Route Planner

Maptive’s route planner allows you to effortlessly map out the most efficient path between locations, even if you have multiple stops to make on your journey. In a matter of clicks, our route planner will provide you with a customized, detailed map that will get you from A to B (to C to D to Z) as painlessly as possible.

The result? With minimal effort, you get to look as though you have superhuman powers of productivity.

What does this efficiency elixir offer? Let’s map it out.

Maptive’s route planner allows you to:

  • Find the most efficient route between as many as 25 locations
  • Plan up to 73 stops in a single route
  • Find distances and projected travel time between locations.
  • Optimize your route so that you do not waste unnecessary time traveling unneeded miles.
  • Change the order of your route with a simple drag and drop function.
  • Plot multiple direction instances for different scenarios.
  • Export your route to file in the form of an Excel spreadsheet.
  • Color code your route for readability (and to show off that artistic flair of yours.)

Here’s the deal. You focus on the meetings you have to have, and we’ll make sure you get to them in the most efficient way possible. Your blood pressure will thank you — as will the scads of gas station workers who spend the better part of their days telling people to go back in the direction they came from.

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Google Route Planner & Maptive:

Maptive’s route planning tool works together with Google Maps to deliver a comprehensive navigational service that is intuitive and fully customizable to the needs of each user.

It’s no secret that Google Maps has changed the way we navigate. This report by Statista shows that Google Maps boasts approximately 154.4 million unique monthly users, with the next most popular competitor app trailing far behind at 25.6 million users. You know the story — “Just Google Map it” has become an acceptable addendum to someone giving out a location you have to find.

The next step in the evolution of user-friendly mapping technology is an integrative Google Map route planner — and that is exactly what Maptive offers you.

We hear the skeptics in the back row. “But isn’t Google Maps already a route planner?” you asked with eyebrow raised. Yes, Google Maps can be your guiding light from A to B, and even allows you to enter in multiple locations, but that’s where its job stops and Maptive takes over.

Maptive’s route planner takes the capabilities of Google Maps and adds the next crucial step — an optimization function. Quite simply, you don’t have to be the one drawing the lines between the dots. If Google Maps were the map and compass of yesteryear, then Maptive’s route planner would be the navigator who interpreted what to do with those tools.

How does this work in practice? Let’s take a look.

Meet Miss A. Turn. While Miss Turn is an exceptionally good saleswoman, she is a notoriously useless navigator. Of course, this shortcoming negatively impacts her in-person sales as she spends most of her meetings apologizing profusely for her lateness “even though she left at the crack of dawn again.”

Miss Turn has been using Google Maps since it hit the market and, while this service made a huge difference in her life, she found herself wasting time figuring out which order to see her clients in on a busy day. She often ended up reprogramming her map between visits and manually weighing the pros and cons of each possible option.

Since she has begun using a trip route planner, she doesn’t have to spend a single second pondering the question of whether she has decided to plan her day in the most efficient way possible. All she has to do it input her data, and the route planner does the rest. What’s more, when combined with other Maptive tools, as we shall see in a moment, she can quickly see which areas to focus her efforts on to lead to maximum conversions.

Happy to have navigated your way to Maptive’s route planner? Follow us as we take you through how it works.

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How to use our Multi Stop Route Planner:

We know. Seeing multiple clients on one journey can feel like the route of all evil, especially if you are attempting to navigate a new area. Since we love maps and you love a no-stress approach to navigation, our Google Maps route planner will let you focus on what you do best while we do the same.

Don’t be alarmed when you find out how very easy it is to use the route planner:

1.Choose a starting point.

You can do this by either:

  • Selecting your current location, the default setting of the tool
  • Clicking on a location you have inputted into your map by hovering over the relevant marker and selecting “Add to route.”
  • Manually typing in a new location into the location window

Done? Next step.

2. Add all the locations you need to visit.

In the location window, click on the + sign adjacent to “Add Additional Location.” You then have the same options you had when selecting your starting location. You can use the Lasso and Fill Location option to draw a shape around all of the map locations you want to add to your route.

3. Get Directions.

Once you have inputted all of your locations, it’s time to view your beautiful new route by clicking on the shiny green “Get Directions” button. (And remember, you can get your route displayed in whatever color you think would best represent it.)

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There you have it. Your route perfectly visualized on your personal map.

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But that’s not where it ends. The next step is to make your route as efficient as possible.

4. Optimize Route.

When you select to optimize your route, you will be presented with the following options:
Add another directions instance, if you would like to compare different route options to each other
Replace existing directions, if your goal is to find the most efficient route.

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Select whichever option bests suits you and you’re ready to set out on your trip armed with a map that will guide you along the unique route you have to follow.

5. Use your map in whatever way suits you.

The route planner allows you the option to read your directions in the side panel, follow along on the map or employ additional Maptive tools to further customize how your journey is visualized. The details of your journey are clearly laid out, including information about the distances between one place and another, and the estimated time it will take you to get there. You have the option of exporting this data in the format of an Excel spreadsheet or printing it right from Maptive.

Even if you’ve never nerded out on maps before, this kind of user-friendly customization will make anyone see the beauty in contemporary cartography.

Driving Route Planner – How it will give you direction in life:

We have seen a range of people in various industries who have come to experience the route planner as a game changer when it comes to their productivity. From consultants who have multiple meetings in various locations over a short space of time, to film crews who have to plot out the most cost-effective way to fit multiple locations into one day, a multi-stop route planner can change the way you do business.

And it doesn’t have to stop there.

If you want to use your route planner for pleasure rather than business, we won’t tell anyone. Yes, that’s right. You could map out the road trip of a century, making sure to hit all the spots on your bucket list without wasting any time along the way.

What’s more, the Route Planner works in conjunction with other tools in the Maptive kit.

Radius and Proximity Tool:

The Radius and Proximity tool allows you to easily select a radius of your chosen size around a given location so that you are able to determine the proximity of various locations in an instant. This analysis can be the ideal companion to the route planner by allowing you to first determine which locations it might make sense to visit on a particular journey.

Drive Time Polygons:

With the The Drive Time Polygon tool, you can quickly visualize the driving distances between locations on your customized map. As with the Proximity Tool, this can serve as a useful precursor to mapping out your path with the route planner, as it allows you to see what locations it would be feasible to include.

Lasso Tool:

Once you start using the lasso tool with your route planner, you’ll wonder how you ever organized anything without it. It gives you the opportunity to highlight a specific area by manually sketching it out. You can then optimize routes within that area, export only that selection or apply criteria to that unique data set.

Ready to start playing? We thought you might be. Sign up for your free trial here:

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And start plotting out the next journey in your future!

[Full Disclosure: Be prepared for people to ask you, “Wow, how do you do it?” You may even have to suffer through becoming a time management role model to many.]

Root canals should be painful. Route planning doesn’t have to be.