Places.com will give you traveling directions from one place to another. If you have several places you need to go to, Places.com can provide you the shortest path between them. This is known academically as the traveling salesman problem.
When enough of a route has been specified, a Route button will appear on the Places page (between the All Places and New Address buttons).
|In this example, 8 places of a route have been specified – a Start point, 6 waypoints (stopovers) and a final destination End point.
Tapping the Route button displays the route with place to place traveling directions.
Places.com can route a maximum of 8 waypoints between one start point and one end point. Traveling directions can be provided for driving, bicycling or walking. Select the traveling mode under Application Settings.
Specifying Places to Route
Places to route must be in your personal database. Any place in your personal database can be a starting point, one of up to 8 waypoints, or an ending point. Add places to your personal database by checking in, by typing in the address and saving the place, or from a list of places nearby. (For more information, see Finding A Place.)
To add a place to your route, go to the map screen by tapping the place from the Places page. On the map screen, tap the (map and pencil icon) button to open the four route buttons below it. If the place is already part of your route, one of the Start, Waypoint or End buttons will be white instead of gray. Tap a white button to remove the place from the route. Tap a gray Start, Waypoint or End button to add the place to the route. To start over, tap the Clear button.
|In this example, the location has already been designated as the starting point.
The number in parentheses on the Clear button says there are a total of 8 points so far in this route. The Start, Waypoint and End buttons indicate 1 start point, 1 end point and 6 stopovers in between.
Places.com will determine the best order for visiting each of the 6 stopovers resulting in the shortest distance traveled.
Tap the Clear button to clear the current route and start over.
Since the Start button is white, tap Start to remove this place as a waypoint and make it the start point.
Tap Waypoint would remove this place as a waypoint.
Tap End to specify this place as an End point instead of a waypoint.
Tapping the Route button on the Places page will list the places in order of the shortest path. A Show Map button will replace the New Address button.
|In this example, we start at the Manoa Valley Inn. It shows 0.8 miles and a travel time of 4 minutes, to the first waypoint, which is Punahou School.
Each point indicates the number of miles and minutes to the next point.
The final destination is Aloha Tower Marketplace.
The Show Map button, described next, provides a shortened summary of the route.
Show Route Map
Tapping the Show Map button will display a map and summary of the route.
|In this example, 8 places of a route have been specified as summarized above the map.
The total travel distance is shown as 38 miles from start to finish.
Driving time (only) would be about 1 and 1/2 hours. You need to add how much time you spend at each place because this estimate assumes zero stopover time.
If the travel mode (in Preferences) is set to bicycling or walking, the travel time parameter will indicate Bicycling or Walking instead of Driving.
The map displays each point in order of visit.
Tapping the left edge of a place will open a map with directions from that place to the next.
|For directions from one place to the next, tap the left edge of the place.
In this example show the directions from the 7th place (Iolani Palace) and the last place (Aloha Tower Marketplace) by tapping the left edge of Iolani Palace (shown at the top).
Shown is a map and turn by turn driving instructions.