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Introduction to GSAK. By Karen Brown (a.k.a. bladesedge). Presented at NZ MEGA 2012 in Dunedin, New Zealand on Saturday 20th October, 2012.

Introduction to GSAK. By Karen Brown (a.k.a. bladesedge). Presented at NZ MEGA 2012 in Dunedin, New Zealand on Saturday 20th October, 2012.

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  • Overview of what we’re going to look at.What is GSAK?RequirementsPutting caches into your GSAK DatabasePocket Queries (PQs)Importing PQs into GSAKSetting up your GSAK viewPicking a list of Caches you want
  • Overview of what we’re going to look at.Printing a List of CachesExporting to your GPSr* Other GSAK Features * More on Pocket Queries* My FindsNeed Help?Advanced Session previewQuestions?
  • What is GSAK?Stands for Geocaching Swiss Army KnifeGeocaching and waypoint managerImport Geocache information in and play around with it and turn it into Files for your GPS or your smartphone/tablet Print a cache list Files for Google Maps or Google Earth Customised Stats Pages ….and much more (advanced session)
  • Requirements GSAK program gsak.net 21 day demo with nagging afterGeocaching.com Premium Membership gpx files vs loc Pocket QueriesGo ahead and install
  • Putting Caches into GSAK Import a file from geocaching.com (Mega cache - http://coord.info/GC35TTR Easier to use pocket queries which allow you to import caches directly and automatically into GSAK Does everyone know what a Pocket Query is?
  • Pocket Queries Pocket Queries are custom geocache queries that can be downloaded from the website. Go to the Pocket query section of the website www.geocaching.com > You Profile > Pocket Queries > Create a new Query - Change number of caches to 1000 - Leave as Any Type, Any Container, That (and), Difficulty & Terrain, Country, State/Province - From Origin: Set the GC Code as GC35TTR – NZ Mega- Within a Radius of 50 km - Scroll down and make sure it has gpx format, and that it Zips the file ( although not impt any more for gsak) - Scroll up to the top and Give the query a relevant name - Check ‘todays’ (US) day - Remain ‘Uncheck after its run’ - Scroll down and Submit Information
  • Pocket Queries Pocket Queries are custom geocache queries that can be downloaded from the website. Go to the Pocket query section of the website www.geocaching.com > You Profile > Pocket Queries > Create a new Query - Change number of caches to 1000 - Leave as Any Type, Any Container, That (and), Difficulty & Terrain, Country, State/Province - From Origin: Set the GC Code as GC35TTR – NZ Mega- Within a Radius of 50 km - Scroll down and make sure it has gpx format, and that it Zips the file ( although not impt any more for gsak) - Scroll up to the top and Give the query a relevant name - Check ‘todays’ (US) day - Remain ‘Uncheck after its run’ - Scroll down and Submit Information
  • Pocket Queries Pocket Queries are custom geocache queries that can be downloaded from the website. Go to the Pocket query section of the website www.geocaching.com > You Profile > Pocket Queries > Create a new Query - Change number of caches to 1000 - Leave as Any Type, Any Container, That (and), Difficulty & Terrain, Country, State/Province - From Origin: Set the GC Code as GC35TTR – NZ Mega- Within a Radius of 50 km - Scroll down and make sure it has gpx format, and that it Zips the file ( although not impt any more for gsak) - Scroll up to the top and Give the query a relevant name - Check ‘todays’ (US) day - Remain ‘Uncheck after its run’ - Scroll down and Submit Information
  • Pocket Queries Pocket Queries are custom geocache queries that can be downloaded from the website. Go to the Pocket query section of the website www.geocaching.com > You Profile > Pocket Queries > Create a new Query - Change number of caches to 1000 - Leave as Any Type, Any Container, That (and), Difficulty & Terrain, Country, State/Province - From Origin: Set the GC Code as GC35TTR – NZ Mega- Within a Radius of 50 km - Scroll down and make sure it has gpx format, and that it Zips the file ( although not impt any more for gsak) - Scroll up to the top and Give the query a relevant name - Check ‘todays’ (US) day - Remain ‘Uncheck after its run’ - Scroll down and Submit Information
  • Importing the Pocket Query to GSAK manuallySet up geocaching.com access to GSAK From in GSAK > Geocaching.com Access > Download Pocket Queries This launches the set up Fill in username and password for gc.comAfter its set up you should see your newly created query. If not, it could be because you’ve chosen the wrong day on the pocket query. Go back and check.Put a tick beside the query, and click on OK Will download the query When done you will get a Summery of the caches loaded which gives you some detail of what has been added/ and status changes Parent Versus Child waypoints
  • Importing the Pocket Query to GSAK manuallySet up geocaching.com access to GSAK From in GSAK > Geocaching.com Access > Download Pocket Queries This launches the set up Fill in username and password for gc.comAfter its set up you should see your newly created query. If not, it could be because you’ve chosen the wrong day on the pocket query. Go back and check.Put a tick beside the query, and click on OK Will download the query When done you will get a Summery of the caches loaded which gives you some detail of what has been added/ and status changes Parent Versus Child waypoints
  • Importing the Pocket Query to GSAK manuallySet up geocaching.com access to GSAK From in GSAK > Geocaching.com Access > Download Pocket Queries This launches the set up Fill in username and password for gc.comAfter its set up you should see your newly created query. If not, it could be because you’ve chosen the wrong day on the pocket query. Go back and check.Put a tick beside the query, and click on OK Will download the query When done you will get a Summery of the caches loaded which gives you some detail of what has been added/ and status changes Parent Versus Child waypoints
  • Importing the Pocket Query to GSAK manuallySet up geocaching.com access to GSAK From in GSAK > Geocaching.com Access > Download Pocket Queries This launches the set up Fill in username and password for gc.comAfter its set up you should see your newly created query. If not, it could be because you’ve chosen the wrong day on the pocket query. Go back and check.Put a tick beside the query, and click on OK Will download the query When done you will get a Summery of the caches loaded which gives you some detail of what has been added/ and status changes Parent Versus Child waypoints
  • Importing the Pocket Query to GSAK manuallySet up geocaching.com access to GSAK From in GSAK > Geocaching.com Access > Download Pocket Queries This launches the set up Fill in username and password for gc.comAfter its set up you should see your newly created query. If not, it could be because you’ve chosen the wrong day on the pocket query. Go back and check.Put a tick beside the query, and click on OK Will download the query When done you will get a Summery of the caches loaded which gives you some detail of what has been added/ and status changes Parent Versus Child waypoints
  • Importing the Pocket Query to GSAK manuallySet up geocaching.com access to GSAK From in GSAK > Geocaching.com Access > Download Pocket Queries This launches the set up Fill in username and password for gc.comAfter its set up you should see your newly created query. If not, it could be because you’ve chosen the wrong day on the pocket query. Go back and check.Put a tick beside the query, and click on OK Will download the query When done you will get a Summery of the caches loaded which gives you some detail of what has been added/ and status changes Parent Versus Child waypoints
  • Setting up your viewNot showing the right distance so need to set your home location Centre Point > Current WaypointCan drag and drop columnsSort by clicking on column headersCan add and remove columns Add – View Add/Remove Columns Remove – the same, or right click on the header
  • Picking a list of Caches we wantDon’t want to show found caches, so we need to create a filter to show only those we haven’t found.Search > Filter (or click on Find button) Ticks next to: Not found Distance: 10km Available Click on Go Give the output file a relevant name, and note down where it’s saved to Save the filter for the future (if wanted) Give a relevant name.
  • Printing a List of Caches to go find
  • Export to GPSr (or phone/tablet)Need a GPX file for most GPSr’sDon’t want to show found caches, so we need to create a filter to show only those we haven’t found.Search > Filter (or click on Find button) Ticks next to: Not found Distance: 10km Available Click on Go Give the output file a relevant name, and note down where it’s saved to Save the filter for the future (if wanted) Give a relevant name.Plug in GPSrOpen the location the file was saved to above, and copy itOpen My Computer and go to the GPSr location, on Garmin open the GPX folderPaste in the file created.May want to delete any other files that exist in the GPX folder if you don’t want to see them anymore Alternatively you might want to use the inbuilt function: GPS > Device And select your device from the list Select what POIs you want to see Send Waypoints to send them to your device
  • Other Features in GSAKView Saved Filters (and the GSAK built in ones) From the drop down ‘Select a Saved Filter’ Default view to see all caches is called ‘None’ View My Finds (and going back to this after)Corrected Coordinates Puzzle caches – sends what you think is the final location to your GPS, so you don’t have to fix it on the fly. Right click on the cache > Corrected CoordinatesColour Coding Default: White – Unfound by you Yellow – Found by you Green – Belong to you Red – Disabled Red & Crossed out - Archived Can be changed in Tools > GeneralMultiple Databases Can have multiple databases Shouldn’t need more than one if you save filters
  • More on Pocket QueriesGo through each of the options in PQ set up. Could choose to only include those you haven’t found and don’t own. Select a country/state/province, if travelling away from home. From Origin Set your home location in gc.com Radius Placed During (date range caches) NZ Date Range Aussie website with Date Ranges for States in Oz/islands in NZ Attributes - if only want those that are (or aren’t Park n Grabs) Only works if Cache owners use these attributes Remember though, the more options you select, the less caches you’ll get in the result as it only shows those that meet ALL the requirements.Back out to the Your Pocket Queries Page Can set what days you want a query to run If you want them to run weekly on that day you need to open the query and change it to Run every week Max of 5 queries are allowed to be run a day Includes latest 10 logs (or 5?) for each cache in the query
  • More on Pocket QueriesGo through each of the options in PQ set up. Could choose to only include those you haven’t found and don’t own. Select a country/state/province, if travelling away from home. From Origin Set your home location in gc.com Radius Placed During (date range caches) NZ Date Range Aussie website with Date Ranges for States in Oz/islands in NZ Attributes - if only want those that are (or aren’t Park n Grabs) Only works if Cache owners use these attributes Remember though, the more options you select, the less caches you’ll get in the result as it only shows those that meet ALL the requirements.Back out to the Your Pocket Queries Page Can set what days you want a query to run If you want them to run weekly on that day you need to open the query and change it to Run every week Max of 5 queries are allowed to be run a day Includes latest 10 logs (or 5?) for each cache in the query
  • More on Pocket QueriesGo through each of the options in PQ set up. Could choose to only include those you haven’t found and don’t own. Select a country/state/province, if travelling away from home. From Origin Set your home location in gc.com Radius Placed During (date range caches) NZ Date Range Aussie website with Date Ranges for States in Oz/islands in NZ Attributes - if only want those that are (or aren’t Park n Grabs) Only works if Cache owners use these attributes Remember though, the more options you select, the less caches you’ll get in the result as it only shows those that meet ALL the requirements.Back out to the Your Pocket Queries Page Can set what days you want a query to run If you want them to run weekly on that day you need to open the query and change it to Run every week Max of 5 queries are allowed to be run a day Includes latest 10 logs (or 5?) for each cache in the query
  • My Finds Pocket Query At the bottom of Your Pocket Queries page Can only be run once every 3 days Can’t be programmed to run (but you can make your own query that will run) Needs to be Manually imported into GSAK
  • My Finds Pocket Query At the bottom of Your Pocket Queries page Can only be run once every 3 days Can’t be programmed to run (but you can make your own query that will run) Needs to be Manually imported into GSAK
  • My Finds Pocket Query At the bottom of Your Pocket Queries page Can only be run once every 3 days Can’t be programmed to run (but you can make your own query that will run) Needs to be Manually imported into GSAK
  • Need Help?3 Places for Help Help in the Program … Help > Contents From the GSAK website http://www.gsak.net/help/ghelp.htm And also the GSAK forums, also available from their website: http://www.gsak.net/board/
  • Intermediate Being run by Jim Greene - 3-4pm Deeper look at sorting caches to find Macros Q & A sessionAdvanced Run by HeinerLieth – 4:30-5:30pmIndepth Macros session geocaching.com API Q & A session
  • Questions?Contact Info for further helpInformal help session over the weekend

Transcript

  • 1. The BasicsKaren Brown‘bladesedge’@_the_brown
  • 2. • What is GSAK?• Requirements• Putting caches into your GSAK Database• Pocket Queries (PQs)• Importing PQs into GSAK• Setting up your GSAK view• Picking a list of Caches you want
  • 3. • Printing a List of Caches• Exporting to your GPSr• * Other GSAK Features• * More on Pocket Queries• * My Finds• Need Help?• Intermediate & Advanced Session previews• Questions?
  • 4. • Geocaching Swiss Army Knife• Geocaching and Waypoint Manager• Import Geocache info in and … • Create files for your GPS, smartphone or tablet • Plan your geocaching trips • Print a cache list • Create files for Google Earth or Google Maps • Create customised stats pages • ….and much much more….
  • 5. • GSAK Program • www.gsak.net • 21 day demo (with a nag after that time)• Geocaching.com Premium Membership • www.geocaching.com/premium • .GPX vs .LOC file downloads • Pocket Queries• Go ahead and install
  • 6. • What are the options? • Import each geocache individually from gc.com • Import a group of caches from gc.com…
  • 7. • A custom list of geocaches that can be downloaded from the website in one file• Lets have a look…..
  • 8. • Import .GPX file from PQ page on website• Set up geocaching.com access• Tick query to import and OK• Wait and read the summary
  • 9. • Creating a Centre Point• Changing Columns • Drag & drop • Add and Remove
  • 10. • We want: • Caches we haven’t found yet • Within 10kms of the camp • That are not Disabled or Archived• So click on Search > Filter • Enter the filters we want to result on • Click on Go • ….and then Save it for next time with a useful name
  • 11. • Open your Saved Filter• Click on the Print button • (or File > Print)• Select the Condensed HTML view• Tick Decrypt Hints• Logs to include: Last 5
  • 12. • Export a GPX from GSAK• Plug in GPSr• Copy and paste the file• Alternatively use the inbuilt function
  • 13. Corrected CoordinatesSaved FiltersColour CodingMultiple Databases
  • 14. • Customising the query• Setting it to run regularly • Days of the week • Recurring or not• Restrictions • Max of 5 queries per day • 5 logs per geocache
  • 15. • At the bottom of Your Pocket Queries page• Only run once every 3 days• Can’t be programmed to run• Manually Import into GSAK
  • 16. • Use the Help in the program• Website Help • http://www.gsak.net/help/ghelp.htm• GSAK Forums • http://www.gsak.net/board/
  • 17. • Intermediate Being run by Jim Greene - 3-4pm Deeper look at sorting caches to find Macros Q & A session• Advanced Run by Heiner Lieth – 4:30-5:30pm Indepth Macros session geocaching.com API Q & A session
  • 18. www.gsak.netwww.geocaching.com/pocketbladesedge@_the_brownFree to help over the weekend if needed (when not outcaching!)