Why use the 'Renaming' method when loading POIs?

 

Because of these many advantages over (or in addition to) the folder method.

ADVANTAGES:
1. It's very easy to track what POIs you have on your GPS. When looking at the GPS drive with a computer, you see POIs with names that make sense, not just one 'poi.gpi' file.
2. When you want to remove a POI, you simply delete the file from the GPS using the computer without having to reload all of your other POIs.
3. When you want to test a POI, for yourself or someone else, you can load it without losing your other POIs.
4. When you're away from the computer that contains all of your POIs (like vacation or wintering in AZ) and you want to add a POI, just add it without losing all of your other POIs. (Remember, your POI files are at home!)
5. Once the 'renamed.gpi' is created, either on the GPS or the computer, it can be moved back and forth at will. You no longer need to use 'POI Loader' to install the 'renamed.gpi' POI.
6. You no longer have to worry about again setting the correct alert distance or associating the correct sound file with the correct POI; these are all already included in the 'renamed.gpi' file.
7. If you have one POI that needs updating weekly, like the 'Redlight/Speed Camera' file, you simply update that one POI without losing all of your other POIs.
8. I created a POI that can't be posted because of the personal information it contains. When someone wants it, it is sent as a 'renamed.gpi'. This allows them to install it by simply saving it on their GPS ... no 'POI Loader', no overwriting.

DISADVANTAGES:
1. Requires a GPS that can be seen as a drive on your computer.

Instructions for using the 'renaming' method can be found in the FAQ at::
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/8779

RT

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"Internet: As Yogi Berra would say, "Don't believe 90% of what you read, and verify the other half."

RENAMING

i like you idea very much , but need some assistamce in doing this. the way i understand it is:
you create a poi with csv, bmp, mp3
use the poi-loader to download to your gps
then access that file on your computer as seen on your Sd card & rename it with xxxx.gpi
continue with next folder, until finished
is this correct ?

thanks
mike
nuvi 760

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marnoldi Nuvi 680 & Nuvi 2797LMT

Yep

It sounds like you got 'er.

RT

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"Internet: As Yogi Berra would say, "Don't believe 90% of what you read, and verify the other half."

Another Advantage of Renaming!

One more advantage of using the 'rename' method of loading POI files, see:
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/16652

RT

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"Internet: As Yogi Berra would say, "Don't believe 90% of what you read, and verify the other half."

Renaming GPIs

Another disadvantage is that this method requires more overhead than just letting POI Loader reload all the files every time.

It just seems simpler to me to let POI Loader reload the files every time, especially with POI files that are updated frequently. I use my laptop to load custom POIs, so number 4 isn't really much of an advantage to me.

Using this method in addition to the folder method might have its advantages, but I don't have too many custom POIs on my GPSr (yet).

Just my 2 cents.

Renaming Files

Several interesting articles over on the GARMIN TRICKS, TIPS, WORK AROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS AND IDEAS Web site.

Take a look at:

ABBA SINGS "WHAT'S THE NAME OF THAT FILE" -
-----A File Rename That Does Wonders

I'M TIRED OF USING MANUAL, "TIME AFTER TIME", WRITES CYNDI -
-----Cut Down On POI Loader's Manual Processing

arrow http://snipurl.com/garmin_gps_tricks

Gary Hayman
Greenbelt, Maryland

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Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Prev.GPSs: Drive61 LM, nuvi 3790LMT, 755T & 650, GPSIII+, SP 2610, 250W; Magellan 2200T; Originator of GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORKAROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS http://bit.ly/GARMIN-TNT

ghayman, do u have a direct

Ok this thread discusses the advantage of renaming but isn't much help in doing this.

Are there step by step instructions on how to accomplish the renaming and how to get POI Loader to do this? I mean, you can only have one .gpi file at a time on your Nuvi as it automatically copies the POI loaded files to it's internal memory even though you have it transferred and saved onto your SD card.

And ghayman, do u have a direct link to "A File Rename That Does Wonders" and "Cut Down On POI Loader's Manual Processing" ? The tips link only refers to other matters, not POI. BTW, this is not a music forum. wink

@Sam888

Sam888 wrote:

Ok this thread discusses the advantage of renaming but isn't much help in doing this.

Are there step by step instructions on how to accomplish the renaming and how to get POI Loader to do this? I mean, you can only have one .gpi file at a time on your Nuvi as it automatically copies the POI loaded files to it's internal memory even though you have it transferred and saved onto your SD card.

I'm not going to discuss the renaming, but you can stop the Nuvi from copying the POI.GPI file from the SD card.

It's counter intuitive, but when you get the message about new POI being found, answer YES to the question. The next screen will give you an option to skip the transfer and "Don't ask again." Take this option. You won't be asked about transferring POI until the contents have changed.

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Renaming

One advantage of renaming POI files is being able to quickly locate the closest or most convenient location of a particular business location.

Recently, while traveling thru NJ, I wanted to find an ATM. Now, this was a major highway I was on and there were plenty of banks along the way. But knowing that some ATM fees are outrageous, I wanted to use my bank's ATM so I would incur no ATM fees.

I do have that bank's poi loaded on my 660 and the custom icons do appear, but as most of us know - a couple of "zoom-outs" and they disappear (beyond the 200ft. scale).

No need to scroll through a huge listing. I just selected "Extras", then "Custom POIs" and then selected my bank's ATM listing. The list of ATMs popped up with air distance and the compass direction. The closest one (in the direction I was going) was about 6 miles ahead. So, I selected it. When I got to the location there was no bank, but there was an enclosed shopping mall. I would have missed it as there were no signs anywhere with my bank's logo. I was lucky in choosing the entrance that an ATM was located at.

I consider this to be much better than wasting your time scrolling around, zoomed in at 200 feet, trying to find an icon that may be covered up by 2 or 3 other icons.

But, to each their own.

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Metricman Nuvi 660, GTM-20 Traffic Receiver Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA

Technique for POIs to your nuvi

Sam888 wrote:

Ok this thread discusses the advantage of renaming but isn't much help in doing this.

Are there step by step instructions on how to accomplish the renaming and how to get POI Loader to do this? I mean, you can only have one .gpi file at a time on your Nuvi as it automatically copies the POI loaded files to it's internal memory even though you have it transferred and saved onto your SD card.
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Sam (and others)

You may have missed the recent article:

AN ALTERNATE TECHNIQUE FOR PLACING CUSTOM POIs IN YOUR NÜVI
----- Employing A Little Used Method

Look on the Recent Additions menu
or on POI Page 6

There might be some help and an answer to your question there.

arrow http://bit.ly/garmin_gps_tricks

GARY HAYMAN

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Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Prev.GPSs: Drive61 LM, nuvi 3790LMT, 755T & 650, GPSIII+, SP 2610, 250W; Magellan 2200T; Originator of GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORKAROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS http://bit.ly/GARMIN-TNT

Thanks

Thanks for the tip. I had been looking for a solution like this.

Is this the link?

[quote=ghayman
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Sam (and others)

You may have missed the recent article:

AN ALTERNATE TECHNIQUE FOR PLACING CUSTOM POIs IN YOUR NÜVI
----- Employing A Little Used Method

Look on the Recent Additions menu
or on POI Page 6

There might be some help and an answer to your question there.

arrow http://bit.ly/garmin_gps_tricks

Thanks for the link and all the work you put into your website. Is the link you're referring to below?: http://home.comcast.net/~ghayman3/garmin.gps/pagepoi.htm#pag.... Page 6 talks about track logs.

Overall, I have a hard time reading and navigating your site as too much information is posted on one page and the fonts are too big. Sorry. sad

Is This The Link? -- No

Sam888 wrote:
ghayman wrote:

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Sam (and others)

You may have missed the recent article:

AN ALTERNATE TECHNIQUE FOR PLACING CUSTOM POIs IN YOUR NÜVI
----- Employing A Little Used Method

Look on the Recent Additions menu
or on POI Page 6

There might be some help and an answer to your question there.

arrow http://bit.ly/garmin_gps_tricks

Thanks for the link and all the work you put into your website. Is the link you're referring to below?: http://home.comcast.net/~ghayman3/garmin.gps/pagepoi.htm#pag.... Page 6 talks about track logs.

Overall, I have a hard time reading and navigating your site as too much information is posted on one page and the fonts are too big. Sorry. sad

Sorry Sam that you are having difficulty.

That was not the link.

I had said POI Page 6
I have established a certain section for Custom POIs. Currently there are 6 pages there. You went to the General section which currently contains 9 pages.

At the top and bottom of every page, no matter which section, there is a Quick Go Menu that will take you to the articles on each of the current 19 pages plus a link to the Table of Contents (TOC) Menu.

The TOC Menu lists all articles by section and page in the order posted plus links to writings on the additional administrative page.

At the end of each (over one hundred) articles there are two large button links.

The green 'TOC Menu' link button will take you to the start of that particulars page's portion of the large TOC Menu

The red 'Recent Additions' link button will take you to the Recent Additions Page where links to articles that are recent, recently revised, added to, etc. are listed in descending order. Page and Month last acted upon are listed. This is a good place to go to see what's new and to be directed to the very start of the desired article. There are well over 100 of these 'Recent Additions' red buttons placed throughout the site helping you to see what's new.

So I have provided several navigation systems on the Garmin Tricks, Tips, Work Around, etc Web site for the readers use -- The Main TOC, The Recent Additions, The Quick Go, plus the large colored buttons at the end of each article.

You will probably find that one, or all of them will meet your needs.

You probably know that your screen text size is governed by your:

-- Display Resolution Setting: try 1024x768 (I use 800x600)

-- Text size (In Windows Internet Explorer the adjustment is found in the pull down menu View / Text Size) (I use Medium)

-- Zoom Level (In Windows Internet Explorer the adjustments found in the pull down menu View / Zoom) (I use 100% normally but on sites with small type I switch to 125%) (There is also a quick Zoom adjustment on my screen at the lower right side.)

Perhaps a simple adjustment of one or all of these preferences is just what you need.

As a general rule I aim for about 100K + or - files size per page.

As all have discovered, reading the Garmin Nuvi Tricks, Tips, Work Around, etc. is not a quick project. It has turned out to require repeated visits for study and experimentation. As you have seen, I include, 'at home' experiments to help the beginner and others who want, to better understand the use of their units.

I never expected my project to grow so large but I am pleased with the hundreds of thousands of page views by those who have visited and found the site to be useful. I am also pleased with all the written contributions I have received including the voluminous e-mails of questions and ideas. I am glad to help when I can.

Sam, I hope that some of the above might be of help to you -- and others.

Good Luck!

AFTERTHOUGHT: One thing I would like to add to the site would be a search engine for the site, but that might be difficult and beyond my capability as I don't use my own server and I have other WEB page projects that rest in a common master folder and I don't want them accessed by the search engine.

If you, or others, know how I can do this with my existing set-up, and at no cost, please contact me via my main e-mail [ghayman3{REMOVE}@comcast.net]

Gary Hayman
GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORK AROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS
arrow http://bit.ly/garmin_gps_tricks

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Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Prev.GPSs: Drive61 LM, nuvi 3790LMT, 755T & 650, GPSIII+, SP 2610, 250W; Magellan 2200T; Originator of GARMIN NUVI TRICKS, TIPS, WORKAROUNDS, HINTS, SECRETS & IDEAS http://bit.ly/GARMIN-TNT

Will try

Thanks. No question your site is very rich in content; however, I am no noob when it comes to the web and I must say your site is quite overwhelming.

It's obviously easy for you to navigate since you've created the web pages and know where everything is.

As a non web designer, you've done a great job and I know it must've been very difficult and time consuming to maintain.

A few observations and maybe a few suggestions. I would like to see more links within your site.

Adding more links within the same web page would make it is to navigate. For example, instead of directing people to page 6, you could have a direct link to page 6, but I don't think having the same page numbers on the same site is a good idea. It brings about too much confusion especially when trying to give directions.

Maybe you could streamline the main web page so one doesn't have to scroll so far down the page. Having each topic and sub-topic on it's own web page if it is long may be an option.

Isolating the index and/or table of contents as one page would help people immensely. Expanding the columns or eliminating the tabular format could also help ease the clutter and make it easier to read. There is considerable wasted space on the sides of the web pages.

Adding a search engine isn't really necessary since people can use Google to search within the site.

Unfortunately, I was browsing your site as I was writing this post, I still can't locate the page 6 as you described. Would this be it? http://home.comcast.net/~ghayman3/garmin.gps/pagepoi.06.htm#...

The link you provided earlier directed me to your main web page.

Again, thank you for much for all the hard work you've put into your site and the content. It really is appreciated. smile