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How to use Magellan Maestro with POI Factory

 

Hello, I’m new to using GPS. I researched and bought the Magellan Maestro 3250, needed “Route Optimization” with smaller carry size. Friend has Garmin 760 with better display and ability to enter Longitude/Latitude coordinates. Read where some people not sure about using POI Factory with Magellan. You need the Magellan POI File Editor Program.

You can download Magellan POI File Editor version 4.1.1.0 from this site - http://uploaded.to/?id=jflvii Close the box that appears and download “POI_Mgr” 6.5MB

Below are instructions for using this program to convert .csv files to .mgln files for Magellan Maestro GPS units.

After installing Magellan POI File Editor it will create folder named “My POIs” in My Documents, this is where you will place all POI Factory .csv files for conversion.

Next launch the Magellan POI File Editor. Click the “Yellow Folder”. This will open the default “My POIs” folder. Use the drop down menu in “Files of Type” and select “All Files (*.*)” and double click on the POI .csv, this will load the file to Magellan File Editor.

The next thing you will see is the box called “Import wizard” (Define the data you want to import)

On the left side in the “Start importing from line: Leave it set to 1

On the right side in the “Separator” click “Comma” then click Next

In the first numbers you see to the left, use the dropdown menu above and select “Longitude”

The next set of numbers to the right, select “Latitude”

In the third row select “Name”

Any other dropdown menus that appear after these first three just leave blank

Finally Click “Finish” and the POIs will load into a file in the upper left corner called “Default Category”

Right click on “Default Category” and select “Modify”, in the top of the box that appears where it says “Name” type the name of the POI, Example - State Parks. You can leave the “Description“ box blank. Next you can select an “Image” if you want to go with your POI. Next to “Distances in:” select measurements in either “Meters” or “Feet”. Next to “Detection Angle:” either use default 90 or change to 180 for a wider area of detection.

From this point its up to you, if you want to “Display this category on the Magellan Maestro map screen “ or not. All the options below the “Image” selection can be added from the Magellan GPS unit after the POI has been installed.

Click “OK”

Next click the “Save Icon to the right of the “Yellow folder” this will create the .mgln file in the “My POIs” folder.

INSTALL TO GPS UNIT:
Next you need to install the POI.mgln file into your GPS. Open the "My POIs" folder in My Documents, the simplest way I found and the one recommended so you don't damage your GPS unit by accidentally deleting a critical file, is to copy the POI.mgln File to an SD card directly, not in any folders. Then from the Magellan Maestro screen choose---

“Points of Interest” then “My POIs” then “Change My POI File” then “Display Categories” make sure there is a check mark next to the POI file and click save. Then click the back arrow one time and click “Select Category” and click on the POI. You will have an option of selecting “Nearest” or “Spell POI Name”. I find the nearest option the easiest to use as it will display the POI in the closest to your location and so on.

NOTE:
You can also create your own files in the Magellan File Editor Program by clicking on the GREEN (+) Plus Sign. Select a name for the location you are creating, and then select the Latitude/longitude. When entering the Longitude don't include the (-) minus sign

If you live in the USA you need to set Latitude (NORTH) and Longitude (WEST)

Click "OK" and then click the “Save Icon”. From this point just follow the same procedure described above under INSTALL TO GPS UNIT:

I found a site called http://www.itouchmap.com/latlong.html where you can type any address and get GPS coordinates. Can be used to locate newer streets not updated in NavStreets software.

Hope this helps someone, and is not too confusing. There are instructions in the help menu of the Magellan POI File Editor Program for a more detailed use of its features.

Good post

JHF wrote:

Hope this helps someone, and is not too confusing. There are instructions in the help menu of the Magellan POI File Editor Program for a more detailed use of its features.

Just a couple of notes:

All versions of the POI Editor may not work with all the various Maestro units. It is best to use the one that comes with your GPS on the CD.....if you have it.

I'm pretty sure my 4250 wants the custom POIs on the SD card to be in a directory tree similar to what it uses in the internal memory.....but not sure about that as I haven't tried it in the root directory of the card.

There are some Magellan FAQs here that cover the same subject but I think your write-up is probably easier to follow. Thanks!!

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Magellan Maestro 4250// MIO C310X

Thanks!

That's a great write-up, thanks for the information, I haven't had time to try figuring it out yet so I really appreciate the info!

Thank you!

Thank you!

Thsnks! Buddy

Thank you for the great write...

I just switch from tomtom to magellan, and you know, the tomtom home is very easy to use, and also easy to customize.

With your write, I know how to add on POIs into my maestro 3200!

Good job, buddy...
Thanks!

Maestro 5310

This is my first GPS so I do not know how it works for other models. Anyway, on a lot of the .csv files the descriptions are written like

"12759 SW Freeway Stafford, TX 77477"

I am assuming the quotations denote not to read the comma as a break but every .csv I have loaded into Magellan POI File Editor does not recognize this and creates the TX 77477 part as a new column. Unless I am doing something wrong which very well could be. I am only 4 days into this.

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----- Magellan Maestro 5310 ----- Free Garmin Nüvi 270 -----

Leave it out

Absolute wrote:

I am assuming the quotations denote not to read the comma as a break but every .csv I have loaded into Magellan POI File Editor does not recognize this and creates the TX 77477 part as a new column.

The Magellan POI editor generally sucks. It seems to ignore the quotation marks.....like you noticed.
I have not been able to figure out how to get my Magellan to display the description field so I just don't load it.

Maybe someone else has a better solution.

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Magellan Maestro 4250// MIO C310X

Remove the comma from the description

To get rid of the commas and quotes you can import the csv file into Excel and select the description column then press CTRL + H, put a comma in the find what box and leave the replace with box blank. I did the same for the quotation marks as I found they weren't necessary to import the file.

You could replace the comma with a dash or some other character if you still want to separate the information.

When you are done in Excel you just save it as a .csv file and accept the warning about missing features and then you can open the file in the POI editor.

Thanks

Wow, that is going to save me a lot of time. I have been having to delete them using that method but in notepad, find next find next, find next, delete...repeat(the smaller files, the larger ones I simply left the description out). I did not know you could do the same in Excel.

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----- Magellan Maestro 5310 ----- Free Garmin Nüvi 270 -----

How to delete 'ENTER' mark?

jireland wrote:

To get rid of the commas and quotes you can import the csv file into Excel and select the description column then press CTRL + H, put a comma in the find what box and leave the replace with box blank. I did the same for the quotation marks as I found they weren't necessary to import the file.

You could replace the comma with a dash or some other character if you still want to separate the information.

When you are done in Excel you just save it as a .csv file and accept the warning about missing features and then you can open the file in the POI editor.

Some .csv files have neatly put the description field with 3 lines of addresses, how do I get rid of the 3 lines and just combining them into 1 line, thanks.

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Sam, Magellan Maestro 3140, Mio C310x, Dell Axim X50v with TT6 & iGuidance 4

3 lines

Yeah it makes it difficult to see the addresses in Excel. I usually rename the file to a .txt and open it in Notepad. It is just 1 line in there. I don't know how to make it 1 line in Excel, sorry.

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----- Magellan Maestro 5310 ----- Free Garmin Nüvi 270 -----

@Absolute, Thanks for the

@Absolute, Thanks for the reply. I will try to rename .csv to .txt and have ago, thanks again.

Regards,

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Sam, Magellan Maestro 3140, Mio C310x, Dell Axim X50v with TT6 & iGuidance 4

Description field question

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line feeds

To remove line feeds, open the .csv in Excel or Open Office Calc, and do a search/replace with regular expression. Find \n Replace with a blank.

The instructions here worked

The instructions here worked like a charm. Thank you!

Combine in Excel

Put your cursor in the first row of an empty column.
Enter a formula like this:
=A1&" "&B1&" "&C1

(Replace 'A', 'B', and 'C' with the columns that have the data you want to combine)
Copy that down all the rows that have info

Now, the tricky part. Select the whole column you just put the formula in, right click and select copy. Now, right click in the first cell of that same column and select 'Paste Special', then select 'Values' (this replaces the formula with the actual data).

Now you can go ahead and delete the columns with the individual data ... and use the new column as your description.

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