Creating POI files


Sometimes All You Have To Do Is Ask

I wanted to create a POI file for the Atlanta Bread Company, but it was not easy copying the info from their Website. Since their HQ is here in Atlanta (Go figure), I called and explained what I was looking for and why I wanted the info.

Excel workbook to manage & create POI's

Hi folks,
Thanks to everyone on this forum for their contributions. I finally got some cool POI's loaded into my new NUVI 350! Over the last few evenings I created an EXCEL workbook that helps to manage the POI's you accumulate. The workbook also automatically creates a csv formatted file in the 4-column format needed for the NUVI 350.

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Proximity Alarm Help

I created a POI for my Garmin C330 with the following Format.


When I load it into the unit and select a location there is a proximity alarm set. I don't want this. How do I avoid this?

It seems the C330 does not like four column CSV's.

I'm using this format so that the data displays nicely on the screen.


creating POI with phone Number

Good Afternoon

I am creating a POI file for the Logans Roadhouse Restaurant and I was wondering how to add the phone number so that My Nuvi 660
can dial the Restaurant i am creating the file in Excel as my Mapsource V8 has not yet arrived

Thanks in advance


Can I create POIs from Favorites?

I thought it would be interesting to create a Favorite using my Garmin GPS then use that information to create a csv POI file. Is there any way to dump favorites to my computer?

How can I convert this file into POIs?

Hi All,

I'm not a programmer, but am gonna see if I can manipulate the file to get it working.

See the source file under the first entry here:

The entries look like:

Label=Marine View, Orewa, Rodney
Street Address=Marine View

Technical diagnosing of a POI issue?

So the guys on the NZ Open GPS Project have been trying to get a map with all of the street names set as POIs to load and be searchable on the Zumo. For some reason, it isn't working.

The format that they are using is like this:

Label=Marine View, Orewa, Rodney
Street Address=Marine View

New POI File Verifier v1.0.0.5

I posted a new version of 'POI File Verifier', v1.0.0.5. It’s still a free download at:

The main changes are:
●A pop-up 'Error' window will be displayed warning of an error in the POI file.
●Longitude and Latitude are now displayed, along with the line number, when an error is detected in the 'Duplicate' Check or 'Correct Coordinate' Check. This will assist those without Excel in locating the displayed file error.
●Resized the Coordinate requirements for 'US/Canada' to include PR (Puerto Rico) and VI (Virgin Islands).
●Changed the Variance range for 'Coordinate Duplicate Check'. Adjustable range is 0 to .0009 with default set to .0001

Thanks to all those who suggested the changes.

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

Deleting unwanted POI file

I have a Garmin NUVI 680 and am new to POI files. Is there a procedure to delete a single,installed POI file without erasing and reinstalling all of the POI files with POI Loader? The only thing I've figured out so far is to delete the poi.gpi file and start over (reinstall all desired POI files).


Combining POI files

Still new to POI - I have a bunch I've verified and put on my Nuvi 350. However there are a few files (Greensboro NC parks, streams etc) that I'd relaly love to see combined in one POI file - it'd be easeier to search, load etc.

Whats the easiest way to combine these POI files?

POI File Structure

I did a modest trial creating a POI file. About a dozen points. I saved it in an EXCEL CSV file.

POILoader for Garmin says it can use EXCEL CSV files and it made good on it's promise. The points (and my little bitmap icon) all loaded correctly.

Now I'm back to work putting in all the points. There will be about 180 all told.

My question is:


Ball parks

Would be helpful if someone could create a POI for ALL minor league ballparks/teams. Just wishing.

How to Use Text to Speech on StreetPilot i5

I loaded my i5 with Red Light Camera data and it accurately displays a textual alert on the screen.

However I have two problems:
1. I also uploaded a mp3 with the red light camera poi. But i don't get the speech warning when the visual alerts are displayed. Is the text to speech functionality available on the i5?


Zip Code files

I sent you message about the Zip Code file.

Most Downloaded

I wonder if there is any interest in tracking the most downloaded POI files?

POI Icon BMP files

Hello, I'm new here and have been playing with making the ICON files that go with POI files.

Somewhere I read that the BMP should be saved as 16bit, but I can't get 16bit to work on my Nuvi 360. Saved as 8bit works just fine.

BD • Nuvi 360 • Mac User

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?

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