March 26, 2016

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.

tracks routes
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.

When Furkot exports waypoints corresponding to stops that have been tagged, the tags are exported as categories defined by the Garmin Extension Schema.

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.

Furkot Garmin
Hotel or motel Lodging
Chain hotel or motel Lodging
Campground Campground
RV park RV Park
Apartment or private room Residence
Hostel Lodging
Deal or discount Bank
Museum Museum
Religious structure Church
Ghost town or ruins Ghost Town
Tower Tower
Residence Residence
Public building City Hall
Historical site or landmark Building
Library Library
Cemetery Cemetery
Bridge Bridge
Stadium or sport venue Stadium
Amusement park Amusement Park
Theater Live Theater
Zoo, aquarium or wildlife viewing Zoo
Park Park
Forest Forest
Mountains Summit
River Fishing Area
Lake Weed Bed
Hot spring Water Source
Hiking trail Trail Head
Bicycle path Bike Trail
ATV trail ATV
Offroad route ATV
Driving route Car
Parking area Parking Area
Airport Airport
Train station Railway
Ferry terminal or route Ferry
Overlook Scenic Area
Picnic Picnic
Climbing route Summit
Skiing Ski Resort
Snowshoeing Trail Head
Dive site Diver Down Flag 1
Surf spot Swimming Area
Beach Beach
Pier or boardwalk Fishing Area
Boat ramp Boat Ramp
Marina or harbor Anchor
Restaurant Restaurant
Coffee shop Restaurant
Bar Bar
Brewery Bar
Winery Winery
Farmers' market Food Source
Grocery store Shopping Center
Convenience store Convenience Store
Shopping center Shopping Center
Drinking water Drinking Water
Restroom Restroom
Hospital or medical facility Hospital
Truck stop Truck Stop
Gas station Gas Station
Charging station Gas Station
Toll booth Toll Booth
Railroad crossing Crossing
Geocache Geocache
Favorite Favorite
Visitor center or information point Information

Driving log

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: From, From Address, To, To Address, Departure Date, Departure Time, Arrival Date, Arrival Time, Driving Time, Distance, Total Driving Time, Total Distance, Notes. The Total Driving Time and Total Distance denote cumulative time and distance from the beginning of the trip.