# Found a Util called FizzyCalc

Found This cool util and wanted to share with you all..

http://www.fizzymagic.net/Geocaching/FizzyCalc/#Introduction

FizzyCalc is a Windows application that allows simple conversion of coordinates to various formats. It takes coordinate strings in a variety of formats and generates copy-and-paste versions of those coordinates in a variety of other formats. FizzyCalc also does high-accuracy distance alculations and projections using the Vincenty method for calculating distances on an ellipsoid. These calculations are much better than you can obtain from your GPS unit or most other software out there. FizzyCalc does datum conversions the same way most GPS devices do. You can convert between over 100 different datums.

FizzyCalc can be used in a number of ways.

It is an excellent way to convert coordinates. This feature can be used to locate a waypoint on a map using a mapping website. For example, suppose you are looking at a multicache that posts the parking lot on the cache page, and in the description gives the remaining waypoints. Clicking on the map links from Geocaching.com will only bring up maps of the parking lot. You can find out where each of the remaining waypoints with FizzyCalc. Copy the coordinates you want and click the first tab "Coord conversion," paste the coordinates into the top window, then click the "Go" button. The program shows the equivalent coordinates in all four common coordinate systems. If you want to use MapQuest, for example, you can copy the output from either the first or the third output line and paste those into the appropriate input window on MapQuest.

FizzyCalc also has a very handy distance calculator feature. This is the second tab on the top of the application screen. This can be used for determining where to place a cache. Geocaching.com does not allow a cache to be placed within 1/10 of a mile of an existing cache, so this is one place you can check it if you know the coordinates of the nearest cache.

Another use of this feature is to solve puzzle caches. Generally newer puzzle caches must be located within two miles of the posted coordinates, or in some cases the text tells you how far away it is. You can use this feature to judge a possible solution. Sometimes you can use it to solve the puzzle directly. Suppose you have a puzzle cache like Circular Reasoning that says the true coordinates are located in the center of a circle on which lie the three listed waypoints. One way to solve this is the guess-and-check method. The center of a circle will be the exact same distance from any point on the circumference. Guess about where you think the center is and find those coordinates on a map. Then use this feature to measure the distance from your guess to each of the three waypoints. Be sure to write them down or enter them into a spreadsheet. Then make adjustments so that the next guess is closer to the waypoint that was farthest away and farther away from the one that was nearest. Then measure all the distances again and repeat the process until the distances are all identical, or nearly so. There's your solution.

The third tab, projection, is almost identical in function to the projection feature on your GPS receiver, but much easier to use. It, too, can be used to find puzzle caches or multi's that require a waypoint to be projected. Be sure to pay attention to whether you need to project in magnetic north or true north mode. FizzyCalc only projects using true north.

The fifth tab converts the GC identifier from a Geocaching.com cache page to a decimal number that can be used to access that cache page through the URL format http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?id=123456. It also works in reverse: input the number (e.g. 123456) and get the GC cache identifier (GCHYBC in this example). This feature can be used for solving some puzzle caches.

The sixth tab computes checksums for coordinates. It provides both an overall 15-digit checksum and the checksums of individual parts. These checksums are used in puzzle caches.

Hope this util Helps someone!!

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

### been around

 It's a very good utility and has been around for quite awhile. The author just came out with a new version of the software. He is a member of the geocaching forums. I never thought of posting the information here. Thanks for thinking about posting it here.
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Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

### good one

 looks good, thanks
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non-native nutmegger

### Looks Good

 Looks like a handy utility, especially since my NUVI-2555LMT does not offer Decimal Format for any saved locations. This is despite the fact that all the Custom POIs are decimal. If I want to add a saved location to a POI file, I have to convert to Decimal. My old NUVI350 allowed me to choose the format. Chalk up more proof that Garmin Engineers live in a Galaxy far far away.
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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

### Coordinate format on 2555

 I don't have this model, but according to page 13 of the manual at http://static.garmincdn.com/pumac/nuvi_2405_2505_series_OM.p..., you can change the format for coordinates as follows: Where To > categories > Coordinates > (3-bar menu) > Format.
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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 51LMT-S, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

### Thanks, I will try it.

 Thanks, I will try it.

### Darn! I Hate It When I'm Wrong

 alandb wrote: I don't have this model, but according to page 13 of the manual at http://static.garmincdn.com/pumac/nuvi_2405_2505_series_OM.p..., you can change the format for coordinates as follows: Where To > categories > Coordinates > (3-bar menu) > Format. You're right. Thank you for finding that for me. I figured this is something that you would have under settings, but mu NUVI350 was accessed via Where To-Coordinates. Didn't have to go to Categories. I hope the Garmin Alien Horde can forgive me for my error.
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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350