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Tip of the Day 9/7:Get GSAK!

In our weekly Tech Tuesday tip,we tell you how to use technology to help you geocache.

We just can’t say enough about Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK),that wondrous work of software artistry that every serious geocacher should have on hand. GSAK costs $25,but is well worth the price if you geocache regularly (We get paid nothing to say this;we just love GSAK!).

The program is a database manager for geocaches. It makes it easy for you to sort,filter and annotate caches you found and those you want to find. Once you install it,you will want to keep all your geocaching records there. Each time you update a record from a GPX file,GSAK preserves the entire history in the database. So you can hit the road with a long history of notes and log entries.

The annotation feature is particularly cool. If you’re the type of person who likes to keep notes for later use or to share with others,GSAK’s “user notes”feature makes this easy.

For example,if you’ve already made one run at the cache and failed to find,you can add a user note describing where you’ve already looked. Or suppose the cache is 50 feet away from the posted coordinates. With user notes,you can document that fact and share it with others when they go after the same targets. You can also store things like puzzle solutions here for later use. And speaking of puzzles,when you solve them,GSAK makes it easy to change coordinates for loading into your GPSr.

There are lots of other great features of GSAK,which we’ll highlight periodically in our Tech Tuesday series.

Read our profile and listen to our audio interview with Clyde England,inventor of GSAK.

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