated file.

    "C:\Program Files\GSAK\gpsbabel.exe" -N -i gpx -f "C:\Program Files\GSAK\temp\babel.gpx" -o coto -F "C:\cotogps.pdb"

    You can setup a custom export through GSAK using the above command.

    I also have setup custom exports for Street Atlas, GeoNiche, HTML, and Alan Curry's trip planning Google Earth -> KML -> ARC -> filter method. ( http://www.alancurry.com/gpsbabel/route4.php ) If anyone can not figure out how, I will post some basic instructions.

    Unfortunately, I don't think there is a plugin for Cachemate to export directly to any other GPS enabled software. (I haven't tried Pathways, as it is no longer available for palm, and Mapopilis sucks compared to Street Atlas.)
  14. #34  
    Can you translate into dummy terms for me? lol I've downloaded a pocket query into GSAK (as a .gpx) and now I need to send it to cotoGPS. How?

    edit: I put the command into the custom export on GSAK and it seemed to work. Then I did a hotsync and still nothing. What am I missing?
    Last edited by MossMan; 04/25/2006 at 08:56 PM.
  15. #35  
    It looks like CacheMate is just too good not to use for dl/ul/logging etc. so I'm gonna register my copy and keep it. I'll use cotogps when I'm tracking logs and marking my own poi's and tomtom for the nav. It would be nice if TomTom would make the program more like a traditional GPS and still keep all the nav features but I guess this will have to do for now. If I could just get CacheMate to use cotogps for the nav instead of CacheNav it would be real close to perfect.
  16. #36  
    Quote Originally Posted by MossMan
    Can you translate into dummy terms for me? lol I've downloaded a pocket query into GSAK (as a .gpx) and now I need to send it to cotoGPS. How?

    edit: I put the command into the custom export on GSAK and it seemed to work. Then I did a hotsync and still nothing. What am I missing?
    If you issued the command there is a file at "C:\cotogps.pdb" . I modified the original INSTALL path I had because it is not in the default place on my system anyway. You can either find this file under the C:\, and double click on it, or have the command mentioned before put the file in your INSTALL path in your palm directory structure (This will vary depending on the device you are using.).

    Hope this helps.
  17. #37  
    Has anyone come across a GPS app for the 650 that displays speed in big, readable, digits.

    It would be handy as a speedo checker on my motorbike, but small figures are difficult to read on the move.

    I have tried the usual freeware apps, Cetus, CotoGP, CacheNav etc.
    Thought of the day :
    No sense being pessimistic, it probably wouldn't work anyway
  18. #38  
    The .pdb file is there and when I hotsync it's in CotoGPS but the category is shooting and all my other categories and markers are gone.

    ????
  19. #39  
    Quote Originally Posted by MossMan
    The .pdb file is there and when I hotsync it's in CotoGPS but the category is shooting and all my other categories and markers are gone.

    ????

    hmm... not sure what is happening. I have not used CotoGPS enough to use the categories. When I started using Cachemate, I used CotoGPS less, and less. It is possible that when you import a new file, that the old one is overwritten?

    Anyone have any ideas?
  20. #40  
    Quote Originally Posted by ChasT
    Has anyone come across a GPS app for the 650 that displays speed in big, readable, digits.

    It would be handy as a speedo checker on my motorbike, but small figures are difficult to read on the move.

    I have tried the usual freeware apps, Cetus, CotoGP, CacheNav etc.
    I use Street Atlas (It is not free) for navigation, and it has a GPS monitor Screen that is probably what you are looking for. The software for the BlueLogger GPS that Delorme also sells, has a logging function that can be exported to the Companion Street Atlas software that runs on a PC. You can then playback the log, displaying all the information that would normally be displayed on the more comprehensive PC software (Altitude, Bearing, Course, Distance, Speed Time Lapses, and other Sattelite info that I am not familiar with...EPE, HDOP, HEPE, MagVAr, PDOP, etc) as the log plays back on the mapping software. It allows for pause, play, rewinding, and fast forwarding of the log.
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