Creating POI files


Changing the distance for a speed or redlight alert

How do you change the distance from the .25 mi default that is set for alerts for Speed or Redlights?

Tou Yurkovic Nuvi 660

Magellan POI Editor

I am having trouble saving a POI file with this editor. I have imported the walmart.csv file and it shows all of the locations properly. However, when I try to save the file as a .MGLN it only saves one location in the new file. I have loaded the file to my GPS unit and verified only one location is there. I have tried highlighting all of the locations and then saving with the same result. What am I doing wrong? Any help is appreciated.

Garmin POI line breaks

I've been through the help docs and nothing seems to work for getting multi-line poi comments for my nuvi 360.

I'm using notepad to create the csv files. Here is a sample entry:

-76.616122,39.409972,ATowson,"700 A Drive
A, MD 21204
-76.616122,39.409972,BTowson,"700 B Drive
B, MD 21204
-76.616122,39.409972,CTowson,"700 C Drive
C, MD 21204

POI Database Tool 1/10

For those of you who are using the POI Database tool, you'll notice a few changes. I just installed an updated version with these new features:

- Downloaded POI files will show a POI ID# if a name is not entered for a POI

- The fourth column (description) field for downloaded POI files now includes information from the notes field (along with the address and phone number)

- Added a download counter (visible to authorized maintainers on the POI Type Locations screen)

Creating POI's (only shows 50 locations)

On my last creation "Community Colleges", I am missing about 7 places that don't show up in the Nuvi660 and I can't figure it out.. Would appreciate some help again in creating .csv files using Excel or notepad.. I just can't seem to put my finger on it.

NickJr Nuvi 3597LMT

New member new Nuvi owner confused-computer defaults to excel regardless when downloading POI

Hi! I have a Nuvi 360. I downloaded the POI Loader software from Garmin, went to your website, joined, and attempted to download. I read your garmin poi loader instructions (very well written, thanks!!!!) but contrary to what the instructions say, whether i right or left click on the file, save computer automatically catalogs it as an excel file. Is that ok? will the nuvi recognize it? I thought it HAD to be in csv format?

"It is well to remember that the universe, with one trifling exception, is comprised of others!"

Creating POI files in Google Earth

Do you need to buy Google Earth Plus in order to get the coordinates??? I am having trouble using Google Earth, can anyone help??? I have your directions but I dont get it!!!

Any help would be great!!!


Hacking The .gpi File...

Does anyone know of any programs or websites where there's anyone working on hacking the .gpi file that garmin uses as their POI database? If this was able to be converted back to a .csv file it could be edited and updated in POIEditor or Excel, am I correct?

National Parks

Roger660's new campgrounds file for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park inspired me to creat a new section for national park files.

I'd eventually like to assemble a collection of files -- one for each park -- that include campgrounds and other interesting features.

If you're interested in creating a National Park POI file, just send me a note via the contact form and I'll set you up with the POI Database tool. It lets you build the file by entering coordinates into a web page.

Question regarding downloading aditional custom POI's to Nuvi660 in addition to the factory preloaded ones.

I've read where you need to download all POI's at once to the Nuvi by placing them all in one folder. Do you need to copy the original POI that comes with the nuvi to this folder too and include that in the download? If I don't copy it there first & include with the custom POI's will the original factory loaded POI's get erased?

Tou Yurkovic Nuvi 660

uploading pois

how do I create and upload pois to this site?

new area - "projects"

I've added a new category to hold data files that are not yet geocoded or that need to be reformatted to work with GPS.

If files are uploaded that have good data but are not fully formatted for GPS, they should be placed in this category with a note that describes what needs to be done.

Others who are interested in assisting, can post messages in the discussion area to coordinate activity for the file.

Merging Custom POIs With Main POI Database

I'm not looking to just make POIs for an upcoming trip, I'm trying to fill some of the gaping holes in my Garmin 660's main POI database. How do I make custom POIs fall into a desired category in my main "food, lodging, etc" database and not have it go into the "extras" folder where in my mind it's useless. I don't want half of my "Gamestop" locations in the main folder and the rest in the "Extras" folder. There must be a way to edit the main .gpi file.

Garmin 660 Bluetooth phone connection for Phone Numbers on custom POI files

Does anyone know if there is a way to code phone numbers added to the fourth field on custom POI's so they work with the Bluetooth phone connection like the phone numbers that are loaded with the regular POI's on the Garmin?

EXCEL error line 883

When people up-load my Paintball file, and use POI Loader to install it. They ALL get a Error message that says something like
Error line 773

They hit OK
and the file loads properly, and works.


Anything I can do to get rid of that error message??


Creating POI's

NickJr Nuvi 3597LMT

Device not ready

This is my first post for your forum. I have a nuvi 660 and can't get anything to load through the poi loader. Not even something as little as bridges. I have searched FAQS everywhere and am very confused is I have a defective unit. I can load MP3 to the card so the card is O.K. Any suggestions? Thank you!

Creating Excel Uploads for Garmin

Is there an easy way to enter the carrage return on Column 4 information so the address wraps around correctly? I am using a Nuvi660 and have a lot of lines that I am trying to format correctly. I would perfer not doing this by hand. I know of the "Alt Enter" trick and think that there should be some way to program it!! -Thx Paul

Creating Dialable Phone Numbers

I'm creating business POI's for my Garmin C550 and have just about everything figured out but one detail.

Does anyone know if there is a special format or procedure to use to make the phone numbers in the POI list dialable (my own word) directly from the listing? The installed POI's have that function and it would be very useful to me to just be able to push the DIAL button on the GPS itself.

Gordon - Jacksonville, FL - Garmin Steetmap C550

zip.csv files

there are two new poi's posted what do i do the afle called

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