Fix for Canadian map

by doug March 26, 2009 20:29

Oops.  One of the enhancements I added to 3.0 was to put Canadian geocaches into their own category instead of grouping them in “other states”. But by doing this, I accidentally broke the map that gets generated for Canada (no provinces were colored in).  This has been fixed and you can download now from the CacheStats main page.  When you install, your previous version of CacheStats will automatically get replaced (no need to uninstall it first).

Build number 3372.

Searching Logs

by doug March 24, 2009 22:52

SearchNo, I’m not talking about looking for a geocache in a fallen tree. Rather, I’m talking about one of the new features in CacheStats 3.0, the ability to search your logs, the cache names, or the cache descriptions for a particular word or phrase.  Searching for text in cache names or the cache description can be handy when you’re trying to look up a specific geocache but can only remember part of the name or a few details about the cache such as the name of the park it was hidden in.  But searching for text in your logs can be kind of fun and may reveal interesting facts about your geocaching adventures.  Here are some of the things that I found interesting to search for.

  • Weather conditions: rain, pouring, freezing, sunny, beautiful day, windy, cold, hot, humid
  • Animals and insects: deer, dog, mosquito, ticks
  • Scenery: beautiful, great view, steep
  • Cache condition and contents: wet, soaked, open, TB, McToy
  • Access mode: bike, hike, jog

So here are some stats from searching our logs.  Out of 616 caches found:

  • Deer is mentioned 4 times, but mosquito is mentioned 24 times.  There are a lot of deer in SE Wisconsin, but the mosquito is the unofficial state bird (as I’m sure it is in many other states as well), so this isn’t surprising.
  • Sunny is mentioned 12 times, but rain is mentioned 45 times.  But I think most of the mentions of rain are something like “decided to go geocaching after the rain stopped”.  (We don’t do much caching in the rain).
  • View is mentioned 13 times, dark is mentioned 12 times.  I’m guessing that view and dark are never mentioned together in the same log.
  • Bike is mentioned 48 times.  Geocaching definitely motivates me to get on my bike more than I would otherwise.  Jog is mentioned 0 times.  I’m clearly not into jogging.
  • TFTC is mentioned 483 times.  I wonder what it was about the other 133 that we didn’t include it?  Oh wait, we mention thanks 79 times, so overall we have thanked almost every cache owner.

So what words or phrases can you think of to search for in your logs? Do your searches reveal anything interesting? Feel free to post your comments here.

What's new in CacheStats 3.0

by doug March 16, 2009 21:00

CacheStats 3.0 is now available. Major changes include a grouping feature where you can group your found caches by specific categories (e.g. by owner or by difficulty), a news page which can display feeds from various geocaching blogs, including this one :-), search capability, and the ability to read the pocket query zip file directly.  Here's the full list of new features:

General

  • New user interface has 3 main tabs: news & status, statistics and caches found list
  • News page shows feeds from various geocaching blogs and geocaching forums 
  • Can now load the zip file from the pocket query (extraction of gpx file isn't required)
  • Difficulty/Terrain combinations grid

Cache List Enhancements

  • Group by a large variety of categories, e.g. show caches grouped by owner, by month found, by difficulty, etc.  Sort the groups alphabetically or by size of group.
  • Show all logs (not just found it logs), plus show log-type icons (e.g. smiley)
  • Search names, logs, description for specific text
  • Show cache description as html or plain text
  • Move identification of FTFs to cache listing tab to make it a more straightforward process
  • Show only: FTF's, caches with multiple finds, caches with DNF logs
  • Link to Google map showing cache location
  • Navigate to owner's profile from cache description
Enhancements when new GPX File is Detected
  • Now shows comparison information on the news and status page instead of a new window
  • Show caches that were archived (if any) since last pocket query
  • Show average difficulty and terrain of caches found since last pocket query

HTML Output Enhancements

  • Display non-english characters (e.g. umlaut) correctly
  • Show dates for most in day, most in month, etc.
  • Ability to open the profile editing page from the copy to clipboard confirmation dialog
  • Show Washington D.C. in US map
  • Show Canadian provinces in their own section instead of in "other states"
  • Show number of finds for each state and country in the locations list

I think that's most of them.  There were several features that I wanted to include that didn't make it into this release due to time constraints.  Hopefully it won't take me as long to get the next release out.  If you've got ideas for new features, feel free to post them here or send an email.

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