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Creating a route in Microsoft Streets and Trips, then saving route to a Garmin
stevebxl
I have Microsoft Streets and Trips 2010 and a Garmin Nuvi 765. When I create a route in Streets & Trips and then export the route to my GPS, the waypoints I used to make my route are saved as "Favorites" and not as a "Custom Route."

Not only that, my Garmin recalculates the route for me based on my starting and ending points. I drive a large RV and sometimes have to take the long way around certain roads.

Short of saving my S&T waypoints as "step 1, step 2, step 3," etc. so I can be sure to stay on my desired route, is there a way to import a route into a Garmin as a Custom Route? Doing it by hand ON the GPS takes too long. Thanks in advance!
Ken in Regina
Hi Steve,

Streets doesn't actually transfer the route to the handheld. I don't know if this is a misunderstanding of what a route is on the part of the developers or a bit of literary license by the marketing folks when they claim it will transfer routes.

As you have discovered, all it transfers is the waypoints. So if you have a route that contains, or needs, more than just the start and end points you have to manually recreate the entire route on your handheld by inserting the in-between waypoints as Vias. The only thing the transfer from Streets saves you is having to enter all the waypoints. This is useful if you have a complex route with multiple "stops" or Vias. But it would be better if Streets would actually transfer the route instead of just the "route points".

...ken...
Gladwin
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Originally Posted by stevebxl
... is there a way to import a route into a Garmin as a Custom Route? Doing it by hand ON the GPS takes too long. Thanks in advance!
Please take a look at our blog post: How to send route points to your Garmin Nuvi
Larry
Hi Steve,

While it is true that the actual directions between the route points are up to Garmin to calculate - S&T does differentiate between regular waypoints and route points.

The quick and easy method is actually to use the GPX export functionality. Here are some screen shots of how it works step by step. This method will work on your Nuvi 765 since it supports Routes.
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zrxh14
Stevebxl,

You need to click on a few locations on your route in S&T along the way and put them in your route. Then the Garmin will route it the way you want it. You may have to try it several times to get it right. I have been doing this with S&T 2008 and then converting to a gpx file with GPSBabel and it works fine. I am waiting for someone locally to get S&T 2010 in stock so I can get it. That will eliminate the step through GPSBabel. Good luck.
Marvin Hlavac
Hi zrxh14,

:welcome: to Laptop GPS World.

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You need to click on a few locations on your route in S&T along the way and put them in your route. Then the Garmin will route it the way you want it.
It would be nice if Microsoft Streets and Trips 2011 could do that automatically, and thus saving a "route" as opposed to just waypoints.

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I am waiting for someone locally to get S&T 2010 in stock so I can get it.
Your "local" Store @ Laptop GPS World has it in stock . And you don't even have to go out to buy it. They will deliver it to your door free of charge. (I think it is still free of charge, but check the link.)
tcassidy
I thought Gladwin covered that in his latest blog link. I know the route may change but that is just because the 2 programs might calculate the route differently. That can even happen between Mapsource and Nuvi.

Terry
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