Is it possible to up/download a route into/from Travelpoint

Travel Forums System Talk Is it possible to up/download a route into/from Travelpoint

1. Posted by MarcJohnson (Budding Member 15 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi there

Seems like I'm going to need a few different map (apps) for my Africa trip.

1. Planning - various maps (paper & electronic) to help with route planning.

2. Travelpoint map for friends and family to see my route (& blog; photos & video in one neat place)

3. Then I'll need to have my route loaded in my Garmin for while I'm travelling (and also maybe to be able to track me when I have no mobile data signal)

So of course it would be simplest if I can up/download routes between apps.

Any ideas?

Thanks
Marc

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1821 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Have you tried Google maps?

3. Posted by MarcJohnson (Budding Member 15 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thanks, Beausoleil.

My issue is more the portability of routes between various mapping software.

So if e.g. I develop a route in Travellerspoint, I want to be able to export that and upload into e.g. a Garmin so I can use that for directions when I'm travelling. Or the other way around.

Thanks

4. Posted by MarcJohnson (Budding Member 15 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi again all

I saw another post from a long time ago "How do I add/edit GPS coordinates of Map locations?"
But I couldn't find any way to view / edit the GPS co-ords on my current map - I'm using minor / gravel roads, so had to add a lot of "stops" to force the navigator AI to select the route I want.

I also found the "export" map feature, but this seems to just give a png of the map?

I will start paying once things get closer to my departure; so I'm not sure if the paid subscription gives additional export options - perhaps to csv; and hopefully including GPS co-ordinates.

At worst I can manually add the GPS co-ordinates into my Garmin for when I'm on the road.

Thanks
Marc

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 7071 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

There isn't a way to import / export data at the moment. I've got a half completed update that will restore the kml export that we used to have in the previous version of the maps. I hope to get it out in the next month or so. The updated version also will allow entering coordinates manually (rather than just by location name / dragging the marker).

But there are no immediate plans for an import functionality. I can definitely see the appeal though.

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1821 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Google maps will let you download an offline copy of your map to use when you don't have cell coverage. We use Garmin and Google both, and use whichever works at our current location. I haven't tried the offline maps but that is a good option. Google will also give you the coordinates. Google is just another tool and you always have it right there on your phone.

Enjoy your trip.

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8. Posted by MarcJohnson (Budding Member 15 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Peter & Beausoleil

"TripTech" could well be a forum section all on it's own - what travellers use for what purpose; backup power; no mobile signal; etc etc.

It seems to me there are 4 main "mapping" use-cases:

1. Route Planning
I had thought this could be TP; but not sure now. I am learning to use BaseCamp (a bit frustrating but it seems very powerful). This could end up being my primary "route planning" tool.

2. Route Publication
This is where TP shines; as it pulls all "public facing" activities under one roof - maps; blogs; photos; videos. It seems there will be some manual effort to upload my planned route from BaseCamp; but it shouldn't be too difficult.

3. Route Execution
Knowing where you are when you're "on-the-road". Here will download BaseCamp route to Garmin; and per Beausoleil can use offline GoogleMaps as a backup.

4. Tracking
a. Enabling other people to see where you are (live). I think there's a Tracks4Africa feature here but still need to investigate.
b. A "biscuit trail" of your actual route (compared to the planned one). Good for memories; and perhaps updating th TP route after the trip. Again I think tracks4Africa does this.

Regards