Quest For the IceFox

McClelland & Stewart, book publisher, has incorporated Facebook, Google Maps, and Geocaching in a contest to help launch a new book title: The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys. “[The book] is a series of stories about life in historical London and the river Thames that ebbs, flows and freezes throughout its history. The Quest for the Ice Fox contest intends to pull readers virtually down to the river and into that tarnished, talented knot of humanity.”

The first clue will hit Facebook on October 15th via the Ice Fox group. The object is to find the location of the Ice Fox, using Google Maps. There will be a total of eight clues each released at 5am ET on Mondays. The first person to find/post the location of the IceFox will win a $2,000 travel voucher.

The Official Press Release Can Be Found Here.

MacCaching v1.1

Download: Click here to download
YouTube Link: Demo of 1.0’s Features

What’s New:

  • A number of 1.0 bugs have been fixed
  • Setting Geocaching name automatically sets Owner status
  • User selectable “Update Check”
  • Improved Smart Cachelist User Interface
  • Bug Fix: Google Maps working again
  • Bug Fix: Cache Coordinates always 3 decimal places
  • Bug Fix: Certain symbols in the name field causes crashes
  • Bug Fix: LOC Format’s Name is imported correctly now

MacCaching 1.0

Announcing: MacCaching 1.0!
Download: Click here to download (7mb)
YouTube Video: Demo of 1.0’s Features

On October 31, 2006 CMiYC Labs released the first version of MacCaching. The first 12 hours it was available for download, fifty people downloaded it. That might not seem like many, but that was just a few months ago. Since then, there have been many thousands of downloads, almost three hundred posts in the forums, and we have received hundreds of email messages.

Thank you for all of the support to this point.

I’m proud to announce version 1.0 of MacCaching!

Here is what is new for 1.0: Read the rest of this entry »

Howto: Using Simple Cachelists

Cachelists are one of MacCaching most unique features. They offer a simple way to keep caches organized in a variety of ways. This simple video shows how to create a cache list, edit the name, and add caches to it.

(This video is based on 1.0, different versions of MacCaching may look slightly different.)

High Quality Video:
Using Simple Cachelists (600k) (Right-Click to Save to your computer.)


Open Source IOGear / Prolific Driver

In the forums, ryust has pointed out that there are is an Open Source version of the drivers for the Prolific chipset. This chipset is typically found in the serial-to-USB adapters that typically cost less than $15 US.

The drivers directly from Prolific tend to be problematic, which is why we have been recommending the KeySpan adapter (about $40US).

Give these Open Source Prolific drivers a try if you are using a serial adapter based on it (most commonly the IOGear chipset) and let us know how they work.

SEE MacCaching in Icenrye’s Geocaching Videozine

Episode #24 of Icenrye’s Geocaching Videozine featured MacCaching which was about Paperless Caching! Icenrye has does a great job of with tips, along with geocaching news, and even contests!

Icenrye gives an excellent overview of how to use MacCaching and even points out how MC doesn’t support logs today. (The upcoming version 1.0 will solve this little issue.)

There’s mention of some Pee-Cee programs, but with such a great MC overview, I’ll forgive him for mentioning the dark side…
You know… he kinda sounds like John C. Dvorak… ūüėČ (j/k, Icenrye.)

Here’s a direct link to this episode.

If you would like to check out (or subscribe) to his Video podcast, here’s an iTunes link:

Hear about MacCaching on the Geocache Podcast

xpunkx and darrylw4 hosted me on their LIVE podcast tonight Geocaching Podcast. In addition to talking a bit about MacCaching, darrylw4 gave a great overview of how Pocket Queries work.

This podcast is a unique Geocaching podcast, because it is hosted by TalkShoe hosts live podcasts where listeners can call in real-time, while the podcast is being recorded.

I was on Episode #28. Check out the Podcast, it is a very cool format and one that I’ll be adding to my iPod shortly… Thank you xpunkx and darrylw4 for letting me be on your show!

Preview to version 1.0!

Note: MacCaching 1.0 is now available!

Hi Everyone.

¬†It has been quite some time since I have posted a blog entry or a latest build of MacCaching. ¬†In the next couple of weeks I am going to be releasing version 1.0! ¬†Right now I’m finishing up some features and doing some bug fixes before it is ready.¬†So far I have completed some major new features and fixed over 30 bugs.

Some of the highlights of new features include:  Log Support (finally!), iPod Notes, export to HTML, a new search tool, and (the best one in my opinion) Smart Cachelists!

Below is a quick YouTube video I made to show off some of the features.  Be looking for the version soon! MacCaching 1.0 is now available!  

Thanks for the Icon!

MacCaching IconOne of the cool things about a project like MacCaching, is when people contribute. Jonathan Schmid contacted me a long time ago about creating an icon.  Not only did he create exactly what I had in mind he was also responsive to minor changes. Jonathan is an avid geocacher and designer. He resides in the great Cincinnati area with his wife and enjoys caching all over the states and occasionally abroad. He loves his mac and caches with a new 60CSX and his trusty palm. You can see more of his design work at

See Ya At Midwest GeoBash 2007

Just a reminder that I’ll be attending the Midwest Geobash; this weekend. ¬†I’ll be wearing a MacCaching shirt, so keep any eye. ¬†I’d love to meet anyone that uses MacCaching at the event!¬†

I won’t be there on Friday, but I plan to be at the PodCacher Meet and Greet; Saturday morning.¬†

Looking forward to the event ( listing)