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How to connect the dots?

This is a discussion on How to connect the dots? within the MapPoint Desktop Discussion forums, part of the Map Forums category; Greetings, This is my first post and I stumbled across your forum while researching how to do something. Please forgive ...

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    63expert is offline Really green newbie White Belt
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    How to connect the dots?

    Greetings,
    This is my first post and I stumbled across your forum while researching how to do something. Please forgive me if I have posted in the wrong area. I've tried searching the forum and can't seem to find a simple answer to my question. So, here goes ......

    I have taken some GPS tracks and have them in CSV format. I used the data import in Mappoint to open up my CSV file and it did a great job of placing red dots for me all over the screen and they appear to be an accurate display of my travels. However, they are stand alone dots. They don't show which came when. Of course I can double click on them and get a balloon that gives me that information, but that's not a quick and easy grapical display.

    Is there a way to connect the dots with arrows showing which came when and the direction?

    Please be gentle as I'm pretty proud I made it this far, and not sure how to get to the next step.

    Thanks!
    63Expert

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    Re: How to connect the dots?

    I was going to approach a solution - to see if it could easily be done -

    What are the columns headers you're bringing in for your CSV ? (hard to explain why I'm asking )

    Also ball park figure - how many pts are you talking about ? 5 ? 50? or 500 ?

    I ask because one solution could use the MP symbols for pushpins that use (1) (2) etc..

    Myself I was thinking to create a polyline - that would get you the lines between the points

    using Route as well would include lines pt to pt I imagine.

    I don't know if import wizard allows you to specify to bring pts in as part of a polyline OR as if they are stops on a route. Sounds like that's what you want though end result graphically.

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    Re: How to connect the dots?

    Hi,

    Suppose you have 2 gps positions, one on Loc1 and one on Loc2, then you can connect them as follow:

    Code:
    Shape s = MP.ActiveMap.Shapes.AddLine(Loc1, Loc2);
    s.Line.EndArrowhead = true;

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    Re: How to connect the dots?

    tfmiltz: No the data import doesn't.
    You could use custom programming (as per Wilfried's suggestion) to connect each point. IMHO this would be the tidiest solution.

    Or the route idea could be used with custom programming or my RouteReader utility (a part of RouteWriter). To do this, you would add a column with a sequence number. Import the points as pushpins, then tell RouteReader to add the points to a route in the order specified by the sequence number.

    Wilfried: I sent you a PM last week. Did you get it? If not, I'll try to dig up your email and send it that way...

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    Re: How to connect the dots?

    Well, the track I started with was about 500 points per day. I trimmed it down to just one day that I was interested in. I trimmed out a bunch of data down to where I just had date, time, lat, lon. Then I added another column that I labeled as 'index'. I did this so I could see them in numerical order, you know 1 before 2 and 2 before 220, etc. This helped me looking at it on the basic pin map.
    I have just the basic Mappoint (2004) that my company bought for an application we don't use anymore. I just started playing with it for fun more than anything else. I have figured out how to change the color of the dots based upon the time of day, but that's about it.
    When you guys are talking about custom programming, I don't see a way to do that (remember, I'm really green here). I assume you are talking about Visual Basic? I'm not a programmer by any means. I wrote a lot of stuff in plain old basic back in the 80's, but that's been a few years ago.
    Thanks for the suggestions thus far, this is just something for fun, not something I can invest much money into, just to show my wife where I went four wheeling last weekend! Thanks guys, I'll keep reading!

    63Expert

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