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Lea
10-08-2009, 08:19 AM
Hi guys. I am new here, have had a good look through but cant find a specific enough answer to my query - so am posting it up.

I run a property agency.

Next week I am going out to see multiple properties around Wolverhampton, Walsall etc in West Midlands (England)

I have got street names, and town (I do not have postcode)

Around 200 destinations to visit

I want to enter all of the street names and towns into something that will calculate a route - on a map (or for my tom tom one???)

I need to put them in the order that will mean less driving / fuel - as I can arrive at any time at any destination.

I am not too fussed about cost - as I will have to do this again and again. BUT of course I would like it if it was free (ha ha of course)

please please can anyone tell me the best option - on or off-line, that will be very easy to use and look good on a map.

thank you in advance for any help.

Lea xx

Winwaed
10-08-2009, 09:04 AM
MapPoint could load the data from Excel/Access/etc and find the best (shortest or fastest) order. 200 points will take a few minutes to compute (it is computationally a difficult problem - especially with 200 stops).

Getting the result to your Tom-Tom might be more difficult. MapPoint 2010 has a GPX export option which might work. There are also some mobile device options (Garmin, or MSN devices I think). You may need to experiment a bit here, or wait for someone to come along who has used these new options with a Tom-Tom.

MapPoint 2010 is not yet available for the UK - should be out by or around the end of the year.
There's a much cheaper version of MapPoint that is intended for route navigation (MapPoint adds business mapping options, customisation, etc). This is called "Streets & Trips". The UK version is sold as "AutoRoute" although the latest version is a couple of years old. Contrary to many articles and blog posts, AutoRoute has NOT been dropped by Microsoft. However it is unclear if a 2010 version will be released or not. If it is, then this would be an alternative option that will be quite a bit cheaper than MapPoint.

Finally, both MapPoint & AutoRoute could run on a laptop. Fit a GPS receiver, and it could do the navigation for you, instead of your Tom-Tom.

Richard

Mattys Consulting
10-08-2009, 09:06 AM
Hi Lea,

You'll need to split this job up into smaller pieces as it will
probably take a few days.
Alex, at Lead Mapping Solutions (http://www.leadmappingsolutions.com), is really good at this.

Mike Mattys
Mattys Consulting Maps & Custom Programming (http://www.mattysconsulting.com)