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Add Corrected coordinates to a Puzzle/Unknown Cache

If you want to adjust the coordinate of a cache so it shows the actual final location, create a new waypoint on the cache and select the slider for Corrected coordinates. Corrected coordinates sync back to the geocaching.com site and adjusting the corrected coordinate on the geocaching.com site will sync to that cache on Cachly. Corrected coordinates are usually used with Puzzle/Unknown caches but can be associated to any cache type. A cache with a corrected coordinate will show with a red triangle overlayed on the cache icon.

Hint: Add corrected coordinates to Multi and Wherigo caches once you know the final coordinates of the physical cache.

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

Phone A Friend

If you are on the More tab and choose Friends, you can search for a friend by caching name or just locate them in the list if you have already saved them. Then if you have an entry for their caching name in your iOS Contacts list, you can phone or text message them via the Profile screen. See the User Profile screen for more information. The caching name must be in one of the Company, Nickname or Notes field of their contact entry for this feature to work. The name search is not case-sensitive and only looks for the caching name anywhere in the Contacts field.

If you happen to be looking at a log entry they made, you can tap their name/icon to go to their profile screen and call/text them as described above.

Add a Geocache

Sometimes you need to create a cache locally before it is published. For example, lab caches at an event may only give you coordinates. Pick an offline list or make a new one. Then after selecting that list, the action Add Geocache is available in the ••• list of actions.

This will open a screen with the fields of a geocache (name, code, coordinates, type,...). Enter values for these that suit your needs or values you have been given. You don't have to fill all of them but if you omit any vital ones, you will get a reminder to enter something. It is best not to use a GC code of the standard form (GCxxxx) as any update from geocaching.com will replace some or all of your entry from the web site. When done, tap Save and you now have a cache entry you can navigate to.

Add a published cache email to offline list

If you are using notifications of newly published caches from Geocaching.com, they arrive as an email. The email includes a link that opens the webpage to the cache when you click it. On that page, look for the GPX file button and tap it. You will see a screen that says either Open in "Cachly" or Open in some other app. If it is some other app, tap the More... link and scroll through the application icons until you reach the Cachly icon and tap it. Cachly will open ready to import the cache. Choose an existing offline list to receive it or define a new one and then import it to that list. Note that the same mechanism works from any cache page on Geocaching.com.

Caution: This will not work if you are using the Chrome browser, only Safari.

The Power of Highlights

A highlight is nothing more than a way to put a colored border around a map pin and color in the background of that caches entry in a list. Why use highlights?

  • When finding the caches in an offline list, you can highlight each find to visually remind yourself which ones you have done and maybe which ones you need to revisit because maybe muggles interfered with your ability to search.
  • Highlighting a list entry makes it easy to spot that cache in Map View when you switch over.
  • With offline filtering, you can choose to only make highlighted caches visible in the List and Map view.
  • Highlighted caches are synchronized via iCloud if you have say an iPad and iPhone or two iPhones. Thus you can do some trip planning on the iPad, highlight caches of interest and open them on the iPhone and they will highlight which could guide you when you go caching.
  • You can highlight a couple of caches and perform an Export GPX and choose to export just highlighted caches to share a subset of a larger list with friends.

Download offline maps

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To download offline maps in Cachly, you want to be connected via Wi-Fi as the files can be large. On the main Live or Offline screen, click the multi-layer Map Options Icon at the bottom of the map. Click on Download Offline Maps and select your Country. Continue selecting more specific regions until the region to download is viewable.

The download could take a little time depending on your connection speed and the size of the offline map. The download is done in background so you can continue using te app while they are downloading.

To activate a specific offline map, from the main Live or Offline screen, tap the multi-layer icon at the bottom of the map and then select one of the downloaded Offline Maps displayed on the Map Types screen. A check mark will show for the selected offline (or online) map. While you can download multiple maps you can only select one at a time. For the US there are some regional maps that will cover a number of states.

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Cachly offline maps are updated quarterly. If it's been a while since you downloaded one, consider deleting and downloading a fresh copy to have the most current map data available.

Finding which offline map to download

If you are looking to download a portion of a country and not sure which offline map in that country to download, you can try the following. Go to https://www.openstreetmap.org and search for the location. On the left side it should show a Boundary for that location which maps to what shows in Cachly as the sub region.

As an example if looking for what offline map region in Russia to download for Kaliningrad, it would be https://www.openstreetmap.org/search?query=kaliningrad%2C%20russia#map=11/54.7056/20.4721 which shows the Northwestern Federal District.

Avoid Freeway Entrapment

Sometimes when a cache is on a frontage road next to a motorway the car navigation app decides you have "arrived" when you are adjacent on the high speed road where you clearly cannot stop. If you notice this awkward placement, start navigation to the cache and then drop a pin a street or so away and navigate to it. This will make the car navigation avoid the high speed road. Then when close to the target pin, remove it and navigation will switch back to the primary cache.

Create a cache list for the route of your trip

Sometimes you want to select your search results to be along a road you plan to drive. When you are planning a trip, you can look at caches along your route and cherry pick the ones that you want to go for. You need to adjust some setting to make Live search operate in the way you want.

In More->Settings, turn off Fit to Map. In the Live Tab tap the gear at the right end of the search field to change the search settings. Look for Use Map Center in Search and Use Map Bounds in Search and turn them both on. Do not try and force US State or Country as these do not interact well with a map view-focused search. Then tap the X at the bottom of the Live View Map to clear any caches you have in the view, thus starting with a clean slate.

Now that you have the settings, in Map View put the road you will be driving in the center of the map. This is where the search will start from per the setting you turned on. Tap the circular search arrow. If there are any caches within the current map window (original coordinates, not corrected), they will be shown (up to a maximum of 50). Long press on a cache you want to find and choose Highlight. Once you have highlighted all the interesting ones, drag the map view further down the road and tap the Search arrow again. Any caches in the newly visible area will be shown. Again do the highlighting as desired. Repeat.

When you are done, highlighting the caches you want to find, tap ••• in the upper left of the Map screen and choose Save to Offline List. Then choose to save just Highlighted Caches. Put them into an offline list for your road trip. Congratulations, you are now an expert at IFR (I Follow Roads). It's a good idea to turn off the settings you turned on lest you forget they are on and wonder why searches aren't working as you expect them to.

Regarding the offline list, all the caches you saved to it are highlighted. If you don't want this, tap ••• when viewing the offline list and tap Highlight. Then tap Remove Highlight to clear all the highlights in the list.

Extract just Geo-Art caches from an offline list

Suppose you see Geo-Art on the map and want to extract just those caches to a separate list. Start by creating a new empty list named for the Geoart. Tap ••• on the list holding the geoart and other non-geoart caches. Choose Copy and put the copy in the new empty list you just created for the geoart. This avoids losing caches in the original list while extracting the geoart.

Assume the geoart caches all have similar titles, say "Heart Geo-Art nn" where nn is a number. No other geocaches in the same list have "Heart Geo-Art" in their name. Do these steps:

  • Tap the Filter funnel icon and tap Type to select a filter type.
  • Scroll down to Name and tap it. Then in the Matching field enter "Heart Geo-Art". Leave the Logic field at "Contains". This filter will select only geoart caches based on the name. However, we want to remove all non-geoart caches from the list so tap "Invert Filter" making it a yes. This will select all caches that do NOT have "Heart Geo-Art" in their name.
  • Now return to the Map View and tap ••• and select Delete Filtered Caches.
  • Now back to the Filter list and Disable Filters. You will have just the geoart caches remaining in your offline list.

See your prior Found log entry

Sometimes you want to look back and read your Found log, say when someone asks you a question about the cache and you need to refresh your memory. To make this easier, just generate a My Finds Pocket Query (PQ). (premium members only). The My Finds Pocket Query cannot be downloaded like all other PQs. Instead, you must download it via a web browser and deliver it to Cachly via a mechanism like Dropbox or mailing it to yourself. Then load it into Cachly from wherever you put it and save it to an offline list named "My Finds". Then whenever you look at a cache you have found using Cachly, your Found It log will be right there to jog your memory.

Power Trail Logging

Strictly speaking, this fast way to log caches is not restricted to Power Trails. Any time you are logging a number of caches in one cache run and want the same or nearly the same log message, this can be handy. PLEASE don't use it to log TFTC on every find -- the owner deserves a bit more than that.

In Settings -> More -> Log Type, select Found It as your default log type. Then in Settings -> More -> Text Templates, tap to Add a Template for logging. Give it a name (like Found It), select the type of log action it applies to, "Found It" and then tap Save.

Now when you are ready to log a cache, tap Log this Cache on the Cache Details screen. You will see a logging screen with Log Type of Found already filled in and the Log Message filled with the text from your template. Just tap Send Now to complete logging the find.

Two taps to log a find. Doesn't get better than that. If for some reason, you have a DNF, just change the Log Type to Didn't Find It. If you have a template text defined for Didn't Find It, the log message will automatically switch to that.