Creating POI files


FAQ: Creating POI Files

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FAQ: Creating POI Files

Can we reverse to csv

Curious if we can go back from GPI file to CSV?

POI's sorted alphabetically

Planning a coast to coast RV trip using my Nuvi2460.


Removing extra characters in CSV files for use in spreadsheet software?

I am using the Reast Areas with Restrooms POI file, both on my Garmin, and also as a CSV file with the travel planner website Furkot.

In the CSV file, the lines have certain data enclosed in double quotes, brackets, and some separated by pipes:


Extra POI Editor on Windows 11

Yesterday I created an updated gpx file with Extra POI Editor on Windows 11. I wasn't happy with the way it looked when I loaded it on my Garmin, but when I went back to create a new one, Extra POI Editor wouldn't start, no way, no how. It creates an icon on the taskbar, and you can shut it down, but that's it. Tried Run as Administrator. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling, same thing.

Python Website Store Location Scraper

I have created a couple Python scripts that can easily scrape store locations from a business (HTML) website. Info on how to use on my Github page:

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How to add EV charging Stations info to Flying J file

I would like to add info on EV Charging stations on the Flying J file (and then to the Sheetz file). Is there a do not break the file option?

-78.818994,38.480044,Pilot Travel Center-98 Truck Parking Spots - I-81 Exit 251; 3634 N Valley Pke; Harrisonburg,VA 22802>540-434-2529

Where would I add EV Charging Station info?

I appreciate any assistance.
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2024 eclipse

Since the next great eclipse I would help if not to late grin festivals-and-places-to-stay/

How do I fix this problem with special characters in a *.csv file?

After I uploaded a *.csv file to POI Factory, I noticed that the •'s in the file had all turned to ?'s. When I tried to use the Replace command to change those ?'s back to •'s, the result was that the entire cells -- not just the ?'s -- changed to •'s. An internet search suggests that, in order to recognize special characters, *.csv files must be saved in UTF-8 format.

Garmin DriveSmart 55 & Traffic | Garmin eTrex "yellow"

Differences in Google Earth and Garmin Mapping

I have a Garmin 2555. Created POIs using Google earth of an Amtrak route. Converted KML data to CSV. Loaded into GPS unit.

Creating Custom POI file with addresses for Basecamp?

I'm trying to create a CSV file (to convert to GPX) so that it shows the address IN the Properties tab on Basecamp. Anything that isn't the name or the GPS coordinates goes to the Notes tab instead. Any suggestions? Appreciate any help I can get smile

Created content in Garmin & TomTom

Does anyone know which new TomTom & Garmin devices allow you to add user created content (POI)? I think TomTom has eliminated this feature.

Creating a POI alert for a single direction only

I'm looking for a way to create a speed camera/photo radar alert in one direction only.
Currently when I drive by the eastbound camera, I get an alert driving both east and westbound.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Is "Extra POI Loader" still available for download?

I am wondering whether the classic gpx file editor "Extra POI Loader" is still available for download. I had a catastrophic computer crash and am trying to recover to a new computer. Despite the program being dated, I still find it very useful for my POI edit needs.

New entries appear in red text

I'm updating and editing the Drury Inns POI file I maintain. I got a few closed or sold hotels removed from the file, and two new Drury chain properties added. I loaded it on my GPS to test it, and just about everything worked fine. The GPS navigated to new and old hotels on the list as expected. Just one annoying thing: the text on the two new entries appeared onscreen in the GPS in red.

"141 could draw faster than he, but Irving was looking for 143..."

Loaded POI's show on Garmin RV770 but "GO" not available.

My loaded POI's show on my Custom POI's but when I select a destination "GO" isn't highlighted and unusable.

Transparency color is magenta

I understand that when creating a POI icon the transparency color is magenta.
I tested it on my Garmin Drive 51 and for some reason magenta is showing as magenta, no transparency.
Maybe I'm missing something and there is a tip or trick that may help.
Any suggestions?


Using POI Files

I've been excited to find this site and was hoping to be able to use some of the POIs to load into my 2015 Accord GPS system. However, the format of one of the files (Missour Winers) does not have the record format suggested in this site. Why? Also, I can't download the editor Extra_POI_Editor.exe from any of the sites available. Any suggestions of other sites?

Redlight/Spped camera POI loader -

I recently downloaded the red-light and speed cameras POI files. The speed camera data is entered in mph, but in Canada we use kph. I noticed that the POI loader asks what units should be used for speed and distance. What should I choose in order for the correct conversion, or what needs to be done for accurate conversion?



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New to POI creation (exact map shapes as a "POI circle")

I am new to creating GPX/POI files for my Garmin but am not new to how they work on the GPS. I have a Google Map that a radio buddy has made, , and I am trying to get the exact shapes from that map to load as the "POI circle" using EPE but am getting no results...

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