POI Loader And The Mac

 

What am I missing here? The Garmin website says:

“POI Loader allows you to load custom points of interest into your unit. The input files can be downloaded from the internet or you can create your own. With POI Loader, you can configure the unit to alert you when you are within a certain distance of a point or if you are driving over a certain speed near a point; perfect to warn you about upcoming schools zones, red lights and speed cameras. The unit will also allow you to search for and navigate to the loaded points of interest.”

I keep seeing posts here about folks setting speeds, warning zones, etc, using POI loader. Yet, on my Mac all I get is an option to upload a file or quit. Am I doing something wrong or is it another case of a company ignoring millions of people who use a Mac?

Or does Garmin and all those other folks simply mean POI Loader just uploads files that may or may not have those attributes.

If all those options are available to Mac users and I just can’t find them (there are no Help or Preference files), please enlighten me.

Ralph

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Mac workaround for speed and proximity alerts

rpanz wrote:

I keep seeing posts here about folks setting speeds, warning zones, etc, using POI loader. Yet, on my Mac all I get is an option to upload a file or quit. Am I doing something wrong or is it another case of a company ignoring millions of people who use a Mac?

The Mac version of POI Loader does not support manual control of speed or proximity alerts. By editing the POI you can work around the lack of manual setting. I got the following directions from: http://www.gpsinformation.org/penrod/poiloader/poiloader.html

The POI Loader allows for two categories which will provide both a visual and audible alert, when you are within a certain distance and/or speed. These categories must be named "Redlight" and "Speed." Redlight POI's are the type which provide a proximity alert , meaning it will trigger an alarm when you are within 1200 feet or 400 meters of the POI. Speed POI's will allow you to set a location where there is a speed camera, school zone or where police often set up radar, and provide you a warning if you are exceeding the speed you have set in the POI.

Redlight
The Redlight category will give you a proximity alert, when you enter that 400 meter perimeter, and will sound regardless of your speed. This is handy if you know where redlight cameras are in your area, and want to be reminded. Using "Redlight" in a file name, will create a 400 meter proximity alert. For example, if you want to be alerted to a road hazard, or a reminder to call home to see if you need to stop at the store on your way home, you can create a POI and get an audible alert, with a red message on the top of the screen. According to Garmin, a file with a name of "Redlight" will automatically create the 400 meter perimeter. We did try other variations such as"Redlight1" or "Redlight2" etc, and it will still create that proximity alert of 400 meters. This is helpful if you want to separate your proximity alerts into categories.

Other Names
There are other names that will allow for proximity alerts, where you can set the distance yourself. The file name must be one of the following: "GATSO," "mobile," "SPECS," "safety," or "camera." Garmin says that if you create a file with this name, the POIs will have a default speed of 0, which means you will always be alerted. What you can do, is set the speed later in the "manual" mode. And if you have a group of speed alerts that are all the same speed, for example 60 mph, then you would name the file "Speed_60." You do not need to input the "@ 60" for each POI, for these speed specific files.

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Re: Mac workaround for speed and proximity alerts

Brent,

Thanks for the info. It was really helpful.

Unfortunately, it confirmed my suspicion that we Mac users were once again just an afterthought and had been left behind.

I've checked everywhere I can think of to see if Garmin has any intention of bringing the Mac version of POI loader up to parity with the Wind-Doze version but have been unsucessful. Maybe someday . . .

Ralph

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Hey I'm a mac

Good tip... Thank's

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Mac Here Too

I feel the frustration. I've been trying to get some files converted myself, and short of editing my own file in Excel (which would take WAY too long with the file I'm looking at), there's really no options yet for the mac user.

I am surprised that no one has come up with a tool yet.

Garmin getting better for Mac users

rpanz wrote:

Unfortunately, it confirmed my suspicion that we Mac users were once again just an afterthought and had been left behind.

I've had a Garmin GPS since 2004. It is only this year that I have had complete Mac connectivity. I used to have to use Virtual PC to work with the maps, and use a friend's PC to do firmware updates.

It looks like Garmin has finally got around to addressing the Mac user. I think we will see even more support as Mac share grows. I am optimistic for better support, but I have learned no to expect much in the way of news from Garmin about their plans.

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Mac Blog

There is a mac blog at the Garmin website which can be found by going to this thread :
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/6176

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Try Mac Garmin Tool

http://www.hearsay.demon.co.uk/mac/MacGarminTools/

I use a Macbook Pro to load POIs from this website onto my Garmin Nuvi 350. I find that the Mac Garmin Tools programs are much better than the utility from Garmin.

The main advantage is that it breaks the process into two steps - you can edit the POI "template" file to fine-tune the settings if you want, such as put a precise value in for your alarm or speed settings (or both).

Re: Try Mac Garmin Tool

Pretzel,

Thanks for the info. I had already download the droplets and documentation from the MacGarmin Tools site.

I guess I didn't look close enough. I though they were just converters. I wasn't aware you could also use them as editors and uploaders. Thanks for the heads up. I'll look at them again.

Ralph

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Well, they are not really

Well, they are not really editors *or* uploader per se, but since they create intermediate text files that you can edit, they actually do help with that function.

I've personally found that once it reaches the .gpx file stage it's pretty easy to open that up in TextEdit and modify whatever points I want by hand.