You can export your trip at any time from the Trip drawer. Click the export button and Furkot will prompt you to select a file format. Furkot will create a copy of your trip plan in the desired format and will download it to your computer.
Before you export your trip, make sure it has no warnings: while some - like the warning about weekends - are merely informational, most are a sign that something is not quite right with your trip and the exported file may not be as you expect it.
Furkot exports trip plans in following formats:
- GPS eXchange format (.gpx) files that can be used with many types of GPS devices. Options described below
- KML files (.kml) that can be uploaded into Google Earth and Google Maps
- Files in proprietary formats supported by various GPS devices and navigation apps. Check the full list
- iCalendar (.ics) files that can be imported into calendar applications like iCal, Google Calendar, or Outlook
- Driving log as comma-separated values (.csv) that can be opened by most spreadsheet applications: Excel, Numbers, Calc, Google Docs etc. Fields described below
Every exported file regardless of a format will contain information about stops. Certain file formats support additional routing information in the form of routes and/or tracks. When exporting routing information, Furkot prepares one route and/or track for each day of the trip.
Track is a point-by-point representation of your trip course. Tracks always contain all points from your trip course. Tracks are best suited for displaying your trip on the map. A few GPS devices and navigation apps let you navigate along the track, but in most cases routes are better for navigation purposes.
Route is a series of points that helps your GPS device or navigation app navigate along your trip course. The number of points required to navigate along the same course as calculated by Furkot depends on the type of navigation (highway vs. off-road) and your GPS device or navigation app. Check your device/app limits and recommendations before you set it.
You can control the number of points per route and thus the degree to which exported routes trace the trip course as planned in Furkot. The route always contains all the stops for the day. It also contains all the pass-through points that anchor the trip course. Additionally the route is padded with additional points so that at least the specified number of points is included in each route. Many GPS devices limit the number of points per route: try exporting several versions of the route, with different values of the points per route specified, to strike a balance between the accuracy of your route and the limitations of your GPS device.
If the format supports it, routes and tracks will be named. By default, the route/track name is based on the day number and date. You can provide your own names for routes and/or tracks by creating day themes (labels). If the format supports it, day descriptions are also exported.
The exact steps required to transfer the exported file to a GPS device or a navigation app depend on the device or the app. If you need instructions for your GPS device consult its manual or contact its manufacturer support department: Garmin, TomTom.
There are many navigation apps that can be used with Furkot. The few that we tested are listed here.
GPS eXchange format
GPX files are used by many GPS devices and navigation apps. They contain a combinations of waypoints, routes and tracks. The exact content of the exported GPX file depends on the export options.
|A single route with one routepoint for each trip stop|
|Waypoints representing trip stops and GPX tracks representing trip course. One track for each day|
|Waypoints representing trip stops and routes based on trip course. One route for each day. The number of routepoints depends on the _points per route_ value.|
|Waypoints representing trip stops, tracks and routes representing trip course. One track and one route for each day. The number of routepoints depends on the _points per route_ value.|
There is no established standard for symbols in the GPX files. To offer some measure of interoperability Furkot uses Garmin proprietary names. Below is a selection of Furkot stop icons and corresponding Garmin names.
|Hotel or motel||Lodging|
|Chain hotel or motel||Lodging|
|RV park||RV Park|
|Apartment or private room||Residence|
|Deal or discount||Bank|
|Ghost town or ruins||Ghost Town|
|Public building||City Hall|
|Historical site or landmark||Building|
|Stadium or sport venue||Stadium|
|Amusement park||Amusement Park|
|Zoo, aquarium or wildlife viewing||Zoo|
|Hot spring||Water Source|
|Hiking trail||Trail Head|
|Bicycle path||Bike Trail|
|Parking area||Parking Area|
|Ferry terminal or route||Ferry|
|Dive site||Diver Down Flag 1|
|Surf spot||Swimming Area|
|Pier or boardwalk||Fishing Area|
|Boat ramp||Boat Ramp|
|Marina or harbor||Anchor|
|Farmers' market||Food Source|
|Grocery store||Shopping Center|
|Convenience store||Convenience Store|
|Shopping center||Shopping Center|
|Drinking water||Drinking Water|
|Hospital or medical facility||Hospital|
|Truck stop||Truck Stop|
|Gas station||Gas Station|
|Charging station||Gas Station|
|Toll booth||Toll Booth|
|Visitor center or information point||Information|
Furkot exports a driving log in CSV format setting character encoding to
Unicode (UTF-8), using comma
, as a delimiter to separate fields and enclosing each field in double quotes
" (text delimiter). Not all spreadsheet applications assume those options automatically for the CSV file. When opening or importing the driving log into a spreadsheet application, you may need to set those options explicitly; otherwise the file may not be interpreted correctly.
The driving log exported from Furkot contains an entry for every route segment between stops with the following fields:
Total Driving Time,
Total Driving Time and
Total Distance denote cumulative time and distance from the beginning of the trip.