I have loaded alot of custom POI's on my 2720, is there any way to load and manage them in MapSource or is there another way to change icons ect from my computer? My Custom POI's do not show up in My Locations, everything that I have read says that they should be there, however they are in Extras and I can move them one by one to Favorites and edit them. I want to be able to edit them from my computer, is this possible?
The 2720 will store up to 2000 waypoints - think of these as favorites. They can be easily managed in Mapsource. You can put these into 16 different catagories - which makes it easier for me to work with after downloading to the 2720. Each waypoint can be fully managed in Mapsource including changing it's icon.
Routes can also be created in Mapsource, and these too can be downloaded and stored in the 2720 for your selection and use. I have right now 17 predefined routes on my 2720 that I manage with Mapsource.
I use custom POIs for things like red light camera and speed camera locations.
Waypoints and routes managed in Mapsource can be easily downloaded to the 2720. Just connect the 2720 to your computer, once it is recognized, Mapsource has two icons - receive from device and send to device - pressing on of these buttons will move your waypoints, routes, tracks or maps between the two devices.
Thanks for the reply, I knew that if I want to change the icon I have to change the POI to a Favorite in MapSource, I was wondering if I could do say all the Radio Shacks in mass without doing them one at a time. As far as the redlight cameras go will the 2720 give me a warning when I get near or just see it on the map?
Click on the Icons link at the top of the page to find information about loading Custom icons for your Custom POIs.
The POIs will give alerts as you approach them depending upon the settings you set when you load them. Take a look at the POI Loader help file for more specific information, but here are a few generalizations.
POI Loader determines whether or not a file contains speed and proximity alert points based on specific criteria. Use the following information to help you create Custom POI files:
If a file name contains a valid speed number or if all records in a file have speed encoded in the name, then all records in the file will include speed and proximity alerts. For example, a data file with the file name "Speed_30" generates speed alerts of 30 mph (or kph, depending on the type of units selected in POI Loader) for each POI in the file.
If the file name contains "redlight", POI Loader assumes all records in the file have proximity alerts with a distance of 400m/0.25 miles.
You can also enter speeds for each POI individually by adding the @ symbol and a number after the name of the POI. For example, a Custom POI named "Ridgeview@25" would create a POI named "Ridgeview" with a 25 mph speed alert.
The only way I know how to change the icons en mass, is to work with a CSV file containing the POIs, add the icon to each record in Excel, then convert to a GPX file. This file format can be loaded into Mapsource and then downloaded the 2720.
If you are comfortable working with Excel and computers, John Brannigan (user jpbrannigan on this website) has a nice Excel VBA module which converts a CSV file to a GPX file which can then be loaded into Mapsource.
The redlight camera custom POI will give a set of warning tones and message on your screen at the specified distance from the camera. These custom POIs are not shown on the map like waypoints are. The warning distance is specified when you load these custom POIs using Garmin's POI loader.
Thanks for the tip.
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