competitor of POI Factory OOB

 

The Canadian competitor of POI Factory poifriend.com shutting down the website June 30 2011

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

I seen that a few days

I seen that a few days back.Looks like some of the mebers will be moving over to POI Factory.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Too Bad

Too bad, it was a good site, particularly for Canadian POIs. They also offered a service where they e-mailed you whenever one of the POI files you were interested in was updated. That was really helpful in keeping your POIs up to date.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, DriveSmart 61, Garmin Backup Camera 40 and TomTom XXL540s.

My Favorite Files

Did they have something similar to "My Favorite Files"?

I find that I update my files at intervals based on my needs and trips rather than every time a file is updated. I like the poi-factory approach.

N o you get email any time

No you get email any time one of the files updated .They had some good features like all your custom pois showed on one page.Your plus the ones you downloade from other members.

They had a lot of activity on updating custom poi files.You could access someones pois and make suggested changes like coordinate correction etc.Then the author could accept the change if he felt it was necessary.Each change required you to fill out all the info for that certain poi.Been sometime since I was on the site.The forum activity for Garmin not very active.At that time it look like a lot of Tom Tom users.

Here is what the change page looked like.
Tools + corrections

Copy to my POI Groups

Suggest a change

Suggest removal

Post a comment

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

POI Friend

They had a very good web interface and POI Factory could have incorporated some of those features. It was easy for someone to suggest and update, by simply going to the file and suggesting the change from within the file. The creator of the file still had to accept.

They also had some good corporate input, with companies, such as Tim Horton's downloading their sites to POI Friend.

In addition, they allowed download of gpx files and you could download graphic files. It was not necessary to send these other files to their administrator to load.

You could also get files in a wider range of formats, other than TomTom and Garmin. This included Magellan etc.

On the downside, the forums were not as friendly and helpful as POI Factory.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

another victim of smartphones?

davidkbrown wrote:

They also had some good corporate input, with companies, such as Tim Horton's downloading their sites to POI Friend.

That is how today I found the site through La Quinta web page.

On the downside, the forums were not as friendly and helpful as POI Factory.

In other words the content of the forums had nothing to do with the name of the site?

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

It Was Just Different

POI Factory seems to have a camaraderie that I didn't sense on the POI Friend site. Technically, it was excellent, but POI Factory seems to automatically welcome people the second they show up.

It's like the Irish say: "You're not a Stranger. You're a Friend I haven't met."

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

POI Factory

davidkbrown wrote:

They had a very good web interface and POI Factory could have incorporated some of those features. It was easy for someone to suggest and update, by simply going to the file and suggesting the change from within the file. The creator of the file still had to accept.

For POI Factory to incorporate such features, the entire site would have to be rebuilt using newer, more full-featured software than Drupal. As things currently stand, that will not happen as that requires time, dedication, and ability. Sadly, based upon information made public in a thread on the smartphone forum, only the dedication currently exists.

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"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." --Douglas Adams

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Strephon_Alkhalikoi wrote:

Sadly, based upon information made public in a thread on the smartphone forum, only the dedication currently exists.

Now you got me scratching my head, I missed reading that thread.

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

It was a post from our Admin

It was a post from our Admin in the "not so great" smartphone versus GPS debate in the smartphone forum that led me to this conclusion. I won't restate what was said on that thread here, so if you want further detail you need to take a look at the post in that thread and see if you come to the same conclusion.

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"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." --Douglas Adams

Do-Gooders

We're just a bunch of do-gooders here, who does the best to help anyone who asks.

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Being ALL I can be for HIM! Jesus. Kenwood DNX9980HD Garmin 885t

more and more "enforcement cameras" installed

more and more "enforcement cameras" installed in our areas, and I feel so grateful every time when I hear the reminding to slow down, as well as helpful information from other POI files.

Quote: You could also get

Quote:

You could also get files in a wider range of formats, other than TomTom and Garmin. This included Magellan etc.

That is definitely a feature of that site I liked. Another feature I liked was that it would show the points on a map.

POI Friend

R.I.P. POI Friend!

Sorry To See Them Go

I maintain a POI over there and I usually download the LCBO and Tim Horton's POI's for when I travel to Canada.

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I support the right to keep and arm bears.

Sorry to see them go and

Sorry to see them go and even more soory I did not know about them before!

Never heard of them, but

Never heard of them, but less options are never good.

You...

never miss the water until the well runs dry!

I had seen it before but, always liked POIFactory much better...too many cooks...well, you know the rest.

Sure there are a number of things that POIFactory should/could have...but now, it has a helluva lot, a great many I use, and a great many that I do not use. I am very satisfied with them...and they keep on getting better!

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"Backward, turn backward, oh time in your flight, make me a child again, just for tonight."

All I know is that..

I keep comming back here every day, even if to check out what is new. Also to sdee if I need to update any of my poi files that I have here.

I do run into other places to go to but just keep comming back here. The is is easy to use and great to view (fast and easy reading, easy to move around in and hard to get lost in what your tring to find) but its about the other users here. Everyone is kind, helpful and just fun.. So I sure wont be going anywhere while POI Factory is up and running.. GREAT SITE!

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

competitor of POI Factory OOB

bobkz wrote:

I keep comming back here every day, even if to check out what is new. Also to sdee if I need to update any of my poi files that I have here.

I do run into other places to go to but just keep comming back here. The is is easy to use and great to view (fast and easy reading, easy to move around in and hard to get lost in what your tring to find) but its about the other users here. Everyone is kind, helpful and just fun.. So I sure wont be going anywhere while POI Factory is up and running.. GREAT SITE!

I totally agree with you. This is a great site, and Miss POI is doing a great job keeping it updated.

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3790LMT; 2595LMT; 3590LMT, 60LMTHD

Sorry to see them go and

tazmnaz wrote:

Sorry to see them go and even more soory I did not know about them before!

DITTO

They had a great site....

This was a great site and our two sites had a great relationship with each other.

It was nice to have more "good guys" out there working right along side of us.

They had a great setup and respectful owners. I will miss having them around.

They were the types of competitors that everyone wants to have. They keep you motivated and eager to keep up with them.

It is indeed very sad to see them shutting down, they were appreciated and will be missed.

Miss POI

Migration

I hope some of their unique POI's migrate over here. To be honest, I only needed a few of them when I visit family in Mississauga, ON. The LCBO and Tim Horton's POI's are useful when I am there. Never did check to see if there was a Dollarama POI...

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I support the right to keep and arm bears.

Does anybody know why

Does anybody know why POIfriend closed?

Google Maps API, perhaps?

RickCanada wrote:

Does anybody know why POIfriend closed?

Personally, I wonder if the changes to the Terms of Service for the Google Maps API that were announced back in April had something to do with it.

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VersatileGuy wrote:

Personally, I wonder if the changes to the Terms of Service for the Google Maps API that were announced back in April had something to do with it.

what does Google TOS has to do with a POI site?

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

what does Google TOS has to do with a POI site?

flaco wrote:

what does Google TOS has to do with a POI site?

POIfriend made extensive use of Google Maps. If the Google Maps TOS changed to POIfriend's detriment then it may have simply cost POIfriend too much to stay in business.

Relaxed

Much more freedom to post,no mother hen mentality like other site I've been on lately.
I would love to buy their web scripts and keep it running. Although with the age of the smartphone watch for a few more greats to fall.

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Using Android Based GPS.The above post and my sig reflects my own opinions, expressed for the purpose of informing or inspiring, not commanding. Naturally, you are free to reject or embrace whatever you read.

economics

I have never understood the business model of internet sites. How can a site stay up and running when it gives away valuable information for free?
Don't get me wrong, I really like free. But I don't understand how the economics works out.

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grtlake wrote:

I have never understood the business model of internet sites. How can a site stay up and running when it gives away valuable information for free?
Don't get me wrong, I really like free. But I don't understand how the economics works out.

One word - ads

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/07/google-revenue-source...

I love poi factory the best.

I love poi factory the best.