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June 17, 2012
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phild31 wrote:

For a map on GSAK there's a macro called Google_Map_V3.gsk that will show all the caches in a database on Google maps.
Not much use on the road but still, better than Vantage Point.
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I forgot about the laptop, I use an external GPS along with GSAK and Mapsource for that. It's just been a long time since I've used it. In fact, I don't know where the external GPS is....

June 17, 2012
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The bike GPS depends on the background, it needs to be light colored and well lit. The icons could be a little larger also. I wear glasses which I don't wear on the bike and I could see the Garmin very well. I seldom used the maps, just the dashboard with two fields, speed and time. The third field was over the top, just like the 710, for Geocaching except it followed the next nearest cache in front or to the side. The 710 is really lacking in that respect and it's the number one disappointment.

I did find that I could shut the shading completely off on the 710 today. It's still color but it looks to be only two light colors. That might work a little better and I'll be doing a 700 mile ride tomorrow. Will post if it works better.

I just got back from a night cache and found that the iPhone and iPad will both follow on the map. The hard part is they will only pull up 30 caches at a time and will not automatically jump to the next nearest group so the caches have to be manually refreshed. I rechecked on the quarries also. Both the iPad and the iPhone will hold as many quarries and the memory will allow and WILL work using the quarries if you run out of service. But it still only pulls up 30 at a time. Bummer.

June 17, 2012
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I have the 4, I haven't needed to upgrade to the 4s but the 4 works ok, not great but ok.

On a bike I can't imagine any small screen would be easy to see/use.
I don't have an iPad or a motorcycle but in the truck on long trips I use a laptop set up like the cops use, with a RAM mount.
I use Microsoft Street & Trips with GSAK databases loaded on it to see caches along my route.

For a map on GSAK there's a macro called Google_Map_V3.gsk that will show all the caches in a database on Google maps.
Not much use on the road but still, better than Vantage Point.

Go here to see some screenshots - Phil's google maps

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June 17, 2012
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Have you tried the 4s? No problem found... The 4 wasn't as accurate and it was much slower. Granted if you loose signal it may not function but otherwise I've found it to be on the money every time. And yes, I do have the Geoknife app. You can also add quarries to the regular geocaching app. I downloaded a program called iPlunder HD for the iPad which is supposed to be able to handle dozens of quarries but I haven't really tested it yet. It doesn't seem to handle the quarries very well and will lock up with anything over 5000 or so caches.

But in all what I really want is something that will follow the roads as I go and show the caches along the route. I haven't found an app yet that does that for sure. Unfortunatly I may have to continue using the Garmin Oregon for that and I really don't want to. That's the one feature I really want and the 710 doesnt have it.

GSAK still seems to be the best Geocaching tool. If it only had a map...

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June 17, 2012
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The RAM mounts are the best.

The only problem with caching with the iPhone is that it's not very accurate, compared to almost any dedicated handheld GPSr.
Plus you will find areas with no network signal.

A pretty good app for iPhone & iPad is iGeoKnife, it's an app that lets you put your GSAK databases on the phone or ipad.
You can search for a cache without a network signal or loading data.
I keep loosing the network on my iPhone out in the boondocks.

Pocket Queries managed with GSAK is, in my opinion, the best way to manage, search, sort, download to anything and store geocache information in a truly useful way.

Another really good geocaching app is Geocaching Toolkit, it does waypoint projection, convert coordinates, distance & bearing, intersect two lines, intersect two circles, decrypt rot 13 (hints), do sum checks and convert roman numerals.

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June 16, 2012
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I bought one of these for both my iPhone and 710. All I can really say is SWEET!

I ride a V-Star 1100 and it's a perfect fit.

I got the EZ-Strap version and it's a very secure fit to the handlebars. (Pull really hard on the strap until you hear a solid click)

The only problem I found was with the iPhone version. One O-Ring was missing and the screws for the back mount were a couple millimeters too long. I fixed both with an O-Ring and a couple nylon washers from the hardware store. (less than $1)

I'd highly recommend these mounts. I'm seriously concidering mounting my iPad and just using that for caching. (No need for pocket quarries EVER)

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