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GSDMan

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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 11:00:09 AM

When in map view I think it would be helpful if the high and low price was highlighted in some way.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2013 8:45:00 AM

I use a method similar to Maxstar's when in an unfamiliar area and in immediate need of fuel. This doesn't happen all that often as we use GB to plan trips in advance with stops along the way that have the lowest fuel prices. But, running low on gas can and does happen from time to time so it's very handy to use the GB app to find the best local price in an emergency.

I have the app set in "list view" and to "sort by distance" as the default, so it is necessary to select "sort by price" and then "map view" to return a map of the area with my location and stations in close proximity with the cheapest prices displayed. I usually prefer to show them all since the cheapest is not always the closest or most convenient.

I agree that it would be nice if the lowest prices were identified somehow with a different shade or perhaps by flashing; however, I also agree that it is unlikely for a change like this to be deemed necessary or even advantageous by the powers that be. We certainly don't need a "bloated" mobile app. The additional programming and or bandwidth required for this enhancement might be better utilized for another app game (sarcasm intended).

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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2013 10:22:45 AM

In any case while we are waiting for the highlight project to work its way to the top of the development list, GSD can use the method I described below to quickly find where the lowest cost price is in the area.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2013 11:46:23 PM

Actually, the lowest price might be available at multiple stations, in which case I assume all of them would be highlighted.

Anyway, this seems like a reasonable idea to consider. I'd recommend a subtle highlighting so that it doesn't distract too much, but is still easy to find by scanning the map by eye.
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2013 11:14:44 AM

The OP said he wanted the lowest price and highest price highlighted. While I don't see much value in having the highest price highlighted, that means at most 2 prices would be highlighted, regadless of whether we are talking about the app or the full site map. One or two highlighted stations should be easy to pick out.
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2013 7:40:04 AM

Excellent advice maxstar.

This highlighting could be abused as well. Someone wants to see the station they posted to stand out so the post a bad high/low price so it does.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 5:48:22 PM

I suppose we should have asked which map is in question, on the full site or the mobile app?
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 2:47:39 PM

If the "cheap" ones are all in the same area, it would be hard to pick out the station you prefered if they are clumped together.

Knowledge of areas "names" is not needed. List View lists them all. Give it a try.

1) Open app
2) click "Find Gas Near Me"
3) If not in list view, click "List" tab
4) Click "Price" tab.
5) From the list (now sorted by price) click the station that you would like to buy from. The details of that station will appear.
6) Within the details, click "Directions to Station"
7) A popup will appear that advises "To view directions you must switch to the Maps app!" Click "Continue"
8) The station that you have chosen will appear in a map view.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 2:05:10 PM

maxstar wrote > So if there are "hundreds of stations" on a map, you would still be hundreds of stationable to pick out the highlighted one?

Well that is the whole purpose behind highlighting the cheap ones. It makes them easier to pick out.

maxstar wrote > Why not use an existing feature. Using the list view sort by price, pick the station you want to by from , and click "Directions to Station" and that station will come up in the map view.

Because that requires apriori knowledge of all the area names. If I am travelling a long distance, or an in an unfamiliar location, I am not likely to know those names. The map view is far more convenient.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 1:44:02 PM

So if there are "hundreds of stations" on a map, you would still be hundreds of stationable to pick out the highlighted one?
If zoomed in would the highlighted stations change? Seems like that would be more confusing.

Why not use an existing feature. Using the list view sort by price, pick the station you want to by from , and click "Directions to Station" and that station will come up in the map view.
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GSDMan
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 1:37:54 PM

Aw, nuts. I missed the previous post. Sorry bout that.
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GSDMan
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 1:32:09 PM

If you're zoomed out to see a whole county in the DC Metro area there will be hundreds of stations, all with overlapping prices. It can get confusing looking for the lowest prices. I just thought having the lowest price in the view saying, "Here I am," might help.

I don't know how helpful the highest price would be, either. I just figured if you can do it for the lowest price, why not the highest, too?
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 1:21:30 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new topic on an existing subject.

A lowest-price highlight would be good, although I can't imagine anyone wanting to know the highest prices except for "misery loves company."

[Edited by: CampKohler at 7/17/2013 1:26:18 PM EST]
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 12:34:35 PM

The prices are already displayed in the Map view, so I am not sure what adding highlights would do.
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