Create maps with turn-by-turn navigation and share them online. Access your routes on smartphones, iPads and Android tablets.

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Sample eSpatial route map. Turn-by-turn navigation can be accessed via a variety of devices.

1.Sign up for a free eSpatial trial

Get free access to eSpatial Pro (our most popular paid account) for 7 days, upload your spreadsheet data and then start creating optimized routes…

2.Open Routing tool

After you've uploaded your data to eSpatial and plotted it, click Routing on the Control Panel.

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A " " sign is added to all your plotted points (I've increased the size of the pins, for demonstration purposes here):

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Add stops to your route by clicking on the pins, which now appear as orange discs.

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3.Pick start and end points

To create a route, select your journey start point and end point. By default, the first point you click is assumed to be your start and end point (i.e. the route is taken to be a round trip). There are two ways you can make any of route point your start or end point. You can click on the orange disc and select Start Here or Finish Here. (your start point is always a green flag, your end point a checkered flag). Alternatively, you can go to the directions panel on the right of the screen and click the drop down attached to your route points. Again, select Start Here or Finish Here.

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Add address allows you to quickly find an existing data point or add a new one, by typing in an address. If you're on the road, for instance, you could type in your location and then build a route using your current location as a starting point. The Multi-Add tool allows you to quickly isolate and select data points on a map, around which you want to build a route. Instead of clicking the " " signs individually, or inputting individual addresses, simply go to the map, click, and use the Multi-Add tool to select locations.

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4.Generating the route

To get the route, click the Get Route button at the end of the directions panel. You'll notice that each point now has a number, representing each progressive stop. By default, the route is optimized. At the top of the panel, the distance and journey time is also displayed. In the routing panel, turn-by-turn directions can be viewed by scrolling down and clicking on any stop point on the route, as shown with Mayfield Media below:

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5.Changing the route

Click the Edit Route button in the directions panel. You'll immediately notice that the existing route is no longer visible on the map. By clicking on a stop point on the directions panel and holding down the mouse button, you can move a stop point up or down the directions list, reordering your journey in whatever way you wish. The number of each stop point will be changed, respectively, when moved.

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6.Adding and deleting route points

When in edit mode, you can add a new route point by clicking on any data point with a " " sign on the map. Alternatively, use the Add Address function. Delete a route stop by clicking the X beside each point stop in the directions list. When you're happy with your changes, click Get Route to get the new, edited route. You can always regenerate the original optimized route by clicking the Edit Route button, ticking the Optimized box and then the Get Route button.

7.Save Route

If you exit routing without saving your route map first, then the route map will be lost. To save a route, click the save icon in the control panel.

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The saved map will retain all the directions in the directions panel.

8.Share Route

To share a route map, you first have to save it. When you've done this, click the share icon on the control panel and set the route to Shared Publicly. If you have a Team or Enterprise account, you can choose the Share within team option. When you click Done, a web page link and an embed link are generated. The web page link can be copied and sent via an email. Whoever opens it will get the route map as well as the turn-by-turn navigation.

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9.Export to Google Maps on mobile devices

If you are sharing your map to someone who will access it via a mobile device, then you can export the link to Google Maps. Just click the Export button on the control panel and select the Google Maps option.

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When Open Route is clicked, you will be taken to Google Maps, which plots your rout  and provides turn by turn directions. When the Google Maps link is shared on smartphones, iPads or Tablets , it can be accessed using the Google Maps app.

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Patrick Butler
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Patrick Butler

Patrick Butler joined the eSpatial marketing team from 2013 to 2015. With a Masters in Journalism and experience in a variety of organizations, Patrick brought a wealth of commercial knowledge to the eSpatial team.