Downloading Caches into NeonGeo

Overview

NeonGeo provides the “best of both worlds”… It has live, real-time access to the geocaching.com database, but also stores cache information locally in your device memory. You store the data on each cache locally, and update that local copy via the Geocaching Live API. It is important to understand this model, as it is different than the way most other tools store and access caching data. In the past you had “on-line only” tools, and “locally-stored data” tools.

  • In NeonGeo, you download information about caches into the local database stored on your device via:
    • Live API: Allowing NeonGeo to automatically, or manually, fetch caches from geocaching.com's database by:
      • Searching: Selecting the search menu option or pressing the blue search cube icon on the map view
      • From External Links: Choosing to open a cache page using NeonGeo instead of your browser, i.e. from a link in an email
    • GPX Files: Moving a GPX file onto your SD card manually, and importing the file into NeonGeo
    • Pocket Queries: Using NeonGeo to retrieve your pre-existing pocket queries directly from geocaching.com
  • When NeonGeo downloads a cache over the air, it downloads only the summary data for the cache–name, GC code, location, ratings, and size
  • Once you open a cache's detail page, NeonGeo will download the full cache details: Full description, attributes, hints, and recent logs
    • Basic (non-premium) members at geocaching.com are limited to downloading 3 fully detailed cache listing per any 24 hour period
  • Remember that cache data is stored locally on your device:
    • Once a cache is downloaded (summary or detailed data) it remains in your local database until you delete it
    • Your actions while using NeonGeo usually only affect this local copy. Actions that propagate data from your device back to geocaching.com include:
      1. Submitting a log
      2. Uploading a field note
      3. Adding/editing a Personal Cache Note (PCN)
      4. Adding a user-defined waypoint to a cache. (The Groundspeak API actually stores this data on the web server under your account, even though there is no way currently to access this data from the website.)

Detailed Instructions for Each Method

Getting live, real-time data from the geocaching.com database with any internet connection

From the map view you can download the 50 caches closest to the current map center one of two ways:

  • Press the blue cube icon on the upper right of the screen
  • Press your phone's menu button, select “Download” from the menu, and enter any filter criteria you'd like.
    • Note: In the map view, caches will begin to populate on the map as the data is received. Also, you may have to zoom in or out to see them.

From the geocaches list view you can download the 50 caches closest to the current map center by:

  • Press your phone's menu button, select “Download” from the menu, and enter any filter criteria you'd like.

Setting NeonGeo to automatically update nearby caches can be done in settings

Downloading pocket queries directly into NeonGeo using your device's wireless data service

Importing externally generated GPX or ZIP (containing GPX) files into NeonGeo from your phone's memory

These files may be the result of:
  1. Copy the GPX/ZIP file into your phone's memory, or SD card, using USB, an SD card reader, or other network connection
  2. Go to the Geocache List Page
  3. Click your phone's Menu button and select “Import GPX”
  4. Navigate to the location of your GPX/ZIP file and click on the desired file

The GPX functionality may be useful to cachers who have limited data plans, will be caching out of wireless coverage, or want more control over advanced filtering options.

Summary versus Detailed Cache Data

  • When you initially retrieve real-time cache data, NeonGeo receives summary information such as the caches location, type, size, and ratings.
  • In order to retrieve a more detailed description and recent log entries, you can press your phone's menu button and select “Refresh”.
  • Basic (free) members at geocaching.com are limited by geocaching.com to only retrieving detailed cache listing on 3 caches per 24-hour period.
  • Cache data is stored locally (“cached”, ironically) in your phone's memory. Through the settings you can specify how many caches to save or set a memory limit. If it has been some time since the cache was first downloaded, you may want to “refresh” to retrieve most recent logs and any data changes.
downloading_caches.txt · Last modified: 2011/11/29 22:26 by 199.46.245.231
 
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