GSAK V8

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Thanks, Kenny, I did just that. Took me a while to get it all synced again, since my GenUploadStats macro was still pointing to the wrong macro and I couldn't remember how to get the options page to pop up when the macro starts! (hold down Ctrl when you start the macro). I lost a few custom tweaks I had on the beta version, but that's OK.
you shouldn't have. The beta version of FSG and shipping version all *supposedly* use the same settings file. So new version should have the same tweaks. I do remember having to edit a BadgeGen or Genupload macro to point to the correct FSG macro to run.

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OK, upon further review, my GenUploadStats still isn't right.  I followed this tutorial to get it set up, but although it creates the badges properly, they aren't getting pulled into the notes section of the FindStatsGen macro.  My profile still is displaying the badges from 1000 finds ago... :tickedoff:

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HC I would run badge gen manually. (Decouple each from auto calling each other temporarily) After BG is done then I'd run FSG manually. If the results are good ( should be) then manually paste into your profile page online. Hopefully it now looks good too. You probably recall that FSG auto copies to your clipboard when it completes. Once you've got each piece doing its thing correctly, then you can reconnect GenUploadStats. BadgeGen actually runs through your DB(s) to create your badges and populates data that later gets scooped up by FSG when it does its thing w DB(s). If badges are wrong it means FSG is getting bad or old data, usually.

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how do you get to see your notes from your GPS in GSAK?  and shouldn't it be able to show you the order you made your finds?  i'm playing with my new Oregon 450 today and trying to log my finds... I remember some of the order, but not all.  and I dropped TBs in caches today and wrote notes, but not I can't see the notes.  suggestions?

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perfect!!!  thank you!!

 

learning curves... I know what to do with my phone for field notes.  the 60C didn't give me notes capability.

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Don't thank me, thank HoustonControl.  He's my mentor.

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You can also upload them to GSAK, then use it to auto-publish your logs.  Helpful if you've done a big series and don't want to write individual logs for each cache.  Kirbydox was MY mentor on that function.

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Uploading to GSAK is great if you know how to use it for that.  It makes doing more than a few a real snap.

 

There is a box to uncheck or it will delete it off your Oregon.  I upload to gc.com as a backup then import to GSAK, in case I screw something up, as I'm prone to do.

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i uploaded to GSAK, found my finds, but no notes or order... after logging my 5th from GSAK and getting annoyed i couldn't remember which cache i dropped the first TB in and juleed couldn't remember either, i posted here.  i'll keep playing around and see which i like best and if i figure out how to do both.  but i'm thankful for the tips from all of you!!

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Try the publish function in gsak it will show field notes and log in the order of the finds. Great function

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I thought it might be helpful to get the big picture view for any who might be interested:

 

A special .txt (comma delimited file) is created by your GPSr -in geocaching mode - each time you mark a cache as Attended, Not Found, Found, etc.

Each entry is time and date stamped, includes GC number, and any notes you make, if any, at a minimum. We refer to this file as the "My_Found_txt" file.

You can see this when you browse the files on your GPSr unit when it's plugged-in to a computer USB port if all is working correctly. On Garmin units, it's in the Garmin folder. When you use your phone to log a geocache using the standard GC.com phone app, that happens in real-time, so none of this applies. Some, phone apps do support the "log it later" approach, mimicking the GPSr, but let's come back to that in a sec :).

 

The trick is to get the little .txt file created by the GPSr to either GC.com, a third-party logging site, GSAK or other third-party app so that you can turn those entries into official logs on GC.com. Once the caches have been officially logged, then the MyFound_txt file is deleted from the GPSr. The GPSr will create a new one next time you mark a geocache, and the cycle repeats. When you connect your GPSr to the computer, and let the a logging website "suck" the finds out of your GPSr for logging, the file is usually read and deleted from your GPSr for you.

 

When possible, we like to use GSAK to publish logs, but we also use our phones from time to time. The phone obviously allows publishing in real-time, directly, for say a FTF entry or a one-off, but usually we will export our My_Found_txt file from our Phone Caching App (geoSphere on iPhone) to be treated the same way as our GPSr My_Found_txt file.

 

Using GSAKs publishing feature, mentioned above, you import the My_Found_txt file from your device directly, or you import the export file from an intermediate storage location where you saved it. This can be your GPSr, or from your Phone App export file. GSAK reads and parses the file, which now allows you to embellish, correct, re-sort, and otherwise modify your list of caches to be "logged" and published to GC.com for the official record. 

 

GSAK and GC.com refer to the information about a cache you typed into your device or caching phone app as a "field note". When importing your My_Found_txt file for publishing, to any of the choices, the field notes may be included into the "Log Notes" or just viewed by you to remind you of what happened. I usually include my Field Notes into GSAK Log Note area then edit it before publishing to GC.com. This is done using a GSAK variable, then by using "Preview" in GSAK before publishing to make sure the official log looks alright.

 

There are many branches and tangents to accomplish the task of logging caches with GC.com This mentions touches on just one, but the main point was what is going on under the hood so to speak. Hopefully I haven't confused anybody. The intent was to illuminate what is REALLY going on regardless of how you choose to get there.

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no confusion for me - just a few options of how to do it.  which is exactly what I was looking for with my lovely new garmin.  it shows me cache description and the compass even works in the right direction!   now it's a matter of figuring out what computer method I like best.   :pcr:

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I take photos at each cache (Duh!) and use them to refresh my memoy when logging and the sooner the better or it all runs together.  I simply upload my fied notes file directly to GC.com, then glimpse at my field notes, if I have any, then at my photos in the order I took them and write my logs and they usually include flatulence both in the log and behind the keyboard.  I hope this doesn't offend anyone.  Ha ha!

 

Kenny, when caching with you and your BFF I've noticed you both take audible notes.  Can you expound on that, becuase y'all are the only ones I've seen do it and you both write very descriptive logs and are a blast to cache with, I might add.  :smitten:

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