I'm new to the site and have a new Garmin 205w. I have loaded custom POIs from the site with alert sound files and they work great, no problem there. However, I tried building a csv file for my home location with an associated sound file (wav file) and no joy. The alert doesn't show and no sound. Sound file and csv file are named the same, proximity is turned on...nothing.
Is there anything special that has to be in the csv file that I missed. It now has three columns: long., lat, name. Any help??
First of all, let me welcome you to the site. I'm glad you took the time to look through and find the POI loading tutorials.
As to your current issue with developing a custom POI for home. Is the file stored in the same folder you load POI from? You can't associate sound files with favorites. Normally, when you store "Home", it is stored as a favorite and not a custom POI. Once you create the POI file as a CSV, you have to remember to load it with a distance set when running POI Loader in Manual mode.
Download Extra POI Editor and make certain you get one of the installer packages before upgrading to the latest. Build your "home" location in EPE and you can set a distance using the proximity entry. Once set and saved as a GPX you don't need to reset it every time you run POI Loader.
Here is the process to get the wav file to work for your 205.Make sure you have the sox.exe in the correct location on your computer. http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25730 .
Here is outline for using excel tp make csv files. http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25743 but as posted I would use Extra Poi Editor .Here is a outline on setting up the built in alert distances.
You can download Extra Poi Editor at http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/Extra_POI_Editor and build the distance in for the alert. 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.
Check the following website. It will give you more info on how to build custom POI's. http://home.comcast.net/~ghayman3/garmin.gps/pagepoi.htm#poi...
Oh, and by the way, welcome to the site. Plenty of useful information here.
Thanks for the replies. I'm going to try the suggestions and I'll let you know what success I have. We are going on an extended trip so I'll have to try these later.
Thanks again for the replies and to everyone who posts here. I've learned a ton of information in the short time I've been a member.
I found out why my home POI didn't work (I think I did). The street I live on is not in the map system. When we go home we appear to be traveling cross country. I built another CSV file with a location that is on the map system and everything worked as promised, alert sound came on at the correct distance. Again thanks for the help.
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