Overview

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Overview

Postby mbastian » Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:57 am

Welcome to 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.

Mobile Features

  • Easy integration with geocaching.com using automated Pocket Queries, e-mailed to your personalized bcaching.com email address, and field notes that can be uploaded back to geocaching.com for logging finds, dnfs, and notes.
  • Mobile view packs a lot of information in a fast small space.
  • Find nearest caches based on your location using built-in GPS if available. If not, you can set your location based on a search by a well-known place name, zipcode, city+state, cache GC#, or raw coordinates.
  • View cache detail with full description, logs, hint, travel bug inventory, and additional waypoints.
  • Manage field notes that can later be uploaded to geocaching.com for easy logging. Includes automatic tracking of your current find #. Can also enter private notes.
  • Keep track of your travel bug inventory, pick-ups, and drop-offs.
  • Enter additional waypoints for final locations, stages of a multi-cache, or corrected coordinates.
  • Navigate to the cache using a basic compass view (GPS required).
  • View full google maps view with cache overlay (currently Android and iPhone only).
  • Links to geocaching.com including nearest caches, full cache details (normal view or lower-bandwidth print view), cache picture gallery, and cache owner page).
  • Links to 3rd party apps including Google Maps for mobile, GeoBeagle, Cacheberry, and Blackberry Maps.
  • Integration with 3rd party apps - currently only Blackstar Navigation for Blackberry

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 and Storm on the Verizon Wireless network, and most recently the Motorola Droid.

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. For quick access, set a Web page bookmark to http://www.bcaching.com/m.

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.
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