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coast2coast2coast



Joined: Jan 14, 2004
Posts: 117
Location: Comox

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:47 am    Post subject: I Pod for paperless caching or I didn't know My Ipod could d Reply with quote

I was nosing around in the GSAK forums and found a Macro to convert GSAK files to notes for Ipod... any caches that are displayed at the time you run the macro will be converted to notes for the Ipod.
And It works! Hats Off to Clyde from GSAK....This is one more way to go paperless if you don't have a PDA
Going to go caching with it tomorrow and see how it works
here is the link to the "how to page"
[url=http://gsak.net/board/index.php?showtopic=6998&st=0&#entry44757 ]How to page[/url]

Tic Toc Tic Toc Tic Toc

This works great! I have a nano and the thing fits right in my shirt pocket. The caches are easily accessible. Even though the screen is small, the text is very legible.
The only problem that I can find is that you can't take notes with it, but my GPSMap 60c keeps track of all my cache finds for me in the calender section anyway.

coast2coast2coast

P.S DON'T be listening to the tunes on your Ipod while you are hiking in Cougar country.
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coast2coast2coast



Joined: Jan 14, 2004
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Location: Comox

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:49 am    Post subject: Re: I Pod for paperless caching or I didn't know My Ipod cou Reply with quote

gsak.net/board/index.p...entry44757



shoot!!! I messed up the link... It should still work
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HuggyFamily



Joined: Apr 07, 2007
Posts: 44

PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:47 pm    Post subject: Re: I Pod for paperless caching or I didn't know My Ipod cou Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this. I downloaded the plug-in and it works great. As for the comparisons with using a Palm, here is what I have found:

UPSIDES
- one less device to carry (I take my iPod everywhere)
- brighter display (I have an older Palm)
- can listen to tunez while reviewing cache data

DOWNSIDES
- less functionality that CacheMate (i.e.: no ability to write log info)
- takes some time after data is uploaded to iPod to build notes database
- need to set iPod up for disk use, which requires a manual eject each time

All in all, a cool addition to the paperless options.

Pete.
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GeoHackers



Joined: Nov 27, 2006
Posts: 15
Location: Victoria

PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:45 pm    Post subject: Re: I Pod for paperless caching or I didn't know My Ipod cou Reply with quote

I have been using Maccacher GeoCahe Manager (http://www.maccaching.com/) for a while and it will work as well. While I prefer GSAK for caching I prefer the Mac for most other things Very Happy and this allows for both. The one thing Maccacher does not seem to do is download the logs for caches. Will the GSAK program download the logs into the notes as well?
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tobyandme



Joined: Feb 10, 2008
Posts: 3

PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:30 am    Post subject: Re: I Pod for paperless caching or I didn't know My Ipod cou Reply with quote

Yes it will... Smile
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diamondmom



Joined: Feb 26, 2008
Posts: 5
Location: Campbell River

PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:47 pm    Post subject: Re: I Pod for paperless caching or I didn't know My Ipod cou Reply with quote

For those who don't have other software happening like me, the ipod is a great tool for paperless caching. I create a text file for the cache and it will include all the logs, hints, etc. Then to help me out in case it is an area I am unfamiliar with, I create small maps and put 6 on a page so that I can quickly see where I am going. This means 1 piece of paper for every six caches I enter. I have an older ipod with 40gb of space, so I can also group my caches by regions and I don't have a problem with running out of space. Every so often I will go in and update it to remove caches that I have done and add more. This method is especially handy if I am out of town and don't have access to a printer.
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Julebear



Joined: Oct 22, 2007
Posts: 20

PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 6:05 pm    Post subject: Re: I Pod for paperless caching or I didn't know My Ipod cou Reply with quote

Is it possible for you to give me a step-by-step of doing that with the iPod? I use a mac at home but can get on a pc at work. Thanks. You can email me if you want and then I'll give you my phone nbr if this is better.
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diamondmom



Joined: Feb 26, 2008
Posts: 5
Location: Campbell River

PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 6:32 pm    Post subject: Re: I Pod for paperless caching or I didn't know My Ipod cou Reply with quote

If you have an Appleworks program on your Mac it is really easy. Just highlight the text on the cache page and copy it. Open up Appleworks and paste it in a word processing document. You can delete some of the extra text if you want to shorten it up, but I found that I just leave the whole thing now. Save the document as text. When you select save, down at the bottom of the left hand side there is a drop down of file formats. Choose text. I usually name it as the cache name and save it to the desktop.
After saving the cache info, right click on the map and save the image as a gif. Name it with the same name as the cache. Once you have done this 6 times, you can make up a page of maps to go with your text files. I use the Appleworks drawing program and I scale the maps by percent. (70 by 70). This allows me to put 6 maps on a page. I add the name of the cache in a text box under each map.
I create folders with the caches in it that indicate the area. For example Victoria caches, Campbell River caches. When I connect my ipod to my computer, I put the whole folder into my notes. Don't put the maps in the folder. Create a maps folder for them.
When loading my ipod, my computer will immediately launch itunes. I wait for it to sync with my ipod, then I quit itunes, click on my ipod icon, and select notes. I drag my folders into here and then I eject my ipod.
Hopefully that helps. If I have missed something, let me know.
I haven't tried it with Word, but I think it would probably do the same thing if you have the ability to save as a text file. As for the maps page, you would have to experiment with that.
Good luck. Feel free to email me if you have more questions.
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