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1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Just wondering how/why the map routes change color and design?

I have noticed my maps are either red or green, sometimes dotted sometimes straight lines???

I tried to see if it was if travelling by plane meant dashes or dots, and car straight lines and bus something else, but nothing seemed to make a difference, it seemed random.

Could someone explain please


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

The colors are determined 'randomly' (based on the id of the trip), with the main goal being mostly there's some variety when you look at all your trips at once.
Straight lines are for all forms of transport that are known, and not flying. Curved lines are for flights, and also the default for when someone doesn't fill in the mode of transport.
Solid lines are in the past. Dashed lines are in the future. (Although that's relying (too) heavily on all dates for a trip being input right, so very easy to mess up if you put a future date in the middle of a trip.)

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for that info its a great help.

Except of course, for the straight and dashed lines....!

Can the future date (that messes it up) be in the past? For example if I set the following dates


Will that mess it up?

or taking todays dates and in advance mapping something cause the dashed lines too?


in other words I am trying to figure out why all but one of my lines are dashed yet most are set in the past, just today I added a few ones for the next couple of days in the future


4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

A trip will draw solid lines until it encounters a single date in the future. All lines from that point on will be dashes. (The ordering of destinations matters; it's assumed they all belong to the same journey, and were visited in sequence.)
So, looking at your "The here I am map", your very first destination has a date of 15 sep 2007, which is in the future, causing the entire trip to display dashed lines.
To fix, re-order the trip to be in the chronologically correct order. (Use the up (^) and down buttons in the list underneath the map.)

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 13, 2007, at 12:28 PM by Sander ]

5. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Ok I Think I have it.

Today I added three destinations on the map that I will be visiting in the next few days and had put future dates on them. I have now changed them to past dates and am back to straight lines again! Great stuff.

So am I right in saying it is not possible to add future dates without loosing the straight lines?

( this is only a little thing, and not important, just curious)

Thanks for the explanations and help!

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

It is possible, but you should add them to the end of the trip (so that the list of dates remains in chronological order). You can do that by first clicking on the last destination of a trip, and only then clicking on the "add a destination" button. That will place the new destination at the bottom of the list. (And you can re-order existing destinations by using those up and down buttons.)

If you look at the list of your destinations (in the yellow box underneath the map), you see they go from september 2007 to august 2007 to june 2005 to april 2005 and back to june 2005. Chronologically ordered, that should be april 2005 to june 2005 to august 2007 to september 2007 (and maybe split into several distinct trips).

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 13, 2007, at 1:38 PM by Sander ]

7. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks I understand what to do now. But I am making the problem worse I think by adding departure dates. I had everything right, went back and changed all. Now after adding deaprture dates its gone haywire again.

I am just adding plain dates for 2005 as is getting too painful to keep looking back at calander to change them only to see more mistakes.

It seems this works best when you update regularly with exact times. A problem when you are thinking back to rough estimates.

8. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

yep, I went back and deleted all the departure dates and it all came out fine.

Two things that made this hard

1. Me. I travelled over the 2005 areas many times but did not have the time (at the time) to add them all in, (especially the repeats.) And as I had gone to the same junction(city) many times for a bus the next day did not feel it was relevant to put in the city again.

2. Direct lines and departure dates: back then to get from Cadiz (spain) to Madrid, I would have to go to Seville, Seville was also the destination junction for a trip or two to Morocco, and again I did not want to keep listing Seville. However if I did not, then I would have direct lines all over the place, I guess this is unavoidable. I also find the departure date thing a bit akward to use as again one needs exact dates, otherwise it seems to throw things in the air a bit. My own solution was to just delete a lot of the 2005 entrys

I think it would be good to be able to edit dates in the actual map area style (list of your destinations), as in the management style you have to keep scrolling up to check/edit the dates


  1. [21 Apr 2005] Tangier, Morocco (EDIT)

  2. [20 Apr 2005] Marrakech, Morocco (EDIT)

Hopefully I will be able to keep track of dates a bit better 2 years later and into the same trip after a lengthy layover for work!

Thanks again for all the help, much appreciated!!

I just wanted to show the route.

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

The system should also handle non-exact dates pretty well, as we never had those in the old system. There's a bit of a trick to it, but basically if you close the calendar popup and manually write the date as 2005-06-00, the system will know that that's "June 2005", and no exact day is known, and you can even write "2005-00-00" to denote just the year.
The only thing that really 'matters' (for drawing the lines on the map) is that the order of destinations is correct.

Still, I hear you; the current setup can be a bit of a pain if you want to go through all destinations to change or update some bit of information.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 13, 2007, at 3:34 PM by Sander ]