I've had my GPS for awhile and just decided to update it a little bit. This seems like the best site for POIs, so I thought I would join and drop a line to thank all the people that have put stuff up on this site. Looking forward to many more additions in the future.
On a help related note, I've looked to see if there is a way to search through POIs from certain states? Might have overlooked it but I'm not sure.
Welcome to the site. This is the best GPS community on the internet. The members here are a wealth of knowledge and will gladly share information.
You will get hooked by this site. There are many people here that can help you out with any problem you may have.
As has been said it's a wealth of knowledge. Most people here are pretty friendly, you'll enjoy it.
I see your location is North America. You do need a GPS!
To address your question, POI files here are in either a comma separated variable text based file that can be imported directly into most spreadsheet programs or in Garmin's GPS Exchange format GPX which is an XML program that can be viewed with a text editor program or one of several GPX Editor programs.
Most of the files are small enough to not matter if the entire file is loaded. You can always open one and edit out the parts you don't need or want.
Welcome to the site NotKosher.If you want to sort by state there is a very good program by Turboo that will help you do what you want.
You can download Extra Poi Editor at http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/Extra_POI_Editor . 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 select metric 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 sort from.Go to tools on Extra Poi Editor and you will see sort by state.Once sorted save the file as a Garmin CSV.Then open up the file and you can edit as needed.
This program does lot of other things and is a valuable tool to have especially if you want to do gpx files and add extra data to a file.
Welcome to POI-Factory
1. Backup all the data on your unit. If something bad happens, you can always restore the unit to its original state. If you need help on this let the forum know.
2. If you haven't done so, go to Garmin.com and register your unit.
3. While at Garmin.com, download and install these programs:
WebUpdater (at http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jsp )
Garmin Communicator (at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator ),
and POI Loader at http://www8.garmin.com/products/poiloader ).
4. Run Webupdater for updates for your new unit.
5. While at Garmin.com, down load the “User Manual”. http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/2675_OwnersManual.pdf. Choose your unit and download the PDF. Usually about 100 pages, but you can not do much with the “Quick Start Guide” that came in the box.
6. A new map has recently come out which may be later than what came with your unit. You have 60 days after your unit first acquires satellites to download it. If you do download it, be prepared for a long session. It took me over one and one half hours.
7. A lot of us have found a ton of information on the following site. http://home.comcast.net/~ghayman3/garmin.gps/index.html.
Welcome to the site and here's hoping you enjoy it as much as a lot of other users do.
To find POI filed related to your state, perhaps go to the Alphabetized List of POI Files at http://www.poi-factory.com/poifiles/alpha and search the page for files having your state's name.
If you want to find locations within POI files for your state, you can download each of the POI files that interest you, add the contents of each to a single Excell file, then sort by geo coordinates.
If you stick around, you find out just how fantastic this site is.
and go nuts.
this site becomes addictive very quickly! I am fairly new...but have learned a great deal from reading the posts.
Welcome to the site.
As others have stated, it's a very good site to keep up to date on. The level of commitment members have here is really amazing, and your contributions will be welcomed.
Welcome to the site. You will find a lot of information about your GPS along with all the great POIs.
Enjoy and Welcome.
Always nice to meet new people.
Well howdy there newbie. I see you haven't been given the warning yet.. so I will.
"Don't blame us if you forget about all the other web sites you use to go to.. and now spend all your waking hours (and then some) here!"
This place is addictive.. but it's all good.
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