Creating POI files


FAQ: Creating POI Files

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FAQ: Creating POI Files

school zone POI s for Canada

Are there any school zone files for Canada especialy vancouver BC region .or the Raw data can be found for schools.I can see them and copy them one aat a time from google but there must be a data base out there somewhere.
I am new here so I would apreciate any help I can get

Thanks Brian


GPSBabel July 2020 update

I always had problems converting POI csv files to Garmin gpx and gdb files.

Since I installed the updated GPSBabel (ver 1.7.0 July 2020) I've had great success. (Maybe I just figured how to convert them and it has nothing to do with the update??)

Importing POI Factory icons into Google My Maps

I've downloaded an icon in .bmp extension from here on POI factory to my computer. When I try and import that image into Google My Maps I get a "server rejected" reply.
Is it possible to get an icon from POI factory into Google My Maps?

Need to create country specific poi-files from one big poi file.

Hello all!
First post here so please bear with me and be gentle smile.
Just installed Sygic Car GPS on my head unit and was going to import pois. Only to discover that Sygic only accepts one poi file for each country.
Problem is my file covers Europe. And it has no country metadata only coordinates and description.

File Maintainers- Easy way to get L/L from Google Maps

Maintainers (and other POI file creators)

There is a fairly easy way to get the L/L from Google Maps. I don't manually enter them any more because I transpose numbers all the time.

Metricman Nuvi 660, GTM-20 Traffic Receiver Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA

How to upload two file formats for a POI file

How do you get the POI Factory website to display both a submitted .CSV version and a .GPX version of the same POI file?

I know *how* to generate both a .CSV and a .GPX file for the same POI file I'm maintaining. (And for new POI creators who are trying to figure that problem out, see this suggestion below*.)

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

Creating a Google Base Map Map Based on a POI File

Recently we bought a new car and a new smartphone. That has created many new opportunities in terms of using GPS data to navigate. As of this posting, I have NOT looked into creating a Google Base Map based on using a POI file, like "Rest Areas Combined-USA".

Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

Extra POI Editor

What are people using to edit and create POI files now that Extra POI Editor cannot display maps?

Map not Working in Extra POI Editor v6.04

Just starting having problems last week with the map not working in Extra POI Editor. Map screen loads for about a second and then I get an error message filling that pane -

"Oops! Something went wrong. This page didn't load Google Maps correctly. See the JavaScript console for technical details."

Anybody else seen this - and how do I fix it?


How do custom POI files use GPS coordinates?

I'm testing a new custom POI file. I used POILoader to install the .csx file and used the custom POI file to navigate to a point of interest in a Garmin GPS. I made a mistake in entering the street address for one local POI I was testing.

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

Extra POI Editor 6.04 (EPE stopped loading side map)

EPE stopped loading side map, anyone know how to fix this, was working fine until 2 days ago.
EPE says to see the javascript console for tech issues, any one know how
Do I have to have Java loaded on my pc

Thanks Pete

Peter Dutcher

POI Loader for Garmin 255W custom file

My custom csv file with 196 entries is reported as being successfully loaded by POI Loader but only 52 items appear on the device. Any advice would be appreciated.

Icons on the map

I have a Garmin 770 LMT-S

My question is when I download a POI it only shows up in the list on the GPS, how do I get matching icons on the map ?
I am interested in RV campsites, truck fuel sites, and low clearance.
I just started with this custom poi stuff so make it

Convert CSV to GPI format - error in GPSBabel

I am following this hack (steps 1-5) to enable UK poscode search on Garmin devices when using open street map:

I have not had to do the conversion to latitude / longitude as I found a version which has already been converted here:

Load POIs from my Garmin Nuvi to Uconnect on a 2019 Jeep Compass

I have used the Garmin POI Loader to create POI files on a jump drive. I have put the file in Garmin/Poi and it is called POI.gpi. I go the Uconnect and to Navigation in my 2019 Jeep Compass and insert the jump drive into the usb port. How do I get it to upload to my Uconnect Navigation?

program to filter out non usa poi in a text file or cvs file?

is there a program that can do this so the remaining file only has usa addresses?

POI file maintainers — two requests

Here are a couple of requests of all POI file maintainers that could help keep files up to date, reduce the effort of JM and GlobeTurtle and not take a lot of effort on the Maintainers' parts.

Error On Latest Cracker Barrel POI

Got this error while downloading the latest Cracker Barrel POI.

"There is a data format error on line 58 of file".


de facto tool set to create/modify poi for 2019

Newbie question:
What is the current(2019) de facto tool set that is supported?
Extra POI Editor (looks to be recommended by this site).
Is Google Earth a possibility to manage POIs and exportable to devices?
Is there procedure posted somewhere?

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