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Streets & Trips gone, how do I do it now, with Bing Maps? RRS feed

  • Question

  • It appears that Microsoft is abandoning Streets & Trips, which I've used for years for my part time home business, to route stops when I go out, and print a routed page map for myself. They're, of course, recommending Bing Maps, which I've never used. But CAN I do the same thing for myself?

    I've always put the stops into an Xcel spreadsheet and then imported them into Streets & Trips, routed them, and printed my 1 page map. Can this be done with Bing Maps?

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:37 AM

Answers

  • Microsoft isn't abandoning Streets & Trips... it's retiring it. It really doesn't make sense when you look at Microsoft's strategy of being a cloud first company and at the same time creating DVD based products. That aside, Streets & Trips is still being sold and will be until the end of 2014. Technical support will also be available until July 2015. After these dates Streets & Trips will continue to work. Eventually you may find that the data becomes a bit out of date and that's when you will likely need to look at alternative solutions.

    With all that said, I'm very interested in understanding how you used Streets & Trips and working with you to figure out the best solution for your scenario. If you simply wanted to visualize all your excel data on a map I wrote a blog post on how to do this here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bingdevcenter/archive/2014/07/15/4-easy-ways-to-visualize-excel-data-on-bing-maps.aspx Many of the solutions I covered in that post are free.

    If you simply want to create a route that goes through a number of locations and then be able to print the instructions, one free solution is to use the Bing maps consumer site: http://www.bing.com/maps/ It allows you to set multiple waypoints for a route and then generates a nice page for printing.

    If none of these solutions meets your needs, please provide me with additional information around how your data is formatted and the process you go through with Streets & Trips.


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    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:15 AM
  • You can't import a file the way you are today. You can easily copy and past them into Bing Maps though. If you go to http://bing.com/maps and click on the directions button on the left side panel you will see two text boxes, you can copy and past addresses into there. Under the second textbox is a button to "add destination", this will allow you to add additional stops on your route. You should be able to add up to 25 locations for a route. From there you can also change the route options so as to Avoid Highways, Avoid Tool Roads, Make it a round trip route, or change the distance units. When you are all done and have calculated your route you can then press the print button that is on the top right corner of the map. This will open a new window with a printer friendly set of instructions and maps. At the top of this page are options to show maps and text, map only, text only. As a bonus this is all part of the free Bing Maps consumer site and receives all our data updates first.

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:32 AM

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  • Microsoft isn't abandoning Streets & Trips... it's retiring it. It really doesn't make sense when you look at Microsoft's strategy of being a cloud first company and at the same time creating DVD based products. That aside, Streets & Trips is still being sold and will be until the end of 2014. Technical support will also be available until July 2015. After these dates Streets & Trips will continue to work. Eventually you may find that the data becomes a bit out of date and that's when you will likely need to look at alternative solutions.

    With all that said, I'm very interested in understanding how you used Streets & Trips and working with you to figure out the best solution for your scenario. If you simply wanted to visualize all your excel data on a map I wrote a blog post on how to do this here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bingdevcenter/archive/2014/07/15/4-easy-ways-to-visualize-excel-data-on-bing-maps.aspx Many of the solutions I covered in that post are free.

    If you simply want to create a route that goes through a number of locations and then be able to print the instructions, one free solution is to use the Bing maps consumer site: http://www.bing.com/maps/ It allows you to set multiple waypoints for a route and then generates a nice page for printing.

    If none of these solutions meets your needs, please provide me with additional information around how your data is formatted and the process you go through with Streets & Trips.


    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:15 AM
  • Microsoft isn't abandoning Streets & Trips... it's retiring it. It really doesn't make sense when you look at Microsoft's strategy of being a cloud first company and at the same time creating DVD based products. That aside, Streets & Trips is still being sold and will be until the end of 2014. Technical support will also be available until July 2015. After these dates Streets & Trips will continue to work. Eventually you may find that the data becomes a bit out of date and that's when you will likely need to look at alternative solutions.

    With all that said, I'm very interested in understanding how you used Streets & Trips and working with you to figure out the best solution for your scenario. If you simply wanted to visualize all your excel data on a map I wrote a blog post on how to do this here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bingdevcenter/archive/2014/07/15/4-easy-ways-to-visualize-excel-data-on-bing-maps.aspx Many of the solutions I covered in that post are free.

    If you simply want to create a route that goes through a number of locations and then be able to print the instructions, one free solution is to use the Bing maps consumer site: http://www.bing.com/maps/ It allows you to set multiple waypoints for a route and then generates a nice page for printing.

    If none of these solutions meets your needs, please provide me with additional information around how your data is formatted and the process you go through with Streets & Trips.


    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    OK, seems like semantics. Fact is, I haven't upgraded Streets & Trips since 2010, because they were never fixing any of the problems with it, like the fact that it wasn't WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get, when it came to printing a map view page. I had to keep zooming and printing over and over, and wasting paper, until I tricked it into printing the entire map that I needed, full size on the whole page. And I couldn't set and save defaults, for example portrait view as a default, when printing, instead of landscape. And I was hearing that the streets weren't being updated very often either, that they were just renaming the same program year after year. So like the old saying; If they'd put more into it, perhaps they would have gotten more out of it. That being said...

    I have a small part time home based business where I have to put in stops, route them, and print a single page map showing my route, then go to the stops. I've never used, nor do I need, a GPS in the car, or even a laptop with GPS. These are usually 4-8 stops that I print - not a big deal, but I need that single page map showing my route and stops. So what I was doing with Streets & Trips, and can continue doing for awhile longer, I suppose, with Streets & Trips 2010, though some of the newer streets are missing ( but some of the older ones have been anyway ) is that I enter my stops into a .xls spreadsheet, then import them into Streets & Trips as stops, do my routing, print my page and go on my merry way.

    I suppose that I can buy Streets & Trips 2013 and use that for a few more years, but from the way I've heard they were doing it, then I'd have the streets here in Denver, from 2012, and likely no fixes to all the annoying things that the program was doing from the start. ( I tried finding a means of sending Microsoft feedback on these things, but never could. Microsoft has always seemed like a muscle bound giant that didn't care, and I say this, going all the way back to MSDOS.

    But eventually, if the new platform will be Bing Maps, I'd like to learn how to do these things using that, if possible. Heck, it may even be easier than using Streets & Trips, which would be nice.

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 6:36 PM
  • So can I import stops into Bing Maps now? Anyone?
    Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:18 PM
  • You can't import a file the way you are today. You can easily copy and past them into Bing Maps though. If you go to http://bing.com/maps and click on the directions button on the left side panel you will see two text boxes, you can copy and past addresses into there. Under the second textbox is a button to "add destination", this will allow you to add additional stops on your route. You should be able to add up to 25 locations for a route. From there you can also change the route options so as to Avoid Highways, Avoid Tool Roads, Make it a round trip route, or change the distance units. When you are all done and have calculated your route you can then press the print button that is on the top right corner of the map. This will open a new window with a printer friendly set of instructions and maps. At the top of this page are options to show maps and text, map only, text only. As a bonus this is all part of the free Bing Maps consumer site and receives all our data updates first.

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:32 AM
  • Looks like I'd better get Streets & Trips 2013 before it's defunct, and use it for a few more years until an equivalent comes along.
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:12 PM
  • I also have been using Streets and Trips for years now.

    I use the version with the GPS module so that I can have my laptop following as well as directing.

    I cannot find any information on how to set this functionality up on Bing Maps.

    Please direct me to any info to set this up.

    Thanks,

    Rich

    Sunday, August 24, 2014 5:26 PM
  • I also have been using Streets and Trips for years now.

    I use the version with the GPS module so that I can have my laptop following as well as directing.

    I cannot find any information on how to set this functionality up on Bing Maps.

    Please direct me to any info to set this up.

    Thanks,

    Rich


    Please start a new thread as your post is buried in this thread.

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    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:05 AM