Can you suggest how I can import my POIs (in kml/kmz format) into the Navigon app in my iphone 4?
if this is not possible, what iphone app will allow importing of POIs? I need an app with maps as I will be using the app when there is no cellphone coverage.
Thanks in advance.
OK, glad to help.
First off, a specific note on iPhone apps--some iPhone apps that don't have specific methods to install POI may require jailbreaking the phone in order to place POI files in an appropriate directory--this DOES vary between GPS apps, though, and some have fortunately made this much easier.
I also tend to use Android rather than iPhone, but much of the info is cross-applicable.
In the case of Navigon, it's one of the more doable ones, though a bit of a PITA compared to other apps; it's rather similar to how Sygic does it in that you must convert the POI file into a Navigon-friendly CSV file, then load that into Navigon Fresh (which is a free app on Navigon's website), and THEN use Fresh to import the file. (Navigon's website has details on how to do the process: http://www.navigon.com/portal/uk/kundenservice/faq.html?id=1...)
Navigon is pretty good, and if you're OK with converting to Navigon's proprietary format it's a workable solution for iPhone.
If you do go with something other than Navigon, a few suggestions:
a) As far as POIs here on POI Factory, probably the easiest programs to work with will be Garmin Mobile for iPhone, TomTom for iPhone, and CoPilot Live for iPhone; the first reportedly will take CSV and GPX files the same as with a regular Garmin device, the latter two can use OV2 files which are an option on POI Factory.
b) If you want to use KML files specifically, iGO Primo and iGO MyWay for iPhone are options--KML files do need an additional header if imported directly from Google Earth, but people have had success getting KML files loaded as custom POIs on the iPhone. (The one non-intuitive part of the process is basically getting to the iGO directory and setting up a custom POI directory.)
c) Sygic Mobile also will do POIs, but (like Navigon) does use its own proprietary format--I've posted instructions on how to mess about with this in a previous thread. (Sygic, alone of the various manufacturers, DOES have very clear and legible instructions on how to get POIs to work well with iPhone.)
Sadly the mentioned reference to Navigon's Fresh utility is useless. Navigon clearly states that iPhone is NOT supported. So I am back to square one: HOW do I get my POIs into my Navigon app?
More specifically I have downloaded a file from
The file is in Navigon csv format,
Unfortunately I am stuck here, what steps next please?
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