I read the thread about "Cracker Barrel and Tour Guide"
here with Great interest....
Just exactly what I would want to do with that paticular POI!!
My searching for instructions have netted me some good information, but I still have questions.....
First.... Which Garmin's support "Tour Guide" Features?
Obviously I'm concerned about the Nuvi 660....
Second.... I do want Cracker Barrel to warn me if I'm close, but not on the exact road as the CB is... But I want the other POI's to remain "As-Is"... Just naming it 'Tour Guide CB' for all three files -- good enough?
Lastly... Uploading Tour Guide... Do I use the POI Loader or SOX? (I can't tell what SOX is doing... I ran it (in a separate folder, so I could see what it's doing, and it shows a text file in a window, but clears the screen before I can read it...)
Done a search here for more information, but I'm not exactly clear If the Nuvi660 supports
"Tour Guide" and how to implement it....
I do have the latest firmware, Dec 11,2008 installed in the Nuvi 660....
And with help I received here, many mnay POI's that are working fine....
If the "Tour Guide" feature is implemented by manual loading of POI's into GPS with "File contains Proximity Ponts" and "Alert when you get close to a point with Feet specified by me"
Then I'm already doing that.. Or, have I missed something????
1.The 660 supports TourGuide see http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/nuvi660_ownersmanual.pdf pages 44 and 51.
2.You can have TourGuide and your regular custom pois in the same folder or subfolder.The only difference will be TourGuide gives a radius alert and others give along the route alert.
3.You will need to run poiloader to load the files to your gps and the sox.exe file to make tha voice alert work.Here is the instructions for wav files.
a.Download the latest PoiLoader file at http://www8.garmin.com/products/poiloader/ .
b. Download Sox Exe at http://rapidshare.com:80/files/139638423/sox.zip .
c. After un-zipping Sox.Exe file place it in your Garmin folder where the PoiLoader exe file is located on the computer.
d. The wav file for alerts will be named the same as the CSV or GPX file except for the extensions.
e. You can make your own wav files by going to http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php and typing in what you want it to say or use a program to convert mp3 files to wav. When using the conversion it must be saved as PCM, 44.100 kHZ., 16 bit, Mono. Wav files are also on site for download.
Select manual mode on poiloader to set speed or distance for alert.
Thanks very much....
Just to confirm, if I can create .mp3 files, I don't need SOX, right?
I believe I have all the information to do it now...
That is correct you don't need wav if you have mp3 which you do.Some users have reported skipping problems when playing mp3 but fixed the problem using wav files for alerts.
I had NO IDEA that just altering the name of the files would change the way they react!!!
I've changed the Cracker Barrel file names, as that is a perfect example for Tour Guide...
This is an amazing site!!
Key words will give you automatic alerts.Using just the word TourGuide in a file name will give you a 1/4 mile radius alert using express mode in poiloader.For Cracker Barrel from experience I would use anywhere from 1 1/2 or 2 miles using poiloader in manual mode for setting the distance.
You can aslo do this to build the alert distancein to your file.Download Extra Poi Editor at http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/Extra_POI_Editor and build the alert in. When you download the program if you get message about OCX file missing scroll down on the main page and under troubleshooting you will find the Extra Poi Editor Installer that you will need to download. Once installation is completed you will need to set up the preferences you want first. Under options click on preferences. For example using ft for input. Under units you will see editor, select Imperial/US. For Field Read and Field save select Metric. After setting your preferences click on file and click open to select from your computer the file you want to build the alerts for. Then go to edit and click on replace field. Once the next screen comes up use the down arrow for Field name and pick proximity. Under new field value put in the distance you want for the alert. Then click replace all. You now have alert set for each custom poi. Then save the gpx file.
Bring up poiloader and click help and it will have a lot of details on alerts and key words.
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