This software helps users to import/export waypoints into Microsoft MapPoint to help plan routes and then navigate the same easily.
RouteWriter add-in imports and exports waypoints for Microsoft MapPoint routes whilst maintaining their route order. The key is the ability to maintain the waypoints order. The native feature of MapPoint as pushpins but the order does get re-arranged many a times. These waypoints and the pushpins are exported to spreadsheets with the attributes like distance, time, coordinate, address data, and any other pushpin data fields. Routes optimizing can be by way of one of two methods. Names can be matched but if duplicates exist then there are problems. Whereas using name and distance usually provides better results through the process may be somewhat slower. RouteWriter has a ‘RouteReader’ that can be used to import routes from pushpins in a pre-determined order. A pushpin data field determines the order. This field can be text or a number though usually it is a sequence number.
So if you are planning customer visit routes or service calls this software could be very useful. The software works with MapPoint 2002 onwards so if you have the older version, no need to upgrade. You can easily export route pushpins to Excel or in the format. Addresses and/or co-ordinates can be output for each of the pushpins. Exporting of the rest breaks also is possible. You could output waypoints in an optimum order rather than the currently available one. The software works with MapPoint versions right up to 2010 and all the geographic and language versions. It is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7. If you have to plan optimum routes often, this is a very good tool for you.