Newbie post and newbie question
I've read a good bit about POIs here and elsewhere. Many refer to POIs with a file extension of ".gpi" When mounting Nuvi 260 on IMac (10.4.11) I am unable to find "gpi" files or folder. However, I have found gpx folder/file and successfully loaded new waypoints as ".gpx" files. They appear on the Nuvi 260 under "Favorites". Where are the .gpi files?
Part two . . . sorry
Added an SD card to Nuvi and it mounts as separate drive. If I load gpx files to the SD will the Garmin software be able to access them or do I need to establish some sort of directory info to enable recognition?
Thanks in advance,
GPX files added to the GPSr drive (as a GPX) may automatically be added to your favorites -- it depends on the model of GPSr. There was a recent thread.
GPX files added to the SD card: same as above; depends on model of GPSr.
GPX and CSV files can be loaded with Garmin's POI Loader as Custom POI's under Extras and their composite file is POI.GPI under Garmin/POI. Info on this can be found in the Getting Started and FAQ links at the top of the page. When you download POI Loader for the Mac, be sure you download the beta version or you may well not be given the option of running the app in manual mode, which is necessary to set alerts manually.
Thanks for the rapid response!
I did read the FAQs and related threads prior to posting, thus my confusion(lol). I've checked and rechecked . . . apparently my unit (Nuvi 260) does not have Extras folder nor gpi files. However, it has a gpx folder, so I can use that for cvs and gpx files.
Alas, I tried to download the "beta version" of POI Loader from link found on this site and it doesn't appear to be available now. Version 2.0.4 is still there. The current version of Bobcat (184.108.40.206 beta) does allow me to download/upload the gpx and cvs files. C'est la vie!
There is a limit of only 500 favorites, so that not usually a good place for large numbers of POI's and the POI's can't be made to alert you. I just saw another marvelous post by Mortorcycle Mama where in she gives step by step instructions for loading POI's with custom icons -- if you don't need/want the custom icons, just ignore that part.
Genuine thanks for the pointers!
With the help of the forum and a little head banging, I've gotten most of it resolved.
The main issue was trying to access the SD card I installed in the Nuvi. OS read it, but POI Uploader didn't see a directory. It's imperative to have the SD card in Card Reader (printer with SD slot in my case) the first time you upload. The Uploader creates the directory on the card. After that directory is created, POI Uploader can access the SD card in the Nuvi or SD reader.
One could probably create the file directory manually, but I was wary about potential for crashing Garmin OS.
The 1GB SD card was $6.95 at Tiger Direct outlet. So now, I have lots of space for adding POIs, custom icons, jpegs, etc.
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