Creating POI files


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?

Zumo 550

Greetings & Salutations,

I have a new Zumo 550 and I wanted to know how to create POIs and store them on the unit.

Can someone help me?

Step by Step to create POI's?

Ok, I have the downloading of POI's mastered... does anyone have really good directions on how to create the POI files?


Garmin Nuvi-Converting POI to Favorites

I want to "see" POI's on the screen as I drive past them. I have been able to do this by creating a gpx file in mapsource and saving it. Then renaming it to "current.gpx" and placing it on my Garmin Nuvi 660 in this folder G:\Garmin\gpx. This now has the Nuvi consider the POIs as "Favorites".

Couple of questions.
1. How many favorities can be stored on a Garmin 660?

Converting Addresses

Sorry I messed up my first post, but here's my second question.
There are a couple of Websites that will convert a street address to Lat/Long using either Google or Yahoo and I was wondering if anyone has used them, and if so, is their accuracy good enough for custom POI files.


Grayson, GA

File Content?

I'm making my first attempt at creating a POI file and was wondering if there is some standard as to how the location is shown. i.e.

Long,Lat,restaurant name or
Long,Lat,Street address or
Long,Lat,"City State"

I know I have my own preferences, but was wondering about a standard way of doin' things.



New to csv files

Can I add redlight camera locations to the red light camera POI I have if I get the latitude and longitude from google earth. If yes, do I need to convert the latitude and longitude to degree decimals?

Topics and sub-topic

I am new at developing/creating poi files. I have a general question. Is it possible to have a folder with subfolders under the folder? For example, I would like to have a top folder "subject campgrounds" and then subfolders for each state.

Making a POI file for Nuvi 350

Hi All,

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