Batch POI download utility available

 

PoiSync is a utility that allows you to download a set of POI files from POI Factory in batch mode. This allows you to periodically synchronize/update all your POI files at once.

The utility for batch download POI files is now available for download at

http://www.nextgenlogic.com/poi.php

To install, unzip to a directory. The documentation is in both text and html and can be found in the directory named doc.

Thanks to all the beta users and the valuable feedback. A special thanks to mobajwa for hosting the download.

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Thank you

I look forward to using this software.

Thanks!

Thanks!

THANKS for the new utility!

This should help simplify an update of favorite POI files to the gps after revisions are made to the POI Factory files. Greatly appreciated!

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Thanks!

I can't wait til I get home to check this out!

Excellent

Keeping up with updates can be a pain, so I too am looking forward to trying this out tonight.

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Thanks. Was just thinking

Thanks. Was just thinking about something like this.

Thanks. Was just thinking

Heh! clicked once, posted twice! Sorry

Thnaks

The best site around...great smart people...

Output path

Could there be a change to allow the output path to contain spaces? Usually double quotes around paths with spaces takes care of this situation but does not work with this utility.

Example: C:\GPS POIS\Walmart US.cvs does not work because of the spaces.

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spaces

mmullins98 wrote:

Could there be a change to allow the output path to contain spaces? Usually double quotes around paths with spaces takes care of this situation but does not work with this utility.

Example: C:\GPS POIS\Walmart US.cvs does not work because of the spaces.

This would help me a lot too, most of my directories have spaces.

Thanks,
Larry

blanks in path or file name

Looks like one of my "fixes" broke this. I'll post out here when the fix is available.

Beta Results

schumans wrote:

Looks like one of my "fixes" broke this. I'll post out here when the fix is available.

Hi Schuman
I'm using XP NTSF, when download finalizes, file name will be first word with no extension. Also files with same names and different extensions overwrite. I tried 'my file'.csv, 'my file.csv', "my file".csv, and "my file.csv", the utility will not download complete file name and extension if it has spaces between words, The utility doesn't show this error during download. As discussed earlier the files download using underscore between words.

I agree, implement some sort of macro where file and/or folder name, can have date added during download using format _YYYYMMDD, time stamp isn't needed.

I would prefer a selectable command to merge new files with existing files, most members are using TurboCCC's program for that.

You asked why my data is writen to Gdrive, my utility copy is currently on a thumb drive which mounts as G drive on home computer with partitioned hard drive and two dvd drives.

Thanks for this light weight easy program.
Phil

Why am I getting this

Why am I getting this error?
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/5021/errorwa.jpg

I entered the Username & password mnually. I even created a text file in c:\mydir\mylogin.txt with 2 lines.

Please help.

Thanks.

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Thanks

I will try this soon.

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Try this

kmo wrote:

Why am I getting this error?
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/5021/errorwa.jpg

I entered the Username & password mnually. I even created a text file in c:\mydir\mylogin.txt with 2 lines.

This works for me, create a temporary poiFiles.txt file, paste below line in file, this line has quotes remove them and remember this is one line, no other lines in file, save the file, run utility, when complete look for the file at c:\MyPOIs.

"http://www.poi-factory.com/poifile/download/csv?node=2661 C:\MyPOIs\Offbeat_Tourist_Attractions_US.csv"

If this download is successful, the error could be something your writing.

This looks interesting,

This looks interesting, thanks for creating/sharing.

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I am the Error

phillyguy19020 wrote:
kmo wrote:

Why am I getting this error?
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/5021/errorwa.jpg

I entered the Username & password mnually. I even created a text file in c:\mydir\mylogin.txt with 2 lines.

This works for me, create a temporary poiFiles.txt file, paste below line in file, this line has quotes remove them and remember this is one line, no other lines in file, save the file, run utility, when complete look for the file at c:\MyPOIs.

"http://www.poi-factory.com/poifile/download/csv?node=2661 C:\MyPOIs\Offbeat_Tourist_Attractions_US.csv"

If this download is successful, the error could be something your writing.

Yes, it works with your suggestion.

The only thing I am thinking of is re-naming the files.

e.g. Offbeat_Tourist_Attractions_US.csv

is different from

Offbeat Tourist Attractions.csv (This is how I renamed them in my POI folder)

For instance, Costco_USA_Canada.csv is the original file we download from the site. I renamed it to just "Costco.csv" that makes it so clear in my GPS instead of Underscores and Long Names.

Here is a screen shot of my POIs names in my folder.

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/4292/mypoifiles.jpg

It seems I must have the Original name of the files in my folder in order for the utility to work.

Let me know unless there is something I need to be aware of.

Thanks for the reply.

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POI Batch Update Utility

Good afternoon, everyone, and a belated "HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!",

This is great news, and should prove to be a valuable utility to have around. I'm downloading it now.

Miki

GOOD YOU GOT IT WORKING

kmo wrote:

Yes, it works with your suggestion.

The only thing I am thinking of is re-naming the files.

e.g. Offbeat_Tourist_Attractions_US.csv

is different from

Offbeat Tourist Attractions.csv (This is how I renamed them in my POI folder)

For instance, Costco_USA_Canada.csv is the original file we download from the site. I renamed it to just "Costco.csv" that makes it so clear in my GPS instead of Underscores and Long Names.

Here is a screen shot of my POIs names in my folder.

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/4292/mypoifiles.jpg

It seems I must have the Original name of the files in my folder in order for the utility to work.

I prefer my files with spaces between names. There is a new version of the utility which is supposed to allow you to download file names with spaces, haven't tried it yet because it won't run on work computer.

I didn't need an existing file in the folder to download the same file, in fact what I was doing was deleting the entire file and allowing the utility to creat new folder and files each step I tried. Actually don't know if file overwrites existing file or renumbers file with a 1 or two as it may appear as copy to the utility.

I was able to get the mylogin.txt to work just fine.
Phil

download error

Hi kmo,

From the screenshot, you've logged in successfully. Looks like it is having problem with your control file - poiFiles.txt.

Can you verify that in poiFiles.txt that the URL and the file path are on the same line, separated by a space? Also, the version that is out there right now has a bug that doesn't handle blanks in file or directory name, so you'll have to name your file something like AceToHardware.csv or Ace_to_hardware.csv. A fix is on the way.

If it still doesn't work, send me an email with your poiFiles.txt and I'll take a look at it.

I am the Error

The folder and file do not have to exist for the utility to work. If the folder/directory does not exist, it will be created. If a file does not exist, it will be created. If it exists, it will be overwritten.

I rename my files like you do in a lot of cases.

The more feedback we have

The more feedback we have the better software the author can modify for us.

Thanks Phil.

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Fix for spaces in names

Looks like a lot of people are running into this. If anyone would like to get their hands on the fixed code before it becomes available on the web site, send me an email at schumanshao@gmail.com and I'll send fix.

Let me know.

schumans wrote:

Looks like a lot of people are running into this. If anyone would like to get their hands on the fixed code before it becomes available on the web site, send me an email at schumanshao@gmail.com and I'll send fix.

Did you read my post above? Am I doing something wrong?
Because I like to rename POI files with my own preferences.

Thanks.

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Fixed?

I downloaded this just a couple of minutes ago and I'm running into the problem with the spaces in the directory also. In my fixlog.txt it says that "1.0.1 Fixed failure when more than 1 blanks are present between URL and file path." I have version 1.0.2 so I shouldnt be running into this problem...right? Im guessing there is probably a nother version that shuman is going to release shortly. Anyways, just let me know. I'd love to use this! Awesome program!!!

Renaming files

Hi kmo,

There should not be any problems renaming files. I rename the files I download as well. Can you post an example entry that is not working?

Fixed?

Hi dgwood12,

The version at the download site is still 1.0.2. Email me at schumanshao@gmail.com for the fixed version. I don't have my own hosting service so it may take time before the new version get to the web site.

Its Working Great

schumans wrote:

Hi dgwood12,

The version at the download site is still 1.0.2. Email me at schumanshao@gmail.com for the fixed version. I don't have my own hosting service so it may take time before the new version get to the web site.

Hi Schuman
Version 1.0.3 runs properly, file names download as target file asks, e.g. with spaces, with underscores, with date as YYYYMMDD, didn't download with time stamps. I find the folder naming option most useful, it can be used to separate files by extension and/or date

Anyone having trouble using the utility open the html file in doc folder, click java link, click verify latest compatible java for your computer (about mid page of right), the next screen will tell your good or give your the download you need.

Phil

1.0.3 now available

Version 1.0.3 is now available for download at the web site. This version fixes the problem with blanks in folder and file name.

http://www.nextgenlogic.com/poi.php

No Gulf This Weekend, unless your a polar bear

schumans wrote:

Version 1.0.3 is now available for download at the web site. This version fixes the problem with blanks in folder and file name.

http://www.nextgenlogic.com/poi.php

Hi Schuman
If its not to much trouble for your next version update, could you modify the %%date%% to add system date as YYYY-MMDD
Thanks

Posting your Latest File

schumans wrote:

Hi kmo,

There should not be any problems renaming files. I rename the files I download as well. Can you post an example entry that is not working?

No worries about you don't have your own hosting to post the latest updated file. I would suggest use free hosting sites like MegaUpload or Rapidshare till you can upload it to your friend's site. It saves time in emailing for you to all users. Just post the LINK for us to download in this thread.

I like MegaUpload better. Now a day Rapidshare has no slots available for Free user most of the time.

I will send you zip file ( my POI Files) later.

Thanks again for the great tool & support.

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Street Pilot C340, nuvi 265WT, Mio Moov 300, nuvi 255W, Navigon 2100 (Retired)

Nice easy to use and it

Nice easy to use and it works! Thanks for the tool Schumans.

Enhancements for next release

phillyguy19020 wrote:
schumans wrote:

Version 1.0.3 is now available for download at the web site. This version fixes the problem with blanks in folder and file name.

http://www.nextgenlogic.com/poi.php

Hi Schuman
If its not to much trouble for your next version update, could you modify the %%date%% to add system date as YYYY-MMDD
Thanks

I think I'll add the ability for you to control the date formatting. So in addition to %%date%%, maybe %%year%, %%month%% and %%day%% so you can have more control over formatting and order.

Other enhancements in the works for next release are:
- encrypting user/password file
- download and expand zip file
- synchronizing from local file system

Awesome

Tried out 1.0.3 last night. Worked perfectly!!! Thank you so much! Makes updating my POI's SO much easier!!!

Awesome

Thanks for the download.

I guess I need a step by

I guess I need a step by step tuttorial. I can't figure out, for the life of me, how to get this program to function. Can't even find the .bat file to add the text file to. Maybe I'm missing something.

I guess I need a step by

I guess I need a step by step tuttorial. I can't figure out, for the life of me, how to get this program to function. Can't even find the .bat file to add the text file to. Maybe I'm missing something.

Try these steps.

gerrydrake wrote:

I guess I need a step by step tuttorial. I can't figure out, for the life of me, how to get this program to function. Can't even find the .bat file to add the text file to. Maybe I'm missing something.

Are you sure you are running Widows? smile

Download the POISync zip file from http://www.nextgenlogic.com/poi.php

Unzip it by using a tool like 7-Zip, Winzip or Winrar.

Look at the Picture here:

http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/8809/poisynchilighted.jpg

The .bat file is High Lighted. That's the file you need to run.

Go to : Start > RUN > Type NOTEPAD > Click on OK

Save your file in the POISYNC folder and name it to poifiles.txt

A sample of my control file poifiles.txt is posted here.
http://pastebin.ca/1746902

If you have issues, please post it in here.

Good Luck

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Separator Not Found, skipped

schumans wrote:

Hi kmo,

There should not be any problems renaming files. I rename the files I download as well. Can you post an example entry that is not working?

Hi there schumans,

Can you tell me why am I getting these errors? What am I doing wrong. Please take a look at it.

Here is my poifiles.txt

http://pastebin.ca/1747057

I got the error as you can see in the picture below.

http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/259/separatornotfound.jpg

Thanks.

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Mine doesnt have the ' ms

Mine doesnt have the ' ms dos batch' file under the poisync, like yours does. Otherwise, my extraction appears just like yours. How did you get the .txt file into the .bat file. I cant even see a .bat file.
When I click on the poisync file, it brings up a dos window that says...poifiles.text not found..press any key to continue. Then when I press a key, it all goes away.

Try this

gerrydrake wrote:

Mine doesnt have the ' ms dos batch' file under the poisync, like yours does. Otherwise, my extraction appears just like yours. How did you get the .txt file into the .bat file. I cant even see a .bat file.
When I click on the poisync file, it brings up a dos window that says...poifiles.text not found..press any key to continue. Then when I press a key, it all goes away.

Because you haven't created poifiles.txt yet. This is why POISYN gave you that error.

Rename the included file poiFiles-sample.txt to poiFiles.txt and run POISync again.

Then look for your files under c:\poisync\test in your computer.

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Hi, I did as you suggested,

Hi, I did as you suggested, I renamed poiFiles-sample.txt to poiFiles.txt and ran poisync again..I get the same message in the dos prompt..it can't find poiFiles.txt..press any key to continue. And ther is no poisync\test folder in C: drive.
PS, I am running windows Vista.

Thanks for your work on

Thanks for your work on this. It looks like it will be a very helpful utility. That's one of the things that makes this site so great.

Ok, now when I run poisync,

Ok, now when I run poisync, i get a dos prompt that asks for my poi-factory username and password. When I enter it, I get messages that say access denied. Also, java.io.file not foundexception: poiFies.txt (access denied)

Vista UAC?

gerrydrake wrote:

Ok, now when I run poisync, i get a dos prompt that asks for my poi-factory username and password. When I enter it, I get messages that say access denied. Also, java.io.file not foundexception: poiFies.txt (access denied)

Windows Vista has UAC (User Access Control).

I guess you must run the program as Admin

Right Click on the poisync.bat file & run as administrator I guess.

Enter your user name then hit enter.
Enter password then hit enter.

See what happens.

The instruction file is in the doc folder of the poisync.
PoiSync.html

Just a reminder, make sure you have latest Java installed on your computer. If not, get it from here

http://filehippo.com/download_java_runtime/

or

http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

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Try this

kmo wrote:
schumans wrote:

Hi kmo,

There should not be any problems renaming files. I rename the files I download as well. Can you post an example entry that is not working?

Hi there schumans,

Can you tell me why am I getting these errors? What am I doing wrong. Please take a look at it.

Here is my poifiles.txt

http://pastebin.ca/1747057

I got the error as you can see in the picture below.

http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/259/separatornotfound.jpg

Thanks.

kmo
The download skipped six files, check for typing errors after Travel Center file. My guest for this error is your missing a space between file link location and target file location/name

phillyguy19020

Can you please edit my file here and post it back the URL.

http://pastebin.ca/1747119

Thanks.

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I give up. Too complicated

I give up. Too complicated and nothing I try works.

No...Don't Give Up

gerrydrake wrote:

I give up. Too complicated and nothing I try works.

Trust me I am not an advance user. If I can make it, I am pretty sure you can do it.

It's not Rocket Science.

If you ready to take a challenge, let me know. Keep on posting your issues here, there are a lot of users can help you.

Good Luck.

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Thank you. That,s very kind

Thank you. That,s very kind of you but I spent 3 hours already, trying all of the suggestions and I don't want to make a career out of this...lol. But thank's for your thoughtfulness.

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