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New User Impressions and Requests

I am excited to learn how to incorporate Geooh but am still learning how to use It, so some suggestions might already be features.   I know for instance that there is a compass view, but I could not find it when hiking today and did not want to keep my noncaching wife waiting, so I switched to a more familiar app.

One request, therefore would be a help menu with easily accessible menus for common features.    I’m still trying to figure out how to get to a screen with a compass arrow that points to a cache.   I’ve seen it, but I can’t find it now.   A help menu might point me to that.

But apart from that:

1.   Dropbox support within the app.

2.  Offline mapping with topo and shading.   This may be possible in the tools you provide but it is not as easy as selecting a map from within the app menu - a feature included with Cachly or Locus.   I am attaching screenshots of  the maps where I walked today, which I am hoping to replicate in Geooh when caching offline.  In both those apps it is an easy process to select the maps

 3.  Given on what I remember, would like be to be able to adjust the size of the compass so it does not obscure the map.   All I need, when I select a cache and go to the map is to have a small compass arrow, with the map and distance.  

4.  Is there any way that downloads can be sped up.   I started to download a PQ (734 caches)     I’m 16 minutes into the process on Geooh and still only at 250  caches.   About five minutes after that started I began to download the PQ on Cachly.   I finished the PQ and then downloaded the cache images.     After that was through I downloaded the PQ in Locus.    It’s taken well over a half hour and downloading is still in process.

I am worried because the app warns that cache images may take longer - does the app download anything more than the images included in the cache description?

5.   Does the app allow users to switch between a web view, the source code, and the internal rendering while offline - a feature I have used in Cachly and the old Geosphere.,


Re: New User Impressions and Requests

Reply #1
Thanks for the detailed feedback. I'll try to answer as best I can...

Compass View... when viewing the map select a cache and then press the compass button on the right side (see screenshot).

Dropbox Support... Geooh uses Google's Storage Access Framework that all apps will be required to follow in the future (for security reasons). Unfortunately, Dropbox has yet to support SAF. Until then you can use Google Drive as your cloud drive for Geooh... which will let your treat Drive as another accessible local directory.

Offline Mapping... the enhance subscription version of Geooh has Alternative Maps support so that you can use any tile server or Mapsforge offline map (and there are topo and shading ones available). The advantage Geooh has over the Cachly or Locus is that YOU can choose whatever maps you want instead of having predefined ones statically setup within the app. I've attached a screenshot using the opentopmap tile server to show an example on Geooh.

Compass Size... Geooh is the only app that will overlay the compass on the map and fade in/out as you rotate the phone horizontal/vertical. The advantage is you can easily view the map whenever you want by hiding the compass as the phone turns vertical and then horizontal (like a real compass) it shows a full-size compass view. An additional feature only found on  Geooh is the ability to shrink the map/compass view into a floating window when you open another app... like Google's navigation app does.

PQ Downloads... Pocket query downloads are super fast. If you have turned on Download Images in settings that would delay the process considerably when going to websites to get images. Be sure you are not comparing apples to oranges with Cachly/Locus if the download characteristics are not the same. Also, you don't even need to create a PQ if that comes from a bookmark list... just download the online list and specify Lite download to show how quickly it can go. You could download all images (in logs) for an offline list, but the PQ/GPX download images is only for descriptions.

HTML Source... No, there isn't a switch to see the HTML for geocache descriptions

Let me know of any other questions or issues!