Tyre to Travel to stop using Google Maps
If you're a Tyre user like me, the following announcement from the creators of Tyre to Travel might be a little disconcerting:
28 May 2018 by Michel van Hagen
Many route planners will discontinue!
Many current route planners that are based on Google Maps have been discontinued or will soon be discontinued. This is because from 11 June Google Maps will no longer function without the API key and an API key just costs to far much money. Tyre will keep on going, but without Google Maps, the Tyre programmer is currently working day and night to implement a different map service.
MyRoute-app will continue!
For MyRoute-app this does not pose as a problem, since right from the beginning we have had a professional and legal Google Maps API key. This in combination with the official map services of TomTom and Here (Garmin) as well as including map layers of OpenStreetMap, Michelin and Street view, makes it a pleasure to plan and share your travels with MyRoute-app.
I'm a huge Tyre fan, so I was disappointed to hear this. Whether they work something out before June 11 remains to be seen, but to cover my bases I did register for their new basic (free) MyRoute site, and started messing around with it to see how it worked. It's relatively easy to use, and to import and export files in multiple navigation formats, but it appears the program has lost some of the functionality of the Tyre program. For one thing, it doesn't appear that you can import waypoints from another file into an existing one that you're working on (something I often find myself doing if I'm planning a multi-day trip). The new app is cloud based and doesn't require downloading the program to your computer, though you do need to download a program than enables you to export a route from MyRoute to a GPS unit via a USB cable.
Just wanted to get the word out there to any other Tyre users, so they can get ahead of this and see if the MyRoute site suits them.
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