Is there an advantage to using a CSV file versus a GPX file? Are they more difficult to update? Thanks!
See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/6203 using Extra Poi Editor makes it easy.Like to use gpx files to build the alert distance in so I can use express for poiloader. http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/Extra_POI_Editor
If interested here is how to build the alert distance into the file.
. 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 distance 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 in feet you want for the alert. Then click replace all. You now have distance set for each custom poi. Then save as a gpx file. You will lose the built in alert if you save as a csv file. The nice thing about this method is that you can use express mode for poiloader.
I like the GPX format because it shows more information in the Custom POI section. I will take a look. It sounds nice and easy. Will it convert existing CSV files into GPX?
Yes.I do that a lot.Download the csv files to Extra Poiloader and save as a gpx file.Like I stated in the above post I use it to build my alert distance in for files that don't need to be updated that much.It also makes a nicer display on the gps screen.This program will do a lot more then just what I have listed.It should be a regular tool for your custom pois.
The first POI I created and my current one both started out as CSV files. Once I got the geocoding done I used POI Editor to open the CSV file. I had to move a few around so that they would display properly then saved as a GPX file.
GPX is strictly Garmin I think? Not positive. While with a CSV file can be imported into nearly any software that accepts a CSV format.
No, GPX is an open standard that can (should) be used by anyone. It also allows for adding extra fields (extensions) that can be defined, but since it's based on XML the definition of those extensions would be open for anyone see and to use.
Garmin does just that..has some extensions that are relevant (initially) to only their devices, but Garmin GPX files are readable in other apps, like GPSBabel, etc.
Must had been typing while JD4x4 posted.
In building files, if I input 2500 feet for an alert, my 255 Nuvi shows 1.6 mile. I want it to show as .5 mile. I can input 2500 feet as I use POI Loader manually and it works.I have all my units set as Imperial/US. Shoulld Metric settings be used? Could this be my problem? Thanks for any help you can give me.
Go to options for Extra Poiloader. Under units you will see editor, select Imperial/US. For Field Read and Field save select Metric.This will get you distance in ft.
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