Creating POI files


Extracting Coordinates From PDF Files

I am looking for some assistance on how to extract coordinates from PDF files. What I would like to do is go to this website:

and get the GPS coordinates for ALL railroads in Dakota County MN

Making Phone No. work with 550

Can I make custom POI display a phone no. so they function like the pre-loaded PIO's so when the custom PIO is diplayed I see the phone icon so I can call using the bluetooth to my phone.


Have The Data, Can't get the format right!!

Hello All,

Pre-Loaded vs. Custom POIs

Hello new to this site and GPS units for that matter. I have just purchased a Garmin Streetpilot i5. It came already loaded with the entire US map and x number of POIs. I would like to make my own custom POIs using Excel and the Garmin POI loader. I think I understand how to do that, but my question is how will these custom POIs get loaded onto my unit?

More Radio Station Files?

I'm in the process of creating my own version of AM/FM radio station files from the data at I'm doing individual files of each state of interest to me and I was wondering if there was any interest in this type file as opposed to one huge file?

Grayson, GA

Sorting Order?

I just wondered if you have a LARGE POI file (and I have no idea how large), would it help the GPS be more efficient if one sorted the file, say buy latitude and then longitude (or vice-versa)?


Grayson, GA

POI with multiple .JPG'S

OK, so I created a poi file for Colorado ski areas using Mapsource and saving as .gpx file, it contains (I think) 37 locations.

I have no trouble associating a (1) .jpg using the waypoints properties, file/url association method. (naming .jpg same as poi file)

But..... what if I want to associate a different .jpg for each of the 37 locations in the poi file??

Nuvi 660 & Etrex Vista

New Jersey/New York Malls

Would someone out there be able to post a POI list of New Jersy/New York malls.

My wife and I like to venture out and this list would be real easy if posted to my Garmin c340.



Alan-Garmin c340

Is there a freeware POI creator


The article on manually crating a POI is good. However, I hate wqorking with spreadsheets. Does anyone know of a freeware software program that lets you easily create POIs?


Here is a summary of how I create POI's

This is, in a nutshell, how I am creating my POI files. If there is an easier way that you guys see, let me know. This may be useful to those that haven't done one yet. I figured this out on my own, so trust me, if I can do it anyone can. A basic knowledge of MS Excel is needed. I am not a technical writer so I apologize if this confuses

help with a poi

i created a poi that will alert me of my speed when i get to that spot . i used the garmin poi loader to get it on my c 330 when i loaded i checked the the speed box and put in the miles per hour i did not put anything in the distance box . when i pull it up on the gps it shows the miles per hour i wanted and it also put in a distance is this the way it should be or did i do something wrong .

Will Alerts work from the SD Card

If you load POI files on the SD Card, will the unit pick-up an alert when you get near the location such as driving past a Best Buy even if you are not going to Best Buy? The POI files show up in the Extras section on my Nuvi 660.

Garmin Nuvi 2797

Highway speed limits?

I am not sure if this has been asked before and I am sorry if it has. I want to set up some speed limit warnings on the major highways i like to use. Is there a way to set up a poi that can alert if I go over the set speed for a couple miles. Like can I set up two poi's on the highway and have the alert be for that stretch of the highway until the speed is changed?

Category Help

I created a CSV file of all of the Atlanta Braves Radio Networks radio stations, but I'm wondering do I upload it under Radio or Sports? Is there a way to have it in both categories?



Phone Numbers in POI

I made a POI file of 300 locations, It contains name, address, city, state, zip code, and phone number. When I upload it to my GPS, everything displays except the phone number.

What am I doing wrong?

Which is the lat & long on a link?

I go to and when I find what I'm looking for I press the 'link to this page' which gives me a reusable URL. Im assuming that two of these numbers are the lat and long? I want to lift these and add them into a POI file. Sorry if this is a nubie question, I just started using my Nuvi 350 yesterday

Here is an example link.

POI File Verifier Updated

I updated the 'POI File Verifier' to correspond to the latest POI Factory's csv download options:
"Garmin CSV - regular line breaks
Garmin CSV - nuvi 350/360 line breaks
Garmin CSV - no line breaks (easier to import)"

Now, via the user's selection, the program creates the 'Verified' file, the 'Modified for nuvi linebreaks' file, and a 'Removed' file with all linebreaks removed. I recently added an option to check the csv POI file for duplicate entries.

More info on what the program does, and the downloads, are available at:

or simply go to:
and select "Garmin POI's" in the left window.

And, as before, it's still FREE. No Adware, no Malware, no Spyware!!


"Internet: As Yogi Berra would say, "Don't believe 90% of what you read, and verify the other half."



steep grades

i tow big rv,and i think that many of you which tow rvs,agree that would be great to have file with steep hills(save those brakes,can you smell them)


is it good idea to create files with playgrounds and other such places on the roads?

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