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Moving pushpin sets between computers and trips within a computer
wsquared58
I build my trips on a desktop computer that has a large screen because of the improved resolution of the larger screen.

Once the trips are complete, I move them to my laptop, which is what I use when I am travelling.

How do I create a pushpin set and move it between computers and/or get it to show up in the POI Megafile.

Do I have to start of with a blank POI Megafile as my template and create a "new" POI file with the pushpins I have created as an additional dataset, and then create my various trips from that, or is there a way I can copy the new pushpin set in to an existing trip file?
SpadesFlush
A simple copy-and-paste should do it for you; have you not tried that?
wsquared58
Exporting and then importing as a .gpx file didn't work for reasons unknown to me. It goes through the motions, but no pins appear.

What was successful for me was capturing already created pushpin sets on POI-Factory.com as .csv files, converting them over to .xls files which S&T imports just fine.

I think a tutorial or explanation consolidated as a single lesson/description showing how to move pushpin sets into and out of the POI-MEGAFILE would be a good thing.

I figured it all out (I think), but it took me probably a total of a day and a half, where concise tutorials could have probably significantly reduced that time.

I did the following, it gets to what would be a good example.

I create a map of a new trip from South Carolina to South Florida. I right click the rest stops for Florida, Georgia, and Florida, in the POI-MEGAFILE map, copy them from that file, then paste them in to my SC-FL trip.

Then I don't have to continuously be messing with the POI-Megafile base map and modifying it.

Here is what I did.
  • Open POI-MEGAFILE map as 1st instance of S&T
  • Open 2nd instance of S&T13
  • Create NEW route in 2nd instance of S&T
  • Toggle over to 1st instance of S&T (POIMEGAFILE)
  • Copy desired Pushpin set via right click in POI Pushpin set
  • Toggle to 2nd instance of S&T (new planned route)
  • PASTE pushpin set to NEW route
  • Repeat as desired until all desired pushpin sets are copy/pasted to new route
  • Save file
Not needing rest areas in California (for example) in a trip to Florida, I wouldn't paste that pin set, nor would I delete it from the POI-MEGAFILE map, as I will use it in the future, for a possible trip to wherever.

One other past question I had, that isn't addressed very well, that I figured out, was in regards to how to force S&T to go around big cities that have beltways, rather than straight through them. AKA making S&T take the beltway around a city instead of using its built in "shortest route" methodology.

I did this by using the "avoid area" tool, when it tried to run me straight through the center of Jacksonville, FL. By blocking out the straight through option (I-95) it forced S&T to take the beltway around Jacksonville.

Hope this can help others just learning S&T.
Running S&T2013 on 3 different computers, all of which are running Widows 8.1 64bit, with no problems.
SpadesFlush
I am glad to see that copying-and-pasting is working for you.

Another thing you might want to think about would be to start with the POI-Megafile and pare it down to something that works for your route and then save it as a new file.

The way I would do that is to:

>Open the POI-Megafile

>Open the pushpin set(s) that you think you will need for your route

>Draw a rectangle around general area of your route

>Right-click in the rectangle to get the context menu and select "delete visible pushpins outside area"

>Save As "[your choice of file names]"

That is now the starting point for constructing a route without irrelevant pushpins.
wsquared58
Can I do the delete visible pushpins outside of area on the newly created trip? For example, Flying J gas stations way away from my expected route on the new trip, even though I'll be stopping at the Flying J's along 95.

Looking at the .csv files available at POI-Factory, and I'm sure other locations, it seems like the POI-Megafile is a good repository for them.
Plug in at that location and use as needed.

Not knowing what frequency the POI-Megafile is updated, when a new one does come out, does it overwrite everything or just new additions?

Wondering, due to my adding several pushpin sets to the POI-Megafile on my PC.
SpadesFlush
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Originally Posted by wsquared58
Can I do the delete visible pushpins outside of area on the newly created trip? For example, Flying J gas stations way away from my expected route on the new trip, even though I'll be stopping at the Flying J's along 95.
Yes, you can delete outside pushpins the way I described above anytime you like. Don't forget that any changes you make on a file are not saved until you actively save a file. Therefore, if you ever mess up something you are doing on a file you can always revert to the most recently-opened version of that file.

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Originally Posted by wsquared58
Looking at the .csv files available at POI-Factory, and I'm sure other locations, it seems like the POI-Megafile is a good repository for them.
Plug in at that location and use as needed.

Not knowing what frequency the POI-Megafile is updated, when a new one does come out, does it overwrite everything or just new additions?

Wondering, due to my adding several pushpin sets to the POI-Megafile on my PC.
There is no fixed frequency to publishing new POI-Megafiles nor, for that matter, any assurance that any will be published at all. A new POI-Megafile is as a completely new file but it does not necessarily have to over-write previous versions; that is strictly up to you. Therefore, any customization that you might have done on a previously-downloaded file stays on that file. You can copy and paste pushpin sets from the old POI-Megafile to the new one.
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