First, an admission. I’m new at this and not having a tremendous amount of luck trying to find all the answers my questions (I’ve looked thru the FAQ’s and have done searches on this forum, but I’ve haven’t found everything I need to know).
My question revolves around loading multiple things (POI’s, bmp’s etc) onto my Nuvi 650. From what I've read, I simply download the stuff I want to place on the Nuvi (so far everything already exists, nothing I’ve tried to create) into a common directory, then run the POI Loader on that directory (found that in the FAQ's). I have a .csv file for traffic cams and a .csv file for speed zones, plus two bmps. When I run the POI Loader, it says everything is loaded, but neither of the bmp logos shows up in the list on the 650 (I haven’t been able to verify/test out if the traffic cams and speed zone have been loaded). What am I doing wrong?
Also, a question about alerts. Again referring to the traffic cam and speed zone .csv files. Will both distance alerts for the traffic cams and speed alerts for the speed zones be loaded into the unit along with the files? I noticed that I can’t manually configure them but I hoping the auto method works.
Thank you in advance for your help.
you have to zoom in really close for them to show up
Thanks, but they're not showing up on the list of icons to use as the waypoint symbol to begin with. It isn't that once I use the symbol I can't find it... I can't find it in the list to use as a symbol.
OK, I just tried moving the bmp files to a special folder then loading just those using the POI Loader program. But the program doesn't recognize the files saying that it doesn't see either a .csv or .gpx file containing data. Now I know I'm doing something wrong! Anyone have any suggestions?
there is a special list called poi where they should show up. not under favorites
In addition to the posted suggestions, I found that making the .bmp's 16x16 pixels makes them more compatible with the nuvi series. They displayed without incident after I converted them.
...and I manually set alert points for all my files.
Make sure you have named your icons with the same name as the poi files and the only diffence would be the extension. If you have a poi file called traffic cam.csv, your icon should also be named as traffic cam.bmp. As long as the files are all in the same poi folder, Poi loader should have no problem installing them to your gps.
Yes, the POI's are showing up just fine, but the .bmp's are not being recognized by POI Loader and not being loaded to the Nuvi at all. The POI's I selected were downloaded from this website; I didn't create them. Any other suggestions?
Thank you, but I'm still confused. The .bmp files I want to download and use are for Target and Costco so they're named target.bmp and costco.bmp. Based on the info found in the FAQ section, this is appropriate. Am I incorrect?
You have to use the same name as the file that they are attached to so it would have to be....
You can't have a Target.bmp if the file is named something like targetstores.csv, they have to match.
Also, the Custom Icons are NOT going to show up on your GPS unit in the Waypoint symbols. They should show up on the map at the location of the POI if you have named the files as Miss POI has indicated.
You can set proximity and/or speed alerts for any POIs by running POI Loader in MANUAL mode instead of EXPRESS.
OK, I think I'm getting it (I told you I was new at this!!!). I can't download any old .bmp file then attach it to a point on the map, I need to develop a POI for a place, say Target, as a .cvs file (lets call it target.csv) and place in the same directory as the target.bmp. Then when I run POI Loader, the POI for target will marry up with the icon for target placing it on my Nuvi. Is that correct?
Geez, am I thick. I finally got it. Thanks to all of you for the help!
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