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February 18, 2011
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To take a screen shot go to 'Tools' then scroll down to 'Screen Capture' on 'Logging' toggle to 'on'.
The power button will take a screen shot of whatever screen you're on when you press it.

It will save the captured screen shot in the media file of the GC.
You can then move the picture to your computer.
Go back to Screen Capture to toggle it off to get the power button back to normal.
It looks like the limit for names is about 30 characters.

With the smart arrow, if you have map options set with track up the arrow stays in the center of the screen & the map rotates, arrow should turn green when moving toward target.
If you set map options with north up the arrow rotates & the map stays stationary. Go to 'tools' 'Settings' 'Map Options' on orientation toggle heading up or north up.

Too many people seem to think a basic unit should do everything, but the GC is a great unit for the money.
My only complaint with the GC has been screen size, my old eyes have a hard time reading it, so I got a 710 and now use the GC mostly as back-up but I still really like it!

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February 18, 2011
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How do you take the pics of the GC? I love my unit, any complaints I see from people are mostly that it can't do other things and the "smart arrow" which seems fixed in firmware 1.6. The only problem I have with it is the cache names don't display all the way. Like in your bottom pic and when you click on that cache and see the full list of items, the name on the top doesn't scroll.

February 18, 2011
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Now that looks like a nice cache.
I'll have to try to stop for it when I'm heading west on i90 in August.

And the pics show on the GC just fine;

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And it's not too far from my home, maybe I'll head over earlier! :laugh:

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February 17, 2011
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Thank you everyone for your help on this.

Just for your knowledge that the once cache that I know for sure that needs the pictures is this one:

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February 17, 2011
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The problem with pictures needed for a puzzle cache is that sometimes the screen of the GC unit is too small to see the picture well enough to solve the puzzle.
Sometimes the screen of the 710 is too small!

Usually I will print out the picture to take with me if it's needed in the field or I'll solve the puzzle at home.

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February 17, 2011
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wolf9545 wrote:

I was thinking that but the main problem is that I really don't know which ones need the pics. Currently I know of two that need it but since I mainly just load up the unit with caches and then when we are out I check to see if there are any in the area it's hard to tell which ones need it. I think I will just stick with GSAK, download all the PQ's and unzip them. Then take the GPX files and re-zip them into one file and use GSAK to load them into my GPSr.

Don't unzip them, just put all the PQs in one folder on your computer.
You can load the unzipped files to GSAK one at a time.
Or you can load the folder to GSAK instead of one PQ at a time.
And GSAK will unzip them when you load a file or the folder.

For a useful tutorial for GSAK go here Pocket Queries & GSAK 101

Just save it to read when you like.

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February 17, 2011
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wolf9545 wrote:

Yes I am using the 1.01 GPX file; I just never tried just taking the GPX files that PQ creates and dragging them over to the explorist GC.

I just tried moving mover one cache file (just went to the a new cache and downloaded the GPX file) and all the attributes were there. I believe that this should work. I guess I will have to play with it more to see if it is everything I wanted. Thank you.

Edit: Anyone know what happens if there is a duplicate cache when I just drag and drop the file on the explorist GC? Does it just update the info or does it create two separate cache listings on the explorist?

edit 2: It looks like the pictures, the pics that are in the description not user submitted ones, do not transfer over. On the explorist GC, when you are viewing a cache it states a number next to the pictures section but when I go to view a picture all it gives me is "please use vantage point or the plugin ...". I guess that means I will have to use GSAK because there are a few caches in the area that you need to view the pics to be able to solve it.

The GC tracks the timestamps of the files and uses that information to replace or update any existing records. That is one thing I like about using GSAK and clearing the old file and sending a new one, it seems to make the startup/import go faster because it doesn't have to compare as much data (it just cleanly re-imports the new data).

The database is setup so that it will track and store info about finds even if you don't load that cache up again.

I'm not sure that just downloading the images will work... maybe it will.. I assume that if you are including the images that whatever tool you are using must be converting the HTML for the image tag to reference a local file path and not the web url.

February 17, 2011
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I was thinking that but the main problem is that I really don't know which ones need the pics. Currently I know of two that need it but since I mainly just load up the unit with caches and then when we are out I check to see if there are any in the area it's hard to tell which ones need it. I think I will just stick with GSAK, download all the PQ's and unzip them. Then take the GPX files and re-zip them into one file and use GSAK to load them into my GPSr.

February 17, 2011
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If there are not too many caches that you need pics for just transfer the cache info for the ones you want, one at a time from GC.com to the unit.
It will replace the info of any cache already loaded on the unit.

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February 16, 2011
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Yes I am using the 1.01 GPX file; I just never tried just taking the GPX files that PQ creates and dragging them over to the explorist GC.

I just tried moving mover one cache file (just went to the a new cache and downloaded the GPX file) and all the attributes were there. I believe that this should work. I guess I will have to play with it more to see if it is everything I wanted. Thank you.

Edit: Anyone know what happens if there is a duplicate cache when I just drag and drop the file on the explorist GC? Does it just update the info or does it create two separate cache listings on the explorist?

edit 2: It looks like the pictures, the pics that are in the description not user submitted ones, do not transfer over. On the explorist GC, when you are viewing a cache it states a number next to the pictures section but when I go to view a picture all it gives me is "please use vantage point or the plugin ...". I guess that means I will have to use GSAK because there are a few caches in the area that you need to view the pics to be able to solve it.

February 16, 2011
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Are you getting PQ's in GPX ver 1.01?

https://www.exploristforum.com/.....id=115#522

February 16, 2011
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Try putting all 7 PQs in the same database on GSAK, then send them all at once, just one nag screen.
Or then filter out the ones you don't want to load to the GPSr and send just the ones you want.

The possibilities for customizing what you download from GSAK are endless.

For example, I have a database on GSAK of 11 PQs with every geocache in Massachusetts on it. Instead of loading over 9,000 caches to my GPS I just load the type of caches I want to look for in the area I'm going to.
It takes about 5 minutes from start to finish.

Or I might want just micros tomorrow.
Or any cache with-in 20 miles of an area.
GSAK does so much more than just transfer to the GPSr it would be worth 4x the price to me.

Oh yeah, you can transfer field notes from the GC straight to geocaching.com with-out having to use Vantage Point. Much faster & easier.

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February 15, 2011
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If all I need to do is take the GPX file that is attached to my emails that I get from running the PQ's and drag and drop them onto the explorist GC AND it will transfer over the attributes (kid friendly, etc) then that would be perfect. The main problem with using GSAK under the free mode is that there are a total of 7 PQ files I download from my email and load onto the explorist. So I sit through the nag screen for each file. Like I said before I hate to buy the software for one tiny feature of it; transferring PQ's to the explorist. Will there be a problem since I run 7 PQ's or should I just drag all the files over and the unit will handle it all?

The Magellan explorist GC does show the attributes (kid friendly). It is under the cache menu, the menu that shows one cache, has the description for that cache, also shows the logs. If you scroll down a bit further you will see where the unit displays the photos for that cache and then it will show the attributes (kid friendly) for that cache.

February 15, 2011
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KI4HLW wrote:

wolf9545 wrote:

Vantage point, at the current version, does not transfer the attributes. Even if it did I really wouldn't like to use it because it takes so long to transfer them over to the GPSr.

Are you referring to the attributes such as size, difficulty, and terrain? These are transferred to the unit.

If you mean the ones like child friendly, under and hour, no pets, etc.. I do not know of any unit in the market that will give you these.

GSAK and straight GPX file trasfer will give you the attributes and they are displayed on the Explorist GC, but the OP is looking for another option.

I don't think that there is currently any other option that I have seen.

GSAK (unregistered) may have the nag screen, but compared to VP, it's lightning fast. Free with a short nag screen for the best solution doesn't seem that bad.

February 15, 2011
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wolf9545 wrote:

Vantage point, at the current version, does not transfer the attributes. Even if it did I really wouldn't like to use it because it takes so long to transfer them over to the GPSr.

Are you referring to the attributes such as size, difficulty, and terrain? These are transferred to the unit.

If you mean the ones like child friendly, under and hour, no pets, etc.. I do not know of any unit in the market that will give you these.

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February 15, 2011
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Vantage point, at the current version, does not transfer the attributes. Even if it did I really wouldn't like to use it because it takes so long to transfer them over to the GPSr.

February 15, 2011
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Gsak and Vantange point are currently the only programs that I know at this time that automatically transfer pictures along with the GPX information. So far I've not heard of any third party software that does what you want.

February 15, 2011
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Just to let everyone know I have asked this question on the geocaching forum but thought I would ask it here as a second opinion. Old post: Link

I have and love my Magellan explorist GC GPSr unit. The premium membership along with some pq's allow me to store around 5,500 geocaches on the unit so when we go out and about I can just take the unit along and we can just turn it on and see if there is anything near by. About every month I re-run the pq's so that I have a current list of caches in the area and a current list of logs. Right now I use GSAK to take the pq's that I have run and load them into the GPSr just because the Vantage Point software takes about 2 hours or more to send them to the GPSr. I do not use any of the features of GSAK, no filters, no options of changing which caches to include; I just use it to take the zip files and send them to the GPSr. Then I use Vantage Point software to log my finds from the GPSr to the geocaching website.

What I am looking for is a different piece of software, than the GSAK, that is free to use (yes I know GSAK is free but I don't like the nag screen and since I only use one tiny portion of it I don't want to buy it) and will send over the caches from the computer to the GPSr fast. Any help would be nice because all I can find is mention of GSAK or other software like google earth.

So far what we have come up with is just take the GPX files that I get from the pocket queries and just drag and drop them onto the GPSr when I have it plugged in. After I have loaded the PQ's into GSAK and I go to send them over to the GPSr, I check an option to download any images from the caches (the images that are in the description). This loads the images and any attributes for the cache into the GPSr. There are some in the area that require the images to be viewed to solve the cache. I am thinking that by just placing the GPX files on the GPSr that it will not transfer the pics over right?

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