Beta Build: 06-1227. Follow up to X-Mas Build

The Christmas build I released yesterday contained a number of annoying bugs. This release cleans up most of them. It doesn’t add any new features.

The Search Input box is still not working yet, even though you can enter stuff.

Christmas Latest Build

As always, look at maccaching.com/latest for newer releases.

This “latest” build is going to be v0.5.0, even though it says “0.2.5.” Several major features are being introduced: Library Export, Paperless caching with an iPod, distance (from home) calculations, and search/filter. (The last one isn’t implemented yet.)

If you download this build, please try some of the new features. Also, I’ve started using multiple threads to make the user interface snappier. The Search/Filter will be implemented before I release and I’ll probably make another build to test that. I didn’t gray out the box, so just keep in mind it doesn’t do anything yet.

As always, pass along your feedback!

Grab your lift ticket and your GPS receiver

The Denver Post reports that Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado is now offering its guests a Garmin eTrex GPSr when they check-in. Along with GPSr, the guests also receive coordinates to 4 different caches through-out the resort. The GPSr is for the guest to keep. What a great way to introduce vacationers to Geocaching!

Expermential USB Support (latest_121206)

This build is outdated.  Download the Stable Release from here or get the Latest Build from here. USB Suppor is now buiilt in.

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Geocaching 101 by Lifehacker

Lifehacker has put together a description of what they call the modern day pirate hunt. This is their way to honor the soon to be DVD, Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming to DVD. It describes the basics of Geocaching. This is probably a good article for friends you’d like to introduce to Geocaching.

Snapshot of the new look…

Currently I’m working on the ability to resize the window. Learning to program things like this give me a new appreciation for applications like iTunes and iPhoto. In addition to being able to resize the window, I’ve changed the actual look to the brushed metal look. After playing with MacCaching for a bit, I started to realize I really like this look, and so I think I’ll stick with it.

Quick Fix: v0.2.4_r1

Turns out my complier isn’t creating i386 (Intel) binaries correctly. So this is a quick fix for Intel users. If you already downloaded 0.2.4 and have a PPC-based Mac, there’s no need to download this one.

Unite For Diabetes – Geocaching.com’s Travel Bug Promo

On today’s PodCacher.com pod-cast I heard that Groundspeak launched the Unite For Diabetes Travel Bug Promotion to help raise awareness for diabetes worldwide. They have a limited number of travel bugs which they will ship anywhere in the world, for free! The goal for each Travel Bug is to reach its city and circulate throughout the city’s geocaches, spreading diabetes awareness as it goes.

There is a sign-up page there if you’d like to try get one of the specially designed travel bug tags with a blue diabetes ring. Visit the main site for more information.

v0.2.4 is now available

0.2.4. adds some key functionality while fixing a number of bugs. All reported bugs have been fixed, so if you see a problem, let me know. Download it from http://www.cmiyc.com/dl/

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Child’s Play Charity

This Year’s Child’s Play Charity is underway. Here is a description from their site: “Since 2003, gamers have banded together through registered Seattle-based charity, Child’s Play. Over a million dollars in donations of toys, games, books and cash for sick kids in children’s hospitals across North America and the world have been collected since our inception.”

Video game players tend to get a bad rep because of the media’s great job of highlighting a few bad stories…
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