This free utility checks regularly for newly approved
This is the setup and operation screen. You specify how often you want to check to see if a new cache has been approved. If you are running the program it's unlikely a cache that has just been approved has already been found, but if you uncheck the box it won't show you a cache that's been found. If you want to know about new caches whether they've been found or not, leave the box checked. If you want be notified immediately when there's a new Event Cache check the box. If you figure you'll learn about Event Caches soon enough without rapid notification, leave the box unchecked. Check the Sound box if you want a periodic alert to signal when a new caches has been approved. If you want a text message sent to your cell phone Check the Send Email box and go here for instructions. If you want to be notified when updates or new versions of the program are available leave the box checked, otherwise uncheck it.
The 'Return To Watching' button returns the program to the silent watching mode. When in silent watching this icon appears in your SysTray (The area on your taskbar where the time and speaker are -- normally located on the bottom right of your desktop.). To retrieve from silent watching double click on the icon.
'Go To Query Page' takes you to the your new-cache query page at geocaching.com. 'Show All Caches' lists all caches currently in the new-cache query.
How To Use This Utility
First, set up a 'new caches' pocket query. I cleverly named mine "New Caches". You only have to do these three options:
Also, change the number of caches requested from 500 to 20.
The program only checks the first page of your query, so 20 is the maximum number of new caches that can be listed at any one time. But, there's not likely to be more than 20 caches within your "rush to" it range. If you ask for more caches it takes the geocaching.com website more time and resources to do the query. This wastes their resources, slows down the check, and the additional caches are not used.
It will accept all other defaults. If you want to tweak other options, such as seeing only regular caches or only certain difficulty levels or only new caches with travel bugs you can do that too and you'll only be notified of new caches of the types you are interested in rushing out to find.
Once your query is
created, run "Preview" in the left column of the list of queries.
When you get to the new caches preview page, copy the URL/Address in the box at the
top of your browser. Start the First To Find program.
A box will come up asking for your query URL, paste it in by
pressing Ctrl-V (The Control key and the V key at the same time).
You can type it in manually, of course, but that makes it more likely
you'll make a mistake and it won't work.
If you find the program useful please drop me a
If I know people are using it I'm more likely to add features.
You will find my address in the program's Help menu.
My Beginner's Guide to Geocaching is Here
Here are my other geocaching utilities
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