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GPS Touring with Microsoft Streets and Trips
DanTheDriver
I see there is more and more GPS integration going on with self made or purchased tours that activate from your GPS sound files. You drive along and as you reach different coordinates on your GPS an mp3 file that you have recorded will play. I have been wanting this for a long time as I am in the tour business and this would be a fantastic tool for me. Garmin and Magellan both are now capable of doing this with 3rd party software. I would love to see it work with Microsoft Streets and Trips. It can't be that hard to do.

Maybe somebody already knows how to do this out there and can direct me to the answer....or Microsoft can get on the band wagon.
MisterMoonlight
DanTheDriver:

This free tool does exactly what you are saying:

http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/216-poi-scanner-microsoft-streets-trips

It was working with a few bugs (sometimes mixing map colors with defined circles POI) in Streets & Trips 2007. If you want to play with the source code, you may bring it to the version of Streets & Trips you are using...
SpadesFlush
Have you thought about creating pushpins incorporating hyperlinks to mp3 files?

This has been discussed at length in the Forum and a search should turn up a few tips.
Ken in Regina
Hey Dan,

I don't know about Magellan but Garmin requires no third-party software to do it. You can create waypoints in Garmin's Mapsource with hyperlinks to JPG and MP3 files, export the waypoints to a GPX file and run the GPX file through Garmin's free POILoader program to create a Tour Guide custom POI file.

Here's Garmin's online help page for Creating TourGuide files.

It's dead simple and pretty much free (depends on whether you buy Garmin maps to do the development on or if you can find some free Garmin-compatible maps for the target areas).

The only catch is that you need to make sure the Garmin navigation device that will use the files supports the TourGuide custom POI format. Their older models do not. Most, perhaps all, of their handhelds do not (e.g. eTrex, Oregon, etc.). And older Nuvi models may not.

One of the third-party developers we have reviewed in here, Backroads GPS Maps, got caught in that trap. They decided to use the TourGuide custom POI format to enhance thier product, only to discover that many of the people who would use their product couldn't take advantage of the extra searchable custom POIs because their Garmin devices don't support the format.

...ken...
t923347
Ken, I own most Nuvi models, including the new 3790T. They all will support what you are discussing here although on a lot of the models, including the 2 newest, you need to use .WAV files in place of MP3.
DanTheDriver
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Originally Posted by MisterMoonlight
DanTheDriver:

This free tool does exactly what you are saying:g...
That one did not work. Only gives you an option of about 3 or 4 files that can be used. I was more thinking of a program add-on that you could enter the gps coordinates (or POI) and then say, ok at that point play the file about town ABC. Then at the next POI you say play file about DEF point of interest, and so on.
MisterMoonlight
DanTheDriver said:
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That one did not work. Only gives you an option of about 3 or 4 files that can be used
Yes, you can use only 4 audio files with it. The choosen file will play automatically as soon as you are near the specified POI on the map. As i can understand, you want more. But in a single trip, if you are not using more than 4 of them, it could be near. In a different trip, you can change the audio files to different ones, simulating you have more than 4 (but only four at the same time).

As i understand, you need more than 4 audio files in the same map... Unfortunatly, as is this tool cannot do that without modifications...
DanTheDriver
That is correct. On a single trip I would need it to play anywhere up to 20 or more different files lets say. Hope Microsoft reads stuff in these forums so that they can really see what people would like do with their their program. I can see a feature like this being well used and shared.
SpadesFlush
Dan, Microsoft has nothing to do with Garmin so it is best not to confuse the two.

If you want to talk about what functionality Microsoft's Streets and Trips has with respect to your inquiry, I would refer you back to my earlier post in this thread.

But in short, Streets and Trips has essentially unlimited capability to do what you want.
Marvin Hlavac
SpadesFlush, if I understand correctly, Dan is saying other manufacturers have implemented this functionality, and he wishes for this feature to be implemented into Microsoft's Streets & Trips, too.
SpadesFlush
It's already there.
Ken in Regina
SpadesFlush is correct. In Streets&Trips it's unlimited. You can add hyperlinks to every pushpin you create.

I thought Dan wanted something more complicated than that. That's why I referenced the Garmin TourGuide custom POI files. But based on his latest description of what he wants to accomplish, Streets&Trips already does it, and much more simply than the Garmin approach. Create a pushpin of the desired POI, add a hyperlink to the desired audio file and you should be in business.

...ken...
DanTheDriver
Thanks Ken.
Not being a real real real S&T person as I have only been using it for about 8 or 9 months now I am not fully aware of all it can do. Would you be able to point me in the right direction as to how to do what you have said it could do.
DanTheDriver
SpadesFlush,
After doing a search on the hyperlinks "feature", including the one you have posted a good note on, I have read a bit up on how this all works. Seems like a crap load of work when MS could just add a cool little feature that would allow you to link to a file when you get within XX feet of a geographic location.
SpadesFlush
I can see how it might be more work than you want to undertake, although it is not as difficult as you might think.

There is a Streets & Trips Wishlist section here on the Forum and you might want to post your suggestion there and see if Microsoft can come up with the sort of enhancement you need. On the other hand, Microsoft might have trouble engineering the application to read users' minds.
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