Geocaching with Geosphere
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Geocaching with Geosphere provides a comprehensive package of features to support your geocaching habits. With access to the nearly 2 million geocaches worldwide registered with Geocaching.com, Geosphere is the app of choice for any level, novice to hardcore.
Feeling spontaneous? Just check for caches nearby, select your target and go! Use the description, hint, published logs, photo gallery, satellite image and compass (if your device has a built-in GPS) to locate the geocache. Finally, post your own log - all while still in the field.
Planning an outing or vacation? Preload the desired data for your destination using online searches or import GPX files / pocket queries before you even leave home. Geosphere stores the information in an internal database for later offline use when you don’t have Internet access.
Extensive filtering capabilities allow you to see only those caches you’re interested in. View search results in handy list form or displayed on a map. You can even organize caches into groups that are meaningful to you. Geosphere even includes help videos to demonstrate these and many more features.
Note: Access to the Geocaching.com database is provided under a license agreement. Geocaching.com limits the data available based on the user’s membership type; they require a premium membership for full data access.
What's New in Version 3.1
Improved iOS 7 compatibility.
New map features:
-Support Google maps (Standard, Satellite, Hybrid, Terrain).
-Map overlays for heading, locating target & minimum cache separation (0.1 mi).
-Pin overlay (blue 'X' ) displayed if you've logged a DNF.
-Separate settings for preloading cache, trackable & log images.
-Ability to scale down large downloaded images.
-Improved handling of corrected coordinates.
-Improved handling of additional waypoints.
-Expanded Favorites range.
-Added "I Attached Local Image" offline filter.
-Reduced compass calibration prompts.
-Ability to manage memory usage.
-Various minor improvements and bug fixes.
I have tried all the major caching apps, and this is the only one that remains in my iPhone. I have not seen any other app that is as powerful, yet simple to use.
It offers the best display for cache information. It's ability to import caches, filter, merge lists, edit cache information, and export gpx files lets it act as a mini-gsak.
I use Geosphere to manage caches for every conceivable purpose - from preparing groups for upcoming travel to keep track of puzzles that have been completed or qualified challenges. It's internal ignore feature that s much more useful than the website. It's ability to edit caches, project waypoints, and view the underlying source makes it useful in almost every situation. It's display of cache pages is second to none. It's transition from online to offline caching is seamless.
Shouod I want to use a gpsr, I easily export the caches to that. And it interfaces nicely with routing apps to get me where I want to go - from the cache page I use it to link directly to Navigon, Here, Pocket E arth, and several other mapping apps.
Some recent reviews have complained that basic members are limited, but that is Groundspeak's API and not the fault of the app. If you get it, install the language fix. The website forum is helpful for more information or questions.
A once great app long past its prime
This was the premeir geocaching app in its day. But sadly it has been abandond and is winding donw a path toward uslessness. It mostly still functions, but iOS now complains that it is so old it will slow down my phone. Well, maybe little, but whose counting clock cycles when geocaching or counting on a long battery life on the phone. The quick and easy Drop Box integration seems to have fallen apart and loading gpx files from my Dropbox account has beceome tedious. Although that is a "feature" of iOS too. Maybe this is now just the old wyay of getting data, but it is the way I relied on the app working for years. I don't geocache much anymore, and the time it would take to find and learn a new app would not be well spent so I am still hoping this one will hang in there.
Still the Best
I have tried most of the caching apps, but this is the only one that I use - both caching and cache management.
It's features include live searches and the usual caching tools, but provides the ability to maintain multiple databases (groups) and to import, filter, edit, merge and export cache information. The transition between online and offline caching is seamless. I link to routing apps from each cache page (including Navigon, Here, and Pocket Earth). I have never seen a better display of each cache page.
I maintain groups of caches I might want to find when traveling, solved puzzles, and other criteria. Add to this, the ability to edit cache descriptions, change the coordinates, ignore caches internally, and do projections. If I want to use my handheld gpsr, I export the data from Geosphere to it.
Some reviews have blamed this app for limitations of the Groundspeak API. And you will need to install the language fix in the app to correct some problems with the display. The app's forums provide help and support, but Geosphere has always seemed simple, easy, and powerful to me.