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Opening MSST files in MapPoint

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    Opening MSST files in MapPoint

    I have a MSST '07 file I am opening in MapPoint '09. The MSST file has pushpins that were imported and then manually adjusted.

    When opening in MapPoint, it places the pushpins in the location they were originally imported in to MSST - not the lat/long of where they currently are in MSST.

    When the MapPoint file opens, it knows it is a different file type and formats it, but does not give any option on what field to match/geocode based on.

    I need to get the file in to MapPoint because I want to then export the data in to Excel. So I cannot even go a long route of importing the raw data in to MapPoint, because that it what I'm trying to figure out.

    Any thoughts on how to overcome?

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    Re: Opening MSST files in MapPoint

    Hi Dave,

    Welcome to the forum.

    There's a library for reading and writing directly to MapPoint and Streets & Trips binary files --
    Utilizing MapPoint for Emergency Services, MapLinx Pro, Greg Slayden, Action Engine

    See: st2gpx: convert between Microsoft Map and GPX and
    GPSBabel: file format capabilities

    However, I don't know if it's going to find and write out the actual, adjusted location or the original lat/lon.. :-/

    Maybe you can try it out and let us know if it does what you want?

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    Re: Opening MSST files in MapPoint

    Anyone have this file (st2gpx.zip) or know where else to get it? Doesn't look like it is available on that website anymore.


    Per website...
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    Download st2gpx.zip from the files page and unzip into a suitable directory.

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    Re: Opening MSST files in MapPoint

    I think maybe it's part of GPS Babel no?

    GPSBabel Downloads

    It looks like it's one of the supported formats --

    GPSBabel: file format capabilities
    Microsoft Streets and Trips 2002-2007
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    st2gpx.zip

    I found this folder on my hard drive from 2003 and zipped it up.. not sure if it was the same thing for download on the other site.
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    Re: Opening MSST files in MapPoint

    Hi Eric,

    Thanks for the direction and help. I tried the converter below, but was continue to get errors. However, the converter idea seemed to be the way to go. I found other one that I was success in using.

    POIConverter

    It converted a MSST .est file to Excel (.xls). I had to take all the pushpins and make them part of a route to work successfully, but it sure worked.

    Thanks again for the suggestions.
    Dave

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    Re: Opening MSST files in MapPoint

    It looks like it will work with MapPoint, too... cool.

    * Microsoft Map files (*.axe,*.est,*.ptm) PushPin and route data

    While we're at it, I want to mention Gilles Kohl's PinsToFile2006 --
    PinsToFile2006
    I think it requires MapPoint to be installed (it does not read the binary ptm file directly), but is probably better for MapPoint.

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