Using POI loader and loading POI files manually, one can set the alert distance to any number of feet.
Alternatively, I'd like to set the alert distance by adding a distance to the file name and loading the POI files on an express, automatic basis.
For a POI file of Rest Areas, would a file name like this alert 2 miles away?
It is my understanding that numbers in a file name (or in individual POI names) is treated as a "speed" alert.
10560 is the distance of two miles in feet. However, like jgermann says, if 10560 is included in the filename, it will create a speed alert if approaching the POI at a speed of 10560 miles per hour.
It must be remembered that speed alerts are basically proximity alerts.
I don't think there is a way to use POI Loader to load the file automatically. It might be possible to create a GPX file that includes proximity information and load it automatically, but I am unaware of how to do it. Other members may be able to explain that.
I have been back and forth with this. It is my belief, at this point, that the instructions are wrong and the numbers all represent feet.
I guess I will have to try that again. I have not been doing it because I didn't want the number in the title, but for rest areas I don't use the title anyway.
It appears that if you enter it manually in ft, each entry is tagged with the ft variable. If you enter it in the title, the file header contains the info. The info is not recognizable as data so I can't tell you what the diff is.
If you enter it as speed, the max you can enter is 124. I seem to remember doing that for 60mph once. It still alerted at 50mph. But as with everything else, my memory for distant things (more than 30 seconds) is marginal.
Bottom line, you need to try them all and report back. HOWEVER, if the entry in the title was speed, it would surely error out, since 124 is the limit and if you enter 125 or more in POI Loader it will tell you that.
Here are two methods that you can use as a work around, that will enable you to use POILoader in express mode.
1. http://www.poi-factory.com/node/28521 .Have used this method for years.
2. Pulled up some of my old notes on this.Make sure to read the thread listed below.
Here is something else you can do.I got the information from the post listed and all the credit goes to Hornbyp for the information.Not sure what happen to him but he sure provided lots of good information for the site.
Outline for TourGuide alerts using express mode with csv files.
1. Tour Guides are not speed-related.
2. Minimum distance is ¼ mile the maximum is 1.25miles.
3. 25 =1/4 mile and 124=1.25 miles.
4. You can set different Proximities for each POI using the @speed syntax
or you can put the digits in the file name.
5. You will need an .mp3 or wav file. It must be named the same as the csv file except for the extensions.
6. Whenever you're within the proximity circle, you'll will have TourGuide:
banner on the top of the screen.
8. a. Sonny’s TourGuide 25.csv
9. b. Sonny’s TourGuide 25.wav or mp3=1/4 mile radius
10.c. Rest areas TourGuide 124.csv
11.d. Rest areas TourGuide 124.wav or mp3=1 1/4 mile radius.
File can be loaded in express mode and still get the alert.
See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/7043 for more information.
Thank you to all for taking time to respond.
It's a shame there's not a way to do it with POI Loader combined with a simple file name format.
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