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May 5, 2011
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Morel wrote:

Morel,

Could you please give me some added details on these two:

Options to: Sort, Select, Edit, Move. In and out of VP and folders within VP of multiple waypoints, geocaches, routes, tracks

Reference the point on the map when creating a route

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May 5, 2011
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denisetdoris wrote:

Item 7 was the biggest concern I had/have. The other concern I have is :

the Publish New Geocaches feature doesn't work on my 610 Canada, with either FW version. It could be the unit or VP, but I don't know which, and haven't a clue how to figure out which is / isn't correct.

Denis,

I don't know what the exact differences are between the US 610 and the Canadian 610, but I just pulled a brand new US 610 out of the box and updated the firmware on it and then added a new cache. Then immediatly when I plugged it into my computer and opened VP it notified me that there were new caches on the unit and when I click ok to post them on GC.com it brought it up with out issue. So I'm not sure what is going on, but if you know someone else with a Canadian version of the unit, maybe they could give it a try.

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May 5, 2011
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David,
You have covered some of these in your list already, but I'm still going to give you my entire list.
[ol]Options to: Sort, Select, Edit, Move. In and out of VP and folders within VP of multiple waypoints, geocaches, routes, tracks

Reference the point on the map when creating a route

Option to import to selected folder

The measure tool does not include Acres, Hectares

Waypoint icons need to show category names when mousing over them in the waypoint create or edit list. It does this in the geocache icon list

Create a freehand trail

There is no option to not include "child waypoints" when importing a PQ from GC.com from within VP.

I would like to be able to join/merge tracks and split tracks[/ol]

Then give us some bonus options that none of us have thought of 😉

May 5, 2011
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David,

As you know I’m very new to geocaching and have found VP confusing and difficult to use and work out how to do what I wont to do with it. As Phil has indicated, I tend to steer away from it and only use it to see caches in a particular area on the map, which GSAK doesn’t do (to my knowledge).

1. I would say though that the through put speed is very slow in comparison to GSAK so it must be a VP issue.

2. When I download a PQ to VP it removes all the found ticks from the caches in VP (this is possibly user error,I have no idea).

Graham.

May 5, 2011
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Item 7 was the biggest concern I had/have. The other concern I have is :

the Publish New Geocaches feature doesn't work on my 610 Canada, with either FW version. It could be the unit or VP, but I don't know which, and haven't a clue how to figure out which is / isn't correct.

Denis Gionet, OGA Executive Member - Northern Ontario.

May 4, 2011
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I would like to see a better file system for the geocache folders.
When I try to load caches to different folders the system will put every cache in the new folder and will not allow me to move a cache from one folder to another.
I got sick and tired of experimenting with it so I do not use folders at all, I have just one big file of caches that I dump when it gets too big to manage easily.

It's easier for me to not use VP at all except for tracks and routes.

Yes, I know VP is a free program that many people use, but it's billed as a way to organize your geocaching adventures but it is very frustrating to use for that purpose unless you spend quite a lot of time figuring out the limits of it. By then most people will, like me, give up on it.

If VP is the first introduction to Magellan to new customers don't be surprised if they run screaming to Garmin or DeLorme.
For the average new user I really think VP is a waist of time.
I'm not what you would call an average new user, I have 5 Magellan and 2 Garmin GPSr that I've been using for years and I think VP is nearly useless as it is now.

If Magellan wants to help new customers 'organize their geocaching adventures' they should include/recommend GSAK with the units.

When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout

May 4, 2011
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I see, you have allready includet my wishlist B)

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May 4, 2011
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I'm going to be forwarding a compiled wish list to Magellan concerning future updates for VP. So here is what I currently have. If I have anything incorrect, please let me know and also let me know anything that I might have missed. You might notice and I excluded a MAC version, because to be honest I just don't see it happening!!!

1. Compatibility – A large number of people cannot run VP on their computers due to software compatibility issues. We have been able to resolved some of these issues by upgrading the computers Video Drivers to the newest drivers, however, this hasn’t worked for the majority Because of this issue, several people have returned their Magellan units to the fender to purchase another product.

2. Editing Geocaches – this is by far the second most common request that I’ve received for the Vantage Point software. This is a must for Geocachers due to the Mystery caches. Not being able to edit the cache information means that the cacher either has to create a new cache or a waypoint or use other software to be able to set the correct coordinates for the cache once the puzzle is solved. However, by creating a new cache or by creating a waypoint, the user is unable to log the cache via the log.txt file/field notes, because there is not link to the correct cache on the GC.com website. This capability was available in prior versions of VP and it is a much needed upgrade to the current version.

3. It has been asked if we can have the capability to write protect certain cache so that they will not be deleted when deleting all caches nor can they be edited by mistake. The write-protected ones can get deleted with another question window "Do you want to delete the protected caches?"

4. When creating routes with Vantage Point there are no capability to change a single point that may be in the wrong location. It would be a great improvement if we could select a “Via” Point with the mouse and move it to another location on the map.

5. You have given us folders where we can sort our Geocaches, however, when we want to synchronize them with the eXplorist we cannot select a single folder.

6. There are issues with pictures in the cache-listing. Some are displayed in the eXplorist, some are not. We also need the pictures that are only placed in the cache-listing as a link, but not shown as a picture. There are often some hint-pictures or spoiler pictures. We need to find a way with Groundspeak, to add those pictures (or the link to them) in the pocket query. Those additional pictures should be placed in the additional media section on the eXplorist device.

7. Item’s not being transferred to GPS from VP. For some reason VP is only transferring the Geocache owner’s name to the GPS on some of the caches, but not all – however, when the same cache is loaded via GSAK or by drag and drop, then the cache owner is available. Also, the attributes are not available when pocket quires are transferred through VP.

8. Although the eX-510, 610 & 710 allows me to attach pictures to my Geocaches, Waypoints and Tracks this isn’t transferred to VP. Since most people will not keep their these items on the GPRrs long term, it would be a nice feature to be able to transfer and keep the pictures attached within VP.

9. It would be a nice feature to be able to have the icon, like in GSAK, to see that result of the last 4 logs this way we could quickly tell if the last four seekers found the cache, had a DNF or entered a Maintenance request on it. It would be extremely nice to be able to also sort and filter on this data.

I'll be ready to add your request!

David


 

 

 

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