Destinator Resources

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Route Optimisation

Destinator's route optimising is limited to about 10 points to determine optimal route.

To optimise your trip...

  • Go to Destinate > Trip Planner
  • Click Waypoints
  • Add waypoints by going to Tools > Add... for each item you want to add.
  • Adjust the list order by clicking Waypoint Up or Waypoint Down as required. It is suggested that you move your first and last location to the top and bottom of the list to aid optimsation.
  • Optimise the list of up to 10 waypoints by going to Tools > Optimize

Displaying Caches via GSAK Export

GSAK can be used to send caches to Destinator.

How to do it

You need...

  • Destinator
  • Destinator Console 3.1 (or any version of it that has "Favourites Importer")
  • GSAK
  • A filtered set of Geocaches


  • Filter the caches you want in GSAK (which I'm not going to explain here)
  • Export a Custom CSV file (see Creating Custom CSV below)
  • Using Destinator Console's "Favourites Importer" load the CSV files into Destinator

You only need to do the setups below once, and then from there the steps above can be completed whenever you want to export to Destinator. I have it exporting several different queries in the macro (see below) and have several Custom export settings saved for the different groups of Favourties.

Creating Custom CSV:

To create the Custom CSV, you first need to create a GPSBabel translation document.

# gpsbabel XCSV style file
# Format: Destinator 3.075 Favorites Importer

# Modified by Partic

DESCRIPTION Destinator Favourites



# PROLOGUE Name, Description, Longitute, Latitude


IFIELD SHORTNAME, "", "%s" # Name
IFIELD DESCRIPTION, "", "%s" # Description
IFIELD LON_DECIMAL, "", "%f" # Longitude
IFIELD LAT_DECIMAL, "", "%f" # Latitude 

Save this file as C:\Program Files\GSAK\DestinatorXCSV.txt

In the other Custom Export fields, you can set special tags to create the Cache name. I use "%name (%typ1)" which puts the Cache name, followed by the one character cache type code so you can see if you're driving past a Multi, Trad, Virtual etc when you spot the cache on the Destinator map.

Next you need to go to GSAK > File > Export > Custom Export and create your export. My command line is:

"C:\Program Files\GSAK\GPSBabel.exe" -N -i gpx -f "C:\Program Files\GSAK\temp\babel.gpx" -o xcsv,style="C:\Program Files\GSAK\destinatorXCSV.txt" -F "c:\My Documents\Geocaching\Destinator\Geocaches.csv"

This creates a file called "C:\My Documents\Geocaching\Destinator\Geocaches.csv". Change the various file names to where you would like the CSV file to be located. Also turn off the Debug flag at the bottom of the screen, as this will pause the export in the middle of the macro.

Save the Custom Export Settings so you can use them in Macros. For the Macro below, I've called mine "Destinator Geocaches"

The GSAK Export Macro component (I use these lines as part of a 100 line macro that exports HTML, GPX, Destinator files for various cache, shutterspot and winery subgroups in Melbourne, and optionally Sydney and Wollongong if I'm travelling up there)

# Create Destinator CSV Update file
EXPORT Type=CUS Settings="Destinator Geocaches"

Finally, in Destinator Console, connect your PDA, then click on map, then "Favourites Importer". Browse for your CSV file location, pick the file, then Convert then Download the file.

Destinator Console then converts the CSV into the Favourites file, then downloads it onto the PDA - and then you can Destinate to Geocaches! Makes life so much more fun icon_cool.gif

Garnishing Favourites with Custom Icons:

For a garnish, you can actually create your own 16x16 Favourites .bmp icons.

Geocache.gif My Caches.gif Found Caches.gif Shutterspots.gif

Above are gif versions of the ones I use, which prove very eye catching when you're glancing at the screen while driving. To save these, right click and choose Save Picture As.... You'll then need to open the GIF file in Windows Paint, Photoshop or similar and save it again as a Windows Bitmap file BMP.

To create alternate BMP files, just create a 16x16 pixel icon of your choosing in your favourite paint program.

Name the BMP identically to the CSV file your macros create, and that you convert to the Destinator Favourites File, otherwise it will not match up in the favourites list.

Once you've got them saved somewhere (I keep mine in the same folder as the CSV files out of GSAK), you need to transfer them to the Destinator Favourites folder on the Ipaq...

  • Launch the Microsoft Activesync window
  • Click Explore to browse your connected device
  • Double click "My Pocket PC"
  • Go to My Pocket PC\DestinatorApps\Destinator\Common\Favourites
  • Copy the BMP files to the Favourites folder.

When you load Destinator next, go to the favourites screen and you should see the new icons listed next to the Favourites Categories, and by ticking the ones you want displayed, you'll now have an array of new icons on the screen.