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How to make an invisible pushpin in Microsoft Streets and Trips?
DanTheDriver
How can I make an invisible push pin?
RonBoyd
Why do you want to?

(I don't know the answer.. to your question.)
DanTheDriver
Using 2009
I have made a few different groups of push pins. I want to be able to "turn on and off" them as I need them or not. There was a post I found earlier that said you could do this by making a transparent push pin and use it to overtake the regular pin.
Marvin Hlavac
I tried to attach clear.gif here, but it is just a small, 1 pixel by 1 pixel in size, file which we would not see here. I attached it as clear.zip. Un-zip it, and use just the clear.gif.

In Streets & Trips do the following:
  1. Click the arrow located to the right of the Pushpin button on the Standard Toolbar (as shown on the attached screenshot)
  2. Click the Import custom symbol button
  3. In the dialog box that opens, in the Files of type, select All files (*.*), and then navigate to the clear.gif to import it
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import-custom-symbol-streets-trips-20110221.gif  
Attached Files
File Type: zip clear.zip (155 Bytes)
SpadesFlush
I found that I had to convert it to a BMP file (attached) for S&T to recognize it as a symbol I could import as a pushpin icon. I must be doing something wrong.

Nonetheless, a cool idea.
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File Type: bmp clear.bmp (68 Bytes)
Marvin Hlavac
Thanks for testing it. I didn't, I assumed .gif was importable as a pushpin symbol, but I guess it is not. Thanks for posting the .bmp file!

I had the .gif handy, that's why I used it. This site uses http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/clear.gif in a few places.
DanTheDriver
Thanks for the help. Your solutions did the trick.
winwaed
Marvin got there before I did, but MapPoint/S&T pushpins also have a "transparent" colour. This is defined by one of the corners. So even if your pushpin is a bright colour, as long as all the pixels are the same, it should appear transparent.


Richard
DanTheDriver
My next question is how can one make a pushpin that gets smaller and also disappears as you zoom out like the MS pins do?
SpadesFlush
What is an "MS Pin"?

BTW, using 'clear' or blank pushpins can be an especially useful technique when importing large data bases of locations that get converted to pushpins and then to route stops. The benefit is that you do not have all those pushpin icons cluttering up your map. The pushpin names gets built into the name of the stops, so that information is not lost. You get a cleaner map if you do not need the pushpin icons. This way you only get the numbered yellow square stop boxes and you can elect to show the pushpin information balloon (Show/Hide Pushpin Information) or not but it looks like it is associated with the stop boxes since the (redundant) pushpin icons are invisible.
RonBoyd
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BTW, using 'clear' or blank pushpins can be an especially useful technique when importing large data bases ...
That's what I was asking. What a terrific approach. Thanks for explaining it.
Larry
I created a Custom PP icon collection that has some 'dots' and 'specks' icons which I like to use. I can still see the locations but they are just tiny so appropriate for large imports.

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SpadesFlush
Larry, I would be interested in the 605 BMP files but I do not understand how to access them. I followed the link above and got to the blog but when I click on the next link, all that happens is that my Messenger is opened. What do I do then?
RonBoyd
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Larry, I would be interested in the 605 BMP files but I do not understand how to access them. I followed the link above and got to the blog but when I click on the next link, all that happens is that my Messenger is opened. What do I do then?
Ditto.
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