V2.4 – Preview

In the last days many users asked when I will release version 2.4, here is an update on the status.

During the beta test, it has emerged that the reasons for the crashes since IOS 10 still exist. The cause of this, however, can only be fixed by Apple themselves what they will do with iOS 10.3.

The new version of L4C is finally done. But since I’m not sure if an update before IOS 10.3 can affect more users, I’m still waiting for the (hopefully soon) release of iOS 10.3.

To increase the thrill of anticipation even further, here a couple of info about new features:

161 Meter Circles:
L4C 2.4 - 161 Meter CiclesYou can optionally show distance circles on the map. When L4C is sure that some distance for new caches is needed (Tradis, puzzles with corrected coordinates, physical waypoints..) it is a solid line. If L4C is not sure (Mutlis can start with a virtual stage, unsolved mysteries..) it is a dotted line.

Mark Caches: Mark a cache by long tapping it on the list. This will make it shown orange colored in all the lists and on the map. Of course you can also filter for this. A user flag of GSAK will also set a mark.
L4C 2.4 - Markierungen  L4C 2.4 - Markierungen

Spotlight Search:
L4C 2.4 - SpotlightYou can enter GC-Codes or cache name directly into spotlight. If this cache was ever loaded in L4C (since the update), these will be displayed.

File Picker: You can directly choose files from apps like DropBox, iCloud Drive or ownCloud.

Last but not least: GSAK Database Import!
This function will be available as InApp purchases for US$ 2,99. With this you can import complete GSAK DB3 files, which eliminates the detour through GPX or GGZ files. It imports almost all of the informations existing in GSAK, including corrected coordinates, the user-flag, pictures (after the import they will be downloaded from the internet) and many more. The Import is also very fast, on an iPhone SE about 10.000 caches per minute.

Donation of 990 € to UNICEF

Recently I donated nearly 1000€ through UNICEF’s donation shop. Through this shop, it is possible to directly ‘buy’ aid products, which are used in the regions where UNICEF is active.

In concrete this where 1750 sachets of peanut pulp, 250 sugar-salt mixtures (agains diarrhea of infants), 3000 tablets for water purification, 800 vaccine doses against tetanus, 300 doses against polio and 250 doses against measles. The majority of this is compiled in the ‘crisis package’.

UNICEF was founded exactly 70 years ago. If you also want to ‘shop’ or still need a Christmas present, here is a link: UNICEF donation shop

UNICEF Spende

L4C V2.4 – New Offline Maps

For quite a long time I am working on Version 2.4. In this I had to re-develop some of the key functions of Looking4Cache. This was necessary to receive the known stability before iOS 10 was released. For example these are the whole geocaching.com connection and the the offline maps. I will give you a short preview of the new offline maps:

Close zoom level:
New offline Maps - close zoom
Here you see that a lot of new details added: Icons for trees, benches and a lot of POI. Bridges and tunnels will be drawn.

High zoom level:
New offline Maps - high zoom
If you zoom out the map will have more contrast than the current ones. Streets with contours are better visible. Most towns and villages with labels. I redefined all visible details for each zoom level.

Settings:
New offline Maps - Settings
Now you can adjust more than just “Contour lines yes/no”. Some will love the new font size setting..

Storage size:
The new maps only require a quarter of memory space. Like whole Germany will have 1.5 GB including contour lines.

L4C Pro sale

This weekend is a good time to start using Looking4Cache Pro: I have reduced the Pro version for the next days to 3.99US$ or 3.99€.

So be sure to act or tell your friends who are still undecided 😉

Link to L4C Pro in the AppStore

UPDATE: L4C was on sale between 07/01/16 and 07/04/16. The term “This weekend” refers to the day I wrote this blog post.

L4C Pro Test

In the new released version 2.3.3 of Looking4Cache Lite you have the chance to test the most function of the Pro version for 45 days. When starting the app the first time you will be asked if you want to join the test.

Some functions that are close to the iOS system I can´t provide in the test, like the Safari Extension and the ‘Open in..’ function for GPX files.

Here is a list with the differences between Lite and Pro: Differences Lite and Pro Version