I have this list of 42 local addresses that have nice Christmas displays. I thought it would be simple to create and download a route using them but that does not seem to be the case. I typed them all into a tab-delimited file and used batchgeocode.com to return their coordinates. I then used POILoader to load that file as a custom POI set. However, building a route for them the only way I know how is big pain. I created the basic start-end route in the GPS and then began adding points one at a time but Garmin did not do anything smart like automatically going to where I got the last waypoint to get the next one so I always have to navigate back there and try to find the next one.
Is there any way to define a route as a text file and download it or import it?
I see several references to using Mapsource to create and download routes. However, I do not see any way to import my POIs (waypoints) into Mapsource. They have instructions for exporting routes and waypoints but nothing about how to import either one except to get them from the GPS. And, when I do that, it only gets saved routes and favorites. I don't see a way to make it get all or a subset of custom POIs.
I would think there would be more Garmin or universal tools around for doing things like this by now.
Any suggestions for me?
Unless you have some software that will convert tab-delimited files, change the tab-delimited file to a CSV file then Convert The CSV file to a GPX or loc file and you can then load it into MapSource.
I use a free piece of software called GPS utility for most of my converting. You can get it at:
The nuvi 755T will OPTIMIZE the points in a route (which is what you are looking for).
Create the route in whatever order and then select the route and select Edit and you should find the optimize function.
There's no optimize function in MapSource, but as noted above, you could covert your file to a GPX and load it into MapSource (the locations will become Waypoints/Favorites) and then create the route there from the Waypoints. Then you could send it to the GPS unit and use the optimize command there.
MapSource can not, currently, open CSV or TXT files.
thanks for the link to the GPS Utility download...there are a couple of other complementary utilities there as well.
I was wondering about this as well for my 765T.
Your explanation was short and right on the money, as is the case with all of your other posts I have read and learned from.
Thanks for the pointers. I was able to use the GPS file converter and utility to make a .gpx which I opened in Mapsource and got the waypoints from which I created a route.
I selected the new route and did a transfer to my GPS checking only the route box. The snag is, Mapsource seems to have downloaded all the route waypoints to "My Favorites" but the route was not downloaded to "Custom Routes."
How do I get Mapsource to download the route so I can optimize it and use it?
I, of course, did not want the waypoints added to My Favorites either and my only option is to delete them one by one in the GPS, right?
Thanks for the info, I can use it.
You need to import the route on your GPS unit before it will show up under your routes. Look in your User Data (I believe).
In the future when sending information from MapSource, you should be able to uncheck the box next to Waypoints and not have them sent to the unit.
And yes, you will need to delete them one by one on the unit.
Sometimes if you have lots of waypoints in the GPS it's easier to send all of your waypoints to MapSource, delete all of them from the gps, delete the ones you don't want from MapSource, then send what's left back to the GPS.
I did have the Waypoints box unchecked when I transferred the route so I am assuming Mapsource extracted the ones in the route and stored them as favorites anyway.
Hmmm ... that's weird.
By the way: I thought I would create a route in Mapsource and then delete all the waypoints in the waypoints tab and then download the route to prove Mapsource was extracting them from the route. No dice. Apparently the route is not self-contained. Deleting all the waypoints in Mapsource also deleted the route I had created from them. Now, that's weird.
Without the waypoints a route uses you can't have a route.
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