May 2, 2009

GSAK Continues To Impress

For the longest time, I couldn't figure out why some of the waypoint names in my GSAK database were showing up in bold text:

I finally realized that it wasn't due to a bug in the program, but rather another built in filtering feature. By default, GSAK highlights geocache names that have child waypoints in bold text. You can turn off this filter, or create your own font-altering filters, using the "Highlight..." command under the "Waypoint" menu:

The above example shows the filter that causes the geocaches with child waypoints to be highlighted in bold text. It just uses an "Mfilter" statement to set the search criteria. Just for fun, I created another highlight control that lists the Last GPX Date in red font for any waypoint that hasn't been updated in more than 30 days using this MFilter statement: $d_LastGPXDate < $_Today - 30.

You can set up to 20 different, and simultaneous, waypoint highlight filters. As if the standard GSAK filtering tools weren't powerful enough, the Waypoint/Highlight controls provide additional filtering options.

Oh, and by the way, a new version of GSAK (7.5.2 Build 27) was released this week that includes a number of bug fixes and minor enhancements.

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Flag_Mtn_Hkrs said...

Cool post. I had noticed that some were bold, but never went past that. Thanks for clearing that up for us. Much appreciated.

Mitch said...

It is too bad that GSAK's developer has no plans to create a Mac version - of course with a better interface(!). The current crop of Mac geocaching apps leave a lot to be desired, their developers could learn some very good lessons from GSAK's ongoing development and open architecture.

GeoJoe said...

Hi Mitch,

Very good point, and one I often forget to mention. Any Mac developers out there listening?