Live Usage

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Live Usage

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

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 lighter color.

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The left side of the top navigation bar has the Actions Button.

Options Action Button

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

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

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 options of Create Offline Geocache, Save Location, Navigate to Location, Copy Coordinate or Remove the pin just dropped. 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

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. If filtering is on, there will also be a reminder "Filtering On" showing at the top center of the Map.

Refresh Button

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.

You can change the Clear Map on Refresh option under Settings so that the caches are not cleared. In this case you will have to manually clear the caches by tapping the X on the lower right.

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 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

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This is the view that shows a map with a number of 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 that search results will be influenced by filters you may have set like only show caches with more than 20 favorites. To remind you that you have filters set, the "Filtering On" messages is shown top center of the map.

Note: When Clear Map on Refresh is disabled, an X icon will appear at the top of the column of buttons at the bottom right 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 or highlighted ones like the one with the purple bar. The smiley icons mark found caches.

Your current location is shown with a special green circle with a white border (blue in Google maps) 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 save the current location in the Saved Locations list, Create an offline geocache at this location, 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. Creating an offline geocache might help you when hiding a new cache so you can see the radius circle distances to other nearby hides.

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

  • Map Options Icon: Tap to select a map provider (Apple Maps, Google 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, FTF Indicator, Fit to Map, Rotation Lock, Map Tilt, 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

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.

If you have full cache downloads on, the Callout will show dots reflecting the status of the last 5 actions on the cache. A green dot is a Found, gray is Write Note, Red is a DNF, Orange is a needs maintenance. This lets you see at a glance if you are interested in visiting the cache. The same dots are in the List View entry.

Cache Pin Callout
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Dropping a Pin

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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:

  • Create Offline Geocache
  • Save Location
  • Navigate to Location
  • Copy Coordinate
  • Remove

Create Offline Geocache will let you select an offline list and make a user-defined local geocache. 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 from the map.