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  1. #11
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    Default Palm vs. PPC

    If you use a pocket pc platform like an iPAQ, GPX Sonar is fantastic AND it is free!! I can say that in the short time that I have been using the paperless approach, I have already found that having the previous logs is a great help!

    There are definitely more people using Palm OS rather than PPC - but I still think it is extremely helpful to reference which platform you are working with - it can save others tremendous time and energy.

    Cachemate works with Palm OS and not PPC
    GPXSonar works with PPC and not Palm OS

    PDA = personal digital assitant and is often also called a handheld.
    Neither or these "names" differentiates between the PPC and Palm platforms.

    Please do not misinterpret this as a lecture - it is meant only to help clarify the subtle differences that can be very confusing if one is beginning to explore this approach. My time spent in figuring it all out will have been well spent if I am able to help others along the way

    As an iPAQ user and lover, I can honestly say that if one is considering using their PDA for geocaching, I would recommend the Palm OS platform. There are many more people using that type, many more software, etc. options available, and a great network of resources for questions, etc. At this point these are all limited for PPC users - something I learned after I had made my purchase and started using it
    Last edited by Beach Comber; 04-30-2005 at 03:40 PM.
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    Question

    Ok, I just have to ask? Isn't it a pain to carry both a pda and a gps? I like the sounds of the paperless caching, but not sure if I want to deal with a pda, gps and the camera. It just sounds like way to many electronice gagets. At least with the paper, I can fold it up and stash it in my back pocket! I guess I need to take a hike with someone who is using paperles caching to see what it is like!

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    Exclamation It can stay in the car

    I used to always carry it into the woods too. Lately I've read what I needed and then left it in the car. But that depends on how long the hike is. I can just put it in my pack and it's there if I need some info. The good part is if you update it from a PQ weekly you will always have the up to date logs on as many caches the are to do in whatever area you choose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiker Twins
    Ok, I just have to ask? Isn't it a pain to carry both a pda and a gps? I like the sounds of the paperless caching, but not sure if I want to deal with a pda, gps and the camera. It just sounds like way to many electronice gagets. At least with the paper, I can fold it up and stash it in my back pocket! I guess I need to take a hike with someone who is using paperles caching to see what it is like!
    With a PDA, you don't have to fold it up before you stuff it in your pocket! LOL!

    And believe me, one you've tried paperless, you'll wonder why you waited!

    Once you've found the cache, you can sit on a log, pull out the PDA, and make your entries.

    (As for "too many gadgets - you forgot to mention the cell phone...)
    Last edited by WhereRWe?; 04-30-2005 at 07:18 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiker Twins
    Ok, I just have to ask? Isn't it a pain to carry both a pda and a gps? I like the sounds of the paperless caching, but not sure if I want to deal with a pda, gps and the camera. It just sounds like way to many electronice gagets. At least with the paper, I can fold it up and stash it in my back pocket! I guess I need to take a hike with someone who is using paperles caching to see what it is like!
    Or you could be like a few of us.... our PDAs have a camera. But my pack is big enough to carry my PDA and my cell, my "treats" (exchanges)... I usually hold the GPS. I read the "page" on my PDA and put it in the pack and pull it out only when I need it.

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    Is EasyGPS a cachemate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuffer
    Is EasyGPS a cachemate?
    No. Easy GPS is a file manager, basically.

    CacheMate is a cache manager program for your PDA - EasyGPS isn't. You can use EasyGPS to process pocket queries, and download the waypoints to your GPS. GSAK is better for this, though.

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    Thumbs up I am a skeptic turned paperless

    I was very skeptical about going paperless. I could pull my paper out of my pocket and find what I wanted for information before my fellow cachers turned their PDA on. Needless to say, curiosity got the best of me and I started checking it out. Now that I am using it, I like it a lot. Two advantages so far are that I can read previous logs and that I have the cache plotted on a map which has helped me to find the street or right side of water!! Not to mention the environmental benefits from not using paper.
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