I downloaded the combined Reststop custom Pois that were on the website and loaded them into my Garmin with the POI loader. I saw them in my EXTRAS on my GPS. Do these POIS show up automatically along the routes, or do you have to select them as VIAs like regular POIs? I am hoping they show up automatically along the routes -but is there anything special you do to get that to happen?
Finally, I didn't do anything with the files to change them. Do these POIS automatically allert me in some way of the upcoming rest stop? I didn't set any distance for that allert and can't find option for setting for alert distance in my Garmin 1490T, although the owners manual mention there is an option for changing proximity alerts. Should I have done something to the Custom POI file that I downloaded before I saved it onto my Garmin in order for it to give a proximity alert?
Forgive these newbie questions. I went through the FAQ questions and didn't find these answered. Maybe I missed something along the way.
At least mine did not. Granted using the Extra Poi Editor it could be done but the way that rest stops usually are you will may get an alert for those that are not on your route.
POI Loading Procedure Using WINDOWS
Following these instructions will allow you to load custom POI into your Garmin unit. These are BASIC but VERY detailed instructions intended as a process on how to load POI to the memory in your unit.
1. Download and install the latest version of POI Loader from http://www8.garmin.com/products/poiloader/.
2. Create a Folder to hold all your Custom POI. NOTE: I put my folder on my Desktop.
3. Download the desired POI files from POI Factory and put them into the folder created in Step 2. POI files may be either CSV or GPX format. GPX format files are written using the XML programming language and normally contain more information about a particular point of interest so the downloaded file size is much larger than a CSV format file.
4. Visit the Icon library and download the desired icons for your POI files and put them into the folder created in Step 2.
5. Visit the Sounds Library and download the desired sound files for your POI. Nüvi 2XX and Nüvi 1XXX units require WAV sound files. WAV files require you to install a sound conversion program called SOX. SOX.EXE can be downloaded from http://rapidshare.com:80/files/139638423/sox.zip. Unzip the folder containing the program SOX.EXE. Select the SOX.EXE file, right click and select COPY.
6. Using Windows Explorer, go to C:\Garmin. This must be the same folder that has the program POI Loader.exe. Right click on any BLANK space in this folder. Select PASTE. SOX.EXE should now be copied to the folder. Check and be certain the folder contains BOTH POI Loader.EXE and SOX.EXE. If SOX.EXE is not copied to this folder, WAV sounds will not play.
7. Using Windows Explorer or another program, open the folder containing the files to be loaded into your Nüvi. POI Loader will only load about 32 POI files along with their icon and alert sounds from a single folder.
8. Match the file name to the ICON file. Rename the ICON file so it has the same name as the POI file. POI files can be either CSV or GPX – it doesn’t matter. These file names must match exactly with the exception of the file extension. NOTE: there can only be one period in a file name. A period in a file name marks the beginning of the file extension. Icon file names can only end in BMP.
9. Match the file name to the SOUND file. Rename the SOUND file so it has the same name as the POI file. POI files can be either CSV or GPX – it doesn’t matter. These file names must match exactly with the exception of the file extension. NOTE: there can only be one period in a file name. A period in a file name marks the beginning of the file extension. Sound file names can only end in MP3 or WAV. Using WAV files requires another program not found on POI-Factory.
10. Connect your Nüvi to your computer using the USB cable. Wait for the Nüvi to show it is connected and ready to receive files (Black screen with an ICON at the bottom showing it is connected to the computer.)
11. Run POI Loader.
12. Select Garmin Device as Where to save your Points of Interest.
13. Press Next and wait for the program to find your Nüvi. The Nüvi will be shown in the box labeled Device:.
14. Press Next. The program will ask the location of the files to be loaded. Use the BROWSE button and select the FOLDER containing the POI, ICON, and SOUND (Alert) files.
15. Select the measurement units used for your Nüvi. Feet and Miles per hour or Meters and Kilometers.
16. The Nüvi POI Loader suggests running the program in Automatic. For BASIC file loading, this is sufficient. NOTE: The only two alert sounds that will play automatically are for Red light and Speed cameras. For other alert sounds to play, you must select MANUAL and set either a distance or speed alert trigger. The default alert sound is a bong or ding. NOTE: If a file name contains ANY numbers, POI Loader will assume it is a speed alert and play the sound file for that POI automatically. If you have set a speed alert and are travelling faster than the alert speed, the alert will continue to sound until you are at or below the alert speed. Press Next.
17. POI Loader will read and convert the POI files, ICONs and ALERT sounds and load them to your Nüvi. If POI Loader encounters an error with a source file, it will tell you the name of the file POI file containing an error. When finished, POI Loader will tell you the number of POI successfully loaded to your Nüvi.
NOTE: Every time you run POI Loader, it will overwrite the previous output file and you will loose any POI not contained in your source folder so all files have to be present in the folder every time you run POI Loader.
18. Disconnect your Nüvi using the Stop or Eject USB device.
19. Power up the Nüvi and select WHERE TO -> EXTRAS and see if CUSTOM POI is displayed. Press CUSTOM POI and you should see a list of all the POI loaded.
20. If you do not see a custom icon or hear the custom alert sound for a Custom POI that successfully loaded, it is most likely because you have a double file extension (two periods in one or more of the file names.)
21. Open Windows Explorer. Select TOOLS. Select Folder Options. Select VIEW. Under FILES AND FOLDERS uncheck the box that states: Hide extensions for known file types.
22. Using Windows Explorer, open the FOLDER containing the custom POI files, icons, and alert files. Verify each file name has only ONE period just before the 3 character file extension. Rename any files containing more than one period so the file contains only ONE period.
23. Restart this procedure at Step 8.
Repeat as necessary.
POI files can be grouped and categorized. The most common method is by using sub folders. Sub folders are created under your main folder holding your POI files. You can only have one level of sub folders.
An example is:
My POI top level
>Food sub folder
>>Applebees.csv POI file
>>Applebees.bmp icon file
>>Applebees.mp3 (wav) custom alert sound file
>>Cracker Barrel.gpx POI file
>>Cracker Barrel.bmp icon file
>>Cracker Barrel.mp3 (wav) custom alert sound file
>Stores sub folder
>>Best Buy.csv POI file
>>Best Buy.bmp icon file
>>Best Buy.mp3 (wav) custom alert sound file
>>Wal Mart (Combined).csv POI file
>> Wal Mart (Combined).bmp icon file
>> Wal Mart (Combined).mp3 (wav) custom alert sound file
>Fuel Locations sub folder
>>Loves.GPX POI file
>>Loves.bmp icon file
>>Loves.wav custom alert sound file
>>Pilot Locations.GPX POI file
>>Pilot Locations.bmp icon file
>>Pilot Locations.wav custom alert sound file
Selecting Where To --> Extras --> Custom POI will show only two entries, Food and Stores. Pressing one of these names will show the POI files contained in that folder. NOTE: You must have more than one category in order for the category method to work. Having only a single subfolder will display all the file names rather than the desired group name.
There is no change to how POI Loader is run. POI Loader is told to load the contents of the top level folder, My POI. The sub folder names become category names. Using the subfolder method you can have 32 sub folders each with 32 POI files along with custom icons and alerts.
If you added the bmp(icon) to the file it will show once you get close to arriving at the rest stop.You can also zoom in to see them.You have to select each one that you want to go to.
When running poiloaderuse the manual mode and you will see a selection for speed or distance that you can set for your alert.I prefer to build the alert in using a gpx file with Extra Poi Loader.This way I can use the express mode.I use 8000 ft for Rest Stops.Here is the process.
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.
The reststops on this website are in the CSV file format. Is there any simple way they can be converted to a gpx file. It appears from what you are saying that the CSF files won't have any built in alerts.
Just load your csv file to Extra Poi Editor build the alert distance in and save as a gpx file.
Make sure when you set up preferences and using ft to set these three selections as outlined.Under units you will see editor, select Imperial/US. For Field Read and Field save select Metric.
Thanks for your help. I am just curious why you would save as metric in the USA? Oh, one other thing: When I downloaded that large file of reststops, although I didn't open it, I would assume it contains a bunch of different files. With the extra POI Editorloader, do you just set the distance once and does it apply this to all the files in the folder?
Turbocc who owns the Extra Poi Editor can explain better about the metric.I forgot all the details on it.You have to set it like I posted for the 3 settings to get the distance to read out in ft.The rest stop files covers the entire USA so many individual locations in the file.If you use poiloader in manual mode and set the distance it sets for each location for the rest stop file.Poiloader in manual mode will take you through each file.Set distance for the file you want.Click next if you don't want alert.Don't select skip or it will bypass that file and not load to gps.
The GPX standard measurements are international units which means metric.
Thanks charlie and others. I really appreciate your patience in answering my newbie questions.
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