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CoPilot v9: Custom POIs
malaki86
I didn't have a chance to do this until this evening (forgot to deauthorize the home pc), but importing your own POI's into CoPilot v9 is as easy as it was in v8. If you wish to import multiple 'sets' of POI's at one time, simply copy multiple files at once. The next time you start CoPilot, it will process each file you're adding/updating. Here's the details:

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v9 - - POI\'s - Points of Interest - Import custom POI\'s


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Response Via Email(Jason) - 24/09/2012 12.09 PM
Dear Dennis,

Thank you for contacting CoPilot Technical Support.

Convert your POI file into csv format, then make a copy and drag it to the following location:

My Computer > C: > Users > "User name" > App Data > Roaming > ALK Technologies > CoPilot Live v9 Laptop > NA > Save

**App Data may be hidden, so be sure to view hidden folders.**

If you have any further questions, or feel that this incident has not been resolved to your satisfaction, please do not hesitate to bring this to our attention.

Regards,

CoPilot Technical Support
http://support.alk.com
OneRVer
malaki,
So what do you think of the V-9. The more I use it the more I like it. Seems they have added more paths then they needed which makes it a little harder to learn. But all in all not tOo bad. At least in this version you can click on the map to avoid a road, but still when you exit the program and return the Avoid is gone.

Thanks for the info on the POI's. Do you know if the Icons go into the same folder as the POI's?
malaki86
Yes - the icons go to the same location as the .csv files.

As for using CoPilot 9, it's exactly the same as the iPad version I was using previously. What I don't like about it is:

a) it won't embed in Centrafuse, which almost makes it worthless to me
b) I use 2 driving views all the time - 2D Next Turn and 2D Destination. They've made it too hard to switch between those views (menu/settings/map display/2d map display/<select next turn or destination>, then back all the way back out again

I think I may be sticking with v8.
OneRVer
Yes you are right. I did not notice that, but that is kind of what I meant when I said they added to many paths. To be totally honest I still like version 10 the best, but as you know there is no longer any support for that version. Don't understand why they have to try to improve on something that doesn't need improving.
DieselBoss
Overall, I am liking it. It pretty much has the same functions, but it rather dramatically different "paths" to get to them. It has two quarters newer maps than 8 (so far.) As far as new additions to the functionality, I do like the "alternate route" display and the "drag route" option and the enhanced low bridges and weight limits (on the truck version.)

The enhanced Facebook and Wikipedia functions are a nifty toy for those who want more connectivity stuff in their GPS. Another hopeful item in the "connected" bucket is that they have said that they "over-the-air" mapping and program updates is much better and actually going to be functional.

Two things that are making me a little crazy are: (1) when you turn off the "recent destinations" POI, it just comes back on the next time you start the program, and (2) they STILL have not separated the "truck services/exits/weigh stations POI icon into 3 different ones. That particular misstep has now gone on for 3 releases of the laptop truck program.

Two MAJOR deletions for my truck customers are the ability to generate a state mileage report while in "Plan or Edit Trip" mode and the ability to print the route.

In general, version 8 was a solid release and the maps are still fairly relevant if you are running the 2011.04 set. Eventually it will age as more roads change. Since they are giving away version 9 to anyone who purchased the full version of 8 (a first for them at ALK by the way) then I am advising my customers to take a look at the screenshots from 9 and the critical differences that I mentioned above before burning their version 8 key and replacing with version 9. With that said, version 9 has grown on me...
OneRVer
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Originally Posted by DieselBoss
Overall, I am liking it. It pretty much has the same functions, but it rather dramatically different "paths" to get to them. It has two quarters newer maps than 8 (so far.) As far as new additions to the functionality, I do like the "alternate route" display and the "drag route" option and the enhanced low bridges and weight limits (on the truck version.) .
Dieselboss, How is the "Drag Route" suppose to work? I can drag from point A to point B, watch a calculation bar come up, then some dashed lines across the screen and that is it. No change in the destination.
DieselBoss
It is supposed to be for modifying the calculated route onto a different road or highway of your choosing. It in not for changing the final destination. It confused me at first because when you click the route and try to drag, it makes a wacky dotted line at a seemingly random angle. But I figured out that if you ignore that temporary dotted line and drag your cursor to the desired road and let go, it will reroute through where you dropped it. It is a good start but not quite up to par in the animation department as Google maps dragging. It is something that the truck customers have asked for quite a bit so that they can more easily modify their route for permit loads or just because they want to deviate from what their profile is set to for this one trip. Previously this could be done with the old "add a waypoint" method by clicking a new point on the map. But this new method is easier and skips a couple of steps. So I feel that it is a stop in the right direction, but could use a more high-tech rendering of the route line while dragging.
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