With Content Tools, you can create, name and manage your own custom locations on the map. These custom places can define an individual business location, such as a rest stop, an office or a distribution center, as well as key points within that location—perhaps a dry dock, cold dock, trailer parking, etc. You can also organize these locations in categories so you can easily find and update them. 

In Content Tools, locations are called Places and their categories are called Place Sets. A Place must be part of a Place Set.  

There are two types of Places in Content Tools: 

  1. Custom Places, which users can create and edit.
  2. Verified Places in the Trimble MAPS database for tens of thousands of commercial locations across North America that serve the transportation industry, including distribution centers, intermodal terminals, manufacturing plants, truck stops, and more. These can be searched, viewed on the map and used in routing planning and mobile navigation. Verified Places cannot be edited, but you can add your own custom Place ID, contact information, operating hours and comments.

Each Place can include some or all of the following attributes: latitude, longitude, name, name of its Place Set, Place ID, street address, city, state, ZIP/postal code, phone number, web site, operating hours and comments. Before you can create a Custom Place, you must first create a Place Set where it can be stored. A Place Set can be imported or newly created using the steps below. 

In this article:

Creating a Place Set

Viewing Place Sets

Adding a Custom Place

Importing a Place Set

Using Places

Creating a Place Set

1. Activate the Place Sets panel by clicking Manage Places on the top menu ribbon.

2. Click on the New Set button in the Place Sets panel. Enter the New Set Name

3. CoPilot Settings: When a new set is created, three settings are offered:

  • Display on Map: When checked, displays all the Places within the set on the map in CoPilot.
  • Searchable: When checked, all the Places can be searched in CoPilot.
  • Alertable: When checked, CoPilot will show a "Point of Interest" notification when it is near the Place. The driver can then add the Place as a stop on his or her route. (This feature is useful, for example, for company approved fuel or rest stops.) By default all 3 setting options are checked.

4. Choose a Category Icon for how you would like Places in this Place Set to be displayed on the Map. Click Save to finish.

Viewing Place Sets

The Place Sets panel contains the list of Place Sets created in your Content Tools account.

Place Set Panel Features

  • Click on Show All or Hide All to display or remove Place Sets from the map.

  • Click on to navigate to the list of custom places.

  • Click on(toggle button) to view the places on the map.

  • Click on to delete a set or edit the set name and settings.

  • Search for a Place Set or Places using the filter option. To search for a set, start typing the name.

  • Click on  to cluster places close to each other.
  • To see the details of a Place within a particular set, click on

Adding a Custom Place

You can create custom places with the following steps:

1. Click on Manage Places at the top menu ribbon and select a Place Set in the Place Sets panel on the left. 

2. In the Place Sets panel, click Search under Add Custom Place to search for a location. Or, you can click on the exact location on the map where you want to add a New Place. (Single click, as double-clicking causes the map to zoom in.)

TIP: Typically a driver is most interested in routing to the truck entrance. It's often best to locate your Place at that entrance on the map. You can also add entrances and exits with the Sites feature.

3. When you choose a location, the New Place window will pop up and the icon you chose for that Place Set (see above) will appear on the map. 

4. Add any details you'd like to include about the custom place, including Name, Phone Number and additional Comments about the location. The Place ID field can be used to create a unique identifier for that location. (For example, you can use an existing Customer Code, Location ID, Store ID, etc.)  

5. Click Save to add the new custom place to the current Place Set. 

NOTE: You can also search for a location using the Search button on the top menu ribbon. However, you cannot add a place using this option. It is used only for searching and viewing the location on the map. To add the location once you've found it on the map, go back to Step 1 in this section.

Additional Place Details

After adding a Place in the map screen, you can return to the Place's Details page and add two additional pieces of information: 

  • A website URL
  • Operating Hours

To add these details, click the pencil icon, enter the information and click Save

For best performance, place sets should be limited to no more than 10,000 places. 

Importing a Place Set

Place Sets also can be imported via a .csv or .txt file.

1. Activate the Place Sets panel by clicking Manage Places on the top menu ribbon.

2. In the Place Sets panel, click Import... 

3. Click on Choose File… to upload the file or drag and drop your file into ...or drop file here. Under the Field Separator drop-down,  you can select the way in which the Places in your file are separated (Comma, Tab, or Pipe). Click Continue.

4. A Select Fields window will open and show the content of the imported file. In this window, you can match the data fields in your imported file with the fields in Content Tools. If you need to change a data field, click the drop-down menu and make a new selection.

5. If the data alignment is correct, click on Continue to bring up the Import Match Results window. In this window you will see how your locations have been matched or "geocoded" to locations in our map database. 

6. Check Skip next to any Places you do not want to import. You can also click Show Map to display a Place. Click Continue when you are finished. 

7. A Set Details dialog will open, giving you three options:

  • New Set: Creates a new Place Set. Enter the name of the new set in the New Set Name box. 
  • Replace Set: Replaces an existing Place Set. Click on the Replace Set button and choose an existing set from the drop-down. 
  • Append to Set: Adds places to an existing Place Set. Click on the Append Set button select and choose an existing set from the drop-down.

8. In Set Details, you can also choose a Category Icon to identify the types of Places you have imported on the map.

CoPilot Settings: When a new set is created, three settings are offered:

                1. Display on Map: When checked, displays all the Places within the set on the map in CoPilot.

                2. Searchable: When checked, all the Places can be searched in CoPilot.

                3. Alertable: When checked, an alert notification is shown in CoPilot upon approaching a Place.

                By default all 3 setting options are checked.

9. Click on Finish if you want to import all of the data. 

Using Places

After you have saved your new Places, a few extra steps may be necessary to use them in routing.

  • If you are using PC*MILER Web or the Trimble MAPS development platform, your newly created Places will be available immediately for use in routing.

  • PC*MILER desktop users: Under the Tools tab, click the Sync Content button before using your new Places.