About GeoJournal

GeoJournal is the work of Rich Martin, who designed and developed the software. Rich, an avid technologist and Mac user, got hooked on the sport of Geocaching in Fall of 2006 when he and his son logged thier first find at a geocache within walking distance of thier house. Rich enjoyed the sport, but was very disappointed when he started looking at the applications available for the Mac to manage Geocaching activities.

The lack of good Mac applications served as the impetus for Rich to start work on what would become GeoJournal. In January 2007, Rich started playing with the idea of what he would like to see in a Geocaching application. By the end of January, he had the basic framework for a simple working application, but he decided to go forward and start implementing the features that would make GeoJournal the best Mac Geocaching application.

In February of 2007, GeoJournal reached Beta status, and Rich reached out to another avid Mac Geocacher, Nick Onken (Chimbisimo), for assistance in testing the application. Nick was beta tester #1 and was a fantastic assistant in both debugging GeoJournal and suggesting many of the great features that are in the application.

I would like to recognize the following people and organizations for their contributions to this work:

GeoJournal utilizes GPSBabel to communicate with a variety of different GPS receivers. GPSBabel is an open-source project headed by Robert Lipe. For every GeoJournal license that is purchased, a donation will be made to the GPSBabel project. You can visit thier website at www.gpsbabel.org.

GeoJournal includes a utility called CMConvert, which converts geocache data into files that are compatible with CacheMate for paperless Geocaching. CMConvert is used with permission by the author. Please visit his website for more information: www.smittyware.com

The open-source applications used within GeoJournal include code licensed under the GNU General Public License. You can read about the GPL at http://www.gny.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html

GeoJournal includes, with permission, a PDF brochure about Geocaching. The brochure is accessible under the Help menu of the application. This brochure was written and developed by Brett Hammond. Please visit his web site at www.geocacher-u.com for more great information on Geocaching.

GeoJournal utilizes maps through it’s built-in web browser via the Google Maps API. As part of the terms and conditions to use the API, all map requests in GeoJournal are sent through a GeoIngenuity server and the map data is routed back to the application. You can access this screen directly at http://www.geojournal.net/gj/maps/googlemap.html. Google maps API documentation is available at http://www.google.com/apis/maps.

GeoJournal can integrate with Google Earth for the Mac. Google Earth is a free program by Google. You can download the application at http://earth.google.com

Finally, thanks again to Nick for all his hard work testing GeoJournal, writing documentation, and providing moral support. Also, my wife and kids must be thanked for putting up with my obsession with writing this app. :)

Thank you for your interest and support.
-Rich