A Geocacher’s Firefox


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A Geocacher’s Firefox

  1. 1. A Geocacher’s Firefox<br />Using Greasemonkey scripts to enhance the Geocaching Website<br />By TripCyclone<br />For Educational Use. Please do not reuse without permission.<br />
  2. 2. What is Greasemonkey?<br />Greasemonkey is a piece of software provided by Mozilla, the makers of Firefox. It is designed to allow users to customize how Firefox interacts with websites.<br />Go to Greasemonkey at the Firefox Add-ons site.<br />
  3. 3. Click Here!<br />
  4. 4. What is a Greasemonkey Script?<br />Greasemonkey scripts are pieces of software that affect a particular website. It doesn’t alter the website itself, only how you interact with it.<br />If you use a popular website, chances are someone has written a script for that site.<br />
  5. 5. But where can I find Greasemonkey Scripts?<br />There are several locations where you can find scripts:<br />Greasespot<br />Greasemonkey Scripts by Locus Prime<br />Lil Devil's Greasemonkey Scripts<br />Let’s go through some scripts from each.<br />
  6. 6. Greasespot<br />
  7. 7. GCBBCode<br />GCBBCode alters the Log Entry page, providing some additional options.<br />Adds a calender<br />Adds font formatting options<br />Adds Auto-text options<br />Adds Emoticons<br />
  8. 8. GCBBCode<br />
  9. 9. GCBBCode<br />There is one more added benefit to anyone handling trackables.<br />After searching using a tracking #, GCBBCode will auto-fill the log page:<br />Auto fill the tracking #!<br />123456<br />
  10. 10. Locus Prime<br />Locus Prime has created a number of useful scripts. More than we can examine today. Let’s look at some:<br />Add Waypoint Finder<br />Bookmark Buttons<br />Gallery Enhancer<br />
  11. 11. Add Waypoint Finder<br />Into This<br />Turn This<br />Add Waypoint Finder adds a small box under the left-hand Navigation Menu that can search for any GC Code or TB/Geocoin tracking # or reference #.<br />
  12. 12. Bookmark Buttons<br />Bookmark lists provide some basic options and takes up space.<br />Bookmark Buttons adds some options and reduces the extra dead space.<br />
  13. 13. Bookmark Buttons<br />
  14. 14. Gallery Enhancer<br />Changes gallery from:<br />
  15. 15. Gallery Enhancer<br />To this:<br />
  16. 16. Lil Devil<br />Lil Devil is a Geocaching Reviewer who has written scripts to help the user. Some of his scripts are now standard Geocaching site features!<br />Let’s look at:<br />Bag-o-Tricks<br />VIP List<br />Map Enhancements<br />Friends List Enhancements<br />
  17. 17. Bag-o-tricks<br />A collection of minor adjustments and features.<br />My favorite is the email feature:<br />
  18. 18. VIP List<br />Designed to locate logs made by your friends. Also adds additional minor enhancements.<br />
  19. 19. Map Enhancements<br />Adds additional filtering for viewing maps:<br />Also includes options to view in Google Maps and Google Earth.<br />
  20. 20. Friends List Enhancements<br />Alters your Friends List to allow for sorting, alerts, and additional linking.<br />Adds links to Find List, Gallery, and Forum Posts.<br />
  21. 21. Summary<br />There are a variety of potential scripts to use. The ones seen today are some of my own favorites. You can find links to each of the three sources, along with instructions for installing Greasemonkey by going to <br />http://tripcyclone.wordpress.com<br />Scroll to the bottom and select the “Software” Category. The article is called “A Geocacher’s Firefox”<br />
  22. 22. Ooops….one more<br />You know that little search bar in the corner of your browser. This one:<br />Go to Mycroft Project<br />Do a search for Geocaching<br />Click on Geocaching - smart Quicksearch<br />Click okay to add <br />
  23. 23. Geocaching - Quicksearch<br />What does it do? Allows you to search for:<br />Geocaches<br />Travel bugs <br />(by reference #)<br />Profiles<br />