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And Tyre is the program that integrates Google Earth / Maps with Tom Tom or Garmin.
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Tyre history

Here you can see what the improvements and changes are since Tyre was launched in february 2006. (Until version 4.0 Tyre was known as ‘Google-TomTom’.)

Version 7.00 (build 12):

  • After pasting one or more waypoints from the clipboard, Tyre will display your full trip.
  • There was a bug in the search function, when searching coordinates. The bug is gone now.

Version 7.00 (build 11):

  • If you own a Google API Key, you can enter it for better displaying the Google maps and preventing error messages (Tyre Pro only).
  • There was a bug in the function to add waypoints manually, due to the new search function. The bug is gone now.
  • Some minor enhancements.

Version 7.00 (build 10):

  • We have improved the search function even more. The function that we have added, is a trial. So, please let us know if you encounter any problems.
  • There was a bug in displaying the proper distance and time after relocating a waypoint. The bug has gone now.

Version 7.00 (build 9):

  • It was a bit confusing that nothing happened after an unsuccessful search operation. Now there will be a message, saying: ‘Sorry, no search results!’
  • We also improved search results: if there is more than just one result, you will be offered a list of results, which enables you to pick one.
  • If a search result is shown on the map, it will offer you the possibility to add it to your trip right away.

Version 7.00 (build 8):

  • We have added some Google map types to select from the preferences.
  • The library will now also use the map that you have selected from the preferences.
  • There was a bug in calculating the route time and distance, when two (or more) waypoints were at the same location. The bug is gone now.
  • Some other small bugs have been removed.

Version 7.00 (build 7):

  • Now it is possible to select a map of your preference. The dropdown list of available maps can be found on the ‘Map’ tab in the ‘Preferences’ dialogue box. There is also a button that will display a small preview map, when you click it. So, several maps are available, but the only difference is the map itself. Selecting another map will not affect any route calculation.
  • Displaying route arrows is much faster now, thanks to a new algorithm!
  • There was a bug in displaying routes from the library. The bug is gone now.

Version 7.00 (build 6):

  • On opening, the map shows better: it does not always start with showing the whole world. If you have entered a favorite opening location, the map will open there. When you open a route, the route will be shown right away.
  • Did you like the Google map in Tyre in the old days? A lot of people did, because there is a lot of information on that map. Now we have added the option to use the Google Map as an overlay, that is:
    - The route calculation does not originate from Google, so there may be some small differences between the map and the route line.
    - From time to time, there may be errors in displaying the map. In that case: unselect the option and try again later. You can find the option here: from the ‘Tools’ menu, select ‘Options’. Then select the ‘Map’ tab.
  • Repainting the map after undo or redo actions is done better now.
  • For those of you who liked the arrows to indicate the route: they are back.
  • There was a bug in calculating the route time and distance, after relocating or inserting a waypoint. The bug is gone now.
  • Some other small bugs have been removed.

Version 7.00 (build 5):

  • Route preview is working again. There was a bug in the old version, that has been removed. Nobody reported it. Apparently the situation was too specific. ;)
  • Soms other bugs removed.
  • For some reason, Streetview did not work as designed. Now it does.
  • Optimizing waypoints has also become available.
  • The same is true for splitting a file into several other files.
  • The options to avoid highways and toll roads are still not working yet. It takes more time to get them properly functioning than we expected. We are working hard to have those options working next week. This is something that will be solved on the server side, and therefore it will not require another update.
  • Creating touristic routes is also working again. That is to say: the code to create such routes is there and is functioning. Unfortunately, this code uses the options to avoid highways and toll roads. As soon as those options are fully functional (see previous bullet), the feature to create touristic routes will function as designed.

Version 7.00 (build 4):

  • Route options for Tyre files (*.trf and *.tpf) are now properly saved into the files again, and will be used on re-opening those files.
  • The Tyre library is now fully functional again.
  • All road book functions (display, print, etc.) are working properly now.
  • We wanted to add Street view one way or another, because it contains useful information. Unfortunately, there is only one way Google allows us to do so: by opening Street view in a browser. Opening Street view directly in Tyre has become impossible. But you can open Street view everywhere you want, just by right clicking on the map. Try it yourself!
  • Soms bugs removed…
  • For now: 3 features are still waiting to be ported to the new format: creating winding routes, optimizing waypoints and preview riding/driving. And some small stuff too… We continue our labour, and you will hear from us shortly.

Version 7.00 (build 3):

  • Again some bugs removed. We are grateful to the people who reported them.
  • The ‘regular’ route calculation was already possible, and now the creation of ‘off road’ routes is also functioning again.
  • At the moment (June 15) the options ‘avoid highways’ and ‘avoid toll roads’ do not work yet. We are working hard to have those options working next week. This is something that will be solved on the server side, and therefore it will not require another update.
  • Still some other functions and options do need an update to work properly. We hope to release that next update as soon as possible.

Version 7.00 (build 2):

  • Some bugs removed. ;)
  • Some minor enhancements.

Version 7.00 (build 1):
This is a major update; Tyre has an almost completely new engine!

  • Soon after our last update, Google announced some big changes for users like Tyre! Therefore we were forced to look for another map provider and a new way of calculating routes. Fortunately, we found them both. So, here is a completely new version of Tyre: another map, and a way of calculating that is even faster than you were used to! We apologize to all users who had problems lately, and we hope that you will enjoy our new product.
  • There is one ‘but’, however: lots of code must be re-written, and it is not completely finished yet. Most functions (the most important ones) are avaiable, but some others will be in the near future. We are working hard to complete our new product as soon as possible. Please be patient, and we hope that you will continue to love Tyre as you did before!
  • New code also means the possibility of new bugs. If you encounter one, please let us know, and help us to improve Tyre.

Version 6.51 (build 1):
Good news for lots of users!

  • We have found a solution to the problem of seasonal closed roads. Planning a route in advance could be difficult at times, for example if you were planning a route over the next summer including a few beautiful alpine passes, but … you were doing this planning during the winter. It was not possible to calculate a proper route, because many of those roads were closed at the time you were planning, due to seasonal restrictions. That problem has now disappeared. And even more: it is possible to enter a preferred date. The map will show whether it is (likely!) possible to ride your trip at the moment you have in mind.There is only one ‘but’: you have to create a personal Google Maps Key. That key is necessary to enable our new feature. We have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to create your personal Google Maps Key. In most cases Tyre will automatically show a dialogue window to help you. If not, open that window yourself from the ‘Tools’ menu.

Version 6.50 (build 7):

  • Some improvements for the BMW car system file type (.tar.gz):
    - The ampersand appeared to be problematic in waypoints names. It will be replaced by a plus sign automatically on saving the file.
    - The space appeared to be problematic in file and route names. It will be removed automatically on saving the file.
  • The function to save the road book into the CSV file format has improved: each block of information is now marked as a separate field.

Version 6.50 (build 6):

  • We have added the option to save GPX files in the old format only. This option can be found on the ‘Files’ tab from the ‘Preferences’ dialogue. We have added this option, because some users were having problems with the new GPX format.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.50 (build 5):

  • Due to changes on the Google server, Streetview did not work properly any longer. We fixed this, and again it works as it should.
  • The startup screen has improved for a better display.

Version 6.50 (build 4):

  • There was a problem in communicating with Google Maps. Due to a problem on the Google server, Tyre was not able to calculate routes now and then. Unfortunately, other errors came with this problem, such as errors in creating waypoints and copying routes to your device. We have found a solution, which is implemented in this update. This solution is only available for paying customers. So, in Tyre Basic, the problem may still come up occasionally.
  • There was a small bug in removing favorites (if synchronization with MyDrive is automated): the favorites’ list in the main windows was not updated at the same time. That bug is gone.

Version 6.50 (build 3):

  • Due to Tyre’s connection with MyDrive, the program startup took more time than before. We have improved that.

Version 6.50 (build 2):

  • We have added a new feature in supporting your TomTom Rider 40/400/410 or similar device: it is now possible to have the favorites on MyDrive automatically synchronized with your Tyre favorites. Press Ctrl+M from the main window, and activate the feature by ticking the option box.
  • We have changed some startup functions. If you have not activated the MyDrive functions, the startup should be faster than it was after the previous upadate.
  • Since the last update there was a bug in opening the TomTom favorites as Tyre favorites. The bug is gone now.
  • Some language corrections.
  • There was a small bug in the drag and drop function of the waypoints’ list. It was that small that nobody reported it… Anyway, we have fixed it.

Version 6.50 (build 1):
Better support for TomTom devices!
Things have become easier if you have a TomTom Rider 40/400/410 or a TomTom GO 400, 5000, 6000 or similar device:

  • Tyre now offers full support for all kinds of data: routes/tracks, POIs and Favorites: there is full synchronization for all these data with MyDrive:
    - All routes/tracks.
    - All POI files.
    - All favorites, incl. Home and Work.
  • Home’ and ‘Work’ can be shown (or hidden) on your map(s), using the ‘View’ menu.
  • You can add more than just one favorite at a time from your Tyre Favorites to your TomTom Favorites.
  • Removing favorites from your TomTom has been added as a new feature. It can be found here: select the ‘Delete from TomTom’ option from the ‘TomTom’ menu.
    There are some other enhancements as well:

  • We have made things a bit easier when you use the ‘find’ function:
    - When you use the search window, it will stay open after finding the location that you have searched for. (This is only true for the search window, not for the yellow search box.)
    - It is really easy now to add a location that have been found, to your list of waypoints (or POI): just press Ctrl+D.
  • There was a bug in optimizing waypoints: Tyre could end up in an endless loop with a route (or list of POI) with only a few waypoints. The bug is gone now.

Version 6.47 (build 3):

  • Saving a route or a POI file into another format, could cause an empty map in some situations. We have fixed that bug.
  • Since the last update there was a bug in opening Tyre POI files (*.tpf). The bug is gone now.

Version 6.47 (build 2):

  • We have improved working with Garmin POI (*.gpi) files: now you can add sounds, selecting two sound formats: wav and mp3. Just to inform you: adding a sound to POI is only possible for users of the Tyre Professional version.
  • Some users have asked us to re-enable working with CSV files. We have done that, although we are convinced that it is much more convenient to create GPI files directly.

Version 6.47 (build 1):
Better support for Garmin devices!

  • Created a route, and only straight lines on your Garmin device between the waypoints? That was a common problem. We have adapted the way Garmin route files (*.gpx) are created, and we seem to have solved the problem! Follow these steps after you have opened the route in your ‘Trip Planner’ app: – From the main screen, tap ‘Settings’ > ‘Navigation’ > ‘Calculation Mode’.
    - Select ‘Curvey Roads’ or any other option that is currently NOT selected.
    - Tap ‘Save’.
    - Tap ‘Calculation Mode’ again.
    - Select the option that you want to use calculating your trip (which will be ‘Faster Time’ for most trips).
    - Tap ‘Save’.
    - Return to the main screen.
    This may sound rather complicated, but after you have done it a few times, it works like a charm!
  • We have added a great new feature: now you can add Points of Interest to your Garmin device directly! Until now it wat rather complicated to get POI on your Garmin device, saving the file in the .csv format, finding some proper picture (and sound) and having them compiled into one .gpi file, using POI Loader… Now you can skip all those steps, because Tyre is able to create your .gpi files directly, and to copy them to your Garmin device, just like your routes. And yes, you can add your own picture. You can even add your own sound and a warning distance. There is this one BUT: you can only use Latin characters for naming your POIs. I don’t know if it is possible to use other characters, e.g. Russian or Chinese. If you have a .gpi file with such characters, please send it to me! I would like to learn from it, to improve Tyre even more.
  • Some TomTom Rider users preferred the old way of copying routes to TomTom, importing them after copying. To please you (if you are one of them), we have restored that option. BUT: this will only work:
    - if your TomTom is connected to your computer, AND
    - if you have tapped the ‘Import Routes’ button on your TomTom, AND
    - if you have NOT activated the option to use your TomTom Rider as your only device (Ctrl+M).
  • Selecting a favorite could cause a suprise, if there were underscores or other ‘unusual’ characters in its name: on the map some other favorite might come up… We found the reason for this unwanted behavior, and fixed the bug.

Version 6.46 (build 1):
Better support for lots of devices!

  • Things have become easier if you have a TomTom Rider 40/400/410 or a TomTom GO 400, 5000, 6000 or similar device: Tyre now uses your TomTom MyDrive connection for all actions. This means that it is no longer necessary to import routes into your device after copying them there. They are on the right spot immediately! Some other benefits are these:
    - If you tell Tyre (using the ‘TomTom’ menu) that you have a device as described, is not even necessary to connect your TomTom to your computer via USB any longer. Just make sure that your TomTom has an active MyDrive connection.
    - Other TomTom devices can use the new functions as well. Just like things were in the old days! This is true for all so called ‘Nav4′ devices. In general: those are the devices that use MyDrive to receive data.
  • There are so many different TomTom device types now, and there features and possibilities are very different from eachothere. Therefore we decided to make thing a bit clearer to you: if you select a feature or option that is not available for your TomTom device type, you will get a message, telling you so.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.45 (build 4):

  • Do your waypoints have silly names, like TT-1, TT-2, etc.? You can rename them now with proper names. We have added a new option to the ‘Tools’ menu that can do the job for you. This option is only available for users with a Pro license.
  • There were problems in recognizing TomTom Rider 410 devices. Those problems are gone now.

Version 6.45 (build 3):

  • Another fix, for the same reason. Let’s hope it is the last one for now.

Version 6.45 (build 2):

  • This is a fix. Google decided to change some essential code on its server, which caused problems in displaying the Tyre map.

Version 6.45 (build 1):
This is an update with some serious changes.

  • Until now, Tyre saved GPX files using the older format for compatibility reasons. The only time that Tyre used the newer format, was in the situation that a GPX file was copied directly to a device that is able to handle the newer GPX format. We have changed that now, adding a new option. If you want to save all your GPX files in the newer format only, use this new option. It can be found here: open the preferences window (from the ‘Tools’ menu), and select the ‘Files’ tab. The new option is called ‘GPX new format only’.
  • If you have problems sending a route by email using your Google email account, go here: https://www.google.com/settings/security/lesssecureapps, and allow access for ‘less secure apps’. We have added a button to the email settings dialogue to make this a bit easier.
  • We are very sorry, but we removed the ‘Import from website’ option from the ‘File’ menu. This option was meant to import routes that were created using Google Maps. Since those Google guys are changing their code all the time, we were forced to update Tyre time and time again to enable a proper route import. We noticed that only a limited number of users selected that option, and therefore we decided to remove the option instead of updating it frequently.

Version 6.44 (build 9):

  • There was a bug in expanding files, sometimes creating waypoints at coordinates 0,0. The bug has gone now.
  • There was another bug in opening Google *.kmz files, causing wrong characters in some waypoint names. That bug has gone too.

Version 6.44 (build 8):

  • There were some changes inside Google Maps, that relocated the controls (map, streetview and zoom). Now they are back to their old positions.

Version 6.44 (build 7):

  • Again it was necessary to edit the function that imports routes from Google Maps, due to changes on the Google Maps website.
  • There was a small bug in calculating the route, on selecting ‘Skip’. The bug is gone now.

Version 6.44 (build 6):

  • We have added a new feature: you can copy Tyre favorites to your TomTom as TomTom favorites. If you have a Rider 40/400 (or another Nav4 device, connected to MyDrive), multiple favorites can be copied at a time. To use this feature, click the new button to the right of your favorites’ list. This new feature is only available for users of Tyre Professional.
  • Some Google *.kmz files could not be opened, due to the file’s structure. We have fixed that.
  • It was necessary to edit the function that imports routes from Google Maps, due to changes on the Google Maps website.

Version 6.44 (build 5):

  • This is a fix. The map, the roadbook, etc. did not appear in any local language anymore. Now they do again.

Version 6.44 (build 4):

  • We have added a small, but very nice feature: now it is very easy to insert a waypoint, instead of just adding it. Right click on the map, and you will find out. We have also added this option to the popup boxes that appear, when you select a waypoint.

Version 6.44 (build 3):

  • There were still problems on reading waypoints from the new Google Maps format. We have improved the function, and it is a lot better now: we have done a lot of tests. All routes passed the test. Unfortunately, some of them did not have all waypoints in the right order. We are still working on that issue. If you encouter other errors, please let us know, and send us the unwilling Google Maps link…
  • The new TomTom Rider 40/400 has a new maximum number of waypoints: 255. We have adapted Tyre accordingly.
  • We have added a new function in handling favorites. From the ‘Select set of Favorites’ window, two new buttons are available: ‘Open…’ and ‘Save as…’. They can be used to export your sets of favorites, or to import them. A handy function to transfer your favorites, when you have installed Tyre on a new computer, or if you want to give them to a friend. This new function is only available for users of Tyre Professional.
  • Using Google Earth Pro was not supported by Tyre. Now it is.
  • Apparently there were problems in reading the TomTom MyDrive log in data properly with some system languages. We have improved the function that handles those data.

Version 6.44 (build 2):

  • We have improved copying routes to the new Rider 40/400. Instead of just copying a track, it is now possible to select the format that you want to use for copying the route to your device: waypoints, track, or both. We recommend to select both, because in some cases the Rider 40/400 refuses to calculate a route using a track.
  • If your TomTom Rider 40/400 is not able to exchange files, you get a warning. Until now that warning always came with an English image. We have added other images as well, and most users will see an image in their own languages.
  • It seems that we finally succeeded in reading waypoints from the new Google Maps format. Enjoy! If you still encouter errors, please let us know, and send us the Google Maps link that is unwilling to reveal its secrets…
  • A new file type is supported for opening and saving: CoPilot *.trp files.
  • Checking the Java installation on your computer could cause some strange effects. Since Tyre accepts both the 32 bits and the 64 bits versions of Java, we have simplified the function to check the Java installation.
  • There is an improvement for routes that are sent to your iPhone by email. The email subject name will contain the route name instead of just ‘Tyre’. There is only one exception: if your route does not have a name yet, the email subject will still be ‘Tyre’.

Version 6.44 (build 1):
This is an update with serious improvements.

  • A new TomTom Rider model is available (Rider 40/400). We have been working hard to make Tyre communicate with this new model. Communication is partially done using the TomTom Cloud via the MyDrive program. That means that you need a TomTom account. Tyre will help you to create one, if you have a Rider 40/400 and you don’t have such an account. It also means that Tyre will not copy files and other data to the Rider 40/400 directly: it will copy the files and the data to the cloud, and your device will recieve them from there. So, it is important that your device is connected to the TomTom cloud service properly: using the same TomTom account that you use when working with Tyre. For another part communication is done directly, by copying files to a part of the device that is accessible when you tap the ‘Import routes’ button. That button is not available from older TomTom software. Therefore make sure that the software on your Rider 40/400 is up to date. You can use the MyDrive program to do that.
  • The Drag&Drop window has a checkbox now: checking it will close the window en prevent re-opening it on minimizing the Tyre main window. If you want to use it again, toggle the speed button on the button bar from the main window.
  • There was a small bug in adding new favorites. It must have been there for ages, but it came up recently. Thanks, Robin! We have fixed the bug.
  • There were some problems in exporting a road book to a file in CSV format. Those problems are gone now.
  • Some improvements are still on our list, but we did not want to wait in publishing this version, because of the first mentioned item.

Version 6.43 (build 7):

  • One side effect came up already: street view did not work properly anymore. We have fixed that. Maybe you have to start Tyre twice (after installing) before it works as it should.
  • There was an error in the Google repair module. It is fixed now.

Version 6.43 (build 6):

  • And another fix. Google had changed some code for their API, which caused some zoom problems and other irritating behavior in Tyre. We had to do some major adjustments. But now it works again. Hopefully the adjustments have no side effects. Are they there yet, let us know.

Version 6.43 (build 5):

  • Another fix. Google has changed some Windows registry keys, which caused Tyre to come up with an error message, when trying to display a route in Google Earth. The error is gone now.

Version 6.43 (build 4):

    • This update is a fix. Google has changed some web addresses, which influenced Tyre in a negative way. You may have seen the message that Tyre was unable to find Google Maps. From now on Tyre will find Google Maps like before.

This update was not planned. Therefore you can enjoy some other enhancements and improvements, that were planned for the next update, but they are there now already. Enjoy them:

  • A new overlay has been added for Pro users: a list of ‘Bikertreff’ locations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Thanks to Jörgen Klein, who made them available.
  • Some people did not like the numbered cluster circles on the map, or they did not know their meaning. Therefore we added a new option: you can choose between displaying or hiding the cluster circles. The new default setting is ‘hide clusters’.
  • Favorites are easier to use then ever before. They are not just in the list on the left of the window, but they are also on the map now.
  • We have removed TyreLite from the setup. Feedback from users made us realize that a message about a missing internet connection would be more useful.
  • We have improved the function to import tracks from Garmin GPX files.
  • There was a small bug in reading Garmin POI files (*.csv). We fixed it.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.43 (build 3):

  • A new feature has been added for Tyre Professional: on the map closed roads for Germany can be displayed via the ‘View’ menu. Thanks to Christian Mintel, who was willing to make this stuff available.

Version 6.43 (build 2):

  • The optimize function will remember which kind of optimization you have selected: the old way or the new way to optimize, and will offer you to use it the next time that open the optimization window.
  • For booking a hotel, you are now offered the option to save the date of arrival, which will be used the next time that you open the hotel booking window.

Version 6.43 (build 1):
This is an update with some serious improvements.

  • We have improved the optimize function: it is more accurate now in calculating the most optimized route or round trip. The old way of optimization is still there, and offered as a faster, but less accurate way for optimizing. But even the old way of optimizing has improved, which will result in a better route, especially when waypoints are near to each other.
  • A new language has been added: Japanese. Thanks to Adrian Navarro.
  • There is an improvement for copying routes to a BMW car navigating system, thanks to users feedback.

Version 6.42 (build 6):

  • We have made things easier for users of a BMW car navigating system. To transfer a route to your device, just create a folder, called ‘BMWData’ on your USB stick, and then click the ‘Copy to TomTom’ button. The route will be copied to your USB stick, ready to use. It does not matter which is the format of the route (TomTom itinerary, Garmin route, etc.), Tyre will make the route suitable for your device.
  • Locating waypoints exactly on roads could cause Tyre hang in some situations. We have fixed that bug.
  • There seemed to be a bug in recognizing navigation devices on some computers, although we have heard of just one problem until now. So, maybe it was occasional. Anyway, we have fixed that problem.

Version 6.42 (build 5):

  • Since the most recent software update for Garmin devices, Tyre might hang on connecting a Garmin device to your computer. We have changed the code to prevent that annoying event.
  • For Garmin users: the name that will be used to save a track inside a GPX file has changed. It had an additional ‘-T’, but it is a prefix now: ‘T-’. That makes it easier to select the proper route on the device in case of a long file name.
  • To prevent problems, we have limited the maximum number of point in one track to 10000 (for *.gpx and *.kml/*.kmz files).

Version 6.42 (build 4):

  • After we have had adapted the opening of BMW files (*.tar.gz) in version 6.42.1, there was a bug in that function. That bug is gone now.

Version 6.42 (build 3):

  • Another quick update: the improvements for Garmin described at 6.42.1 are now valid for BMW Navigator V too.

Version 6.42 (build 2):

  • Right after launching 6.42.1, we discovered a small bug in adding sounds to a trip. The bug is fixed, and here is 6.42.2!

Version 6.42 (build 1):
As a result of all new and improved functions, we have updated the release number.

  • Routes were not always copied properly to newer Garmin devices (Zümo 340, 350, 390, 590), due to internal device settings. In this new version Tyre will recognize those newer devices, even with different internal device settings, and it will copy the route in a way that suits the needs of the device.
  • The image of the ‘Copy to device’ button will change, when Tyre is in Garmin mode.
  • In addition, there is a new option that enables you to copy (or not) the tracks to your device. When in Garmin mode, right click the ‘Copy to device’ button: you will be offered to select or unselect the option to copy the track to your device as well. This option only affects files that are copied to your device. It will not affect files that you save onto your computer. This option works depends from the similar option, that exists for years and which is available from the ‘Preferences’ window: if that older option is disabled, you will not be able to select or unselect the new option.
  • With the new Google Maps, there are some new formats. We have adapted Tyre to accept those new formats. Maybe we did not find them all. Please report omissions that you encounter.
  • For Garmin users: the track will be saved inside the GPX file with an additional ‘-T’. That makes it easier to distinct between the route and the track on the device.
  • There has been a change for the BMW file format (*.tar.gz). We have adapted Tyre to accept the new format.
  • We have improved the clearness of some on screen messages, in cases where the activation is not successful.

Version 6.41 (build 4):

  • Thanks to some persistent users and their detailed feedback, we have been able to remove an old bug that caused problems on drag&drop actions inside the list of waypoints.

Version 6.41 (build 3):

  • Until now expanding files was an option that could be used for Tyre and TomTom files only. We have improved this function, and it can be used for Garmin (*.gpx) files now too.
  • It is easier to import route files from the web now: from the ‘File’ menu, select ‘Import from website’, enter the url and hit enter. Next step: do NOT click the ‘Import’ button, but on the website click on the link to the file you want to download: Tyre will open it right away.
  • The German language file has improved.

Version 6.41 (build 2):

  • Expanding waypoints has improved. This function may consume quite some time, if you have a long trip. Therefore we have added two options:
    - The function’s progress is shown more detailed.
    - It is possibile to abort the action, if that is what you want.
  • Since the previous update it was no longer possible to use the key combination Ctrl+V to paste some text into the search box. We have fixed that.
  • We have changed the behavior of the support window (Plus and Pro version only): it can be moved or minimized any way you like, and in the meantime you can continue working with Tyre.
  • Clicking on the map too early caused the FAQ page to come up. That information on the FAQ page is meant for a user who’s computer is infected with malware, which prohibits the map to come up. We have changed things a bit, and the FAQ page will not be shown when you just click on the map too early.
  • There was a bug in the 64 bits version on opening Tyre files (*.trf and *.tpf). That bug is gone now.

Version 6.41 (build 1):
As a result of all new and improved functions, we have updated the release number.

  • We have improved the feature to use the tracks for the Alpine passes: you can select them by country now.
  • We have improved the search box: after a search, it will remain visible until you close it yourself. And there is more: the search box will be positioned in the upper left corner of the map, instead of covering the map center.
  • For new users the Tyre File type (*.trf and *.tpf) is the default file type, and will be selected in the ‘Preferences’ window.
  • Saving a route with lots of waypoints as a Tyre or TomTom itinerary file (*.itn and *.trf), requires a reduction of the number of waypoints. However, from now on Tyre will ask you if you want that reduction to be performed, just in case you have something else in mind.
  • There was a small bug: file names with an ampersand (&) in their names got an additional ampersand on saving the file. The bug is gone now.

Version 6.40 (build 10):

  • A new function has been added for Tyre files (*.trf and *.tpf): you can add some information about the route (or about the POI) to the file. Right below the yellow search box, there is an ‘Information’ button that opens the window to enter or edit the information. NOTE: All possibilities of this new function are only available for Tyre Professional. If you have Tyre Basic or Tyre Plus, you will not be able to enter or edit the information, you will only be able to read it.
  • It is now possible to determine the maximum number of waypoints for Garmin files, like it is for Tyre and TomTom files. This number can be set from the ‘Preferences’ window on the ‘Files’ tab. It can be set, when you have selected ‘Garmin’ as your default on the ‘General’ tab.

Version 6.40 (build 9):

  • If a route could not be calculated, you got an error message. The error message will no longer appear. Tyre will draw a straight route line instead. We have done this, because of roads that may be closed during the winter season of for other reasons.

Version 6.40 (build 8):

  • There is an improvement for opening and importing Garmin and Google files: if there is just one route type available from the file, Tyre will open that route directly without displaying the window to select some type.
  • Importing Garmin *.gdb files has improved.
  • As all route preferences are saved in a Tyre Route File (*.trf), the selected speed should be saved too. Unfortunately, there was a bug that made the speed being saved as ‘normal’ for all files. The bug is gone now.

Version 6.40 (build 7):

  • There were some changes on the Google website that required some changes in Tyre too.
  • There was a bug in importing TomTom favorites into Tyre favorites. The bug is gone.
  • There was a bug in displaying the current GPS position with longitude values below 0. The bug is gone.

Version 6.40 (build 6):

  • Some adjustments for better cooperation with TomTom devices. You will not notice them.
  • We have reduced the time that is needed for Tyre to start up.
  • There was a bug in displaying POI overlays from *.tpf files. The bug is gone now.

Version 6.40 (build 5):

  • There is a new function ‘Place waypoints exactly on roads’. This function is handy when you import a file that is created by some software that uses a different map: after opening (or importing) the file, just activate this function to move all waypoints to their proper locations. It is available from the ‘Tools’ menu. (Note: this new option is only available for Tyre Professional.)
  • Some changes that were necessary to prepare Tyre for some new functionality that will become available soon. You will not notice anything.

Version 6.40 (build 4):

  • Not all changes concerning the new Windows 8.1 were successful. We have added some more, and some others have been refined.

Version 6.40 (build 3):

  • A new file type has been added: Medion XML files can be opened and saved now. It is not possible to have them uploaded to your Medion navigation device automatically. You have to do that yourself, after saving the file on your computer.
  • In the ‘Preferences’ window the route options tab has improved: if the active route has the .trf file type, the tab has a button, which enables you to open the options for the current route.
  • Here is a small but nice new feature: if you want to print the map with just the route line (without the red waypoints), click the ‘print map’ button with the right mouse button. If you prefer the regular way, just click the ‘print map’ button with the left mouse button.
  • In Windows 8.1 mouse wheel scrolling on the map did not work, and some other errors came up. We have made it work again.
  • We are preparing a new edition of our USB stick. It needed some software changes. You will not notice them.
  • There was a bug in saving options for a Tyre route file (*.trf). The bug is gone now.

Version 6.40 (build 2):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 6.40 (build 1):
A new feature has been added: support for the Interphone GPSBike system!

  • Tyre is now able to communicate with the Interphone GPSBike system. Just connect your Interphone GPSBike system to your computer and Tyre will switch to Interphone mode. That means that the Tyre menu will be adapted according to the needs of the Interphone system. Copying a route to the Interphone GPSBike device is very easy: just select ‘Copy’ from the ‘Interphone’ menu. And: when you copy a route to the device, Tyre will do it in the proper format (which is the .kml format). Everything is just as easy as things are for TomTom and Garmin devices. Manipulating files on the device is easier than ever before: just select ‘Open’ or ‘Delete’ from the ‘Interphone’ menu. Here is a link to a short manual: Interphone manual.
  • If you want to display all available gas stations on the map, you can select ‘All’ from the menu (‘View’ > ‘Overlays’ > ‘Gas stations’ > ‘All’). Some users asked for this option. Although we have added it, we do no recommend to use it: Tyre will become a slow starter, and for each map it will consume more time to show all elements. Unselecting the ‘All’ option, will restore the previous situation for selected and unselected gas stations. (Note: this new option is only available for Tyre Professional.)
  • A new option has been added to the library: on selecting folders from your computer, you can select and deselect your profile folders from the list.
  • There was a bug in saving the route preferences for Tyre Route Files (*.trf), when the file was empty. It caused an error message. The bug is gone now.

Version 6.31 (build 3):

  • Our new online library is active now, and we really proud of it. It is interactive, so you can post your own routes. We also integrated the new library into your local Tyre program. Just open the Tyre library to find out and enjoy! Due to this enhancement we have removed the option to send a route to the Tyre webmaster from the application.
  • The possibility of adding sounds to Tyre files (*.trf) caused errors in some existing functions. We have checked the program for such errors, and we believe that they are all gone. If you still find such an error (on opening a *.trf file), please let us know.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.31 (build 2):

  • We have improved the speed that is used to calculate ‘TomTom route tracks’. That is conveniant, especially for longer trips.
  • Don’t you like the small overview map in the lower right corner? And do you hate it when you have to close it every time? That is history now: just close (or open) it. Tyre will save your preference and use it on opening a new map.
  • There was a bug in the touristic route function, causing an error message on renaming or relocating a waypoint. The bug is gone now.
  • On computers with particular language settings Tyre could not be activated. That problem is solved.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.31 (build 1):
Another great feature has been added.

  • This is a major enhancement: it is possible to add a sound to a waypoint. On your trip, when nearing the waypoint, the sound will be played.
    - You can use a default sound or select your own.
    - Use the Tyre file format (*.trf) to add sounds to your trip.
    - You need Tyre Professional if you want to use this great feature.
    NOTES:
    - This function is only available for TomTom devices.
    - Not all TomTom devices support this function, but all TomTom RIDER models do.
  • In the POI Manager it is no longer necessary to select the map for each POI collection where you want it to be installed. Tyre will find the map automatically: quick, safe and easy!
  • The possibility to select multiple waypoints has improved: keeping Shift or Ctrl pressed while clicking on the waypoints on the map will select multiple (concatenated) files too.
  • If you want to use a Tyre documents folder that is different from <My Docouments>\Tyre\, you can do that now:
    - In the registry, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Tyre\Main\
    - Add a new key (type REG_SZ), and call it ‘TyreDocs’
    - Enter a value to the path that you want to use, e.g. G:\Documents\
    Tyre will create all necessary folders and subfolders from that path.
  • The Czech language file has improved.
  • There was an error on saving Navigon RTE files. The error is gone now.
  • There was an error in renaming waypoints. The error is gone.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.30 (build 3):

  • There has been small improvement for the TomTom ‘route tracks’ feature: the original waypoints will be hidden, so the only thing you will see is the route itself.
  • In case you need to renew your licence, the remembrance message will be displayed with a better visibility.

Version 6.30 (build 2):

  • There is this huge improvement: Tyre can be used to plan off road routes now! There is a new button (right above the yellow search field) to switch to ‘off road’. (Click it again to go back to ‘on road’.) If you plan an off road route, you should realize that you must plan very accurately, because waypoints will be connected using a straight line between them. To copy your off road route to your TomTom, use the improved ‘route tracks’ function (see below).
  • The ‘route tracks’ function has improved too. First of all this is done to make it cooperate with the new ‘off road’ function. But there is more: this function comes with different images on your TomTom map now, holding numbers from 1 to 5. That makes it easier for you to decide in which direction to follow the route: go from image #1 to image #2 etc. After reaching #5, the next image is #1, then #2, etc.
  • To use both mentioned functions properly, you will need Tyre Professional!
  • The button to suppress pop-ups will now suppress more pop-up windows.
  • The image on the splash screen and in the about window has improved.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.30 (build 1):
This is a major update; Tyre has now full support for TomTom Navigation 3 (‘Nav3′) devices.

  • Support for Nav3 devices was limited until now. But now there is this huge enhancement for opening, editing and saving POI files on your Nav3 device. Nav3 devices do not support itinerary files. That is a real pity, but there is a workaround however: if you have Tyre Professional, you can select ‘Route tracks’ from the ‘TomTom’ menu to copy your route to your device in a different way. So: lots of fun for everybody who wants to go out for a beautiful trip! NOTE: To enable Tyre to cooperate with your Nav3 device, do this: run Tyre first and then connect the device to your computer. (Not the other way!) Tyre will recognize the device and remember it. From that moment on, the sequence is no longer relevant.
  • If you have purchased a Tyre USB-stick or a Tyre USB-card, updating the version on your stick/card is easier now: just select ‘Check for updates’ from the ‘Help’ menu. (This option already existed for other Tyre versions, but until now it was not available for Tyre on removable devices.)
  • There has been a change in possible Garmin *.gdb formats. We have adapted Tyre accordingly.
  • There were some display issues when a large Windows font was selected. They are fixed.

Version 6.20 (build 2):

  • Good news for people who don’t have the ‘Itinerary Planning’ feature on their devices: now it is possible to simulate an itinerary by using route tracks. They will be displayed on you screen as a lot of POI that make a route line together. Also handy for people who don’t like the fact that TomTom devices don’t have the option to disable recalculating the route. The only thing you will miss using this feature, is the lack of route instructions. This new feature is available from the ‘TomTom’ menu: select ‘Route tracks’. For those of you who don’t use the Tyre Professional version yet, you have a good reason to do that now, because this feature is only available for Professional users.
  • In addition to the previous note: if you have a TomTom Nav3 device, Tyre will detect it when you connect it to your computer.
  • A new button has been added on the left of the map. It can be used to suppress popup windows that appear on creating and editing waypoints. On creating waypoints, this function will only affect those waypoints that are created by double clicking on the map.
  • Sending emails could be a problem in the 64bits version of Tyre: a 64bits application is not able to use the 32bits Windows MAPI (email) functions. This means for example, that people with a 64bits version of Tyre and a 32bits version of Microsoft Office on one computer, got an error message. We have found a workaround to handle this situation. The workaround will help most users who got the error message.
  • The number of people with Garmin devices who like to use Tyre, is growing. We got an increasing number of emails from people telling that they were not able to open *.gdb files from within emails. Apparently they associated *.gdb files with Tyre, and Tyre was not prepared for that much enthusiasm yet. But now it is: you can open *.gdb files that come as attachments with emails directly.
  • Maybe you want to store your favorites in a Dropbox folder: that is handy, because you will be able to use the same favorites on all your computers. Maybe there some other reason to select a folder that is different from the default one. No matter what reason you have, you can select your own favorites’ folder now:
    - Click the button (with the folder image) to the right of the favorites list.
    - You will see the familiar window to select one of your favorite groups.
    - The window has a new button in the lower left corner: it comes with a folder image.
    - Click the new button, and you will be able to select any folder that you like.
  • There was a bug, causing an error message when dragging a waypoint to another location inside the list. The bug is gone.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.20 (build 1):
This is a major update; Tyre comes with a 64 bits version now.

  • New users will be able to select right from the beginning if they want to install the 32 bits version or the 64 bits one (if that is allowed by the operating system). Existing users will be abele to switch to the 64 bits version right after updating to version 6.2.
  • Now you can define what the ‘Copy to TomTom’ button should do: just copy the file to your TomTom, or make it the active route on your TomTom, or both. Right click the button to select your option(s). This function only works for TomTom itinerary files, not for Garmin itinerary files and (of course) not for POI files. In those cases it functions like before: the button will copy the file to your device.
  • Sometimes there is an error in calculating, e.g. when waypoints are not properly placed. In that case, Tyre will inform you about the error. Due to a bug, the message was not always offering the right information. We have fixed this.

Version 6.13 (build 7):

  • A new feature has been added: it will display your GPS position on the map. Connect your GPS device (TomTom or Garmin) to your computer and click the ‘GPS position’ button: your last known position (if available) will be read from your device and displayed on the map.
  • Now it is easier to work with several routes at the same time: tabs can easier be recogized, and they have a close button on the tab itself. Don’t you like the new style? Double click on a tab title to return to the old style.
  • The window to manage the route tracks (overlays) on your map has a new option, that enabled you to display the route that is selected from the list.
  • For the new TomTom Rider, the maximum number of waypoints is 100. We have adapted Tyre accordingly.
  • We have improved the ‘import from web’ function. More routes from Google Maps can be imported now.
  • If you click on the Tyre advertising banner, links will be opened in your default browser.
  • There was an irritating bug in opening track points from a GPX file, when more than one track log was stored into the file. The bug is gone.
  • Another bug could cause the ‘Stack Overflow’ error message on startup, because of errors in some favorites files. It is gone.
  • There was a bug in opening Tyre files (*.trf and *.tpf) when attached to an email. There was an error message saying that the file was not valid. The bug is gone now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.13 (build 6):

  • This is a special version, that has not been published on the website.

Version 6.13 (build 5):

  • Tyre has a new feature, yet unused: Tyre tips. This is a feature that enabled you to book hotels etc. that are selected by Tyre and that offer a discount if booked via Tyre. We hope to offer you our tips as soon as possible. When they are available, they will appear in the ‘Tools’ menu and on the map.
  • Garmin GP eXchange files (*.gpx) can be built in several formats. Different Garmin devices prefer different formats. Tyre will now decide which format is preferred for your device and copy the file to your device using that format.
  • The search window and the yellow search box both have a new function, indicated by a trash bin: clicking the trash bin will empty the list of recently searched items.
  • The function to add addresses manually has improved: it will show the progress of searching the adresses that you have entered.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.13 (build 4):

  • Displaying a route overlay using the search window, has improved: Tyre will zoom the map to display the full route.
  • Since the last update there was a small bug. On opening a file with just one waypoint, there was an error message, saying ‘Tprogressbar property out of range’. The bug is gone now.

Version 6.13 (build 3):

  • Do you have some beautiful routes displayed on the map as overlays, and you want to go there quickly? Press Ctrl+F to open the search window, and you will see that it has a new option that will find your overlays in no time.
  • Any change in displaying routes on your map as an overlay, will be realized immediately now. That is: there is no need to close and reopen the map any longer.
  • If you add one of your favorites to your trip, Tyre will no longer ask for a proper name. This is done, because most users already properly named their favorites.
  • There was a bug in expanding waypoints, when the extended mode was used. The bug is gone now.
  • As a result of the new way of calculating, the feature to create route overlays on the map had an error. The error has been fixed.

Version 6.13 (build 2):

  • This update contains an improvement for Garmin *.gpx files. The improvement was necessary for better navigating with the new Garmin Zümo 340/350 LM types.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.13 (build 1):

  • The problem on the Google server seems to be permanent… They have reduced the possibilities for calculating routes: only a limited number of route calculations are allowed within a certain time interval. This affects all Tyre versions until now, except for the emergency update (6.12.2). This means that all older Tyre versions will appear to be useless, unless Google decides to restore the old situation. In the meantime, we have been working very hard to find a permanent solution, and we found it! Tyre is using another way to calculate routes now, and guess what? Calculation is done even faster then ever before! Enjoy it.
  • Some minor changes and improvements.

Version 6.12 (build 2):

  • This is an emergency update. There seems to be a problem on the Google server, which results in calculating errors. This updated version is using a workaround if the problem occurs.
  • This update also contains some improvement for importing tracks from Garmin .gdb files.

Version 6.12 (build 1):
Some great new features have been added. There are some other enhancements as well.

  • Tyre is now able to open the favorites from your TomTom or Garmin device.
    - You can open them in a separate window (from the ‘TomTom’ or ‘Garmin’ menu), and
    - You can select them as your Tyre favorites by pointing to them as your favorites group (use the folder image to the right of the Tyre favorites).
    (Note: this feature is only available for the Tyre Professional version, and will work for most devices.)
  • There are some new functions to support the use of a proxy server. This is the first release having those functions. If you encounter problems, please contact us, that we might be able to improve these functions.
  • The image that can be installed on your TomTom device as your splash screen, is looking much better now. Give it a try, and you will like your TomTom device even more!
  • Setting the options for the road book has changed. The options are easier to set now.
  • Since the previous update there was a bug in creating Google files (*.kml and *.kmz). We have fixed it.
  • There was a small bug (just irritating) in displaying the map in Windows 8. The bug is gone now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.11 (build 3):

  • There is some improvement for the road book:
    - All distances will be displayed using the proper decimal separator, according to your system’s settings.
    - Furthermore: in the road book listing, the additional ‘km’ or ‘mi’ are left out.
    These two changes makes things easier, if you want to open and edit your road book in Excel or in other applications.
  • The splash screen will show up faster than it did. Not really important, but thus you may see clearly that Tyre is actually getting active.
  • There was a bug in converting .gpx files to .itn files, if the .gpx file contained over 48 waypoints and if automatic waypoint numbering was turned off. This bug is fixed now.
  • Opening large files could take a lot of time, due to route track calculation. The speed has gone up now.

Version 6.11 (build 2):

  • This is a fix. There was an irritating bug for people who had Garmin selected as their default: the ‘Busy…’ window did not disappear. Now it does.

Version 6.11 (build 1):

  • Tyre is ready for the new TomTom Android App. You can use Tyre to keep your POI files up-to-date or to edit them. Unfortunately, the TomTom Android App is not completely ready for Tyre yet: it is not possible to use itinerary files (*.itn) with this app. We really hope this feature will be added in a future update for this app. At least, Tyre is already prepared for it!
  • There was a small bug in opening GPX files: in some situations house numbers were removed from the waypoints’ names. We have fixed this bug.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.1 (build 4):

  • The way to add a new waypoint has changed: not a single click on the map, but a double click. And there is more: if you right click on the map, you will be offered to add a new waypoint provisionally or immediately.
  • The ‘Adding waypoints’ tab on the ‘Preferences’ window was a bit confusing for some users. Therefore we added some more clearness.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.1 (build 3):

  • This version is a fix. The previous version (6.1.0.2) behaved irritating on computers with floppy drives. That problem is gone now.

Version 6.1 (build 2):

  • For the Tyre Route File type (*.trf), there is a new feature: if you have skipped the calculation for one or more waypoints, the skipping information will be stored in the file. So, if you want to store skipping information in your file, select the trf file type to save your route.
  • Some new Garmin devices (Zümo 340 and 350) are using a new technique: they are no longer ‘removable’ media, but ‘portable’ media. We have been working hard to make Tyre compatible with this kind of device type. It may be important for use with future devices as well. From this version on, Tyre will recognize these devices.
  • Those new devices have new possibilities for itinerary files. This also means that some older gpx files will not be read properly by these new devices: waypoints will be left out on calculating a route. Tyre will save gpx files in a format that can be used properly by these new devices.
  • For lots of people this is good news: you can now set Tyre to use your Gmail account or your Hotmail account (hotmail, live, etc.) for sending routes to your friends.
  • Importing a route from the Google Maps website has improved: if there is a route line available, Tyre will use it to import as many waypoints as possible, not just the waypoints that are available from that map.
  • As you may know there are two possible ways to insert a new waypoint between two existing waypoints: clicking on the route line or dragging it. Do you want to be able to switch quickly between them? That is now possible: just hit Ctrl+I. (To remember: ‘I’ from ‘insert’.)
  • It was not always easy to use the mouse wheel for zooming in and out on the map, because it is only functioning when the map has focus. To set focus to the map, you had to click on it. But doing that, you created an unwanted waypoint, that needed to removed… Now there is a solution: just use the mouse wheel above the map. The first movement will set focus to the map. Next movements will zoom the map. To make things complete, about the same is true for the list of waypoints and the list of favorites: just move the mouse over the list and start scrolling.
  • Tyre was becoming a very slow starter when it was run from a USB stick. We have done something to improve that.
  • Some people encountered problems on updating Tyre. Those problems are solved now.
  • Handling BMW files (*.tar.gz) has improved: Tyre will now differentiate between files that are created on the BMW website and files that are created by Tyre itself.
  • There was a bug that could caused an error message (‘Access violation’) on scrolling the waypoints list. The bug is gone now.
  • There was an error on opening Google files (*.kml and *.kmz). A mysterious waypoint called ‘Path’ was added to the list sometimes. We have improved this.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.1 (build 1):
This is a major update: lots of new features have been added. Other features have improved.

  • There is a new feature that allows you to open files easier by drag & drop: when the main window is minimized, a small drag & drop window will appear. Just drag your route files to that window and drop them there. Tyre will open them. Don’t need this feature? Click the drag & drop button on the button bar. Changed your mind and want it anyway? Just click the button again.
  • A new and very useful overlay has been added: Alpine passes. For each pass in the Alps there are two POI with the same name: just add them both to your itinerary, and riding the pass will be added to your itinerary. These POI’s are only available for Tyre Professional. Errors? Omissions? Please let us know and we will improve the overlay. This feature is available in the Tyre Professional version only.
  • The Alpine passes are also available as overlays in ‘track’ format: even more easy to add them to your route. This feature is available in the Tyre Professional version only.
  • Working with permanent routes as overlays on the map is more flexible now: they will be painted faster, and you can click on the blue markers (at the beginning and at the end) to add them to your trip.
  • There was a bug in adding permanent routes as overlays: a dot (.) in the filename caused a problem. The bug is fixed now.
  • The Tyre community can be entered directly now. A button has been added to the button bar, and a menu item has been added to the ‘Tools’ menu. Both can be used to enter the community website.
  • What if there is no internet connection, and you are in desperate need of editing your itineray file? Now there is a new feature, called ‘TyreLite’. If there is no internet connection available, a version of Tyre with limited possibilities will be launched. There is not much you can do with this ‘Lite’ version, because there is no map available, but some minor actions can be performed.
  • There is a new function for iPhone users, who have Navigon software installed: you can use Tyre to send a route to your iPhone by email. This feature is available in the Tyre Professional version only.
  • The Tyre file formats (*.trf and *.tpf) have changed to improve performance. Of course the older formats will still be read, but all files will be saved into the new format.
  • If you save some file into the .itn or .trf format, Tyre will reduce the number of waypoints to 48 automatically.
  • A small improvement for the yellow search box: once you have started typing, the box will not disappear when you replace the mouse outside the yellow area.
  • The roadbook will now display some additional info on top of the table: the route name and the estimated time and distance.
  • Possibilities for file splitting have extended: it is possible now to split Garmin *.gpx files too. This feature is available in the Tyre Professional version only.
  • If you want to copy a file to your navigation device that has not been saved yet, it would get the silly name ‘New File’. Therefore you will be offered to enter a proper file name before copying the file to your navigation device.
  • On some computers, the Tyre Basic version worked properly, but not the Tyre Professional version. Some changes have been made to correct this.
  • Do you want to display the coordinates in the DSM format (Degree, Minutes, Seconds)? That is possible now. The ‘General’ tab in the ‘Preferences’ window has a new option that can be set. Wanna do this quickly? Just right click on the coordinates at the bottom of the list.
  • Some improvements for handling .gpx files: if a file contains several routes or several tracks, you will be enabled to make a selection.
  • Opening BMW route files (*.tar.gz) has improved.
  • Opening Google files (*.kml and *.kmz) has improved.
  • There is a new splash screen and a new ‘About’ screen for this new version.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.0 (build 28):

  • An additional check on file size has been added for copying itinerary files to the navigation device. This is done to prevent *.gpx files to be copied to a TomTom device in the right format (*.itn), but with an illegal number of waypoints.
  • Using arrow heads for route directions has improved: you can set the zoom factor (eye altitude), which will decides from which zoom factor the arrow heads will be used.
  • In addition: setting zoom factors in general has improved. The maximum number of 17 was a remaining from older Google Maps versions. The current maximum zoom number for Google Maps is 21. Tyre is adapted accordingly.
  • There were still some improvements to be done on opening and saving Garmin *.gpx files. That has been realized. (And there is more to come…)
  • There has been a change in the Google Maps API. This change caused an error in inserting waypoints by clicking on the route lines (if that option was enabled). The error is gone now and waypoints can be inserted like before.

Version 6.0 (build 27):

  • Opening and saving Garmin *.gpx files has improved: Tyre will make a difference between two kinds of route points: points that will alert and points that will not alert. The default setting is ‘not alert’. If you want a route point that will alert, mark it as a destination.
  • Reducing the number of waypoints in a file has improved. Thanks to Kees Wesselius from TomTom, who created a great tool to do that. And thanks to the folks from TomTom, who allowed us to use this tool in the Tyre environment.
  • Editing large itinerary files is easier now: a clustering option is available, just like when editing a POI file.
  • In addition, there is a new option on the ‘Google Maps – Map’ tab to toggle this option on/off. This option refers to both itinerary files and POI files.
  • For Tyre Professional users, there are several POI available for download and installation. They can be selected by the menu: For TomTom: ‘TomTom’ -> ‘POI management’ -> ‘Install onto TomTom’. For Garmin: ‘Garmin’ -> ‘POI management’ -> ‘POI management’.
  • There was a bug in saving TomTom POI files (*.ov2) with non-Latin characters. The bug is gone now.
  • Again some minor changes.

Version 6.0 (build 26):

  • Not everybody was happy with the flags instead of the balloons. So we decided to make it optional. The option can be set from the ‘Google Maps – Map’ tab in the preferences windows.
  • On startup Tyre will be positioned on the screen better than before. Especially in case that you don’t have your Windows taskbar at the default position.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.0 (build 25):

  • New images are being used for waypoints. The old ‘balloons’, that have been used for a long time, are now replaced by flags.
  • Updating has improved: it does not matter any longer whether your Tyre version is registered and activated or not. If an update is available, if will be offered for downloading.
  • Some users reported problems in using network drives. Tyre uses a different method to read data from those drives now. We hope the problems will stay away.
  • Moving waypoints up and down in the list could cause errors, when it was done very fast. That problem has been fixed.
  • Editing large POI files is easier now: the clustering option will also affect the display of a POI file that is opened for editing.
  • Clustering POI in general has improved: only POI of the same category will be clustered together.
  • To avoid misunderstandings, the Tyre ‘Basic’ version will no longer show the ‘Basic’ indication. Only the Tyre ‘Plus’ and ‘Professional’ versions will display their version types.
  • A minor improvement in the library window: now the splitter has a minimum left position, to avoid problems in displaying the files’ list on the left side.
  • There has been some improvement to intercept situations that the Tyre server cannot be found. Of course we hope this will never occur. :-)
  • There was a bug in removing *.gpx files from a Garmin device. The bug is gone now.
  • There was a bug in dragging a waypoint to another location in the list: most buttons were grayed out after the dragging operation. The bug is gone.

Version 6.0 (build 23 and 24):

  • There has been a change on the server that made this update necessary. (For the time being, older versions will continue working properly.)
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.0 (build 22):

  • A new overlay has been added: lots of biker hotels (about 750) worldwide. The content of this overlay will be updated automatically using the database on the Tyre website. So, if you ideas about hotels that should be added to the list: let me know! Displaying the overlay can be toggled on/off by the ‘Overlays’ option from the ‘Tools’ menu.
  • The ‘Tools’ menu grew a bit crowded… That is the reason for the new menu item on the top: ‘View’. All menu items concerning displaying items are gathered here.
  • The yellow search box reacted a bit nervous: it came up right away when moving the mouse over it. That could be irritating when the search box came up unintentionally. Therefore we have built in some delay to end this nervous behavior.
  • The ‘expand waypoints’ option has improved: you can select the number of waypoints yourself.
  • Tyre comes in three versions now: Basic, Plus and Professional. Basic is just what is says: you have everything you need for a proper route planning job. Plus: the same as Basic, but without the ads. Professional: the same as Plus, but some additional (and useful) features are available too. The ‘Tools’ menu has an option to register and activate the version that you have paid for.
  • The way BMW files (*.tar.gz) are opened and saved have been changed. This was done to make the route more accurate.
  • Images have been added to several menu items to make things easier in making a proper selection.
  • There was a small bug in displaying the estimated time for a route. The bug is gone now.
  • There was a bug in the search box: it was not possible to paste content from the clipboard into the search box using the context menu (right mouse click). We have fixed this.
  • There was a small bug in importing files: after importing there was no size warning when more than 48 waypoints were imported. This bug is gone.

Version 6.0 (build 21):

  • The ‘Touristic routes’ function has improved. If no routes can be found, the function will not terminate immediately. Instead you will be asked if you want to try again.
  • Again some changes on the server. Therefore there were also some changes to Tyre, to make sure that Tyre will work properly.
  • There is a new function that will show you a message from time to time. This is done to keep you well informed. Don’t be afraid that we will spam you: each new message will be shown only once.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.0 (build 20):

  • The feature to create touristic routes has become more extensive: you can choose between a ’round trip’ and a ‘route’:
    • For a round trip you only define one point on the map: your trip will start and end there.
    • For a route you define both your start location and your end location. Tyre will try to calculate some nice routes between these two points.
  • A button has been added to the main button bar to activate the touristic routes feature.
  • When a route has been calculated, the estimated time for the route will be displayed to left of the estimated distance.
  • Tyre is being prepared to become available in three different versions: Basic, Plus and Professional. The current beta version has all functions that will be available from the future Professional version.

Version 6.0 (build 19):

  • New file types have been added! And they are not just ‘some’ other file types: Tyre has its own file types now for itinerary files and POI files. These file types make things easier in sharing routes and POIs:
    • Each itinerary file also contains the ‘Preferences’ that were used when the file was created (avoiding highways and toll roads, or not, route line color, etc.)
    • Each POI file also contains the image that is used to display the POIs on the map in Tyre and in your navigation device. No need to send a separate image file any longer… (Which I always forget to do, just like you, I guess.)
    • Sometimes you want to protect a file from editing by other people. That is possible now: Tyre files can be marked as ‘read-only’.
    • Of course it is possible to change the ‘preferences’ for a particular file afterwards, and to set or remove the ‘read-only’ mark: just select ‘Properties’ from the ‘File’ menu.
  • In addition, there are new options for sending files by email. Seven different file types can be sent by email now:
      • Tyre itinerary files: *.trf
      • Tyre POI files: *.tpf
      • TomTom itinerary files: *.itn
      • TomTom POI files: *.ov2
      • Garmin itinerary files: *.gpx
      • Garmin POI files: *.csv
      • Google Earth files: *.kmz

    For both Tyre file types, the ‘read-only’ flag can be set (if desired) right before sending the file by email.

  • The Tyre file types can be set to be used as the default types. This option is available from the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Preferences’ window.
  • Do you want to be able to switch quickly between TomTom and Garmin for a default mode? Press Ctrl+T from the keyboard to select another default mode.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.0 (build 18):

  • No new features, no bugs removed. There has been a change on the server that made this update necessary. (Older versions will be working properly until the end of the beta testing period.)

Version 6.0 (build 17):

  • A new possibility has been added: you can use Tyre to book a hotel somewhere on your trip. The popup window for a waypoint now has an item for that purpose. Very convenient: you will see only available hotels in the area of the selected waypoint, and you will have the opportunity to enter some more preferences.

Version 6.0 (build 16):

  • A new great feature has been added: creating touristic routes. The feature is available from the ‘Tools’ menu. Use this feature if you want Tyre to create some touristic routes for you.
  • The ‘Tools’ menu has a new item (with some subitems) to display overlays on the map. The first two subitems enable selecting POI files and itinerary files. These possibilities were already there (via the ‘Preferences’ window), but apparently hard to find. Finding them should be easier now.
  • In addition, some default overlays are available. The first overlay will display cheap fuel stations. The content of this overlay will be updated automatically using the database on the Tyre website. Displaying the overlay can be toggled on/off by the ‘Overlays’ option from the ‘Tools’ menu. Maybe there will be more such overlays in the future. At least, Tyre is ready for it!
  • A small improvement has been added: if the ‘Calculate’ option is checked on the ‘Google Maps – Route’ tab, calculating will start automatically for all itinerary files. Not just for existing files that are being opened (as was the case until now), but also for newly created files.
  • Google files (*.kml and *.kmz) were not displayed properly in Google Earth, when the file size grew too big. Apparently Google Earth does not display tracks when they contain too many track points. (I don’t know the maximum number.) Anyway, I have adapted Tyre in order to have larger trips being displayed properly in Google Earth.
  • There was a bug in displaying POI files in Google Earth: when returning to Tyre, the Tyre window appeared to be disabled. The bug has gone now.

Version 6.0 (build 15):

  • The possibility to install Tyre on a USB stick has improved for installing Tyre as an application for PortableApps.com: Tyre supports the new PortableApps platform v2.0 now.
  • The expiring date for using the beta version has changed from January 1, 2012 to March 1, 2012. We expect the beta testing period to be terminated before that date.

Version 6.0 (build 14):

  • Support for newer TomTom devices (Nav3) has changed a bit, because there were errors on some computers. I hope the errors are gone now.

Version 6.0 (build 13):

  • Newer TomTom devices, like the GO 1000, VIA LIVE, etc., do not have itinerary planning functions. Therefore Tyre cannot be used to create itineraries for these devices. But it is possible to copy your own POI files to these devices. Now there is a new feature in Tyre that supports copying POI files to them.

Version 6.0 (build 12):

  • Google has started a new API version. This new one is causing some errors in Tyre. Therefore Tyre will use the previous (stable) version of the Google API, which requires a new Tyre installation.

Version 6.0 (build 11):

  • It is possible to edit the coordinates manually: select ‘Edit’ from the ‘Waypoint’ menu, or click on the coordinates at the bottom of the list.
  • Your selection when clicking on the bike or car image on top of the map to switch between these two options, will now be saved into the preferences immediately.
  • It is now possible to use spaces when entering the phone number for a POI.
  • This update is a first step in preparing a 64bit version of Tyre:
    • It has been created with a new compiler, that promises to create 64bit applications too! But there is still a lot be done…
    • A new file has been added to the Tyre ‘Program Files’ folder: TyreFunc.exe. It is (and will be) used to execute some functions.

Version 6.0 (build 10):

  • There is a new feature: files can be expanded to the maximum possible number of waypoints. In most cases this number will be 48.
  • With this new feature there are several functions now concerning a file’s size: split, reduce, expand. To keep the menu clear, these three items are grouped into a submenu, called ‘Size’ (available from the ‘File’ menu).
  • On importing route tracks as waypoints (for *.gpx files) a large number of tracks could cause problems. Therefore the imported number of tracks/waypoints will be reduced to 1000, when opening a *.gpx file this way.
  • Satellite view was causing problems on some computers. I have changed the code a bit, and I hope things will be OK now.

Version 6.0 (build 9):

  • Help is now available in English and in Dutch. For other languages there is an automated Google translation available.
  • There was a small bug (only irritating) in pasting multiple waypoints: when auto-numbering was active, the numbers disappeared after canceling the paste operation. The bug is fixed now.
  • There was a bug in selecting overlays (POIs and itineraries) for the map: the overlays could not be selected. The bug is gone now.
  • Opening (multiple) files by double clicking on their names has improved.

Version 6.0 (build 8):

  • There was a hint (‘Ctrl+F’) showing up on the wrong places. That has improved.

Version 6.0 (build 7):

  • Most users expect that the key combination Ctrl+F will enable them to find a location on the map. Therefore two key combinations have changed:
    - Ctrl+F is now used to find a location on the map.
    - Shift+Ctrl+F is now used to find an item in the list of waypoints.
  • The splash screen and the info window will now display an image according to your own preference (riding, driving, cycling, walking).
  • Coverage for cycling routes is limited. This may be confusing. Therefore a message will come up, when the ‘Cycling’ option is set.
  • A new feature has been added to displaying and printing road books: you can have the total time and distance displayed and printed for each destination in your trip. This feature is optional.
  • The window for importing waypoints from website is looking better now.
  • The default path for saving and opening files is no longer ‘My Documents’, but a folder called ‘Tyre’ as a subfolder from ‘My Doucments’.
  • This is irritating: the use of altitude data for GPX files is disabled. Apparently some Garmin software (BaseCamp and MapSource) could not handle it… Really strange, since the GPX file format is a native Garmin format, and using altitude data is described on the GPX manual website.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.0 (build 6):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 6.0 (build 5):

  • Tyre is now able to use altitude data: those data will be used for GPS Exchange files (*.gpx) and for Google Earth files (*.kml and *.kmz).
  • Adding a new waypoint has changed slightly: Tyre will not suggest to rename the new waypoint right away. Instead, in the informational popup window the ‘Rename’ option is back, to activate the rename function.
  • The ‘Remove’ option is also back in the informational popup window.
  • On top of the map window, a new button has been added to stop calculating.
  • A new option has been added to the ‘Add’ tab in the preferences window: it is now possible to add locations from the clipboard the same way they are added from Google Maps.
  • Running the additional features from the program group in the Windows Start Menu caused an error message, if Tyre was already running. Now the additional features will be activated as they should, even when Tyre is running.
  • The library has a new feature: for itineraries from the Tyre website, you can read the description (if available).
  • And there is another new feature for the library: for itineraries on the computer, you can select your own drives or folders.
  • There will still a few bugs on moving waypoints up and down within the list. I hope they are all gone now.
  • Importing BMW route files needed some improvement, since there have been some changes on the BMW route planning site.
  • There were some bugs in the road book functions. They are gone.
  • There was a bug in selecting a group of favorites. It is gone.
  • A small bug in the optimize function has gone.
  • Saving and printing for road books and maps did not work properly yet. These actions should work properly now.
  • There are some changes in the ‘Preferences’ window: the old ‘Googla Maps 1′ and ‘Google Maps 2′ tabs have been reorganised. As a result, they have new names: ‘Google Maps – Map’ and ‘Google Maps – Route’. I hope it will be helpful in setting options easier.
  • The behavior of the route direction arrows has changed a bit. Now it works like the Google Maps website. If the option to use those arrows is selected, they will only be visible when the map is displayed with a higher zoom factor.
  • Searching a location on the map has changed. Lots of users could not find the new search function. I hope they can now.
  • When you maximze the map, the distance for the route will be displayed to the right of the file name, on the file tab.
  • Displaying the ‘About’ window and the splash screen is now better for screen settings with bigger font sizes.
  • There were some changes on the Google Maps website, that made the map unreadable (small font size) for users who changes their Windows desktop settings from the default (96 dpi) to bigger (120 dpi). To solve this new problem there is a new option added to the ‘Google Maps – Map’ tab, which can be used to set the size for the map, the fonts and the images.
  • There were problems using version 6.0 with a proxy-server. It seems that those problems are gone now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.0 (build 4):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 6.0 (build 3):

  • The library will indicate the file name, when asking to replace a file on your GPS device.
  • After copying files to your GPS device from the library, the library contents will be updated automatically.
  • On riding/driving/walking, the estimated remaining time will be displayed to the right of the current speed.
  • After optimizing a route, the full route will be displayed.
  • Additional icons in the program group have their own images now.
  • A bug concerning the distance indication is gone: the distance indication on top of the waypoints list will now always be set to zero after closing all open files.
  • Another bug has been fixed: if you tried to open a file that was already open, the tab with the open file was activated (as designed), but then the program got stuck: an hourglass cursor, and lots of actions that could not be performed any longer. As mentioned: this bug is gone now.
  • For some reason the ‘Import from website’ function was not working at all. Now it should work properly.
  • There was a bug in calculating the selected waypoints. It is gone.
  • There was a bug on installing Tyre onto a USB-stick. It is gone.
  • Tyre did not work properly on a USB-stick. It should be okay now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 6.0 (build 2):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 6.0 (build 1):
This is a completely new version. I have combined lots feedback from users to create an application with a look and feel that is even more intuitive compared to the previous versions. I hope you like it. Please keep sending me your feedback and suggestions.  
Most important improvements for this new version:

    • It is no longer necessary to use two separate windows (one for the list and another one for the map) to create and edit files: all operations can be done within one window that contains all necessary information.
    • It is possible to open more than one file at the same time inside the same instance of Tyre. To have more than one file open at the same time, it is no longer necessary to activate new instances of Tyre, which could be confusing (with maybe lots of instances of Tyre open). Starting or opening a new file creates a new tab with a new map. Switching between the files is easier then ever before: just click on the tab belonging to the file that you want to have in front.
    • There is a new feature, that I have called ‘Library’. This library offers a collection of all available files (itinerary and POI) on the website, on your computer and on your GPS device. This is an easy way to handle all available files: you don’t have to search any longer to find the file(s) that you need.

Other enhancements are:

  • A new file type has been added: Tyre can operate with *.csv files too now! This is done for better integration with Garmin devices, because POI information for Garmin devices is often stored in that kind of file type. This means that funcionality for TomTom and Garmin is now fully equal: for devices from both manufacturers, similar functions (and similar file types) are available.
  • Informational popup windows for waypoints on the map have less actions than they had in previous versions. Most actions can be performed by speed buttons and/or menu actions.
  • Informational popup windows for waypoints have a new option: ‘Skip’. Use this option to skip the calculation for that waypoint and the next one. This is handy in cases that the calculated route is obviously wrong. This is the situation, if Google does not calculate your route over a pass, or if an existing ferry boat is not known by Google. If you select ‘Skip’, a straight line will be drawn from the selected waypoint to the next one.
  • A new feature for calculating has been added: it possible to select a certain number of waypoints from your list, and have the route calculated for those waypoints only. The maximum number of waypoints for this action is 10.
  • A search action for an address, post code, etc. will be saved in a list. That is making a repeat much easier. The list contains the last 25 search actions.
  • After updating the POIs on your GPS device, you will be offered to see a full report about the update.

Version 5.84 (build 11):

  • There have been some changes on the server. Therefore there were also some changes to Tyre, to make sure that Tyre will work properly.
  • There is a new function that will show you a message from time to time. This is done to keep you well informed. Don’t be afraid that we will spam you: each new message will be shown only once.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.84 (build 10):

  • Google files (*.kml and *.kmz) were not displayed properly in Google Earth, when the file size grew too big. Apparently Google Earth does not display tracks when they contain too many track points. (I don’t know how many.) Anyway, I have adapted Tyre in order to have larger trips being displayed properly in Google Earth.

Version 5.84 (build 9):

  • Google has started a new API version. This new one is causing some errors in Tyre. Therefore Tyre will use the previous (stable) version of the Google API, which requires a new Tyre installation.

Version 5.84 (build 8):

  • There were some changes on the Google Maps website, that made the map unreadable (small font size) for users who changes their Windows desktop settings from the default (96 dpi) to bigger (120 dpi). To solve this new problem there is a new option added to the ‘Google Maps 1′ tab, which can be used to set the size for the map, the fonts and the images.
  • A small bug in the optimize function has gone.

Version 5.84 (build 7):

  • Importing BMW route files needed some improvement, since there have been some changes on the BMW route planning site.
  • There was a bug in saving the road book to disk. It was a small one, since nobody seems have noticed it. Anyway, it is gone now.

Version 5.84 (build 6):

  • I found a solution to get proper screen settings. Therefore the screen test is no longer necessary.
  • A small bug that created a new waypoint unintentionally after clicking on the green ‘OK’ button (or on the red ‘Cancel’ button) is gone now.
  • Another bug, that caused problems on saving changes (on some computers) is now completely gone, I hope.

Version 5.84 (build 5):

  • There is a new feature, that has become necessary, unfortunately. For every computer a screen test is necessary. After installing Tyre, you will see the screen test. It will help you to get a properly displayed map. This feature has been added to the ‘Tyre’ program group from the ‘Start’ menu. This is done to make it easy to repeat the screen test if necessary.
  • The icons in the Windows program group will now be displayed in your local language.
  • Importing Google files (*.kmz and *.kml) has been refined.

Version 5.84 (build 4):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 5.84 (build 3):

  • Renaming from within the map window is back! I have found another solution to handle irritating consequences for shortcut keys from the map window.
  • As a result of all changes, the mouse wheel function for zooming was no longer functioning. I am glad to say that this function is now back.
  • Informational popup windows for the map will no longer have scroll bars: all information will be visible.

Version 5.84 (build 2):

  • Irritating dialog boxes (from MS Internet Explorer) could come up when using some shortcut keys from the map window. They will no longer appear now.
  • As a consequence, I had to remove the ‘Rename’ option from the informational popup in the map window. But there are still other possibilities enough to rename your waypoints.
  • Another result from the new integration for MS Internet Explorer was a bad functioning full screen street view display. This bug is gone now.

Version 5.84 (build 1):

  • Tyre has an improved integration for MS Internet Explorer. That is the main reason for the new minor version number.
  • On Tyre startup, the Internet Explorer’s cache will be cleared. This is done to prevent some irritating erros, especially with street view.
  • A small enhancement: KML files that were created by Mapinfo were not being read properly by Tyre. Now they are.
  • There was a bug in reading and writing BMW files: when the file name was containing a comma, there was an error message. The bug is gone now.

Version 5.83 (build 7):

  • Opening Google KMZ files has improved: the file contents will be read too, if the file contains a link to a website.
  • There was a bug in the function to split files. The bug is gone now.

Version 5.83 (build 6):

  • I have found a way to calculate a route way faster. Enjoy the speed!
  • Route tracks (for *.kml and *.gpx files) are also being calculated faster now!
  • A new feature has been added to the Tourist Information Manager: on previewing a route, the sound files will be played automatically, when your ride (or drive) the route in the map window.
  • Adding data from a text file could cause problems, when trying to add more than ten addresses. The problem is gone now, I hope.
  • Those Google guys did it again: they changed the code of the output data on their website. So, I had to expand the possibilities for importing from websites.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.83 (build 5):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 5.83 (build 4):

  • There is a new (slightly hidden) feature for adding new locations. It is a combination of adding from file and manually: You can add a list of addresses from a text file (*.txt) now: from the ‘Waypoint’ menu (in the map window), select ‘From file…’. Then the ‘Add manually’ dialog window will be displayed, showing the contents of the text file.
  • A fast internet connection could cause an error message about not being able to open the ads. This bug is gone now.

Version 5.83 (build 3):

  • Inserting a waypoint the old way (by clicking on the route line) had become difficult. For people who still like the old way, this has been made easier now.
  • A missing internet connection could cause an irritating error message. The error will now be intercepted and the message will not show up.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.83 (build 2):

  • Some users were complaining about the ticking sound that came with displaying the ads. They were right. On developing I did not take into account the clicking sound on some computers when navigating. In this version the irritating sound is gone.
  • The installation procedure will add a link to the Tyre program group that enables you to launch the Tourist Information Manager right from the start.

Version 5.83 (build 1):
This an important update.

  • The most eye catching change is an advertising bar on the right side of the main Tyre window. I have decided to add this bar, because Tyre is costing more than the sum of the donations that I have got. I hope this will enable me to keep Tyre freeware!
  • Less eye catching, but more important is a completely new feature, called the ‘Tourist Information Manager’. This manager is meant to be helpful for providing tourist information. It handles some bundles that contain route files and points of interest with spoken information. This is an easy way to ride (or drive) a scenic route with tourist and other relevant information that will be offered through your TomTom device on the spot. It is not possible to create such a bundle yourself. It is something that a travel agency or a bikers club can use to offer you an interesting route in a very easy way. If you are interested in offering such a bundle to your customers or members, please contact me about the details. The Tourist Information Manager is available from the ‘Tools’ menu. Right now, an example is available. You can have a preview of this example or install it onto your TomTom device.
  • Moving locations has improved: if you move a waypoint or a POI to a new location, Tyre will suggest a new name, if a proper name is available.
  • Google is offering more and more options for kml (and kmz) files. Therefore Tyre was not able to read all recently created kml (and kmz) files. Hopefully Tyre will be able to read them all now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.82 (build 6):

  • Sending a file by email has improved: Tyre will use the file name, if available.
  • Downloading POIs from GPSPassion did not work properly any longer. That problem is gone now.

Version 5.82 (build 5):

  • Distances were not always displayed properly for splitting files. Now they are.
  • A small change in the ‘Optimize’ function to make sure that the waypoint that is selected to be the first one, will remain the first one.
  • Using route files as overlays has improved: if the file contains route tracks, those route tracks can be selected to be used as an overlay.

Version 5.82 (build 4):

  • There was a bug for the favorites: if the list was supposed to be empty, a ‘mystery’ favorite with no name was present, that caused problems. The error is gone now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.82 (build 3):

    A couple of small bugs have been removed:

  • The search box (the one to find an item in the list) did not always take into account the setting of auto-numbering. Now it does.
  • If you selected another language from the preferences window, and then opened a new window (e.g. for selecting POIs to be displayed), the new window used the former selected language, as long as the language was not confirmed by clicking ‘OK’. Now the new window will use the proper language.
  • The way that POI files (*.ov2) are being saved, is slightly adapted. Some files were not saved properly.

Version 5.82 (build 2):

  • Opening a file could create an error: if there were only ANSI characters in the file, but the file format was UTF-8, no waypoints were displayed. The error is gone now.

Version 5.82 (build 1):

  • A long-cherished wish has been fulfilled: in the map window route lines are really draggable now, in the same way as on the Google Maps website. If you prefer the old way (inserting a waypoint first by clicking on a route line, then dragging it to another location): that is still possible. From the ‘Preferences’ window, select the ‘Google Maps 1′ tab, and remove the checkmark from the ‘Use draggable route lines’ option.
  • A bug in displaying and removing arrows (for indicating directions) has been removed.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.81 (build 4):

  • Searching for UTM values caused raising an error message (“Sorry, we were unable to find that address.”), if there were double spaces in the search string. That problem is gone now.
  • There was a bug in the window to edit a single waypoint/POI: if the latitude or longitude value was between -1 and 0, the negative value was converted into a positive value. The bug has been removed.

Version 5.81 (build 3):

  • I have added a button to the street view window, that can be used to enlarge street view to full screen. The function was already there, but for some users it was hard to find.
  • Prefixes to search locations (‘PC:’, ‘UTM:’) can now also be used in the ‘Add manually’ window.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.81 (build 2):

  • Entering UTM values for searching had been made easier. Until now it was necessary to use a strict format, like ’18 T 585991 4513527′. This is easier now. If you use ‘UTM:’ as a prefix for searching, the rules for entering a UTM value is less strict: you can use spaces or commas for separating the values. Some examples of now valid entries are:
    - UTM: 18T 585991 4513527
    - utm 18T,585991,4513527
    - utm : 18, T, 585991, 4513527
  • There was a bug in editing the coordinates of a location: decimals that started with a zero, lost the zero after editing. The error is gone now. Thanks to Jim Richardson, who reported the error.

Version 5.81 (build 1):

  • The feature to split files has improved: now it is possible to select the number of waypoints for your files. The estimated distance is also displayed for each file. Thus it is also possible to split files on a distance base.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.80 (build 7):

  • The menu in the map window has a new ‘Help’ item. It is almost the same as the corresponding menu item in the main window.
  • A small change in the ‘Optimize’ feature has made the feature even better.
  • There was a bug in importing route points from some Garmin (*.gdb) files. Thanks to Robin Hennem, who reported the error, I was able to improve the import routine.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.80 (build 6):

  • Since the last update there was an error in creating route tracks. The error is gone now.

Version 5.80 (build 5):

  • There is a new file type (*.tar.gz) that can be used. It is listed as the ‘BMW File’ type, because on the BMW website the route files to download come in that format. Click here to find out yourself.
  • There was still a small bug in displaying windows when the ‘Keep the main window visible (on top)’ option was active. This bug is now gone too.
  • Another bug has been removed from the ‘Optimize’ feature. This feature is growing better with each update. It is still in beta, but the final stage is in sight!
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.80 (build 4):

  • The map window has two new menu items in the ‘Tools’ menu. They are called ‘Run Google Maps’ and ‘Show route (Google Maps)’. These functions are doing exactly the same as the corresponding functions from the main window.
  • The ‘recent files’ list in the ‘File’ menu will be checked on Tyre startup: if a file no longer exists, it will be removed from the ‘recent files’ list.
  • There was a bug since I use a new compiler (which I started to use with version 5.80). When the option to keep the main window on top of other windows was checked, dialog windows were hidden behind the main window. Helmut Rerig reported this bug. Thanks! It is fixed now.
  • Another bug has been removed from the ‘Optimize’ feature.

Version 5.80 (build 3):

  • A new feature has been added: it is now possible to set the brightness for the route lines on the map. The brightness can be set by a scroll bar on the ‘Google Maps 2′ tab in the ‘Preferences’ window.
  • Another new feature has added. It is now possible to have some routes displayed on your map permanently (just like POIs). The route lines will displayed in black, and will be marked by two blue waypoints at both ends.
  • The selected color and brightness will also be used to display the route in Google Earth.
  • Importing Garmin files (*.gdb) has improved: if a file contains route information, it will be retrieved from the file. Tyre is now able to import waypoints, tracks and routes from the Garmin (*.gdb) files.
  • The window to edit the coordinates of a location has changed. It is easier now to edit them.
  • The new compiler (since 5.80.1) created different code, that caused some errors. I hope they are all fixed now. Please let me know if you still find a bug.
  • An error occurred when removing the last waypoint from the map window. The error is gone now. (This was an old bug, earlier removed (5.70.18), that had returned after changing some related code.)
  • There was a bug in optimizing routes. Thanks to Mike Trenery, who found the bug, I was able to remove it.

Version 5.80 (build 2):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 5.80 (build 1):

  • Tyre is now built with a new compiler. That is the main reason for the new version number.
  • The ‘Optimize’ feature has improved: you can select between two ways of optimizing now: a route (just select a location to start with) or a round trip (select a location to start with and also a location to end with).
  • The ‘Waypoint’ menu in the map window has a new element: ‘First waypoint…’ Its function is the same as the item with that name in the main window: the trip will be reorganized, using the selected waypoint as the new point to start with.
  • There was a bug in editing the coordinates of a single waypoint. The bug is gone now.
  • There was a bug in importing waypoints from a website, that caused errors in some situations. The bug is gone now.

Version 5.70 (build 20):

  • Maybe you want to use Tyre on your hard drive as if it was installed on a removable device? That is now possible:
    - Install Tyre on a removable device first (from the ‘Tools’ menu).
    - Copy the ‘Tyre’ folder to some location on your hard drive.
    - Create a folder called ‘RemovableDevice’ in the ‘Tyre’ folder on your hard drive.
  • There was an error in the feature to add a location to the favorites on your TomTom. The error is gone now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.70 (build 19):

  • The ‘Import from web’ feature has improved: more pages can be imported.

Version 5.70 (build 18):

  • Some newer Garmin devices seem to have a different folder structure. I found out thanks to Gene Sampieri, who reported this. Tyre will now be able to cooperate with Garmin devices that have a ‘\Garmin\GPX’ folder (as before) and with Garmin devices that have a ‘\Garmin’ folder and a ‘\GPX’ folder, both in the device’s root.
  • If you have installed MS Internet Explorer 9 (beta), you will have noticed that the list in the main Tyre window is just a black rectangle. This problem is gone now.
  • An error occurred when removing the last waypoint from the map window. The error is gone now.

Version 5.70 (build 17):

  • An older possibility is restored: you can click on the map to add or insert a waypoint, even when a properties window for some waypoint is displayed.
  • Apparently Microsoft Autoroute (and maybe other applications) are saving coordinates in GPS Exchange files (*.gpx) in a format that is rarely used. Anyway, Tyre will be able to read those files now.

Version 5.70 (build 16):

  • Importing Garmin .gdb files has improved: if it does not contain any waypoints, but only route tracks instead, Tyre will offer to open those route tracks.
  • There was an irritating error in the Danish language file. The error is gone now.

Version 5.70 (build 15):

  • Streetview cannot be displayed fullscreen with Google Maps API v3 (the version that is used by Tyre). But I have found a workaround that will display Streetview fullscreen after all. Activating the fullscreen view is done by the streetview button on the button bar.
  • The code for opening Google KML files with a link inside has improved.

Version 5.70 (build 14):
This is a major update.
This new version may look almost the same as the previous one, but there are major changes internally. Google has launched a new version of their API (version 3), and now Tyre is using that new version. This was necessary, since Google gave their version 2 the ‘deprecated’ status, and therefore the now old version 2 will disappear some moment in the (near?) future. There was another reason to move to the new platform: version 3 comes with new possibilities, that are (or will be) used in Tyre.

    New or improved elements for now:

  • Inserting a waypoint into an existing route has never been easier: if the mouse moves over the route line, you will be indicated that it is possible to insert a new waypoint there, just by clicking.
  • A new feature has been added: avoid toll roads. This feature is available from the ‘Preferences’ window, ‘Google Maps 2′ tab.
  • Another new feature has been added: bicycling routes. Like the previous one, this feature is available from the ‘Preferences’ window, ‘Google Maps 2′ tab. NOTE: the availability of bicycling routes is currently very limited: as far as I know you can only use it for routes in the United States. But I am sure the area will grow: Google is working hard on this.
  • A new menu item has been added to the ‘Tools’ menu, both in the main window and in the map window, called ‘Optimize…’. This menu item can be used to optimize your route, starting from the waypoint that is selected from the list. Remark: This feature is very new and may contain bugs.
  • The maximum number of waypoints for TomTom is set back to 48. During several updates this number was 100, since it seemed that the new TomTom Urban Rider could handle up to 100 waypoints. But the current software for that device still has a limit of 48 waypoints.
  • The ‘General’ tab in the ‘Preferences’ window has a new option, called ‘Confirm deletion’. If you uncheck this option, Tyre will no longer ask if you want to delete a waypoint, a POI or a favorite.
  • If you are editing a POI file, there may be some double POIs in the list. When you save the file, the double POIs will be removed automatically.
  • Importing a Garmin route file (*.gdb) will raise a question, if the file contains over 500 waypoints. You will be asked if you want to use the main waypoints only or all of them.
  • The informational popup window has a new image on the right side of the coordinate numbers. Clicking this image will copy the coordinates to the clipboard. That enabled you to use the coordinates in other applications.
  • Now you can enter UTM coordinates in the search box, like this: 18 T 585991 4513527 (This option is not available in the ‘Full Browser Mode’.)
  • The Garmin file format (*.gpx) is now better recognizable in the ‘Save as’ dialog and in other windows and dialogs.
  • In some situations the phone numbers of POIs were not displayed. Now they are.
  • If you have selected a lot of POI files to use them as fixed POIs, the screen update can be really slow. That is why there is a new feature now to cluster those fixed POIs. This feature is activated by default. It is also possible to set the density for the clusters. This feature is here available: ‘Preferences’ window -> ‘Google Maps 2′ tab -> ‘Always display POI files on map’ -> click the button with the three dots.
  • The code for reopening the map after setting the preferences, has been fully rewritten. Reopening the map is done faster now.
  • Again there is some new code on the Google Maps server for displaying maps. Tyre will now be able to read that code properly.
  • Clipboard actions for editing text in the map window have improved.
  • The Danish language file has improved. Thanks to Peder G. Mortensen
  • There was a bug in displaying the road book window after printing was cancelled. This bug has been fixed.
  • There was an error in updating the beta version to a newer beta version (instead of the newer beta version, the old 5.6 version was downloaded and installed). This is no longer the case now.
  • Since the first build of 5.7, some route lines were not displayed properly. It took a lot of time to find out why. Finally I succeeded. All route lines will be displayed properly now.
  • There was a bug in displaying fixed POIs: only one category was displayed instead of all selected categories. This error has been fixed now.
  • Another error has beed fixed: if you started a new route and you selected a fixed POI to add it to your list as your first waypoint, Tyre came up with an error. Thanks to Oliver Schuhmacher I was able to fix it.
  • Since one of the last updates, the rename window was not displayed properly anymore. Now it is restored and will be displayed properly.
  • Streetview is working easier and better now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.70 (build 1-13):

  • These builds were offered as beta versions before 5.7 was offered as a stable version.

Version 5.60 (build 9):

  • Adding, inserting and relocating waypoints has been made easier: if you keep the Ctrl key down while clicking on the map, a new waypoint will be added, inserted or relocated immediately, without displaying the informational popup window.
  • The structure of GPS Exchange files (*.gpx) has been adapted slightly again. The <wpt> section is back again, but now as an option on the ‘Files’ tab from the ‘Preferences’ window: check the ‘Use Garmin waypoints’ option if you want to save the <wpt> section in your Garmin .gpx files.
  • The menu in the map window has a new item, called ‘TomTom’, with a subitem called ‘Add to favorites’. This item can be used to add the selected location to the favorites in your TomTom device.
    - This feature can only be used if you have TomTom HOME installed on your computer.
    - This feature is not available when Tyre is in ‘Garmin mode’.
  • There was a bug when in ‘walking mode’: route tracks could not be calculated in that situation. This bug has gone now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.60 (build 8):

  • There is a new file type (*.freshroute) that can be imported. This is a Navigon file type.
  • The ‘File’ menu in the map window has a new item: ‘Save as…’ It works just like the ‘Save as…’ item from the menu in the main Tyre window. Can be handy.
  • Non-Latin characters were not always displayed correctly on computers with a default setting for Latin characters. This has improved now.
  • Tyre needed some adaptation to be able to cooperate properly with the Carminat TomTom (built-in TomTom version for Renault cars). Thanks to help of Patrick Lecadet I was able to realize that adaptation.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.60 (build 7):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 5.60 (build 6):

  • Handling files in Garmin format has improved: if the number of waypoints is over 1000, the ‘Reduce’ button will be displayed: clicking this button will reduce the number of waypoints to 1000.
  • There has been a change in the way that Google Earth files (*.kml and *.kmz) are being handled. Now it is easier to import both waypoints and track points or to make a selection.
  • There was a bug in moving a waypoint in the list (in the map window): if a newly created waypoint (at the end of the list) was moved one position up, its name was not properly displayed. This bug has been fixed now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.60 (build 5):

  • The streetview button has been moved to the button bar on top of the map. Thus it is possible to use the streetview functions in all situations. (Until now it was only available when creating or editing an itinerary file.) If you are using the ‘only browser mode’ for the map, the situation is as before.
  • The road book window can now be resized for better displaying its contents.
  • The contents of the road book window can now be saved on disk in the Excel (*.csv) format.
  • In addition: the contents of the map window can now be saved on disk as a bitmap file from the ‘Print’ window (after clicking the ‘Print map’ button in the map window).
  • Since the previous update there was a problem on opening the map window, when the selected language was Chinese (traditional or simplified). This problem has been solved.
  • After a waypoints was moved up or down in the list (in the map window) the icon was not always displayed properly. This has been fixed.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.60 (build 4):

  • There is a new file type (*.rte) that can be imported. This is a Navigon file type. Thanks to Alexander Strobel, who found the information that I needed to make this possible. The extension name (.rte) is the same as the extension name for OziExplorer files. That may look tricky, but Tyre will know the difference between the file formats and will read both file types properly.
  • The structure of GPS Exchange files (*.gpx) has been adapted slightly. Thanks to Rick Booth I realized that a useful itinerary file for that format does not need a <wpt> section.
  • Again there is some new code on the Google Maps server for displaying maps. Tyre will now be able to read that code properly. Thanks to Kevin Lim, who reported about this new code.
  • Finally I have found a solution for an irritating but harmless Google bug: the little overview map in the lower right corner was not always displayed properly: its arrow was on the wrong location sometimes. Now it will be displayed on the proper location.
  • Dragging a waypoint (in the map window) to another location in the list seemed to select that waypoint several times and displayed its informational popup window several times. This has been adapted and the informational popup window will come up only once.
  • There was a bug in adding waypoints from another file in the map window: if the selected TomTom itinerary file (*.itn) was in the UTF-8 format, Tyre was not able to open the file. The bug is gone now.

Version 5.60 (build 3):

  • Favorites were not sorted properly, if the first characters were mixed lowercases and uppercases. Now they are sorted properly.
  • Splitting a file contained a bug, when adding the author’s name: the last part of the split file could not be opened because of that. The bug has gone now.
  • There was another irritating (but harmless) bug in resizing the map window: it did not remember its size any longer (to use it at next startup). Now this is restored to proper functioning.

Version 5.60 (build 2):

  • Since April 29, the zoom functions did not work properly any longer. Using the mouse to scroll the map seemed to freeze the application and caused additional errors. Apparently there were some changes on the Google server. Anyway, I found a workaround and now things are working properly again.
  • There was an irritating but harmless error in the map window: after removing a waypoint, it was not always selected in the list. Now it will be. containe

Version 5.60 (build 1):
This is a major update: the map window has been renewed!

  • The map window now looks different: the toolbar is no longer located at the bottom of the window, but a new toolbar is located at the top of the window and there is a menu on top of that.
  • There is a splitter between the map and the functions bar on the left side of the screen. This allows you enlarge either the map or the funtions bar.
  • The are some new functions from the menu and the toolbar, such as ‘Save’, ‘Cut’, ‘Copy’, ‘Paste’ ‘Rename’ and ‘Center’.
  • In the upper right corner of the toolbar there is an arrow that allows you to enter the ‘only browser mode’. This feature is for people who want to keep things simple: only the basic functions are available.
  • With the new list for waypoints (and POIs) it also possible to move them to another location in the list by a simple drag en drop action.
  • The ‘Preference’, ‘From file…’ and ‘Manually…’ buttons are gone: their functions are now available from the menu.
  • The Norwegian language environment has been completed, now that the Norwegian help pages have been added as well. Thanks to Gunnar Olaussen!
  • Importing Garmin .gdb files has been changed. Some of these files contain a lot of waypoints. If there are more than 500 waypoints, Tyre will restart importing and only use the most important waypoints.
  • Some minor changes as well.

Version 5.52 (build 10):

  • A new language has been added: Norwegian. Thanks to Gunnar Olaussen.
  • The map window has a new shortcut to close informational popup windows in a fast way: press Ctrl+Q to close such a popup windows.
  • Changing the size of the map window (maximized or not) will take effect immediately to another instance of Tyre: a new map window will be opened with the size of your last choice.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.52 (build 9):

  • Creating route tracks can take some time. That is why the progress bar that is displayed while creating route tracks, has been changed: now it better indicates how much time it will take to finish the job.
  • Adding a new POI location will raise the rename window, like when adding a new waypoint. This is done to make customizing your list of POIs easier.
  • There was a bug in the search box for searching locations on the map: sometimes, if coordinates were entered, Tyre interpreted the coordinates as a postcode. Thus it came up with the message that the address could not be found. The bug has been fixed now.

Version 5.52 (build 8):

  • The hotkey in the ‘Import from website’ window has been removed from the ‘Example’ button, because it could raise an error.
  • There was a bug in calculating directions: after using the undo function, directions were not always calculated and displayed properly. This bug has been removed.

Version 5.52 (build 7):

  • If the POI Manager window is open from one instance of Tyre and you try to open it from another instance of Tyre, the first one will become active. This is done to prevent problems in case you would enter conflicting options in different windows of the POI Manager.
  • The spreed of the POI Manager has improved. Especially on handling files with lots of content it was rather slow. You will be glad to experience the new speed.
  • The ‘File’ menu has a new option, called ‘Always save in ANSI format’. Checking this menu option will force your TomTom itinerary files (*.itn) to be saved in ANSI format. This feature is necessary, because some older TomTom software is not able to handle files in UTF8 format properly. Because this option only affects TomTom itinerary files, the option will only be visible (and usable) for files of that type. NOTE: if your itinerary file contains non-Latin characters and you have this new option activated, the non-Latin characters will be replaced by a question mark (?) when the file will be saved.
  • Those Google guys did it again: they have changed the code of the output data on their website (or they added a new data format to the existing formats). Anyway, I had to expand the import possibilities for importing from websites.

Version 5.52 (build 6):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 5.52 (build 5):

  • Now it is easier to change the properties of a location (waypoint, destination, to visit, visited). Until now you had to change these properties for each location separately. Now it is possible to select more locations and change their properties with one click.
  • The ‘Tools’ menu has a new item: you can use it to display your route on the Google Maps website. This allows you to have a fast preview and it provides you with a link to your route. But there are some restrictions:
    - Only the firs 24 waypoints will be displayed, because Google Maps does not allow you to use more waypoints.
    - It is not possible to edit your route in this mode for direct use with Tyre.
    - This menu item is not available for POI files.
  • There was a bug in using the arrows that indicate the directions. The bug has been fixed now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.52 (build 4):

  • Indicating the route by arrows has improved:
    - The images are no longer icons, but gif images.
    - The arrows come with a description to tell you what they mean.
    - The arrows moved a bit on the route for more clearness.
  • The procedure to read TomTom itinerary files has been changed to accept even files that don’t have the fully proper format.

Version 5.52 (build 3):

  • A new option has been added: you can have arrows displayed on the map to indicate the direction you will go. This option can be found on the ‘Google Maps 2′ tab from the ‘Preferences’ window.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.52 (build 2):

  • Opening GPS Exchange files (*.gpx) directly from internet or from your email program, could cause problems. These problems are fixed now.
  • Using and opening Google Earth is done in another way: less sensitive to errors.
  • There was a bug in moving waypoints up and down in the map window. If the number of positions to move the waypoint was left to 0, an error occurred. The bug has been removed: it is no longer possible to set that number to 0…
  • There was another bug in the function that checks for updates: if there was more than one instance of Tyre running, the function could raise an error message. The bug has gone now.

Version 5.52 (build 1):

  • The possibility to install Tyre on a USB stick has been enhanced. If the stick that you have selected is prepared for using portable applications (PortableApps.com), Tyre can be installed as another portable application. Therefore, there are three options to install Tyre on a USB stick now:
    - As a standalone application.
    - As part of a U3 environment.
    - As a portable application.
  • To avoid problems, the feature to install Tyre on a USB stick, will be disabled, if you already are running Tyre from a USB stick.
  • And some more: if you are running Tyre from a USB stick, the ‘Documents’ folder on the USB stick will be used as the default ‘My Documents’ folder.
  • From the map window it is now possible to enter the number of positions you want to move your waypoint (or POI) up or down.
  • For trips with a long distance, it may take lots of time to calculate route tracks (for use in GPX files and in Google Earth). I found a possibility to make things work faster. But still: it may consume a lot of time to save such a GPX file or to open such a file in Google Earth. If you don’t want that, unselect the use of route tracks from the ‘Preferences’ window.
  • Since the Google company seems to change the registry setting for each new version of Google Earth, I had to adapt the code on where to find the ‘GoogleEarth.exe’ file. Some users may have encountered problems, like messages that told them that files could not be found or not be opened.
  • The icon for the main window has been changed. This was necessary for proper displaying the window in the Windows 7 taskbar.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.51 (build 7):

  • Since the last build there was a bug in displaying routes and POIs with Google Earth. This bug was only noticed by users who had set the ‘Use Google Earth instead of Google Maps’ option to true. I could remove the bug thanks to Andrew Melton, who reported it.

Version 5.51 (build 6):

  • Downloading and installing updates is easier than ever before: if you want to install an available update, Tyre will be closed automatically and the installation of the update will be started.
  • MapSource has the irritating habit to make a TomTom device look like a Garmin device by creating new folders on the device. In that case Tyre ‘thought’ the attached device was a Garmin device instead of a TomTom device. That problem has gone now.
  • Street view functions have improved.

Version 5.51 (build 5):

  • A new feature has been added. In the map window, there is a new button, called ‘Manually…’ You can use this button to add one or more addresses to your list manually.
  • Displaying the route in Google Earth has improved: changing your preferences will take effect immediately. So, there is no need to close and restart Tyre for changes to take effect in displaying the route in Google Earth.
  • In addition: your preferences for Google Earth will be ignored if Tyre has been set to ‘Google Maps mode’: in that case only the preferences for Google Maps will be used.
  • Searching for post codes could still be improved. That has been realized thanks to feedback of Reg Marjason.
  • Editing phone numbers will allow you to use a dash in the number.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.51 (build 4):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 5.51 (build 3):

  • After the adaptation of the search box in version 5.50.1, it was no longer possible to use keyboard shortcuts for clipboard actions (cut, copy, paste). Thanks to Jerome Kelly, who reported this, I was able to re-implement this functions for the search box.

Version 5.51 (build 2):

  • Searching for post codes has improved. It is no longer necessary to use the ‘PC:’ prefix for searching post codes.
  • In the map window there was a bug for moving up and down a POI element in the list. The bug has been fixed.

Version 5.51 (build 1):
A new feature has been added: you can set the default mode of Tyre to ‘Garmin mode’.

  • This new feature can be activated by setting this preference on the ‘General’ tab.
  • When in ‘Garmin mode’, Tyre will recognize a TomTom device that is attached and switch to ‘TomTom mode’ automatically, until the TomTom device will be removed from your computer. This is not true for TomTom devices on mobile phones etc. If you want to use Tyre for that kind of device, you have to switch to ‘TomTom mode’.
  • When in ‘TomTom mode’, Tyre will recognize a Garmin device that is attached and switch to ‘Garmin mode’ automatically, until the Garmin device will be removed from your computer.
  • Now it is possible to associate GPS Exchange files (*.gpx) to Tyre (from the ‘General’ tab in the ‘Preferences’ window).
  • Since version 5.5.0.1 there was a problem reading TomTom itinerary files (*.itn) that were created by GPSBabel. GPSBabel is not saving them in the proper format. Until version 5.5.0.1 Tyre detected and repaired such files. Now that is true again.
  • There was a problem reading Google Earth files (*.kml) that were created by RaceChrono. The problem has been fixed.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.50 (build 2):

  • I have found a new way to calculate route tracks. They are being calculated way faster now!
  • There was a bug in saving files: sometimes they were saved in UTF-8 format, when the file needed ANSI encoding. The bug has been fixed now.

Version 5.50 (build 1):
Major improvements have been realized, and some new features have been added as well!

  • Most of the improvements are not visible to users. But internally there have been major changes in handling files (opening, reading, writing). I started to make these changes because files were not handled properly on computers with a Chinese version of Windows. I owe a lot to Kevin Ling: thanks to his feedback and testing I was able to improve Tyre for international use.
  • A new language has been added: Simplified Chinese. Also thanks to Kevin Ling.
  • A new XML file has been added for downloading and intalling POI files. Again thanks to Kevin Ling.
  • The language files that come with Tyre, are now in another format: UTF-8 instead of ANSI. Therefore it is easier to switch to another language.
  • Changing the properties of a location is now possible from the map window too: you can turn a waypoints into a destination, and the other way round. Open the informational window for the specific waypoint or location and click on the image. Changing this property is not possible for the first or the last waypoint from your itinerary.
  • On opening (importing) GPS Exchange files (*.gpx) you will be able to select the file content that you want Tyre to use: waypoints, route points and/or track points.
  • Don’t you want to use route tracks? Now it is possible to disable that feature from the ‘Prefences’ windos (‘Files’ tab).
  • The search box in the map window has been rebuilt. Now the mouse can be used for clipboard actions on the search box.
  • The ‘Garmin mode’ has been extended. If you send a route file from the Garmin mode, the file will be sent as a Garmin (*.gpx) file instead of a TomTom (*.itn) file.
  • There was a bug in creating route tracks: the last track part (about 30 meters) was omitted. Not much, but a bug anyway. The bug has been fixed now.
  • Some minor changes as well.

Version 5.43 (build 3):

  • There is a major enhancement for Garmin users: if you save your trip in GPS Exchange format (*.gpx), not only the waypoints will be saved, but the route (tracks) as well.
  • The same enhancement is true for Google files (*.kml and *.kmz): if you display your route in Google Earth, your route will no longer be displayed in straight lines, but in a line that is following the roads.
  • Thanks to Kevin Ling I found out that files containing Chinese characters did not work properly. Now they do.
  • Since TomTom devices are being used in more and more countries, the number of used characters increases. That is why I have decided to make Tyre save any itinerary file (*.itn) in the UTF8 format.
  • The road book feature has been extended: there is an additional checkbox to remove the waypoint names (and descriptions) from the list. Dick Heuten came up with the idea, because he thought it would be easier to use the list on the road with this format.
  • Retrieving waypoints from a web link, directly of from a Google file (*.kml and *.kmz) has improved.
  • For some languages there was a bug in properly displaying the names of the favorites from the map window. Thanks to Christian Dalstein I was able to remove the bug.
  • Christian has also been very helpful in removing another bug: on his computer (and maybe on some other computers as well), there was an error after changing the preferences from the map window. The bug has gone now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.43 (build 2):

  • The search box in the map window has been refined. Now you can enter coordinates in the format degrees/minutes/seconds too. (e.g. N37 07 51.0 W6 49 43.4)
  • If there is an error in computing directions (e.g. one of your waypoints is in the middle of the ocean ), the error message will come up in your own language instead of the default English message.
  • The ‘Garmin mode’ has been extended a bit: in the map window the ‘TomTom’ tab will no longer appear in the small popup windows for waypoints and POIs.
  • There was an error in switching between ‘TomTom mode’ and ‘Garmin mode’. (A menu item from the ‘Garmin mode’ was also visible in ‘TomTom mode’ and could cause an irritating error message.) This error has been fixed now.

Version 5.43 (build 1):
There is now a long wanted new feature: Tyre can be used on Garmin devices, almost the same way as on TomTom devices.

  • Tyre has two modes now: the ‘TomTom mode’ and the ‘Garmin mode’. If you attach a Garmin device to your computer, Tyre will automatically switch to ‘Garmin mode’.
  • This means that the menu structure and other items will change from saying ‘TomTom’ to ‘Garmin’. Of course the content of the functions and procedures will be executed in a proper way for Garmin devices.
  • In ‘Garmin mode’ the default file format is not TomTom Itinerary (*.itn), but GPS Exchange (*.gpx).
  • In ‘Garmin mode’ you are able to open (import) files from your Garmin device that are from the gdb-format. You are also able to delete those files from your device. (Files cannot be saved using this format.)
  • The ‘TomTom mode’ is the default. That means: if no device is attached to your computer, Tyre will operate in ‘TomTom mode’.
    Some other enhancements and changes:

  • The ‘Import from website’ function has been adapted: due to changes on the Google Maps websites (they are changing the code regularly), the adaptation was necessary.
  • Removing files from your device is easier now. The ‘Delete from TomTom’ dialog will display both itinerary files and POI files.
  • Tyre has an additional safety improvement: some dialog windows will be closed automatically, if you remove your device from your computer.
  • Itinerary files for languages with non-Latin characters come in different formats. Until now I did not know that. Thanks to feedback from Igor Bashtannikov I found out. Tyre has been adapted accordingly.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.42 (build 1):
New feature:

    • If you install Tyre on a USB stick, you have the possibility to install Tyre as a U3 application.

New options from the ‘Preferences’ window:

  • On the ‘Google Maps 2′ tab you can enter a regional site for Google Maps (e.g. ‘http://maps.google.nl’ for The Netherlands instead of the default ‘http://maps.google.com’). This is often comfortable for properly displaying search results.
  • The speed indication on the ‘Google Maps 2′ tab has been changed: it is no longer a scroll bar to indicate the speed, but a drop down box that offers you the choice between ‘slow’, ‘regular’, ‘fast’, ‘very fast’ and ‘racing’.
  • In addition, the speed option has been extended: now it is possible to select whether the selected speed will affect the animation on the map or not. The same is true for the times that will be displayed in the road book. If you uncheck one of these options, Tyre will use a ‘regular’ speed.
  • Connecting file types (*.itn and/or *.ov2) to Tyre is done differently. Users of Windows Vista (and higher versions of Windows) will no longer see the annoying question asking permission to change the system settings after changing these preferences.

Version 5.41 (build 11):

  • Reading GPS Exchange files (*.gpx) has improved. Thanks to Hendrik Dol who offered me some files that could not be opened properly.
  • Something has been changed on the Google server, I guess. Anyway, I had to change the street view function to make it work properly again.
  • Setting the speed in the preferences window will now also affect the times that are displayed in the road book.

Version 5.41 (build 10):

  • An additional check on the number of waypoints has been added. This check will be performed before copying your itinerary to your TomTom.
  • The speed for walking is refined. This makes it possible to use this option for cycling: set the walking speed in the preferences window to the fastest.
  • The decimal precision for saving files in CSV format is now matching the other formats, i.e. always 5 decimal places.
  • Some changes were necessary for a better performance with the new Windows 7.
  • Thanks to Jeff Ashe, I discovered that een ampersand (&) and some other characters could cause problems in waypoint naming for GPS Exchange (*.gpx) files. The problem has been solved.

Version 5.41 (build 9):

  • For some languages the Tyre add-on for TomTom HOME was not displayed in TomTom HOME. Now it is.
  • There was a small bug in changing the properties of waypoints (already visited or not). The bug has been fixed now.
  • There was also a small bug in rebuilding the map window after changing some preferences. This bug has been fixed too.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.41 (build 8):

  • Those Google guys did it again: they changed the code on their side, without telling me. That is why I had so make some changes in the street view functions. I used the opportunity to add some new functionality to improve this feature: when you browse the street view window, the icon on the map and the connected window will move accordingly.
  • Some changes were necessary to make things work properly on computers using network paths for the personal environment.
  • For Dutch users: the donation page is in Dutch too, now. If your selected language in Tyre is Dutch, you will be redirected to the Dutch donation page.

Version 5.41 (build 7):

  • There was still a bug in the undo and redo functions in the map window. The bug has been fixed now.

Version 5.41 (build 6):

  • The function to reduce the number of waypoints to the maximum automatically has been changed a bit. This is done to get a better result.
  • There was a bug in the undo and redo functions in the map window. The bug has been fixed now.

Version 5.41 (build 5):

  • A new button will be displayed on top of the waypoints list, if an itinerary file has grown too large. You can click this button to reduce the number of waypoints to the maximum number of 48. It is the same function that was already there in the ‘File’ menu (‘Reduce’ option). This button is especially useful after importing Garmin files: those files result in lots of waypoints. In most cases way to much! Most of those imported waypoints are useless and unnecessary. That is because MapSource is adding extra waypoints itself on creating a route. These additional waypoints can be recognized by their names: they only contain numbers.
  • In addition to the previous element: the ‘Reduce’ function has been changed a bit: it will remove those waypoints that only contain numbers in their names first. This action stops as soon as the list contains 48 waypoints. If there are still more than 48 waypoints after that, the number of waypoints in your list will be reduced on base of a calculated interval: every x.th waypoint will be kept and all other waypoints will be removed. (The value of x depends on the length of your list.)
  • The function to import Garmin files has been changed: thanks to Alexander Strobel, who found some very useful documentation, I was able to rebuild this function fully and properly.
  • Older versions of Navigator software could not read the itinerary files that were created by Tyre. Now they can.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.41 (build 4):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 5.41 (build 3):

  • After renaming and editing waypoints and after turning the route (all in the main Tyre window), the waypoints where not always (re)turned into sight in the list. Now they are.
  • It is not always easy to make an application that works properly on all computers, using different code pages. But step by step Tyre is improving. This new version contains one of those steps. Thanks to persisent help of Arkady Glazov!

Version 5.41 (build 2):

  • The previous version had a problem in exchanging files between computers (and TomTom devices) with Latin characters and others with non-Latin characters. That problem has been solved now.
  • After shifting waypoints up and down in the list (in the main Tyre window), after pasting waypoints from the clipboard (and after some other actions), those waypoints where not always (re)turned into sight in the list. Now they are.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.41 (build 1):

  • The ‘undo’ and ‘redo’ functions in the map window have been fully rebuilt. They are a lot faster now.
  • Opening the map window will display the Tyre logo and a better readable message to wait for opening the file.
  • There was a bug in opening the map window. Sometimes Tyre froze at the message to wait for opening the file. This bug has been fixed now.
  • There was a small bug in adding fixed POIs to the map: it was possible to add the same file more than once. No problem so far. When you tried to delete them, there was an error message. From now on you can only add the the same file once. If you try to add the same file again, or another file with the same name, Tyre will try to update your POI list instead, as if you clicked the ‘Update’ button.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.40 (build 3):

  • The list in the main window has been changed a bit. Most users will hardly experience the difference but repainting the list is done faster now: the larger the file, the more you will notice the difference.
  • The list in the main window has a new feature: it is possible to relocate selected items by dragging them to another location in the list.
  • The keyboard can be used to move and scroll the map inside the window.
  • Encoding and decoding files for UTF8 has been changed, since I found out that some languages are reading the UTF8 code in a different way.
  • On converting Routefiles (*.itn) to POI files (*.ov2) and the other way round, the phone numbers (if present) will be taken into account too.
  • There were more formats for GPS Exchange files (*.gpx) than the ones that I knew. Thanks to Jürgen Fischer I was able to improve the importing routine for this file type.
  • Support for non Latin characters has improved. Thanks to Stanislav, who was very helpful in testing. Maybe this issue needs more improvement. So, if you encounter some problems, please let me know.
  • On pressing F1 within the menu caused an error message, saying: “No context sensitive help installed.” That error message will no longer appear.
  • On some older computers there was an error on relocating waypoints. That error has been solved now.
  • One menu item was displayed in English only, did not matter the selected user language. That bug has been fixed.
  • Since the last update (and the use of a new compiler) there was a bug in connecting files to Tyre (*.itn and *.ov2). This bug has been fixed now.
  • Since the last update some users got an error message saying: “Access violation at address 004F3D05 in module ‘Tyre.exe’. Read of address 00000000″. The error has gone now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.40 (build 2):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 5.40 (build 1):
Major improvements have been realized, and some new features have been added as well!

  • The Google Maps ‘street view’ feature has been added to the map window. Of course this feature only works if street view is available for a particular area. Use of the Street View Panorama object requires support for the Flash® plug-in on your MS Internet Explorer. So, make sure you have installed that plug-in! If you don’t have it installed yet, you can download and install it here: http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/
  • Until now searching for postcodes was a problem: if you were searching for a postcode, Tyre almost always located your waypoint in the neighborhood, but not exactly on the right place. Thanks to Jim Brightman I found the website of Tom Anthony. There I found the solution! If you want to search for a postcode, enter ‘PC:’ in the search box, followed by the postcode you want to find.
  • Almost the same problem was true on entering map coordinates. Thanks to Gerhard Hummel, who reported the problem, I have been able to improve Tyre. Searching for coordinates will work properly now (without entering any prefixes or something like that).
  • Relocating a waypoint has been extended with a new feature: Tyre will offer you to rename it as well. This feature will only be activated if you have the ‘Try to find proper names for new locations’ option checked (‘Preferences’ window, ‘Google Maps 1′ tab). This feature will only be activated for waypoints and not for POIs, because most of the time you don’t want to rename your POIs, even if you relocate them.
  • On opening images (e.g. to add an image to a POI file) you will see a preview of the image before opening it.
  • Since Tyre is being used worldwide more and more, it was necessary that characters other than Latin were being supported for TomTom files. That has been realised now.
  • In addition, the Tyre clipboard function has improved: it can handle non Latin characters (like Cyrillic etc.) now too.
  • There are some changes to make it easier to copy your files to your TomTom: you don’t have to save them before Tyre will copy them to your TomTom. And more: you can even copy files to your TomTom, even if they don’t have the native TomTom format, like .gpx, .kml etc.: Tyre will copy them to your TomTom in a way that your TomTom device will be able to handle those files.
  • There are more available functions in the map window now: on selecting a new waypoint, a favorite or a fixed POI*, the informational popup comes with two additional tabs: one to copy the location to your TomTom, and another one to copy the location to the Windows clipboard. * A fixed POI is a Point Of Interest that is one of the POIs that you have selected to be displayed on your map every time.
  • If you have selected some POI files to be displayed on your map every time (‘fixed POIs’), afters some time those files might have changed on their original locations. Now there is a button to update the POI display on your map.
  • POI Manager: downloading preselected POI files and installing them on your TomTom device is done faster now.
  • The road book feature has been extended: the waypoint names will be displayed (and printed) now too.
  • Deleting waypoints from the map window could cause an error. The error came up the first week of April 2009. So, I think it had something to do with changes on the Google website. Anyway, the error is gone now.
  • The layout has been adapted for users with a bigger screen font size on their computers than the default one. So, most users will not notice this adaptation.
  • Tyre will now be able to find the proper folders for your itinerary files and your POI files, does not matter where those folders are located. (Valid for PDA use only.)
  • There was a bug in pasting waypoints from the clipboard into the map window. In some cases you could end up with too much waypoints after pasting. This bug has been fixed now.
  • There was a bug in reading the file after editing the preferences from the map window. I was able to remove the bug, thanks to Joost Hendriksen, who reported it.
  • There was a bug in the new importing routine for Garmin .gdb files. The bug has been removed. Thanks to Johan Hachmer, who reported it.
  • There was an error message if you tried to create two new waypoints within short notice. That error has been fixed, thanks to Breaven Loins, who reported the error.
  • I am using a another compiler now. That is the main reason why I moved up the minor version number. (It is easier for me to help people this way.) Because of this new compiler I had to change the source code. So, if you encouter any bugs or other irregularities, please let me know. Another consequence of the new compiler is the following: Tyre will no longer work on computers with Windows 95, 98 or ME. If you have a computer with one of those operating systems, use Tyre version 5.30.3 or before. If you don’t have that older version, go to the download page to get it.
  • Users who are testing the new Windows 7 operating system, saw a message about an incorrect parameter when Tyre was launched. I found the cause of this irritating message. And it has gone now.
  • Some minor changes as well.

Version 5.30 (build 3):

  • The ‘Import from website’ option has been extended: it will read more websites now to retrieve waypoints or POIs from. Extending this options has become necessary, because Google Maps websites are in a bit different format since a couple of weeks.
  • A new feature has been added to displaying and printing road books: you can have the total time and distance displayed and printed for each separate waypoint. This feature is optional.
  • In addition, displaying and printing the total time and distance of your complete trip has also become optional now.
  • On updating POIs from the POI Manager, hitting ESC to cancel the operation has been refined: Tyre will no only react to the ESC button, if it is the active application.
  • There was a small bug, that could be nasty on inserting new waypoints: the last waypoint was displayed twice. That bug has disappeared now.
  • The new feature of using the system colors (since 5.30.1) required some more adaptions than I thought. (On some computers the “Reading file. Please wait.” message was kept being displayed. The extra adaptations have been realised now.
  • Again some improvement on importing Garmin .gdb files. Thanks to Frans Verhagen who reported a problem. (Again! )
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.30 (build 2):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 5.30 (build 1):

  • The display of the map window has been adapted: it is using the system style and colors now instead of its own.
  • A new option has been added on the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Preferences’ window: you can select to save some file types (*.gpx; *.kml; *.kmz) in UTF-8 format or in ANSI format. The UTF-8 format is selected by default. By implementing this new option, the old ways of opening and saving files in UTF-8 format and/or ANSI format will no longer work.
  • The new way of displaying locations (since version 5.28.1) required more adaptation than I first thougth. Those adaptations have been realised now.
  • Splitting a file caused an error in the last part, if the last part contained exactly 48 waypoints. This error has been fixed now. Thanks to Peter Keulen, who reported the error.
  • On displaying or editing individual waypoints, the numbering of those waypoints was not always displayed properly with autonumbering set to on. Now those numbers will be displayed properly.
  • The way Tyre searches for a TomTom application on a PDA has been changed. It will now find the proper folders, even if you did not install the Navigator application on the default location.
  • As a result of all improvements and changes, the version number has been changed to 5.30.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.28 (build 3):

  • There is a new file type (*.plt) that can be imported. This is the OziExplorer track file type. This kind of file type usually contains a lot of waypoints. It may be hard to handle such a lot of waypoints in Tyre. I suggest to reduce the number of waypoints by splitting the file or by selecting ‘Reduce’ from the ‘File’ menu. Files from this format can only be imported. They cannot be saved using this format type.

Version 5.28 (build 2):

  • There has been a small change in handling GPS Exchange files (*.gpx), because the online Harley Davidson Ride Planner is a bit stubbern: it only accepts gpx files in a certain format.
  • A new feature has been added: on displaying and printing a road book, the locations of waypoints are marked in the list.
  • Another new feature has been added: on printing the map, not only the waypoints will be printed, but also the route lines.
  • An new language has been added: Frisian.
  • Again some improvement on importing Garmin .gdb files. Thanks to Frans Verhagen who reported a problem.
  • The search box (for searching a name in a list) will now take the automatic numbering option into account: if automatic numbering is enabled, the numbers will be skipped in searching for the name.
  • Since version 5.28.1 there was a small bug in displaying individual locations. This bug has been fixed now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.28 (build 1):
Tyre has improved a lot!

  • The way of painting the map window has been changed. Therefore the map is painted much faster now! Until now it was nasty to handle larger files. Now you can handle them almost as easy as small files.
  • Calculating a route is speedier now!
  • A new very useful feature has been added to Tyre: from the ‘Preferences’ window you can select POI files that will always be shown on the map. You can use this feature to add new locations to your list easily, to avoid speedcam locations, etc. I am glad that this feature could be realized now. Lots of users asked for it.
  • After editing the preferences from the maps window, the map will return to its previous center and zoom level.
  • Since version 5.26 the automatic retrieving names option caused an error on pasting locations from the clipboard to the maps window. This bug has been fixed now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.27 (build 2):

  • The application can be minimized to the task bar, even when the map window is active.
  • The map preferences can be edited now from the maps window as well. But you should realize that after changing the preferences, all items on the map will be redisplayed and recalculated. That may take some time!
  • Saving a file on a network drive caused raising an error. This bug has been fixed now. Thanks to Benjamin Gilardi, who reported the bug.
  • Copying files to TomTom HOME was not very useful any longer, since there were some changes in newer versions of TomTom HOME. Thanks to a report of Chris Murden, Tyre has been adapted accordingly and everything should work fine now.
  • Since version 5.26 the automatic retrieving names option caused an error in the Maps window on undo and redo actions. This bug has been fixed now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.27 (build 1):

  • A new map option has been added: users can enter a home location, where the map will be centered on starting a new file. The zoom level for that location can be entered too. As a result, the ‘Google Maps’ tab in the ‘Options’ window has been split into two tabs, called ‘Google Maps 1′ and ‘Google Maps 2′.
  • If your TomTom device has an additional SD card with one or more maps installed on it, Tyre will recogize the SD card and will offer you to use it for manipulating your POI files (.ov2). If you are working on an itinerary file (.itn), Tyre will ignore the SD card, because itineraries are always stored on the main disk of your TomTom device.
  • Unlike older versions of TomTom software, newer versions are using the UTF8 format for some files containing device information. That is why some devices could no longer be detected by Tyre. This inconvenience has gone now.
  • Newer versions of TomTom software are using a different icon format. Tyre has been adapted to handle the new format.
  • After deleting a location from the map window, the previous one will become selected. This will make handling (removing) the next location easier.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.26 (build 1):
Some new features have been added to Tyre!

    • The first new feature has been added to Tyre as a new option: on creating new waypoints and points of interest, Tyre will try to retrieve a proper name automatically instead of ‘New Waypoint’ or ‘New Point Of Interest’. This option is activated by default and can be turned off in the ‘Options’ window on the ‘Google Maps’ tab.
    • In addition: on retrieving waypoints or points of interest from an external website (using ‘File’ / ‘Import from webset…’) Tyre will try to use the correct names of the imported locations.
    • From this new version on, Tyre can be used for walking and cycling too! Several users asked for a feature like this. Now it has been added as a new option in the ‘Options’ window on the ‘Google Maps’ tab.
    • The last one for this moment is an old wish: thanks to increasing possibilities from Google, the ‘avoid highways’ option is working now!

There are some other enhancements as well:

  • The scroll control in the upper left corner of the internal Google Maps window is set to 3D appearance.
  • If autonumbering is on, double numbers appeared in the list on adding new points from an external file. This bug has been removed.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.25 (build 9):

  • Handling itn files in UTF8 format has improved. Thanks to Jose Jimenez.
  • A local itinerary that will be opened at first run has been added for Spain.
  • Copying files to TomTom HOME has been changed a little bit, since the folder structure has been changed in newer versions of TomTom HOME.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.25 (build 8):

  • I noticed that the Tyre image in TomTom HOME was distorted. Maybe they changed the corresponding code of TomTom HOME in one the latest versions? Anyway, the image will be displayed correctly now.

Version 5.25 (build 7):

  • Thanks to Arkady Glazov I found out that there are itn files that have a UTF8 format. Maybe newer NavCore versions create itn files in this format. Anyway, until now those files were not recognized. Now they are.

Version 5.25 (build 6):

  • A new language has been added: Finnish. Thanks to Tomi Hurenius.

Version 5.25 (build 5):

  • A new language has been added: Russian. Thanks to Antex. However, the language file is not complete yet. If someone is willing to complete the translation: you are welcome!

Version 5.25 (build 4):

  • Thanks to Gert Seiz I was able to improve Tyre some more. You could encounter problems if you have tried to install Tyre on a virtual drive. That problem has been solved now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.25 (build 3):

  • Files that have the readonly attribute set are treated slightly different now. Tyre is still able to open and save those files (as until now). But here is the new element: after saving (and therefore changing) such a file, the readonly attribute will be set again.
  • A bug has been removed: on inserting waypoints (by clicking the route line) an error could occur. The error has gone now.

Version 5.25 (build 2):

  • With autonumbering set to true, the numbers were not displayed correctly on reorganizing the route (using the ‘First waypoint’ option from the ‘Waypoint’ menu). Now they are.

Version 5.25 (build 1):

  • A new language has been added: Czech. Thanks to Pavel Kriz.
  • A new feature has been added to the map window: if you are about to add a new waypoint, the distance between that new waypoint and the previous one (the last one until that moment) will be displayed as a route line and in the informational popup.
  • The ‘Extra’ menu has a new additional option: ‘Install Tyre to USB stick…’ Use this option if you want to copy your version of Tyre to a USB stick. Now you can carry Tyre with you everywhere you go and use it anywhere you like. Maybe some options are not available if you are using your version of Tyre on a USB stick in some internet cafe. The possibilities depend on the restrictions on that particular computer. I did not have the opportunity to test this feature thoroughly. If you encounter any bugs or errors, please let me know by sending an email: info@Tyre.tk
  • Maybe you use the list of favorites in the Google Maps window frequently? Then you will like this new enhancement: you can create and edit several sets of favourites now, e.g. one for your own neighborhood, one for your favorite holidays location, one for a country where a friend lives, etc. Select the set of favorites you want to use from the ‘Google Maps’ tab in the ‘Options’ window.
  • Older versions could give some irritating error messages, due to errors from the Google Maps database. These messages were not real errors, but irritating anyway. From now on, this kind of messages will no longer come up. In addition I have built the possibility to make these messages visible again if necessary (in case error trapping is needed in support situations).
  • It has become easier to add an image to a POI file. The ‘Point Of Interest’ menu has a new option, called ‘Image…’. This menu option is only available on creating or editing a POI file.
  • Another file type has been added for importing: the OZI Waypoint File (*.wpt).
  • With autonumbering set to true, the numbers were not displayed correctly on reversing the route. Now they are.

Version 5.24 (build 2):

  • The Turkish language environment has been completed, now that the Turkish help pages have been added as well. Thanks to Metin Akbil!
  • The ‘File’ menu has been expanded. A list of POIs can be sorted alphabetically now, if preferred.

Version 5.24 (build 1):

  • The background image of the list in the main window sometimes seemed to move up or down. I have found a solution to prevent that. At last…
  • Some Google .kml files do not contain waypoints or POIs themselves, but a link to a web site that has them. Until now those files could not be used by Tyre. Now they can, but Tyre will not open them in a regular way, because it is impossible to edit the waypoints or POIs in those files directly. That is why they will be ‘imported’.
  • On some computers there was an error whenever a new waypoint was added to the list. I don’t know why, but I have built an error trap: the error message will not come up any longer.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.23 (build 4):

  • The Google Maps window has a new feature: it is possible now to use the Windows clipboard for easier manipulating waypoints and POIs. The clipboard functions (cut, copy, paste) are available from a new tab (named ‘Windows’) that has been added to the popup for each waypoint or POI.
  • Dragging another page or a link into the Tyre Google Maps window will be prevented now: the window will be rebuilt.
  • With autonumbering set to true, the numbers were not displayed correctly on cutting and pasting and on moving the waypoints up and down in the list. Now they are.
  • There was a minor bug in riding/driving the route. Thanks to Manfred Alfaré I found it. It has been removed now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.23 (build 3):

  • Autonumbering has been enhanced. There are three different ways to use it. You can set this option (on the ‘Files’ tab of the ‘Options’ window) to:
    - Unchecked: no autonumbering (this option is the default one).
    - Grayed: autonumbering will be used for itinerary files, not for POI files.
    - Checked: autonumbering will be used for both itinerary files and POI files.
  • The autonumbering feature could cause problems if the names of waypoints were starting with a number (road number, etc.). This problem has been solved now.
  • Thanks to Tore Sundvisson I discovered that GPX files are saved in differend formats by different applications. Some apps save them in ANSI code (like POIEdit), while other apps use the UTF-8 code (like EasyGPS). That may cause disappointment if you think that all GPX files are interchangeable. Until now Tyre was one of the apps that used the ANSI code. From now on you have the choice: select the proper format on saving the file.
  • Saving files as .csv file type has improved: you can select which field separator you want to use: a comma or a semicolon. Furthermore: latitude and longitude are saved in a local recognizable format.
  • At version 5.23.1 I mentioned that miles are used by default for users in the US, Canada and the UK. That was a little bit too enthousiastic. Paul Thompson, who lives in Canada, informed me that Canada is officially metric and all measurements are in kilometres. So, I have adapted Tyre accordingly. Like before: this is only valid for new users. Once you have set your preferences, they will be kept.
  • Support for peope who still have Internet Explorer 6 installed, has improved.
  • Tyre did not run properly on computers with older versions of Windows (95, 98, 98SE, ME). Now it does. Thanks to feedback and assistance of Manfred Alfaré.
  • TomTom Itinerary files (*.itn) created by GPSBabel don’t (always?) have the exact TomTom structure. That could cause minor problems on opening those files. Now Tyre takes the difference into account.
  • On some systems waypoints disappeared without any message. I hope this problem is gone now.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.23 (build 2):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 5.23 (build 1):

  • A new feature has been added, that will make it easier to adapt existing itineraries. Maybe you want to use an existing route, but you want to use another waypoint to start riding/driving instead of the first one in the existing file. Now you can do this: select the waypoint you want to be the first in your itinerary. And select ‘First waypoint’ from the ‘Waypoint’ menu. That is all! Your itinerary will be reorganised.
  • If you have a long list of waypoints and you want to reduce the number to the maximum allowed in your TomTom, you can have this done automatically. Tyre already had this feature since 5.22.1, but it was hidden. On special request is has been made visible now: the ‘File’ menu has a new option, called ‘Reduce…’. If you select this option, the number of waypoints in your list will be reduced on base of a calculated interval: every x.th waypoint will be kept and all other waypoints will be removed. (The value of x depends on the length of your list.) The existing shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+12) of this feature was no longer needed, now that this feature has become visible. Therefore the shortcut has been removed.
  • Some users had problems to find the option to switch between displaying distances in miles and kilometers. That is why I added a new element: new users in the United States, in Canada and in the United Kingdom will use diplaying miles by default. All other new users will use displaying kilometers by default. This is only valid for new users. Once you have set your preferences, they will be kept.
  • Some file types can only be imported (not opened or saved). Until now, if you tried to open files of these types in a regular way, you got an error message. This has been changed now: if you try to open a file that can only be imported, Tyre will switch from ‘open’ to ‘import’ automatically. Files that can only be imported, are files that cannot be saved in their own format. Tyre will read the waypoints from those files, but if you want to save them, you have to use one of the formats known by Tyre.
  • Autonumbering has been refined: if this option is set to on, and you convert your itinerary to a POI file, the numbers will be removed.
  • Working with more than one TomTom device attached to your computer has been refined: now you can better see which one you will select.
  • Apparently Garmin decided to use .gdb files with a different structure. (Belonging to a new sofware version?) Thanks to feedback of Kees de Vries I could adapt the import function.
  • A bug has been removed. If you were running Tyre, using another account than the one you used for setting up Tyre, there were error messages. Thanks to Andreas Hotz, who reported the problem.
  • Another bug has been removed. Adding a new item to the favourites’ list and selecting it immediately caused an error message to come up. This has been fixed now.
  • Undo and redo functions have been refined, especially for the Google Maps window.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.22 (build 3):

  • The TomTom HOME add-on feature has been extended: there was only a menu item to run Tyre from TomTom HOME. Now there is also a button on the TomTom HOME dashboard. This feature will only be available, if you have at least installed TomTom HOME version 2.2.2.83. Earlier versions of TomTom HOME will not display the additional button. Thanks again to Roland Boon. I have been trying and playing, but he has done the real job!
  • If you start a new file and Tyre is in the ‘Google Maps’ mode, the Google Maps window will be opened. Thus it is even more easy to start creating a new file.
  • In the Google Maps window, latitude and longitude could be displayed with very long numbers (much decimals). The number of decimals is now set to 5, just like the number of decimals that are used in TomTom devices.
  • There was still a bug on handling newly added waypoints. Ron Alflen reported the bug. Thanks to him I managed to fix it.

Version 5.22 (build 2):

  • The embedded Google Maps window comes with a new feature: the popup window on each waypoint (POI) now comes with an additonal tab, saying ‘TomTom’. You can use this tab to add the selected waypoint/POI to the list of favourites in your TomTom.
  • Since the last update, there was a bug on handling newly added waypoints. Matte Andersson reported the bug. Thanks to him I managed to fix it.

Version 5.22 (build 1):
Several new features have been added to Tyre!

  • A new feature has been added: undo and redo functions. On editing files, you can go back up to 10 steps, if you change your mind. If you rechange your mind, you can restore this undo actions by using the redo function. As a result of this new feature, the button bar in the main window has been adapted.
  • Copying itineraries and POI files to TomTom HOME has improved: each file will be stored in its own folder. And the file size, displayed in the .toc file, displayes the size of the unpacked file.
  • Tyre is now available as TomTom HOME add-on as well. On installing Tyre, the add-on is installed as well: a new menu item will appear in TomTom HOME, which enables you to run Tyre from TomTom HOME. This feature will only be available, if you have at least installed TomTom HOME version 2.2.2.83. Earlier versions of TomTom HOME will not display the extra menu item. People from TomTom have been very helpful to develop this feature. Special thanks to Roland Boon. Without him the add-on would never have been realized.
  • If you have more than one TomTom device attached to your computer, you will be offered to select which one to use for copying files etc.
  • A new feature has been added to the road book: the file can be opened with your default internet explorer. This enabled you to copy the contents and edit them (e.g. in Microsoft Word) after pasting.
  • If you have the autonumbering option for waypoints checked, the waypoins will be numbered automatically in the Google Maps window too. At the same time a bug in the autonumbering feature has been fixed. Thanks to Danny De Ronne, who found the bug.
  • The Google Maps window has been expanded with a new option: the map can be displayed as ‘terrain’ as well.
  • Files can now be saved as Excel CSV file type. As a result you can open, edit, print, etc. your files using Microsoft Excel. Excel CSV files cannot be opened, because those files can contain lots of different contents.
  • Another new feature has been added, though hidden. If you have a long list of waypoints and you want to reduce the number to the maximum allowed in your TomTom, press Ctrl+Shift+F12. The number of waypoints in your list will be reduced on base of a calculated interval: every x.th waypoint will be kept and all other waypoints will be removed. (The value of x depends on the length of your list.) Warning: after pressing Ctrl+Shift+F12 the action will be executed without any preceding warning or question. This feature is hidden to keep the application simple: most users will never use this possibility.
  • Adding waypoints or POIs to your list from the clipboard by pasting has been changed:
    - If you have chosen to use Google Maps, newly pasted waypoints will be inserted right before the currently selected and active waypoint/POI, or (if none selected and active) at the beginning of the list. This is new.
    - If you have chosen to use Google Earth, nothing has been changed: newly pasted waypoints will be inserted according to your preferences on the ‘Adding waypoints’ tab in the ‘Options’ window.
  • The road book option has two new columns: total distance and total time from start.
  • In addition, Tyre has now its own clipboard format. So, no longer problems of pasting waypoints into other applications unexpectedly.
  • Entering and editing phone numbers in POI files could be disturbing. Now it will be clear to all, I hope.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.21 (build 9):

  • The POI Manager has a new option: if your TomTom is not attached to your computer, you can choose to update your POIs to TomTom HOME.
  • Handling images for POIs have improved.
  • In some cases there were remainings of an older version after updating to a newer version, which could result in error messages. That problem has now been solved.
  • Tyre uses the Windows registry (instead of a local file) to store your preferences and some other stuff.
  • There was a bug in creating road books. It was a small one. At least, I did not hear it from anybody. Anyway, the bug has been removed now.
  • Users who have Internet Explorer 6 installed on their computers, may have noticed some strange characters. We recommend that you update to Internet Explorer 7, but for those who don’t: there are no strange characters any longer.
  • The possibility for dragging and dropping files has been restored. For some reason it did not function any longer. Now it will function properly again.
  • In previous versions an ampersand (&) in the name of a waypoint or POI was interpreted as a directive to underscore the next character. Now you can use the & as regular character.

Version 5.21 (build 8):

  • Importing from websites has improved: now you can import waypoints as well, if they are published on that website using the proper format.

Version 5.21 (build 7):

  • Checking for updates is more powerful: checking and updating is now possible, even if you encountered problems until now on this issue because of a proxy server.
  • The POI Manager has been expanded with an extra list: a full overview of all POI files that are selected for downloading and installing.
  • On removing waypoints there is some more refinement: the bug that was meant to be removed in the previous update, still existed on removing the first waypoint from an itinerary. Now everything should be OK.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.21 (build 6):

  • Since the last update there were problems on using Unicode characters (if that means anything to you) in waypoint names. It caused a message, saying ‘List index out of bounds’. Or some waypoints disappeared without any message. Thanks to several people who were helpful in testing, that problem has been solved now: you can use any character you like to name waypoints.
  • The possibility to add new waypoints from a file had improved.
  • The way of invoking the help pages has been changed. Most users will not notice the difference. Users using a proxy server will have the help pages displayed in their own language (if available).
  • Recalculing a route, after several actions of removing and adding waypoints, sometimes went wrong. I have changed the way of calculating and I hope the error will not come up again.

Version 5.21 (build 5):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 5.21 (build 4):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 5.21 (build 3):

  • Maybe not all users have noticed, but there were some problems. Suddenly and unexpected. Apparently something had been changed on the Google server, causing error messages for Tyre users. I have been working hard to create a solution for you all. So, here is an updated version. A little bit earlier than I had in mind, but at least you have a working application by now.
  • A new option has been added: on riding or driving a trip, the speed can be preset.
  • Another new option has been added: on riding or driving a trip, you can choose whether or not the route information will be displayed.
  • The way maps (i.e. the right folders) on PDA’s are found has been changed. There were still some PDA’s on which the maps could not be found. I hope all those problems have disappeared now.
  • There was a small but not harmful bug in setting and reading the ‘Start new files as POI files’ option. The bug has been fixed now.
  • Files created by www.houghi.org/tomtom have a slightly different format from regular TomTom itinerary files. Opening those files resulted in an error message. That is why I changed the way that files are read. The error message will no longer appear.

Version 5.21 (build 2):

  • Now it is easier to switch between the two default file types of Tyre: POI files and itineraries. The ‘File’ menu has been extended with a new convert option for fast converting.
  • In addition, the ‘Preferences’ window (‘General’ tab) has an new option: ‘Start new files as POI files’. If selected, a new file starts as a POI file (*.ov2) instead of an itinerary (*.itn).
  • The development of the TomTom HOME application is continuing. Thus were also adjustments in Tyre necessary.
  • Importing Garmin files (*.gdb, *.mps) could still more be improved. That is done now. Thanks to feedback of Frans Verhagen.

Version 5.21 (build 1):

  • A new feature has been added: you can import Points of Interest from a website, if those waypoints are published in the Google Maps format. To import POIs from a website, choose ‘Import from Website…’ from the ‘File’ menu.
  • Editing phone numbers for POIs is completed now: you can also enter and edit phone numbers in the Google Maps window. This will not work for editing waypoints in your itineraries. It will only work for POI files!
  • The automatic numbering of waypoints has been adapted: a possible mistake on renaming a numbered waypoint will be prevented.
  • Using Google Earth is still possible, but this feature is now more on the background in favour of using Google Maps.
  • Some minor changes.

Version 5.20 (build 5):

  • The possibility to send files to your TomTom HOME has improved.
  • The French language files have been updated. Thanks to Denis Sorel.

Version 5.20 (build 4):

  • There was a bug in calculating coordinates near 0. The bug has been fixed now.
  • Some minor changes as well.

Version 5.20 (build 3):

  • On editing POI files, you can enter a phone number for each Point Of Interest.
  • On some computers data were not transferred properly from Google Maps to Tyre. So, I changed the way of transferring data. I hope all problems are gone now.
  • The option for repairing the Google Earth installation has improved: each new version of Google Earth seems to have new installation items.

Version 5.20 (build 2):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 5.20 (build 1):
Several new features have been added to Tyre!

  • The first new feature is the possibility to use a list of favourite locations. This list has been added to the Google Maps window. You can use this list on creating an itinerary (or a list of POIs). Of course you are able to edit this list according to your own favourite locations.
  • Another new feature has been added to the Google Maps window too: the possibility to import one or more waypoints from an existing file. The selected waypoints (or points of interest) will be added to the list you are creating.
  • The search function in the main window of Tyre has improved. Several users could not find it. As a matter of fact, it was kind of hidden. Now it has been added to the ‘Waypoint’ menu and to the button bar as well.
  • The main window of Tyre will be displayed on your desktop center instead of your screen center, i.e. the size of the taskbar, sidebar, etc. are taken into account.
  • On downloading POI files, the name of the actual file will be displayed.
  • Most users did not know that downloading POI files can be interrupted by pressing the ESC key on the keyboard. That is why I added a ‘Cancel’ butten. (Interrupting by pressing the ESC key is still possible.)
  • Some languages use their own names for default folder names. That could cause a problem on some PDA’s: the map folder(s) could not be found. Now Tyre will find the right folder(s), even if it does (or if they do) not have the default English name(s).
  • The Turkish language files are up to date again. Thanks to Metin Akbil.
  • The Swedish language files have been completed, now that the help pages have been translated as well. Thanks to Tobias Ekengren.
  • Some minor changes as well.

Version 5.10 (build 4):

  • A new language has been added: Swedish. Thanks to Tobias Ekengren.
  • On calculating a route, the calculate button will be hidden to prevent misunderstandings.
  • Before (re)calculating a route, the map will be zoomed to make all waypoints visible.
  • There was a bug in calculating routes: on adding a new waypoint for which the directions could be calculated, there occurred an error. The bug has been fixed now.
  • If the directions could not be computed by Google Maps, you will get a more specified message now. (“Could not compute directions between A and B.”)
  • A new option has been added to the ‘Google Maps’ tab in the ‘Options’ window: you can choose to locate waypoints exactly on roads or not. This only works for waypoints that you add to an existing route and for existing waypoints that are relocated. (Points Of Interest are never located exactly on roads.)
  • In this new version it is also possible to print the map.
  • Some minor changes as well.

Version 5.10 (build 3):

  • Catalan help pages have been added.
  • The Polish language file has been updated.
  • On some computers, there were errors on checking the Google Maps web page. So, the way of checking has been changed. I hope no errors will occur on other computers…
  • Tyre comes with a new setup procedure. This was necessary because of some restrictions in Windows Vista.

Version 5.10 (build 2):

  • In the Google Maps window, the cursor shape has been changed: now it is easier to locate waypoints on the right spot.
  • In the list of waypoints (in the main window) two or more waypoints can me moved up and down at the same time.
  • There was a small bug in the Google Maps feature: adding a new waypoint resulted in an error message in some specific circumstances. The bug no longer exists.

Version 5.10 (build 1):

  • A search box has been added to the Google Maps window: this way you can search for new locations and add new waypoints quickly.
  • A search box has also been added to the main window: you can search for a waypoint by entering a (part of the) name.
  • On riding or driving the route in Google Maps, information about your route will be displayed.
  • The route lines used in Google Maps are draggable now: click on the route line and a new waypoint will appear on that location. Drag this new waypoint to the location where you want it.
  • The description of your Google Maps route (steps) can be viewed as a road book. This road book can be printed as well.
  • A new option has been added to the ‘Google Maps’ tab in the ‘Options’ window: you can use a checkbox to decide if want to start calculating immediately after opening the map.
  • Another new option has been added to the ‘Google Maps’ tab in the ‘Options’ window: you can select the color for displaying your routes.
  • On calculating routes in Google Maps the calculation speed is fixed to ‘fast’.
  • On selecting POIs in the POI manager you can deselect them all in one time: a new button has been added to perform that action.

Version 5.00 (build 4):

  • Before opening Google Maps, Tyre will check if the connection will be performed properly.
  • On some computers, the names in the list of waypoints were displayed with some redundant square characters in the Google Maps window. Now they are displayed correctly.
  • The help pages have been updated. The translation has not been completed yet, so some users will see the help on using Google Maps in English and not in their own language. The Tyre team is working on it…

Version 5.00 (build 3):

  • There are more possibilities on driving the route: driving can be paused, you can jump to the next waypoint, it is possible to change fast between bike and car, etc.
  • It is possible to calculate (and display) only one part of the route (from one waypoint to the next one).
  • The Google Maps interface has improved.
  • If you have chosen to use Google Maps, you can still add new waypoints (or points of interest) to the list by copying them from Google Earth.
  • Some language files have been updated.

Version 5.00 (build 2):

  • Tyre works with Google Maps now! A new feature has been added, which means a major improvement: users can choose to use either Google Earth (as until now) or Google Maps for editing and displaying itineraries. Google Maps is fully integrated into Tyre. This means a great advantage: it is no longer necessary to install another application. For those who want to use Google Earth anyway:
    • The ‘Options’ window gives the possibility to change your preference between Google Earth and Google Maps.
    • If you have chosen Google Maps, you can run Google Earth anyway (if installed), by a new speed button that has been added to the button bar.

    Executing JavaScript must be enabled in your web browser to use this feature!

  • If Google Earth cannot be run properly, you will receive an error message with a description that can help you to solve the problem.
  • Displaying routes with Google Earth has been adapted, though users will not notice the difference.
  • Saving files has been changed a bit, though users will not notice the difference.
  • The gtdlgctl.dll file is no longer part of the Tyre installation.

Version 4.22 (build 1):

  • A new feature has been added: it is possible to have your waypoints numbered automatically. This option can be turned on/off on the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Options’ window.
  • Another new feature had been added: files can be opened just by dragging them into the Tyre window: drop them there.
  • I made some changes to make Tyre suitable for more types of handheld computers.
  • If you have more than one instance of Tyre running, only the active instance (or the last activated instance) will receive data from Google Earth.
  • If you have more than one instance of Tyre running and the options have been changed, the changes will be passed to all running instances of Tyre.
  • Opening and reading GPX files has improved.
  • Copying files to TomTom HOME has improved.

Version 4.21 (build 3):

  • On installing Tyre, the installation path will be saved. It will be used if you are updating Tyre.
  • The way Tyres searches for Google Earth has been changed, because of changes in Google Earth. Most users will not notice this change.
  • I had to adapt some functions because of changes in Google Earth. Now showing routes should work correctly again.
  • The routines that are used to handle TomTom HOME have been changed a little bit. They can handle other locations than the default ones as well.
  • The way toc files are created has been changed: the old way prohibited removing files from TomTom HOME. Now they can be installed and removed.
  • The function to select all waypoints has improved.
  • There was a bug in the function to split long files. The bug has been removed now.

Version 4.21 (build 2):

  • After adding the new possibility of entering the maximum number of waypoints, there was a bug in splitting itineraries. That bug has been fixed now.
  • Saving GPX files has improved.
  • Handling names using UTF-8 code has improved. (This is the code that is used for languages that use other characters than the characters available in ANSI, which is used for English.)
  • There is a new file type (*.bcr) that can be imported. This is the file type that is used by Marco Polo, Falk, MTP and OnRoute.
  • The lists in the POI management window are sorted slightly different from earlier versions.

Version 4.21 (build 1):

  • There is a new option available: in the ‘Options’ window on the ‘Display’ tab, you will see the option ‘Avoid highways’. Checking this option means that both Google Earth and Google Maps will display your itineraries like the same option in your TomTom. Now you can make your routes look (almost) the same, both in Google and in your TomTom.
  • Maybe you want to use TomTom HOME to copy your itineraries and your POI files to your TomTom device in stead of using Tyre. There is a new feature to take care of that: choose ‘Copy to TomTom HOME’ from the ‘TomTom’ menu. Your currently open file will be copied to TomTom HOME. From there you can install it onto your TomTom device.
  • In addition to the previous feature, there is also a new feature to run TomTom HOME directly: choose ‘Run TomTom HOME’ from the ‘TomTom’ menu.
  • The TomTom company limited the number of waypoints to 16 for all Palm versions of Navigator 6. They did it for performance reasons. All other versions of Navigator still have the limit of 48 waypoints. Now the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Options’ window has an new option to set the maximum number of waypoints for your TomTom device.
  • The way emails are being sent has been changed. This is done because the old way apparently caused problems on some computers.
  • On opening, saving and importing files, the file path will be saved. It will be used as the default path, the next time you will open, save or import a file. For each action (open, save, import), the path will be saved separately.
  • Developing Tyre does not only cost me time, it also costs me money. But I want to keep Tyre freeware! So, I would be a good idea to give users the opportunity to contribute to Tyre, if they feel like that.

Version 4.2 (build 15):

  • Importing Garmin files (*.gdb, *.mps) could still more be improved. That is done now. Thanks to feedback of Rob Arts.

Version 4.2 (build 14):

  • If you run more than one instance of Tyre, the new instance will not appear on the centre of the screen, but on a different location.
  • Importing Garmin files (*.gdb, *.mps) have improved.
  • The Danish help pages have been added to the Tyre environment.
  • I had to make a few adaptions to make sure that users of the TomTom ONE XL will be able to download and install the Tyre startup screen.
  • I discovered a small bug. Apparently you did not, because nobody reported it to me. Anyway, from now on, it will not bother you.

Version 4.2 (build 13):

  • Receiving data from Google Earth has improved.
  • Thanks to feedback of some users, I discovered that there were problems with underscores (_) in user names. Neither Microsoft nor Borland could help me, so I had to solve that problem myself. And I did…

Version 4.2 (build 12):

  • There is new version of Google Earth (even in Dutch now ). I had to adapt Tyre accordingly.
  • Tyre will now recognize the Sony Ericsson-P990 and (hopefully) other Sony Ericsson devices.
  • On renaming a waypoint you will see buttons in your own language instead of the default English ones.
  • The main window has a new feature: on selecting a waypoint (or a point of interest) from the list, the coordinates of that point will be displayed below the list.
  • On updating POIs (using the POI Manager) only new files will be installed onto your TomTom. Files that are already uptodate, will be skipped.

Version 4.2 (build 11):

  • After editing the preferences. Tyre will check if the current itinerary needs to be split or not.
  • In some cases, on copying a POI file to your TomTom, an image was used that could not be read by your TomTom. That problem has been solved now.
  • It is no longer possible to update from the old ‘Google-TomTom’ to ‘Tyre’. People who still use the old Google-TomTom and want to update, have to remove Google-TomTom first and then download the setup file from the Tyre web site.
  • The possibility to repair the Google Earth installation (from the Options window) has improved.

Version 4.2 (build 10):

  • Tyre can use OziExplorer files. That is not new. But until now it only concerned OziExplorer CE files (*.rt2). From now on, ‘regular’ OziExplorer files can be opened and saved as well (*.rte).
  • A new language has been added: Turkish. Thanks to Murat Araç.
  • There was a bug in editing individual waypoints. That bug has been fixed now.

Version 4.2 (build 9):

  • There was a bug in the previous version. You encountered problems on opening and saving files. The bug has been fixed now. Thanks to Joop Deenen, he reported this bug very quickly.

Version 4.2 (build 8):

  • Some folder locations have been changed.

Version 4.2 (build 7):

  • After finishing setup and after finishing an update, you can choose whether or not to run Tyre immediately.
  • On starting Tyre, the time remaining for initialising is visualised by a progress bar.
  • Tyre no longer uses a subfolder of ‘My Documents’ but a subfolder of Common and User Application Data.
  • Some minor changes and improvements.

Version 4.2 (build 6):

  • Opening files directly from a PDA and saving files to a PDA have improved, because some extra safety has been added: after opening a file directly from your PDA, you will be asked for a file name and location on saving the file.
  • Google Maps has a new feature: you can plot a route with waypoints! Now you can use that feature with Tyre: click the name (description) of your itinerary that is displayed in Google Earth. A popup window will appear. That window also has a line: ‘Show route (Google Maps)’. Click that line and your route will be displayed in Google Maps, not just by straight lines, but following the roads from one waypoint to another. To show your route this way in Google Maps, your itinerary may not contain a lot of waypoints! If that is the case, you will get an error message.

Version 4.2 (build 5):

  • On some computers, Tyre hung on startup. There was a workaround, but now you don’t need that workaround any longer: I changed the startup procedure.

Version 4.2 (build 4):

  • Due to some changes, there was an irritating (but not dangerous) bug in the previous version. That bug has been fixed now. (You could not start a new file, once you had a file open… ) As soon as I discovered this bug, I decided to upload an improved version of Tyre.

Version 4.2 (build 3):

  • A new option makes it possible to open and edit files directly from your TomTom device. This option has been added to the ‘TomTom’ menu.
  • Another new feature makes it possible to open and edit files directly from your TomTom device by double clicking on those file names in your Windows Explorer, even if your TomTom device is a PDA. This feature will only work if it is supported by your Windows system. (I have developed and tested this feature in Windows Vista only.)

Version 4.2 (build 2):

  • I changed some routines to make Tyre better work with Windows Vista. As a result of those changes, some options can only be set and some functions will only work, if you are logged in with administrator rights.
  • Tyre will now better cooperatie with PDA’s. Some more different types of PDA’s are recognized now.
  • The main menu has been reorganised, thanks to feedback of users. As a result of this change, using the menu is more intuitive now. In addition to this change, some speedbuttons have another location in the main window now.
  • Repairing the Google Earth installation (in the ‘Options’ window, tab ‘Google Earth’) has improved.
  • The German translation is completed, now that the help files are in German too.
  • In your list of Program Files, setup now creates an extra shortcut. It is a shortcut to the POI Manager. That will make downloading and installing Points Of Interest on your TomTom device more easy.

Version 4.2 (build 1):

  • This version was not published. It was used for testing purposes only.

Version 4.11 (build 4):

  • Tyre was tested with Windows Vista. As far as I could see, there were no problems.
  • A new language file has been added: Polish. Thanks to Zdzislaw Winkiewicz.
  • On importing waypoint from Google Earth, some waypoints were not imported, because their structure was unknown. That problem has been solved now.
  • Another problem has been solved too: if you had more than one instance of Tyre runnning, you could receive an error message on receiving waypoints from Google Earth. The error message will no longer appear.

Version 4.11 (build 3):

  • On displaying Points of Interest in Google Earth, the appropriate image will be used, if available.
  • Until now you could save a route to your TomTom as active route. In addition to that, now you can open the active route on your TomTom as well. The ‘File’ menu has been changed accordingly.
  • Checking for updates can be done from a new option in the ‘Help’ menu.
  • Two new languages have been added: Danish and German. Thanks to Albert van Harten (for Danish) and to Ulrike van de Groep-Heid and Chris Steinfels (both for German).
  • The Chinese Help files are now available on line. Thanks to Bert Chen!

Version 4.11 (build 2):

  • The latest version of Google Earth (4.0.2722) has new options in displaying waypoints. In this version displaying waypoints (placemarks) can be done with more accuracy. If you have this version of GE installed (or a higher version), Tyre will automatically use these options in displaying waypoints and points of interest.
  • The Catalan language file is now up to date again.
  • If the Program Files folder on your PDA has another name (because of another language), Tyre will find it anyway.
  • Importing placemarks from Google Earth has improved.
  • The ‘(+)’ sign is no longer added to the name of a waypoint in cases of matching names.

Version 4.11 (build 1):

  • Tyre supports the use of a PDA now! So, you can use Tyre to manipulate (copy, delete, update) itineraries or POI files on your handheld computer. Of course, TomTom Navigator should be installed onto your PDA. And: your PDA must use ActiveSync to communicate with your desktop computer.
  • Downloading and installing POI files can be interrupted by the user by pressing ESC. Searching an URL can take some time. That is why it can take some time before the process of downloading and installing really stops after pressing ESC.
  • Importing OZI Explorer files has improved.

Version 4.10 (build 3):

  • On turning an itinerary, all waypoints keep their own properties as waypoint or destination, except for the first one (will be marked as waypoint) and the last one (will be marked as destination). After turning an itinerary, all waypoints and destinations will be marked as ‘to visit’.
  • A new language has been added: Chinese. Thanks to Bert Chen.
  • Some POI files have a structure that is barely documented. I found out thanks to Bert Chen. This kind of POI files can be read now.
  • On editing POIs, the appropriate image will be used to display the items in the list, if it is available.
  • On downloading and installing POIs, error messages have become more clearly: they also say what went wrong (‘You did not enter a target folder’, etc.) and not only the fact that something went wrong.
  • You can use any bitmap to be displayed with your POIs, unless its width or height exceeds 24 pixels.
  • In previous versions of Tyre, some actions could not be performed on older TomTom devices, such as GO 300 and GO 500. Now they can.
  • Some errors could occur if the file name contained underscores (_). That bug has been fixed.

Version 4.10 (build 2):

  • With Garmin MapSource files (*.gdb and *.mps), the waypoints are not only imported, but they are sorted in the right order too, if that information is available in the file.
  • Tyre does more safety checking on opening, saving and importing files.
  • Opening Google Earth files has improved.
  • Some useful sites with POI files have been added to POI Manager.
  • Opening and importing files is done faster now.
  • Some visual elements have improved.

Version 4.10 (build 1):

  • Tyre has improved: Tyre can open and edit POI files (*.ov2) now! You can publish those files into an xml file as well. POI means ‘Points Of Interest’. POI files can contain gas stations, shopping malls, beautiful spots, etc. Tyre can also work the other way round: you can import and update your POI files from the internet to your TomTom. That is comfortable for updating your POIs with speed camera’s etc. regularly. As a result of this improvement, in this document (and in other documents) you can also read ‘POI’ for ‘waypoint’.
  • A new file type can be imported, opened and saved: Google Earth KMZ files (*.kmz). KMZ files are the same as KML files, but they are compressed, so they are smaller.
  • Some other new file types can be imported as wel. Garmin MapSource files (*.gdb and *.mps) can be imported now. Thanks to Olaf Klein, who helped me out to detect the structure of these file types.
  • Editing individual waypoints has improved: on editing you have the choice to take large or small steps.
  • Google Earth could not always be found (and used), if GE had been installed from another account on the computer. This inconvenience has been adapted.
  • There are some changes in the setup: until now Tyre was installed for the current user only. With this new version Tyre will be available to all users (accounts) of your computer after the installation.
  • Tyre uses another way to detect whether a TomTom device is attached to one’s computer. Detecting a device is done more accurate now.
  • Checking the length of files (max. 48 waypoints) is now done only when the file type is TomTom Itinerary (*.itn).
  • There was a bug: after installing Tyre on a system with an English Windows environment, Tyre started with the wrong language. That bug has been fixed now.
  • There was a bug in opening and importing some file types. That bug has been fixed now.
  • Apparently, Tyre could not be installed onto a computer that has an operating system with Asian characters (Chinese, Japanese, etc.). That problem has been solved now.

Version 4.00 (build 2):

  • A new language has been added: Catalan. Thanks to Juan Antonio Saez.
  • I added another file type that can be opened, imported and saved: the OziExplorer File type (*.rt2).
  • The splash screen will only be shown if Tyre was not already active yet. So, if you run another instance of Tyre, the splash screen will not appear.
  • You can download and install the Tyre logo as a splash screen for your TomTom. This can be done directly from Tyre.
  • Google Earth version 3 is no longer available. That was the right moment to change the code of Tyre a little bit, because the format of the kml files in GE v.4 is a little bit different from GE v.3.
  • There were some problems with the Pro version of Google Earth. Those problems have been solved now.
  • New users will see a route in the country of their own language (if that route is available).
  • Again I have made some minor changes. Probably you will never notice them.

Version 4.00 (build 1):

  • The most important change is a new name: TYRE. TYRE stands for: Trace Your Route Everywhere (Eduardo Ridaura Lopez started with the idea). I changed the name of Google-TomTom to prevent difficulties with whomsoever. The new name is the most important reason for the new version number.
  • The application got a slighly different look and style in accordance to the new name.
  • The route can be shown more accurate now, as if you uses the ‘Directions’ tab in Google Earth. If you have an itinerary shown in Google Earth, every waypoint (except for the last one) has a description, which says: ‘Show route’. Click this description and you will see the route accurately from the selected waypoint to the next one. The route can be displayed in Google Maps as well. (I don’t promise that your TomTom will choose the same directions!)
  • Such a route from ‘Directions’ can be sent to TYRE as well. Just select the route in the list (in Google Earth), right click the route and choose ‘Copy’ from the menu.
  • All waypoints in the list can be selected at once by hitting Ctrl+A.
  • Opening and importing GPS Exchange Files and PCX5 Files has improved.
  • TYRE is using another way to check the installation of Google Earth. Less users will get the annoying message that Google Earth has not been installed correctly.
  • On editing individual waypoints, the longitude and latitude were mixed up. I don’t know if you noticed, but I corrected that error. (Don’t worry, only the words were mixed up. Not the coordinates themselves.)
  • Turning a route could cause an error. This bug has been fixed now.
  • Renaming waypoints could cause problems, if there was a number in a waypoint’s name. That bug has been fixed.
  • Data will be retrieved from Google Earth in a different way. The new version of Google Earth is a little bit different from the previous one. If you are using Google Earth 4, you won’t get silly names like ‘KMLFile’ for a waypoint any longer.
  • Some minor changes as well.

Version 3.11:

  • If you create a route file by yourself, your name will be stored into the file as the name of the one who created it (unless you uncheck this option).
  • You can view some properties of the file and the route: select the ‘File’ menu and click ‘Properties’.
  • Splitting files is done with more accuracy now. (Google-TomTom no longer checks the lenght of a file, only the number of waypoints, max. 48.)
  • Opening GPS Exchange Files (*.gpx) and Google Earth Files (*.kml) is now done better: the file name is stored. And in addition: any file can now be saved as TomTom Eile (*.itn), as GPS Exchange File (*.gpx) or as Google Earth File (*.kml).

Version 3.10:

  • I have added new functions to the ‘Open File’ dialog. Now you can also open GPS Exchange Files (*.gpx) and Google Earth Files (*.kml) this way. Maybe other file types will be added in the future. In the meantime: other file types than TomTom Files (*.itn) can still be imported from the ‘File’ menu.
  • Any waypoint can be marked now as destination or as mere waypoint. In addition, they can be marked as already visited or as still to visit. These are the same possibilities that you have in your TomTom.
  • The speedbuttons that are used to mark waypoins this way, have now a hint function to make clear what they are meant for.
  • There was some misunderstanding about the ‘temporary.iti’ file on a TomTom. It seems to be the currently loaded (active) route in your TomTom. I used my new knowlegde to add another option: you can save the current route (list of waypoints) onto your TomTom as the currently active route of your TomTom.
  • On manipulating files on your TomTom (copy, delete, etc.), Google-TomTom will no longer look for the files ‘system’ and ‘ttsystem’ in the root folder of your TomTom. It will only check for the existence of a folder named ‘itn’. I have done this to help people with other TomTom systems than a TomTom RIDER.
  • And again: some minor changes too.

Version 3.05:

  • Another new language has been added: Spanish. With thanks to Eduardo Ridaura Lopez.
  • Now you can edit individual waypoints to make sure that they are at the exact location where you want them.
  • I changed the program a little bit: if you want to send me a route to be added to the download page, you can only send a TomTom file (itn), not a Google Earth file (kml). Wanna see the routes at the download page? Click here!
  • Some other applications can create kml files as well. But, the structure of these files is not always the same as the structure of kml files that were created by Google Earth. I adapted Google-TomTom a little bit to make it possible to import these other kml files too.
  • I have made some minor changes as well.

Version 3.03:

  • A new language has been added: Italian. Thanks to Stefano Pastori.
  • I have made some minor changes again.

Version 3.04:

  • Since the new look of the waypoints (version 3.01) there could be some problems on opening and saving route files, when the option to keep the main window always visible (on top) was set. These problems are solved now.

Version 3.02:

  • I have been told that exchanging route files between a Pocket PC and a TomTom works slightly different from using a regular PC. So, I added a new feature to help users with a PPC: they can save the currently active route onto their desktop as ‘temporary.iti’.
  • Google-TomTom will no longer check for updates the very first time it runs. To some users it was confusing to open a new application, which immediately suggested to update itself. (Of course it will check for updates after that very first time, according to your preferences.)
  • Again I have made some minor changes. Probably you will never notice them.

Version 3.01:

  • Each waypoint can individually be marked now as waypoint or as destination.
  • For some people is was difficult to find the option to repair a damaged installation of Google Earth. I made this easier.
  • When Google-TomTom will run for the first time, several steps will be taken. I changed the order of these steps to avoid some conflicts with Google Earth.
  • Sometimes files could not be displayed correctly (in Google Earth) after importing from another format. I fixed this bug.
  • Miguel Lemos translated Google-TomTom into Portuguese. Kris Deckers did the same into French. These new languages have been added. For this moment the new languages only count for the program itself. Miguel and Kris are working on a translation of the help pages. I hope those pages will be available in the near future. I am glad that Google-TomTom seems to become familiar worldwide…

Version 3.00:

  • Google-TomTom is now multilingual. This is a major improvement. That is why I changed the version number to 3.00. For this moment, the available languages are English and Dutch. The idea came from Jose Manuel from Spain. He offered to translate Google-TomTom into Spanish and Catalan, so I hope these two languages will be available in the near future. In the meantime, Konrad Dinter offered to translate Google-TomTom into German. He already started translating and I think this language will be available soon. Interested in translating Google-TomTom into your own language? Please contact me by email: TomTomRider@JanBoersma.nl
  • I have made some minor changes as well. Probably you will never notice I have made them.

Version 2.13:

  • Now it is possible to turn a route, i.e. to change its direction the other way. (This option is comfortable if you want to drive a route from the end to the start.)

Version 2.12:

  • A bug has been fixed: the program sometimes came up with an error, when an empty drive was found on searching the TomTom.

Version 2.11:

  • In previous versions, selected waypoints were deselected on changing the property of the main window from ‘on top’ to ‘normal’ (or the other way). This bug has been fixed now.
  • I discovered that some conversion utilities do not use exactly the same format to define waypoints that a TomTom uses. However, a TomTom can use that other format. Since I know that, I adapted Google-TomTom, so now it can handle that other format too.
  • If a waypoint does not have a name (after opening a file), it will be given a name. (The name is the number of the waypoint in the route list.)

Version 2.10:

  • Multiple waypoints can be selected in a route list to be edited, shown, etc.
  • Shortcuts have beeen added to move waypoints up and down in a list.
  • Common actions like cut, copy and paste are added to the program to handle waypoints more easy.
  • Soms speedbuttons have been added: to cut, copy and paste waypoints. Another speedsbutton has been added to keep the main window in front of other windows. This option was already available in the ‘Options’ window, but with this new speedbutton this option can be toggled on/off.
  • Speedbuttons have been reorganised in the main interface.
  • In previous versions, if you tried to save a file with a new file name (save as…) you were asked twice if you want to overwrite the existing file name, if there was already a file with that name. That is a little bit overdone. So, now the question will come up only once.
  • There was a bug in the menu ‘Waypoint’/’Remove’. The bug has been fixed.

Version 2.07:

  • If the Google Earth installation has been currupted, there is a problem in cooperating between Google Earth and Google-TomTom. Previous versions already had a start of the possibiliby to repair an installation. From this version on, Google-TomTom has improved a lot.

Version 2.06:

  • Copying files to your TomTom has become more easy now. You can copy them directly to your TomTom from within Google-TomTom: use the newly added speedbutton or choose ‘Copy to TomTom’ from the ‘File’ menu.
  • The ‘File’ menu has even more new features: you can delete itinerary files (*.itn) from your TomTom using Google-TomTom, so there is no need to have the space in your TomTom filled up with files that you don’t want to use anymore.
  • After saving a file (using the ‘Save as…’ option in the ‘File’ menu) the file is added on top of the recently used files on the bottom of the ‘File’ menu. (Until now only files that were opened by the ‘Open…’ option were added to the list of recently used files.)

Version 2.05:

  • From now on, Google-TomTom will automatically check every week for updates, unless you uncheck that option in the ‘Options’ window.

Version 2.04:

  • Downloading and installing an update is much more easy now.
  • On splitting files the previously used folder will be used as a suggestion to save the new files in.
  • Splitting files is done more accurate now. (Some files that had been split, were still a little bit too large.)
  • Dialog windows for opening and saving files are faster now.

Version 2.03:

  • Splitting files became more easy: if necessary, a large file will be split into three or more new files of a proper size. (Until now, files that were too large, were only split into two new files.)
  • The ‘open’, ‘import’ and ‘save as’ dialog windows are also in 3D style now.

Version 2.02:

  • I noticed that other applications than Google Earth also have a strange way to handle special characters (ë, ö, ß, etc.). I adapted Google-TomTom accordingly.
  • If you set the main window to stay on top of other windows, you could encouter some problems on opening a dialog window. These problems have been solved now.
  • Adding a list of waypoints did not always work properly. Now it does.

Version 2.01:

  • Kml-files are files that belong to Google Earth. So, they should be connected to that application. If not (or if Google Earth ‘loses’ that file type), you will encouter problems on trying to display your routes from Google-TomTom into Google Earth. Now the ‘Options’ window has an extra tab that might be helpful to this situations: this tab has a button that reconnects (if necessary) kml-files to Google Earth.
  • There was a problem on saving files with an existing file name via the ‘save as…’ option. That bug has been fixed now.

Version 2.00:

  • A new option had been added: you can choose where new waypoints from Google Earth should be inserted in your current route: on top of the list, at the end of it, or below the currently selected waypoint. On importing a complete list of waypoints, you will have the possibility to reconsider your choice. That new choice will not override the choice you have made in the ‘Options’ window and will only be used for the current import.
  • Another new option has been added: you can choose whether or not Google-TomTom will receive data from Google Earth when the main window has been minimized.
  • The ‘Options’ window has gone through a face change, as a result of newly added options.
  • The way items in the list of waypoints are moved up and down, has been changed. Moving waypoints up and down in the list has become easier and faster now.
  • Now more than one route can be sent from Google-TomTom to Google Earth to be shown. (Until now Google Earth asked if the old route should be replaced, when it received a new route from Google-TomTom.)
  • Sometimes Google-TomTom asked if you want to save the file (because of the changes), even when there were not any changes. That bug has been fixed now.
  • Another bug has been fixed also: on canceling an ‘open’ dialog box or a ‘save as’ dialog box, the program will always return to the previous state. (Until now things went the wrong way in some cases.)
  • As a result of all the changes since the start of this program, the the version number has been changed to 2.00.

Version 1.56:

  • With importing other file types, Google-TomTom remembers the last file type that was imported. The Import Dialog will start with that file type, next time you want to import a file.
  • Importing files can take some time… Now importing waypoints will be shown until the file reading has completed. If it takes to much time, importing can be canceled.
  • If you try to import an invalid file type, you will receive an error message.

Version 1.55:

  • Google-TomTom automatically adds a ‘(+)’ to a waypoint name, if the name already exists in the route. But sometimes a ‘(+)’ was added to a name that did not need that extension. That bug has been fixed now.
  • Other file types can be imported now (*.kml, *.gpx, *.trk, *.wpt). Files cannot be exported to one of these file types, because Google-TomTom is meant to cooperate with Google Earth. It is not meant to be a conversion program. If you want to convert files, there are lots of other programs available for that purpose at the internet. I prefer GPSBabel from www.gpsbabel.org.

Version 1.54:

  • I use another way to build my web pages now. I adapted Google-TomTom accordingly.

Version 1.53:

  • If you create a route in Google Earth, Google Earth will add the last created waypoint (‘new placemark’) on top of your placemark list. What to do, if you want to import a complete list of placemarks in one time? You would have a route that starts at the end! So, here is the solution: from now on, if you import a list of waypoints in one time, you can choose how the list will be imported: in reverse order or not. And: your choice will be remembered for the next time!
  • Sometimes there could be a problem opening and saving files on your desktop. This problem is history now.
  • The program is automatically set to ‘Hold’ if you open a dialog window. And if the program was activated, it will be set back to ‘Active’ again after closing the dialog window.
  • An extra file is added to the setup package: gtdlgctl.dll. This file contains several routines, needed by the main program.

Version 1.52:

  • Some more special characters can be handled now.
  • You may have noticed that Google-TomTom automatically adds a ‘(+)’ to a waypoint name, if the name already exists in the route. From this version up, the ‘(+)’ is only added if the names are exactly the same.

Version 1.51:

  • I have added a new option: if a TomTom file is too large, you can choose what to do: just let it happen, come up with a warning, or come up with the suggestion to split the file. This option can be set in the ‘Options’ window.
  • The ‘Options’ window has been changed.
  • I discovered another bug in retrieving data from Google Earth. I hope you did not… Anyway, the bug has been fixed now.

Version 1.5:

  • Google Earth has a strange way to handle special characters, like ä, é, ß, etc. I did not know that, until I planned a route in Germany. Now I know and I adapted Google-TomTom accordingly.
  • There was a bug in retrieving data from Google Earth: in some cases the coordinates were not read correctly. This bug has been fixed now.
  • The size of the TomTom Itinerary Files is calculated more accurate now.
  • If a TomTom file is too large, you can have the file split into two parts. This option has been added to the ‘File’ menu.

Version 1.4:

  • Until now Google-TomTom could only receive data from the free version of Google Earth. Now you can retrieve data also from Google Earth Plus and Google Earth Pro.
  • There were still two bugs in the previous versions: after setting the program to ‘Hold’ and back to ‘Activate’ again, data were retrieved again in some cases. And the program came up with an error if it tried to retrieve other data than waypoints from the Clipboard. These bugs have been fixed now.

Version 1.3:

  • The most important improvement is the possibility to show your routes in Google Earth: not only as waypoints, but also as a route (line).
  • By setting the options you can choose to display the waypoints, the route (line) or both.
  • An extra option has been added for the individual waypoints: you can choose to display them or not.
  • I added an extra website to exchange route files for even more fun! So, if you have a beautiful route (it doesn’t matter where on earth it is), please send me the file and I will place it on that website. Here is the link to the file exchange page: www.JanBoersma.nl/gett/download/ The site can be entered directly from Google-TomTom.
  • Route files can be sent by email now! You can do this directly from Google-TomTom. The files can be sent to me (to place them on the exchange page) or to a friend or someone else. The files can be sent as a Google-TomTom file (*.itn) or as a Google Earth file (*.kml).
  • The ‘File’ menu now contains a list of recently opened files. By setting the options you can choose how many recent files should be displayed in the ‘File’ menu (from 0 up to 9).
  • I added the possibility to rename waypoints. That is convenient in cases that you don’t like the name of a waypoint, but you don’t want to delete it.
  • The ‘Google’ menu has been reorganised. In addition to that, it is renamed to ‘Waypoint’.
  • Two minor bugs are repaired. (On showing one waypoint and on handling long file names.)
  • Now Google-TomTom comes with a small route file. For new users it will be opened automatically the first time Google-TomTom will be run. This route file (‘Somewhere on earth.itn’) is useful to explore the possibilities of Google-TomTom.

Version 1.2:

  • The program interface has been changed: Google-TomTom now works even more intuitive: A menu has been added. The speedbuttons are smaller and come without titles.
  • Google Earth can be run directly from Google-TomTom, even without showing a waypoint or a list of waypoints.

Version 1.1:

  • The most important improvement is the cooperation with Google Earth: the cooperation is mutual now. Waypoints can be exported from Google-TomTom to Google Earth, so you can see them in the right place!
  • These waypoints can be shown with some extra options: set the altitude and tilt for showing individual waypoints in Google Earth. These options can be set in the Options Window.
  • The function of the buttons in the main window is shown by hints.
  • Updates for Google-TomTom can be checked. This can be done from the ‘Options’ Window.
  • An extra option has been added: hints for the buttons in the main window. This option can be toggled on/off in the Options Window.