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I looked through the chat and cannot find an answer to this one. I Have state line as my POI. It comes with two waves.. On is state line ahead and the other is crossing state line. I can only name one exactly the same as the poi name. What do I do to have the other one work?
Guessing the file only contains two poi locations.What you could do.Make it a gpx file.You can download Extra Poi Editor (not for Mac at this time) at http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/Extra_POI_Editor and build the alert in. When you download the program if you get message about OCX file missing scroll down on the main page and under troubleshooting you will find the Extra Poi Editor Installer that you will need to download. Once installation is completed you will need to set up the preferences you want first. Under options click on preferences. For example using ft for input. Under units you will see editor, select Imperial/US. For Field Read and Field save select Metric. After setting your preferences click on file and click open to select from your computer the file you want to build the alert distance for. Once the file comes up double click on the waypoint.Next screen will come up. TourGuide info you will see proximity.Put the number of ft you want for alert.Under link select using browse the wav file for that way point and click ok once completed.Repeat for each one.Select under file Save as Garmin GPX.The alert and distance are now built into the gpx file.No need for manual mode for poiloader for this file.
Guessing the file only contains two poi locations.What you could do.Make it a gpx file.You can download Extra Poi Editor (not for Mac at this time) at http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/Extra_POI_Editor and build the alert in.
Unless the alert structure for a GPX allows 2 alerts for the same POI - one coded in as an associated file and the other triggered by the file name I still think it would take either two files or two entries with different proximities.
Let's assume the CO/KS border on I-70 (-102.04866, 39.32971). How would you propose constructing a GPX entry that would alert the OP he is approaching the point from either direction and again when he reached the point with a second message? From my understanding a single POI may only have one alert assigned, like a switch, it is either on or off. If it is on, it sounds the associated alert tone (or file), if off it doesn't sound an alert.
Lets set one proximity at say 1320 feet or 400 meters that warns you are approaching the state line. I don't know how you would set a second alert that sounded when you reached that point without a second entry having the same coordinates - hence the duplicate file.
I'd like to see someone try having two alerts sounding at different distances with only a single POI file.
I am reading post as a coordinate set before arriving at the state line and another coordinate when he arrives.My understanding is Extra Poi Editor allows for that when using the link tab for each location.If I get a chance I will test it out.Setting the same coordinate for each way point would not work or would get you first alert then second one.But different coordinates should work.
Here is what I did with no problems.Using extra Poi Editor I made 3 intersection locations on a street close by.Set proximity at 500 ft for each.For each waypoint I used the link tab to select a different wav file for each(ones I already have)didn't change name to match the file.Link them just like they were named.Saved as a gpx file.Using simulation mode on gps at each intersection I got the wav alert selected for it.Doesn't matter how many waypoints you have you can link the wav file of your choice to each one.Just like distance and speed.
Copy the file changing the name slightly (like stateline5555.csv) and rename the line ahead wav file the same (stateline5555.wav). Now when you run POI Loader, you let the state line file go through unchanged (so the sound will happen when you are at the cross line) but you add a 5555 alert distance (feet, or about a mile) for the stateline5555 file. A bit complicated but it will do what you want.
It's what I stated. It's one alert sound per coordinate set. In your example you had 3 separate points with one alert for each, not one coordinate point with multiple alerts.
The OP wanted to use the state line as the trigger point and get 2 alerts. It can't be done without a second set of coordinates. For the state line example you would need one file with proximity alerts set for the approach distance and a second file for the actual state line and a different alert. Something like State_Line_Near.csv with its alert and State_Line.csv for the actual state line. Now the coordinate can be the same, but it's the file name and alert sound that are different using csv files.
With a GPX, as you stated, you can have one file with 2 alert sounds. To meet the OP's requirement, your GPX would have the same waypoint coordinates listed at least twice with a different proximity and sound file for each. The POI name which is displayed can be the same in both files.
Maybe we are talking different views.Using example from what I believe the OP is trying to do.For example crossing into AR from OK.Set coordinates 1 mile before crossing into AR on OK side.Alert saying 1 mile to AR state line.Next coordinate would be at state line.Alert saying entering AR.Reverse everything for coming from AR to OK.
I read you post as "I'd like to see someone try having two alerts sounding at different distances with only a single POI file." that can be done with gpx files per my example.
Not sure why the OP wants this but that is what the question is.
garmin does not make any gps now that you can use mp3 files.
how can you add sound alerts to most garmin gps?
Check this out:
Then, when downloading audio from The Factory, be sure to select the wav files rather than mp3:
Can someone please tell me the file format for sound alerts on the Nuvi 1490LMT?
I thought it was .wav 14400 mono 16bit?
But the nuvi rejected all of them
See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25730 for info.
have been trying this for the longest time and can never get it to work i have a garmin nuvi 205w and have a few id love to use but with no luck i have done everything everyone has said but nada ive given up until today im going to keep on it till i get it please help...
you saying in your last post that you have 11 but i can get my one female one to work.....
oh help me please...
Can you explain what you are trying to do?
I have found the wav for the starbucks, but i'm not sure how to download them. Any help?
Right-click on the the file name and then select Save Target As (may vary with different browsers).
Could someone add "Ghost Town Ahead" and similar "Ghost Town" wave files to use with the Ghost Town POI file being used as a TourGuide?
You can create your own and get creative. You can then upload them to poi-factory.
I am sorry for taking so long to answer but the alert sounds they dont work and ive tried almost everything. i even changed the format to wav files but it didnt work... can you help?
See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25730 for wav files.Make sure to put the sox.exe the same location that poiloader is located.On xp click c drive,program files,Garmin Folder and click Poiloader folder and put the sox.exe there.This is based on you having the latest poiloader 2.6.1.
The biggest problems with the alerts and icons not working are the files not being named the same except for extensions and having double extensions. Double-check each of them. The best way to prevent double extensions(XP) is to go to your folder options in the control panel and click view then find hide extensions for known file types and remove the check mark. Click ok.
well i did what you said and it gave me this message: redlight cameras.wav was not converted to proper format. therefore this audio file was not transferred. why did it give me this message?
Most likely you don't have the sox.exe in the correct location.What version poiloader are you using and did you unzip it before putting it in the same location that poiloader is located?
did everything that you instructed me to do and still have the single tone and continuous tone.. what am i doing wrong?
i did put it in the folder like you said and i see it working but again no voices...
The biggest problems with the alerts and icons not working are the files not being named the same except for extensions and having double extensions. Double-check each of them. The best way to prevent double extensions is to go to your folder options in the control panel and click view then find hide extensions for known file types and remove the check mark. Click ok.
Example for naming.
that is exactly what i did double checked it still the same.... everything is how you said
What kind of alert are you getting?The bong alert when you get to the custom poi you have the alert set for.You did use manual mode for poiloader and set a distance you wanted for alert right?
Make sure using this guide for custom pois http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25721
Make sure the wav file you downloaded works.Just click mouse on it to make sure it plays
yes i went to manual mode didnt change any thing
ok my bad i havent tried it but when i go to change the sound i read somewhere that you should get a list of the sounds in a drop down menu so i have been going by that piece of info.... dont know
Download your wav file from here on Poi Factory and make sure to select the wav. http://www.poi-factory.com/gps-sounds .You can make your own wav files by going to http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php and typing in what you want it to say
is there a list of voice or alerts you can choose once it is installed?
No not on the unit.You assign one for each poi file you want the alert for.Download one from here http://www.poi-factory.com/gps-sounds .Right click on it and select save target as.Then name it the same as the custom poi file except for the extension.
By chance are you trying to get your unit to speak street names and not voice alerts? 205 doesn't speak street names but will do voice alerts.
no voice alerts
You made this comment a ways back and you mention you can't get the one female one to work.
Are you looking to get spoken street names or a spoken alert such as "Dunkin Donuts ahead"?
You mention about reading somewhere else about a drop down menu for sounds.We need to stay on the same page if you want the alerts to work.This is the process with the correct sox.exe to use http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25730 .As stated above get the wav sound file from here at Poi Factory.Right click the file and select save target as.Rename it to match the csv file excrpt for the extension.Make sure sox.exe in correct location on the computer .Example my computer XP.My Computer,local disk c,program files,garmin folder and now you will see folder poilaoder.Click on it and put the unzipped sox.exe there.Large number of users has used this process and do get voice alerts as well as with your model. You never did answer my question do you get any kind of alert like the bong sound?
yes i do get the bong sound but only that sound. maybe i understood incorrectly, when you have the alert (the male or female woice)inserted correctly you will get the alert "your approching a redlight camera." when your within the distance of the device. is that correct? If you have more than one can you chose which sound file you want to use or do you get just the one you install?
OK I deleted all and started from scratch and i will be going to run errands and i will test it. I will give you my feedback when i return.
I really appreciate all your time and effort helping me....
If you have the wav file installed and still get the bong alert.Then the problem is you have double extensions on the wav file or not named exactly the same except for the extensions.You have to have a wav file for each custom poi file.There is way to insert more then one sound but I think right now we need to stick to the basics.
For the redlight cameras because of the key word redlight you will get a 1/4 mile alert before reaching the camera.Don't want to get off on another subject but keywords like redlight and speed in the file name will give you a 1/4 mile alert without setting a distance in poiloader.A file like Cracker Barrel you need to set the distance in feet for poiloader in manual mode.without the wav file all you will get is the bong alert.
it works!!! the problem was that i had too many wav files in that folder....
Glad you got it.Here is some info that may come in handy for your alerts so you can use express mode for your pois.Lots more you can do with gpx files.
You can download Extra Poi Editor (not for Mac at this time) at http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/Extra_POI_Editor and build the alert in. When you download the program if you get message about OCX file missing scroll down on the main page and under troubleshooting you will find the Extra Poi Editor Installer that you will need to download. Once installation is completed you will need to set up the preferences you want first. Under options click on preferences. For example using ft for input. Under units you will see editor, select Imperial/US. For Field Read and Field save select Metric. After setting your preferences click on file and click open to select from your computer the file you want to build the alert distance for. Then go to edit and click on replace field. Once the next screen comes up use the down arrow for Field name and pick proximity. Under new field value put in the distance in ft you want for the alert. Then click replace all. You now have alert distance set for each custom poi. Then save as gpx file. If you select save as csv you will lose the built in alert.
You also asked about more then one voice alert for the same custom poi file.Using Extra Poi Editor for gpx files you can have alert for each waypoint in the file.A lot of work.You need to have your wav files on your computer and ready.When you open the file in EPE double click on any of the waypoints.Look under Tourguide info on right.Here you can set different proximity for each way point.Using the link you can browse and select the wav file you want for that single waypoint.Save as a Garmin gpx file when completed.
The WAV files that BobDee posted on the site are being removed per his request. We will work on a plan to make new files available as soon as possible.
This is a good thread. I've been trying to figure out how to have separate chimes for red light cameras vs. speed cameras, etc. So this thread is helpful.
How do I add the icons and sounds to the downloa the sounds and Icons to my Garmin for Diners Drive-ins and Dives
You have to find and/or create the ddd files place them in an appropriate folder for downloading to your Garmin.
1. For the .csv or .gpx file go to: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/17389
2. For the .bmp file go to: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/13968
3. To create the .wav file go to: http://www2.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php
When you have your 3 files in the same folder, make ABSOLUTELY sure they have the same name, example:
Most often the sound file will not work (or download) because either the incorrect version of sox.exe is used or both poiloader.exe and sox.exe programs are not in the same folder.
It took me some effort to get tourguides to work correctly on my 1350 but the problem was finally corrected when I paid close attention to the advice of charlesd45 and others. Reread charlesd45 posts on this topic, his advice and information is spot on.
I am having difficulty downloading the rest area mp3. I can get it to play just fine, but getting it onto my computer is proving difficult. Its probably something simple. Please help.
If you are using a Windows OS, right-click on the file and then select "Save target as..." from the context menu. Pick a folder on you PC to save the file and click the Save button.
still using your Nuvi 200, you can't use MP3 files. You need to have WAV files and SOX.
i recently downloads a bunch of sounds to my 255w garmin but they are not working why?
See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25730 .You will need to use wav files and install sox.exe
Can someone confirm that all wav files have been removed from The Factory and not just those of the one user? I was surprised yesterday to go into the Sounds section of this site (after reading a comment from another user that he wasn't able to find a single wav) and confirm his finding for every sound I looked at: I now only see mp3 files.
I have not been able to find any either - if there are any, they are few and far between.
So what we assume is that BobDee created all of the wav files???
That makes no sense.
On page 5 of the thread we are in, looks like there were few if any wav files on site in May of 2009 when Bobdee offered to start converting some from mp3 files. From subsequent posts looks like the majority if not all of the wav files were uploaded by him.
Also in this thread: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/26997 see:
Here are some facts and figures for 2009.
Top MP3 and WAV Sounds Contributors:
Bobdee gets special recognition for converting most of our MP3 files over to WAV format this year. I know that was a huge project and I am so happy that he made it happen. That was hundreds of files.
MaryAnn Melby AKA Miss POI
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