Switching from Streets & Trips Route Planning to Route4Me

Why Switch?

Streets & Trips has been discontinued by Microsoft and mainstream support has been stopped in mid-2015. The software no longer supports updates on features and maps, which means that all users need to find a better alternative to meet their route planning needs.

 

Switching from Streets & Trips to Route4Me

Switching over to a new route planning solution is easy. This guide will show you how to quickly migrate your addresses to Route4Me.

 

Exporting Data from Streets & Trips

Streets & Trips allows you to export address data corresponding to the stops on your routes to a .GPX file. To do this, you need to take the following steps:

1. Open Streets & Trips and access the routing section by clicking “Routes” → “Route Planner.”
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2. Click “Data” → “Export to .GPX file…”.
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3. Save the exported file to your computer.
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4. Use a file converter to save the .GPX file to one of these formats: .CSV, .XLS or .XLSX

 

Importing Address Data into Route4Me

You can import your address data to Route4Me for one-time use (use them to plan a route or a set of routes immediately) or for recurring usage (add them to Route4Me’s address book and use them to plan routes whenever needed).

 

Importing Addresses for One-Time Usage

To import addresses for one-time usage, take the following steps:

1. Open a new tab on your browser and go to www.route4me.com.
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2. Select “Login” and enter your credentials.
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3. Select “Routes” → “Plan new route.”
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4. Select “Upload a File” in the route planning options window.
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5. You also have the option to set your route parameters, such as tour type (round trip or end at a stop), navigation preference (shortest distance or shortest amount of time), and how many sub-routes you want to create (for when you have multiple drivers servicing those addresses). When you’re done, select “Create Route and Proceed to Add Addresses.”
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6. Click anywhere on the upload area, then navigate to the exported Streets & Trips spreadsheet.
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7. Review your addresses on the map. Addresses that need your attention are marked under the “Review” and “Not Found” tabs. Edit addresses as needed, then select “Finish Import.” The system will optimize the address sequence and open your planned route.
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8. If you need to add addresses/stops to your planned route, select the “Insert” tab and then select the “+ Addresses” option.
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9. Type in the address and select “Finished Adding Addresses.”
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10. If you want to keep your current address-to-route distribution while uploading multiple routes, you need to consolidate the routes into a single spreadsheet, add a column called “route_no,” and then upload the spreadsheet to Route4Me.
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Note that you can also view multiple routes on the same map. Go to “Routes” → “Routes Map.”
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Click the checkboxes next to the routes you want to display to make the routes appear on the map and in the timeline section.
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Importing Addresses for Recurring Usage

For recurring usage, upload your addresses to Route4Me’s address book. The address book allows you to keep track of your addresses and all the information that is important about them, such as how often you visit them, the date they were last visited, etc.

1. In your Route4Me account, select “Address Book” → “Address Book List.”
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2. Select “File” → “Upload Addresses.”
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3. Click anywhere on the upload area, then navigate to the exported Streets & Trips spreadsheet.
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4. The system will notify you if there are any geocoding issues you need to review. Click the “Show x destinations” button next to “Addresses to review.”
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5. Modify the addresses as needed, then select “Add to address book”.
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6. Your addresses and all the information associated with them will be added to the address book. If you want to view the locations on a map, go to “Address Book” → “Address Book Map.”
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7. Here you can use the addresses to create territories, apply advanced filters, and make custom address selections.
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Once the migration is complete, you’ll be able to start enjoying the many benefits that Route4Me has to offer.

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