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  1. Can I use my web capable cell phone to browse AQ ?
  2. How do I download and install Plucker?
  3. How do I transfer clues to my iPod?
  4. Is there an iPhone App for AQ?
  5. How can I e-mail clues to myself?
  6. Is there an Android app for Atlas Quest?
  7. Is there a BlackBerry app for Atlas Quest?

Can I use my web capable cell phone to browse AQ ?

In this day and age most basic cell phones are capable of surfing the web, although some carriers may charge extra fees to do so. These cell phones are capable of using Atlas Quest. This comes in handy when you are out on the trail and want to look at clues, search for boxes, or just needing to catch up on recent posts on the message boards.

Ryan has programmed Atlas Quest to be a very fast loading site. In fact, for the first several year, he created, managed, and updated the site over a dial-up connection! There are very few pictures and multimedia stuff to bog down a cell phone's simple Internet browser. This means that things should load fairly quickly. With that being said, Ryan does not guarantee that any feature will in fact work over a cell phone, as the site was never created for, and/or tested using one.

Some problems you may encounter while using a cell phone

Premium members have an additional feature available to download clues to their cell phone or PDA. This particular feature is designed specifically for use on cell phones and PDAs but is limited only to downloading clues and information about events you plan to attend.

For devices with e-mail capabilities, you can also run location-based searches through e-mail.

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How do I download and install Plucker?

Plucker is a program that scans and downloads webpages to your computer that can then be pushed onto your Palm device for viewing, and premium members can download clues from their favorite searches and events they've signed up for directly to their Palm handheld device.

Plucker has three distinct sections: The viewer is installed on the PDA and is used to view Plucker documents, the distiller is the program that fetches HTML pages and coverts them into a Plucker format, and the desktop is a graphical interface for editing configuration files that you could tweak by hand.

To install all three components of Plucker for a Windows machine, follow these directions:
  1. Go to the Plucker Downloads page
  2. Under the Plucker Desktop section, download latest exe version of of Plucker. The desktop section contains all of the components you will need. As of this writing, the latest Windows version is, but you should check that is still the latest version.
  3. After the file is done downloading, double click it to run the program.
  4. Follow the directions Plucker provides. The default settings should usually work fine.
  5. After Plucker is installed, run the desktop application to create a channel for Atlas Quest. Set the link depth to 4, check the setting so Atlas Quest will not pull in pages from other websites, and copy and paste the personalized URL from the PDA Downloads page and start the plucking!

At this point, Plucker is installed and working properly. Now you need to download clues!
  1. Go to the PDA Downloads page, located under the Toolbox menubar option. (Only premium members will see this.)
  2. Check the boxes for the favorite searches and events you want to download to your PDA and save them. To save time for yourself and hardship on Atlas Quest, only download the clues you'll need. You can always change which favorite searches and events to download as necessary.
  3. Download clues to your desktop through the Plucker Desktop application
  4. Sync your PDA to get to the clues on your handheld device

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How do I transfer clues to my iPod?

  1. Highlight and copy the clue you want to save.
  2. Paste it into TextEdit, or another word program that can save things in the plain text format (.txt). Save it in the text format. (On a Mac, in TextEdit, this is under the Format heading, and says, "Make plain text.")
  3. Name the file with the town and name of the letterbox.
  4. Make sure your iPod is on manually "Manage Songs & Playlists" mode. Plug your iPod into your computer. From the summary tab, select "Enable disk use" or "Manually manage songs and playlists."
  5. Drag this file into the Notes folder of your iPod.
  6. Now it's available on your iPod on the trail! (In the Extras category, under Notes)


Storing and Reading Notes with your iPod

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Is there an iPhone App for AQ?

Clue Tracker is a letterboxing app that is compatible with both Atlas Quest and LbNA. Clue Tracker was created by MichKathy and TrailMark (Pearl Crescent).

- Find nearby boxes based on the current location of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
- Find boxes by location or by name.
- Rich, detailed display of letterbox information including last found date and series details.
- Show letterboxes on a map and get directions to a box.
- Record finds.
- Save clues and other letterbox information for offline use.
- Organize saved letterboxes using your own custom tags.
- Sort/filter search results and lists of saved letterboxes.
- Set or modify the location of a saved box.
- Add personal notes.

- Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
- Available on App Store.

There is a Clue Tracker AQ Forum where you can ask questions or make suggestions.

BoxFinder is another iPhone app for letterboxing. When I last looked at it, it didn't work with LbNA.

- Search for Letterboxes Near Me: Use your iPhone/iPod's GPS or location lookup services to find letterboxes near your current location.
- Search by Address: Enter partial or complete addresses and search for letterboxes in that area.
- Search by Name: Find specific letterboxes by name.
- Easy to read presentation of letterbox status, details and clues.
- Maps: view maps to letterbox locations in the app, or easily link to open the location in the Maps application.
- Offline searches: Save sets of search results with full clues for use later when a network is not available. Especially useful for iPod Touch owners.
- Offline box clues: Save individual letterboxes with full clues for offline use.
- In-App Web Browser : The in-app web browser lets you go directly to letterbox pages at Atlas Quest to see further details, open maps, record finds without leaving BoxFinder.

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How can I e-mail clues to myself?

You can run simple, location-based searches on Atlas Quest by sending an e-mail to with the location for your search as the subject of the e-mail. Atlas Quest checks this e-mail address once per minute, runs a location-based search with a 30-mile radius for active boxes, and e-mails the results back to the address you mailed it from. This is regular location-based search, and any location that works on the website for a location-based search will work here as well. The usual default settings that hide strikeouts, abandoned boxes, missing and retired boxes, and boxes without clues will still be used.

If you send the search request from an e-mail address registered with your account on Atlas Quest, your Letterbox Preferences will be used instead of the defaults, and boxes you've already planted or found will be hidden from the results. Only the first 30 matches results will be returned.

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Is there an Android app for Atlas Quest?

Aiphid has created an Android app that works with Atlas Quest called Box Radar. He's created the Box Radar Group as a place to discuss the app, make suggestions, or ask questions. You can download and install the app from or from the Android marketplace. Make sure to read the Box Radar frequently asked questions before using the app.

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Is there a BlackBerry app for Atlas Quest?

Sorry, but no, there are current no native BlackBerry apps for Atlas Quest at this time. If you are interested in developing one or know someone who is, please have them contact Green Tortuga to access that AQ API.

It's been reported that BlackBerry devices running 10.2.1 and later can install and run the Box Radar app for Android.

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