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  1. Highlight stops for a selected day

    Minor enhancement: when you "hover" over a day in the Plan drawer, it would be nice to highlight all the related stops in the map.

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    • Change 'Fold this stop details' Icon from and 'X' to a dash "-"

      Basically copy the idea close, minimize, maximize buttons on program window.

      Using an 'X' make me think I will be removing the item. When my expectation would be to minimize the view on the details.

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        1 comment  ·  Admin →

        Thanks for the suggestions.
        We attempt to use ‘+’ for ‘add’, ‘-’ for ‘remove/delete’ and ‘x’ for close, but we are not entirely happy with ‘x’ for ‘fold’ either.
        We’ll try to come up with something better there.
        We’ll keep you posted. Thanks for using Furkot.

      • New filter: POIs only. Same option for printing (light mode)

        Filter:
        - Allow to display POIs only (no night stops)

        Printing:
        - New option "Include POIs only (no night stops)"
        - Light mode (No details like distances and time)

        Those features are great when presenting the trip to friends & co. Or to have a fast global vision of it.

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        • Custom (user-furnished) POI icons

          As you mentioned two years ago:
          "Custom user-defined icons is a neat idea."
          https://help.furkot.com/features/warnings-colors.html#comment-1644434131

          But it's not just a NEAT idea, custom (user-furnished) icons for imported POIs really more of an essential feature when working with large POI collections, which you've recently made easier by allowing Garmin-comatible .csv files to be imported directly.

          This feature would be especially useful for the logo icons of national chains (WalMart, Target, Flying J, Pilot, TA, etc), which is exactly what most large POI collections consist of.

          The reason is simple: The largest group of High Frequency Traveler who might use your software aren't…

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            When importing a file you can now select an icon that will be used for each place that doesn’t have one defined in the file. That should help with importing large collections of places of the same kind (like rest stops or gas stations)

          • "Filter Displayed Stops" -> "Optimize For" allows BOTH "Navigation" & "Advanced Use"

            The "Filter Displayed Stops" -> "Optimize For" pref allows BOTH "Navigation" AND "Advanced Use" to be selected (by selecting "Advanced Use" first, then "Navigation"), with a result that seems inconsistent with the intent of either setting.

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              Optimize for Advanced Use is intended for experienced Furkot users. Optimize for Navigation is intended to help navigating the trip. The options are not mutually exclusive: switching Advanced Use on in conjunction with optimizing for Navigation shows more settings that are relevant to navigating your trip, for instance the elevation graph.

              That said we’ll see what we can do to make the purpose of each option apparent.

            • Show full list of imported places even if not visible on the current map view

              Having places show up or not show up in the Find drawer is dependent on whether or not they are visible on the current map view, and that's a problem when using the Find Drawer to bring in a large collections of POIs.
              It forces users to move the map until the place they remember having already imported shows up, just to be able to select it in the list, for instance to add one (or a few) to the current trip. This is backwards. I understand why you do this, and it's OK for finding & adding specific POIs…

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                We’ll see what we can do.

                Meanwhile if you have specific places in a file that you’d like to add to Furkot, you can edit the file to only contain those places before importing it into the Find drawer.

                Alternatively, instead of importing into the Find drawer, you can import a file as a trip and specify the Matching phrase to filter desired places.

              • Need to be able to organize stops by category

                This is mainly for sorting POIs by type. So the list of stops/POIs needs to have category header(s) that allow sorting when clicked on.

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                • Time Zone overlay

                  A Time Zone overlay is a must for long distance travelers. Add it to Map Views -> "Map Overlays"

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                  • An option to display Time Zone where time is displayed

                    Considering that on a trip crossing multiple time zones, the correct time does not show up on the route until AFTER a waypoint has been added in the new time zone, it is imperative to at least have an option to display Time Zone anywhere time is displayed, so users will know the displayed time is in the origin time zone, not the time zone the pointer is at. I would suggest automatically adding a "via point" at every point where a route longer goes farther than a certain distance (5-10 miles?) past the boundary of a time zone, to…

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                      1 comment  ·  Admin →

                      Thank you for the suggestion. We are planning to display time zone name whenever trip spans multiple time zones and the timezone changes on route.

                      BTW Furkot uses the “set your watch at the destination” model when displaying time – this is why the time displayed when mousing over the route is in the timezone of the preceding stop.

                    • Display transportation mode on published map

                      Display the vehicle icon on middle point of the route to give the viewer a better view of the trip duration.

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                        The trip travel mode is passed on to a tripshot and used when a new trip is created from the tripshot. Since we have the information we most definitely could display it.

                        Thank you for the suggestion.

                      • Infowindow on clicking stops on published map

                        I tend to put description of a stop with things to do. However, when publishing the trip, the stops are not clickable. It would be nice to add infowindow there to show the description.

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                          Thank you for the suggestion.

                          We are planning to make tripshots more interactive. We probably won’t display the infowindow but handle clicks on stops on the tripshot map similarly to trip map: by highlighting the clicked stop in the itinerary and automatically scrolling to it if not visible.

                        • Where can I find similar trips planned by other users?

                          I am planning a trip. It would be nice to look for existing routes people created and use their ideas in my trip.

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                            Trips publicly shared with Furkot community can be explored in the Find drawer under the category ‘Scenic byways and backroads’: https://help.furkot.com/features/points-of-interest.html#scenic-byways.
                            If you want to see only trips planned on Furkot, select Furkot as the only provider at the bottom of the drawer.
                            The list is not curated so YMMV. We are planning to feature best trips shared with Furkot community at folio.furkot.com in the future.

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                              When viewing a trip without Internet connection Furkot will show you the list and details of your trip stops.
                              Unfortunately Google Maps API terms of service don’t permit us to cache map data and thus Furkot won’t show you the map when offline.
                              Occasionally you may see map fragments if the browser caches them independently from Furkot.
                              We are planning to support offline maps in the future if Google changes its ToS for maps API or we change the maps provider.

                            • Display time segments on route using different colors

                              You currently have the ability to colorize day and inbound/outbound segments, but it would be helpful if I could see where I am at various parts of the day such as hour segments. It would be easier to plan activities, lunches, bathroom breaks, and dog walking for example.
                              I know I can hover my mouse over the route and it will give me the expected time, but that is looking for a needle in a haystack.

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                                Interesting idea. Thanks. We were also thinking about adding more types of automatic stops for food/rest/dog walking breaks but this may actually be more helpful.
                                Please keep in mind that the times along the road are merely an approximation: if you drive along the highway they are probably OK. If you have far away stops with various types of roads in between Furkot can be wildly off. When in doubt add more stops to help us along.

                              • Export directly to Dropbox and Google Drive

                                I would like to export to Dropbox, Google drive and/or my Android device file manager. I can import from all of these.

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                                  Thanks for the suggestion.

                                  The easiest way to export GPX/KML files to Android device is running Furkot directly on your phone or tablet and exporting files as needed. After you click Export you should be able to select an app registered to handle GPX files (for example OsmAnd) or to save a file so that is visible in Android file manager for later use.

                                  https://help.furkot.com/features/mobile-apps.html

                                  At the risk of stating the obvious, exporting to Dropbox is of course possible from any computer that has Dropbox client installed: all browsers provide for Saving exported file to Dropbox sync folders.

                                  That said – we might at some point allow for exports to the likes of Dropbox/Google Drive/Box etc. directly – that is without downloading them through the browser.

                                • Start location lost

                                  Somehow my start location was deleted. I cannot add it back and now my start location is actually the stop at the end of the first day. When I try to add it back, it does not go back to the correct starting position and I cannot drag t there.

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                                  • My Routes

                                    I have a growing list of route segments that I use to stitch together a trip. Kinda like your finder tab, but only my personal ones. Today, I have to create the segment in something (furkot, google, basecamp, etc) and export them to a KML or GPX file, store them on my drive (hoping i used a file name that helps me remember what the hell it is) then import them into my trip. It would be really nice if i could be looking at last weeks trip, control click a few segments of that trip, click a button, and…

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                                      You can almost do what you suggest already: you can copy stops and route segments from your old Furkot trips to a new trip you are planning using the Find drawer. Open the Find drawer, select the category ‘My other trips, routes and tracks’ and then subcategory ‘Stops from my other trips’. Each stop when you select it will have buttons ROUTE and BACKTRACK that allow you to copy its route segment to your trip.

                                      You can also copy an entire trip in a similar fashion by selecting subcategory ‘My other trips’.

                                      As Furkot doesn’t place any limit on the number of trips, you can create your own ‘My Segments’ area by creating a new trip for each segment you want to use later (you can copy it from an existing trip as described above). You can use trip tags to group such trips together in the My Trips screen.

                                    • How can I import trip segments without messing up the imported segment's route ?

                                      We are working on a 30 days trip. We are importing each day from individual furkot trips.
                                      When you select the trip from the "find" menu it shows how it intends to appends the imported trip correctly but when you select the "copy the entire trip to this one" it somehow either inserts it at the wrong place in the trip details (optimizing to minimize what ?) or messes up the imported segment's route.
                                      Am I doing something wrong or could we have a button to "append imported route to this trip without changing the imported route" ?(I have screen…

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                                        When you use the ROUTE button to add a route to the existing trip Furkot finds the stop closest to the new route start and inserts the new route there. while looking for the closes stop it ignores all stops in the past (for trips in progress). It also tries to preserve all off-road segments: if the closest stop is followed by the off-road segments the new route will be added past all off-road segments following the closest stop.

                                        In most cases when adding a rote from the FIND drawer it is marked os off-road travel and copied faithfully. That’s not the case when you copy the trip though: unless you mark the route segments as off road in the copied trip first, Furkot will copy its stops and calculate the route between them anew applying – in most cases – default road preferences of the current trip. This may…

                                      • Personal Alternate Routes

                                        I am planning a trip with 5 people across 3 states thats going to be about a month long. The fun part about the trip, is we all like different things, and as much as I love my brother, lets face it, I don't love him THAT much. We want to branch off and do our own thing every now and then. So the scenario is, I take my BMW GS and my brother takes his CBR1100. If I route the trip and see a good patch of offroad, im going to route that. Now I share the trip with…

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                                        • I keep loosing the the link for a shared trip

                                          My son is taking a long several week trip. He has shared the link with me but after a few days Furkot says that the invitation is invalid and I must contact my son for another link to view the trip. I have done this several times.

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                                            When you accept an invitation to share a trip you can use the link in the invitation email later but only when you create an account at Furkot and log into it. Additionally if you create an account when accepting an invitation you don’t need to use the link, just open furkot.com in the browser, log into your account and you’ll see the trip.

                                            If you didn’t create an account when accepting an invitation you have accepted it as a as a guest and you can neither use the link again nor have access to the trip unless you do it via the same device and browser you did before and you don’t employ privacy-protecting measures as described in this help article: https://help.furkot.com/getting-started/signup.html

                                            If that’s not the case and you’d like us to look further into this, please forward the invitation email to trips@furkot.com and we’ll see what’s going on.

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