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      furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

      You can now download a file from POI Factory and import it into the Find drawer to view on the map and add to your trip.

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        Optimize for ‘Advanced use’ option is already preserved between sessions.

        We can preserve other settings as well.

        Thank you for the suggestion.

        furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

        Settings preserved locally per browser are not saved as cookies but in browser's local storage - https://www.w3.org/TR/webstorage/ .

        furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

        As part of the recent changes to the My Trip screen, we've added preserving the state of the 'Display trip tags' button between sessions. It's stored per browser - if you open Furkot on a different device or in a different browser you'll have to set it there as well.

        Thank you for the suggestion.

        We've also added a button to show/hide trip map thumbnails allowing to see more trips in a single screen - state of this button is also preserved per browser.

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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.

          furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

          When you publish a tripshot, stop descriptions are displayed in the itinerary panel next to the map. Are you not seeing them?

          If you modified a stop (for instance added a description) after publishing a tripshot, you need to re-publish for trip changes to be reflected in the tripshot (tripshot is a static, not dynamic, snapshot of the trip).

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            We have fixed the timezone in Page, AZ. The change will take effect for newly added stops and whenever Furkot recalculates timezone for existing stops.

            The fix applies to Page, AZ but not necessarily to places in it’s neighborhood some of which may still show incorrect timezone as explained in the comments below.


            If you are not actively planning a trip that contains a stop in Page, AZ, Furkot may not recalculate its timezone. In that case you can make a small change in the preceding stop – for instance change it to overnight and back to a regular stop – and Furkot will recalculate the timezone.

            Thank you for helping us find and fix this problem.


            Thank you for sharing your trip. You are right – the timezone for Page, AZ is not correct.

            Furkot uses a 3rd party database to find timezones for stops – we’ll work with…

            furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

            In order to display local times for the stop Furkot has to calculate them, obtain the timezone and convert them to it. Until it obtains a timezone for the stop it assumes it is the same as the timezone for the previous stop - this is why you are shortly seeing a different time.

            furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

            Furkot is using the 3rd party library to handle timezone changes. The library approximates the boundaries between timezones by polylines to save space causing some places along particularly convoluted boundary like around Page, AZ to be assigned the wrong timezone. We have plans to replace the said library by a different method of calculating the timezone but for now this is the best we can do.

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              When you create a new stop by typing its name Furkot needs to obtain its address and geographical coordinates. It does that by querying Google Maps API.

              When you create the stop providing address Furkot also queries Google Maps API to obtain geographical coordinates.

              There is no guarantee that Google will return the same coordinates in both cases – it fact most of the time they are slightly different.

              Google Map may also display the place on the map and when you click on it Furkot gets place name, address and geo coordinates that may yet be slightly different than either of the cases above.

              My theory is that while we get all that information from a single provider – Google Maps API – they come from different databases.

              We are planning to allow changing location of stops even when they are associated with a specific place (url) –…

              furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

              We've made some changes to the code that geocodes place names and addresses. It should result in less variation in marker positions and hopefully eliminate the situation depicted by the screenshot [3] where the place address is plain wrong.

              Thank you for reporting this issue and working with us - we couldn't have fixed it without you.

              furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

              No, I didn't notice that - thank you for pointing it out.

              While that doesn't change my explanation - the address comes from Google Maps API and apparently in one context it has correct address for the place while in the other it doesn't - there is a bit of good news. I looked at the code and there is a situation when Furkot gets 2 different addresses for the same place simultaneously. There is a chance we can improve the code that decides which one to use.

              Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.

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                The answer to this question is a bit involved. Please bear with me.

                Furkot doesn’t calculate routes, it uses 3rd party routing engines to do that. For performance and licensing reasons routing is done predominantly using the Google Maps API which doesn’t allow us to specify dates and calculates routes based on road conditions at the time of planning. It doesn’t provide any warnings that the roads it selects may be seasonally closed.

                That’s explains your original route.

                When Google Maps API doesn’t find a route at all, it returns error. Furkot then goes to a different routing engine specifying dates and obtaining a route that may go over roads closed at the time of planning if they are expected to be open during trip dates.

                That’s most likely why you’ve got the route you wanted after adding interim points.

                Sometimes neither of the 2 routing engines returns a satisfactory…

                furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

                Oh, I see. You need to enable 'Advanced use' to see the Routing field in the route details view: https://help.furkot.com/features/route-details.html#routing

                It's under the Filter button in the top right corner of the Plan drawer: https://help.furkot.com/features/plan-buttons.html

                Sorry I didn't realize that sooner.

                BTW: the alternate route is in the screenshot - there is a faint grey line I think - but it follows the same course as the regular route so it doesn't help you.

                furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

                We removed the experimental feature because it used yet another routing engine that we have no longer access to. We replaced it with the current logic. We decided to hide the checkbox and just switch it always on because people expected it to work differently (i.e. just enable routing over seasonally closed roads, which we cannot do due to routing engines limitations).

                As for drawing a route you can either start with an Alternate or - when there is no alternative - you can click the route to see its details in the Plan drawer, switch the Routing setting to 'Tavel off-road' (it used to be called 'locked') and hit Reset button to reset the off road route to a straight line. You can then drag it point-by-point to where you want it. Make sure to update duration as well.

                Resetting to a straight line is not strictly necessary but I find it easier than trying to drag all the points of the off road route to a completely different place.

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                  We have added apartment and private rooms from the HomeAway family of websites (including VBRO) but unfortunately had to remove AirBnB and others because they terminated their affiliate programs and/or API access.

                  We are trying to re-establish access. It’ll help if users interested in seeing places from AirBnB (or others) in Furkot contacted them with this suggestion.


                  Furkot displays AirBnB properties on the map in addition to Roomorama and more traditional Bed-and-Breakfast.com. You also have a link to HomeAway for more options at the bottom of the Sleep drawer in the ‘Apartments and private rooms’ section.

                  We’ll add properties from HouseTrip shortly.

                  We are also working with HomeAway Developer’s Platform to display HomeAway and VRBO properties on the map and in the Sleep drawer.

                  FlipKey is another service we partnered with and are working to integrate.

                  If you would like to see apartments and private rooms from yet another…

                  furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

                  We just got a reply from HomeAway Developer's Platform that we have been accepted into API Beta Program. That gives us access to VRBO / HomeAway properties - all we need to do now is to implement the integration and secure approval from HomeAway.

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                    Interesting idea. That said – do you know that you can leave your description or notes for the trip, days, and even stops?
                    To change a trip description open the TRIP drawer and start typing in the Notes field. To change a day/stop description click on the Day/Stop in the PLAN drawer or on the map. Description is visible to all with whom you shared your trip.

                    furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

                    Most browsers let you drag lower right corner of description field to make it bigger.

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                      furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

                      As of now Furkot does not have any way of detecting that GPS has been attached to the computer. When it changes we'll certainly have another look.

                      More details: there is a slew of new APIs that make their ways into modern browsers. We keep an eye on it and whenever we see something useful implemented we update Furkot to take advantage of it. Alas - as far as we know - none of the APIs currently supported gives Furkot ability to recognize that the device has been attached to the machine on which Furkot is running. Specifically there isn't any way for Furkot to read Garmin XML file (or any other file on the user file system for that matter). So called FIlesystem API implemented by some modern browsers gives Furkot access to the virtual, isolated/sandboxed Filesystem independent from what you may see looking at your disc content.

                      That said, we've been wrong before. So whenever you see something that we could be doing and we aren't make sure to let us know.

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                        Furkot has much better way of copying stops and routes between the trips than what you described. Instead of duplicating the trip, create a new, empty one (you can add begin/end points to get you started).

                        Pan and zoom the map to the area most of your stops are located in. Open the FIND drawer. Select “My other trips” category and “Stops from my other trips” subcategory.

                        All stops from your other trips in the same area will appear in the list and you can copy them to the current trip using the Stop button. If a stop had been skipped in another trip you have an option to Move the stops as well.

                        You can also add those stops as skipped to your trip – either all of them or one by one. Only the stops on the visible map area are displayed so pan and zoom till you…

                        furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

                        You can copy the subset of your stops when importing the GPX file via the FIND drawer: pan and zoom the map to narrow down the selection before using the May Be button to add all displayed points as skipped stops.

                        You can make a single trip with all your favorite stops. Or you can make multiple trips organizing points by region. Or you can keep them all in the original GPX file and pull it into the FIND drawer anytime you are planning a new trip and want to add some stops from the file. Whichever option works best for you.

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                          Furkot supports generating GPX files in order to pass trip routing data to GPS devices and apps.

                          You can open Furkot in a browser on the phone, switch to the full version (if it doesn’t open as a full version by itself), open a trip and export it. If your phone has an app capable of importing GPX files, you should see it as an option to open the exported file.

                          furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

                          Exporting files on iPhone has a limitation: it only works when Furkot is opened directly in the browser but not when it is bookmarked or added to Home Screen.

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                            furkotAdminfurkot (furkot, Furkot) commented  · 

                            Furkot displays day and night average temperature for each stop of you trip (in US only for now) - see: https://help.furkot.com/features/weather.html

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