I have an 8GB SD card on my 3790LMT. I can't load and read the manual to my Nuvi onto this SD card, so what I would like to do is to write up some notes reminding me of how to access certain NUVI settings, take a screen capture of my notes, save that capture as a .jpg file and move it to the SD card and then be able to read those notes on the Nuvi unit itself.
Is that possible and if so, how do I do so? I have tried dragging and dropping .jpg photos to the SD card, but I can't access them via the Picture Viewer on my Nuvi unit.
I also read the Owner Manual and found no answers there.
Many thanks for any assistance anyone may be able to provide.
For the record: I updated the software and maps at Garmin last week, have an 8GB, MS-DOS (FAT32) formatted SD card with 7.81GB of available space and have my Nuvi USB cord attached to my 2009 iMac running El Capitan.
this might help.
Might have to add them directly to your nuvi and not the sd card.
The older nuvi's had a Picture Viewer app on the Tools menu, but most of the newer models do not. I am not sure about the 3590, but my 3597 does not have a picture viewer. (Well, actually it does, but you can only get to it through the diagnostics page, and not any controls for zooming, scrolling,etc ... not very useful as a page reader.)
Thanks for the suggestion/link.
Went there, followed the instructions and got the same results as I did when I copied a document as a .jpg file to the SD card.
In short, if I copy a photo of a _document_ I saved in .jpg format to either the SD card or the Garmin folder on the GPS unit itself, the .jpg document shows up as generic camera icon with no text.
I suspect that what I want to do is not possible. Would have been a nice way to put notes on your GPS for consulting when you are on the road.
I will continue to poke around, however, and see what I can come up with.
Mine does indeed have a picture viewer and I can add _photos_ to the unit by dragging and dropping them onto the Memory Card icon of he Nuvi. Once the Nuvi is disconnected from the computer, these photos can be viewed in Picture Viewer.
I opened the Garmin image on my desktop and searched for text files. I found a Help > American English folder and in it the individual documents were all .htm files.
Double clicking on the file: 001_Settings_restoring.htm produced the text between the line of asterisks.
You can restore a category of settings or all settings to the factory defaults.
To restore settings:
Touch Tools > Settings.
Select an option:
To restore all the settings on your device, touch > Restore.
To restore a settings category, select a category, and touch > Restore.
Maybe, if I formatted the instructions I wanted to save as .htm files, that might work, but I haven't a clue how one creates .htm files.
Anyone care to comment???
Most word processing programs can do a "Save as" a html document. But I suspect that will not give you what you want.
There are also several online text to html converters ... just Google for them.
If you copy and paste the instructions you want to save into Windows Notepad and then SAVE AS you should be able to create an htm file. When you select Save As type in the file name with an HTM extension in place of the default TXT extension.
This will allow you to see the saved text in Notepad, as well as any of the browsers I have tested it on (htm is basically html code). Whether you will be able to see it using the Nuvi I can't say as I don't have quick access to any device with a picture viewer at the moment.
Since your nuvi has a picture viewer, it should be able to find jpg images on the SD card as well as internal memory. Have you tried putting other files on the SD card (POI files, maps, etc.) to make sure the nuvi is recognizing the card?
I saved a photo to the SD and when I fired up the Nuvi and went to Picture Viewer, there was the photo.
I guess then that I am confused by your original post. I thought viewing .JPG files from the SD card is what it was about. Although I am not sure that is a good solution for reading text, the concept should work. So what exactly is it that is not working on the nuvi?
On a Mac, I went to the equivalent of Windows Notepad, cut and pasted some text into a new document and then saved it as an .htm document
However, dragging and dropping it onto the SD card did not work. After firing up the Nuvi, there were only the usual default photos available via Picture Viewer.
So, found a bunch of .htm documents in the Nuvi under Help/American English.
That folder has about 100 files designated either .htm or .png.
Names were set up thusly: 001_Settings_restoring.htm.
I named my file 632_General_test.htm and placed it below 631_General_screen-shots.htm
When I then fired up the Nuvi and went to Tools/Help/General Information, there was one item in there listed as Title Missing and tapping on it led to a blank screen. Without doubt, the file I named and dropped in.
That's it; there is no way to do this.
Thanks for the interest and suggestions.
The 3790 has a folder called "Pictures". I would suggest if you copy a picture file into that it will work.
I would also assume if you create a folder on the SD card with the same name pictures could be inserted there.
While I have a 2595, it does have a folder named "Pictures" on it. I looked at the pictures - there were a total of 12 that were there by default.
I created a Folder named "Pictures" on the SD card and MOVED some of the pictures from the device folder to the SD folder. When I safely disconnected the device and fired it up, all 12 of the pictures showed up.
I contacted Garmin about my efforts and this was their response; my comments (not sent to Garmin) are within parentheses.
Unfortunately the Nuvi 3790LMT does not have a picture viewer or way to see any picture files, like a Jpeg. There is no place to add notes into the unit to reference later. (SPEED3: Incorrect, as it does have a Picture Viewer and it troubles me that the Garmin Support desk does not know that).
However if you are just wanting to access the manual, the manual is actually already on the nuvi to view. (SPEED3: Not the best syntax there, indicating that Support is probably located In Mumbai)?
The Help feature on Garmin devices provides support and guidance on how to use the product and its features. It divides the help into categories making it easier to look for help on certain topics. (SPEED3: This is true, but you'd have to have the memory of an elephant to remember where, in all the sub menus within Help, the instructions to how to do what you want to do is to be found).
Help can be found on the device by either touching on the question mark (?) in the upper right hand corner, under Apps, under Travel Kit, or under Tools; from the Where To? View Map screen and then touching on Help.
You can download your unit Owner’s Manual within Garmin Express. Open Garmin Express and select “Tools” and “Help and Manuals”. You are given the option to download the Owner’s Manual for more information on your unit. Download the Garmin Express application: www.garmin.com/express (SPEED3: Done that).
To open the Owner’s Manual you must have a PDF file reader program, like Adobe Reader. You can download Adobe Reader for free online at http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/ .
I hope this helps, if you have any other questions, please email or call us at 1-800-800-1020 within the U.S. (1-866-429-9296 from Canada) from 8am-6pm M-Thursday and 8am-5pm Friday, Central time (excluding Holidays).
And there you have it.
Considering some of the responses to my thread, I may have been less than clear in describing what I wanted to do. I wanted to make notes on how to do certain things on my Nuvi and move those notes onto the Nuvi where I could access them. I have done this elsewhere by creating a text document, taking a screen capture of the text in that document, saving it as a ,jpg file, moving it to where I wanted to access it, then opening it to read the text. For some reason, the Nuvi will display any photo I move to it, but a photo of a text document, for some bizarre reason, is not recognized by the Nuvi. That .jpg file displays in Picture Viewer as a gray, generic icon of a camera.
My thanks to all who offered suggestions
The procedure described is what I would have suggested.
As an experiment I used a Word file I had for instructions on how to change MTP mode. I then took a screenshot of it and pasted it into a Picture folder I created on an SD card.
I then opened up the jpg in Picture Viewer and it displayed perfectly. The only issue I see is you may have to decrease the font to a small size if you have a lot of information. The jpg I took had a Arial 10pt font with 8 lines of text and it captured everything.
I'm confused why this method doesn't work on your 3790, I would think the Picture Viewer uses the same software in the firmware.
I agree with muell9k. The method should work, so I would have to think whatever utiity you are using to convert the text to JPG is creating some type of image that is incompatible with your nuvi. One thing you might try is to create an image that hase the same size (pixel resolution) as your nuvi. I think the 3590 is 800 x 480 pixels. I would also use 8 bit color depth if that is a setting. That should give you a pretty basic JPG file. Incidentally, the picture viewer probably will show other file types as well, like PNG or BMP, although I am not sure of this. On some of the older nuvi's the supported file types were stated in the user guide.
@Speed3 ... I just tested this on my 3597 and it worked great. I used an online text to JPG converter from this site: www.text2image.com
The converter allows you to set the image size, font, foreground and background colors. I used 800 x 480 pixels with Ariel 12 point font, black background, white forground. I typed in about 6 lines, copied the converted JPG file to my 3597 and it shows up very nicely in the picture viewer and is very readable. It appears you could get 16 or more lines of approximately 80 characters on each image (in landscape mode), so it seems like it should be quite usable for your purpose.
Hope this helps.
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