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multiple POI's on googlemaps to POI-file

 

hi i have been looking for a while in the net to find out about:

how to transform a google map (the POI's of it) like:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?source=embed&hl=en&geocode=&i...

to a POI file?

i dont want to take each single POI (and even how to do that i dont get) but looking for a possibility how to take all the Poi's on the map and transform them into a POI file to load on my TomTom system

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Save the map to "My Maps" on Google Maps.

Open Google Earth.

Open the map under your "My Maps" section.

Click "View In Google Earth".

Save the KML file. (Note you don't have to actually open it in Google Earth.)

Go here. http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/convert_input

Upload the KML file that you saved and select GPX as the output format.

Click "Convert".

The result will be a big box of code. But right above the "Donate" button will be a link to download the GPX file.

Save the GPX file and then you will need to convert it the format for TomTom. (There are instructions on this site on how to do that.)

Thanks, Motorcycle Mama

Thanks, MM, this is something I did not think possible!

dobs108 smile

No Points are saved

I followed the instructions, but I get a 1KB KML file that has only the introductory comments and no points.

Are there settings or preferences I must set first.

Must Have Google Maps POIs

It must be that the section of map you are viewing has to have Google Maps POIs. Start with a search, for instance all the parks in a particular town. Each park will appear with a POI icon. Then their coordinates will appear in the .gpx file.

dobs108

Another way is to take your

Another way is to take your Google map link (email or IM link on the top right) and paste this in http://www.takitwithme.com/ and save it in GPX format.

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jgermann wrote:

I followed the instructions, but I get a 1KB KML file that has only the introductory comments and no points.

Are there settings or preferences I must set first.

Ok. Those steps will work for a map that you create but it seems that for maps created by others, you need to do two more steps.

So do this.

Open the map is Google Maps.

Click on "View in Google Earth" and select Open in Google Earth rather than saving it.

Then in Google Earth in will show in your Temporary Places.

Right click on the name and select "Save Place As" and save the file as a KML.

Then follow the steps above to convert the file on GPS Visualizer and you will end up will all the points.

I ended up with 67 locations.

I still get only the comments

Motorcycle Mama wrote:
jgermann wrote:

I followed the instructions, but I get a 1KB KML file that has only the introductory comments and no points.

Are there settings or preferences I must set first.

Ok. Those steps will work for a map that you create but it seems that for maps created by other, you need to do two more steps.

So do this.

Open the map is Google Maps.

Click on "View in Google Earth" and select Open in Google Earth rather than saving it.

Then in Google Earth in will show in your Temporary Places.

Right click on the name and select "Save Place As" and save the file as a KML.

Then follow the steps above to convert the file on GPS Visualizer and you will end up will all the points.

I ended up with 67 locations.

When I get them to Temporary Places I have a hierarchy as follows
Temporary Places
>>Sound and Resonance at power places (comment)
>>>>Sound and Resonance at power places
>>>>>>Druidenheim
>>>>>>etc

If I right-click on the second "Sound and Resonance.." (the one with the locations), I see a "save to my places" and a "save as ...".

I took the "save as.." but I still get only a 1KB file, although it is not the comments but is also not Druidenheim.

Appreciate your patience.

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You need to right click on the one with the Google Earth icon not the one with the folder icon.

Have dine that

Motorcycle Mama wrote:

You need to right click on the one with the Google Earth icon not the one with the folder icon.

have done that and i get

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

Sound and resonance at power places
1

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?source=embed&hl=en&geocode=&i...

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When I just clicked on the link you posted, it opened in Google Earth with ALL the locations.

This is the GPX file I get from GPS Visualizer.

http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/download/convert/1282006196-154...

Are you saying that the file you download from there only has a single point in it?

What version of Google Earth are you using?
I am using version 5.1.3535.3218.

Well, I have no explanation

this time when I went to GPS Visualizer, I got a good gpx file which EPE was happy to show me.

Thanks for bearing with me. I'll put together a set of steps for my later use so I can find it when I want to do this for myself.

I had not realized the power of looking for something like parks in a city. Did it with my own and was amazed.

Thanks again!

Accuracy of Google Maps POIs

While getting a .gpx file of Google Maps POIs is a cool process, be aware that the accuracy of many locations on Google Maps can be questionable.

When planning a trip, I download POIs from POI-Factory, check the Garmin POIs which are part of the GPS map and add them to Favorites, and also look for Google Maps POIs and load them into the GPS. Google Maps is useful, but has the least accurate locations.

I don't know how Google obtains the coordinates of their POIs, but one way would be the address. In areas where intersections are far apart, addresses can be inaccurate. But worse, many locations seem to have been submitted by Google contributors without any process to determine their accuracy.

Having just returned from a trip where I was burned by about 50% of Google Maps POIs miles away from their real locations, I will be wary next time.

dobs108

Let's try to determine why

dobs108 wrote:

Having just returned from a trip where I was burned by about 50% of Google Maps POIs miles away from their real locations, I will be wary next time.
dobs108

Maybe we can do something to determine why so many were so far off (you say miles). What type of location did you pull from Google maps?

The reason I ask this is that I played around with some "monument" places and found that the monument was in one place and the ticket entrance was in another. Not saying this was your issue but knowing what happened to you might lead others to work a little more in the initial stages and have a better vacation as a result.

Google Maps Locations

All were restaurants and some were inside hotels, located on Block Island, Rhode Island. We did not go to all of them but we needed a list of options. These are small places so there is no issue about the POI being really big with the driveway on one side.

No POIs from POI-Factory are on the island, and the Garmin database has very few; none are on our restaurant list. Google maps had the most POIs and many of them were incorrect locations.

Google Earth helped discover there might be a problem with some locations because once coordinates were obtained, the location was viewed in Google Earth. If there is no building near there and just vegetation, it must be a problem. Also, Google Earth gave us the locations by visible ID of two lighthouses and a beach.

Does anyone know how to report incorrect locations or other data to Google Maps?

I did everything possible in advance to find these locations, not very successfully. The only remedy might be a POI-Factory contributor who lives on the island and is willing to submit POIs.

dobs108

Thanks

dobs108, I appreciate the response. It is always useful to me to fully understand a situation.

What you experienced does not seem to have a ready solution.

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