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Can I associate pushpin symbols when importing to Microsoft Streets and Trips?
randco
I have the 2010 version that allows the .gpx to be imported. I am a geocacher. I create a Pocket Query in Geocaching.com and it creates a .gpx file. Then I use a program called GSAK to view, modify and save the query data. Then from GSAK I export the .gpx files to a file folder. I open Streets & Trips and use the Data > Import GPX file ...

I get all of my locations as the default red pushpin. I would like to be able to associate the type of geocache with a specific pin.

Can I do something like this?
SpadesFlush
You can alter the look of the pushpin after you have done your GPX import.

The data points will go into a pushpin set and, if you click on Properties for that set, you can use either the built-in pushpin forms (and colors) or that of your own creation or importation where it says Symbol. Click on the pull-down list to see what is available.

If you do not want to use the same symbol for all the pushpins you have created you can either break out different pushpin sets (create new ones) or change the symbol one at a time. You can assign a separate single symbol to each set or click on each pushpin on the map and change that particular symbol.
SpadesFlush
As an example of how this can be done, take a look at the files that can be accessed from this thread: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/2595-poi-mega-file-pushpin-collections-truckers-rvers-other-travelers.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by randco
I get all of my locations as the default red pushpin. I would like to be able to associate the type of geocache with a specific pin.

Can I do something like this?
No.

The other responses give ideas how to work around it after you've imported them but Streets&Trips does not currently support the Symbol <sym> field on either import or export.

...ken...
randco
Thanks for the info Ken. It would be very time consuming for me to click on 500 geocache sites and put them into pushpin sets.
Ken in Regina
If you want many different symbols sort of randomly disbursed among the 500 caches then you've got a problem. If all you want is to have a cache symbol (typically a little treasure chest) instead of the default red pushpin, it's easy enough to do that in a couple of steps as SpadesFlush has already described.

You would need to add the cache symbol as a custom pushpin because Streets&Trips doesn't have one. I suppose you would probably want two .. the closed treasure chest for unfound caches and the open treasure chest for the ones you've tracked down. That would allow you to have two pushpin sets in your map and drag caches from the original "hidden" set to the "found" set as you find them.

...ken...
randco
Yes, I would need at least 4 different symbols. When I download a pocket query .gpx file into a program called GSAK all of the information from the geocaching site is available. Symbols for the type of cache are also included. There is a symbol for a Traditional Cache, Multi-Cache, Event Cache, Unknown Cache, Cache In Trash Out Event Cache, etc.

Once I find the cache and log it as found on the Geocaching site I eliminate the "found" caches in the pocket query.

I ran a test and here is what I get. In the Legend and Overview pane under pushpins it show that there are three different types in the query I ran. The three different types all have a red pin but they have been identified as different caches by Streets & Trips.


Geocache|Unknown
Geocache|Traditional
Geocache|Multi-cache

What I have been doing is to right click on the pin in the Legend and Overview pane and change the pin manually for all of the pins in a group as listed above.
SpadesFlush
I may not be understanding what you are trying to do but if you are trying to have, say, a blue flag for "Geocache|Unknown," you would go to that pushpin set and select Properties and go to Symbol and click on the down-arrow to pull up the available pushpins and select the blue flag symbol. You only have to do this once for all the pushpins in the set which, following this operation, will all be marked on the map with a blue flag. If you want a green dot for "Geocache|Traditional," repeat for that pushpin set and select the appropriate symbol from the drop-down, and so forth. In other words, you can change the symbol for all the pins in any given set with just one simple operation; you do not have to do it for each single pushpin in the set.

If there are pushpins in a set that you do not want in that set, you can pull those you select out of the set by going into the list of matching pushpins and selecting them (ctrl-click) and the right-click and "cut." Now, go to the map and paste them (all together, not singly) onto the map and a new pushpin set will have been created which is populated with only those pushpins you have pulled out. You can now rename that set and/or choose a new symbol, if you like.
randco
Spades,

This is exactly what I am doing at the present time. I was hoping that I could assign or associate a pin to the type and have the program automatically assign the proper pushpin. I guess the program is not capable of that.

Thanks for trying to help.
SpadesFlush
No, it seems that you are at the limits of what Streets & Trips can do for you.

It would be very useful for some if Streets & Trips did what you need; I suggest you write it up as an S&T Wish List request.
LSGiant
Yes you can do this the trick is to break them into separate excel files and then import them. You can give each data set a different symbol
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