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New BCaching Screenshots

Here are some of the latest BCaching screenshots. Some are taken from a blackberry emulator, others from a desktop web browser, but it should give you an idea of how the mobile view works. It’s free, so try it for yourself at www.bcaching.com. Use it with any internet-connected mobile phone: Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Android, etc.

The first page you see on your mobile device after login. Enter a location by name or zipcode. You can also enter a geocache waypoint like GCxxxx or without the GC prefix.

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After you click “Go” it will search for the specified criteria and return the results. If the Find page does find a matching cache by name or waypoint it will give you a link to search for the entered criteria as a location:

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That gives you a list of location results based on a google location search.

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Selecting a location will set your origin and all nearby caches that you have not found will be listed with their distance and direction.

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Selection of a cache waypoint link will jump to the Cache Detail page. This provides links to Field Notes (for that cache — the top menu Notes shows all recent field notes). A link to show all nearby caches, using this cache as the new origin, links to view the cache location in Google Maps and Blackberry Maps (both of these only work on Blackberries as far as I know). If there are additional waypoints or trackables there will be links to show them as well.

Below that is a quick view of the most recent field note (Found It in this case) followed by other cache details. Also shown is when it was last found and the icons associated with the 8 most recent logs so you can quickly see the recent find to dnf ratio or other important logs.

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Scroll past the description to see the hints and logs (you can also click the Logs link to jump right to the logs).

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Scroll all the way to the bottom to find various links to gc.com regarding this cache. Detail shows the full gc.com cache detail page, Print shows the lower bandwidth print view (with logs), Owner shows the cache owner’s profile page, Log takes you to the cache’s log posting page in case you want post your find/dnf/note directly to gc.com, and Nearby will show you the gc.com nearest caches list.

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The Inventory page lets you lookup caches by tracking #.

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Scroll down past the trackable details and you can log a retrieve or discover from the most recently viewed cache (or from a generic “somewhere else”). The description defaults to the trackable’s name, but you can customize it to make it easier to remember which one it is. You can also view the complete trackable details page on gc.com.

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The Field Notes page lets you post a Found It, Didn’t Find It, Write Note, Attended (for events), or Webcam photo taken (for webcams). You can adjust the time, include your current find# (if checked), include the time in your note (if checked), include a header (if checked) that is saved from note to note, and of course write some comments in the body. If there are trackables in your inventory, they will automatically be listed below the Submit button. Just check of the trackables you are dropping off and they will automatically be included in the field note and removed from your inventory.

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After you submit your note, if “View nearby on submit” is checked, you will automatically be redirected to the Find nearest caches page with this cache as your new origin. This way it keeps track of where you are and is always showing you the nearest unfound caches.

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BCaching Release “Orlando”

Introducing the latest release of BCaching.com, “Orlando”.

The past month has been spent on the development of some cool new features, usability improvements, bug fixes, and field testing and since most of the field testing was done on vacation in Orlando, Florida it takes its release codename from there. I hope you enjoy the improved navigation (clicking, not driving), Inventory management, and field notes headers features.

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Mobile Paperless Caching

BCaching.com is up and open. If you have internet access on your mobile phone and you are a premium member at geocaching.com, you can start using BCaching for free to view mobile-optimized cache pages. You’ll still need a separate GPS for navigation, but you’ll have access to complete descriptions, hints, and logs in the field and can even keep track of your finds.

Reprinted from the forum:

I’d Rather Be Caching

BCaching is a free service intended to make caching with a mobile Internet-connected phone easier. No more printing out cache pages, no loading your paperless device with the latest updates, no loading field notes from your device back to the computer. Less work, more fun.

Supported Devices
The intent is for BCaching to work with any mobile phone that has a modern browser and an Internet access data plan. Although we do our best to limit the size of the data transfers needed for most pages, we highly recommend an unlimited data plan with your mobile phone provider to avoid the risk of excessive fees from overuse of limited data allowances.

The application has had the most field testing with a Blackberry Pearl 8130 on the Verizon Wireless network but some basic testing has also been done with an emulator for the OpenWave Browser that is used on many Smartphones. It should also work on Windows Mobile and iPhone devices.

Installing
Surprise! There is nothing to install. The entire application is browser-based. You simply navigate from page to page using the Internet browser on your mobile phone.

There are also components of the application that require a desktop browser such as loading Pocket Queries from Geocaching.com and downloading field notes for uploading back to Geocaching.com.

Getting Started
The first thing you must do after registering on BCaching is upload your first “My Finds” pocket query. This will link your BCaching login with your Geocaching handle. Your BCaching login can be linked to one and only one Geocaching handle. After your accounts are linked you can upload additional pocket queries for the areas in which you plan to cache. Uploaded data is only available for 30 days to prevent it from getting out of date so you must upload pocket queries on a regular basis. To make this easier, you can have your pocket queries sent directly from Geocaching.com to your BCaching account via your personalized BCaching email address. You can also forward pocket queries from your own email account.

Why is it FREE?
All the best things in life are free. This may not be one of the best things, but it’s a good thing. The web-based version of the site will always be free for Geocaching.com users to get access to their pocket queries in the field.