??? New Nuvi - works well with PC transferring data both ways ???

 

Hello all.....need advice. I am looking to replace my Nuvi 205W with a better model of Nuvi. I am a computer geek in that I like to export my favorites to my computer to use in Excel and use for backup. I know I can upload limited data into the GPS but wanted to do more with Favorite "maintenance" and additions through the PC.

I was hoping to identify a model that would allow me to export my favorites and modify the file by changing the icons in bulk, changing names, adding new favorites outside the GPS, etc and then import the updated file back into my Nuvi.

I would also like to be able to easily export my current favorites from the old GPS to the new one when I purchase it. I suspect there is an easy way to do this but will have to check on it.

I really would like to find a new GPS that has as much compatibility with the PC as possible. I would like to do much of the actual data cleanup and entry on the PC rather than inside the GPS itself.

Any suggestions ?

thanks in advance !

yes and no

bdsii wrote:

Hello all.....need advice. I am looking to replace my Nuvi 205W with a better model of Nuvi. I am a computer geek in that I like to export my favorites to my computer to use in Excel and use for backup. I know I can upload limited data into the GPS but wanted to do more with Favorite "maintenance" and additions through the PC.

I was hoping to identify a model that would allow me to export my favorites and modify the file by changing the icons in bulk, changing names, adding new favorites outside the GPS, etc and then import the updated file back into my Nuvi.

I would also like to be able to easily export my current favorites from the old GPS to the new one when I purchase it. I suspect there is an easy way to do this but will have to check on it.

I really would like to find a new GPS that has as much compatibility with the PC as possible. I would like to do much of the actual data cleanup and entry on the PC rather than inside the GPS itself.

Any suggestions ?

thanks in advance !

Playing with favorites is a mixed bag. A copy of your 'Favorites' is stored in the Current.GPX file in the \GPX folder on your unit. This is only a copy of what's stored in protected memory. To transfer the favorites, you copy the Current.GPX file from the 205W to your computer, then rename the file to something like temp.gpx and the put the renamed file into the \GPX folder on the new unit. Once the new unit is booted, the temp file is read into protected memory and then rewritten as CURRENT.GPX. You then delete the temp file.

The bad news is items can only be changed or deleted by going through the Garmin interface. Users do not have access to the protected partition within the Garmin.

Assuming you are using a PC, you can download a copy of Turbo CCC's Extra_POI_Editor and edit your favorites, but in order to change them in the GPS you have to delete the current ones by going into the Garmin through their interface and deleting them all. You then use EPE to rewrite the edited ones back to the unit where they will be loaded the next time the unit boots.

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Yes, Extra_POI_Editor

Yes, I maintain my favorite data on PC with Extra_POI_Editor, which works great.

Repeating...

I will be repeating the advice given above, but want to add some comments.

First - you say that you have a backup of "favorites". PLEASE make sure you have a backup of your entire unit. Whenever one is making file changes on disk - whether your hard drive or your nuvi, there is always the possibility that you will do something regrettable.

Now to your questions: realize that (nuvi)\Garmin\GPX is an OUTPUT only file. As was mentioned, it is written EVERY time the nuvi is turned on. It is, then, the current state of the "Favorites" which were there when the nuvi was last turned off PLUS the additional POIs which were found in .gpx files in the (nuvi)\Garmin\GPX folder when the nuvi was most recently turned on.

Since current.gpx is an OUTPUT only file, replacing it on the nuvi does not change anything. The next time the nuvi is turned on, the nuvi itself will write a new curent.gpx file.

This is why one is generally advised to call a "replacement" file of favorites "temp.gpx". It is temporary in that it will be used once (and can be safely deleted thereafter). So, it is descriptive of its purpose. BUT, one could have named it current1.gpx and achieved the same purpose. Any name will do as long as it is NOT current.gpx.

bdsii wrote:

I was hoping to identify a model that would allow me to export my favorites and modify the file by changing the icons in bulk, changing names, adding new favorites outside the GPS, etc and then import the updated file back into my Nuvi.

I think that any new model will let you export your favorites.

As mentioned in other posts, Extra POI Editor will let you read the copy of the current.gpx file from your hard drive (or the nuvi for that matter if the nuvi is attached) and make changes to it. Just remember that it should be saved to your hard drive (not the nuvi).

Get EPE at http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/Extra_POI_Editor#toc5

What I would suggest is that, after, you have changed icons, categories on existing favorites and have added new favorites to the (now) temp.gpx file on your computer hard drive, is that you turn on your nuvi and go delete all of the favorites using Tools > My Data > Delete Favorites

Then attach the nuvi to your PC, and make the transfer of temp.gpx to the nuvi.

bdsii wrote:

I would also like to be able to easily export my current favorites from the old GPS to the new one when I purchase it. I suspect there is an easy way to do this but will have to check on it.

The same steps apply to the new nuvi as the old nuvi. Just transfer temp.gpx from your hard drive to the nuvi when it is attached to the PC.

bdsii wrote:

I really would like to find a new GPS that has as much compatibility with the PC as possible. I would like to do much of the actual data cleanup and entry on the PC rather than inside the GPS itself.

Unless I have missed something, I do not think that new nuvis give anyone more cleanup (on the PC) capability than has always been possible.

Did I mention that you ought to back up your old nuvi and the new one as soon as possible???

Easier to edit POI files

I like older nuvis that play MP3 files. I find this capability to be very useful on trips. I use a 765t in my SUV and a 885t in my bimmer. The latter is relatively hard to find and expensive last time I looked but the 765t is pretty reasonable - at least in a remanufactured model which is what I use. I also have a 760 for backup. All my nuvis communicate with the PC well. The 765 and 885 use the newer usb port protocol, however, so data movement is faster (I think they use 2.?, not the newest 3.? but also not the 760s 1.?).

POI files are easily edited as POI files in a spreadsheet or word processor prior to loading them with POI loader (a free code from Garmin). I edit POI files but not GPX files. When I load the POIs they show up as POIs, however, which are not quite as handy as favorites. But you can also set alerts for POIs, I don't think you can do that with favorites.

I don't update it as often as I should but I have backups for my nuvis on my hard drive. My 885t gpx file got corrupted and I transfered my 765t gpx to it. In that case I did a nuvi to nuvi backup (but passing through the computer on the way).

I also edit what the australian lady voice says too. I like "sorry I messed up, I'll try again" a lot better than "recalculating".

Jim

deleting routes?

I deleted all my favorites in my Nuvi. I also deleted the routes. When I click on tools>my Data>Import routes, I still have unwanted routes. How do I clear these from my Nuvi 1490?

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deletig routes

The input for routes is often stored as a GPX file in the GPX folder. Not all of them have "names," and are stored as a string of numbers.

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I transfered from an old nuvi to a new model

I transferred favorites from a nuvi 265 to a new model, 2495LMT using the technique mentioned above of moving the current.gpx file from the old unit to the new unit with a new name. The only problem was that the icons didn't make the transfer. All the icons on the new unit showed as the default. I use Mapsource for my changes even though it doesn't recognize the new units by opening the current.gpx file, making the changes and saving it as temp.gpx. I don't delete all the waypoints on the unit before applying changes unless the changes are substantial. Just like the old nuvi, you can only delete waypoints on the unit itself and name and/or coordinate changes will result in the changed waypoint being added to the unit so you end up with both the old and new versions on the unit.