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Vantage Point in Ubuntu
March 14, 2012
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denisetdoris
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Google Earth will cache about 2Gb of images on your drive, then you can do what you're saying, drive around and use it offline. If you upload your geocaches as a gpx file into google earth you'll see them on the screen, in the field, with the laptop. I've done this before. VP is good too, if you make your own Google Earth maps with MOBAC and load them in VP.

Denis Gionet, OGA Executive Member - Northern Ontario.

March 14, 2012
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Allright! Thanks phil! Now on to the next step...wonder if it works out in the field without having to tether it to your phone? I had 'thought' that the images would be cached to your hard drive and as long as you "look" at the places where you're gonna be at perhaps it would store them but I'm wondering just how much would be cached before it's purged? You have any experience with that or would there be a better way to 'look' for caches using a laptop and other software. I thought you said something sometime about using Microsoft's Streets software? What I'd really am looking to do is get the laptop (or an iPad 3) and have some type of mapping software (prolly end up being just Vantagepoint I suppose) and be able to scroll around the screen SO much easier than trying to looks for interesting places in the field on a tiny little dinky screen of the 710. LOL

March 8, 2012
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On GSAK there is a macro that will load geocaches from a database to Google Maps.
You can then very easily scroll around the map looking at/for caches.
A macro is a free app for GSAK.
On GSAK click 'Macro' then 'Run/Manage' then on the top left of page click the link to 'Online Macro Index' for the list of available macros.
Here's a link to the Google Maps macro.
Google_Map_V3.gsk

Here's what the map looks like, I've got over 800 caches on the database all with-in 10 mile of my house;

Here's a link to some better screenshots of the Google Map;
phild31.com/Maps

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March 8, 2012
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I'd say you'd be ok if you installed that WINE stuff for ubantu and run it that way. I don't think they plan on ever (or at least in any near future) of porting it for native run on Ubantu. I recently sent an e-mail to their support team asking about an iPad 2 or 3 port and so far no go...

As far as the free vs. nag....I too am a fan of Vantagepoint and didn't like the nag screens of GSAK but ended up footing the money for it and gave it a chance. Turns out, I'm glad I did as it truly is better for transferring caches to your GPSr (never thought I'd say that but it is). I was also REALLY attached on how nice the visuals were on Vantagepoint to where you could scroll around a map and look for caches very easily. I've not been able to figure out if that's possible with gsak yet or not. If it does would someone tell me how to do that or at least point me in the direction. (hate reading bunches of crap LOL). But as far as those nag screens go....you keep doing the sync stuff within vantagepoint, at some point or another you'll end up with a VERY annoing nag screen saying "Vantagepoint has stopped responding" and you'll have a headache fixing it. Just sayin.

Don't get me wrong, I too love vantagepoint and all it's bells and whistles. But GSAK is a great tool to have alongside it. I also hate to say this but I've also grabbed Garmin's Basecamp and Mapsource (both were free downloads) and you can get some free maps from GPSdepot.com and it's kinda like Vantagepoint but better at some things. I had a KMZ file of ALL the trails in Indiana from the DNR and I couldn't find anything that would transfer them since there were too many until I tried Basecamp and it works like a charm at importing HUNDREDS & HUNDREDS of trail's and has a pretty decent track/trail/route editor built into it. Might give that a looksie since you like freebies. I know it's made "for garmins" but you CAN export trails directly onto a Magellan eXplorist x710 (I've done it so I know it works).

March 8, 2012
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I normally run Vantage Point in Windows XP on my main computer but I wanted to try installing Ubuntu on my laptop. Does anyone know if they can get Vantage Point running on Linux / Ubuntu? I prefer using V.P. over GSAK because I like the free option (along with not having to deal with a nag screen) and the options that Vantage Point has.

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