I need a clarification... What I want to do is create a file of places, using proximity, that I will receive a notification on my GPSr when I am within the 'proximity circle'.
I know how to create the file, that is not the problem. I know about the TourGuide GPX files. I have found very little discussion on USING one of these files. So far, it appears that I have to select one of those files as a GO TO point. Thus, I will be directed to the nearest or first location in the file, then to the next closest and so on.
I really just want to know if a POI (let's say an Amish Restaurant) is within 5 miles of my current location while I am driving across the country. Am I missing something?
Assuming you do know how to create a POI source file. If you don't, then you'll need the tutorials on using Extra POI Editor and using Excel or another spreadsheet file.
The file must be named TourGuideXXX where XXX is the unique name of the list of places. Running POI Loader in manual mode, you can assign an alert radius to that individual file. (Note: TourGuide must be present, exactly as shown with the T and G capitalized.
You need to be careful about setting alerts for a large radius. If other custom pois located in the radius, it may give you more alerts then you planned for.
Using EPE is a good method to set up the alerts so you can use the Express mode for POI Loader.
You can download Extra Poi Editor at http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/Extra_POI_Editor and build the distance in for the alert. 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 select metric 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 distance alerts 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 feet you want for the alert. Then click replace all. You now have distance set for each custom poi. Then save as a gpx file. You will lose the built in alert if you save as a csv file. The nice thing about this method is that you can use express mode for poiloader.
Another metod you may consider.When on a route driving to a set destination.Go back to Where To and click on Searching near.Top right on GPS screen. Select My Active Route.Then select custom POIs and select the one you want. This will show selected pois along your route.
You do not have to be on an active route. A word of caution already brought up is you don't want to use it on a file where there are numerous locations such as McDonalds.
How do you activate it or is it automatically loaded? If I go to Custom POI’s and select the file it asks if I want to begin navigation and shows a waypoint. I don’t want to navigate to one.
Thanks for the replies...
Once you have loaded the TourGuide file to your GPS.It will sound the alarm you set up when you come within the radius you selected. You don't have to be in the navigation mode. If you have set up another poi for destination and pass within the TourGuide location, again it will set off the alarm.
All this is based on that the alarm being set up properly. For voice alert on your Drivesmart you will need sox.exe and wav file.If you have a Mac computer only wav file required.See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25730
If the file is loaded with a radius alert, it is automatic although as you've found, one of its locations can also optionally be set as a destination of a route. Even with a 0.5-mile radius, I expect you'll hear an automatic
It hasn't been mentioned here so I'll just add here for those planning a similar TourGuide that TourGuide POI files will only work when it has an associated audio alert. Since you have a Drive series device, your audio will need to be a wav file and if loading to your GPS with a PC (as opposed to a Mac), you will need the sox.exe file as described in TourGuide FAQs here.
As you work on creating your custom GPX or CSV file, you can test TourGuide alerts with a radius by renaming any of the current POI files you use from The POI Factory by just renaming the file to include the TourGuide; e.g., change McDonald's file from McDonalds.csv (or GPX) to McDonalds_TourGuide.csv (or GPX) and matching the audio file from McDonalds.wav to McDonalds_TourGuide.wav. alert in most cities as you travel the streets.
Given your original thought of setting a 5-mile radius and the warnings already mentioned, I wonder if there is a maximum radius that can be set. Has anyone ever come across a discussion of this?
It is my understanding the TourGuide files have to be GPX, that is if you want a radius greater than 1.25 miles....
TourGuide can be used for CSV or GPX files. Max distance setting With proximity alerts, POI Loader will accept a proximity alert of 0 ft. to 200,000 feet (or 0 to 60,960 meters). This equates to approximately 37.88 miles or 60.96 kilometers. http://www.poi-factory.com/node/28650 .If you use the CSV file make sure to use POI Loader in manual mode to set the distance.
Just curious.What file are you setting up for TourGuide?
Ha, always look for a FAQ at The Factory, CraigW, before asking a question.
...to say nothing of you beating me to the sox.exe reply by 2 minutes.
Good question, as I was also wondering what file is being created.
I am making a file for Amish Restaurants, primarily for Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania.
Thanks again for the replies. I'll tackle this issue again tomorrow...... Will report back on how I make out.
It looks to be pretty current (Dec 2017).
Has a bitmap and a wav file with it.
This certainly would simplify rino's task now that it's been reminded that TourGuides can be csv files as well as gpx. Even if rino finds some missing locations, they can easily be added with a simple text editor to the downloaded Amish file and rino's file could be created very quickly compared to learning how to create gpx files.
I like the wav file too having just listened to it
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