Canada's Capital Cachers / Cacheurs de la capitale du Canada

Tech Talk => Wherigo creation => Topic started by: Tanglebones on October 08, 2010, 20:15:37

Title: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: Tanglebones on October 08, 2010, 20:15:37
Yipee!  Finally.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wherpigo/id385035547?mt (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wherpigo/id385035547?mt)

I haven't tested a full cartridge yet, but I've loaded Inspector Clue-seau and Planetary Alignment and they both work fine, at least as far as I'm able to test them.  I'm back to being excited by Wherigo again - time to finish off that third one I've been working on, methinks.
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: kirok on October 08, 2010, 21:56:41
Sweet!  NO more walking around with my laptop!  8)
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: bluelamb03 on October 08, 2010, 22:19:57
I'm looking forward to more Wherigo caches in the area.
I've only found ten of them so for, not bad when you consider I own a MAP60Cx....

Blue -
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: FoxEcho on October 11, 2010, 07:39:33
Sweet!  NO more walking around with my laptop!  8)
I didn't know a laptop could do the work,
how do I go about it with my new little netbook?
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: kirok on October 11, 2010, 08:35:41
What you need is PocketPC emulation software.   Essentially you run the PocketPC emulator and run the WhereIGo cartridge inside it.  With your GPS device connected via USB cable to feed it real time location information, you're set.  I have my netbook doing exactly that and it worked great for the few cartridges I did.   Here is a Groundspeak forum thread that someone wrote showing what they did: http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=187391
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: 3-Bearss on October 11, 2010, 22:38:24
Hmm. Well I just finished the last local Wherigo today  :-\
A question - which version of the cartridge is used for this app?
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: Tanglebones on October 12, 2010, 05:23:59
The Pocket PC version is used.  I just gave it a small try yesterday and it appeared to work fine, though the units are imperial rather than metric (so far). 

- Stu
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: Starkiller on October 12, 2010, 14:45:40
Now, most iphone apps are itouch compatible, which does not have a GPS. Does that mean this app would be useless on the itouch since it depends on being location aware?
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: lacwitt on October 12, 2010, 19:38:27
Now, most iphone apps are itouch compatible, which does not have a GPS. Does that mean this app would be useless on the itouch since it depends on being location aware?
I think the answer is yes.  I tried a little today, and couldn't get past a stage because it didn't know where I was.
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: Tanglebones on October 12, 2010, 20:28:32
I think the answer is yes.  I tried a little today, and couldn't get past a stage because it didn't know where I was.

Which one did you try?
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: 3-Bearss on December 19, 2010, 00:14:14
We ran the Wherigo in Middleton Nova Scotia today with Falach-fead, he used my Oregon 300 while I used the iPhone PiGo App.
The Oregon 300 zero'd in faster every time but both worked very well all the way to the final of this 9 step setup. Great little App for the iPhone, I would definately recommend it!  8)
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: lacwitt on December 19, 2010, 00:39:04
I think the answer is yes.  I tried a little today, and couldn't get past a stage because it didn't know where I was.

Which one did you try?

I never saw this post.  I valpin's and I tried the astronomy one (sorry the name escapes me right now)  It would progress if I tried at home, with wifi but when I tried out in the field, (I wasn't looking for the cache, just fooling around one day) I couldn't advance with the program because it couldn't get a location. (I was using an itouch)
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: mrcanoehead224 on January 28, 2012, 00:53:49
I love to bump an old thread!

I'm sure some of you are aware now that Groundspeak bought the PiGo app and it's now the official WheriGo app. I have an iPod Touch with a Dual XGPS251 (no mapping app) which works pretty good. There are better accessories out there now too, just search iPod Touch GPS receiver.

I had the chance to put it through the paces last summer for traditional caching, using it instead of my GPSr. I also tried out a WheriGo at the Three Hills Best of the Bad mega. Once I got past the user errors, I found it quite useful and was able to run through the cartridge a couple of times as I was caching with different groups throughout the day. At one point, a friend was using it on his iPhone as well. We found that it saves frequently and we never had to backtrack like our friend with the Oregon did at one point.

Someone else said it earlier, this is good enough IMO to be excited about WheriGos again. Looking forward to trying out a couple in Ottawa in May.
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: bluelamb03 on March 20, 2012, 09:38:13
I concur with Mrcanoehead224, the Wherigo app is 'da bomb'!

Unlike the constant crashes and redo's of the Oregon and Colorado units the iPhone app just works, no problems!

Blue -
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: junglehair on April 18, 2012, 09:38:07
Ooh, I'll have to download the Whereigo App.  I would love to see someone come up with a Whereigo with a Star Wars theme for GAG17.  (hint, hint!)
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: Binrat on April 18, 2012, 11:04:31
To work with an IPod I am guessing I will require a GPS add on or something.

Binrat
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: bluelamb03 on April 18, 2012, 12:00:03
To work with an IPod I am guessing I will require a GPS add on or something.

Correct.

Blue -
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: Tanglebones on April 20, 2012, 22:57:52
Ooh, I'll have to download the Whereigo App.  I would love to see someone come up with a Whereigo with a Star Wars theme for GAG17.  (hint, hint!)

 ;D
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: bluelamb03 on April 21, 2012, 20:12:57
Thanks JungleTones! Looking forward to trekking across the wastes of Tatooine, or jungles of Endor, or.... well you know!

Blue -
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: Tanglebones on May 04, 2012, 14:10:16
Version 1.1 of the cartridge (GC3HQ9B: GAG17 - Jedi or Sith?  Choose You Must) has just been uploaded to wherigo.com. This version corrects a bug at the Jedi Master waypoint that we found as we were beta testing today. If you have the v1.0 version of the cartridge, it will work as normal - except DO NOT ENTER THE DARK SIDE CODE AT THE JEDI MASTER LOCATION. If you have the v1.1 version, the bug has been fixed and all is normal. Feel free to join the Dark Side at will.

Sorry for that, folks. This cartridge has been beta tested several times now, on two different Garmin Oregons and two different iPhones. While there is the usual irritation with wherigos - namely the compass needle swinging in every direction but the right one, all worked well. If you put your reliance on watching the distance numbers drop, rather than needle-watch, and hunt in pairs, you should be fine.

Good luck, and apologies again for the last minute update. May the Force be with you, and all that jazz.

- TB
Title: Re: iPhone Wherigo!
Post by: Tanglebones on May 04, 2012, 22:32:16
Updated cartridge to v1.2, which:

- Fixed a bug that prevented automatic save of game after visiting the Emperor.
- Improved description of Dark Side and Jedi tags, to make it a bit more clear which one is which.
- Added version history to description field.

I can't explain the Oregons shutting down, but hopefully this latest change will allow them to restart where they left off. Please let me know if there continue to be problems, but hopefully this should eliminate at least one of them. I also hope a few iPhone folk will test it out and let me know how it works.

BTW - difficulty rating is an average. The path of the Jedi is considerably more difficult than the Dark Side journey, hence the 3.5 rating. Happy to adjust if warranted.

- TB