I have tried to research this topic by searching the various discussions on this site but come away confused. I have a school zone POI named Schools@30.cve, which I have saved in my Speed folder. I also have redlight POI nemed Redlight Camera.cvs, which I have saved in my Redlight folder. My gps is a nuvi 360.
I get no school zone warnings and only spasmodic redlight warnings in the form of two beeps.
In this forum I read about routing mode and map mode. I cannot figute out which mode my nuvi is in or how to change from one to another. I have also read about TourGuide as a way to get my nuvi to sound alerts. What do all of these mean? Which is the best? How to I cange my nuvi? Should my shcool zone poi be named Schools@30 or Schools_30? Does it matter if my poi in named Redlight Cameras or Redlight_Cameras? All I want is for the alerts to sound on time and properly. Can that be done.
I love my nuvi 360. I hate Garmin's documentation. If it weren't for this forum, I would be helpless!
Thanks for your help.
The poi is not Schools@30.cve. It's Schools@so.cvs
Yes, it's Schools@30.cvs
Actually, don't you mean Schools@30.csv
I'm a shumbdit !
OR A new set of fingers I was trying out to type.
Heck - aren't any better than the old set !
Thought I was at the pharmacy !
In this forum I read about routing mode and map mode. I cannot figute out which mode my nuvi is in or how to change from one to another.
One thing to note. Routing mode and csv file names are two different things. The Routing mode is more of a matter of preference (Trackup, North up, 3-D). These are settings in your Nuvi (Main menu page, settings).
I have also read about TourGuide as a way to get my nuvi to sound alerts. What do all of these mean? Which is the best? How to I cange my nuvi? Should my shcool zone poi be named Schools@30 or Schools_30? Does it matter if my poi in named Redlight Cameras or Redlight_Cameras? All I want is for the alerts to sound on time and properly. Can that be done.
Thanks for your help.
As I understand the 2nd part of your question having to do with getting alerts from the file....
One thing I have complained about is the way people are building the files. As I understand it, if the long/lat is over 75' from the center of the highway or street, and you have it in a regular .csv file (not Tourguide) then you will not get an alert no matter what you do.
Some redlight cameras fit that criteria I think. I was scanning one file and found 2 such redlights.
The other thing to keep in mind about .csv files for the Nuvi is that you have to "must have" an accompanying mp3 file with the exact same name. For example.. say you have a file "My Pois.csv" then you have to have an mp3 file named exactly the same "My Pois.mp3". If you don't ... no voice alert.
You can look at the files on POI Factory and you will find lots of sound files people have created. Some are use quite the imagination, which I think is cool. If you don't have mp3 files for your csv files... you might check them out.
I'm a shumbdit ! !
Now that's a word I am sure Webster will need a definition for.... lol
Routing mode is when you have hit the "Where to?" button and the Nüvi is guiding you. Because it knows where you are going, it can look along that route and apply the "along road" type alerts at the specified distance (by road, that is).
Map mode is where you are just using it as a moving map display and the Nüvi has no idea where you might go next. This is where the standard "Along Road" alerts become problematic. If you're on a long straight road, with an alert on it, there's no issue. But if it's 1/2 mile down a side street, then no alert - UNLESS - you suddenly turn onto that side street. In this example, the maximum alert distance you could get is 1/2 mile.
I have also read about TourGuide as a way to get my nuvi to sound alerts.
TourGuides are designed to work like a 'talking guide book'. One quirk of them, is that it's a different sort of alert - this time, it's a true circle. So you can (mis-)use TourGuides to give a different style of alert.
Which is the best?
Depends what effect you're trying to achieve.
How to I change my nuvi?
Without a shadow of a doubt, you'd get the most controllable results using gpx format - because then you'd be able to choose Speed, Distance and Type on a per POI basis if necessary. Doing it all with csv files, involves taking advantage of some side-effects of the naming conventions. This free software for converting csv to gpx is good. NOTE: it's specifically designed to handle ALERTS, it's not a general purpose converter.
Should my shcool zone poi be named Schools@30 or Schools_30? Does it matter if my poi in named Redlight Cameras or Redlight_Cameras?
The first two give Speed-based alerts at @1584', if you're travelling at 30mph or more. (36 secs). The second gives a Proximity alert at 1320'.
Thank you for such a great response. It's teh best ever. I downloaded Garman GPX Converter and it worked great on most of my cvs files. There were four files, however, that returned error messages:
"Subscript out of range"
I am running Windows XP Professional fully patched and service packed. I did a fully virus scan yesterday using onecare.com--a Windows product.
All of the errors occurred while I was converting the csv files to gpx files. Many of my csv files converted correctly without an error message.
I did run POI Verifier on all the cvs files that failed to convert and made the necessary corrections suggested.
Also in the user's guide I read "You can then use the Alert Distance/Time Setting Grid to enter your required alert distances or times per speed per POI type, or just use the preset values."
I guess I don't understand any of what I read. The values in the grid do not seem changeable. How do I choose one? Do I place my cursor in the one I want (which causes the boarder around the value to change)?
If I want an alert approaching a 25mph school zone, what would be an appropriate choice to make in the grid and how would I make it? If I wanted to be alerted before I got to a speed camera or redlight camera, what would be a good choice?
I have my speed and redlight camera poi in a folder named Redlight and my school zone poi's in a folder named Speed
Thanks for the help.
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