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How can I program my own specific route in Microsoft Streets and Trips?
tarhlman
I have read that you can take your fuel specific routing from your dispatcher, and set it in Microsoft Streets and Trips, and then the MS Streets and Trips GPS will follow this route.

I cannot figure out how to set my own specific route in Streets and Trips. Can someone help me with this please.

thank you;
Joe
t1d
Yes, it is possible, and rather easy and straight forward, to have Streets & Trips follow a route that you design. Those responding to your question would be better able to help you, if you would give us more information as to what you are wanting to accomplish. What is "fuel specific routing?" What information does the dispatcher provide to you? Specific gas stations? Specific roads? We look forward to knowing more and helping you.
tarhlman
I am sent routing from shipper to consignee, such as I-95, I-85, I-77 with an approved fuel stop also added in here. What I want to know is how to set up MS Streets and Trips to follow the routing that has been generated for me and sent to me via QualCom.
ktrack
Welcome to the site Joe!

If you know your routing, that is the starting point either by intersection, address, or GPS point and you know your ending point, same information required, then you only need to enter that information in the route planner. Streets & Trips will compute a route that should closely match what your dispatcher has sent. If there is any sections that do not match, it is fairly easy to click on the section of the route that you want to move and drag it to the road you want to travel. Adding a stop is pretty straight forward, just type in the address in the location box and click on the "Add to route" button.

Unfortunately, I do not know of any process or procedure that will allow you to directly import your route from the QualCom to Streets & Trips. If you have not used this program before, I would suggest a couple of practice routes using shorter trips rather attempting to do a multi-state, multi-stop route. Hope this helps.

There are a couple of drivers that post here from time to time that may have additional thoughts or tips that may help.
t1d
I take it that you have already purchased Streets & Trips. If not, you may want to download the free 60 trail and play with it to determine if it will suit your needs.
My Point...Exactly
Hi Tarhlman -

Welcome to LaptopGPSWorld -

So it sounds like you get a route from dispatch that has been generated in a routing program that I assume takes into account truck specific directions - such as ALK PC Miler. And, a fuel stop at a specific location is built into the route (and you need to stop there for company pricing/time on off route/etc.)

You're getting this route delivered via your Qualcomm in-cab communication system - and I assume your only option is to reproduce the route they've given you textually by typing into Streets and Trips.

If I've got that right - check out this less than 3 minute video. I shot it real quick - but think it should give you a decent idea of how the process would work. If I'm missing anything, please let me know and I'll clarify.
t1d
Hi, MPE,

Great video... Good information... I was really impressed with the video, itself... Would you please do a tutorial on how to create a video? Maybe it could be saved as a "Tip and Trick." Thanks.
My Point...Exactly
Thanks T1. I think there's many ways that one can create online videos like the example I've posted. I standardized on a product called Camtasia back in '01 so haven't spent much time researching other alternatives.

Camtasia is produced by a company called Techsmith. They have also recently introduced a free screen capture product called Jing. You can see great tutorials on Camtasia and Jing at the Techsmith Learning Center.
t1d
Thanks, MPE,
I'll check it out.
t1d
I checked out Camtasia; it's $300. Here is a free, open source version, that has fewer features... I am going to check it out:
CamStudio - Free Screen Recording Software

Sorry to have highjacked this thread!
Ken1963
If your dispatcher creates the route on Streets & Trips, they can e-mail the mapfile, all you have to do is download it to your laptop, then open it in your Streets & Trips. Takes practice, like everything else. Our drivers send files back n forth all the time, so that we all have the same route.
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