Creating POI files


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: Don't believe half 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,

Garmin gpi format poi files on Zumo

My Garmin Zumo contains a directory named "Garmin", in this directory POI loader loads the POI file with a gpi extension and there are also files I assume from Garmin itself with that extension like CyclopsUK082906Sample.gpi.

Is there a software with which I could convert back these files and edit them on my PC, e.g. to correct some errors I detected ?

Easiest method for batch addresses

I am working on correcting my Hooters database, adding addresses, phone #'s and verifying coordinates. What is the easiest method to take address data (from for example), and get coordinates into a csv file with the other data such as title, address and phone number? This is quite a large database and doing it manually is tedious.

Garmin Nüvi 265WT,Software Ver. 7.00, City Navigator North America NT 2010.30

Unable to open xml files


Anyone know how to convert xml files to something that the Mio c310 is able to read? I am using the IGO POI Explorer to upload the POI that I downloaded from this wonderful website. The problem is IGO can not open xml files. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Standing at the crossroad, wondering which way I should go to find the answers.

Photography POI

My hobby is photography ,

just want to know if someone has made database of POI on nature trail ,nature attraction or beautiful palces in and around NY / NJ / PA or CT area ?


Anyone using DeLorme Products

I have been a Delorme software and hardware user for over 5 years. I have found a way to search in Street Atlas POI's, and create a spreadsheet with the results. It still takes a lot of editing to create a POI database, but it is a ton faster than any other way I have found yet. Anyone else using Delorme with any sucess?

"Red Light" or "Redlight"

Sam Penrod's excellent page on POI's ( seems to indicate that "red light" needs to be displayed as one word in order to trigger a proximity alert. Or can there be a space between "red" and "light".

I've downloaded several Red Light POI's and they all have Red Light displayed as 2 words.


Activating poi files on Garmin 350

I am a newbie with poi business. Have downloaded POI download software. Have downloaded and saved poi files to computer and a SD disk.
Question: How do I access poi information in the Nuvi 350 unit after inserting the SD card? I don's see any way of keying in my subject area.

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