I have a new Garmin I5 and discovered that I have no mapping software. It is all preloaded. Is there a product I can use to create POI's for use with the I5? Is there a way to export the POI's that are on there? Also, I haven't purchased a memory card yet. What will a memory card buy me? Is this additional space for POI's?
PoiEdit is a simple program that can create POIs. You can also create a CSV file from scratch using Notepad or Excel. There is more info and a link to PoiEdit our faq / help page.
As far as exporting saved locations, you might see if a program like EasyGPS will work. It can transfer waypoints to/from quite a few different models.
I haven't figured out yet where POIs are stored on the iSeries. I don't have a micro SD card reader, so all I've been able to try with my i2 is loading them via USB cable. Perhaps another user can help answer this.
I would think they are stored on the microSD card or you would lose them if you removed all power. One thing I have wondered about is how big is the microSD card supplied with the i5? I can buy a 1 gig microSD for under $30.00 and free shipping plus it comes with adapter so you can read a microSD card with a standard SD slot on a memory card reader.
The i5 doesn't include a micro SD card (just an empty slot). It has enough memory inside the unit to store a full set of maps for the US & Canada.
Most Garmin models have a small hard drive or flash memory inside the unit. Even models like i2/i3 that store their detail maps on a memory card have at least some memory inside the unit to store preference settings and other data.
Interesting you say there is an microSD slot though? If that's the case you must be able to add more memory.. The plot thinnens! I think I prefer having the mapping DVD and adding more memory if needed. I checked Garmin's site and they don't mention the memory capacity of the i5. If they have all those maps installed they must have at least 1 gb of memory if not more. You would think they would disclose that in the specs.
With older models like the StreetPilot 2610, you could load all of the detail maps for USA & Canada onto a 2GB card. I'm not sure how much will fit on a 1GB card, but it's probably more than half.
I just installed the entire USA including Alaska and Hawaii on my 1gb card until I learned from Ray that I could not install all my POI's(more than 8000)onto the card. So I reinstalled my maps excluding 15 or 20 states. Now I can load all the POI's I want.
Just thought I'd pass this deal along if anyone wants to upgrade their microSD card here is a good 1GB microSD memory deal . This is not spam just a good deal I happened along.
Here's another site you can check out: frys.com or outpost.com (both are the same). Right now you can pick up a Kingston 1GB microSD card for $29.99 with free shipping. And it includes the adapter.
Sorry. No more free shipping. That was last week, when I bought mine. Still a good deal!
That was a great deal you got for sure! Too bad they took away the free shipping. I am in no hurry to upsize my memory because I rarely venture past the states I have loaded..
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