Creating POI files


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.

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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

POI Creation Tool?

I need to create a POI file with sites of a particular company in the United States by doing a search on the internet and somehow use a tool to save or convert the search results onto a POI file. Is this possible? Thank you,

Nuvi 750 TomTom VIA 1605


Ohio_Vineyards-Wineries have been updated. There are now 164 wineries in the POI file. These are taken from A2 permits in Ohio; A2 permits allow the holder to make and sell wine. There may be a few listed that are not making their wine but buying the wine and putting their labels on the bottle, I try to weed them out.

Pushpin Dilemma

Where to put the pushpin to indicate the location or address of the establishment has been a problem for me at times. I used to just geocode the addresses using whatever comes in handy like Google Maps, Bing, GPS Visualizer, iTouchMap, and lately just EPE and use the resulting coordinates.

Batch Geocoding Pitfalls

Batch geocoding can be a great time-saver, specially if you're doing hundreds of points of interests. However, I've come to realize the resulting coordinates, at least some, can be way, way off! Also, wrong or inaccurate addresses would give you either zero results or totally wrong coordinates. That is why I now painstakingly double check my files for inaccurate coordinates. Whew!

problem creating a school zone list

Sep 1 Winnipeg starts 30 km/hr zones around 170 schools. I used the addresses of the schools to create a lat/long POI list (.csv) and it works, sort of, on my Garmin 2595LMT.

If I'm driving on the street listed in the school address it works well. If I'm driving on some of the adjacent streets the alarm is not triggered even though it is within the alert radius.

Need to Standardize POI Files

I was impressed by the huge size of combined Rest Area POI file. However, when I attempted to sort the excel file down to the specific states I would need, I found that due to the lack of any state ID, Excel could not do so. The best I could achieve was by route which in some cases run across the entire country.

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