The ROUTE PLANNER helps you in setting up an individual route between all your recorded stations. A route can be a one-way route (A > B > ... > Z) or a looped one (A > B > ... > A).
Select first, if you want to create looped or non-looped route. A looped route returns to its origin, a non-looped route can end up anywhere. There are also many filter options, which affecting the station list at the bottom, where you can select the stations for the route.
Select a station from the list to start and the commodities, you want to sell and buy at the station. Thereafter you can add (+) the station to the register above.
To complete a looped trade route, you have to select the same commodity, which is sold at the start station, to buy at the last station. To complete a non-looped trade route, the last station registered selected not a commodity to buy. There is a minimum of three stations to complete a trade route. A route is completed, if every registered station has a checkmark in its front.
A complete route can now previewed, saved and started. When started, a course is set to the nearest station of the register, if it is a loop one. Non-looped trade routes are always starting at the first selected trade station of the register.
If the start station is reached, you will be noted at the main panel. A new course is plotted to the following stations of the register. A non-looped trade route ends automatically, if the last station of the register is reached.
The first step is to decide, if you want a looped or a non-looped trade route to create. A looped route returns to its origin, a non-looped route can end up anywhere you want.
When you have selected a type of route, you can’t change it anymore after the first added trade station to the register, till you clearing the complete route.
The filter setting defines, which stations are displayed at the bottom of the panel, you can add to the register. The settings are mainly the same as seen at the ROUTE PLANNER panel, but there is one filter, which is new.
The COMMODITIES EXCLUDED filter selects the commodities, you don’t want to trade with. The list of commodities is partial auto-populated, because some commodities can’t be traded between stations and some don’t meet the requirements of making as much profit as you have set at the profit/unit filter. So if you change the profit/unit, you will see, that the number of excluded commodities will raise or fall.
Click on the filter setting to open a list, where you can see, which commodities were excluded. You can add and remove them manually, as you like.
At the beginning, the TRADE STATION ROUTE REGISTER is empty and at the bottom is a list of trade stations to start your route. They are sorted by efficiency (EFF). There are three ratings called HIGH, MED and LOW.
The efficiency shows you, how good profits can be made at the station. This extension rates every trade station by how much rebate is given on a commodity, which you can buy and how much profit can be gained on a commodity, which you can sell at the station.
Combining these two values gives an efficiency rating for the station. A value higher than 1500 CR. is rated as HIGH, a value lower than 750 CR. is rated as LOW, in between is rated MED.
You can also sort the list by different column. Just make a click on the header of the column.
When you have selected your first station by clicking on it, you have now to select the commodities, you want to buy from the station and to sell to the station. If you have selected a non-looped trade route, you don’t need to select a commodity to sell at the start station.
When you have finished selecting the commodities, a [+] button appears behind the selected station. Now you can add the station to your register by clicking on it.
You will notice, that the station is now listed at the register and the trade station list have changed below. At the end of the entry at the register, you will find a [X] button to delete the station from the register. It is only possible to delete the last station of the register.
The new list of trade stations below contains only stations to which the selected commodity to buy of the last registered station can be sold. When selecting a station from the list, you will see, that the commodity to sell is automatically selected. You only have to select, which commodity you want to buy from the station. The [+] button appears again behind the station to add it to the register too.
The last registered station gets a checkmark in front. That indicates, that the station is correctly added and the trade route is not complete.
To complete a looped or non-looped trade route, you have to fulfil a requirement for each type of route.
For looped trade routes, the requirement is to select the same commodity to buy at your last selected station as the commodity to sell at your first selected station. For non-looped trade routes it is required to select no commodity to buy at your last selected station.
If the trade route is completed, each entry of the register gets a checkmark in front. You will notice, that the average profit/unit of your registered trade route is show at the header of the TRADE STATION ROUTE REGISTER. Now you are be able to save your created route with a click on the SAVE ROUTE button. The name is also noted thereafter at the route register header.
With the LOAD ROUTE button, you can load previously saved routes into the register to quickly start it, when needed. With the DELETE ROUTE button, you can delete the saved route files from your hard drive. To any moment, you can clear the whole route register by clicking on the CLEAR REGISTER button.
If you want to check out your crated route before starting it, click on the PREVIEW ROUTE button. The panel switches to the TRADE OVERVIEW panel, where all stations can be cycled through by pressing the NEXT STATION or PREVIOUS STATION button at the bottom of the panel. When you hide the panel, you will be returned to the ROUTE PLANNER panel.
The START ROUTE button closes the panel and switches to the TRADE OVERVIEW panel, to show you, what the TRADE ADVISOR recommends to buy at your current trade station. The auto-destination mode selecting automatically the closest trade station of the route, if the route is a loop. Otherwise it selects the first trade station of the route register. An indicator appears in the middle of the interface, which shows DIRECTING, if you have not reached one of the trade route stations.
When one of the stations is reached, the DESTINATION DISPLAY shows automatically the next station of the trade route and the indicator switches to ROUTE ACTIVE.
The POSITION and DESTINATION DISPLAY shows now more information’s about the commodities to buy. Also the buy and sell price is shown.
The indicator in the middle is also a button to cancel the trade route immediately. You can also it through the ROUTE PLANNER panel by clicking on STOP ROUTE.
A non-looped trade route stops automatically when reaching the last registered station of the route.