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My route has two directions, what should I do ?


Prerequisites

- Having created a CityTourPlayer account and to be connected to it. Create your account - See the help article

- Having created a CityTourPlayer page/entity. Create your entity - See the help article

- Have created an AudioGuide project and be on its management page. Create your audioGuide - See the help article

How do you create an AudioGuide for a bus, train, metro, etc. route that has, like most routes in the world, two directions?

Our editor allows you to create only one route on the map, on which you place your stops. However, your vehicle will travel in two directions.

There are two cases to see:

Your route contains different routes from one direction to the other, or perhaps only has one direction (or you only want to make your AudioGuide on a direction), or you do not want to describe the stations in your project, but the route itself 

In such a case, as the route diverges from one direction to the other, as the playback direction of the audios is not the same and for all the other reasons mentioned in the orange block, it will not be possible to use the return route automation functionality as proposed in the orange block.

So how do you do it? It's simple, you create a second AudioGuide project, which you name as the other direction.

Then, you just have to write the script for your first direction, copy this script in your text editor and reverse the directions, modify the text in correspondence with this other direction, for example, if between stop B and C you say "On your left is the courthouse, the tag . ... does not exist on your right is the zoo" you would have to say between C and B (so in the other direction) "On your left is the zoo, the tag ... does not exist on your right is the courthouse" (note that left and right have now also been reversed).

Making an audio guide that describes the route and not the stop is therefore a double task if you want to offer it in both directions. 

We recommend that you make your life easier for the first project, for example, don't even force yourself to make an AudioGuide for all the stations of a route; indeed, if most of your passengers get on at stop C and get off at stop G, make an AudioGuide only for this route and this direction. You can easily modify it later by adding stops or by creating a new project for your second direction, our tools allow you to easily copy, reverse, delete, etc. segments or entire stops of your project, for example, you can open two browser windows, one on a project, the other on a second project, and copy/paste elements through these two windows, the same clipboard is shared!

Finally, don't hesitate to contact us to describe your project so that we can help you choose the best option.

Your route is more or less the same in both directions and you don't want to describe the route itself between two stations but rather what is found at each station.

In such a case, you can activate the dual-direction mode, but beware, as it automatically generates the reverse direction, it can only take for audio, images, etc. what is defined for the 1st direction. In other words, this is how it works:

Let's say you have 4 stops, the starting station A, then B, then C, and the ending station D.

Usually, you could decide to make an audio guide that describes either the route between A and B, or what you find at station B, and so on, but in this case, doing so is not possible, because by automatically reversing your route, the audio will not automatically reverse the left from the right and the same goes for the text you are reciting, nor will it understand that the building you are talking about is no longer at the beginning of the route between A and B, but at the end, as you are no longer coming from A but from B.

In short, the only case where this system is time-saving and functional is if you describe the stops, for example, at station B you will find pandas and a giraffe. This text can then be read whether you are coming from station A or station C, in both cases you have the description of the next station, which is station B.

Although this system is restrictive, because it limits your AudioGuide to describing each station and not the route, it has the advantage of allowing you to create a circular route very easily. For the first test on your network, this may be the ideal option, provided that you choose one of your routes running on the same route in both directions. However, don't worry, our copy and paste tools allows you to easily copy images, audios, etc., to reverse them, etc., in order to make your return route while basing it on the outbound route, more info at the beginning of this article in the blue block.

Finally, be aware that if your route does not run on the same route in both directions, then this system will not understand what the route is in the second direction. However, if you have a station that is not served in one direction, you can hide it in the desired direction for example.

 

How to activate this automatic system?

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Remember to save this change.

Once the option has been activated, you will see your starting station appear in the route editor, as well as additional options in the parameters of each station. To make this system work, you can just save your project and the directions will be automatically proposed to your users.

Are you lost?

The type of route to choose, and how to design your audio guide, may seem complicated. Don't hesitate to send us a meeting request so that we can guide you free of charge in the choice of the type of audioguide to be made.

Once you have done this, you can move on to the next article: Define your route


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CityTourPlayer is a project from NexSwiss Sàrl, a company based in Switzerland.

The idea for this platform arose during a visit to London on bus 11. Indeed, this bus offered very beautiful views of the best places in the British city but did not provide any real-time information about these places. We came up with the idea of creating a platform that would allow public transport companies and cities around the world to produce customized audioguides on existing public transport networks. In this way, both small towns and large cities could offer tourists, as well as their locals, the opportunity to freely discover their landscape without using private buses routes and to take advantage of existing urban networks.

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