I just bough my nuvi 200 love it! but trying to get alert poi's on my maps so when I approach a starbucks in the area or another poi it can notify me...how do I do this? and will the bitmaps show up on the maps when I approach around them? any help is appreciated!
the reason is I believe the nuvi does not have mp3 playback I don't believe... for some reason looking for the proxmity alerts on my nuvi and can't find... help thanks
I've got a new nuvi 200 too. Seems like the only time I get the alerts is when they're directly on my route, but I might be doing something wrong too. I've read all the FAQ's and learned a lot but still don't have it all quite figured out yet.
I've got the proximity alerts set far enough out where they should show up...do they only show up if you're headed right at them?
I am trying to find out how I can set my proximity alerts on my nuvi 200 how can i do this? seems you figured out how? for example I have downloaded some custom poi's but when I drive in the area I want to see them on my maps when driving so I know they are close proximity?? and does like if I am driving around a starbucks will it show up on the map with the starbucks icon? does our nuvi 200 do this? help
just trying to figure out this gps stuff..wow *&^%$
I think it has something to do with the amount of details you have the unit display in the map setup and your zoom levels on the display. as you zoom out, even small roads and streets go away, so POIs would also.
If you are following a route, the alerts will only go off if the POI is on the route. If you are not following a route, the alert will go off if the POI is within the alert distance, even if it is on an upcoming side street.
If you add one of the alert words to the filename it should work fine on the nüvi 200.
MP3 capability is not required for POI alerts. It is only required to playback an MP3 rather than the default ding.
... If you are not following a route, the alert will go off if the POI is within the alert distance, even if it is on an upcoming side street ...
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I will test this on the way home to verify, but I am pretty sure I get speed alerts before I make the turn. Perhaps I was following a route those times.
I don't understand...can you please explain how you do that/what you're talking about?
"Add one of the alert words to the filename"...can you please explain how you do that/what you're talking about?
Could someone PLEASE explain to me how do I set the alerts so when I am going by a Best buy or something it will sound? Can I put a best buy icon in it? The way people are explaining this am very confused,, Heeeeelp Thaanks, firstname.lastname@example.org
Run POI Loader in Manual Mode instead of Express Mode and you will be prompted to set whatever alert you wish.
If you click on the icons and sounds links at the top of each page, you will find many custom alert sounds and icons. At the bottom of each page is instructions for loading them to your unit when you run POI Loader.
A Starbucks alert? It'll go off every five seconds! LOL sorry couldn't resist.
Is there some logic to this? Would not almost everyone want to know that their desired POI's are within range, nearby, rather than just on the route ?
Depends on what kind of POIs you are talking about. For example, if you are a Starbucks junky, then I guess you would indeed want to know if you are even passing within a reasonable distance of a Starbucks.
On the other hand, if you are keeping track of School Zones (so you don't get a speeding ticket) do you really want to know when you are within a, e.g., mile of one that is on a road you are not even traveling on? In this case, unless it is actually on the road you are traveling, you probably don't want to be notified.
Fair point, but the answer would be to have an option that one could set via POI Loader. "on route only" or " within proximity"
The way people are explaining this am very confused,, Heeeeelp Thaanks, email@example.com
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but it sounds to me like you are looking for the very basics of how to set alerts. I went through the same thing when I was a new owner, so let me offer some basic info:
Many of the POI files you see are in csv format. You can't set alerts using csv files. They need to be in gpx format, which uses a "Proximity" field to set the distance at which you want an alert to sound.
You can create gpx files 3 ways:
-- Using Garmin's free POI Loader software to load a csv file to your GPS unit. You will need to use it in Manual mode instead of Express mode. At one point you will be asked if you want to set an alert distance for your POIs. I haven't used Manual mode yet, so I can't give you the details.
-- Using free GPXtoPOI software to convert a csv file to a gpx file. Once your file is in gpx format, you can open it with MapSource and set your alert distances in the Proximity column. This is the method I use. You can download GPXtoPOI from http://www.masterclass.com/gpxtopoi/download/
-- Using Garmin's MapSource software. If you want the alert to sound when you are within 2 miles of a POI, for example, you enter the value 2 in the Proximity column. You can set a different proximity value for each POI, or you can select all or some POIs on the MapSource screen and set the same proximity value for all the POIs you selected.
I'm not sure yet (I'm clueless with computers), but, I think what you want to do is -download Garmins poi loader off there web site, - go to say your desktop and create a new folder (call it my poi), -go inside new folder and create other new folders with your poi names on them (walmart, loves, pilot, ect.; one for each specific collection of poi you want to save), -save your starbucks poi (the actuall starbucks gpx/csv file that is going into your starbucks folder that is inside your poi folder; I'm not sure if csv's will allow a proximity allert yet, I think they do) with the term "redlight" in its name, without quotations (rename it after you save it to your empty starbucks folder say; "starbucks redlight" (again no quotations-no numbers either; unless you want to know your going to fast by a starbucks- ha!), -run your poi loader, -select your file; "my poi" off desktop (it will find info. it needs inside), -when it offers express or manual mode; select MANUAL; ignore the not recommended phrase, -it should prompt you because of the term "redlight" in your starbucks file name to set a distance you'd like it to warn you (5280 ft. in a mile), click next and wait. This is a great site don't get discouraged-just set down when you have some free time and play around- you'll figure it out. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on the basics- or just point out the info. link again. Remember I'm a rookie at this, so don't take my words to heart, but I hope it helps a little. Last night I had no clue- now I've got mine like I want (I hope) and am ready to mess with the wives c330, have fun- THATS WHAT TOYS ARE FOR! though I feel better having saved all the original info on my gps and burnt it to a cd (I hope this will work if I ever need it?) Also look for a link to gps babel; it will convert poi file to gpx/csv so you can use them. I had to download the beta version (probably cause I'm stupid) and open it. Find the link inside that pulls up a program where you can enter what you want to convert to what you want it to be. Take your time and mess with it. Sorry if you knew all this.
I only use CSV files and have many with alerts. The alerts are set by using an alert keyword in the filename. See the POI Loader help file for details.
And you can set alerts for any POI file using POI Loader in Manual Mode. You don't have to have keywords in the file name to do it this way.
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