Waypoint management software
Waypoint management software allows you to keep lists of geocaches on your computer. Depending on your computer setup, you could download waypoints in GPX format to your GPS and cache descriptions to your PDA. This saves you from re-typing coordinates and printing out huge volumes of paper.
Overall, Aussie cachers prefer GSAK, partly because it's made by Western Australian geocacher ClydeE, but mostly because it works well! The Geocaching Australia Forum has a support thread on GSAK. The beauty of GSAK is that it is created by a programmer that caches, rather than a cacher that programmes.
The most popular waypoint management software packages are:
- GSAK homepage - Sorts caches, marks, links to map, etc. Supports GCA GPX
- Clayjar Watcher - Similar to GSAK
- GPSBabel - Converts almost any format to any other.
- GPX Spinner - Converts GPX files to document format
- GPX2HTML - Converts GPX files to simple indexed HTML format
- OziExplorer - GPS mapping software
- MapSend Lite GPS mapping software & Geocache software
- GPS Utility - Tracks, waypoints etc.
- GPS Connect
- GPSBabel - converts between most formats
- Mac GPSpro Mapping software with some waypoint managment features
See also GPS software - Pocket PC
- CacheMate - Testimonial
- Cetus GPS - Links to your GPS
- iSilo - Document reader
- Plucker - Document reader
- Geocache HintDecoder (by Thomas Chapman) - Geocache Hint Decoder
- GPilotS - Waypoints, route and track log manager program for the Garmin GPS
- TrekBuddy - works with any java enabled phone including MIDP, Symbian, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Palm and Android. Supports GPX files from GSAK, GCA and GC. Supports field notes for GCA and GC caches. Offline maps support.
- GeoMob - View caches on your mobile. GSAK macro available.
- Trimble Geocache Navigator - Paperless Caching on-the-go and "Magic Arrow" in one for recent Nokia Phones with inbuilt GPS (or a bluetooth GPS). Requires data connected Nokia Phone (S60 3rd Edition).
- Pocket Pocket Query - Great Paperless Caching program. Upload your PQ files (or a GPX file from GSAK) and the Pocket Pocket Query site gives you an individualised download for your phone. Dozens of phones catered for (37 at last count!). Support Thread on the Geocaching Australia Forums.
- SmartGPX - Pocket Query viewer, put your GPX file on your mobile, open it in SmartGPX and you're good to go!
- mobile.geocaching.com.au - Geocaching Australia on-the-go! Not quite a software solution, but if you can access the internet from your mobile, a very good option for looking up cache info.
- wap.geocaching.com - Groundspeak's WAP solution, and you can even log a find! It only does miles, and finding a cache listing requires coordinates or postcode (go that route to log a find, unless you know the GC code.)