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CacheMate - General (back to top)
This is due to a confusion of the LOC file format between Geocaching.com and TopoGrafix (maker of EasyGPS). The former is an XML format, while the latter is a binary format.
CacheMate, as well as EasyGPS, can load the Geocaching.com LOC XML format. The only LOC files that EasyGPS saves, though, are the binary format. EasyGPS data can be imported into CacheMate, though, by saving it as a GPX file, and importing that file.
LOC files from Geocaching.com don't include cache-specific information such as terrain/difficulty ratings, descriptions and hints. All that they contain are the cache name, owner, waypoint name, and coordinates. GPX files that are obtained from Geocaching.com, though, have all of this information, and are also supported for import. However, they are not freely available. You will need to get a paid membership at that site, and create a pocket query to generate those files.
In some cases, an imported GPX file may not have this information either. Generally, it's due to taking a Geocaching.com-generated file, then editing and saving it in a third-party program that ends up wiping out the geocaching-specific information. EasyGPS is a typical culprit of this, but there are other programs that may do it as well. For best results, use the original GPX file, unless you're using a program that you're sure does not have this effect on the file.
iPhone - Not very likely. The reason for this is the fact that one of the features thats make CacheMate stand out (open import/export capabilities through plugins) isn't possible with the restrictions that Apple is placing on third-party applications (no plugins, no working with other software on the phone, and no writing data that can be read by other software). It may be possible to implement the rest of CacheMate's functionality, but the chances that that will happen are... again... not very likely.
Never mind the fact that I would need an unlocked version of the phone in order to test anything I write for it, and Apple is likely not allowing that anytime soon.
Blackberry - There are no current plans.
Symbian - There are plans to release something for S60 3rd Edition (and later) at some point, but unsure when that will be. Also unsure on versions for other Symbian platforms at this point.
Nokia Internet Tablets - There are no plans, but the Palm OS version may work with an emulator that Access Co. (current owner of Palm OS) is developing. If someone can test with that and let us know, that would be great.
Palm Pre (Web OS) - That'll be some time later if it's done at all, but in the meantime it has an emulator for older Palm OS apps. The emulator doesn't support Hotsync, but it does support setting of a Hotsync name, which is all that you need for registration. In any case, I would need to be able to get an unlocked GSM version for testing, and who knows when that'll be available.
CacheMate - Pocket PC (back to top)
- Copy file(s) into the PDA's My Documents folder (anywhere in
After completing those steps you will see where you can select what file to import and go from there. If you want to import more than one file at a time, zip them up before copying them to the PDA, and select the ZIP file when prompted.
If you're importing from a file stored on a memory card, then you'll probably have to create a "My Documents" directory on the card to copy it into. Otherwise, the Pocket PC file open dialog may not be able to find it.
The dialog box shows for half a second on devices with VGA displays, as a workaround for certain devices of that kind that have buggy support for certain things when it comes to DPI-aware applications with certain characteristics. There isn't any way for CacheMate to tell which devices are affected, and there doesn't seem to be any other way around the problem.
Memory card access is slow to begin with compared with the device's internal memory. Testing has shown that, mostly related to this, updating CacheMate databases on a memory card (SD cards, at least) can be very slow. It's best if you don't install on a card for this reason... if you must, be sure to get a card that's rated for high-speed access (yes, there's a difference).
Version 1.0.2 and later use the SQLite database engine, as opposed to the sluggish thing provided by Windows CE. It's a lot more efficient, especially when working with memory cards.
You're one of those few that mistake CacheMate for GPXSonar. CacheMate can import and export GPX files, but uses an editable database format to actually store the information. The Select Database dialog selects, creates and deletes these databases. There are toolbar buttons in the list view for importing and exporting records.
You don't, at least not directly. The only way to transfer most (not all) of the Palm OS database content is to use CM2GPX on the corresponding PDB file, and importing the resulting GPX file into the Windows Mobile version.
Everything that can be done in the software has been done. There are a few things you can do as a user to help matters, though:
This is just one use for being able to create records without importing anything. Create a record for each center point you want, enter the coordinates in the the record, and later on you can set it as the center point from the list view. Creating a dedicated category for these is probably the best way to keep them all in one place.
Pocket PC (back to top)
The installer program that you download is an OTA (over-the-air) EXE, intended to run on the PDA and not your desktop PC. Just copy the installer to the PDA using ActiveSync (or an equivalent for your platform, as mentioned below) and run the installer from the Pocket PC's File Explorer.
The main reasons for going that route instead of a normal CAB file were one of size (it's compressed, where CAB files aren't) and to make it easier to install to alternate locations. Another benefit of this technique is the removal of the dependency on a Windows-based desktop platform or, for that matter, a desktop computer at all! There are, for example, ActiveSync equivalents available for Mac OS X (The Missing Sync, PocketMac Pro) and Linux/FreeBSD (SynCE), but none of them can handle Windows-based installers for Pocket PC software.
The odd thing is that the Windows 2000 error when trying to run the installer ("This is a valid executable, but not for this machine type") actually made some sense. Rather than further clarifying it in Windows XP, though, they made it more confusing ("This is not a valid Win32 application").
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Windows Mobile (back to top)
There are generally two explanations for any problems here... either you didn't look into what a Smittyware ID actually is and assumed something, or it has changed as a result of the owner name set on your PDA changing.
It is also possible that you could be entering the code incorrecly, but that is the only other reason that the code would be rejected. A Smittyware registration code consists of the digits 0-9 and letters A-F, no letters O or I or anything like that, with dashes to help readability. Those dashes do not need to be entered into the software for the code to work, but for some people it tends to help.
Current versions of Windows Mobile come in two basic flavors. There is Pocket PC, with the Start menu in the upper left and a touchscreen, and Smartphone which has no touchscreen and places the Start menu in the lower left of the screen. Once you've determined which edition you're using, have a look at what is available for Pocket PC or Windows Smartphone.
If your device happens to be a phone, don't be confused by that. Phones running Pocket PC editions of Windows Mobile are far from unheard of.
First, let's kill some misconceptions:
Naturally, this implies that you MUST download the software and install it before you can buy it. There is no reason not to do so.
The Smittyware ID is an eight-character code, consisting of numeric digits and/or the letters A-F, used to create a registration code for a particular Windows Mobile device. It is based on the owner name that you set on the device, but is used instead to allow for possible characters in the name which may not work so well for the registration process.
To get this code, and to enter the registration code later, select Options > Register from the menu bar on the application's main screen. The main screen is the one you see when you first start the program, such as CacheMate's list view.
If you've already made the mistake of using the Owner Name or Device ID to generate a registration code, you may use the Windows Mobile code request form to correct it.
Of course you can't... at least not directly. As stated above, the ID is based on the Owner Name set on your PDA, and for some reason that has changed, hence the change in the Smittyware ID.
If you can remember what the Owner Name was originally:
If the above procedure fails, it is because you can't recall exactly what the name originally was. In that case, you should request a new code based on the new ID.
For PC users, the following should tell you all that you need to know:
How To: Install, Uninstall, and Transfer Files on Windows Mobile (WMExperts.com)
The section of the above article that you want to read is the one about manually transferring files. The portion on installing programs using EXE files will put you on the wrong path with Smittyware Pocket PC installers (they run on the device, not the PC).
Download the new version of the program, uninstall the old version (making sure to select "Yes" at the upgrade prompt), and install the new version.
General (back to top)
You get to support development of current and future Smittyware products. Okay, so that's only part of it.
Each registration fee that is paid entitles you to 5 registration codes, to remove trial restrictions that are built into shareware programs available on this site. Licensing is per-user, and the extra codes are really just a way to allow for hardware upgrades, which sometimes require a new Hotsync user name for Palm OS devices. Registration codes are based on those names, so a name change will result in an invalid code. After 5 years, a purchase expires and is no longer usable for additional codes. Registration codes are not refundable.
Additional codes may be requested using the code request form in the support area of the site.
Once you have registered one of our products, you are entitled to free upgrades to newer versions of that product. Unless otherwise stated, the same registration code should remain valid. When that changes, you will be notified, and a method for obtaining a new registration will be provided free of charge.
It depends. Between Windows Mobile editions, as long as the owner name is the same on both devices, the Smittyware ID will be the same and therefore the same registration code will work. In all other cases, if you haven't exhausted the 5 codes granted by a single registration and 5 years haven't passed since the order date, you may request a new code.
Currently, the only exception is with software purchased through the Google Android Market. Transfers are not allowed in that case because there are no registration codes involved. Also, apps that are only available in the Android Market cannot have older registrations transferred to them, for the same reason.
Compare the program's requirements, specified on that program's page, to what you have (pay particular attention the operating system name and version). Next, check the "known issues" list for anything specifying your particular device. If your device satisfies the requirements and has no issues listed saying that it doesn't work, then no unsolved reports have come in saying that it doesn't work.
In the case of Windows Mobile, you will need to first determine what edition of that OS that you're using, and go from there.
If you're asking this question... more than you probably ever wanted to know
WinZip is actually preferred over PKZip around here, but what you use to deal with ZIP files is your own choice. Windows XP contains built-in support for that file format but, in order to use our software, you will need to extract all of the files before trying to access them. There have been issues in the past in cases where that wasn't done.
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