Why are we changing the application on Sep 1, 2014?
The Google Maps Flash API is deprecated and will no longer work after Sep 2, 2014. We will be switching to Google's JS3 API version on Sep 1, 2014. The new version only allows 10 addresses without signing up for their business version which requires a huge yearly fee. We are working on ways to increase the number of waypoints and options, and still keep the application free. The good thing about switching to the new version is that our application will work on all Apple devices, such as the iPad and iPhone. We were hoping to have it working with 23 waypoints, but it's doesn't look like we will before Sep 2, 2014. We appreciate everyones support and hopefully we will have the application working with more addresses and options soon.
How does the application works?
The route optimizer was developed to allow users and businesses to find the fastest route between multiple addresses. The application using an unique optimization algorithm we developed and has the power of Google Maps to provide accurate routes and directions.
How do I use the route optimizer?
To use the route optimizer just enter a start address to the "Start Location" input box and then enter as many other addresses as needed to the "Location" input boxes (i.e. Location 1, Location 2, etc...). If you would like to enter an end address just add it to the "End Location" input box. Adding an end address is optional. To add more address input boxes just click on the "Add Location" button. This will add one more location input box.
How many addresses can I add?
For now the limit is 24 addresses. We are working to increase the number of addresses that can be optimized and hope to have it out soon.
What is the best way to add multiple addresses?
If you have several addresses that need to be entered it would be easier to use the import option. To use this feature just select the "Import Addresses" button and copy and paste your addresses into the text area. Each address will need to be on a separate line. After all addresses are entered select the "OK" button to import the addresses.
Is this site free to use?
Yes, we thought a free site like this was needed and would be helpful to a lot of people and businesses who need a quick way of finding the fastest route between several addresses.
Why does it takes several few minutes to generate large numbers of addresses?
This is because the application is going through large numbers of combinations. For example with 5 addresses it goes through 120 different address combinations.
Why am I receiving an error saying "Too many request in a short period of time"?
This is because Google's server can only receive a certain number of requests per second. We have designed this application so it does not send too many requests too soon, but this was based on our system and network so there could be some problems on other users systems and networks. Another possible reason this error could be displayed is the number of requests allowed per second is limited by IP address. So if several users are running this application at the same time from one location, such as in an office, they might also receive this error. This error should be fixed but if you receive this error just closed down the browser (i.e. Explorer, Firefox) and try again if you receive this error.
Will there be any new features added to the route optimizer?
Yes we hope to add many more features and to keep improving the speed and increase the number of address that can be optimized. An option we hope to be able to add will be the ability to export multiple addresses to a GPS unit using other GPS formats. If there are any new features you would like to see please send us your request using the form on the "Contact Us" page.
How do I export the optimized route to a GPS unit?
To export the optimized route to a GPS unit select the "Export to GPS" button after the best route is generated. The addresses from the optimized route will be converted to csv format which can be used by most GPS units. The file can then be added to a GPS unit.
Can I change the order of addresses in the optimized route?
Yes the order of the addresses in the optimized route can be changed by using the mouse to drag and drop them to another location in the list. As soon as an address is moved the application recalculates the route. Multiple addresses can be moved by holding down the control button and then using the mouse button to drag and drop them to another position in the list.
Can I add tags to the addresses to better identify them after optimizing a route?
Yes tags can be added inside the location input boxes using these brackets < >. For example <'My House'> Raleigh NC. The tag has to be in front of the address.
Does your application sort the optimized route by duration or distance?
By default we have the route optimizer set to calculate by the shortest time. This means that the route is calcaluted based on the shortest travel time instead of the shortest distance. This option can be changed to calculate based on the shortest distance by selecting the "Distance" button.
Why do we have a donate button?
We added a donate button to help with the cost of maintaining and updating the site. Since our site is free and has very little advertising we donít generate much profit to pay for expenses. If you find our site helpful please help us out by making donations so we can continue to maintain and update the site. Any amount is appreciated. Thanks.