New User Information for dummies

 

I am a new user and you guys and girls are talking way over my head. I have a Nuvi 350 which as far as I am concerned is not good for much except getting me home but it is probably because I have not updated the data and I had no idea I could put any of my information into it.

However I only use it in the Jeep which I tow with a 45' Motor Home. I use Delorme SA 2010 for my navigation in the motor home which has a Kenwood system which also is not as good as the Delorme. I use the Delorme to plan a trip and then manually enter the information into the Kennwood. I live in the RV so I navigate it more than the Jeep. I have spent 1000's of hours creating draw layers which I can turn on and off on the Delorme which layers contain campgrounds that will accommodate my 45' RV. I also created a draw layer for 40' motor homes, low bridges, winding roads a RV should stay off of, Casinos that have RV parks, National Parks, Corp. of Engineer parks, Wal Marts that do and do not allow overnight parking, Flying J's . Cummings diesel repair shops, Public Sewer dumps for RVs. But my information only works in Delorme as it is in a format called .an1. Do you know if the cvs format can be converted and visa versa.

I also don't know if I have to come back to this site to see a reply or is it sent to my e mail?

IT APPEARS THERE IS A LOT MORE I DON'T KNOW THAN I DO KNOW.

LAST QUESTION: You spoke of a Garmin down loader. Where do you find that?

Syd Horn

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Syd Horn

GPSBabel

GPSBabel(www.gpsbabel.org) should allow you to convert your delorme an1 files to csv and visa versa.

Garmin Downloader?

Syd,

I think you mean POI Loader. You can get it from Garmin at:

http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=927

if you have a Mac it's at:

http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=3697

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Nuvi 360, OS X Lion 10.7

Primer on POI

Syd,

This is a good primer on POI and all on one page to boot!

http://www.gpsinformation.org/penrod/poiloader/poiloader.htm...

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“It’s their world. We’re just living in it.”

Use the Search feature.

Run a search for "RV parks", Walmart, "low bridges" to see what poi was have already created:

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/9268

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/14590

etc.

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Garmin Nüvi 650, 255WT

And Gary has a "Newbie Page" on his site

with lots of great information. Jump over to this link and enjoy some good reading --

http://home.comcast.net/~ghayman3/garmin.gps/newbie.page.htm

Delorme SA 2010.

mrbombastic wrote:

GPSBabel(www.gpsbabel.org) should allow you to convert your delorme an1 files to csv and visa versa.

Actually, Street Atlas 2010 will directly import Garmin style .csv files from POI Factory. Make sure you have Advanced File Management enabled in SA, then on the Draw Layer file menu for Import, click on the dropdown for "Type of File" and you will see POI Factory/Garmin CSV as one of the choices.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

Thanks for all of your information

Thanks for the help

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Syd Horn

Can't make GPSBable work

Back in 2010 I wrote this. I never got the job done. Newell now uses Ran McNally for their routing but all my information was created for Delorme Street Atlas .an1 files which no body uses
any more. Ran McNally I am told uses .csv file extensions. I tried to convert my data to .csv with GPSBable for could not get it to work. For example I have over 1300 campgrounds that will accommodate a 45' motor home. I would like to change the format
to csv and load it into a Ran McNally unit. Any suggestions.
I don't check this site often or even know how to use it so please respond to my e mail. sydhorn@gmail.com

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Syd Horn

Can you print a few lines?

I know absolutely nothing about .an1 files.

However, if you could use another program to open this file and cut and paste maybe the first 10 lines of the file into a reply, maybe one of us could determine something.

From what data did you build your file - these 1300 entries? Do you still have it?

an1 files are Delorme Street

an1 files are Delorme Street Atlas files.they contain waypoints. I have fooled with that part of it and never really did much for other programs.

That said, one needs to use Street Atlas to Export the files from it in a form that can be converted by Babel. It's too late tonight to dive back into this. If he was able to create the files using SA, so he should be able to go back to SA and Export them. Those .an1 files aren't usable at all with out Exportin them in a usable form.

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Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

AN1 Documents

Sydney1958 wrote:

Back in 2010 I wrote this. I never got the job done. Newell now uses Ran McNally for their routing but all my information was created for Delorme Street Atlas .an1 files which no body uses
any more. Ran McNally I am told uses .csv file extensions. I tried to convert my data to .csv with GPSBable for could not get it to work. For example I have over 1300 campgrounds that will accommodate a 45' motor home. I would like to change the format
to csv and load it into a Ran McNally unit. Any suggestions.
I don't check this site often or even know how to use it so please respond to my e mail. sydhorn@gmail.com

Exporting Draw Files to Text Files
You can export draw files as text files. Draw objects exported to text files contain coordinate information for each line, area, or point object. You can open these text files in other DeLorme products.

To Export Draw Files to Text Files
Use the following steps to export an existing draw file to a text file.

Click the Draw tab.

Click File to open the draw file editing area.
A draw file with a selected check box displays on the map. The Active column shows the active layers.

From the file list, click the draw file to export.

Click Export.
The Export Draw File dialog box opens.

Browse to a directory in which to save the file or use the default destination of C:DeLorme DocsExport.

Select Text File from the Save as Type drop-down list.

Type a name for the file in the File name text box. The default name is root name of the layer.

Click Save.

Click Done to return to the main Draw tab area.

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Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

@ phranc

That looks like it ought to be a FAQ.

When exported, is the data needed to create a .csv file in "fixed" locations or identified by keywords?

Converting .txt to csv

What you get is a plain text file. You can open it, inspect it and see what you have. I believe it's a .csv, (comma separated). If it is, you can change the file type to .csv and import it into Excel, or Libre Free Office and manipulation the columns to what you need to be.

Man, it's Monday, and a day off. You'making me work.

This is an excerpt of the Draw file I exported as .txt

BEGIN WAYPOINT
40.050960,-107.081240,Bear Lake camp,RED FLAG
35.542740,-101.732240,Alibates camp,RED FLAG
35.574260,-95.181330,Brewer's Bend camp,RED FLAG
35.361530,-94.823970,Robert S Kerr Resvr camp,RED FLAG
34.716820,-90.696600,Bear Creek Lake camp,RED FLAG
35.777630,-88.253470,Natchez Trace camp,RED FLAG
33.365390,-86.708330,Oak Mountain SP camp,RED FLAG
32.186580,-107.611840,Rockhound SP camp,RED FLAG

As you can see, it's .csv, so all I would need to do is to change the suffix to .csv and open in a spread sheet program. Then I would have to place labels in Row 1 for Latitude, Longitude, and name. Then remove the last column, (red flag). That's the symbol. For th forth column, you can name it empty, or not create a 4th column. Since you will only see the 50 nearest POI, anything else is superfluous.

It should only take you about 5 minutes to change all this and then you can put it in your POI folder for uploading on with POI Loader.

That help?

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Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

Thanks phranc

You have given us the answer

I sent Angela a FAQ for this.

I sent Angela a FAQ for this.

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Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

Thanks for help---I think

I am above average with computers but that is not saying much.
I have been able to convert a an1 draw file into a spread sheet.
then just name it and tag it as a .csv file? I see your photo and I don't have one but it appears your over 30 but you know a hell of a lot more than this 80 year old man. It would seem to me that I could use this program to do what I want but I can't use it for some reason. https://conversionai.com/file/data/an1-street-atlas-draw-fil...

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Syd Horn

Link To The FAQ

Sydney1958 wrote:

I am above average with computers but that is not saying much.
I have been able to convert a an1 draw file into a spread sheet.
then just name it and tag it as a .csv file? I see your photo and I don't have one but it appears your over 30 but you know a hell of a lot more than this 80 year old man. It would seem to me that I could use this program to do what I want but I can't use it for some reason. https://conversionai.com/file/data/an1-street-atlas-draw-file/csv-comma-separated-value-data-file

If you use the procedure I detailed about, using Street Atlas to Export the file, you don't have to use a third party program or link to convert the file to text. After converting, just change file suffix to .csv. But you still have to edit the spreadsheet file to meet the POI Loader's requirements. i.e. changing the header column names to Latitude, Longitude, Name.

Here is the link to the FAQ condenses from the two post above.

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/50194

And yes, I'm over 30. WAY over 30. Nearly 70. Can't add a photo, but tonight I'll add the text of what a sample .csv file should look like to use with POI Loader.

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Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267