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Old 03-27-2013, 03:36 PM   #1
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Google Maps Export, iPhone, Turn-by-Turn... Finally!

The premise is simple... I want to define my route in Google Maps (or one of the other online route planners like TourStart and Harley Ride Planner which are both excellent), and export it to the iPhone where I can then get Turn-by-Turn directions.

I've been pulling my hair out trying to get this to work. Lots of threads on here about it but none with a solution. I was about to give up, matter of fact I ordered a Garmin from Amazon yesterday because I was finally consigned to the fact that it just was not currently possible.

Then later that evening I made a break through, and discovered it is indeed possible! Here's how...

Requirements
Navigon for iPhone ($ Depends on area) - http://www.navigon.com/site/us/en/mo...vigator/iphone
ITN Converter (Free) - http://www.benichou-software.com/index.php
Dropbox (Free) - http://db.tt/MyhWwtkT

In lieu of Dropbox you can also use email but I won't be covering that here, besides... if you sign up for Dropbox with the link above I get a little extra space :)

Installation and Setup
1) Install Navigon on your iPhone by downloading it from the App Store.
2) Install Dropbox on your PC by downloading it from the link above.
3) Install Dropbox on your iPhone by downloading it from the App Store.
4) Create a folder under Dropbox on your PC called Routes
5) Install ITN Converter on your PC by downloading THE TRAVEL VERSION from the link above and unzipping it to your Dropbox\Routes folder.

Usage
1) Run ITNConv.exe from your Dropbox\Routes folder. If you know anything about Dropbox you'll know this is very handy, as you can install Dropbox on multiple PC's, and always have the software available to play with.

2) What I normally do to begin with is setup some Starting Points. So in the example I'm going to create a Starting Point at Oars & Paddlers Park which is just down the road from where I live, and is a good place to start out from.



3) Click Editor and a map should pop up. You can set the program to use just about any map provider you want, I'm using Google Maps. I zoom into the Park and left click on it, then click Add to itinerary in the dialog box. You'll see it added in the Waypoints box.



4) Hit the Green Check Mark in the upper right corner which will take you back to ITN Converter. You can double click on the waypoint and give it a different name, or just leave it as is.

5) Select GPS eXchange 1.0 (*.gpx) from the Export File Format selection and hit Export. Save the file as SP-PaddlersPark.gpx. Go ahead and close ITN Converter.



6) Now let's define our first Route and get it into Navigon. In this example I want to take a ride up Tropical Trail to Rotary Park.

7) Open ITN Converter and select a Starting Point, in my case I'll open SP-PaddlersPark.gpx.



8) Click the Editor button to open your map. At this point you could add your destination as a waypoint and let Google define the route for you, however I like to add waypoints myself. I find this works best otherwise Navigon may route you different than what you would expect.

You have to remember you are just feeding Navigon the waypoints and it will use it's algorithm (which may be slight different than gooles) to route you. The more waypoints you give it the more likely you will get the route you expect.

So here you can see I've added a waypoint at the start of Tropical Trail, this ensure Navigon does not try to route me up 513 instead.



9) This is a pretty short route so I'll add one more waypoint and then my destination.



10) Next I just need to click the green Check Mark in the upper right corner and my route will be transferred to ITN Converter.



11) At this point I usually like to save the route in .gpx format for editing purposes, or to later refine it. Make sure GPS eXchange 1.0 (*gpx) is selected and click Export. Name the file R-PaddlersPark-RotaryPark.gpx. Now this file can be re-opened and editing at any time.

12) Time to get it into Navigon. Believe it or not this is the easiest part! Select Navigon MN 7,iPHone (*route...) from the Export file format list and click Export.

13) PAY ATTENTION HERE! You have to chage the extension to .target or it will not work!



14) Ok, open up Dropbox on your iPhone, navigate to the Routes folder and click on R-PaddlersPark-RotaryPark.target and you'll get this nasty screen.



15) Not to worry, see the little Down Arrow on the bottom left, click on it and you'll be give the option to open the file in Navigon.



16) There it is, your route ready to be used for Turn by Turn Navigation. You can save the route in Navigon and interact with it in lots of ways. Another nice thing about Navigon is you can simulate the route, so you can play through it before your trip to make sure everything is working correctly. Enjoy

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Old 03-27-2013, 05:15 PM   #2
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Awesome write up! I'll be sure and use this.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:40 PM   #3
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Thank you very much for the detailed write up. Now I need to figure out how to translate your instructions for use on the Mac. Hopefully there are similar programs made for my OS.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:41 PM   #4
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Thanks for the write-up. I was reading the FAQs for the Navigon software.
It states,
" A limited GPS signal can have different reasons:

▪ Bad positioning of the iPhone in the car. Like with every portable
navigation device, the iPhone should always have a "free view to the sky".

▪ Metallized thermally insulated windshield.

Usage of design or protective covers has a very negative
influence on the reception of a GPS signal.
"

I have a LifeProof case and would want to leave it on for moto-navigation with the iPhone.

Can you offer any insight to this?
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:58 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by DirtyDog View Post

Usage of design or protective covers has a very negative
influence on the reception of a GPS signal.
"

I have a LifeProof case and would want to leave it on for moto-navigation with the iPhone.

Can you offer any insight to this?
I've been using the Otterbox with mine and have not had any problems with reception. I've only done short day trips so far, plan on doing a longer trip from Florida to South Carolina soon, this will be a big test of the whole procedure. For the short trips it's been working really well though.

Here's the Otterbox I have...

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Old 04-01-2013, 08:48 PM   #6
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Ok. I'll be and

The fact that when used on the motorcycle with a largely unimpeded view of the sky might outweigh the slight reduction in satellite reception. At least, I hope.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:11 AM   #7
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Usage of design or protective covers has a very negative
influence on the reception of a GPS signal.
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I have a LifeProof case and would want to leave it on for moto-navigation with the iPhone.
Not sure what version of iPhone you have, but I went with a Mophie Outdoor case which provides a serious enclosure for the phone. It also extends the battery by 150% which is the main reason I went with it. Here is a link to details on the case (link): mophie juice pack PRO outdoor edition - iPhone 4 & 4S Battery Case

The mount system that I've ordered is made by RAM Mounts. They produce a vast array of mounting devices for motorcycles (link): RAM Mounts
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:02 AM   #8
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bdolnik - Nice work! I'll be using this as well. Been using Dropbox for some time transferring E plans to/from clients. I'll load thru my home PC to get you some more space.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:25 AM   #9
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bdolnik - Nice work! I'll be using this as well. Been using Dropbox for some time transferring E plans to/from clients. I'll load thru my home PC to get you some more space.
LOL Vader, thanks... can never have too much space ;)

Can't wait to hear how it works for others, so once you get it going definitely let me know how it works for you.

I went on a trip this weekend to Disney where I mapped out all back roads over there and one thing I found is that you have to be careful where you put your waypoints, because what it does is route you waypoint to waypoint. What happens is that if I put a waypoint to close to a turn onto a new road, it gets you to the waypoint and then you don't get the next turn info in time, and are left wondering which way to go.

This sounds confusing when I read it back so not sure if I'm explaining it well, but just boils down too... "DON'T place waypoints at intersections".
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:35 AM   #10
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One more thing on the Otterbox... the reason I chose that is I don't normally keep a case on my iPhone for every day use. I only wanted a case that I could quickly get the iphone in and out of for trail rides or inclement weather. This Otterbox fits the bill nicely because the whole back swings off and the iPhone just 'sits' inside. I use the this thing for attaching it to the bike...

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Old 04-04-2013, 07:40 AM   #11
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[QUOTE
I went on a trip this weekend to Disney where I mapped out all back roads over there and one thing I found is that you have to be careful where you put your waypoints, because what it does is route you waypoint to waypoint. What happens is that if I put a waypoint to close to a turn onto a new road, it gets you to the waypoint and then you don't get the next turn info in time, and are left wondering which way to go.

This sounds confusing when I read it back so not sure if I'm explaining it well, but just boils down too... "DON'T place waypoints at intersections".[/QUOTE]


Thanks nik, understood and duly noted.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:39 AM   #12
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Thanks for the write-up.
I am having some trouble once I reach step 14. After I add .target to the name and attempt to open the file in dropbox, It does not show navigon as an option when I hit the drop-down tab. Mine just displays the "unable to open" screen. I did notice that my file is displayed as name.target.route I cant seem to lose the .route designation. Is that the problem here?
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:47 AM   #13
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Never mind. I just needed to right click on the name and use the rename feature to drop the .route extension. After that it showed the Navigon link and opened right up. Thanks again!
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:59 PM   #14
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A related question -- don't want to Highjack. Would putting an adapter on the bike and just plugging the phone into that solve the battery time problem?

BTW: Thanks I've been trying to solve the "route to iPad" thing for a long time.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:26 PM   #15
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Would putting an adapter on the bike and just plugging the phone into that solve the battery time problem.
Yea, Powerlet seems to have this covered pretty well although I have not got one yet.
http://www.powerlet.com/shop-by-prod...-cables/PWRCBL

Another option if you are camping is one of these which looks really cool, I'm really close to purchasing one myself.
http://www.rei.com/product/846334/bi...ning-campstove

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