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Time Zone Overlay Template for Microsoft Streets and Trips
crazyst
Hi,

Has anyone created a Microsoft Streets and Trips template with the time zones overlayed onto the map for North America? I'm thinking no, but thought I would ask.

Thanks,
Curt
DanTheDriver
Ohhh I so wish there was. Proper time zones and arrival times are something I have always wanted.
crazyst
Looks like we're alone on this one Dan.

Curt
RonBoyd
Not entirely.
Larry
Timezones are something that could be created manually using the drawing tools. It's never been done before to my knowledge but would be a nice contribution to the S&T community.

Attached is a 'proof-of-concept' map file that would give you an idea of how this could look. Git 'er done guys!
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timezones.jpg  
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File Type: est FakeTimezoneOverlay.est (7.0 KB)
crazyst
Thanks Larry.

I figured that might be a way to do it and it would get the basic job done. Drawing out each one by hand would be tedious but possible. For me the issue would be that I would most likely delete one by accident while work with my files since they are still selectable.

It's a solution though. Now I just need the time to draw them out for all of North America.

Curt
HarryD
There is a time zone POI on POI Factory that could used as a starting point. I imported the file. It is five years old. You can search "time zone" to find the file. Hope this helps
SteveJonesMO
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Originally Posted by Larry
Timezones are something that could be created manually using the drawing tools. It's never been done before to my knowledge but would be a nice contribution to the S&T community.
Argh. That sounded like a simple idea.

After about 40 hours and lots of hair pulling, I'm proud... no... relieved, to unveil it: OnTimeZone.com

Enjoy.

Ironically, I had that domain name left over from a previous abandoned project.

Does anyone have any idea how one get this data into .gpx format? (edit: nevermind, I found a way to do it...)
RonBoyd
When I click on your .gpx link, I get sent to a URL with HTML language. Is that what I should expect?
SteveJonesMO
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Originally Posted by RonBoyd
When I click on your .gpx link, I get sent to a URL with HTML language. Is that what I should expect?
It sounds like your browser is trying to open the file rather than download it.

I'd try "right-click, save-link-as" or however your browser allows you to save a link, which should allow you to save the file to your given location.

Then you open it with whatever you normally use to read your GPX files. Mapsource or whatever.
Larry
WOW! Steve, I am impressed! Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is an awesome contribution to the Streets & Trips community.

I blogged about the release here: How to get timezones in Streets & Trips | Streets & Trips Team Blog
RonBoyd
I am using Internet Explorer. I have a "Save Target as..." option. When clicking on that, it wants me to save this file: OnTimeZoneNA.xml. Which is the the page I was speaking of.
SteveJonesMO
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Originally Posted by RonBoyd
I am using Internet Explorer. I have a "Save Target as..." option. When clicking on that, it wants me to save this file: OnTimeZoneNA.xml. Which is the the page I was speaking of.
Though it works fine for me with Firefox, I am told that some browsers change the extension to .xml if it feels the file contains xml data.

On my server the file has a .gpx extension... I don't know what I can do on my end to fix it but I am open to suggestions.

You may have to manually rename the file .xml file to .gpx on your computer before you can use it.
Marvin Hlavac
Steve, one possible solution to that would be to offer it as a .zip file.

Excellent work. I at first looked into it, too, thinking I would create the template, but after finding out a bit more about time zones, I quickly realized it would be much more complicated.

I'm going to add it to Tips & Tricks for Streets & Trips in a few minutes.
SteveJonesMO
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac
Steve, one possible solution to that would be to offer it as a .zip file.
Doh!

Done.
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