Does anybody know where I can get POI's by state or do I have to create my own? I'm lazy and not so good with Excel so I am just wondering
There are a few POI files here that are organized by state but the majority cover either the entire US or Canada/US or just Canada. When compiled by the POI Loader, the files don't take up that much space and can be loaded to the optional SD card you put into your C550.
Welcome to the site.
Before getting too deeply into a question posted by someone new to the site (in your case a " POI by State" ), we usually recommend the following.
There is a "Learn" button in the upper right of this page next to "red light cameras" that takes you to a Getting Started page. It is worthwhile visiting this page.
To make navigation easy, most browsers provide the following option. When you want to follow a link - but still keep your current page open - you can hold down the "Ctrl" key as you left-click on a link. That action will open a new "Tab" in your browser up on the "Tab" bar. When you then left-click on that new "Tab", you will follow the link - leaving the "Tab" you are now reading open and available to click on and return here.
So, using the "Learn" link, you might try the "Ctrl" - left-click sequence and then return here. You can return by either "X-ing" out of the "Getting Started" page (using the "X" on the "Tab" itself) or just left-clicking on the "Tab" for the page you are on right now.
Since you are new here, I encourage you to go through a couple of the Tutorials.
The first link makes sure the settings on your computer are such that you can do more advanced POI loading.
The next link helps you make a backup of your GPS by attaching it to your computer. (NEVER do anything to your GPS until you have a backup). It also assures that you put your (newer) unit into a state where you can see all of the folders there.
Now, let me ask why you want POIs by state?
Most of us just find POI files that we want and load the entire file. This is much easier than trying to restrict the number of locations and eliminates the possibility of mistakes through typos and such.
I just inherited the Lexus series of POI files. They were all divided by state. I combined them into US and Canada. Maintaining one is hard enough. Updating 35+ POI pages each time there is an update? Only if you paid me.... If you really only want a state or two, I would suggest learning to use Extra POI Editor. It has an option to export any POI file into separate files by; state, category, symbol, country or file name. Load in any POI file you want, and have fun splitting it up to your heart's content.
If you familiar with Garmin BaseCamp, this will work...
1. download your POI Files to BaseCamp.
2. open the POI Files (all of them..via whichever folder (list) you placed them in
3. You will now see all the data on the BaseCamp map.
4. Use the SELECT Tool and click and drag/draw a box around all the data...(state area or region)Now, place those in new list or folder. Name it by region or state.
Look at this lesson about the 11 minute mark to get the idea in my tutorial lesson of what I am doing... I am selecting a region of cover bridges...to work with.
All lessons Here : http://www.poi-factory.com/node/41134
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