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Importing data for routes into PC GPS mapping programs
tomrod
I was wondering if there was a better program than Microsoft Streets and Trips for importing data for routes. I've been using S&T for 5 years and was wondering if any are better at this?
Ken in Regina
Could you be more specific about what kind of data you are importing, where you are importing it from and what format (file type) it's in when you import it?

...ken...
tomrod
Addresses in either an excel or text file. And when I say I'm looking for something better, it's not neccessilary the import proceedure that needs to be better, just the routing and gps functioning. The auto route function on S&T is much too buggy (it doesn't recognize well if I have been to a particular stop and keeps trying to rerout me back to it) and the freeze up when you zoom in after having the GPS function turned on for a long period is driving me bonkers. Other smaller glitches too.
Ken in Regina
I think it's something of a tradeoff. I've messed with Streets&Trips, Mappoint, Mobile PC and iGuidance. The MS programs are the easiest to import address data into and to do multi-point routes with the data. They have tremendous flexibility in managing the data that I haven't seen in any of the others.

But Mobile PC has the best route guidance. Once you pass a "via" point (Mobile PC equivalent of a "stop") it is gone from the route and Mobile PC is quite lenient in determining that you have passed it.

I haven't done much routing with iGuidance. In particular, I've never tried multi-point routes in it. Perhaps I should do that one of these days when it's too ugly out to play golf.

...ken...
tomrod
Ah, blue moon time, eh?
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