Creating POI files


FAQ: Creating POI Files

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FAQ: Creating POI Files

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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.

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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...

Alert distance for POI files (different for each file)

Alert distance for POI files and differed distance settings be applied to different custom POI's. For instance I may want to know about a rest area 10 miles away and a VA facility 20 miles away.

I'm embarrassed, creating a .gpx file

I'm embarrassed. It's been a couple of years since I last created a .gpx file and I flatass forgot how to do it. So how do I turn a .csv (or .txt?) file into a .gpx file. A quick refresher course would be much appreciated and thanks in advance.


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TA/Petro CSV Bad

The TA/Petro CSV is corrupted. The Cities do not match the State. For instance, a location on the New Jersey turnpike Exit 7-402 has Florida as the State. I believe they are all wrong.

Maps to .csv

My question is this. My company uses Google maps to generate POI locations for fuel stops, truck washes, terminal locations, ect.

How can I export these files from Google maps into a .CSV file that I can use on my Rand McNally Overdrive 8 ?

TA Petro Gasoline

where can i get wave file for TA Petro Gasoline

Garmin GPX extension - validation & documentation

I am able to validate standard GPX files, but not files using the Garming extention:

$ cat v1sample.gpx
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>

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