In the Extra POI Editor, what the maximum size for jpeg photo that I can include inside there? I have some POIs created with this soft, ALL of these POIs have photo included. But on my gps, I do not see the photo in some of them.
This is more of a function of the model GPS you are using than with EPE... Now is it you don't see the images in EPE or on the unit? I had been using very large (3+ M Pixel) images on my nuvi 500. I then found it slowed the darned thing down while driving. I then resized all the images to smaller than 640x480. Takes far less resources on the unit.
Where in EPE are you entering a photo, Tour guide?
Not for Tour Guide. Only for my normal/regular POIs, like my favorite restorant or cafe fastfood along my vacation trip.
Like camerabob said, I'll downsize all my jpeg to 640x480.
Under the Tour Guide section of the edit screen in EPE is a place where you can link an object to a POI. Putting a link to the photo here will cause it to display when the alert triggers. If I remember correctly the linked object is part of the GPI file which can cause it to quickly expand to overflow the available storage.
Putting a link to the photo here will cause it to display
I do as explained above and I see the photo in the lower left corner of EPE screen, but although the GPI file increases in size (the photo is in it), the photo can not be seen in Nuvi 1490, linked to the POI, as in GPI Creator.
What am I doing wrong ?
I am using XPSP3 and EPE versions 5.35 and 5.91.
This is from POI Loader Help
Creating TourGuide Files
TourGuide is a feature available on compatible Garmin devices. TourGuide files include Custom POIs with descriptive .mp3 audio files. When you approach a TourGuide point, the .mp3 file plays and provides you with information about that point, much like a guided tour. TourGuide files must be saved as .gpx files.
NOTE: TourGuide files are usually created by third party developers.
To create TourGuide points, follow the steps for creating Creating Custom POIs in MapSource and use the File/URL field to attach the appropriate .mp3 files to the points. The .mp3s must contain the word “TourGuide” in the file name to activate the TourGuide feature. For example, “TourGuide.mp3”, “TourGuide USA.mp3”, or “TourGuide 12.mp3” are all valid TourGuide file names.
After you have created all your TourGuide points, save them as a .gpx file. See Creating Custom POIs in MapSource for more information.
After you have saved your TourGuide points in a .gpx file, you can save them on an SD card or load them on your compatible GPS unit using Express Mode or Manual Mode.
Adding Pictures to TourGuide Points
You can add .jpg images to your TourGuide points by following the steps for creating Creating Custom POIs in MapSource. Save the .jpg images and TourGuide .mp3 files in a directory, then use the File/URL field to link to that directory.
You can also include the path to the .jpg image in the ID3 data of your TourGuide .mp3 file. Search the internet for more information on ID3 tags for .mp3 files.
Creating Custom POIs in MapSource
Users can create Custom POIs in Garmin MapSource and save them in a .gpx file.
You can attach .mp3 audio files to your Custom POIs. You can also create TourGuide points that include .mp3 files containing audio descriptions of the POIs. The .mp3 audio file plays instead of the default alert tone on your compatible Garmin device when you approach a POI.
To create a .gpx file using MapSource:
Create a waypoint using the Waypoint Tool, the Find feature, or by right-clicking on the map. The Waypoint Properties dialog box appears.
Enter information as needed in the appropriate fields. NOTE: The speed and proximity alert information entered in these fields overrides other speed and proximity alert information assigned in the file name or in Manual mode. See Understanding Speed and Proximity Alert Information and Creating Custom POI Files for more information:
Name—Enter a name for the Custom POI, including speed information. NOTE: Speed information entered here overrides information entered in the file name or in Manual mode.
Proximity—Uncheck the Unknown box beside the Proximity field and enter the appropriate distance. NOTE: Proximity alert information entered here overrides information entered in the file name or in Manual mode.
Comment—Enter a comment.
File/URL—Enter the file name or browse to the file or directory you want to attach to the Custom POI. You can include .mp3 audio files as well as .jpeg or .bmp images. You can also specify a directory name to include all the files within that directory. For example, if you enter "C:\MyPOIs\Data", all the .mp3, .jpeg, and .bmp files in that directory will be attached to the Custom POI. You can specify a relative path to the directory if applicable.
Repeat Steps 2-4 as needed.
Select File > Save As and browse to the appropriate directory. NOTE: It is recommended that you save all your Custom POI data files in the same directory.
Enter a file name. If you want to set a default speed for the Custom POIs in this file, include the appropriate alert speed in the file name (for example, "Speed Zones 25"). POI Loader interprets any numbers in the file name as speed information. See Creating Custom POI Files for more information.
Select GPS eXchange Format (*.gpx) from the Save As Type drop-down list.
You can also open existing MapSource files containing saved waypoints and save them as .gpx files.
In addition, the link needs to be to the photo as it sits in the GPS unit. PITA if you ask me. I did it, but it took way too long.
It is ok with PoiLoader (I have done it) but I want to do it with EPE.
If you are preparing pictures for GPS just check, what is yours device screen resolution. Resize picture to this size, for example 480x272 pix, 72dpi (Nuvi 770). Anything more will be just waste of space and may look blurry when device try to fit it to screen. In addition it will slow down GPS, as it will have to make resizing. Regardless of what some may think, bigger file doesn't mean better picture on screen.
Screen resolution is available in device tech datasheet.
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