Routes are made to be driven. You can easily save and export any route from the online MRA Route Planner. This manual contains general information about that!
- What is export?
- What is the difference with 'save as'?
- Which file types are there?
What is export?
With the 'export' functionality of the MRA Routeplanner, you can directly load a route from the online route editor into your navigation system. MyRoute-app has developed a special tool for this purpose, namely the connector. You need to download this once and then you can use it to export any route to any navigation system.
- For more information on how to install the connector, see: LINK
- For more information on how to use the connector, see LINK
What do I need to keep in mind when exporting?
- Plan the route you want to export using the map that corresponds to the device you want to navigate with;
- Make sure that your navigation device is connected to the computer before you open the connector and that it is ready for importing. Specific information on the preparation of different navigation devices can be found in the follow-up manuals to this folder.
If your navigation device is not recognised, please see Wat te doen als navigatiesysteem bij exporteren niet gevonden wordt?
On our Youtube channel, you will find several videos about exporting to different navigation devices.
What is the difference with 'save as'?
With the 'export' function, you put a route directly on the navigation system connected to your computer. On the other hand, there is the 'save as' option. With this option, you save a route or the information in the route editor as a file on your computer. The 'save as' option has more different file types that you can save to. Then you can use the file on your computer for different purposes.
For older models for which exporting with the connector is not possible, save the route to the computer. Then copy the route file from the computer to your navigation system.
Which file types are there?
As mentioned before, there are several file types you can export or save to. One of the most important and best known is a GPX file. There is a difference between GPX 1.0 and GPX1.1. This difference is explained below and then the other file types are discussed.
The difference between GPX1.0 and GPX 1.1
GPX is the extension of a file for your navigation system. You can compare this abbreviation with the .docs extension of a Word file. The extension of a file can therefore tell you what type of file it is.
GPX 1.1 can be seen as an 'updated' and 'improved' version of GPX1.0. A GPX 1.1 file can contain more information and therefore transfer to your navigation system. All new navigation systems can read a GPX 1.1 file. Older navigation systems cannot understand this 'more complicated' file type and therefore you still export a GPX1.0 file to older systems.
All file types
When exporting a route, you get the option to select the device to which you want to export. It also mentions a file type that is used for this device. You can see the different options in the picture below.
- TomTom (ITN) - Choose this option if you are exporting to an older TomTom device. Older devices cannot read a GPX1.1 file.
- TomTom Rider (GPX1.1) - Choose this option if you are exporting to a newer TomTom device.
- Garmin old (GPX1.0) - Choose this option if you are exporting to an older Garmin device that cannot read GPX 1.1 files.
- Garmin (GPX1.1) - Choose this option for a Garmin device.
- Garmin Zumo XT (GPX1.1) - Choose this option specifically for the Garmin Zumo XT.
- Interphone (KML) -
- BMW Car (TAR.GZ) - Choose this option if you use the BMW car navigation.
- BMW Motorbike (GPX1.1) - Choose this option if you use a BMW Motorbike.
For 'Safe as'
When you 'save' the route file of your choice, it will be saved on your computer. You can then use this route file from your computer for various purposes. For example, you can copy and paste the file to your navigation device as you would to a USB stick.
Below is a list of the different file types in which you can save the information of the route editor from MyRoute-app. There is a brief explanation of each file type.
- GPX1.1 (route, track, POI) - To be used for newer navigation systems;
- GPX1.1 (BETA route, track, POI) - To be used for newer navigation systems, distinguishing between formation points and viapoints (see also Manual Waypoints).
- GPX1.1 (track, POI) - Use this specifically to export only a track file (and no waypoints). This is important for the Garmin Zumo XT for example (also see the MyRoute app & Garmin manual for general information or this videofor specific information about saving files for the Garmin Zumo XT).
- GPX1.0 (route, track, POI) - Use for older navigation devices (which cannot read GPX1.1).
- ITN (route) - ITN stands for itinerary. Use this for older TomTom Rider models as these models cannot work properly with GPX files. The ITN file type is the way to drive a route instead of a route-track with a TomTom device. Please note! Exporting to TomTom in this format does have a maximum number of waypoints (for the number of waypoints, see the information of your navigation device).
- TPF (route)
- TRF (route)
- KML (route) - This file type is used by Google Earth and Google Maps, among others.
- KMZ (route) - This file type is used by Google Earth and Google Maps, among others.
- OV2 (POI) - Use this file type to save POI files for TomTom navigation devices.
- CSV (POI) - Use this file type to save a POI file in Excel.
- TAR.GZ (route) - Use this file type to save a route intended for BMW Car navigation (see also MyRoute app & BMW Auto).
- HD Boom Box 2019 (track) - This file type is specifically for the 2019 Harley Davidson Boom Box.
- HD Boom Box pre 2019 (route) - This file type is specifically for Harley Davidson Boom Box pre 2019.
- Email route - This option allows you to email the route instead of saving it to your computer. You then choose the file type you want to email in the pop-up window (corresponds to the above file types).
- TomTom MyDrive (beta) - Click this option to save to TomTom MyDrive. See the detailed explanation in the MyRoute app & TomTom manual.