I've put a number of POI files on the 3490 - but on the road, the BMP icons I've included, 24X24, end up being about 1/4 the size of the standard Garmin icons. Almost too tiny to see!
It's true of the speed camera, red light camera and Starbucks icons.
Here's a screenshot. The big Starbucks is the Garmin icon - the rest are the ones I loaded.
Any clue? Operator error? Glitch in the 3490?
None of the above. It's the way they display on the 37xx models as well.
It would be nice to know what the details are of the Garmin icons so we could possibly use .bmp files for our POIs with the same perimeters.
That helps a lot, since I know it's not a setting I got wrong.
Overall, I have a feeling that advertising has taken a big chunk out of the Garmin experience. I see POI icons for BP, and Wachovia, but never Exxon or Bank of America.
(BTW, Garmin - it's now Wells Fargo, not Wachovia)
I briefly owned a 2555, and returned it, because of the big splash ads for Best Western - everywhere. Had to click 'em or they would dominate the screen.
So now we have owner-placed POI's and icons, which are 1/4 the size of the Garmin-placed icons - am I right in connecting the dots?
That perhaps Garmin has a contract with advertisers promising that their icons will always be a certain size - and the user-generated icons will always be smaller?
I mean, ad placement on a 99-cent app is one thing - on a $400 piece of gear it's another.
Imagine if you had a $400 Denon AV receiver, and when you turned it on, its screen flashed 'Watch House this week on Fox.'
Let's throw it to the forum - are others seeing this too?
I don't need to imagine we just got a $3000 plasma TV so it is no difference, you want a service and advertising is picking up the tab.
I have a 3490 and have spend the past couple of days deciding what POI's I wanted. After installing several, I noticed that the icons were extremely small.
I used an editing program to make all the icons 44 X 44. Now they are great to see, without zooming in. I set the alert distance to 2000 feet, and they are easily identified in the distance as you drive along. The only problem that I see is that when you have a popular intersection on a highway, and there is a Burger King, McDonald's, BP Station, and a Shell station the icons kind of pile up on top of each other. But, at least they can be seen and give you the heads up ahead of getting to the location.
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