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  1. Hours and days of operation

    When I review my trip I notice that some of the places that I am planning on visiting are closed either certain days of the week or time of day. It would be nice to be able to have a field for open time, close time, and check boxes for when they are closed.
    Then Furkot would compare when it is scheduled and provide some type of notification that the place is not open.

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    • Optimize Stops feature

      If you are creating a multiple waypoint route, Microsoft Streets and Trips has an optimize stops button that will reorder the stops to increase efficiency of the route.

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        Furkot optimizes the route as you plan in without asking users to press any special ‘Optimize’ stops button. Whenever you press Save to add stop, Furkot finds an optimal place for it (if you don’t want that you can press Append and not Save).

        You can also press Skip and then Visit on any stop which will cause Furkot to place it in the optimal place for your trip.

        And finally you can export your trip as simple KML (with daily ‘routes’ and ‘tracks’ options checked off) and then re-import it – during Import Furkot will ask if you want your stops re-ordered for an optimized/shortest trip.

        That said: maybe we should give folks the option to reset the trip ordering and automatically re-add all the stops. Let’s leave it here and see what people think about it.

        Thanks for the suggestion.

      • Route "Via Highway xxx"

        Allow a text input field to plan routes along specific highways i.e. "San Diego to Morro Bay via Route1".

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          1 comment  ·  Admin →

          Interesting idea. Sadly we won’t be able to implement it any time soon. Our routing engine does not allow for that degree of specificity.
          That said, we are evaluating other routing options, and we’ll keep your suggestion in mind when making changes.

          In the meantime you can nudge Furkot into routing you through your favorite highway. Dragging the route is always an option. Better yet try adding some attractions along the preferred route This video may help: https://youtu.be/hwXyqTFrJCw

        • 24 hour gas stops

          I am planning an Iron But 50cc motorcycle ride Jacksonville , Fl. to San Diego, Ca., Is there a way to show exact locations of 24 hour gas stops along I-10 with easy off easy on?

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            Did you try the option ‘Show places around the route’ when viewing filling stations? It’s the one but last button in the EAT drawer.

            We don’t have access to opening hours so we can’t show which stations are 24 hours, sorry – we’ll keep that in mind when looking for alternative sources of gas stations.

          • Stops every N hours

            Automatically schedule stops every N hours for breaks.

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              Not sure how useful it would be to just add arbitrary stops in the middle of nowhere, but we think it would be useful if Furkot could automatically find and suggest rest areas – see: http://furkot.uservoice.com/forums/134943-issues-and-ideas/suggestions/9216795-add-rest-areas-to-the-find-drawer

              Thanks for the suggestion.

              There is a related idea for periodic stops based on milage that you may want to vote for: https://furkot.uservoice.com/forums/134943-issues-and-ideas/suggestions/11015136-allow-me-to-specify-a-mileage-range-per-segment-a

            • Pit Stop at Hotel/Campsite/Hostel

              I had tried to add the campsite I will be staying out for a couple of days and when I click the button to say I am sleeping here it automatically kicks me over to the next day. I plan on pitching the tent then being gone for the rest of the day sightseeing and driving around. It is kinda hard to plan anything with real dates/times/routes when it does this. Just because I am resting my head here doesn't mean I am staying in for the rest of the day.

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                We plan to do something about that.

                In the meantime you can make an additional stop with the same address/coordinates as your lodging to serve as your pit stop.

              • 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)

                      • 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.

                        • "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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                            1 comment  ·  Admin →

                            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.

                          • 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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                              • Backup / Export

                                Is it possible and how, to make an exact export from the trip - with all of the settings?
                                And if i import it again will it be an exact 1:1 copy of the original?

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                                • Add RESTful layers from ArcGIS Online and/or OpenData sites

                                  In the Find drawer I can add KML, GPX or CSV data from a remote URL. It would be great if I could also add layers from RESTful sites offering GeoJSON, ArcGIS Online feature JSON, or other types of live data. There is a wealth of data that is available this way. It could be via a keyword search tool that allows me to select candidate layers from a returned list to add to my trip or simply by pasting in the REST endpoint of the data service.

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                                  • 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.

                                    • 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.

                                      • Weather Forecast Overlay

                                        I see that in the Stop details there is a weather forecast and a link to WU and that you can add a current conditions overlay to the map.

                                        What would be extra useful is a weather forecast overlay for the planned route. In the Pacific NW the weather is highly variable - well...different kinds of rain anyways :) - and I'll choose a route and direction of travel based on the weather.

                                        In the past I've had to switch between my route planner and a browser with weather forecast tabs for each location. Furkot is already so much better…

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                                        • 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.

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