Are numbers allowed in a POI .gpi file name as long as I don't use the "@" character (i.e., "POI 7-29-12"). I want to put a date tag but want to be sure the Garmin doesn't use numbers without the "@" character in the file name for some other purpose like set proximity alerts.
Numbers in the file name will give you alert without the @ sign.
Short answer: No. Any number you put in a file will be read as an alert. You need to remember this also when you download a factory POI that has numbers in it. We've asked authors to change these, but not all have. If you do download any POI's with numbers, change it to a text numeral (i.e. 18 to eighteen)
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The OP asked if the .GPI file could have numbers. I know when the source files (.GPX and .CSV) have numbers POI Loader will interpret it as an implied speed alert. But I have never tried it with numbers in the .GPI file. I just tried loading all my POI's into a file named POI_25.GPI.. None of the source files have numbers and I did not manually specify any proximity or speed alerts. Just ran a simulation, and I am getting NO alert messages or sounds when passing my POI's. I am still getting the alerts on the explicitly set RLC and speed camera files, but nothing on the other POI files.
The OP asked if the .GPI file could have numbers. I know when the source files (.GPX and .CSV) have numbers POI Loader will interpret it as an implied speed alert.
A question of clarification. If I number the way points (GPX) in a route in sequence does that mean I could get an audible alert for the way point?
Waypoints and routes are not custom POI's. This discussion is about Custom POI's loaded with POI Loader. Anyway, individual POI's can have numbers in their name, but if the file containing them has a number in its file name, POI Loader will make it an implied default speed alert for all POI's contained in the file.
Thanks for the clarification. I appreciate it.
The correct answer is that numbers are indeed allowed in a POI name.
What is important is what happens when they are there; in some cases, they become alerts, in others, they can be used for other purposes. For example:
Speaking in "feet", numbers greater than 124 can be used for reminders.
You can use numbers of 125 and up in .csv file names provided you are using them as 'distance reminders' (or some other flag) when utilizing the Manual mode of POI Loader.
(in file name) Ex: State Parks D5280.csv
@viajero, try using 72912 (although I prefer 122907 YMD style because it sorts better).
you cited is in reference to a .CSV file. It would also apply to .GPX source files processed by POI Loader. Viajero is asking about numbers in .GPI file names, and from my test on my nuvi 755T, the numbers in GPI file names have no special meaning or effect.
Making an assumption that the .gpi name came from POI Loader which came from the default file name or the user entered name
The newer versions of POI Loader have an explicit field for the output (.GPI) file name, which defaults to the name of the folder containing the source file(s), not to the name of an individual .GPX or .CSV file. So again, I don't think this name has any effect on alerts. I hadn't thought about this before the OP raised the question and I could be wrong. But that is what my simple test indicated.
I think you are probably correct. I'll play with it.
I too missed the .gpi reference.
The Walmart file has each store number. No alerts.
So I think that confirms my statement "individual POI's can have numbers in their name, ..." that you quoted. Thanks for providing a specific example.
I too missed the .gpi reference.
Pop-up alerts need a wav file. Could it be that there was no wav associated with the Walmart file?
When I load a file with a number it it, it always alerts on that number, if I have a sound file for it.
David, I think SpokyB is referring to numbers in the names of individual POI lines within the file, not the file name itself.
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