Cachemate is a program for Palm-based handheld devices designed to enable you to go paperless. Cachemate has the ability to display waypoint names, coordinates, descriptions, past logs and much more from geocaching pocket queries or single-listing gpx files. Cachemate is a perfect paperless geocaching companion for any geocacher who has a Palm-Based PDA.
Where to get
Cachemate can be downloaded from smittware.com.
The trial version is free, and the registered version costs only $8 US. The limitation on the trial version is that it only holds 10 caches, otherwise it is full-featured. Registered version holds as many caches as you can fit in your PDA, which is hundreds and hundreds for even old basic model Palms
CacheMate comes with an external program for converting your gpx files (pocket queries use this format) into a format that can be uploaded to your palm. It is called cmconvert and is very simple to use. After you run cmconvert, you merely sync your palm device using the software that came with it, and then run CacheMate on the palm when that is done. CacheMate will detect the new cache information and merge it into the database on your Palm device.
Although that might sound complicated, the entire process is very simple to do, here is an example as an action list:
- Open up your email program, notice that you have new pocket queries waiting for you.
- Double click on the pocket query file, this causes cmconvert to open, showing you the caches in that query.
- Press the export button on cmconvert. It will think for a while, then tell you it is done.
- Place your palm device in the cradle that it came with, press the hotsync button on the cradle.
- You are done. The next time you try to use cachemate, it will merge in the new data.