Once you are in Routelab, click on "New Route", give your new route a suitable name, indicate whether you want to keep the route private or public and indicate whether it is a walking, cycling or driving route. Then you automatically enter the route operator.
In the route editor, you can:
- Create routes by placing route points;
- Manage favorites and POIs (Points of Interest):
- Search and directly book a hotel;
- Save the route on your hard drive in the most common file formats;
- Export the route to the most common navigational systems;
- Share the route by e-mail, Twitter, Facebook.
1. First, click on 'Route lab' and then on '+ Create a new route'.
- Enter the name of the route here and choose whether you want to set the route as private, visible for friends or visible for everyone.
2. The route editor will be opened and the route will automatically be saved in your route archive (Profile > Routes).
Later, and in other manuals, we go deeper into the functions.
1. Enter an address here to place a route point.
2. Here you will find information about the route, how long it is and how long it will last.
3. Zoom in and out. (can also use the scroll wheel of your mouse)
4. Add a route point with coordinates.
5. Activate StreetView. (it will be possible to start Streetview on every blue road).
6. If you click on this, the map zooms in on the (set) current location.
7. Here you will find all the route points below each other.
8. If you click on this you will see the route information of the route. You can also change certain settings here.
9. Here you can leave a comment on your route or respond to someone else's route.
10. Here you will find your favorite route points.
11. If you click on this you can add another route in your current route.
12. If you click on this you can add a track log to your current route.
13. Click this if you want to export the route with the MyRoute-app connector.
14. Click on this if you want to save the route on the computer as (for example) a .GPX file. (there are several file types that we support).
15. Here you find the Toolkit functions of the set map. (note, each card has different toolkit functions)
16. Set here which card you wish to use (note, the route calculation varies by map)
17. Here you can share the route, you can do this on MyRoute-app itself (activities), Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, link or embed the route and place it on your own website.
18. Here you can try different map layers, for example the openstreet map. (Note, this only changes the appearance of the map, this does not affect the route calculation that is still done by the map-calculator itself).
3. Create the route using the Google Maps map.
- Enter an address into the search bar on the top left to place a first route point;
- As soon as you start to type, Google Maps will show you search results;
- Or double click your mouse into the map to place a first route point;
4. A pop-up window will appear, Google Maps will automatically name your route point; you can remove this name and give it a name of your own.
- Click on accept if everything is according to your wishes
Naam van het routepunt = Name of the route point
Klik op 'Accepteren' als alles goed staat = Click on 'Accept' if everything is according to your wishes
5. A first route point will appear in the map, the route point will also be shown on the left in the 'list of route points'.
6. If you click on the route point, a pop-up window will appear, in this window you have the following possibilities:
- 1. You can change the name of the route point;
- 2. You can completely zoom in on the route point;
- 3. You can search, find and book a hotel in the surrounding of the route point;
- 4. You can remove the route point;
- 5. You can open more options.
When you click on number 5. you will see that several options become visible.
- 6. You can turn the route point into a 'favorite' route point, the 'favorite route point' will be saved on the left side in the list of route points as well as in the list of your favorites in the app;
- 7. You can turn the route point into your starting point, this is really convenient if you are using somebody else's route;
7. For a next route point, you can double click on the map or enter an address again as seen in point 3:
- Google Maps will calculate the fastest route between the first and the second route point;
- The distance and estimated duration will be shown on the left in the list of route points.
In the picture you see at the arrow the route line from route point 1 to 2.
And left in the route points overview you now see route point 2. Also there is the estimated travel time.
8. You can drag the route line to adjust the route history:
Move your mouse to the route line and click the left mouse button;
The 'plus' becomes a 'ball', you can drag the route line by holding down the left mouse button;
Where you release your left mouse button, a new route point appears, the route is now adjusted. This route point is between the original 2. Hence the route point 2 has become and the original 2nd route point is now route point 3.
9. Now you can complete the route by placing route points as mentioned in point 3 and point 7 and dragging the route lines as mentioned in point 8:
- The route you have created will automatically be saved under 'Profile' > 'Routes';
- See a completed route as example in the image below.
10. Tips & tricks
- In the next manuals we'll go deeper into the matter, for example we'll play with various maps and toolkit functionalities;
- I myself usually create a route by turning landmarks and pretty roads that I found on the internet into route points. Then you'll have for example 6 route points for 250 kilometers, Between these 6 route points I drag the blue line until I think I have a nice route. Six route points for 250 kilometers is not enough, so I use the toolkit functionality 'expand'.;
- Once I created a route, I check all the route points by completely zooming in and checking if they are all put on the road correctly and if they are on the correct side of the road;
- When it comes to landmarks and places to have lunch, I use satellite, OpenStreetMap and MapQuest to check if the route points have been correctly placed;
- If I doubt whether the road I chose is nice, I check it using the other maps;
- It's also important not to place route points on roundabouts, near an exit or a drive-up. Every GPS has an error margin; if a route points is placed 2 meters in front of an exit, the route point might be placed on that exit in your GPS and then it will send you into the wrong direction. Avoid placing route points on split lanes. If the route point is placed on the wrong lane, your navigational system will make you drive extra rounds;
- Watch an instructional video below.