Introducing “RoutePlanner” for the HP webOS platform. The current version is 1.0.5. New in the latest version is export/import using CSV format files and the device’s clipboard. See this post for more information on exporting and importing.
When you have several appointments to hit in a day, 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 RoutePlanner to help you choose the best route.
RoutePlanner provides for speedy entry of multiple addresses, or “waypoints”. It maintains a list of those waypoints and plots each waypoint on a road map. As you see on the map where the addresses are situated, you can rearrange the list of waypoints to correspond to your preferred driving route. If your itinerary changes, you can delete waypoints and your map plot is automatically adjusted.
When your route is ready, take your HP webOS device and the RoutePlanner driving route with you. As you go, pinch-to-zoom in on the map for a closer look at cross street names. If you like, swipe to delete addresses as you complete each step of the route.
For each waypoint, you can optionally enter a name or note for each waypoint. For example, a note of “arrive between 3:00 and 4:00” or “Pick-up at side door” or “phone# when get near”, or, “sale begins at 9:00” etc., can be entered to help you remember details for each waypoint.
RoutePlanner helps to speed up address entry. As each address is plotted on the map, the name/note and street address inputs are cleared, but, the city is not cleared. If the next address to enter is in the same city, you do not need to enter it again. Also, after a waypoint is plotted, the input is focused for the next name/note so you can continue entering quickly.
Each waypoint on the map is assigned a sequence number. As you plot several unfamiliar addresses, you may see, for example, that it would save time if waypoint 6 were moved to the 4th waypoint. RoutePlanner gives you a simple way to do this. Just tap waypoint 6 and tap the “up” arrow twice! That’s all there is to reordering the list.
Track your progress through the route by tapping the check-box for each waypoint as you complete your business with it. Leave one unchecked as a reminder if you find you need to return to it later.
As I hinted, the idea for this app came from my wife. She loves going to yard sales and often there are quite a few. And, they are often on unfamiliar streets. She would spend hours with a paper map figuring out where sales were and writing out a route on note paper. This app not only makes that job a breeze, but, the RoutePlanner map on a webOS device is much easier to take on the go.
If you have suggestions for future version, please email me at email@example.com. Or twitter @paradiseware1.