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Waypoint Management Software allows you to download waypoints into your PC so you can download them into your [[GPS Receiver]]. This saves you from re-typing coordinates.
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[[Waypoint management software]] allows you to keep lists of [[geocache]]s on your computer.
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Depending on your computer setup, you could download waypoints in [[GPX]] format to your [[GPS receiver|GPS]] and cache descriptions to your [[PDA]].
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This saves you from re-typing [[coordinates]] and printing out huge volumes of paper.
  
The most popular Waypoint Management Software packages are:
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Overall, Aussie cachers prefer [http://gsak.net GSAK], partly because it's made by Western Australian geocacher ClydeE, but mostly because it works well!  The [[Geocaching Australia Forum]] has a [http://forum.geocaching.com.au/viewtopic.php?t=534 support thread on GSAK].  The beauty of GSAK is that it is created by a programmer that caches, rather than a cacher that programmes.
* [http://gsak.net GSAK]
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* Cetus GPS
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The most popular [[waypoint management software]] packages are:
* Clayjar Watcher
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==Windows==
* EasyGPS
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[[Image:gsak.png|thumb|right|150px|GSAK]]
* GPS Babel
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* [[GSAK]] [http://gsak.net homepage] - Sorts caches, marks, links to map, etc.  Supports [[GCA]] [[GPX]]
* GPS Connect
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* [http://www.clayjar.com Clayjar Watcher] - Similar to GSAK
* GPX Spinner
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* [http://easygps.com EasyGPS]
* GPXSonar
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* [http://gpsbabel.sourceforge.net GPSBabel] - Converts almost any format to any other. 
* GPXView
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* [http://www.gpxspinner.com GPX Spinner] - Converts [[GPX]] files to document format
* iSilo
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* [http://www.fizzymagic.net/Geocaching/gpx2html/gpx2html.html GPX2HTML] - Converts [[GPX]] files to simple indexed HTML format
* Plucker
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* [http://geotoad.sourceforge.net/index.php GeoToad]
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* [http://www.oziexplorer.com/ OziExplorer] - GPS mapping software
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*[[MapSend Lite]] GPS mapping software & Geocache software
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* [http://www.gpsu.co.uk/ GPS Utility] - Tracks, waypoints etc.
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==Mac==
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* [http://www.chimoosoft.com/gpsconnect.html GPS Connect]
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* [http://www.gpsbabel.org/ GPSBabel] - converts between most formats
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* [http://www.macgpspro.com/ Mac GPSpro] Mapping software with some waypoint managment features
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* [http://geotoad.sourceforge.net/index.php GeoToad]
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==Pocket PC==
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[[Image:gpxsonar.jpg|thumb|right|100px|GPXSonar]]
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* [http://www.smittyware.com/ppc/cachemate/ CacheMate]
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* [[GPXSonar]] - View and manage GPX files.  Freeware!
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* [http://strandberg.org/gpxview GPXView] - View and manage GPX files
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See also [[GPS software - Pocket PC]]
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==Palm==
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[[Image:cachemate_anim.gif|thumb|right|100px|Cachemate]]
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* [http://www.smittyware.com/palm/cachemate/ CacheMate] - [http://forum.geocaching.com.au/viewtopic.php?p=35754 Testimonial]
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* [http://www.cetusgps.dk Cetus GPS] - Links to your [[GPS]]
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* [http://www.isilo.com iSilo] - Document reader
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* [http://www.plkr.org Plucker] - Document reader
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* [http://tcchap.com/HintDecoder.html Geocache HintDecoder (by Thomas Chapman)] - Geocache Hint Decoder
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/gpilots/ GPilotS] - [[Waypoint]]s, [[route]] and [[track log]] manager program for the [http://www.garmin.com/ Garmin] [[GPS]]
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==Unix==
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* [http://www.gpsbabel.org/ GPSBabel] - converts between most formats
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* [http://geotoad.sourceforge.net/index.php GeoToad]
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* [http://www.ncc.up.pt/gpsman/ GPSMan] - Uses Tk/Tcl
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==Mobile Phones==
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* [http://www.trekbuddy.net 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.
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* [http://www.metaltheater.com/GeoMob GeoMob] - View caches on your mobile.  GSAK macro available.
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* [http://www.geocachenavigator.com/NokiaEdition/tabid/225/Default.aspx 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).
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* [http://ppquery.com/ 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!). [http://forum.geocaching.com.au/viewtopic.php?t=8634 Support Thread] on the Geocaching Australia Forums.
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* [http://www.smartcaching.de/smartgpx.html SmartGPX] - Pocket Query viewer, put your GPX file on your mobile, open it in SmartGPX and you're good to go!
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* [http://mobile.geocaching.com.au 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.
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* [http://wap.geocaching.com 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.)
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[[Category:Software]]

Latest revision as of 12:54, 25 October 2010

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:

Windows

GSAK

Mac

Pocket PC

GPXSonar

See also GPS software - Pocket PC

Palm

Cachemate

Unix

Mobile Phones

  • 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.)