Creating POI files


FAQ regarding how to update files already on the site.

I have made a new FAQ that I would like everyone to take a look at. I have had some concerns lately regarding this topic and thought that it was time to clarify the process so that we don't have a big mess later.

after installing extra poi editor, all i get is a blank white screen. what did i do wrong?

I just installed extra poi editor, but when i started the program, all i got was a blank white screen. what did i do wrong? appreciate any hellp i get. thanks

Shell gives us POI files

Have you seen the store locator ?

You can download all the Shell gas stations by country in a few different file formats inducing Garmin and TomTom

The store locator can be accessed at

And these two direct links are for Canadian and US Shell locations in Garmin format.

Export data from EPE

I use EPE to maintain a POI file and it works well. Now I wish to share my data with someone else to use on a web site. The problem is that all the file "save as" formats seem to not do as I want. I would like a file that can be opened with Microsoft Excel. The 2 Excel file options discard some of the data I want to keep. The best one is a Garmin .cvs file format.

HELP: Accuracy of web-based Address Geocoders

I search POI Factory regarding this issue and could not locate any relevant posts.

I maintain a POI file using several address geocoders. I recently noticed that my Garmin would occasionally lead me to a location across the street from the actual address desired. I was very surprised!

“It’s their world. We’re just living in it.”

sox.exe (computer doesn't allow me to save it)

Hi. I have a minor problem, i have download sox.exe succesfully but for some reason my computor does not allow me to save it in the folder where PoiLoader is placed. (program86)

I am the adminstrator of my computer but that does not seem to help, i realize this is not much information about my problem but if anyone think this sounds familiar please don´t hesitate to answer.

Nüvi 300 and Nüvi 3597LMT

Converting a Garmin .gpi file

Is there a way to convert a Garmin .gpi file back to a format that I can compare the data it contains to data from another source? I am thinking a csv file is something I can work with.

Here is a link to the file I wish to convert.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Divided Highway and Interstate Crossovers

I haven not been able to find any POI files that mention crossovers on divided highways. I'm wondering how hard it would be to make one myself.

I have a list of all of the ones I am interested in, and I presume that the DOT keeps some sort of list as well. I presume that I would do something like:

1) Find GPS coordinates for all of the ones I am interested in

Who's allowed to change my POI file?

I'm the creator and maintainer of the Gander Mtn. POI file. I just updated this POI today, but then noticed this comment that I hadn't seen before. It's in the "Change History" section:

charlesd45 - Jan 17, 2015

What the heck is that? I thought that I was the only one with the authority to update my POI files or add sound files to it (well, except for maybe Jon or Globe Turtle).

Phil in Mentor, Ohio -- Garmin Nuvi 1450

POI on a NUVI 50LM

I'm a little confused....
On my NUVI 750 and 850, am I not correct that you rename/delete the small POI file on the NUVI and replace it with the larger POI file (or use a micro SD card)?

If at first you don't succeed....redefine success

iPhone app for poi coordinated

I found this free iPhone app that allows you to search an address, move a pin for greater accuracy and gives you longitude & latitude
And it's free
Geo Marker: Find Location Information by ObjectGraph LLC

marnoldi Nuvi 680 & Nuvi 2797LMT

Sygic POI files including phone numbers

Hi, first post.
I'm trying to make a POI file for the Sygic app (I'm using Android as a test bed). I use Sygic's RUPI Convertor from Sygic at and follow their instructions to the letter. I've seen the instructions you have on this site about Sygic/McGuider POIs and I comply with those also.

Known as Bruce

Newbie - Custom Favorites Icons

Just found this site while searching for an answer.

How does one add a custom icon to be used for a Favorite in a Garmin nüvi255W without having to resort to messing with the firmware? That process is more complicated that it's worth, requiring three or four different pieces of software.

Copilot POI field titles

I have just downloaded Copilot android with Africa maps.

Is there a way of creating and importing a POI file (In whatever format) that displays not only the name, coordinates and telephone details of the POI but ALSO a web address and notes.

The last 2 are the important POI categories.

POI Extension

Can CSV and GPX files be on the same GPS or do they have to be converted into one extension?

EPE 5.91

Is EPE 5.91 still working for you? On my computer EPE does not pop up into a window. It just goes into the tray at the bottom of the screen. If I maximize it it comes up in a full screen. If I try to tile it from there it goes back into the tray. Is it just me or has something changed recently in windows?

Map Errors and Pushpin Placement using Google Earth / EPE

** Warning** Serious nerd content for those not familiar with map based POI file creation.

I realize this post closely parallels Nats50’s recent “Pushpin Dilemma” thread I apologize for any duplication of content.

POI Icon

I have an icon associated with a submitted POI file and I am wondering how I would submit this icon to POI factory to be included with my created POI file

Also what color combination in Windows Paint would cause the icon to be transparent on the GPS Device


I just purchased a Nuvi 2557LMT.
I am trying to add Poi's to it but when I uploaded from POI
factory they are coming in as Excell files..problem is,I do not have excell on my computer. So my questions is, is there a way around this or do I need to purchase excell?
Thanks for the help

2015 tahoe import red light cameras

Has anyone gotten this to work.

It works in I'm garmin and my wive's Jeep

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