Looking at some usernames on this forum i sometimes wonder how they came up with their name. Obviously some have user names that are their real name but others are a little more bizarre. When i decided to join prospecting forums i didn't know what to have, so googled how you say Gold in different languages. I came across "Jin" which is the Chinese term for gold.
I thought I’d try using a pedometer just to see how far I stroll along the beach on my hunts.
The reviews I’ve read on many are not very complimentary. It seems the common complaint centers on accuracy and battery life.
I’d appreciate your thoughts and recommendations.
By Denver Bryan
I thought it would be cool to overlay a geological map onto a topographical map. And maybe a property map onto an aerial image map. Then I would like to put these custom maps onto a smartphone GPS app. That way when I’m in the field, I can see that I’m in a favorable rock type area or approaching a private property boundary.
I see that MapWindow is a free GIS software that will let me make map layers. And for smartphones, it seems that Gaia GPS is a popular app.
Does anyone have experience making custom maps on their desktop then downloading them onto a smartphone GPS app? If so, what desktop software and smartphone app do you like?
Google Earth has layering capability... has anyone use GE to create downloadable map files for a smartphone?
PS, if you have done this for a handheld GPS instead of a smartphone I'd enjoy hearing about that as well.
By Steve Herschbach
I just upgraded the forum to the next major release, 4.5.2. This time they did some changes to the overall look and feel. Most of the changes are improvements but the new high contrast colors and bold fonts are almost too bright, too sharp. The header went stark white so I dialed that back to blue. Anyway, I'll be tweaking the look and feel for a few days. A couple of the old add on modules are now out of date so need to deal with that also.
For any nerds out there, here is the forum feature change list. One new thing is there will be a new mobile app. If you visit lots of Invision powered websites (like Chris', Bill's, and Rob's) it may be of interest.
The old color scheme. Less bright colors, blue text instead of black and white, more of a gray background.....
By Steve Herschbach
Here is a short list according to Alexa. The large number reflects the total internet ranking, Google being #1. Other sites you might be familiar with did not make the top ten but you can go to Alexa to see where they rate. This website has been on a tear rapidly increasing in popularity for some time, and I thank you, the good forum members, for making that happen!
1. treasurenet.com 295,163
2. detectorprospector.com 552,748
3. metaldetectingforum.com (Friendly) 742,426
4. geotech1.com 1,127,452
5. prospectingaustralia.com.au 1,132,307
6. md-hunter.com 1,357,499
7. metaldetectingforum.co.uk 1,429,423
8. findmall.com 1,514,028
9. mdhtalk.org 4,146,397
10. dankowskidetectors.com 8,832,928