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Finding custom POIs along a route in Streets & Trips
Big_Dave
Just for fun I've routed a trip to tour most of the national parks out west of me. I live in Missouri. What I want to know is is there a way to find my custom POI's along the route that I have planned. I know you can search for restaurants and such that is in the data base but is there a way to add my custom POI's to the search criteria.

For instance, along my route I want to be able to see all the Good Sam parks so we have the option of deciding when and where we want to camp or another example is to find the Wal-Mart locations along the route I have planned.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Big_Dave
I think I figured out the answer to my own problem. It seems that if I create a new map template with all the poi's in it then I create my route in that template and search for nearby places they show up.

Only problem is that I need a faster computer. It slows it down a bit initially but once loaded and while taking the trip it should work fine.
Marvin Hlavac
Dave, too many POIs (pushpins) will slow down the redrawing of the screen as you travel. Can you lower the number of pushpins on your map? How many pushpins do you have?
Big_Dave
That's what I was wanting to do. I just want to add the pushpins along my route not for the entire United States but can't figure out an easy way other than copy and paste which would be labor intensive.

Not sure how many pushpins but it's all Wal-Marts, campgrounds, and rest areas.
CLAUDE
I'm trying to do something similar. With S&T 09 I created a map with about 30 pushpins of the places I usually travel to, then when I want to plan a route between 2 or 3 of them I delete all the pushpins not needed.
Is there any better way to quickly plan a route without having to re-write the addresses every time?
MisterMoonlight
Claude said:
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Is there any better way to quickly plan a route without having to re-write the addresses every time?
You may use S&T Keys free tool. You will have a favorite destinations (F8 functions) menu where you can program the addresses of your favorite destinations. Then to use them, you are a few key strokes away...

Use the link under my signature for this tool according to S&T version you are using...
ktrack
One of the easiest ways to do what you want, would be to set up a spreadsheet in Excel or text file in notepad of your favorite places. When you do your planning, cut and paste the specific places you want to a new sheet or file then import it to a new map. It may sound complicated but it is very easy to do.
Mister Moonlight beat me to the draw with what appears to be an even easier way.
JB00
Would that work for Lon & Lat coords. if the places had no address? I have lots of locations to import into something, just not sure which program will take places with no street address...........
MisterMoonlight
JB00 said:
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Would that work for Lon & Lat coords.
Yes S&T Keys favorite destination menu can work with both lat/long or street address. It is your choice when entering the destinations...
ktrack
Not to but you can set up a spreadsheet or text file whichever way makes sense to you. The only caveat is that they be set up the same way every time. Ideally, one would set up the database so that it could be imported to a different program if your needs change or should the people in Redmond make some marketing decisions regarding S&T that make it unusable for you. I think the analogy that comes to mind is all of your eggs in one basket.
MisterMoonlight
S&T Keys is storing all favorite destinations addresses in a text file named "keys.ini". You may use this later to recover the addresses.

The excel sheet is not a bad idea either.

S&T Keys's favorite destinations menu is very easy to use. Once configured, you open it (F4,F8), then you scroll in the favorite destinations list, click the one that you want then press the navigate button to navigate from your current gps location to this destination address.

Et voila!

Simple enough?
ktrack
Gracias! That's pretty simple.
CLAUDE
Thanks. I'll try S&T hotkeys!
CLAUDE
S&T Keys works great.
I have a question: using F8 (favorite destinations) seems that I can only set my guidance from current place to one favorite place. Is it possible to set two or more destinations with the same trip or start from a place different from current?
MisterMoonlight
Claude:
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I have a question: using F8 (favorite destinations) seems that I can only set my guidance from current place to one favorite place. Is it possible to set two or more destinations with the same trip or start from a place different from current?
It is not possible actually to set a complex route with many stop points (more than one destinations) using F8 menu in S&T Keys. I don't really understand the need to start from a place different from the current . If you want to plan a trip from Chicago to Detroit and you are in New York, you will have to drive from New York to Chicago first, so you will always start from your current position first

One possible workaround is to drive the planning segment by segment using the F8 menu. You are in New York, you would choose Chicago first in F8 menu, then when you arrive at Chicago, you would choose Detroit in the F8 menu.

The only drawback of this is that you cannot optimize the traveling between the stop points if there are more than 2 using this S&T feature...

Another possibility if you have a limited possible number of stop points and than you really want to have multiple optimize stop points on your route is to do one time all possible routes from start to end (with multiple stop points) and save them as S&T .est files and keep them all using easy to remember file names .
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