Creating POI files


I need help

So i went in to make some updates to a POI file that i had made long ago -

and now when i do an update this is what i get (What am i doing wrong???)

I have tried making this in 4 column in excel to CSV and also in Text edit!! i am going nutz Help!!!

record 1: Too many columns;

Pierre - Garmin nuvi 1490T - MacBook Pro Navigon for iPhone

Addresses are missing

When loading the POI file to my Garmin 255W, the colum D which contains address did not loaded into the Garmin.I can only see the info from the fist 3 columns A, B, C (longitude, latitude and name of the business)

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated

Garmin 2595LM

help with poi on tomtom please

I've been trying to add some pois downloaded from here on to my tomtom 920 for an upcoming trip.
Whenever I put them onto my machine and search for them it says poi not found.
I then tried a csv opened in poiedit and saved as ov2 and this worked (starbucks) however this is the only file I've been able to do this with as poiedit won't open any more.
Can anyone help?

Question about BMP files?

When I post a CSV file can I also post the BMP file I made to go with it? or does that need to be loaded someplace else, I am confussed? redface

Garmin 3597 LMTHD

Google Maps Labs

Has anybody used the "Google Maps Labs" I turned on the Drop LatLng marker and it makes it easier to create a POI.
The labs is a testing ground for experimental features. I have not used any of the other features but do like the Drop LatLng Marker.
Did a search but could not find any other mention of this on the POI-Factory.

Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

sorry folks..newbie here and totally confussed on adding icons

i have a new Road Tech Zumo 660. I want to add icons so the poi shows as a bpm and not just a grey dot. I've d/l the icons from the icon library and the garmin downloading program. What do i do now? I've read all the how to's/ faq and i'm still lost....just call me a rooky...but i'm starting to get fustrated... sigh.....

Excel spreadsheet with selectable fields

Below is a link to an Excel spreadsheet that I generated to specifically work with Extra POI Editor. I setup EPE to read all of the fields in the Excel column header rows. Some of the Excel columns can be toggled on and off and some columns include selectable choices within fields (click the yellow header columns to make your selections).


Maintainer Tools

Thanks to POI Factory for the Maintainer Tools.
Having these tools is both good for the Maintainer and good for the Members who use that file.
It really is a win - win tool. Good job.

POI Loader

I have successfully installed Walmart,Elks and Passport America POI's on my 765t using Garmin POI loader.


Everytime I want to use POI Loader, however, I have to run the re-install, unzip the file, check on the user agreement, then load the program.

It doesn't seem to want to instal on my computer permanently.

POI shows up on map, but not in searches?

Hi, smile I was wondering if anyone can help me? I'm trying to create a new POI file for Chapters-Indigo bookstore locations in Canada, but am having abit of trouble.


Where is the latest LITLE CAESARS POI pizza for Illinois or all USA...Please.

sending my poi's to google maps

is there a way to put my poi files from my nuvi on google maps? i know that google uses and different type of poi file. is there a way to convert my poi files to make them work with google maps?

Nuvi360, Nuvi 250, street pilot, etrx, maggelin sport, maggelin 750, Freedom gps 2000

Down loading POI files

I could download GPX files to Microsoft Streets & Trips but I can't download CSV files.It shows up on the map but in one location not spread out to all locations.Could anyone give me information as far as downloading CSV files to Streets & Trips? Thank You

Tommy Calderon

Using Wikipedia Content?

I did a site search on 'Wikipedia' and didn't find a direct answer to this, so if it already exists please direct me to the thread. This came up in a round-about way in another more technical discussion.

What's the POI Factory's policy on using Wikipedia content in a POI? Such as in the descriptive text or as an attached/embedded photo or illustration in a POI

It's about the Line- If a line can be drawn between the powers granted and the rights retained, it would seem to be the same thing, whether the latter be secured by declaring that they shall not be abridged, or that the former shall not be extended.

Is there a character limit in the description/comment portion of a CSV POI?

I've developed some CSV POIs using four excel columns. I've been adding address and other description in the fourth column. At first, I just added a description and my Nuvi would display all the text. Then I got fancy and started using <*br*> and <*b*> coding. Now, my Nuvi cuts off the length of the description to only about the first 100 characters.

Vince Nuvi 350

Need utility to convert U.S. address into efficient/complete U.S. address

The source information for some POIs I've developed had incomplete or inefficient address. I'm looking for a utiltity to convert a batch set of addresses such as
"246 Main, Fairlee, vt"
"3711 Travis Street, Houston, Texas 77002"

into the more efficient/complete addresses such as

"246 Main St, Fairlee, VT 05045"
"3711 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002"

Vince Nuvi 350

Custom POI not showing on maps above zoom level 200ft.

Is there anyway to get all of my custom POIs to show on the map? All I can see is the one I've selected to either Go To, or to Map. The other ones only show up when I am zoomed in to 200 ft. or tighter.

Can I create a POI file from a MapSource .gdb file?

To paraphrase the words of another member here: 'Forgive me for being completely retarded, but...'

I have a list of about 300 members of a (motorcycle) riding club, saved as waypoints in a .gdb file. I'd like to turn these into a POI file, to be distributed to said club members. Can this be done, and if so, how?

Trouble organizing POIs into categories on Garmin Nuvi 350

Hello everyone. I'm fairly new to this site. I've been using my Garmin Nuvi 350 for a while now, but I'm ready to take it to the next level with custom POIs smile

I want to create my own POIs that are organized into categories. I attempted to do this, following the instructions in this tutorial:

POI file extension editor

Hi i have a POI file that i would like to view and edit is there a program that will open a file with a POI extention. It contains about 65,000 different way points that mark transformer on a electrcal system.Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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