Just got a new Garmin Road Tech Zumo 590, and am struggling with how the POI files work. Having had a TomTom previously, I find it very different.
Using the POI loader, I uploaded the Royal Canadian Legions POI to my device. Unfortunately, it cluttered up all my Favourites list with all the Legion Branches (well over 1000!) - not what I wanted.. not sure if this can be removed from the favourites list.. can it?
Next I added the Custom POIs to the Where To menu, and that seems to be ok.. I can find any Branch I need from there.
However, what I really want to do is customize the Up Ahead list with this POI, so that when traveling, I can see if there are any branches up ahead on my route. Can't seem to figure out how to do this.. any ideas?
The good news is there are FAQs and tutorials under the LEARN tab that will walk you through loading POI and some of the differences you will find from the Tom-Tom. The bad news, you'll have to go into the favorites list and delete those entries from the unit interface. They are stored in protected memory and what you see in the file Current.GPX is only a copy so editing it doesn't eliminate the entries.
Don't forget to delete the .GPX file from the zumo that you probably copied there, otherwise the favorites will just get reimported the next time you boot up, even if you have previously deleted them.
Bottom line ... when you put a .GPX file on the zumo, the contents will be imported as favorites. If you instead keep the .GPX file on the computer and run POILoader against it, it will convert it to a .GPI file (in folder POI on the Zumo) and these will show up as custom POI's, not Favorites.
I will look into the FAQ
Thanks for the reply..
Actually, the first time I tried to install the custom POI file, I just copied it over to the GPX directory, and after seeing all the 1400 POIs loaded into my favourites, I started hunting around and found that there was a Garmin POI loader program. So I downloaded it. Before running it, I manually deleted the GPX file from the device, then ran POI loader to load the POI file to the device, and it basically did the same thing as manually copying the file into the folder.. still loaded all POIs into my favourites. Sigh!
Do as BoxCar said and delete the Favorites or Saved Places using the zumo menu. Make sure you do not have any copied .GPX files on the device (current.gpx is OK as the zumo creates that file, but other GPX files need to be removed so they won't be reimported). Now look in the POI folder on the zumo and see if the .GPI file is there (created by POI Loader). If it is there, the POI's should now show up as custom POI's, not as Favorites.
POI loader won't add anything to your favourites. If they are still appearing there then you haven't correctly deleted the original entries/files. You must first clear the additional .gpx files from your GPX directory. Having done that now use your devices menu to delete the unwanted entries.
Here is what I have...
The GPX folder only contains 3 files:
temp.gpx (not sure what this is)
The original RCL GPX file that I manually copied over and then deleted is gone.
The POI folder has two files:
The Harley Davidson Dealer GPI file (came with the Zumo)
The RCL.GPI file that was installed with the POI loader
Now, it has been suggested that I manually delete all the RCL Branch entries in my favourites.. you realize what a massive job this is to do manually, right? Like about 1400 entries!! Is there some easier way to clear them out? Keep in mind that I already have quite a few other favourites intermixed with these 1400 unwanted entries, so clearing ALL favs is not an option for me.
Ok, I figured out how to delete all those unwanted favs.. just selected all, then de-selected the 20 or so I wanted to keep. Fortunately, the list was sorted alphabetically, and all the RCL entries started with the word 'Branch', so it was fairly trivial.
... Delete temp.gpx. That is something you've put there or a program you've used has.
temp.gpx gets read and added to your favorites. In fact, any gpx file residing in any of the directories is read and added to favorites. That's why you have to be very careful about what files get written to the GPS.
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