Version 3.0.10: Lots of little things

by Doug July 01, 2012 17:37

I’ve added a lot of little bug fixes and features in this release, including a feature to help people to provide verification for completing challenge caches, and the ability to show in your geocaching.com profile the top 10 cache owners you have found most caches for. Read on for the complete list of features and bug fixes.

  • Ability to copy cache info for current cache to clipboard (press Copy button, or Ctrl+C). This is helpful to compile a list of caches to use as verification of completing a challenge.
  • Ability to show top 10 cache owners you have found most caches for in HTML output (placed by too*)
  • Allow grouping of caches by owner or placed by*
  • GCID and cache-type icon are shown in the cache description
  • For those of you with lots of FTF’s, it’s easier to mark a cache as FTF – just press F2 (get it? F2-F)
  • Ampersand wasn’t showing correctly in cache name
  • Fix icon for locationless caches
  • “Other states” label was sometimes overwritten
  • Average in 1 day didn’t show completely if it was greater than 10 (yes, some people average more than 10 per day!)
  • Several fixes for the news feed including:
    • geocaching.com general discussion forums wasn’t showing
    • detect untitled news feeds
    • suppress a script error caused by one of Iowa Admin’s blog posts
    • better handling of embedded YouTube videos

* What’s the difference between owner and placed by, you ask? When creating or editing a cache, you are allowed to specify any name in the placed by field – it doesn’t have to be your geocaching name. There are several reasons placed by might be different than owner, for example if you adopt a cache, you might want to keep the original name of the person who placed the cache.  Or you might want to indicate that the cache was placed by a group of people.

Hope you enjoy the update. As usual, just download from the CacheStats page, and install. Your previous version will automatically be uninstalled.

Version 3.0.8: Tweet Your Stats

by Doug May 09, 2010 16:41

Tweet In this release, I added the ability to send tweets to your Twitter followers, directly from within CacheStats.  Of course, you’ll need to have a Twitter account to take advantage of this feature. There are several ways to send a tweet…

 

First, each time you load a new GPX file, CacheStats presents you with a summary of your activity since your previous My Finds query.  To send a tweet with that summary information, just click on the link in CacheStats:

Tweet1

When you click the link, the default message will read something like this: “Over the past 104 days I've cached 7 days and found 25 caches with average D/T = 1.94/2.06. On pace for 74 this year.”  CacheStats will let you modify the message before sending it out.

Another way to send a tweet is from the Caches tab where you can send a tweet for an individual cache:

Tweet2

 

When you click on the link the default message will be “Found Geocache: [name of cache]. [URL of cache].  This in itself is a pretty dull message.  If you send this type of tweet I encourage you to add a few words about the cache to make it more interesting for your readers.  My hope is that people will use this feature to point out interesting caches they have found, not to post a complete list of their finds.

Finally, if you just want to send a random tweet, you can click the “Send a tweet” button found at the bottom of the main CacheStats window.

For now, I only added the ability to send tweets, not the ability to read your twitter feed.  I’ll wait and see how popular this feature becomes before adding more to it. If you’d like to see more support for Twitter features, be sure to let me know.

Version 3.0.7: Linking the Data with the Geocaches

by doug April 04, 2010 20:30

I just released an update to CacheStats that has a couple of new small features: first, you can now sort your location list (i.e. states and countries) by order found, number found, or alphabetically. Just click on the appropriate button at the bottom of the Locations tab.  Second, I’ve added “hyperlink” capability so you can navigate to specific caches or groups of caches in the caches tab by clicking on data in the statistics tab such as dates and grid entries. For example, if you want to see caches for a specific difficulty and/or terrain, you can click a cell in the D/T grid. Similarly, click in the calendar grid to take you to the caches found for a specific day or month. The following screen shots explain it much better than I can with words.

Here’s the difficulty/terrain grid. Notice numbers are now underlined indicating they are clickable.  When you click on a number, it will take you to the appropriate spot in your cache list on the caches tab.

NavGrid

Besides the D/T and Calendar grids, many of the lists (such as milestones and geocache size and type) are now navigable too. For example here’s a screenshot of the Cache Type list:

NavList

Finally, many of the dates that are shown on the statistics page will take you to the caches for that date:

NavDate

 

If you enjoy reviewing your past accomplishments and recalling what happened when, I think you’ll like this new feature.  As usual, to upgrade, just download from the CacheStats website and start the installation.  Your previous version will automatically be uninstalled.

Version 3.0.4 Released: Calendar Grid, Grid Colors

by Doug November 01, 2009 22:56

CalGrid I just released a minor update to CacheStats .  The most notable feature in this release is a “Finds by Day of Year” grid, similar to ones you’ve probably seen in user profiles that were generated by other statistics programs.  The grid shows your number of finds for each day of the year.  You can choose to show each year individually or all years combined (although when exporting to your profile, only the all-years-combined grid will show).  Need another excuse to get out geocaching?  Probably not, but if you’re one who can’t stand those open squares in your grid, you’ll feel an extra tug to get out the door when you see you’ve never been caching on a particular day.

The other features you may notice are a couple of improvements to the difficulty/terrain grid: completed squares are now shaded (using the same color that you choose for your profile), and totals are shown for each row and column.  Graphic design is definitely not my strong point, but hopefully this extra splash of color improves the look a little bit.

Other changes in this release include:

  1. If your oldest cache found has been archived, it also shows the oldest active cache you have found
  2. Fix a problem when counting streaks due to non-standard log dates in the GPX file
  3. Increase default height of the main window if the screen resolution supports it
  4. Minor cosmetic changes, including fixing a longest streak count which was getting truncated at 3 digits
  5. Better support for the Mono environment, which allows CacheStats to run under Mac and Linux (see the FAQ for more information).

To upgrade to this release, download from the CacheStats website and run the installation program.  Your previous version will be replaced so there is no need to uninstall it first.

Happy caching!

Version 3.0.3 released: Find nearby caches, show cache icons

by doug April 05, 2009 17:22

Confused "Haven't we been here before?"  As I approach my 5th anniversary of geocaching, I find myself asking that more and more as older caches get archived and new ones are created to take their place.  Often I have a vague recollection of the area, but can't remember which cache (if any) used to be there.  It used to be that you could go to the maps at geocaching.com to see all caches in an area including the archived ones, but they removed that feature a couple of years ago. I was sad to see that feature go because I often used it to refresh my memory as to when and why we were previously in that area. This release of CacheStats contains a new feature that partially addresses the issue.  You can now show all caches (that you have found) that are nearby any given cache.  Here's how it works.

First, in the cache list, select the cache you would like to find nearby caches for.  For this example, I’ll select a cache called Hospital View:

HospitalView

Then select how far away you want to search, and click Show:

 NearSelected

When you click show, the cache list will update to show just those caches that are within the given distance of the selected cache. When you click on those caches, CacheStats displays the distance away from the original cache in the cache description area.  In this example, I had previously found a cache just 1/10 of a mile away from the Hospital View cache:

WaukeshaParks

When you are done, click Cancel to display the full list again.

This feature can also be used to explore cache density.  For example, pick a cache in a cache-rich area and see how many caches you have found within a mile of it.

Remember, your GPX pocket query only contains caches that you have found, so CacheStats can't show you nearby caches that you haven't found yet. Too bad, because the other situation I run into is that caches that I thought were in an area are no longer there when I'm ready to go look for them.  I like to know if it got archived recently, and if so, why?  Unless you can remember the name, there's no way to know.  Hopefully at some point geocaching.com will bring back the capability to show archived caches.

Another new feature in this release which you may have noticed in the first screenshot above: the cache list now shows type icons next to the cache name (e.g. traditional, multi, event, etc.)

Finally, I added a new blogger, TripCyclone, to the list of blogs to choose from on the news and status page.  If you know of any bloggers who write frequent articles that are of general interest, let me know and I can include them in the next release.

Hope you enjoy the new feature.

Combining Group with Search or Show

by doug April 02, 2009 21:05

I’ve noticed a couple of nice reviews of CacheStats 3.0 already: one at Geocaching Online and another at Trip’s GeoAdventures.  I especially liked TripCyclone’s suggestion to combine grouping with the show caches feature to learn interesting nuggets about your finds.  For example:

 Grouping ShowDNFs

With these settings, I can see whose caches I’ve had to log the most DNFs on (Did Not Find it logs).  One caveat about DNFs: geocaching.com only includes the caches you have found in the my finds pocket query.  So any caches that you’ve logged a DNF on but haven’t found yet won’t be included.  You can easily think of other interesting combinations:

  • FTFs (First To Find) grouped by status (see which of your FTFs have been archived)
  • DNFs grouped by difficulty
  • DNFs grouped by size (any surprise that Micros is at the top of my list?)

In the same manner, you can also combine grouping with search.  I previously suggested some interesting items to search on, for example weather-related terms. So if I search on “rain” while grouping by month, guess what?  No mentions of rain in December or January, but plenty in the summer months. No big surprise of course. But you might run into a few surprises too. I searched for “bike” and grouped by terrain.  The highest terrain that we biked on was a 3.5 believe it or not.

Give it a try, especially if you like to stroll down memory lane.  You might find some interesting facts about your finds.

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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