Since yesterday night a new Geocaching App called AMAZE is available on the AppStore. For Android it´s available since about one month. I´ve developed the iOS app in cooperation with DEMCOM-Networks, how already released other geocaching apps for Android.
AMAZE is not a app to search and find Geocaches like in the official app or Looking4Cache. It´s for finding the best Geocaches that matches the Geocachers needs.
With AMAZE you can search for the best Geocaches categorized. We created categories like Family Geocaches, Hiking Geocaches, Climbing Geocaches, Night Geocaches or Geocache-ToGo. Each Geocache can belong to one or several categories. The categorization is done by other AMAZE users who already found the Geocache. Or by the owner who knows best that he intent when placing the Geocache. If no user categorization is available for a Geocache (what is normal in this early stage) the app processes the attributes of the Geocache and tries to add it to a category.
The second part of AMAZE is a detailed rating system. It´s nearly like GCVote, where you can give a cache up to five stars. In AMAZE we added also a five star rating system, broken down to characteristics of the Geocache: Area, Manufacture, Puzzle Quality, Stations and Final. In the app the details ratings will be shown, but also a calculated overall rating (based on the AMAZE ratings, GCVote and FP´s).
The motivation for this App was the liking of us developers. I like short Hiking Geocaches, best with technical stages. Or short before I have a appointment out of office I need a Geocache-ToGo doable in a suit (like a traditional with a small terrain rating). Normally I have to search for my Geocache lists, with AMAZE this should change.
AMAZE Lite for iOS is in review by Apple and will follow soon.
Have you ever tried to get exact coordinates with your iPhone, like for placing your next tupper? If yes, you may know how hard this is without a averaging function.
Today my third app was released! With it you can record coordinates every second, jumps will be filtered out automatically. For each station you can make several measures which will be averaged.
One of my beta testers compared it to his GPSr and get nearly the same locations. I wish you pleasure by placing your next Geocache.
Here is a link to the AppStore: GPS Averaging
Also the version 2.0.2 of Looking4Cache is in review by Apple. In this version the current known bugs will (hopefully) been solved. Also there will be a surprise function that was frequently requested in the last weeks.
Nearly a month ago I released the version 2.0 of my geocaching app. This updates brought a complete revised user interface and a lot of new functions requested by the community.
The first bugfixes are done. Out of the community I got a lot of support and the amount of good reviews and 5 star ratings (at least here in Germany) showed me, that the lot of work during the winter was worthwhile.
To welcome the early spring (also at least here in Germany 😆 ) and say thanks encouragements I will drop the price over 50%. For one week the Pro version will cost only $3.99 instead of $8.99.
Have fun outside, Thorsten
Finally! After nearly a half year of coding and testing the generally recondition and extended version 2.0 of L4C goes live.
In this version I spend a lot of attention on the usability but also done some functions requested frequent since a long time. I hope you will like it.
When starting the new version the first time you will see a welcome screen containing a video. If you installed a update you will see the “Whats new” video. In terms of usability I also created a “First steps” video for fresh installs.
Have a lot of fun when caching with the new version and hopefully not to much trouble with the sure existing bugs 😉
I just released my second app: mAPP. It is a offline mapping app and a gpx track recorder.
mAPP is designed for all people leaving the big streets and need orientation like hikers, cyclists, geocachers and backpacking tourists.
The app itself can be downloaded for free from the AppStore. Functions like displaying online maps from OpenStreetMap and OpenCycleMap, recording and displaying of tracks and saving waypoints are included.
For small fees (InApp Purchases) you can download offline topo maps of the whole world. There is a map for every country worldwide or for bigger countries maps for each state. This maps are saved in a space saving vector format and contains nearly all details of OpenStreetMap. Also included are contour lines I calculated from NASA data. The maps will be refreshed each month.
For the start the maps of the german speaking countries are reduced about 50%.
Also you can see it as a sneak preview for the new design and the topo maps of L4C 2.0 which will be released in the next days.