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POI Files--How to create

 

I would like to add some POI's to my garmin C340 but am having a hard time figuring out how to create a POI file. Can some one please help.

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Joe

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You'll find lots of information in the getting started and faqs sections linked at the top of each page.

Also, look at this page for specifics about the CSV file format.

http://www.poi-factory.com/garmin-csv-file-format

Use Excel to Create a CSV POI File

If you are familiar with Excel you can use that to create your POI file. Just remember to save it as a csv file not an xls file.

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Garmin nüvi 765T, nüvi 350

POI files in the .csv format

POI files in the .csv format are really just text files with Comma Separated Values (hence the name). You could even use Wordpad to create .csv files if you wanted. At its simplest, a POI file contains a longitude, a latitude, and a name. Such as

-83.3709,40.432,"One Room Schoolhouse"

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Garmin StreetPilot C340

Guides

While there is some useful info here, we really don't seem to have a good step-by-step Guide to Making Your First POI File. I can give that a shot if people think it'd be useful.

I would welcome a POI file

I would welcome a POI file Making Guide. I have been reading the threads and FAQs but am confused over Notepad vs WordPad (I have both.) as I have Works, not Exel. And at what point does it become a .cvs file? I am working on my first POI but when I "Save As" a ."cvs" file isn't a choice. I have three screens open trying to follow various suggestions.

save as TXT

Navyman64 wrote:

I would welcome a POI file Making Guide. I have been reading the threads and FAQs but am confused over Notepad vs WordPad (I have both.) as I have Works, not Exel. And at what point does it become a .cvs file? I am working on my first POI but when I "Save As" a ."cvs" file isn't a choice. I have three screens open trying to follow various suggestions.

You can save as "text" and give it the name name.csv

You can also save it with the .txt extension and then rename it from name.txt to name.csv

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Garmin Nüvi 855 & 760, iPhone, Magellan RM860T

How many files are you going

How many files are you going to download?Or are they ones you made?

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 wt and 2597 LMT.

POIS

I have contacted the site managers with a suggestion about creating pois from this site and is my understanding they have it on the list of things to do but right now more pressing issues.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 wt and 2597 LMT.

A step by step would be

A step by step would be great! Except there are dif. methods. It took some research 4 me, but if u set down with the time, this site is so helpful and contains the info. you need.

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c330/530 "Hurry up and wait." "If you can read this, thank a teacher. And since it`s in English, thank a soldier."

Check this thread

This thread may help you:
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/2115

RT

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step by step would be great

If the program is set up to input your data based on fill out the blanks .Then once you have inputed all the data and start the download it will change file based on the type of unit you have.It will work and make it a snap for first time users.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 wt and 2597 LMT.

Standard Format On Forum

I think it would be useful to a lot of the new GPS'ers to make POI files if this forum had a standard format(form) to just fill in the blanks and submit it. It's tiring to read several versions of how to do it, then try and walk you way through it. Remember, some are not as computer savvy creating files as some are that has been at it a long time.

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Garmin 660

Robert660

You got that right.One stop shopping.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 wt and 2597 LMT.

Standard POI Format

Robert660 wrote:

I think it would be useful to a lot of the new GPS'ers to make POI files if this forum had a standard format(form) to just fill in the blanks and submit it. It's tiring to read several versions of how to do it, then try and walk you way through it. Remember, some are not as computer savvy creating files as some are that has been at it a long time.

I agree. Let Miss POI put it as one of the TO DO list.

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nuvi 2460LMT

I put this into the faq area

retiredtechnician wrote:

This thread may help you:
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/2115

RT

I have taken the link from above and have added it to the creating POI Files FAQ area.

Thanks RT for linking this to this discussion.

Miss POI

Does This Mean...........

miss poi wrote:
retiredtechnician wrote:

This thread may help you:
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/2115

RT

I have taken the link from above and have added it to the creating POI Files FAQ area.

Thanks RT for linking this to this discussion.

Miss POI

we will not be having a standard form for submitting POI's?

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Garmin 660

POI Edit

There are many tools out there, both online and on your computer. Many here use excel, which I probably would also use if I had access to it. But I don't.

I'm still fairly new to this and am still trying new things. So far I've mostly used POIEdit. http://www.poiedit.com/ . Its also good at converting files between formats too. The only drawback I've had is the limited amount of text space it gives. This may not be a bad thing though.

POIEdit is simple and easy to use. Give it a try.

Aleve90..........

have you gone to the poiedit site you recommended? They have a forum like here, but there is an awful lot of porn there. Not a place I would want to send anyone I know.

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Garmin 660

On site for developing poi file

I still believe that the best method is for a program developed for this site to input data by fill in he blanks.Once ready for download the programs converts it based on type of unit you have.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 wt and 2597 LMT.

already have it

Please see this thread, it explains the new system and gives examples of which files are already on the new system http://www.poi-factory.com/node/6903

Miss POI

POI Format

charlesd45 wrote:

I still believe that the best method is for a program developed for this site to input data by fill in he blanks.Once ready for download the programs converts it based on type of unit you have.

Great idea, Charles. When do you plan to start on coding the program ?? grin

On the other hand, it doesn't get much simpler than this (from an earlier message in this thread):

At its simplest, a POI file contains a longitude, a latitude, and a name. Such as

-83.3709,40.432,"One Room Schoolhouse"

If the creator of a POI file would note in the description if and how it deviates from the above "standard", that would go a LONG way in eliminating confusion, IMHO.

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Magellan Maestro 4250// MIO C310X

If I was a programmer it

If I was a programmer it would already be done.It is fairly easy to make a csv file using excel and it takes up a lot less space on your unit.A program that you fill in the blanks and click button to get the coordinates after putting in the address is a lot more streamlined.I do have a son who has a bachelor degree in Computer Science.I am going to have to get him into getting a gps then hit him up to do some programming.After reading the post miss poi done above it looks like we are already heading that way.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 wt and 2597 LMT.

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