EPE Sort By Location

 

Hi all,

This what I want to accomplish:
In a POI-file find the waypoints that are within a certain distance away from a central point (most of the time that would my home). This would be a way to find destinations suitable for a daytrip, so the distance would be in the order of 100-150 miles. I would also like to extract those entries to a new file.

In EPE there is a feature to Sort By Location. But it picks the first entry as the central point and then lists the entries by distance from that location, which does not solve my problem.

I found a bit of a workaround. If a add a waypoint with a name like "AAAAAA_HOME" with the coordinates for my central point. Then I do Sort By Name, which makes the new entry the first entry in the list, followed by a Sort By Location. Then I get the list I want. But I cannot export the waypoints that are within a certain distance. But it almost does what I want.

In EPE you would need to able to enter your home coordinates in preferences and Sort By Location would sort by distance from that location. You would also need to add an Export By Distance feature to accomplish what I want.

I don't know how many users would use this feature if it would be added to EPE.

And yes, I know that my Garmin would display that list if I opened that file in Custom POIS. But it would mean I would have to transfer the file to my Garmin, Also it would only show the 50 closest entries.

Sorry for the long post.

JCA

Running EPE by Location,

This was in the Help file:

"Sort By Location

Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+L

Sorts the open file based on the distance from the selected POI (nearest to farthest as the bird flies))

NOTE: First select a POI and set it as your current location (Right click on it and select "Set As Current Location").

Then Sort by Location to arrange the POIs closest to farthest from the selected POI"

After you do that, save it and using a editor, You can extract what you need from top down.

Hope this helps!

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Bobkz - Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD/2455LMT/C530/C580- "Pain Is Fear Leaving The Body - Semper Fidelis"

Something like this maybe

jcavaa wrote:

Hi all,

This what I want to accomplish:
In a POI-file find the waypoints that are within a certain distance away from a central point (most of the time that would my home). This would be a way to find destinations suitable for a daytrip, so the distance would be in the order of 100-150 miles. I would also like to extract those entries to a new file.

In EPE there is a feature to Sort By Location. But it picks the first entry as the central point and then lists the entries by distance from that location, which does not solve my problem.

I found a bit of a workaround. If a add a waypoint with a name like "AAAAAA_HOME" with the coordinates for my central point. Then I do Sort By Name, which makes the new entry the first entry in the list, followed by a Sort By Location. Then I get the list I want. But I cannot export the waypoints that are within a certain distance. But it almost does what I want.

In EPE you would need to able to enter your home coordinates in preferences and Sort By Location would sort by distance from that location. You would also need to add an Export By Distance feature to accomplish what I want.

I don't know how many users would use this feature if it would be added to EPE.

And yes, I know that my Garmin would display that list if I opened that file in Custom POIS. But it would mean I would have to transfer the file to my Garmin, Also it would only show the 50 closest entries.

Sorry for the long post.

JCA

Have not done this for some time now. But here are the instuctions I held on to.

Custom poi file along a route .

1.Using Excel or Notepad make a csv file to include your start, via points and destination point for trip.
2.Open in Extra Poi Editor and save as a Garmin GPX file.
3.Open the GPX file in Mapsource.
4.Select under edit New Route.
5.On left click Insert Waypoint.
6.Go down the waypoints and highlight the first one and click ok.
7.Repeat until all waypoints are now showing. Click ok at top.
8.You will now see your route.
9.Go to file and select save as and select a GPX file.
10.Open the GPX file in Extra Poi Loader http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/Extra_POI_Editor
11.Select Merge Open under file and load the custom poi files you want to include in your route.
12.Once all files have been loaded go to edit and select Find Poi on route.
13.You will get a pop up for how far to search off route. Insert the miles for search and click ok.
14.You can go to view and select View all Pois on Map.
15.Once view is completed select close map at bottom.
16.Go to file and select save as Garmin GPX.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. MapFactor - Offline Maps & GPS.

I would do this

There could be a lot of files that could be combined by you in EPE to form a basis for day trips, but let me illustrate by using the Offbeat Attractions file
see http://www.poi-factory.com/node/29228

Download this file and then open it in EPE.

Now, in the upper left pane, click on the maroon colored "Add New POI" button to get the "POI Edit-" dialog

1. In the field "Name" type Home
2. Tab down to the Address field and enter your street address
3. Tab to the City field and enter the town in which you live.
4. Tab the State field and enter the state
5. Tab to the Post Code and enter it.
6. Directly to the right of the Post Code Field, click on the Geocoding button.
7. What you should see will be a map showing your house.
8. Now, at the top of the page, click on the Grab button and the coordinates of your house will be filled in.
9. click OK and you will be back to EPE

Notice that your home will be the highlighted entry.

Now, click on Tools and then "Sort on Location"

Using the Offbeat file, this will take a while. But, when it returns, your home will be the first entry in the list and the following entries will be arranged in "as the crow flies" distances from your house.

I think this is what you are asking for.

Merge Open for custom pois

That sounds like it would work well for one file at a time.If the OP had several custom pois he wanted to input.Selecting Merge Open listed under file he could select several files for more options.Letting EPE do all the work on how far to search off the route.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. MapFactor - Offline Maps & GPS.

Basecamp Workaround

There are occasions when I would also like to do what you propose in EPE. At present, I use a work around with Basecamp to accomplish this. If you are at all familiar with Basecamp, it is a relatively simple task:

Create a .gpx file with just your home or center point location as a POI.

Import it along with any files containing the desired POI’s into “My Collection” in Basecamp.

Using the “Select” tool on the toolbar, left click a point on the map that is the desired distance from your home or center point POI. The map scale in the lower right of the screen will give you an idea of the distance involved.

Hold the left mouse button and drag a square to encompass the desired area. The POI’s within this square will be highlighted in the POI column on the left of the screen.

Right click on any of the highlighted POI’s and select “Send To” from the drop down menu. Under “My Collection”, left click the file you created with your home or center point location.

You can now export this file to EPE for modification or load it directly into your GPSr.

Although the selected area is square rather than circular, this method allows you easily adjust the limits of the area and get a visual representation of the POI’s included.

Good idea for FAQ

bdhsfz6 wrote:

There are occasions when I would also like to do what you propose in EPE. At present, I use a work around with Basecamp to accomplish this. If you are at all familiar with Basecamp, it is a relatively simple task:

Create a .gpx file with just your home or center point location as a POI.

Import it along with any files containing the desired POI’s into “My Collection” in Basecamp.

Using the “Select” tool on the toolbar, left click a point on the map that is the desired distance from your home or center point POI. The map scale in the lower right of the screen will give you an idea of the distance involved.

Hold the left mouse button and drag a square to encompass the desired area. The POI’s within this square will be highlighted in the POI column on the left of the screen.

Right click on any of the highlighted POI’s and select “Send To” from the drop down menu. Under “My Collection”, left click the file you created with your home or center point location.

You can now export this file to EPE for modification or load it directly into your GPSr.

Although the selected area is square rather than circular, this method allows you easily adjust the limits of the area and get a visual representation of the POI’s included.

You need to send this good idea into POI Factory as a FAQ http://www.poi-factory.com/node/add .Sure many present and future members would appreciate this information.

A method that I also use while on the road doing some cross country trips.The GPS has a feature that if on a active route.You can touch searching near on top right of GPS screen.This will allow you to search along My Active Route and My Destination.Once you select one of them you can select your custom pois or the internal ones to pull up that information. Helps to select attractions in the area or other items like fuel or hotel. This feature I believe is overlooked a lot.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. MapFactor - Offline Maps & GPS.

Thank you

Thank you for all replies. I will try out your suggestions. I haven't work with Basecamp, but now might be the time to give it a shot.

Once again this site is shown to be the place to reach out for support.

JCA