Using the Address Book Map for Planning Routes
Route4Me’s Address Book Map is a centralized database where you and your team members can save and manage customers’ locations, depots, commercial facilities, warehouses, and any other relevant prospects and real-world locations on the synchronized map. You can also use all that data for planning and optimizing routes. Instead of manually adding each stop to the route, you can select a set of customers’ locations by drawing a custom-shaped area right on the map, and Route4Me will produce one or multiple time-efficient and cost-effective routes in a matter of seconds. Planning routes with the Address Book Map enables you to get a visual overview of your customers’ spacial arrangement and make your routing patterns more strategical.
To plan routes with your Address Book addresses/customer profiles right from the map, first, go to “Address Book Map” from the navigation menu.
Next, use one of the drawing tools in the top left corner of the screen to draw an area around the addresses/locations that you want to use for planning the route(s).
To draw a custom-shaped area, first, select the corresponding drawing tool in the top left corner of the screen. Next, left-click on any point on the map and then continue drawing the area point by point. To finish drawing the area, connect the first poit of the area with the last one. Alternatively, you can double left-click on a particular point on the map, and the area will automatically connect its first point with the last one.
To draw a rectangular area, first, select the square-shaped drawing tool in the top left corner of the screen. Next, left-click on the point on the map where you want to start drawing the area and then drag the corner of the area to the preferred spot and release it to complete the area.
To draw a circular area, first, select the circle-shaped drawing tool in the top left corner of the screen. Next, drag the cursor outwards from the center of the area and then release it in the preferred spot. After drawing the area, you can also check how many addresses are included into this area in the bottom left corner of the screen.
To re-size the drawn area, drag any point of the area into the preferred spot. To reverse the action, click on the corresponding icon next to the last shifted point of the area.
To plan one or multiple routes with the addresses that are located in the drawn area, first, right click on the area and then select “Plan Route with Area Addresses” from the menu.
Next, go to the “Departure” tab to set up the start address for the route(s):
- – In the “Find Address” field, you can input a new address from which you want to start the route(s);
- – Alternatively, you can use one of the selected addresses as the start address for the route(s).
After that, specify the rest of the route’s parameters to your preference and then click on the “Create Route” button.
Once the route is planned, it is optimized and then opened in the Route Editor where you can modify it, as well as added to the Routes List with all your routes. To learn more about planning routes with Address Book addresses/customer profiles, visit this page.