Live Usage

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Live Usage[edit]

The first of Cachly's two major usage modes is Live Usage. This means you have a data or wifi connection and Cachly can interact with geocaching.com to locate caches for you. Live Usage is chosen by tapping the Live icon in the bottom navigation bar of the screen.

Getting around the Live Mode Screen[edit]

The top navigation bar lets you view caches in Live Map View or Live List View and has a switch to change to the other one. The current selection will be highlighted in a darker color.

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The left side of the top navigation bar has the Options Action Button.

Options Action Button[edit]

Throughout Cachly, an icon of ••• in a circle and will bring up a menu of available actions. On the Live Screen, the actions are:

  • Save to List - Save loaded caches to an online or offline list
  • Export GPX - Export loaded caches to email, Dropbox, and many other places
  • Cancel

The right side of the top navigation bar has a filter icon letting you select the characteristics of caches you want the search to return.

Search[edit]

The Live search field below the top bar can be used to search for addresses, locations such as a town or city, GC codes, coordinates and URLs (coord.info and geocaching.com). Searching for a location or coordinates will drop a pin at the found location allowing that to be stored as a Saved Location. Searching for a GC code will show the Cache Pin if found.

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Tip: You can search for multiple GC codes by separating them by a comma.

Filter Options[edit]

Tapping the filter icon
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in the top navigation bar will bring up a screen that shows all of the live search options. See Search Options for a full list of options. When the filter icon is solid white
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it means search options are in effect and are being used to limit the search results shown. If it is just a white outline, there are no search options set.

Refresh Button[edit]

Search results using the current map center have search distance limits.

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Tapping the refresh button (circling arrows) in the bottom right of the map area will load new caches. By default, moving the map or changing filter options will clear the previous search and start a new search based on the center of the map. This is configurable using the Clear Map on Refresh option under Settings.

When the refresh button has three dots inside, it means that there are additional caches that can be loaded for the current search. Tapping it will load 50 more caches. You can continue tapping to load caches until all search results are shown.

Also see the FAQ on Corrected Coordinates and loading/display on the Live Map.

Selecting a Cache to Find[edit]

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This is the view that shows a map with all the loaded cache pins. You can switch between Map View and List View using the switch in the title bar. Notice the "Load more" circular arrow in the icons at the bottom right of the map. If it contains ••• then tapping it again will load more caches. If it has no ••• in the center, you have all of them loaded.

Since this is a Live view tab, you can perform more searches using the search field. Certain searches like coordinates or a road name will drop a pin and then show any nearby caches. You can perform actions on that pin as described in the section below Dropping a Pin.

Note: When Clear Map on Refresh is disabled, an X icon will appear at the left of row of buttons at the bottom of the map. Tap the X to explicitly clear the current search results.

There may be variations in the pins shown including decorations on the pin reflecting states like Corrected coordinates.

Your current location is shown with a special green circle with a white border to help you spot it. If you long press on the icon, you will see a popup with the current coordinates and a set of actions marked by the usual ••• in a circle. Tapping the actions button will let you either save the current location in the Saved Locations list or copy the coordinates. This can be handy for periodically dropping temporary waypoint markers as you bushwhack into the woods so you can find your way back out later.

Current Location
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The other two icons at the bottom of the map are:

  • Map Options Icon: Tap to select a map provider (Apple Maps, Offline Maps, etc.).
  • Show Current Location: Tap to cycle through the map follow modes. The first tap will fill in the arrow and locks the map view to your current location. As you move, the map will move with you and remain centered on your current location. The orientation (rotation) of the map will not change. The second tap rotates the map to correspond with the direction you are traveling. You are in this mode when the arrow on the icon points up with a line coming out of the bottom. A third tap turns off follow modes, breaking the association between the map view and your current location.

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There are a number of settings that can affect the Map view. They include: Show Cache Radius, Prevent Map Rotation, Clear Map on Refresh, Show Heading Indicator, Show FTF Indicator, Fit to Map, Rotation Lock, Show Cache Type on Map. Consult the Settings for more details on what each of these settings does with respect to the Map view.

Cache Pin Callout[edit]

If you tap a cache pin, you will see a callout pop up with more details on the cache. It summarizes the Cache Name, Icon, Distance, Number of trackables and Favorite points. The last line shows the Difficulty, Terrain and Container size followed by the GC Code. If you tap the callout box, you will go to the Cache Details screen.

Cache Pin Callout
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Dropping a Pin[edit]

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Sometimes you need to mark a particular location on the Map for later reference. If you long press on the Map, a pin will be placed at that location. You can press and drag to move the pin if it is not precisely where you want it. If you tap on the actions button to the right of the coordinates, you can perform several actions. They are:

  • Save Location
  • Navigate to Location
  • Copy Coordinate
  • Remove

Save Location will let you add a name for the location and put it in your Saved Locations list visible from the More Tab and show the name when the map pin is tapped. Navigate to Location and Copy Coordinate do what you would expect. Remove will delete the pin off the map.