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Marvin Hlavac Posted - 05 janv. 2005 : 14:38:45
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Version 2007 (older versions bellow)

  • 1. Start with GPS enabled

  • Use the free add-on S&T Keys for Streets & Trips 2007, or AR Keys for AutoRoute 2007 ( click here ).

  • 2. Change the Voice

  • Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Speech > Text To Speech > Voice Selection. Select the voice type that suits you and click “Apply”.


  • 4. Safety Warning

  • The Safety Warning may be an annoyance, but most navigation software products use it these days. It's considered a safety feature and a legal protection of sort. An easy way to close it is by hitting A-key to Agree to the warning ;-)

  • 5. Automatic Re-Routing

  • It is now possible to add automatic route recalculation feature into your Streets & Trips 2007 or AutoRoute 2007. Use the free add-on S&T Keys for Streets & Trips 2007, or AR Keys for AutoRoute 2007 ( click here ).

  • 6. Compatibility with other GPS receivers

    • 1. If you have a GPS receiver that came with any previous version of Microsoft Streets & Trips w/GPS Locator, Microsoft AutoRoute w/GPS Locator, or Microsoft MapPoint w/GPS Locator, the same GPS receiver will work just fine with the current 2007 version. However, if you often experience loss of GPS signal, you may consider upgrading to the new GPS receiver included in the 2007 version. The new GPS unit has much improved sensitivity to the weak GPS signals due to it being is based on the new SiRFstarIII chipset.


    • 2. If you have a non-Microsoft GPS receiver, chances are good it will work, too. Microsoft doesn’t use any proprietary protocol to prevent users from using 3rd party GPS receivers (or GPS “locators” as Microsoft calls them). As long as your GPS receiver uses the NMEA standard, it should be compatible. Most receivers on the market today are NMEA compatible.

  • 7. Customize how Streets & Trips opens

  • You can customize how MS Streets & Trips or MS AutoRoute opens. For example you may prefer that it opens zoomed into a specific map area, shows Route Planner pane, uses larger font size, etc.

    1. Create a new map or modify an existing map with the features you'd like to see whenever you open a new map.


    2. On the File menu, click Save As.


    3. In the Save in box, browse to Program Files\Microsoft Streets & Trips \Templates, and click New North American Map.stt.


    4. Click the arrow next to the Save as type box, and then choose Map Template from the list.


    5. Click Save


    6. When prompted about replacing New North American Map.stt, click Yes.

    Your map replaces the Streets & Trips default template.

    Save location for MS AutoRoute is Program Files\Microsoft AutoRoute\Templates\New European Map.axt

  • 8. Add new hotkeys for GPS navigation

  • The tasks which normally require many keystrokes and/or mouse-clicks are now achievable by a press of a single key on your keyboard. Use the free add-on S&T Keys for Streets & Trips 2007, or AR Keys for AutoRoute 2007 ( click here ).

  • 9. Cannot find roads of the following types: Crescent, Square, Terrace, Place

  • When searching for 123 Paul Street you only need to type 123 Paul. There is no need to specify the road type, e.g. Street, Avenue, Drive, Road, Boulevard, etc. However, when searching for Crescent, Square, Terrace, Place, unless you at least type the first letter of the road type, the program will not locate it. To locate e.g. 123 Guillaume Place, type at least: 123 Guillaume P

  • 10. How to search for intersections

  • To find an intersection, type two street names, separated by an ampersand (&), in the Street address box. For example, to find an intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue, type Yonge ST & Finch Ave. To do it even simpler, all you need to do is type: yonge&finch.

  • 11. Different ways to zoom in or out

    • Double-click a name of a place on the map to zoom in on that area.


    • Drag your mouse pointer diagonally on the map to select an area. Click inside the selected area to zoom in.


    • Use the wheel button to zoom in or out. Roll the wheel button forward to zoom in. Roll the wheel button backward to zoom out. If you need to change the zoom level in smaller increments, first click on the Zoom Slider on the Navigation toolbar, then use the mouse wheel.

      To move the map, hold the wheel button down and drag the mouse pointer in the direction you want.


    • Use (+) and (-) key to change the zoom level. If you need to change the zoom level in smaller increments, first click on the Zoom Slider on the Navigation toolbar, then use the left or right arrow keys to change the zoom level.

  • 12. How to search for highway exit numbers

  • To search for highway exits the following should work:

    I-80 & 14 (or just: i80&14), but 80 & 14 format will not work

    Hwy-400 & 25 (or just: hwy400&25), but 400 & 25 will not work

    As always, the correct country needs to be selected in the Find dialog box.

  • 13. How to set Night Stops in a long distance trip spanning several days

  • If you plan a long distance trip that spans over several days, the program automatically generates "Night Stops" for you. They appear as yellow moons inside blue squares along your route.

    Yes, you can "customize" where and when you stop for the night. The initial "Night Stops" are generated based on your time set in: Menu bar > Route > More Options > Profile > End driving at. You may change the Start, End, and Flexibility time values. For maximum flexibility you may want to set the Flexibility value to 2 hours. When you are happy with your settings, follow these steps:

    1. Enter all your stops including start and end in the Route Planner


    2. In the Route Planner right-click the Stop you want to be the last one for the day, click "Schedule Stop", put checkmark in front of "Stop for", then instead of "Hrs:Mins" select "Nights". Do the same with all Stop locations at which you plan to spend the night


    3. Click "Get Directions" to generate your route.


    4. If you still see some blue/yellow night-stop icons, you may want to increase the "Flexibility" value or set your Start/End time values to allow for more hours of driving in a day

  • 14. Detour around an area

  • By drawing Avoid Area rectangles we can modify our route very easily and fast. A task that could quite often take a long time to complete using other software, can be done in the Microsoft program with ease and only in just few seconds. Read more in the middle of page 2

  • 15. Driving among tall buildings

  • Most GPS receivers these days are not yet sensitive enough to work properly in some environments. You may notice temporary loss of signal when driving in the midst of tall buildings. Or you may have only few satellites in view with very weak signal. Occasionally your position may jump from one street on the map to another street.

    In such situations I find it very helpful to disable "Rotate map to follow travel direction" feature, and just view the map the "normal way", which is: "north-up".

    There is now a one-click solution to switch to the "North-up" mode and back. Use the free add-on S&T Keys for Streets & Trips 2007, or AR Keys for AutoRoute 2007 ( click here ).

  • 16. Share one GPS between several applications

  • GpsGate lets you share one GPS receiver between several applications. If you would like to run more then one GPS program simultaneously, this little utility software will make it possible for you without having to buy another GPS receiver. You may even open for example Streets & Trips twice on your desktop and watch your position on two maps in different zoom levels. You may set one instance of the program to rotate map in the direction of travel and the second instance may display the map north-up. Read more here There is also a free alternative to GPS Gate. Read about it here.

  • 17. Map errors and what to do with them

  • While we cannot edit the underlying map properties, we may let the map makers know about the errors we find. There is more than one way to do that. Read about it here

  • 18. How to fine-tune ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival)

  • I noticed that the default settings in the versions 2005 and newer all generate a bit too optimistic ETA. You may change Speed settings in Menu bar > Route > More Options > Driving Speeds. To find out what the Slower, Average, Faster, and all the settings in-between mean read more in the middle of page 2

  • 19. Garmin USB GPS receivers & how to use them

  • If you cannot get your Garmin USB GPS receiver working with your Microsoft program, it may be because your Garmin likely doesn’t use NMEA protocol. Now there may be a solution: click here

  • 20. Construction Update feature not working

  • If the built-in feature doesn't work for some reason, you may still update construction information manually. Follow the instructions outlined >>here<<

  • 21. My computer thinks my GPS receiver is a mouse

  • If your Windows 2000 computer recognizes your USB GPS receiver as a computer mouse you may need to unplug the GPS device from the USB port during boot-up and only re-insert after boot-up is completed.

  • 22. Export to other formats (Garmin, Excel, etc)

  • Yes, it is possible to export pushpins from MS Streets & Trips and from MS AutoRoute, into other formats. Check the following three links: one, two, three

  • 23. Why are house numbers sometimes located far from their actual position?

  • In applications based on map data provided by NavTeq you may notice that streets usually end with numbers 99. For example if the highest number on your street is 12345, maps based on NavTeq data will likely allow you to search the street up to the number of 12399. Some non NavTeq software products try to use actual street number ranges, but in my experience that is a much worse alternative as often times I have been unable to successfully search for a street number which did exist, but was not in the map because the street number might have belonged to a newer building. A NavTeq solution does allow for a new house to be built at the end of a street tomorrow, and still be searchable with a map product purchased yesterday. The only disadvantage (not really a big one, though) is that accuracy at the end of a street may be affected. You may notice this if you live at a very short street which has only a handful of houses on it and numbers really range only from e.g. 1 to 20. If your house is e.g. #20, the map will not show your house as being at the very end of your street because the very end is reserved for number 99. Not a perfect solution, but it is the best there is today in comparison to other alternatives ;-)

  • 24. How to plan a group bicycle ride or a walk-a-thon, etc

  • A bicycle ride director shares his tips on using Microsoft Streets & Trips to do his job. Follow this link: >click<

  • 25. Print large maps

  • The following link has information for people who need to capture and/or print large maps from MS Streets & Trips, MS AutoRoute, and MS MapPoint: >click here<

  • 26. Solution for GPS receivers not supporting 4,800 baud rate

  • If your GPS receiver does not communicate at 4800 bps baud rate, MS Streets & Trips will give you the following error message: "The GPS receiver is sending messages, but they are not being recognized as NMEA 2.0-compatible. Make sure the GPS receiver input/output format is set to deliver NMEA 2.0-compatible messages at the correct baud (4800 bps)."
    GPS Gate solves this problem. Read more here: >>click<<

  • 27. RV and Truck Routing

  • Now that the two leading map data providers, Navteq and TeleAtlas, are starting to offer truck routing database, my guess would be that a few years from now we will see several GPS navigation solutions for drivers of large vehicles. In the mean time Discovery Owners Association comes to the rescue of MS Streets & Trips users by offering downloadable database of their own. Link and more info is >here<

  • 28. Open a computer folder from a pushpin

  • Pushpin balloons can contain links to folders, not just links to files or websites. Read more here

  • 29. Apple Mac computer compatibility

  • There are several ways to do it, but the most convenient seems to be the one described here »


Version 2006 (older versions bellow)

  • 30. I hear no voice

  • It is possible that you have accidentally turned voice off and it is difficult to tell just by glancing if the mute button reads “Turn Voice Off” or “Turn Voice On”. Actually if your monitor is set to 600 x 800 screen resolution you likely don’t even see the mute button in the GPS Task pane.

    Make sure voice is not turned off. Hit F7-key to turn voice on/off

  • 31. How to estimate time of arrival while driving

  • Whenever you need to know your ETA just hit F3-key on your keyboard to refresh distance-to-destination and time-to-destination info in Directions pane. See it on this picture

  • 32. Night color scheme alternatives

  • The 2006 introduced a new color scheme designed for driving at night. If you don’t like the dark green / light green color scheme, then you may consider the following two alternatives:

    • Free software called “DarkAdapted” lets us change gamma settings of our screen just by a quick keyboard shortcut. Thus, we may in effect very conveniently change the brightness of our computer monitor from full to say 15%. Use the hotkey again to switch back to full brightness. See this demonstration picture. Free download and more info here: http://www.adpartnership.net/DarkAdapted/index.html


    • Another solution may be to set the map background to a darker color by using the built-in drawing tools. Follow these steps:

      • Zoom out to see your route or even the whole world


      • Select Rectangle tool on the Drawing toolbar


      • Click and drag a rectangle on the map to cover an area larger than your route (you may even cover the whole world)


      • Click on the arrow beside Fill Color tool on the Drawing toolbar and select your desired color for your night view scheme (grey, blue, brown are nice choices)


      • Right-click the rectangle and select Order > Send Behind Roads see this screenshot


Version 2005 (older versions bellow)

  • 33. Voice Driving Instructions

  • Are you interested to add Voice Driving Instructions functionality to your MS Streets & Trips 2005 or MS AutoRoute 2005? Read more on page 2

  • 34. Force the program into full screen mode

  • FullScreen by Fanix is a little utility program that lets users "force" any software into full screen mode. Check it out: http://www.fanix.com/fullscreen.html


Version 2004 (older versions bellow)

  • 35. Set Canada as the default country of the Find feature

  • If you wish the default country setting of the Find feature to be Canada rather than United States, you may need to change the default language settings of your Windows operating system:

    Microsoft Windows XP > Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional and Language Options icon > set your location to Canada and language settings to either English (Canada) or French (Canada) > click OK

    Microsoft Windows 2000 > Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Options icon > General tab > in the “Your locale (location)” list, select either English (Canada) or French (Canada) > click OK

    Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME > Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Settings icon > Regional Settings tab > In the Language list, select English. In the Country/Region list select Canada > Click OK > restart computer


Versions 2003, 2002, 2001

  • 36. Increase the GPS update speed

  • GPS refreshes only once every 15 seconds in the 2001, 2002, and 2003 versions of MS Streets & Trips and MS AutoRoute. You really should update to a newer version, but if for some reason you still have a need to use one of these very old versions and wish to increase GPS refresh rate to as much as 1 time per second then visit http://gpssoft.homestead.com where The GPS Soft Team still provides their famous 5-4-3-2-1 Second Patches






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Brian Kirby Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 16:08:51
He has replied saying yes, but default units are KPH.
Have just asked how it handles conversion MPH-KPH.
Will update when available.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 15:56:26
Brian, let us know about the compatibility, when you find out, please.
Brian Kirby Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 15:41:03
Hi Martin
Many thanks for the lightning reply.
Have done as you suggest, and e-mailed Paul Larson.
Here's hoping!
Regards
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 14:32:11
Hi Brian, ask the developer of the tool about the compatibility with Mappoint 2010. The tool was originally made for version 2006. Or just download it, and then test it for youself: http://www.mapping-tools.com/drivespeed/index.shtml
Brian Kirby Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 14:21:05
Regarding the AutoRoute vehicle speed settings (for AR2010).
I drive a motorhome (RV) and find the speed settings way too fast, even with all sliders set to the slowest settings!
I have seen a download for Map Point, that reinstates the much simpler and clearer facility it shared with earlier versions of Map Point and AutoRoute, to input actual average driving speeds based on experience. Why do they meddle?!!
Does anyone please know if such a download available for AR2010 from any reliable source (even MS :-)!)
Many thanks.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 30 déc. 2007 : 23:31:33
I've never seen it happen myself, but I don't think you are doing anything wrong :(
AndreQC Posted - 30 déc. 2007 : 16:45:50
Pushpin problems:

When I copy pushpins one by one from a map to another one, evrything works well and my pushpins comments are also copy. When a copy a pushpin set from a map to another one, all my pushpins comments are lost. Is it a bug or am I doing something wrong?
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 16 févr. 2007 : 00:57:40
I'm not sure about that, though. A few versions ago occasionally I would come across a user asking how to make Canada the default country in the Find dialog box. Those days it was necessary to change the default language settings of your Windows operating system (as described in S&T Tips & Tricks - section 2004).

I don't recall any user asking how to do this in the past couple of years. It seems to me that now Streets & Trips remembers the country of the last successful search.
admin_0 Posted - 14 févr. 2007 : 17:51:17
I have a correction to make. To change the default find location in Windows XP with Streets and Trips 2006 to Canada or back you must modify the New North American Map template (New North American Map.stt). For instruction please refer to tip #7.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 04 janv. 2007 : 18:13:38
Page 1 has just been updated for 2007...
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 09 oct. 2006 : 15:14:10
Two most recent additions to the page 1 are:

* How to search for highway exit numbers

* How to run Streets & Trips on an Apple Mac computer
dumpper Posted - 04 juil. 2006 : 18:08:26
I used to use Xport some while ago, but it crashed my system sometimes. Also it did not "clean" the XP registry properly when adding/removing the ports & itself ! Hopefully things are better now for other users ... I switched to GPSGate & have been a happy camper since ...
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 03 juil. 2006 : 20:02:58
Thanks much for the info. FREE is good ;-)

I'm going to link it from the first page of this Tips & Tricks thread!

Marvin Hlavac
docbrazen Posted - 03 juil. 2006 : 19:30:35
I enjoyed your post about S&T 2006 but I would like to add some helpful advice.

Share one GPS between several applications.

I saw you mention GpsGate to share GPS with several applications, but there is also a free proram to do so.

It is called Xport and it is located here (it is made by a GPS and car fan on another forum site):
http://curioustech.home.insightbb.com/xport.html

I have used Xport to share GPS with S&T 2006 and iGuidance v2.1.3. I have not used GpsGate before so I do not know if Xport is harder or easier to setup. Xport lets you turn one GPS port into 8 GPS ports and allows you to set the port speed. (Normaly I used 4800 Baud because my GPS does not like the other speeds.)

I hope this is helpful for everyone.
petersung Posted - 22 juin 2006 : 17:40:39
Hi all, thanks for all the tips! but for some reason, my S&T 2006 is acting up. on the map, it is able to display my location properly but the voice direction is about 50 yards behind? usually when I am about 20 ft from the intersection the voice direction will tell me "in 60 yard make a xxxx turn" Is there any way to calibrate it?
Thanks for your input.

Peter
petersungtw@gmail.com
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 04 juin 2006 : 22:30:51
A brief search on Pharos and eBay websites found nothing, but you may try to e-mail Pharos for help. Or for a bit more money you could even buy one of the much more powerful GPS receivers based on the newer SiRFstarIII chipset (like this one: http://semsons.com/is3usbgpsres.html )

Marvin Hlavac
Sille Posted - 04 juin 2006 : 15:03:15
Thank you Marvin!!
That and many other items in this thread have helped me out a lot!

now if i can only track down a repalcement cable for the Pharos 360 than came with my S&T


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Setup:
Compaq 2570 AMD Turion64 ML-32 1GB RAM
Globalsat BU-353
DeLorme SA2006 & MS S&T 2006
Pontiac Vibe AWD
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 03 juin 2006 : 22:02:33
Yes, "Save As Template" should take care of that, too. (Described in Tips & Tricks, tip #6 titled: "Customize how Streets & Trips opens".)

Marvin Hlavac
Sille Posted - 03 juin 2006 : 20:03:23
I tried looking for the awnswer to my question but didnt see it, so here it goes.

Is there a way to modify the default settings of

Fuel tank size:
MPG City:
MPG HWY:
Time of Depart:
Time stop:
Variance:

Basically everything in the "more options" category so I do not have to change them everytime I do a new route?

Thanks for your help



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Setup:
Compaq 2570 AMD Turion64 ML-32 1GB RAM
Globalsat BU-353
DeLorme SA2006 & MS S&T 2006
Pontiac Vibe AWD
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 08 mai 2006 : 17:59:28
While Microsoft supports NMEA standard in its software and hardware, Garmin uses its own proprietary format.

GPS Gate, (an application many of us use because it allows us to run several programs simultaneously with only one single GPS receiver), now released Beta version 2 which seems to do both conversions NMEA -> Garmin and also Garmin -> NMEA. I haven't tested this myself, but check the website fore more info: http://franson.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2756

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leykis1o1 Posted - 08 mai 2006 : 06:23:41
ok so the GPS reciever from Garmin will work with MS streets and trips but the reciver used with Streets and trips wont work with Garmin gps18? i want to confirm this..cause it would make more sense to buy a Garmin kit with you can also use with there topo maps and also can use it with Streets and trip...please confirm....
leeeo Posted - 22 avr. 2006 : 04:34:55
Thanks for your such quick response, Marvin! A little sad to hear that though.

I thought there was a way to do it, as I heard somebody exported the whole North America map from MS Streets & Trips into their pocket pc. Don't know why the developers put a stupid limit on the map size. Anyway, I will try to search on the web for possible solutions. Wish me luck! :-)

Also, thanks for the recommendations for other products!

Have a nice weekend!
Leo
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 22 avr. 2006 : 03:37:32
Hi Leo, that is a limitation of the program. But there are other GPS software which let you install as much map as your memory space allows. Check other sections of this forum to find info on products like iGuidance, CoPilot, On Course Navigator, TomTom, Mapopolis, etc. The choice is plentiful for the PocketPC platform.

Marvin Hlavac______________
iG customization | AR and S&T Tips & Tricks
leeeo Posted - 22 avr. 2006 : 02:59:29
Hi everybody,

Sorry about my Enligsh first. I believe I just found the right forum, where I can get my problem resolved. Does anybody know how to export a large map for pocket pc? I was getting 'The selected area is too large, please select a smaller erea.' when I tried to export a large map.

Thanks!
Leo
vh Posted - 20 avr. 2006 : 16:27:55
Marvin, thanks for the quick response

Vince Hammond
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 20 avr. 2006 : 16:16:34
Vince, to change pushpin symbol for all pushpins in a group, open "Legend & Overview" pane (Ctrl+G). There under "Pushpins" right-click the desired pushpin set, and select "Properties". The rest will be familiar ;-)

To reduce clutter created by too many pushpins you could either use the smallest dot pushpin symbol, or create your own even smaller one (1 pixel in size).

There is no way to turn them all ON and OFF, even tough I suspect this feature has been requested many times by many users.

Marvin Hlavac______________
iG customization | AR and S&T Tips & Tricks
vh Posted - 20 avr. 2006 : 15:57:19
I just discovered your forum....great info. I found the zip files of data usable for RV's eg. Flying J, Loves, Walmart etc. I was able to import them into S&T 2006, but am unable to change the black pushpins to another symbol as a group. For example, I found a Flying J icon on this forum and imported it to the program as a custom symbol, but when I right click a Flying J pushpin and go to properties,I can change the symbol only for that one pushpin and not the whole data set. What am I doing wrong. Also importing the "Walmart" data set creates too much clutter..........how can I turn the data set on and off?

Vince Hammond
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 20 avr. 2006 : 01:13:46
All mapping programs display different level of detail at different zoom levels. (If we zoom out to view the whole world the map would look cluttered if it attempted to show all the local streets.)

However, I do agree that at some zoom levels S&T could display more road classes than it currently does. Perhaps the road display threshold could be adjusted a little. We could add this one to our Wish List for Streets & Trips 2007.

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iG customization | AR and S&T Tips & Tricks
admin_0 Posted - 19 avr. 2006 : 17:33:39
Great forum.
When zoom around in streets and trips 2005 roads seem to disappear at will. When zoomed in really close to a specific area all the roads are visible. When I zoom out they disappear except for major highways. Is there a way to force all the roads to show up no matter what scale I'm zoomed in at?
The_Stamp Posted - 17 avr. 2006 : 20:37:17
Thanks for the quick response!

Ok, so i guess i'll purchase the software-only version, then purchase the GPS when the time (or money :P) comes!
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 17 avr. 2006 : 19:57:36
http://www.microsoft.com/streets/upgrade/pharosGPS.mspx is the link to more info on available accessories to the optional GPS receiver Microsoft includes with S&T. But the last time I checked the Bluetooth dock was around US$100(!). You may consider buying BT-338 http://store.yahoo.com/semsons-inc/glbtgpsrebts.html instead. You will get a Bluetooth GPS receiver based on newer technology, better performance, and longer battery life.

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The_Stamp Posted - 17 avr. 2006 : 19:36:14
Sorry... but i couldnt find this in the search.

What is a smartphone expansion sled? I keep reading that it is sold seperately, but i cannot find what it is! I have an mpx220, and i hope to use the GPS locator with bluetooth. If there is info, please put it i the first post for other people to see!

Thx!
Simon Trucker Posted - 15 avr. 2006 : 21:04:52
D'oh

Simon
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 15 avr. 2006 : 02:04:15
Simon, for ways to export pushpins check Tips & Tricks, tip # 24 titled: "Export to other formats (Garmin, Excel, etc)".

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Simon Trucker Posted - 15 avr. 2006 : 01:48:22
Yes, that's what I do.

I'm a Scottish based, European Truck driver. I have imported the Truckstop database by Ossie and set the truckstops as green tacks. I then add new ones as I go. I have all the deliveries and collections I do on the same map, saved as black pushpins. (By the way, how can I export my updated truckstop database, so that I can pass it on to this site?) This set up gives me all the info I need to arrange my route to take into account where I might want to stop for the night as I am touring Europe.


Simon
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 27 févr. 2006 : 19:53:26
Yes, and I suspect most users do just that (save a map file with pushpins & open it only when you need the golf courses). Otherwise you would see the pushpins even when you don't need them and the map could look cluttered and unsightly ;-)


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Hackatgolf Posted - 27 févr. 2006 : 19:36:33
Marvin,
Thanks for your response, that really helps with my decision to either purchase this database or not. One follow-up question.... if I imported this database and saved it as a separate map with pushpins (which I assume you can do?), could I then open up that map whenever I wanted to see the courses in the state where I'm driving?

Thanks,
Jim


quote:
Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac

Hi Jim, I'm afraid all I can do is assure you that what you see is what you get :-( It would be nice to be able to add our own POI's (Points of Interest), but in the absence of that feature all we can do is use the pushpins. The bad news is that your pushpins will not be among the other "built-in" golf courses in the "Find Nearby" feature. The bad news also is that pushpins are always visible at all zoom levels, etc. A good news is that you may use the "Find" feature (Ctrl:F, Place/Data) to search for one of the 16,237 golf courses if needed ;-)


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Marvin Hlavac Posted - 27 févr. 2006 : 19:25:08
Hi Jim, I'm afraid all I can do is assure you that what you see is what you get :-( It would be nice to be able to add our own POI's (Points of Interest), but in the absence of that feature all we can do is use the pushpins. The bad news is that your pushpins will not be among the other "built-in" golf courses in the "Find Nearby" feature. The bad news also is that pushpins are always visible at all zoom levels, etc. A good news is that you may use the "Find" feature (Ctrl:F, Place/Data) to search for one of the 16,237 golf courses if needed ;-)


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Hackatgolf Posted - 27 févr. 2006 : 18:41:28
Mr. Hlavac,
It would appear that you may be the best person to answer this question for me: I have just purchased Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006, and I want to import a spreadsheet database that contains 16,237 golf courses in the United States. (link below)
http://www.coursedatabase.com

The question I have is, once I import this data, will it automatically show up in the "golf courses nearby" feature when I drive though a state? Or do I have to import them as pushpins and save it as a "Golf Course Map Template" ? Or.... is there a better way to do this that I'm not aware of?

Thanks for any help that you can give me.

Jim

rdalr Posted - 31 janv. 2006 : 19:47:47
Thanks Marvin, I will look at the third party software and see what it gives me. Cheers

Rick
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 31 janv. 2006 : 01:02:38
Rick, I'm not sure which modifications you have done exactly, but likely you are right and the only help may be to just save one file which will be used for night driving.

By the way, recently there was an item added to Tips & Tricks regarding perhaps a better alternative for night driving color scheme. It involves a 3rd party free software which will change gamma of your display just by hitting a hotkey on your keyboard. Read more under tip # 8 titled "Night color scheme alternatives".


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rdalr Posted - 30 janv. 2006 : 17:06:58
Marvin,
I followed your instructions to change the color of my map for night time driving. I saved that version as night map because my modifications changed both my day time and night time maps. Is there a way to keep my day time map like it is and only change the night map? I did my changes with the night time map selected.

Thanks

Rick
rbrown3rd Posted - 29 janv. 2006 : 03:28:41
Nice. Hey, how about offering the routes as waypoint files in a format that would allow them to upload to a GPS. I take my old Garmin Emap on bike rides. It would be cool to be able to upload the routes into a GPS for the ride.

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Marvin Hlavac Posted - 29 janv. 2006 : 02:37:18
Nice, thanks. By the way, if the font appears a bit too small you may try to increase it by going to View > "Map Font" > Larger...


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matherd Posted - 29 janv. 2006 : 02:03:07
quote:
Originally posted by rbrown3rd

Dave,
Any chance of seeing a sample of your bike route maps?

Bob

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Then -- Geographer and GIS Professional
Now -- Retired and active tourist and hobbyist geographer



Bob:

Happy to share. I am very pleased with the final queue sheet/map. Thanks to Marvin, here's the link to the semi-finished product. I'll be happy to send you the other routes in their finished form by email if you like.

http://www.gpspassion.com/upload/team/SWD2006.zip

Thanks to everyone on this forum for some great tips & techniques,

Dave
rbrown3rd Posted - 29 janv. 2006 : 00:21:01
Dave,
Any chance of seeing a sample of your bike route maps?

Bob

Bob -- South Florida, USA
Then -- Geographer and GIS Professional
Now -- Retired and active tourist and hobbyist geographer
matherd Posted - 28 janv. 2006 : 23:39:02
Marvin:

That worked! It actually works better than I expected because even though the street names are very small, they have great resolution, and there's a lot less clutter on the map. That was a big help.

Thanks for taking the time to help out,

Dave
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 28 janv. 2006 : 13:24:07
Dave,

Try the following:

1. Increase the Screen Resolution setting in Display Properties to the maximum. Different computers may allow for different maximum setting, so if you have more than one computer at home you may do it on the one that can display the highest resolution.

2. Start S&T, maximize its window, close all unnecessary toolbars and panes, center the map to show your route, and set you desired zoom level. (Do not worry that you don't see the whole route displayed on the monitor after zooming in.)

3. On the S&T menu bar select File > "Save as webpage", and specify 3,500 x 3,500 pixels as map size.

4. After saving it, open the folder in which it was saved, and view the newly created image_map.gif file.

That is the largest area S&T will capture. If you would like to capture even larger map area you may send a quick e-mail to Michael R. Mattys of Mattys Consulting ( www.mattysconsulting.com ). He charges for his services, but he can do it (and much more). He will capture an area you specify at the needed zoom level and he will either send you the image file and/or print. He does work with MS Streets & Trips, MS AutoRoute, and MS MapPoint.


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Marvin Hlavac Posted - 24 janv. 2006 : 02:01:09
Ok, email it to: hlavac [at] rogers [dot] com



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matherd Posted - 23 janv. 2006 : 03:21:06
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac

Dave, post a saved .est file so we can have a closer look at it. Instructions how to upload to the site: http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12223

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Marvin:

I followed the instructions (I think) The german site gave me a link of D:\Data IIS\GPSPASSION\upload\SWD2006 100-124 Mile Map Only.est

Not sure if that's correct. If not, I can email it to you, as well as the finished Excel product.

Thanks,

Dave
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 23 janv. 2006 : 00:09:22
Dave, post a saved .est file so we can have a closer look at it. Instructions how to upload to the site: http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12223

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ELEGEND_YVR Posted - 22 janv. 2006 : 09:40:12
matherd, I don't expect much from S&T considering the price. I only wish the darn speed sliders would go a way. Sounds like you may need to spend several hundred dollars on an advanced mapping program.
matherd Posted - 21 janv. 2006 : 17:58:59
Hi, I'm a new member and user (MS S&T 2005 version).

I've perused this topic and have already learned a few good tips. I am using the software to create maps and cue sheets for invitational bike rides. My bike club has held the annual Swedish Day Ride outside of Geneva, Illinois for 37 years. The ride is held during the 3rd or 4th week of June each year and we typically have 800 to 1,200 riders. S&T has been great for determining a base map and route, which I then transfer to a bicycle friendly version in MS Excel. Excel allows me to use the Drawing toolbar (much friendlier) to highlight the route, as the S&T highlight feature does not photocopy.

The finished map needs to be pretty simple and stylized in order to fit on the back of a cue sheet. The SD ride has options of 25, 45, 62, 75, 100 and 124 miles. All of these routes have roads in common and the entire route area is contained in an area of 10.5 miles by 20.2 miles. I am combining groups of 2 routes (for example 62 + 75 mile) to end up with 3 different cue sheets that will be handed out at registration.

Maybe you can help me with a few questions on the map feature?

1. In order to get the best resolution of streets and names, I need to have the map zoomed into about 16 miles. However, this only displays a small portion of the total map. When I copy the map to Excel, it only captures the displayed image, not the whole route, so I have to copy, move the image, copy again, etc. then align up all the images in Excel to get a completed map. Is there any way to copy an image (at the desired resolution) of the WHOLE route?

2. The quality and placement of the road names leaves a lot to desired, and I only want to display some of the road names, but I would like to pick which ones. Is there any way to turn off road names so I can place my own text on the map once I've copied it to Excel. Excel is much more graphic intensive and crisp.

3. On the finished route map, each plot point corresponding to the route planner is displayed with a yellow box with a number in it, which corresponds to the Directions in S&T. However, when you copy the Directions for export to Excel or Word, the plot points are lost. Any way to get them to display?

4. S&T showes the finished map route with a green highlight, which doesn't photocopy. For the finished map, I want the route roads to be displayed bold black. Any way to do this?

I'm pretty pleased overall with my work in progress. Any help you can provide for the above questions will make the final cue sheets fantastic. I would be glad to email an example of the cue if that would help illustrate what I'm asking.

Dave
AvisTow Posted - 16 janv. 2006 : 18:57:39
With regards to finding exit numbers in the USA, if you use the "Ctrl & F" to open the find box, select United States, enter the exit number you are looking for in the address box, then select the State in which the exit number is located... At the bottom of the results box it lists all the exits with that number... I suppose you would need to have a general idea of which City / Town & Interstate you are looking for!
Macroman Posted - 15 janv. 2006 : 13:34:24
Thanks Marvin,

I am familiar with importing and exporting and have done it succesfully in the past. I believe my problem is related to the push pins. When I try to add a push pin manually I get an hour glass for a second then nothing. When I use find, the location I look for will be located but when clicking OK I get an error message and the program shuts down. I read all the help files and and attempted to update the "mdac" from the MS sight but still no luck.

Any suggestions would be welcome. Thank you for your time.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 04 janv. 2006 : 02:38:17
Hmm, the help file you are referring to was unlikely talking about avoid a road or an area. There are two ways of "highlighting" in S&T, but none will help you in this case. First, there is the "highlight" tool in the Drawing toolbar. You can draw with it on your map, but it has no other function. And second, you can "highlight" a route segment by for example a mouse click. That, in itself will not help you avoid an area (unless you are thinking of modifying your route by "dragging and dropping" a point of the route).

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teknics Posted - 04 janv. 2006 : 02:08:48
Well the help files say you can highlight a road, sometimes the rectangles cover too large an area. How do you highlight the road only?

Thanks!
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 03 janv. 2006 : 11:38:16
teknics Yes, that's a good idea, you could try to create a template with parkways covered with "Avoid" rectangles. That may be the only solution at this time :(

(Currently we cannot tell S&T what vehicle type we are driving (car, truck, etc.), so S&T routes everyone the same. Hopefully in the future S&T (and other products) will offer users more choices.)

Macroman The process of importing is normally quite simple. You just keep clicking next> next > next, etc. The only time you have to do something else is at one screen where you should tell S&T what data it is that you are importing. You need to, for example, specify that the first column it latitude, second column is longitude, third column is name, etc, depending on the data in the file you are importing. You may I think also specify the country, and that should be all.


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Macroman Posted - 02 janv. 2006 : 19:06:18
Hello everyone,

I really enjoy this forum. I have learned a lot. I am a truck driver and have used S&T for several years and bought a Roadmate 700 last year. Don't know how I ever worked without them.

I downloaded some of the databases listed at the beginning of this thread also. So far unable to import into S&T 2006 as text file. I also tried converting to .xls using text to columns but still no luck. What should I try?

Thanks for your time.

M

teknics Posted - 02 janv. 2006 : 16:53:44
Marvin,

Thanks for the quick reply and warm welcome to the site.

In 2005, I would use the route options to avoid anything other than a toll road, as well as arterial roads and this avoided some of the parkways. I always need to check to see if it puts me on a parkway and use the avoid area tool. Like you said, I route trips several times a day and this drives me crazy.

The databases spoken about earlier in this post for large trucks, what exactly does that do?

Large trucks would never make it on the parkways here due to low overpasses....is this something I can use? If so, how?

Thanks again!

*Edit*

After reading the section on the avoid area tool, couldn't I highlight only the parkways in my area and save it for later use? How can I highlight only roads instead of using a rectangle?
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 01 janv. 2006 : 20:03:24
Hi skyforge and teknics,

Welcome to GpsPasSion Forums!

1. I'm not aware of a way to change exit numbers font size without affecting font size of everything else on the map, if that is what you want. Otherwise on the Menu bar in your Streets & Trips go to View > Map Font and select the desired size. However, S&T does not automatically remember this setting, so next time you start the program the map font will be back to its previous size. To save your preference(s) follow the steps outlined in S&T Tips & Tricks, tip titled "Customize how Streets & Trips opens"

2. If you don't like any of the 4 pre-set options (Road map, Terrain map, Political map, Road map - night), then the only customization that comes to mind would be the procedure described in S&T Tips & Tricks, tip titled "Night glare – how to avoid it". That will let you change the whole map background color to a color of your choice, but I think you will lose most geographical features (if you care about them).

3. The "Parkway" issue is a tricky one, and I'm afraid I don't believe there is a satisfactory (quick) solution. Unfortunately you will need to modify your route manually each time. My first choice tool for route modification would be the excellent Avoid Tool. Draw an avoid rectangle(s) of any size to prevent routing via areas you wish to avoid. The procedure is described in S&T Tips & Tricks, tip titled "Detour around an area". However, I'm not sure how satisfactory this will be to you, since you would have to do this manual route modification for many of your trips since you very likely do several trips each day in your line of work.


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teknics Posted - 01 janv. 2006 : 18:40:58
I have been using S&T2005 with GPS for over a year and I thought it was great. I just updated to 2006 yesterday due to the new features such as voice guidance.

I am an Air Conditioning Mechanic here in NY, I use the software to go between service calls if I don't know the area very well. Our vehicles have Commercial plates and we are not allowed on Parkways in NY State. Does anyone know how to avoid parkways without manually highlighting routes? I had this problem in 2005 and never got an answer from Microsoft.

Any help would be awesome!

Thanks! Happy New Year!
admin_0 Posted - 01 janv. 2006 : 02:18:44
To start with I would like to say thanks to this forum, it has helped quit a bit. I am a truck driver and just started using S&T 2006 to help with my loads. I find there are a few things I wish I could change to help with the maping. My bigest things I would like to change is the size that exits are shown at. Is there anyway to increase the size of just the exits so they would be more visible. Another thing, is there any way to modify the colors of map in a whole. I would like to change some of the looks to more resemble traditional road maps. The database that was linked in the beganing of the forum I found very useful. If anyone knows of anymore database that could help with oversize vehicals would be very appreciated.
drozone Posted - 12 déc. 2005 : 20:32:09
The volume for the laptop test seems louder than on S&T. I will look into a small set of speakers. I keep the laptop on the passenger seat. I'll have to figure out a way for the speakers to temp. mount. Thanks for the advise.
rbrown3rd Posted - 06 déc. 2005 : 15:16:32
Marvin and all,
Here is another custom symbol for Flying J locations.


Right click and save to use the image.

Bob -- South Florida, USA
Then -- Geographer and GIS Professional
Now -- Retired and active tourist and hobbyist geographer
BobV Posted - 02 déc. 2005 : 11:40:28
quote:
Originally posted by drozone

Is there a way to increase the volume on ST2006? When the volume on my hp laptop is all the way up music is loud but ST is barely audible and if the radio is on even softly forget it.



Do you have room for a set of small external speakers? I purchased the ones in the following link for my motor home because my laptop speaker wasn't loud enough. They work great.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=36-151-042&DEPA=0

-Bob
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 02 déc. 2005 : 01:21:34
No, there is no volume setting in S&T itself (perhaps there should be).

Try to go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Speech > Text To Speech > Preview Voice. Is the volume of the preview sound the same or louder than S&T?


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drozone Posted - 02 déc. 2005 : 00:21:28
Thanks for the feedback. My play volume and wav volume are both at full (as is everything else). Other files, movies and mp3s all play loud enough. I was hoping that there was a way to increase the ST volume within the program.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 01 déc. 2005 : 00:22:45
Hmm, I have already heard several users comment on S&T voice being quiet. I'm not sure if it really is true in some configurations, or just the Windows volume settings need further adjustments.

When I go to Windows Volume I see two sliders that affect S&T sound. First is the "Play Control", which is always the very first slider on the left. The Wave slider controls my S&T sound as well. It is possible that you may not see the Wave slider in your Windows Volume. If it is not there, you may bring it up by going to Options > Properties and putting a check mark in front of Wave (Playback).

Perhaps S&T experience could be improved if Microsoft introduces Volume control within S&T in future versions.

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drozone Posted - 30 nov. 2005 : 21:59:42
Is there a way to increase the volume on ST2006? When the volume on my hp laptop is all the way up music is loud but ST is barely audible and if the radio is on even softly forget it.
rbrown3rd Posted - 30 nov. 2005 : 00:47:21
Thanks. Good tip. I will check that out James.

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Then -- Geographer and GIS Professional
Now -- Retired and active tourist and hobbyist geographer
pring49009 Posted - 29 nov. 2005 : 20:41:34
quote:
Originally posted by rbrown3rd

I had no problems with voice prompting until the trip I am currently on. When I got towards the end of this trip in a rural area the prompts really started lagging. I could only figure it was because some other process was hogging my cpu resources. I am interested in the responses to your post on that topic.



I have had this issue from time to time and found that the "GPS Trail" gets too long and needs to be saved. I beleive the "Trail" is a temp file until it is saved and a new temp file is created. This sped up the response of the S&T voice prompts. Give it a try!

James
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 29 nov. 2005 : 17:13:09
I think a problem is that S&T announces approaching turns only once and it does it a bit too late; 200 meters before turn or about 600 meters before highway exit (or equivalent in feet/miles). Other navigation products may give more than one voice prompt depending on speed/road type, etc. IGuidance for example gives me usually three voice prompts on highway before I need to exit, first one already at 3kilometers (~2 miles) so I have enough time to start changing lanes.

K000:

1. S&T doesn’t provide a way for users to change the timing of when voice prompts are given

2. Starting GPS functions simultaneously when S&T starts is a feature that has been requested by several users since a year ago when S&T o5 was released. Let us hope the next S&T o7 will be able to do that for users. In the mean time use S&Tkeys, hit F2 to start S&T 2006, and hit F4 to start GPS tracking…

3. The closest you can get to full screen mode is by using a third-party software to force S&T into full screen mode. But just remember that in 2006 version of S&T you need to keep Guidance and/or GPS pane open for voice prompts to be audible. Read more about full screen view in S&T Tips & Tricks, tip #31 titled: "Force MS Streets & Trips into full screen mode"


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k000 Posted - 29 nov. 2005 : 05:18:04
Thanks Bob.

There was virtually nothing else running, except the regular AVG and Sygate. And my laptop is pretty snappy - Dell 300m with a Gig of RAM :(

I was wondering if it's just me...

If now, then I am hoping to get to hear what long timers and pros have to say about it.
rbrown3rd Posted - 28 nov. 2005 : 12:03:42
Hi k000 and welcome. I am a new S&T user also but a long time GPS user. I had no problems with voice prompting until the trip I am currently on. When I got towards the end of this trip in a rural area the prompts really started lagging. I could only figure it was because some other process was hogging my cpu resources. I am interested in the responses to your post on that topic.

I wish I could get the package to open with a larger GPS panel. The settings for GPS tracking should be placed in a pull down menu so that the compass and speed readout could be much larger. In my RV when reading the screen a few feet away that info is tough to see.

Bob -- South Florida, USA
Then -- Geographer and GIS Professional
Now -- Retired and active tourist and hobbyist geographer
k000 Posted - 28 nov. 2005 : 02:07:09
Just came to know of this site today. I've been using the Streets since '99... upgraded every single year. However, today is my first day with GPS ! Yeah, I bought 2006 with GPS. I have a few small questions/concerns. Hopefully will get them resolved here :)

1. I was driving at a moderate 30 mph today, and Anna was a little late in telling me to make a 'right'. Is there a way to trick/configure S&T 2006 to prompt me 15-30 seconds before what is it's default time now ?

2. Want to configure the S&T on my laptop so that it turnson with the 'Start GPS Tracking' checked, also 'Arrange Map View' should be checked so is 'Use Dynamic Turn View', 'Rotate' and 'Trail'

3. Is there a way I could get rid of the S&T's menu bars with more space left for the real stuff :) ?

I am sure that I will have a lot more questions, which I will be sharingwith you all.

I am enjoying my firstday here at this board. Thanks all for putting in so much time to make this board so great.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 21 nov. 2005 : 23:58:50
You are most welcome ;-)


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rbrown3rd Posted - 21 nov. 2005 : 23:53:26
Wow, that is fantastic. You even did what I was going to do after I learned how to import the custom pushpin drawing. Thanks so much for your help and generosity in grabbing that image for me. You are the greatest Marvin.

Bob

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Then -- Geographer and GIS Professional
Now -- Retired and active tourist and hobbyist geographer
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 21 nov. 2005 : 20:48:48
This is what I just did:

1. I did a Google Image search for "Flying J". I specified "small" as the image size to be searched. Here is the result of the search: http://images.google.com/images?q=Flying+J&svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&sa=N&imgsz=icon


2. I selected the image I liked; in this case I selected the following one: http://b2b.flyingj.com/b2b/resources/images/b2b/logo.gif I saved it onto my desktop.


3. Since the image found had .gif extension and S&T doesn't import gif's I opened the picture in my favourite image editor and saved it with .bmp extension (Windows Bitmap).

4. Open S&T and import it by clicking on the Pushpin button in the Drawing Toolbar and select "Import Custom Symbol".


Here is the image in the correct (.bmp) format:



Right-click it and save the image if you like to use it:


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rbrown3rd Posted - 21 nov. 2005 : 19:02:36
How can I create some custom pushpin symbols? I just imported all of the Flying J locations from the discovery site and would love to have a big J or something showing their location instead of a standard flag, circle, triangle, or square.

Bob -- South Florida, USA
Then -- Geographer and GIS Professional
Now -- Retired and active tourist and hobbyist geographer
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 13 oct. 2005 : 23:35:50
A couple of days ago I noticed there was some problem with some links on the first page in the Tips & Tricks. I looked into it and I realized what happened ;-) A user deleted some of his posts (I guess he thought they were no longer relevant to the new S&T version) and because of that some links were now pointing to a wrong page ;-) I just corrected the links and also I went thru the pages of this thread and tried to delete some of the no longer needed postings. I deleted about 15 (13 of them were mine). I hope every one is okay with that ;-)

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 11 oct. 2005 : 22:58:08
Tips & Tricks has just been updated to reflect the new Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 07 oct. 2005 : 23:15:46
It may be a map data error. You could go directly to NavTeq Corporation, the map data provider, let them know and you will actually get a feedback from them: http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23118

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
dog-one Posted - 07 oct. 2005 : 22:30:27
I have noted a problem with the route that S&T gives me - is there any value to sending it to MS?

(Strange situation: at Campbellton in NB, one can physically go across the bridge, and in S&T one can go onto the bridge, but S&T will not route one across it ... it makes one travel around the end of the bay. )
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 20 juin 2005 : 23:50:58
Check the following link ;-)
http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19252

I was under the impression MS Pocket Streets map files from previous versions were not compatible with the 2005 version.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
wavshrdr Posted - 20 juin 2005 : 23:22:10
quote:
Originally posted by ve7mdt
1. Streets & Trips 2005 map data can be imported into MapPoint 2004 software, and instant MapPoint 2005* ;-) . It's a matter of copying the directory over. Now I have a thought to save some HDD space, if there is a way to share that directory with BOTH programs! (I will try but haven't and don't know if there is any side effect (such as same name files being used and got side effects if one program writes / updates something there etc, but if it's strictly a static directory then we're fine.).)



So if I follow this correctly, all I need to do is copy my S&T data directory into the same directory in my MapPoint 2004 directory. Is this correct or do I need to copy any other directories over as well? Any downsides to this? I definitely wouldn't mind the new data.

What functional differences (besides plugins) now exist between S&T 2005 and MapPoint 2004? The interfaces look VERY similar now. I do like the fact of plugins that are useful at times. Is there a good source ala 1-stop-shopping of available plugins for MapPoint?

On a side note, any reason why now that I have upgraded Pocket Streets to the newest version that many previous maps that were exported from MapPoint Europe 2004 no longer work with it? However maps from MapPoint 2004 N. America do! There are not very big in size, typically about 400KB.

Thanks!
ELEGEND_YVR Posted - 01 avr. 2005 : 08:41:36
Thanks Martin for the welcome!

I am actually reluctant to download the trial unless I know for sure the s/w can work. I don't want to chance not having my USB-Serial Driver not working again. Even though System Restore is really good, it can't guarantee that my system will be the same way after I use it if things don't go well with the program after the uninstall.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 01 avr. 2005 : 04:37:08
Hi ELEGEND_YVR

Welcome to gpspassion website !

It should actually give you another, even more attractive feature. You should be able to use 1 (one) GPS receiver for several GPS software programs simultaneously. But to answer your question, well, I'm not sure, but it's just a click away and you are going to get a 14 day free trial ;-) Let us know if it works for you!

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
ELEGEND_YVR Posted - 01 avr. 2005 : 03:53:51
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac

Garmin USB GPS receivers & how to use them

Some USB GPS receivers do not support NMEA standard, but only use Garmin's proprietary protocol which is not able to communicate with software other then Garmin's.


Thanks Martin for posting the link!

A couple questions though. How does this s/w actually work? Would it work with a serial GPS with a USB serial Virtual port? I know at times, this combination can be very flaky. For example, my Dell Laptop thinks the GPS is actually a mouse if I have my GPS on when I plug the cable into the laptop.

I wouldnt mind being able to switch back and forth between my Mapsource software and S&T and still have realtime positioning without disconnecting my GPS, changing the protocol and rebooting my laptop.

admin_0 Posted - 24 mars 2005 : 12:36:46
Unfortunately 2005 is a major downgrade for me. As a cyclist the inablity to define the speed of major highways prevents any use of the trip planning feature. Is there any way to hack the registry to change the percentages so I can get a 16-18 mph speed setting on a highway?!

As it stands not, I cannot recommend that any cyclist buy the current version. Even if you set the preferred segment types as far negative as possible for interstates, the planner still puts you on same. Since this is illegal and unsafe, you are better off with older version.
TheBard Posted - 28 févr. 2005 : 18:50:00
Marvin -

Loads fine here. I Suggest a short documentation page (so users are aware of what the program does) or perhaps a timed MsgBox display.

You might also want to include a "version number", because I suspect you may be adding more shortcuts in later versions.

Marvin Hlavac Posted - 28 févr. 2005 : 12:48:26
Introducing: S&Tkeys


:-) It doesn't let me sleep. Now people don't have to download the application and then download the configuration file and then save it in the proper folder...

All we need to do now is run this file: STkeys.exe

If anyone wants to test it on their machine... It works on mine ;-)

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
TheBard Posted - 28 févr. 2005 : 09:07:54
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac

will the performance remain pretty much the same?



No degradation that I could detect. In theory, the .exe might even be faster because the text file will not have to be parsed / interpreted.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 28 févr. 2005 : 01:34:52
Thanks, TheBard. I should look into the ".ahk" idea. It would definitely simplify redistribution of this ;-) will the performance remain pretty much the same?

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
TheBard Posted - 28 févr. 2005 : 00:44:13
Looks good!

I'm still searching for a workaround to reduce or eliminate the apparently redundant lines, but to no avail.

Oh ... don't forget, you can compile the script if the file extension is ".ahk". The compiled script does NOT require AutoHotKey to be present on the computer, and usually requires less memory to run than does AutoHotKey. The compiled script has <filename>.exe, where <filename> is the name of the .ahk text script.
(This is useful for low-memory, low-power laptops)
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 27 févr. 2005 : 21:44:12
One last piece of script added:

; Start or activate Streets & Trips
$F2::
IfWinExist, Microsoft Streets & Trips
{
WinActivate
return
}
Run, %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Streets and Trips\Streets.exe
Return


It does this:

• it will start S&T,
• or S&T will be activated if it is running in the background.

If more than one instance of S&T is running in the background, the one which was active the last will now show up on your desktop.


Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 27 févr. 2005 : 04:13:38
TheBard, I just posted the newest creation of the configuration file... Have a look and let me know if something could be improved. Now I eliminated QuicKeys from Tips & Tricks... Look at tip #3...

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
TheBard Posted - 27 févr. 2005 : 03:44:26
AHA!

It seems AutoHotKeys does not have an explicit ELSE statement, but you found a workaround! Using the NOT is interesting!

Very good!

(Ignore my earlier email ... it contains some partial fixes, but not as complete as your solution, above)



Marvin Hlavac Posted - 26 févr. 2005 : 23:22:47
;-) I just discovered a better way of doing things!!! Check this out!!!

SetTitleMatchMode, 2

$F5::
IfWinNotActive, Microsoft Streets & Trips
{
Send, {F5}
return
}
Send,{Alt}
Send,vzo
return


This is cool. What it does is this: If S&T is active, our custom shortcuts work the way we design them. If however S&T is not active the F-keys (or other shortcuts) have their function unchanged! So, for example in the above example, if you hit F5 when S&T is active on your desktop, it will zoom-out. However, when S&T is not active, F5 function will do what it is supposed to do, which is "Refresh". I don't think I was able to do this in QuicKeys. I would have to exit QuicKeys (as far as I know) to regain the original function of keys that I remapped. Long live (free) AutoHotkeys ;-)

Tomorrow I will redo the whole .ini file and post it to the same link provided earlier.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 26 févr. 2005 : 13:04:13
When I tried to move the IfWinActive, Microsoft Streets & Trips statement up there, it stops working as intended. I may be doing something wrong. If it works for you that way, could you please either e-mail the whole .ini or post a sample with one or two hotkeys here.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
TheBard Posted - 25 févr. 2005 : 23:12:46
Marvin -

Works well on my desktop (I haven't tried it with the laptop on the road yet, but expect no problems).

Suggestions:

1. Place the IfWinActive, Microsoft Streets & Trips statement just under SetTitleMatchMode, 2, and place the closing bracket at the bottom of the script. That will make the script smaller by eliminating the redundant IF statements.
(You can still run your alternate GPS software by placing another IF statement in the same script)

2. If you want to display a quick reminder of the active hot keys, use the MsgBox statement, with the text string on one line (the example I gave above wordwrapped, and will render the statement invalid)
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 25 févr. 2005 : 21:16:05
Okay, here it is...
Free Single-Key Shortcuts configured for S&T


F2 - Start (or activate) S&T
F3 - Track position
F4 - Keep position Centred
F5 - Rotate Map
F6 - Recalculate Route
F7 - Route Planner (on/off)
F8 - Find Nearby Places
F9 - Clear Route
F10 - Zoom-out
F11 - Zoom-in

1. Download free AutoHotkey >>here<< and install it,

2. Save pre-configured >>AutoHotkey.ini<< file in C:\Program Files\AutoHotkey

3. Restart AutoHotkeys and enjoy your new single-key shortcuts.

Optional:

4. You may want to print >>this<< to keep in your car.

5. Place a shortcut to AutoHotkeys to the Windows startup folder.


See page 1 of this thread (tip #3) for the most recent and improved solution.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
TheBard Posted - 25 févr. 2005 : 18:53:38
Marvin -

Yes - you got it!
(and you used more elegant coding syntax than did I)

Since there is a finite (and fairly small) number of keyboard shortcuts for S&T (or any other program), building a script employing the most useful macros shouldn't be too difficult.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 25 févr. 2005 : 17:59:28
SetTitleMatchMode, 2

*F7::
IfWinActive, Microsoft Streets & Trips
{
Send,{Alt}
Send,vzi
return
}


IfWinActive, iGuidance
{
Send,{Alt}
Send,vz
return
}


It does look like it is possible to use the same F-key to do different things with different applications. We cannot really specify a "Program", but we can specify window(s) properties by which AutoHotkeys knows which of our applications to control.

In the above example F7 will ZOOM-IN either MS Streets & Trips, or my other favourite navigation program iGuidance, depending on which one is active. It's just an example to illustrate one possible way to achieve it.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 25 févr. 2005 : 11:54:11
TheBard,

I think I'm starting to change my mind about this AutoHotkey program ;-)

At first I didn't like it for the reason that an average user of Streets & Trips will likely not want to go thru the process of learning how to create scripts. But I just realized they don't have to, we can all do it right here for them! And when it is all done and tested, and when (if) it works to our satisfaction, we can let others download our script file. So, if all goes well it would be a simple process:

1. Click here to download (free) AutoHotkeys,
2. Click here to download our script,
3. Click here to print your new S&T keyboard shortcuts (keep it in your car),
4. Enjoy ;-)

I'm just reading the manual... Let's find out if it is possible to really make S&T shortcuts not affect other applications.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
TheBard Posted - 25 févr. 2005 : 05:19:18
Good point, thanks!
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 25 févr. 2005 : 02:54:27
TheBard,

Thanks, I'll give it a try. It likely is not as complicated as it appears at the first sight.

Just a slight improvement I'd suggest. I just noticed how you handle zooming. Perhaps instead of (+) or (-) you could use Alt VZI to zoom in, and ALT VZO to zoom out. That way the zoom function will not be dependant on the map being in focus.



Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
TheBard Posted - 24 févr. 2005 : 08:15:45
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac

;-) I suspected “Lou” was either you or someone who read your message here.


No secrets here (Grin).


quote:

Since we have limited number of F-keys, do you know if it is possible to assign one F-key to do something e.g. within S&T, and then "re-use" the same F-key to do something else in another program?



Yes, it is possible. AutoHotKey can apparently detect what other programs are running, and what programs are in the foreground, and apply same or different hotkeys to the foreground program. My example below does not show that line of code, however.

I have both S&T5 and AutoHotKey listed in my Autostart menu, so they are activated when the laptop powers up. I could have coded AutoHotKey to send the GPS commands automatically, thus making the entire boot operation "hands-off", but remapping the F-keys is a good test to see if the GPS unit is talking to the computer.


======================================================================

; this is a very simple example of using AutoHotKey to remap some Streets & Trips 5
; keypresses to single Function key presses.
; =====================================================================

; don't allow any other instances of AutoHotKey to start
#SingleInstance ignore

; Display a message box, containing a reminder of all the remapped keys, for 10 seconds
MsgBox, 0,KeyPress Macros Loading,The following keys are remapped: `n F6 = Zoom Out `n F7 = Zoom In `n F8 = Keep Position Centered `n F9 = Track Position `n F10 = Toggle GPS Task Pane `n Alt-F11 = Shut Down `n`nF11 loads typical GPS usage: F8 F9 F10, 10

; Toggle GPS Task Pane with F10
*F10::
Send, {Control down}
Send,a
KeyWait, F10 ; Wait for the key to be released.
Send, {Control up}
return

;Track position - Alt TGT - remapped to F9
*F9::
Send, {Alt down}
Send,tgt
Send, {Alt up}
return

;Keep Position Centered = Alt TGK remapped to F8
*F8::
Send, {Alt down}
Send,tgk
Send, {Alt up}
return

;send all of above with single F11 keypress
*F11::
Send, {Control down}
Send,a
KeyWait, F11 ; Wait for the key to be released.
sleep,500 ; milliseconds
Send,{Control up}
Send,{Alt down}
Send,tgt; track position
Send,{Alt up}
sleep,500 ; milliseconds
Send,{Alt down}
Send,tgk; keep centered
Send,{Alt up}
return

;send numpad + zoom in, with F7
*F7::
Send, {NumpadAdd}
return

;send numpad - zoom out, with F6
*F6::
Send, {NumpadSub}
return

;send shutdown / poweroff to computer with Alt F11
*!F11::
Shutdown,9
return
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 23 févr. 2005 : 14:49:34
;-) I suspected “Lou” was either you or someone who read your message here.

AutoHotKey is definitely a viable alternative to QuicKeys. I actually downloaded it last night on my home pc and installed it. After reading the instructions on script creation I decided to perhaps try it at a later time, though. But if you publish here some of your scripts I may try it again. So please do...

Within QuicKeys, if you wish to specify that a particular shortcut is to work only with a certain program, all you need to do is select "Program" from a drop down menu, and then browse to it. It’s very simple. The difference between these two apps is like the difference between Windows and DOS, but the freeware aspect of AutoHotKeys cannot be overlooked.

Since we have limited number of F-keys, do you know if it is possible to assign one F-key to do something e.g. within S&T, and then "re-use" the same F-key to do something else in another program?

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
TheBard Posted - 23 févr. 2005 : 13:38:34
Marvin -

First, apologies for having misspelled your name, and thanks for the welcome. Your Tips & Tricks are both interesting and useful! I look forward to an edited, printable FAQ, or maybe sub-sub headings in this board.

quote:
Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac
Two features are important, though: First, it has to be easy enough to use for people, and second, it has to be able to create shortcuts that will only work with the application they are designed to work for.


Ease of use:
I am just learning the AutoHotKey language, but was able to duplicate your ALT-T series of actions to zoom, center, etc with just a few minutes of reading the documentation.

I think I left a snippet in the USENET newsgroup posting. If anybody wants to see a small and fairly rudimentary script to make a few hotkeys for S&T, I can try posting it here, with your permission.

Limiting keypresses to certain programs:
That adds more complexity to the simple scripts. However, it seems do-able. AutoHotKey has a command, "IfWinActive / IfWinNotActive" --
Checks if a specified window exists and is currently active (foreground). So, one could apply a different set of shortcut keys, depending on what window was in the foreground.

I too hope the next version of S&T has this feature built in. I use a tiny Libretto 100 CT, which has only 64 meg of memory, for my mobile GPSsing so I am very careful about resource usage.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 22 févr. 2005 : 22:44:59
Hi TheBard,

Welcome to GpsPasSion Forums !

I'll have a look at the application, thanks. I realize QuicKeys at $99.95 is a lot more expensive than S&T and I'd like to replace it in Tips & Tricks with something which is either free or a lot less expensive, so more people can take advantage of it. Two features are important, though: First, it has to be easy enough to use for people, and second, it has to be able to create shortcuts that will only work with the application they are designed to work for. I will explain what I mean by that by giving an example. Currently when I'm working on S&T when I hit F11 it will zoom in, when I hit F10 it will zoom out. But when I work on iGuidance and I hit F11 I want iGuidance to "include" toll roads, and when I hit F10 I want iGuidance to "avoid" toll roads. And finally, when I'm not using any program for which I haven't assigned F10 or F11 as shortcuts, I do not want any action to be performed. This may not be easily achievable by similar applications, but it can be achieved virtually by a click of a button within QuicKeys.

However, my hope is that when MS releases S&T 2006, single-key shortcuts will be built-in, and we will be able to delete this one "Tip" from our list ;-)

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
TheBard Posted - 22 févr. 2005 : 21:27:59
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac
It is not a cheap product at $99.95 per one user license, but if you think it will help you, it may be worth it.



Martin -

You might want to try the freeware hotkey application found at
http://www.autohotkey.com/

It seems to have most, if not all of the features offered in QuicKey, and is much more affordable (since it is freeware)

Marvin Hlavac Posted - 17 févr. 2005 : 14:54:12
Garmin USB GPS receivers & how to use them


Click to enlarge


Some USB GPS receivers do not support NMEA standard, but only use Garmin's proprietary protocol which is not able to communicate with software other then Garmin's. GPS Gate, the same software that makes it possible for us to "share" one GPS receiver among two or more applications, now is introducing a beta version number 1.10 which adds support for Garmin USB receivers. All you need to do is go to Settings and as Input select "Garmin USB". No need to spend a hundred or so dollars on a new NMEA GPS. Thanks Franson GPS Gate!

Link is here: >>Click<<

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 14 févr. 2005 : 14:37:21
Average Speed Settings



I have heard several old time users of S&T say that in Streets & Trips 2005 they don’t know how to set their preferred Average Driving Speeds in “More Route Options”. While previous versions of S&T did allow users to enter the speed in km/h or miles per hour, the new S&T 05 has new sliders with settings marked Slower, Average, and Faster.



I noticed that the “Average” (default) setting is a bit more optimistic in calculating ETA in comparison to S&T’s previous versions. I set the speed sliders to their minimum value and saved it as my template. That appears to give more realistic times.

I did a little test to determine what the speed slider setting values are, since there is no actual numbers. I set Start and End points on a highway exactly 100 minutes apart (1 hour and 40 minutes). That was done with the speed sliders at their default setting right in the middle. Then I found out travel time under all other settings (all 3 settings bellow and also all 3 settings above the default middle setting). These were the travel times in minutes(the 100 minute value represents the default setting):

117-111-105-100-96-91-88

This quick and simple test leads me to believe that we could perhaps generalize and as a rule-of-thumb remember the settings represent:

-15% -10% -5% Default (Average speed) +5% +10% +15%

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 01 févr. 2005 : 19:06:04
The black background has one problem: the street names are black, too. If you really wanted to change the background to white, you could, and it would like this: Click to see picture. I personally just use the Terrain Map style at all times (day & night).

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
blackbeard Posted - 01 févr. 2005 : 18:15:42
Thanks Marvin,
Would'nt changing the background to black still enable so many shades of gray in place of colors? This might not be an improvement. What I would like is a toneless mode that only exhibits truly relevant info in black on a white background.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 01 févr. 2005 : 02:23:46
Hi Blackbeard,

Welcome to GpspasSion Forums!

The "living on the edge" is a thing of the past ;-) Thanks to the new 2005 version. It was likely the most requested feature and Microsoft did listen. Here's what's new in S&T 05: click to read

You could have more than one instance of S&T running if you use GpsGate software. And you could create the black & white effect if you wish, read the Tips & Tricks section titled "Night glare – how to avoid it" and just change the background to pure black ;-)

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
blackbeard Posted - 01 févr. 2005 : 01:52:54
Ever since I discovered the one-second reg edit to fix my older streets and trips, I've been intruiged with the idea that other improvements might be out there. After using S&T for a few years now, there are several "wouldn't it be nice if?" things that keep popping into my head. Can anyone tell me if the following tweaks are even conceivable? Or perhaps even improved upon in 2005?

For one, the map does not re-center until the gps icon is almost off the edge. If you wish to actually see where you are going, you get in the habit of stabbing an arrow continuously. Very irritating. It would be wonderful if this could be improved. I like to use a small laptop on a pedestal. I have plenty of screen space. It would be wonderful if three windows could be tiled on the same screen each displaying a different zoom level. A simple (unshaded) black and white mode would be fantastic for bright sunlight use. The contrast would make information highly visible even on poor screens. I'm frustrated that this has never been included in their upgrades.

I guess there are many wibni's and few tweaks. Are there any available to download out there? Or instructions to DIY?
Thanks. Glad to have found this site.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 31 janv. 2005 : 01:09:38
Detour around an area.


By drawing Avoid Area rectangles we can modify our route with extreme speed. A task that could quite often take a long time to complete using another software, can be done in MS Streets & Trips with ease and only in just few seconds by drawing one or several Avoid rectangles, which will prevent routing though an undesirable area or force routing though an area of our choice. Avoid Area rectangles can be of any shape and any size. They can cover a small segment of a street or even your whole city or a state/province if you wish.

By pressing the left button on your mouse and dragging the mouse diagonally, draw a rectangle around the area you want to avoid, and then right click inside the rectangle and on the menu that opens up select “Avoid Area”.

* You may create more then one Avoid Area rectangle if you need to

* To delete an Avoid Area rectangle first select it by a mouse click, then right click it and select “Cut”

* You can move or resize an Avoid Area rectangle by clicking it and then dragging the sizing handles.




Click on the above before-and-after pictures to see an example illustrating how I forced S&T not to route me through congested traffic of downtown Toronto, but rather via highways.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 30 janv. 2005 : 01:10:28
Hi Utsmvp,

I’m afraid there may not be any practical way to achieve that.

And as for the question why Pocket Streets & S&T don’t have voice commands… It doesn’t have much to do with which GPS receiver is used. GPS receivers tell navigation software our location and not much more than that. We can only speculate why a software developer (Microsoft in this case) doesn’t implement some features that we, as users, feel are very important to us. It’s likely a combination of factors like marketing, budgeting, licensing...

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
admin_0 Posted - 29 janv. 2005 : 16:57:33
Hello, I have posted a message as follows:

"I am looking to see if I can have push pins inserted from the driving directions.
So when I download the map to my phone and use a gps receiver I can see the route and directions on the map in the pushpin near the gps tracking icon."

I posted this because I was looking for another means to be able to have real-time direction while I am driving. I also wish that S&T as well as Pocket S&T had voice commands. Pharos has software that goes along with their GPS unit that does have voice. Why, if the new Microsoft software comes with the same gps unit, wasn't Microsoft able to create software that has voice.

Do you think that your macro concept can be applied to the Motorola MPX 220 Smart phone using the Pocket streets and Voice notes?
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 28 janv. 2005 : 15:10:31
S&T + Voice

GPS Voyager shares with us how he uses his MS Streets & Trips:


Hi Marvin,

I have developed a simple method of getting voice prompted directions by using a macro program and a text-to-speech program running at the same time as Streets and Trips while I'm driving. One macro copies the list of directions from the directions pane into the text-to-speech program. While I'm driving, I request each direction by pressing the spacebar and another macro automatically gets the current direction and sends it to the text-to-speech program which reads the direction out loud. I then press the spacebar again to get the next direction, and so forth. A third macro automatically presses the "Go" button for me in the GPS pane so I can get a new set of directions while I'm driving in case I make a wrong turn. It works pretty decently, but is not a perfect solution. This text-to-speech program doesn't know how to treat abbreviations and ends up reading them literally as they are written. Also, sometimes the names of streets are difficult to understand. Have you heard anything on the possibility of adding voice prompts to the next version of S & T?

Thanks
GPS Voyager



Here are the details:


Hi Marvin,

the good part is my solution does not cost anything: you can get the Macro program for free from www.download.com (the program is called Macro Express 3). The text to speech program is also free and can be downloaded from the same web site (it is called "Natural Voice Reader"). As you will see below,
you will also need to have Notepad open as well to hold the list of directions and to keep a "pointer" to the current direction.

For everything to work, you need to position the windows for these 3 programs as well as for S & T in the same locations every time you set up your GPS for use in your car: S & T must take up most of the screen but it must leave about an inch or so of space on the left side of the screen to fit the other window. Then, the window for Notepad must be positioned at the left of the screen in the one inch area not covered by S & T. In the Natural Voice Reader window, you must check the "Read Clipboard Automatically" checkbox. The windows for Natural Voice Reader and for Macro Express are then minimized. At all times you must ensure the GPS pane is visible in S & T for the macros to work.

A macro, of course, is a simple set of operations that are executed at the touch of a key. You need to create the following macros in Macro Express only once, and then the macros can be executed automatically by pressing the corresponding activation keys:

1) Reroute (activation keys: Shift-spacebar) Record this macro by simply pressing the Go button in S&T to recalculate your route.

2)Directions (activation key: ctrl-spacebar) Record this macro by clicking the directions window in S&T, then press ctrl-C to copy them to the clipboard, then click the text area in the Notepad window, then press ctrl-A to select any directions already in Notepad, then press delete to delete those old directions, then press ctrl-V to paste the new directions in Notepad, then press the up arrow and hold it pressed for about 5 seconds to bring the cursor to the top of the screen in Notepad, then press home to bring the cursor to the beginning of the first line. We have now copied the new set of directions from S&T to Notepad and positioned the cursor at the first line of Notepad.

3) Instruction (activation key: spacebar) Record this macro by clicking on the window frame of Notepad to activate it (do not click on the text area because this will move the cursor in Notepad from its current location). Then press home to ensure the cursor is at the beginning of the current line, then press shift-end to select the current line, then press ctrl-C to copy the current line to the clipboard. This will automatically cause Natural Voice Reader to read the copied line from the clipboard and we will get a voice prompted direction right away. Then press the down arrow to go to the next direction in Notepad. The cursor in Notepad is now in position to get the next direction.

Once you have created your macros, you can execute them simply by pressing the corresponding activation keys. I made the retrieval of the next direction the easiest, i.e., just pressing the spacebar, so I can keep my eyes on the road while I drive. With practice, you can learn to press the activation keys while keeping your eyes on the road by "feeling" your way around your keyboard.

It is important to make sure your windows are always in the same place on your screen because the macros always go to the same exact locations on your screen to perform their operations.

This sums up how I created voice prompted directions in S&T using key activated macros. If you have any questions or need more details, just let me know.

GPS Voyager.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 15 janv. 2005 : 11:54:56
I just played with in the Registry and the only TextColor changeable there seems to be the color of the Text tool normally accessible through Drawing toolbar.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
xcanuk Posted - 15 janv. 2005 : 00:06:40
I've been doing the same and just wondering if there was any way to change the default font color as well?
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 14 janv. 2005 : 13:42:30

Click to enlarge


I'm still playing with the excellent idea by SlotCAR. Now I set the background color to "Blue Gray", so the POI names are readable. They blended with the blue background I tried yesterday. Also now I set my font to the largest... It looks quite comfortable for night driving now.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 14 janv. 2005 : 01:37:15
...and just to add to the ideas about "SAVE" function:

If a "Save as Web Page" method is used, users may specify the size of the resulting image. The maximum allowable size is 3,500 pixels x 3,500 pixels. That is quite a decent size, so if someone wishes to print larger maps, this may be something to keep in mind.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
ve7mdt Posted - 11 janv. 2005 : 06:54:07
I haven't really played with replacing the WAV files. I am embarassed to say that although I am quite a seasoned amateur radio operator, that I do not know my Morse Code well (nor have I taken that test). I have been procrastinated about this, and now it's likely to be dropped as a requirment for HF very soon now. I should know it , nonetheless, though, to feel complete, I guess.

Indeed it can be useful in a noisy environment, compared to speech.

Microsoft (OEM) USB GPS
Rand McNally "mouse"
Clarion AutoPC GPS Odessey 2000
Magellan Springboard GPS on Visor 2MB
Haicom 303S + 401BT Bluetooth + Toshiba e830
Sotec 3120X, SonicBlue Progear 1050SE tablet
Mainly using: Routis 2004, Mapopolis, MapPoint 2004, Delorme Deluxe, AAA Map'n'Go 7, Streets & Trips 2005
xcanuk Posted - 11 janv. 2005 : 04:54:12
Minor tip #2
Since I take many road trips, but don't follow a schedule, I set my depature time at Midnight. The route generated is now in a time spent format.. 1 AM = 1 hour on the road. I find it a little quicker, now if I could remember what time I left ;)
xcanuk Posted - 09 janv. 2005 : 17:46:45
The only problem I find with the "recalculate" feature is if you current location is too close to the main highway, it will backtrack you to get on the highway you just left. Granted my case was rare with the closure, but the drag/drop to a point further down of my current position kept me on the secondary highway longer until another entrance was available. (I actually had to do this twice since the highway was still closed at the next entrance) It also redoes the directions, so its the same in that respect.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 09 janv. 2005 : 04:15:35
Xcanuk I got it now. I was thinking of something else. Since S&T doesn't yet display ETA information I use "Recalculate" feature not just to create new route but often I use it to know time-to-destination, which you can see in "Directions" pane after hitting "Recalc."

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 09 janv. 2005 : 04:06:19
Likely MP 06 will include the new GPS related features of the new S&T 05. But if next year MS introduces voice, which now seems to be the most requested feature (actually now some people buy S&T and after their "surprise" that there is no voice, they return it) there is no longer going to be too many reasons for us to get MP because S&T will do it all. Unless there is going to be some new add-on or AGPS adds new interesting features.

In the past my main reason for getting MP + AGPS was the inability of S&T to keep the car icon in one place. That no longer is a big issue. But if MS doesn't introduce voice next year, MP 06 (with new GPS functions) will still be interesting because AGPS will still give us the option to use our own WAV files. VE7MDT, have you used that feature of AGPS? I used the following WAV files I created for turn left, turn right... I had several others, too. I know you can appreciate that as you very likely know your Morse code very well ;-)

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
xcanuk Posted - 09 janv. 2005 : 03:45:55
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac

Xcanuk, do you click & drag the Start [green square] of your route to your current location or any point along the route? My guess would be that you have to use the Start point for that.


I do not touch any of my anchor points (start, stop, end) My map is on mid to max zoom, I grab whatever section on my green route that I can see and drag/drop it to my current location. It recalculates that mid section of my route. (It does create a new stop point though)

I also find this tip useful when talking to friends out of town. S&T might suggest a route, friends suggest a faster local alternative, I drag/drop to their alternative and S&T resets my route.
ve7mdt Posted - 08 janv. 2005 : 23:28:40
I have tried many of these software but I do not know them as detailed as some of you do. I have too many different software and not enough trips for me to test them out in details, and I'm too lazy to try things out on "normal days". It's just me with too many distractions.

Some of the software I bought, I rarely even tried or used: such as National Geographics series (don't even buy it, I bought it b/c of its claim of parks info, and it turned out to be only very large National Parks etc). So I have lots of collection, but yet not expert in any of them. I used to use Delorme's products quite a bit (mostly going to the US, since their Canadian maps is just useless), so I'm a bit more familiar with Delorme than others over time.

I am hoping the next MapPoint will have direction / course up (rotating map) feature, that'd be great.

On some of my trips these days, if maps are available, I'm just going to use my PDA running Routis 2004 (or Mapopolis as a backup), for example, going to Whistler (from Vancouver) this past Christmas (it's not like I'll get lost going to Whistler, but getting lost around the Whistler Village area, haha). It did help me to find my car after I showed my PDA map to a staff at Blenz Coffee and finally know where to walk back to my car (the last recorded position stayed on the Routis display).

Earlier S&T requires an installation of a virtual "GPS Device" in the Device Manager, and that thing is nothing but trouble (that series of S&T). I don't know why they define one more layer, and then screw it up in the process.

One big difference for Microsoft (not surprisingly though if you know MS)'s nav software is that you cannot but install the whole map database, unless you want to put the CD in everytime. This is no longer a problem as storage is getting bigger and cheaper, but in earlier time, most older notebooks have to be upgraded to larger HDD before it will run it (at the time some friends only had 486 notebooks or some friends are reluctant to put their main/expensive notebook in their cars for fear of theft etc in a trip etc).

Will be back for more tips if I remember more.

Microsoft (OEM) USB GPS
Rand McNally "mouse"
Clarion AutoPC GPS Odessey 2000
Magellan Springboard GPS on Visor 2MB
Haicom 303S + 401BT Bluetooth + Toshiba e830
Sotec 3120X, SonicBlue Progear 1050SE tablet
Mainly using: Routis 2004, Mapopolis, MapPoint 2004, Delorme Deluxe, AAA Map'n'Go 7, Streets & Trips 2005
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 08 janv. 2005 : 22:35:23
Xcanuk, do you click & drag the Start [green square] of your route to your current location or any point along the route? My guess would be that you have to use the Start point for that. If that is the case you likely in many instances need to first zoom out to reach the green square, don't you? Still, it may be very useful of a trick for a setup like yours. Users who have access to their keyboards may use Ctrl+A shortcut to open GPS Pane and use the Recalculate button.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
xcanuk Posted - 08 janv. 2005 : 18:50:08
anyone else want to verify ve7mdt's point 9, basically that is my tip (if I understand right) and it still works for me with 2005.
The only consideration is I had mouse the route further down my of my current location or else it would suggest a u-turn and re-enter the main highway at the same exit that was closed. (make sense?)
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 08 janv. 2005 : 18:20:21
VE7MDT, after having used S&T since even before it was named S&T, I’d say you know a thing or two about the software ;-) And in addition to using S&T you also use MapPoint and Pocket Streets, so you know the whole line of Microsoft products related to this segment of GpsPasSion.com Forums.

Thanks for bringing us back on topic, we got carried away a bit ;-)

Yes, let’s first just put some brief ideas into this thread, just like you did and Xcanuk, and later we can format it. S&T doesn’t come with a manual, so this may serve as one, at least for the purpose of navigation. S&T can be used for a lot of other tasks besides navigation, but for starters we may concentrate on navigation.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
ve7mdt Posted - 08 janv. 2005 : 12:20:52
Marvin, your mentioning of my name made me blush. I am not really as "extensive" as you thought, although I bought my first Microsoft bundle since Streets98 and Trips98 (2 diff. boxes, but stuck together at a discounted price!!).

Apparantly this tips and tricks thread has become tips on driving on icy roads? We in Vancouver (BC) has just got some snow (finally) this winter, and I just got back home from some fairly slippery road!!

Back to tips and tricks, well, let me see if I can put up some (incomplete) info, and hopefully others can fill in the rest (as it's late and I don't have time to search for all the details, so this just comes from memory). And if Marvin can make this into an FAQ in the future, it'll be great (better).

1. Streets & Trips 2005 map data can be imported into MapPoint 2004 software, and instant MapPoint 2005* ;-) . It's a matter of copying the directory over. Now I have a thought to save some HDD space, if there is a way to share that directory with BOTH programs! (I will try but haven't and don't know if there is any side effect (such as same name files being used and got side effects if one program writes / updates something there etc, but if it's strictly a static directory then we're fine.).)

2. MapPoint 2004 (and even earlier ones) can use a plug-in called AGPS, a shareware, to give a GPS pane, and a synthesized speech, breadcrumb tracks etc. (while Streets and Trips cannot add any plug-ins).

3. For amateur radio operators who are interested in APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System), a plug-in called APRSPoint (shareware?) is very neat.

4. There is also a plug-in (or linked software) that can do "war driving" that plots on MapPoint (I forgot the name now).

5. Previous Streets and Trips have been very unstable. It is also nasty if you have Delorme products installed, and it might refuse to run or run into problems w/ the "GPS" (while it shouldn't). Nasty.

6. If you have small display size, and street names etc are hard to read, you can adjust the font size (while some other similar software don't allow that).

7. Don't completely write off Pocket Streets even though it's too spartan. Microsoft's POI database is still one of the most complete, and can be valuable if you want to compliment it with your other nav package , for example, while doing a walking tour in a downtown situation, with only a PDA (PocketPC platform only) and a GPS unit, and a notebook is too awkward to walk along with! A downloaded map of the area from S&T / MP will give you more POIs than other nav packages, so you have more to search with.

8. The minimum requirement of a MapPoint 200x is always Windows 2000, so Win 9x doesn't do. Because of the minimum requirement of W2K is 32MB of RAM, older notebooks won't do, and that's a pity. (Forgot off my head what the S&T 2005 requirement is). We have run MapPoint 2004 on a Libretto 50CT (Toshiba) with 32MB of RAM (circa 1997) running W2K Pro, with some OS trimming done (you need to know what you are doing first). It runs, but very marginal.

9. My friend said that Streets and Trips 2004 can re-route with a mouse click and drag (a la rubber band) a route to a new point of Enroute. He said the 2005 one doesn't work like that anymore.

10. Another friend reported that older versions (2003 or 2002) S&T can use some Function keys (like F10 etc) to do certain things like zoom etc, and he commented that since 2004 they don't work anymore (no report on 2005 as he hasn't got that version yet).

Sorry this is a quick and dirty list from the top of my head, I can see if I can find out more.

Last tip: for older S&T and MP versions (pre 2004), the GPS updates can be hacked to any update period you want by changing a value in the streets.exe file. The original 15 seconds update time was horrible and we didn't know about the hack for over a year until one day I found it on the Internet. There was some controversy about the release of such at one time (Microsoft wasn't happy), and so the ready to use hack was not that easy to find. But this is mostly history as new versions are all real time as of 2004.

My reason of my interest for Microsoft nav is only because there is no others that have as complete as map coverage for Canada as Microsoft, as far as I have found (for street driving use).

Last last tip: For MapPoint, you can have a dynamic link from Outlook such that when you have a contact with an address, a small map will show up inside Outlook, and you can even click to launch MapPoint from there. You need one of the newer Outlook to do that.

There is a MapPoint website out there, mostly for developers and GSI type of users. They often have some insider news about MapPoint stuff there.

Microsoft (OEM) USB GPS
Rand McNally "mouse"
Clarion AutoPC GPS Odessey 2000
Magellan Springboard GPS on Visor 2MB
Haicom 303S + 401BT Bluetooth + Toshiba e830
Sotec 3120X, SonicBlue Progear 1050SE tablet
Mainly using: Routis 2004, Mapopolis, MapPoint 2004, Delorme Deluxe, AAA Map'n'Go 7, Streets & Trips 2005
xcanuk Posted - 05 janv. 2005 : 23:30:23
Without the GPS Pane running (more map space) I found it quick to recalculate a new route by dragging and dropping the existing route to my new location. (Got pushed off the main highway due to an ice storm this past week-end)

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