Has anyone found a program that will convert .gdb files to usable .csv files with no muss and no fuss? My only caveat is that it has to be a simple process as I am not very facile with this stuff and I do not have the time to learn complicated procedures.
Here's the issue...I can use mapsource to create gdb files that I can then d/l to my 530 as favorites. However, if I try to convert them to usable csv files that I can share poiedit, poieditor, etc. do not recognize the gdb file and allow for a conversion.
I tried using the tutorial posted last month on using Excel to create poi files and, shamefully, it was of no real use to me as it requires far too much knowledge of Excel.
I know that there are others like myself that would love to be able to help out more but lack the technical skills and/or time to perform complicated multi step conversions.
Thanks in advance!
poiedit has it listed, but I have never tried to convert one.
oops, see that you have tried that.
Give this a try:
look for the download link at the bottom of the page.
Use the GUI (graphical user interface) or you may hurt your brane.
though it may still hurt my brain it looks, initially, like it will do the trick!
MapSource will save files as a gpx.
I thought the POIs had to be in csv format to be saved as POIs ... does the GOX file format allow you to down load them to custom poi files?
Ted you can convert files from .gdb to .csv using Batch Convert in POIEdit - click on the TOOLS tab in the program to access the feature.
Remember, check the new .csv file with POI File Verifier for the proper Garmin formatting before you upload.
Yea, GPX files gives you a lot more info and abilities. For example, you can dail phone numbers, if you have a bluetooth GPSr and a phone.
for me...tried POIedit2007 and v4.5.1 (IIRC) both keep telling me that the gdb files are the wrong version or some such nonsense. I have the newest version of mapsource so...who knows!?!?!?!
Thanks for your help though.
POIs can be either in the .gpx or .csv format. Both will load through POI Loader. The easiest way for you to move the data from mapsource is to save as a .gpx format and then you can load directly with POI Loader.
but how do I save it as a custom poi versus it loading right to my favorites? I tend to want to keep my favorites relatively "clean" and use the extras on the 530 for the homemade pois
GPSBabel, which is freeware, converts between more than 50 file formats. Definitely a great tool that I have used for years, and it has continued to be developed.
If you load the file with POI Loader, it will not load to your Favorites. It will load under Custom POIs. It doesn't matter if the file is a csv or gpx. They will end up in the Custom POIs.
where can I get GPSBabel freeware.
No matter what source type of csv file I choose in GPSBabel, it removes the latitude and longitude from the output file - I get names, but no location. FWIW I have no clue what any of the options mean...isn't there some no-brainer way to take one of these downloaded .csv files and convert it to a .gpx? What I'm having to do is convert from .csv to .gpx, the .gpx to maplet (for my Mobile Crossing 205, with uses Mapopolis files)
Get POIEdit. It will convert a csv to a gpx.
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