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Edit how the Stops are presented in Driving Directions and Navigation pane
SpadesFlush
If you use pushpins to construct a route, you can edit how the Stops are presented in the Driving Directions and, therefore, the Navigation pane. Any changes you make to the Name field of the pushpin used as a navigation stop will be reflected in stop details of the route. This could include time, address, or telephone number, for instance.

So, let's say you have a set of pushpins that you want to convert to stops for which a route will be constructed. Go to the pushpin set in the Legend and overview pane and right-click and then click on Add pushpins as stops and calculate the route. Now with "show all pushpin information" on for the set, you can follow the route and edit the names of each pushpin by clicking on the name field in the pushpin balloon. Note that you can do this right on the map without going back into the pushpin set.

For instance, you could insert a projected arrival time ("4:47 PM Smith House") so that the navigation pane would show that (or Anna would speak it). Or you could put the street address in the Name field. In this way, you would not have to change back from Navigation mode to Driving Directions to see how you are doing on time or to look up the address of your stop.

Also, you could correct abbreviations. If you have time data in the name line of the pushpin and it is before noon, it will say something like "10 14 am" as in "I am tall"). So, you might want to change the "am" to "eh-em" so that Anna reads it the way letters are pronounced (she handles PM just fine). You could also change "RD" (which will sound like "ardy") to "are-dee", etc.

Of course, you can get the same result by renaming the Stops in the Route Planner pane.
autbrat
What if you just a period in between the letters? ie am would be a.m.? I haven't tried it but I use the export function to GPX and use a Garmin but it seems that adding punctuation might work too :-)
SpadesFlush
Interesting suggestion. Also, perhaps just a space between ("a m") would work.

Thanks.
SteveJonesMO
In the attached file you can see that's what I did. I also use the letter "O" (10 O 3) when I want hear something like "ten Oh 3" instead of "ten zero three".

To add to the problem I design the route in S&T but export it to GPX for use in a stand-alone GPS which truncates beyond some number of characters I can't recall, so I had to abbreviate creatively if need be. My gps was smart enough to do things like say highway for hwy so that helped.

On this particular trip there were extremely tight scheduling issues so I dropped a "breadcrumb" periodically at the top of the hour so when I passed that spot I could compare the actual time to scheduled time and know how much I was ahead or behind schedule.

I also changed my points added just to keep me on a specific route (e.g. "near Mayberry") to something more meaningful to me (like "via I 70") It worked extremely well.
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SpadesFlush
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Originally Posted by SteveJonesMO
...I dropped a "breadcrumb" periodically at the top of the hour so when I passed that spot I could compare the actual time to scheduled time and know how much I was ahead or behind schedule.

I also changed my points added just to keep me on a specific route (e.g. "near Mayberry") to something more meaningful to me (like "via I 70") It worked extremely well.
I do that, too.

Another thing I do if on a long Interstate route is to add all the rest-stops as route stops even though I know that we are not going to want to hit them all. I never really know in advance which rest-stops will "come into play." That way, I can either just shoot right by or actually stop as appropriate.

But none of this solves the problem of the way S&T "reads" driving directions that are not related to user-input stops. These are where msft Anna reads "Fox Rd" as "Fox are-dee" and "US95" as "you-south 95." Arghhh.
SteveJonesMO
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Originally Posted by SpadesFlush
Another thing I do if on a long Interstate route is to add all the rest-stops as route stops...
Excellent idea! Consider it borrowed. I presume you add it at the exit point rather than actually in the rest area, so it's a decision point rather than an actual exit from the Interstate. Testing one of them it was a 4 minute swing.

As for the irritation factor, try switching to the female Australian voice. It's impossible to get mad at her
SpadesFlush
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Originally Posted by SteveJonesMO
... I presume you add it at the exit point rather than actually in the rest area, so it's a decision point rather than an actual exit from the Interstate. Testing one of them it was a 4 minute swing.
No, actually, I add it at the entrance point so that I have enough forewarning to make the decision and execute the maneuver.
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As for the irritation factor, try switching to the female Australian voice. It's impossible to get mad at her
I can get mad at anyone, synthetic or otherwise, and it is a well-known fact that I do not respond well to feminine direction of which I suffer a surfeit. Actually, I use the male voice slowed down so that it sounds like my brother-in-law.
SteveJonesMO
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Originally Posted by SpadesFlush
No, actually, I add it at the entrance point so that I have enough forewarning to make the decision and execute the maneuver.
Yeah, we mean the same thing. I was referring to point at which you'd exit the interstate to stop at the rest area.
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