Route Planner 8 – Designed for Windows 8
Whether you have several appointments to hit in a day, or, need to keep records on your outdoor activities, or, some new real estate properties to inspect, or, need to make deliveries to several locations, or, need to pick up from multiple addresses, or, in my wife’s case have 15 yard sales to hit in one morning, you need the help of Route Planner 8 to help you choose the best route and keep a record of your travels.
Note: For a brief introduction to terms, see our FAQ page.
Using an all new design for Windows 8, Route Planner is here for the latest and greatest Microsoft OS. This app is not a port of any of our previous Route Planner apps. It has been designed from scratch to take advantage of the features of Windows 8. Then, we added the best features of the previous Route Planner apps.
The “home” screen as shown above, displays all of your favorite routes and tracks. Scroll horizontally to view a thumb nail map image with waypoints marked. Tap a route to zoom-in and view all the “stops” or waypoints.
An interactive map plots all the waypoints for your route. Next to the map is a scrolling list of each waypoint along with a thumbnail aerial image for context and help finding that specific spot. Using the map controls, switch between road, aerial, and birds-eye view. And, of course, zoom the map in or out for more detail or landmark spotting.
Want to see where you’ve been? Turn on “Tracking” to record your GPS position as you drive. If you’ve already tracked your movement on the route, a line is drawn on the map showing your previous track.
In addition to plotting your waypoints, this page shows aerial view thumbnail images of each waypoint. You can add new waypoints, delete waypoints, and rearrange their order — either manually or let the app figure out the shortest distance.
Zoom in on a waypoint by tapping it. Alter the address, name, or add notes for that waypoint.
Windows 8 Embraced
One of the more powerful and less touted features of Windows 8 is the Search Charm. Apps, such as Route Planner 8 which make use of this integration, give you a fast and easily accessible query into the app’s data. At any time — even if the app is not open, you may pop up the Search Charm and for example, find out if you have ever been to “3110 North Ridge”.
Likewise, the Share Charm gives you a fast way to share your route or current location. Choose the Windows 8 Share Charm or select “Share Location” from Route Planner 8’s app menu bar. You are presented with a choice of apps with which to share your route or location. For example, you can easily email a link to a Bing Map that shows your current location.
As a pleasant reminder, the App’s Windows 8 Live tile shows your recently used routes. Thumbnail maps with push-pin show the last few routes you used. And, you may add additional secondary tiles for your frequently access routes.
Features, Features, Features
- Quickly map out a route.
- Enter street addresses or optionally latitude – longitude positions.
- Maintain library of any number of routes and tracks.
- Share a route.
- Share your location.
- Read routes and tracks from GPS sharing sites (GPX files.)
- Search your library of routes for addresses or notes.
- Automatically optimize a route for the shortest distance.
- Or, manually rearrange waypoints to your desired order.
- Open routes on your Windows Phone using our companion app: Walk-Run-Bike-Drive for Windows Phone 7 and coming soon Route Planner 8 for Windows Phone 8.
- Live tile maps and individual route tiles.