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Boyd
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Originally Posted by ron4adams
If I am honest with myself I have to admit the time difference in entering addresses to my laptop is not much more efficient than entering them on my tablet
I think you could use a bluetooth keyboard with your tablet if you have a lot of text to enter. Have never done this with my Samsung tablet, but AFAIK it is a standard Android feature.

My iPad lives in a Zagg Rugged Book keyboard case, it is attached to the hinge with a powerful magnet so it can easily be removed (or reversed). But any cheap bluetooth keyboard should allow you to enter text. One benefit is that the on-screen keyboard doesn't appear when using an external keyboard. This gives you more screen real estate to use with your software.

FWIW, that is the iOS version of Microsoft Word in the first screenshot (they also have an Android version).



GoneNomad
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Originally Posted by ron4adams
O...I have to enter each destination whether it is on my laptop or my tablet. If I am honest with myself I have to admit the time difference in entering addresses to my laptop is not much more efficient than entering them on my tablet (thanks to my grandchildren encouraging me to learn texting with both thumbs).
You can also use a keyboard with that USB host port. Being a "host port" means it works just like the USB port on a laptop or desktop PC.

Actually, most tablets can utilize the micro-USB port for peripherals by using an "On-The-Go" adapter.

Or better yet, you can use a bluetooth keyboard.
I strongly recommend the Logitech K810 if you can find a new one for not much over $50. But any BT keyboard should work.

Last but not least, BT mice also work. Android has basic support for mice. I feel that they provide more positive actuation than a touchscreen when the tablet is being used in a vehicle on a not-so-smooth road.


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Ken in Regina
One more Yes to a Bluetooth keyboard for data entry. I still have one kicking around from my days with the Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 tablets. Some of the function keys don't work the same as you may be used to on a Windows computer. If you're like me and rarely if ever use function keys that won't be an issue.

I've never found much use for a mouse on a small touchscreen tablet but I've never used my tablets anywhere but the top of my desk, the kitchen table or, most often, my lap in front of the TV. We each have to find what works best for us in our particular usage patterns.

I currently have three Bluetooth mice: 1 Logitec M336 and two Microsoft Mobile 3600.

...ken...
GoneNomad
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Originally Posted by ron4adams
That was very helpful, thanks. Now that I know how to get the two devices set up to transfer I discovered the next knowledge vacuum. To get specific, I have planned a trip with "myscenicdrives" and used the export option to get this .trp file on my desktop. After connecting my tablet and laptop I can see the .trp file but don't know where to put it on my tablet and then load it as a trip in my Copilot App. Hope you or someone else can give me some additional guidance.

I hadn't taken the time to try out myscenicdrives.com until recently...
It's pretty impressive. It may be the only other site besides Furkot (which is now not so useful because they can no longer use google map data) that has some time & date features that S&T had more than a decade ago (but google maps still doesn't): start time, driving time (hours or end time), etc.
ron4adams
I will have an update late this Fall on our next trip. Yvonne is presently using myscenicdrives.com to plan a multi-map trip from Arizona to Wisconsin to Olympia and back to Arizona. I will use the LG GPad for navigation. I found a great mount for my RV. It uses the cup holder between the two front seats right above the 12v plug putting it just below eye level but below the bottom of the windshield. I will let you know how this works out when we get back.
GoneNomad
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Originally Posted by ron4adams
I will have an update late this Fall on our next trip. Yvonne is presently using myscenicdrives.com to plan a multi-map trip from Arizona to Wisconsin to Olympia and back to Arizona. I will use the LG GPad for navigation. I found a great mount for my RV. It uses the cup holder between the two front seats right above the 12v plug putting it just below eye level but below the bottom of the windshield. I will let you know how this works out when we get back.
re: myscenicdrives.com

I wanted to thank you for mentioning this, because it's really like an undiscovered jewel. Aside from Furkot (which is a lot harder to use) myscenicdrives is the *ONLY* modern trip planning site that rivals S&T's functionality, and also offers many different trip export file formats.

It's amazing that something this useful has not gained wider publicity.
It seems to be the product of some very small-scale operation, which isn't exactly actively promoting this, not even on their own facebook page.

I just hope myscenicdrives doesn't end up like furkot, which was basically knee-capped by google's drastic increase in map data fees.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by GoneNomad
re: myscenicdrives.com

I wanted to thank you for mentioning this, because it's really like an undiscovered jewel. Aside from Furkot (which is a lot harder to use) myscenicdrives is the *ONLY* modern trip planning site that rivals S&T's functionality, and also offers many different trip export file formats.

It's amazing that something this useful has not gained wider publicity.
It seems to be the product of some very small-scale operation, which isn't exactly actively promoting this, not even on their own facebook page.

I just hope myscenicdrives doesn't end up like furkot, which was basically knee-capped by google's drastic increase in map data fees.
You couldn't prove it's usefulness by me. It only covers the USA.

...ken...
Boyd
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Originally Posted by GoneNomad
I just hope myscenicdrives doesn't end up like furkot, which was basically knee-capped by google's drastic increase in map data fees.
I'm a moderator on a regional website that uses the Google API to access a variety of maps. We were concerned about the google fee increase, but it's been a non-issue. But our site mostly uses the map to view topo's and aerial imagery from public sources, as opposed to searching or planning routes on Google's street map.

I'm building a new site that offers access to all my own maps as well as public sources of imagery. It is google-free, I am using the open source API from https://leafletjs.com

Not a Google fan, their whole business revolves around learning everything they can about you and making it available to their advertisers.
GoneNomad
...and not just google, either.

I've had a recent experience with paypal that has finally pushed me to drastically cut back on online transactions.

Google, Facebook and paypal, etc. are not our "pals" at all.
They use technical complexity and hide behind voluminous & incomprehensible user agreements to get away with what would otherwise be struck down in a court of law, if they were subject to the same due process as ordinary human beings.



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