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Does Streets and Trips 2009 use GPX files?
randco
Can GPX files be downloaded directly into Microsoft Streets and Trips, or is there something else required.

Also, can Waypoints be entered using Longitude and Latitude coordinates?

I haven't purchased the product yet, just doing a bit of research.
tcassidy
If you haven't purchased the product, please consider Streets & Trips 2010 instead. It is much more flexible and the maps are more up to date.

Terry
tcassidy
You can download a fully functional 60 day trial version from Microsoft and check out the features that may be important to you. I do know Find works with latitude and longitude.


Terry
randco
Thanks for the reply tc. I did the download quite a while ago and deleted it from my computer before the 60 day trial expiration. I recently tried to re-download and install it, but it will not allow another 60 day trial.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by randco
Can GPX files be downloaded directly into Microsoft Streets and Trips, or is there something else required.
Not into S&T 2009. Yes into 2010.

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Also, can Waypoints be entered using Longitude and Latitude coordinates?
Yes.

...ken...
randco
What file type does 2009 recognize? Is it a .csv?
Ken in Regina
The data import wizard will take Excel files, Access files, Outlook contacts and text files (.csv, .dat, .tab, .asc). For text files you can use comma-delimited or tab-delimited.

...ken...
randco
I am looking at GSAK. It does an Export to Streets & Trips using a .csv

I guess that will work.
Ken in Regina
Yes, the Geocaching Swiss Army Knife is supposed to be a pretty flexible tool.

Are you thinking of using Streets&Trips to help out with some geocaching? That's an interesting use for it. Are you thinking of using it for planning some caching trips? Or are you thinking you might also use it to search for some caches?

...ken...
randco
Ken,

I purchased a Garmin 60CSx GPS'r. I did not purchase the City Map from Garmin for an additional ~$100. So point to point navigation was not so good. My wife and I are planning to purchase a motorhome in the future so Streets&Trips was going to be a must for us. We got into geocaching and love it. It's a nice hobby, but driving in unfamiliar places was difficult. Our first 50 finds have been found by printing the satellite view map of the site along with some information off of the cache page. So my new plan is this. Run a Pocket Query at Geocaching.com and Import that data into my laptop. Once in the laptop and "associated" with GSAK I will export data to Streets&Trips and I will download the GSAK file to my handheld GPS'r which will now be a Garmin Legend H. Now we can take advantage of the driving directions to each cache site, then when we arrive we can use the handheld to better locate the cache. At any rate, this is the plan. My laptop is 75 watts so I also intend to use a 120 watt inverter in the car so I don't have to worry about the laptop dying.

What do you think of my plan?
RogerV
It is possible to buy dedicated power supply units to power a laptop and which plug in to the car's lighter socket.

I bought one of these and it does the job very well.

120W Laptop Car Adaptor : Laptop Power Supplies : Maplin

If you're not in the UK then I'm sure a local supplier will have something similar.

Have fun.
randco
RogerV,

Here in the U.S. it's called an Inverter. Yes, I plan to purchase one. I found that my laptop is 75 watts. I can get a good inverter for about $30 that outputs 120 watts. I could go to 400 watts but I don't want to wire it up under the hood.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by randco
What do you think of my plan?
You've thought it through very well. It should work just fine.

Instead of an inverter, you might want to check around and see if you can get a 12V adapter for your laptop. That's a less messy installation because you just have one cord to connect the laptop to the cigarette lighter instead of a cord and brick to connect to the inverter and another cord from the inverter to the cigarette lighter. You can get a 12V adapter for most laptops.

...ken...
SnakeDoctor
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Originally Posted by randco

... So my new plan is this. Run a Pocket Query at Geocaching.com and Import that data into my laptop. Once in the laptop and "associated" with GSAK I will export data to Streets&Trips and I will download the GSAK file to my handheld GPS'r which will now be a Garmin Legend H. Now we can take advantage of the driving directions to each cache site, then when we arrive we can use the handheld to better locate the cache. At any rate, this is the plan. My laptop is 75 watts so I also intend to use a 120 watt inverter in the car so I don't have to worry about the laptop dying.

What do you think of my plan?
I've been doing this for about 3 years. It works great!
randco
Thanks for reaffirming what I thought was a good plan.
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