I received a C340 for Christmas and I am enoying it. I wanted an easier way to put in a bunch of addresses so I wrote a little online app to help me create POI files.
It takes street addresses and converts to a Garmin POI file. It seems to work OK for me and my C340, but I was wondering if anyone else could take the time to create a POI and see if it loads in other models.
I realize that it needs polishing and is not ready for prime time. It won't stand up to heavy traffic. Please report any bugs.
Worked fine in my 330 Keith
The only thing I did change was the filename.
The only thing to improve is to add the address, city and state to the file generated.
"It takes street addresses and converts to a Garmin POI file. It seems to work OK for me and my C340, but I was wondering if anyone else could take the time to create a POI and see if it loads in other models."
kp..., I tried it and worked like a charm. Unleash that thing and let's have at it. For me it took all the effort out of creating a single line of a POI file. Thanks.
You can add as many lines as you like - just keep adding addresses and it builds up.
I am not sure what you mean by adding the address to the file. You can put anything that you want in the description.
Flaco wrote: The only thing to improve is to add the address, city and state to the file generated.
Takes away all the mystery. Now everybody will be able to do it. Shucks . . .
I entered 4407 w Knox St Tampa Fl and comment, this is what I got: -82.517669,28.006622,"Red Lobster"
Here is what I was asking for:
-82.517669,28.006622,"Red Lobster","4407 w Knox St Tampa Fl"
In other words grab the address used to generate the lat/long, city and state and appended after the "comment"
I'll try that and see if it works out. I wasn't aware that you could add that last string.
I re-read the documentation. I added the comment field and a button to copy the street address to the comment field. I also added a speed option for those who are making red light type files.
I could use another round of testing, this time with multiple points of interest in one file.
I have yet to add an checking to the form. I should really verify that people are filling things out before I attempt the ajax submit to the yahoo maps api.
I also have a c340 and it works for me too.After clicking on to copy address to comments I then just added the zip code and phone number to the end in the comments and it came out just like I wanted.
595 n.broadway,bartow,FL (863) 534-1429"
No bugs and worked flawlessly on my Nüvi 670 and the Mac OS (10.5.1). I put an address and a phone number in the comments box and they appear in the .csv file. Then I saved it as a "favorite" and was able to add a "dialable" phone number.
What I'd like to see, is a "phone number" field built-in to the template and the ability to save it as a .gpx file.
Keep up the good work...
P.S. Star Wars fan? I like that domain name - translated C3PO...
OK, back to the documentation. I'll see what it takes to create a GPX file. I'll let you know if and when I get it working.
I made a quick and dirty convert to GPX. It is the simplest possible file though. I might tackle adding MP3 files, icons and all that jazz, but it would be a major project.
The CTHREEPO.com name is one I acquired many years ago in attempt to speculate on domain names. I thought that I could sell it for a profit. I made it my fun stuff page and then added my blog. I have since had offers for it, but I have so much stuff on that site that I would never be able to transfer it all to another domain, so I am stuck with it. If you check out the site you can see that it's very little Star Wars, but a lot of SF in general - and other stuff.
Just what I asked, "you the man"
Now we need to load some locations and test drive how accurate is the lat/long
I get the coordinates from the Yahoo map API. I don't know of any other free api that is as easy to use as the Yahoo one. I am guessing that Yahoo is about as accurate as I can get for free. Yahoo can translate the address most of the time, even if you really screw it up. I have seen other websites that have been using the Yahoo APIs to create maps and even POIs, but I thought that their interfaces were too complicated or else they wanted registration.
This is a fun project and I can't afford to buy or rent a GIS database. I've gotten what I want from it and the testing that everyone has been doing here has assured me that it is stable enough to leave up and running without anyone getting angry with me.
If you can think of any other enhancements, I will do my best to find time to work on them, as long as they are not too difficult.
I went to your blog Keith, seen it was for the Streetpilot but thought i would try it anyway, it works good on the Nuvi 650, just made one quick route with it and it is great so far, very simple and easy. you do good work.
I'm new here and just playing around but found your program to work very well on my nuvi 350. I like it! Nice job.
I entered the info into my new Garmin 260W POI file and it worked very nicely.
Thanks Keith, Good work.
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