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    Posted: Oct. 20 2004,1:17 pm QUOTE

Any thought on making the cache pages downloadable.
It sure would be nice to use the “search by zip” for caches, and be able to make a few clicks to download the selected pages. Rather than having to, print each page, and hand load the NC#, Name and coordinates in the GPSr. Any thoughts on doing this on the future! SF1


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    Posted: Oct. 20 2004,4:42 pm QUOTE

We do currently offer an XML interface where several arguments can be used to retrieve the data you want.

For example
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http://www.navicache.com/cgi-bin/db/XMLSearchResults.pl?NewOrModifiedSince=2004-10-01&state=NY
will return the caches placed or modified since the first of this month in NY.

more on this feature can be found in other threads here in the forums using the search feature with the keyword 'xml'

We also have a new feature coming that will allow .loc and other formats of selected pages.


Edited by PC Medic on Oct. 20 2004,4:44 pm

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    Posted: Oct. 20 2004,9:44 pm QUOTE

Thanks PC Medic
I was actually looking for the .loc and .gpx downloadables. That's the main reason I wrote. Hopefully, that will make this more user friendly, than to manually key in the coords and names. I'll do the search for the xml's.  SF1


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    Posted: Nov. 30 2004,11:36 pm QUOTE

It would be nice to be able to download the .LOC and .GPX files.

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    Posted: Dec. 01 2004,4:40 am QUOTE

This will be available (along with other formats) very soon.

We appreciate everyones patience as we work to get this and other site improvements out.


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    Posted: Dec. 17 2004,12:55 pm QUOTE

Well this has actually been in the works for quite some time, but GeoRocker who normally does most the database coding has been up and down with health problems. This led to some unexpected delays, but I have spent the past several weeks getting feedback from a few members that agreed to test things for us and after a couple minor tweaks I am happy to say it is ready to go live.

There are a few more bells and whistles to this feature that will be added soon as they were not quite ready at this time.


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    Posted: Dec. 26 2004,10:31 pm QUOTE

I added support to GPSBabel for the Navicache XML format over a year ago.   I just spot-checked it against the URL that PC Medic cited above and it works fine.   So that'll get you receiver transfer to Magellan and Garmin and conversions to something like 50 mapping file formats.



(I rarely read this forum, so reports to the GPSBabel mailing lists are more likely to get a prompt reply...)


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    Posted: Dec. 30 2004,11:15 pm QUOTE

Great News!!
Just finally got around to trying the downloads, works great!
Just a few "tweaks" to think about. Could we get the logs, the state info and the container size added to the files?
I'm hoping Clyde will tweak GSAK so that the GPX downloads from here will have full functionality with his program.
Again, great work guys!


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    Posted: Dec. 31 2004,5:40 am QUOTE

Thanks MickEMT, we try  :thumbs-up

As for the additional info such as logs being included in the GPX file, it (like everything else) is open for discussion.

We were trying to make it quick and easy for those wishing to get the info up to their GPS for the hunt. This of course would not require log info and with that already available through the XML interface did not at the time see a need to duplicate it in the GPX. Any specific feedback from you or others on how this may be beneficial would help in our decision to make changes.


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    Posted: Dec. 31 2004,1:39 pm QUOTE

Well, I use GSAK as my GPX file management tool.  GSAK uses GPS Babel, so I'm able to use it to send waypoints to my GPS. and I use GASK to generate the GPX files that end up on my PDA. The last part is the one where the logs come in really handy, with the full info ( like what GC sends out) I can generate usefull information for my PDA, right now the info I get is pretty sparse, basically just name and location.

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    Posted: Jan. 30 2005,8:26 pm QUOTE

GPX files have become the standard to use.  The catch 22 being that GC.com claims a copyrght on their extensions to an open standard.

It would be nice to be able to get GPX files for Navicaches for use on my PDA and other applications.

Looks like for now I'll have to use GPSbabel to make the GPX change.


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    Posted: Jan. 31 2005,4:18 am QUOTE

You can get GPX files for your navicaches ?????
This has been available for a while now and was added along with LOC and GPSS.


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    Posted: Mar. 01 2006,9:51 am QUOTE

Greetings all!
I seem to be doing something wrong, and thought that I could get the right procedure from the experts.  When I  download a cache (for example Amberwood by Spyderuser) I get the files and import into GSAK.  I get alot of blank fields.  ex.  cache type. last log.  the box for last 4 logs, last found, container and state.  When I click this entry in GSAK I get the following

Details are from the offline database last updated on 2/26/2006 (Online waypoint URL)

Amberwood by Spyderuser by Spyderuser (1/1)
N41° 44.880  W88° 13.539 (WGS84)
UTM  16T   E 398094  N 4622523
Use waypoint: N00986    
Size: Unknown    Hidden on 2/26/2006
In No State,
Difficulty:       Terrain:    

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Additional Hints (There are no hints for this cache)


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Details are from the offline database last updated on 2/26/2006


Where are the description, hints, logs?  If I look at the cache page using the link I see it all.  Am I doing something wrong?  I guess I expected to see this other information.  It is hard to use this with GSAK and cachemate becuase I have no description to look at.  Please let me know what i need to do different.  Thanks!


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    Posted: Mar. 01 2006,12:25 pm QUOTE

No, you are not doing anything wrong. At this time the GPX and LOC download files do not contain these fields, but the XML and GPSS files do.

I will look into this and see what can be done.


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    Posted: Mar. 23 2006,1:19 pm QUOTE

How do I get the XML pr GPSS version of the file?

I use GSAK and then export my caches using gpx and then export to cachmate for the cache page stuff.


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    Posted: Mar. 23 2006,4:10 pm QUOTE

Quote (Team Morris @ Mar. 23 2006,3:19 pm)
How do I get the XML pr GPSS version of the file?

I use GSAK and then export my caches using gpx and then export to cachmate for the cache page stuff.

There is a single example of how to retrieve the XML data at the beginning of this thread. More detailed information can also be found in this thread. Be sure to read the entire thread before continuing as changes were made of the course of time.

The GPSS format is within the same file you were previously downloading and is compatible with this software.


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    Posted: Aug. 09 2006,1:43 pm QUOTE

Any idea when or if .gpx files will include cache descriptions and other additional fields, like .gpx files from GC.com, Terracaching, and GPSGames?  The current .gpx files are nothing more than .loc files with .gpx formatting.  Pretty useless for importing into GSAK or my Palm.

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    Posted: Aug. 09 2006,3:04 pm QUOTE

In the beginning we actually had these fields, but at the time some of the utilities did not support it so we actually removed the fields for compatibility. Now the utilities have evolved and we admittedly have not yet reintroduced these fields. I will try to get them reactivated as soon as possible.

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    Posted: Oct. 24 2007,12:38 pm QUOTE

Quote (PC Medic @ Aug. 09 2006,5:04 pm)
In the beginning we actually had these fields, but at the time some of the utilities did not support it so we actually removed the fields for compatibility. Now the utilities have evolved and we admittedly have not yet reintroduced these fields. I will try to get them reactivated as soon as possible.

Is there any chance that this could be made a priority?

The .gpx download currently available from this site is unsatisfactory and the one that may be had by using the XML interface and GPSBabel is even worse.

If we could get a decent .gpx with all of the important fields it would be possible to use GSAK to make up for some of the shortcomings of this site such as searches that don't always work quite right and the inability to keep track of which caches have already been found.

I don't know much about computer stuff but I'm thinking that this might even reduce server load by reducing the number of online searches being performed.

But the larger benefit to users would be the ability to mix data from more than one geocaching website into one database for the purpose of having everthing together in one place.  It's not the dreamed of "open caching" that we will never have but it's the next best thing.

This website would be better than the other one if good .gpx downloads could be had for free.  I'd feel obliged to pay for this service especially if I didn't have to.

How soon is "as soon as possible"?  It's been more than a year, I think.  The other geocaching websites offer .gpx downloads that work.  Why not this one?
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    Posted: Oct. 24 2007,1:34 pm QUOTE

The main cause for the delay is health related. Being a private site that offers services for FREE resources are a little more limited than over at the commercial site you refer to. I still have plans to get this and other items completed and online and apologize it has been so long. Some delays are unavoidable.

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    Posted: Jan. 01 2013,11:35 pm QUOTE

No, you are not doing anything wrong.
At this time the GPX and LOC download files do not contain
these fields, but the XML and GPSS files do.


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