Is there a relatively easy way to produce a POI file with a large number of entries on a Mac, or if I must, for any other system? I started putting entries into POI_Organizer and using the google maps button to get the lat and longitude from the address. However the coordinates are not accurate and it's a slow process for each entry. I ended up entering the coordinates from Google earth.
Is there a program that would parse an address file, query some server for coordinates and write out the results? How do others create files with a large number of entries. I'm working on a POI file for hockey rinks in B.C. Canada.
I don't know about a similar app on the Mac, but GeePeeEx Editor by Phil Hornby (one of our members) does what you want in Windows.
You construct a CSV file with the first row specifying the column headers(Longitude, Latitude, Name, Description, etc.). Load the CSV file with GeePeeEx and choose the Batch Geocode option. It will use th Yahoo geocoding services to fill in the coordinates for each location in the CSV file (if Yahoo finds a match). But, as you say, the returned coordinates are not always as accurate as you would like.
There may be other apps that do something similar, but I'm familar GeePeeEx Editor.
Try Bing Maps here is how to do it.It does limit you to 250 custom pois per title.
1.Create account and sign in at http://www.bing.com/maps/ .
2.Click on star icon at bottom of page and select open your collections.
3.Click on New collection and type in the information for your file and click save at bottom once completed.
4.Go to search at top and type in what you want to search for. For my example Cracker Barrel Flagstaff AZ and click search.
5.You will now see on left of screen Directions, Add to collection and Send. If you click send you will have the option to send email or to gps.
6.Click Add to collection. Using the down arrow select the collection Title you want to put it in and click save.
7.Continue adding locations to your collection until completed.
8.Click on collection again at top and click Open your collections. Select the title of your collection.
9.Click the down arrow for Actions. You will now see several selections. If you select send you will have the choice to Send wirelessly with MSN Direct or Send with USB.
10. If you select Export you will have option to save as a GPX file.
11.Click GPX. Screen will come up allowing you to save the GPX file to your computer that you can load to your gps unit using poiloader.
1.Open up your collections. You will have option to import a gpx file from your computer for a new collection or add it to an existing collection.
2.To view your maps in 3D you will need to install 3D. You will see 2D and 3D on the map page. Just click 3D and it will take you to the download page.
3.Once you have created your collection you can go back and click on the pin or hold cursor over it and you will see option to move the pin allowing you to fine tune the coordinates. You will have to re-save as a Gpx file for the new coordinates.
Thanks for the info, it looks promising.
As all I own are Macs this seems like the perfect set-up for me to create a POI file but playing around with the program I've found it will only export .aspx files? Am I doing something wrong? I am trying to create a GPX.
Okay so I answered my own question. FYI Mac users: nothing works in Safari! I tried using Bing.com/maps in Firefox and was able to save my file in GPX format.
Here's a link to a website, that allows you to create GPX files, from a template.
Check it out:
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Mac Pro & OS 10.5.7
skydivemo, how did you save the bing map in GPX format? I'm lost (mac G5 OSX 10.4)
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