I noticed on my Garmin 2720 that my custom poi icons appear only at 800ft or closer. I just wondered if that was standard and if there is any manual adjustment that can be made to make them appear at greater distances, like 1 mile or more?
As you have discovered....and that's the way it is - and there's nothing I know of to tweak it.
Seems like most of the units will only display the custom icons at ... 80, 120, 200, 300ft at 500ft they go away.
my 2720 only shows a checkered flag for some reason none of the poi icons work they are named the same as the poi file can anyone help on how to get the icons working
The icons for the Nuvi appeared as a blurr until I used Paint to re-edit to 16x16. Now they are identifiable, and appear at the three highest (close up) resolutions.
Perhaps it has something to do with the settings for Custom poi alerts.
The 2720 has Audio, Visual and Continuous notification settings.
Maybe the Visual alert needs to be ON.
MENU > SETTINGS > GENERAL > PROXIMITY ALERTS
Also, make sure you are zoomed in close enough. I read another post by gerrydrake that the 2720 icons are visible at 800ft and closer. Most of the other units only "see" the custom bmp's closer than 300ft.
This is a complete guess on my part, I didn't see anything else in the manual. If you can't figure it out, contact gerrydrake or Garmin.
Thanks lsmonop I will try that
Fill us in on the outcome, on what eventually makes it work.
Besides the POI icons not showing up at a greater distance, I think you still have to have your "Detail" settings set to where you want them.
I have my detail setting at Maximum or "Most" detail.
That will make pretty much all the POI's show up when you zoom in a little closer.
But as stated earlier, I don't think we can tweak the setting at which they POI's show up at what distance.
On the 550. Map detail set to most or least.
They won't show up greater than 300ft level.
I just noticed something I never noticed before. Although my custom poi's amd icons appear only at 800ft or closer, if it is a pre-loaded poi and icon, that is to say, one of the pre-loaded 6 million poi's, and you save it as a favorite, then the poi/icon displays at distances of 1, 2 or ever 3 miles on the display. Appears that the key is if it is a custom or pre-loaded favorite.
I've noticed this before as well. On the Nuvi 350 my customs won't show up beyond 200 ft zoom. However, if you use view map and select a spot that you have in the custom it will show at the miles location.
Maybe I (we) can hack into the master file and see what settings they use for the standard file. If it works I suspect we would have to create gpx's (is that correct) instead of .csv
I noticed today that my favorites (added via the GPS save option) show up at any zoom level (I stopped checking at the 30 mile zoom level). I will attempt to create a custom that does the same.
After doing some research it would seem that the reason they have excluded the custom spots from displaying is that it slows the map updates. After 40 or so favorites in the same area the map updates slow down ... a lot. So, with 3 or 4 hundred poi's (starbucks, targets, red lights, landmarks, skateparks, etc. etc.) in the phoenix area the map would probably stop working completely (it would have to keep track of all the point simultaneously).
The site states the poi icons are already set to the correct size for downloading. I have been away from the site for a while so was surprised to see all the new stuff. Anyway,I updated the Fl Chevron Gas Stations and followed the directions of MM Mama but no luck. The Chevron icon tells me the pixel is 23x26 and not 24x24 or 18x18. Help needed please......
Try resizing it a little. Open the BMP file with a graphics program (MS Paint, Photoshop, etc.) In MS Paint, you can resize the file by percentages. Try 80 percent. Or with other programs, you can often enter the size directly.
Also, be sure you are naming the files properly and placing them in the same directory as your POI file.
That was quick MM Mama..
I went and deleted the icon file and ran it again and this time it went through ok...
I use POI Loader in manual mode on my 2720 when I'm loading my POI's and set the distance to 25000 feet. Seems to work for me.
I was going to post a comment but answered my own question..
As I've started to look through the information here and teach myself about custom POIs I noticed something on my GPSMap 60Cx. On the map screen when you hit the "Menu" button, one of the options is "Setup Map". Under the "Points" group you can adjust the distance at which a number of different map components show up. If you increase the distance for "Map Points" you can have your custom POIs (and all other POIs and map points unfortunately) show up out to 500 miles. I found that setting it to around 2 miles was a happy medium of having my POIs show up at a decent zoom without crowding the screen with too much clutter. A unit with a larger screen could probably be pushed a little farther out.
Not sure if this is an option for some of the other units but hadn't seen it mentioned... hope that helps.
Ok, put the Chipotle icon with the Chipotle file on the computer, then ran the POI editor, then converted the file, then saved on the computer, then transfered to CPOI on the Magellan... Got the POIs but no icons, what gives?
I only profess to know someone that knows the answer, not to know the answer. Ya know?
I did name them exactly the same "Chipotle".
You have to drive by one of the chipotle restaurants in order for the icon to show up on your screen;)
I just purchased the Garmin 260W and downloaded POIs and Icons for some of the POIs from this site. I used the POI loader but I only get a "Checker Flag" at my POI not a new Icon. What do I need to do?
If you zoom in to 200 feet or closer in one of the 2D map modes, you should see the icons. If you are navigating to a location, the checkered flag will likely obscure that particular icon.
It sounds to me you are attempting to see your POI by making a route to it. Thus the Checkered Flag. You can see the POI by using the map and getting close to the POI location. Then zoom in from 300 to 80 ft.
This should work.
Thanks for the info. I have been wondering the same thing after loading some POIs into my nuvi. The FAQs were helpful for explaining alerts and such, but not so much on when you might see them without doing a search.
My question is: why make custom icons if you only see them when you get really close and are zoomed in? Couldn't you just see the places out the window? For alerts this makes sense, but not so much otherwise unless I am missing something.
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