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How to use coordinates in Personal Cache Note?

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I've just migrated from an Android phone to an iPhone so I'm new to Cachly but an old cacher. I note that Cachly doesn't seem to realize that I have corrections to lots of mysts (and other cache types, for that matter) in the personal cache note field. Many android apps will present coordinates found here as waypoints and consider the first found coordinate (typically) as being the corrected coordinate of the cache. Project-GC behaves in the same way and due to limitations in the Live API, Project-GC doesn't work really well when using the corrected coordinates field (there's no way to fetch all caches a specific user has corrected without trying *all* caches).

Thus, I wonder how I can get Cachly to realize that I have a lot of mysts with solutions (hundreds, at least) that I haven't logged and where the solution is in the personal cache note. Copying the solution to the corrected coordinates field isn't practical since we're talking about a large number of caches, and since corrected coordinates don't work well will PGC I still need to have the solution in the personal cache note field to get full functionality there. I'd like to avoid putting the same coordinates in two fields.

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My approach... I use Cachly and PGC, and even sometimes GSAK though I leverage PGC much more now.I update the corrected coordinate on the Geocaching.com site when I solve a mystery and Cachly and the Geocaching site/app will honor the geocaching corrected coordinate. I also provide them in the personal cache note so PGC is aware. This will display in Cachly with a red triangle over the icon if there are corrected coordinates associated with the cache. 

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Geocaching.com search with filter for mystery and has personal cache note and not found by you will let you construct a bookmark list of the likely suspects. 

While it would be handy to have the first coord in a note treated as a CC,  I often have partial or incorrect solutions lying around. I suggested once that navigating to a mystery with coord in note and no CC set ought to pop a warning asking if you wanted to go there instead. 

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Just now, Team DEMP said:

I can understand Cachly's desire to not assume/rely on non-standard fields to contain unstructured data that individuals want to be interpreted as structured data, especially when it's specific to a 3rd party site. 

Well, as I said, it's used by Project-GC but also by a lot of android apps, so in order to simplify migration or dual use it's definitely a desired feature.

Actually, there are two similar but separate problems:

- Getting at my already existing coordinates in personal cache notes that are not available in the corrected coordinates field as well. This is a pain now, but if I start putting the solution in both fields it will eventually go away.

- Putting the solution in both fields easily to avoid the first problem going forward. This bit would be greatly simplified if there was a way to tell Cachly to enter corrected coordinates both in the corrected coordinates field and first in the personal cache note field (or warn me if it's full). Due to the API limitations I still need to have the solutions in the personal cache note field in order to get full functionality from Project-GC in the future.

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In an upcoming version Cachly will allow tapping of coordinates in the Personal Note and be given the option to create those as a Waypoint. 

1 hour ago, Team DEMP said:

I can understand Cachly's desire to not assume/rely on non-standard fields to contain unstructured data that individuals want to be interpreted as structured data, especially when it's specific to a 3rd party site. 

Very correct. 

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