Creating POI files


speed poi

pratical problem when it comes to speed poi.

if u on a trip and u know there is a speed trap, do u put in a number of speed pois or how do u extend the speed alert over and longer distance, ie a mile or more.

POI file from an Excel spreadsheet

I have an Excel spreadsheet with a list 215 complete address' and phone numbers of the Post Offices in this region. I want to create a POI to add these to the c330

When I downloaded a POI file from a website, it created a file with an extension of .gpi, but all the instructions say to create a .csv file, which doesn't seem to be recognized by POI loader.

Any suggestions?


understanding poi

over the weekend i learned to make my own poi's. id like to thank everyone who helped me. i did not know the difference between a speed poi, a redlight poi,and places poi. now i do and it helps in understanding my gps which is a c530. the article by sam penrod was a big help. take a look :ttp://

how to make a poi

on fri JM made be a simple poi file to test the loading of poi on my c530 and memory card. I like to know how to do that. is there a "how to" file or site?

New help links

I've added a few more links to the faq / help page. It now includes links to useful software and details on the Garmin CSV file format.


excel docs as pois?

Hey all-

I'm trying to figure out if you can save addresses/points of interest in an excel document and then load that document onto my nuvi. I have quite a few addresses I need for work so I am trying to figure out if this is possible. I can save the document as a CSV file but for some reason when I try to load it, the loader does not recognize it. Anyone have any ideas?

Just bought GPS in Australia

Hi Love the site
I am new to GPS. 67 yrs old, retired geographer with the travel bug. Bought Garmin Map60Cx, could not justify the $A100 for a compass and altimeter.In 2007 I will be visiting New Zealand and later Canadian west coast and Alaskan Inner passage. Hopefully the basemap in the 60 Cx will allow me to follow my adventures overseas.
My main aim is to synchonise digital photos with tracks so that I can locate them. Any advice on the best way to achieve this would be appreciated.

itry The forgetful one

Creating a POI Data base

I am just starting this POI Stuff.

We are planning a trip to Germany over the Christmas holidays.

I have Garmins City Navigator which is loaded with POI's.

But this is what I would like to do.

As we are reading about all of the cool places we might want to see, I would like to create a custom database of POIs for each of them. I would like to load them using Garmin's POI loader in the custom POI's and have them show up as special icons or maybe even with an alarm.


Now that I am starting to understand the nuances of POI files, and realized that I can construct my own, it makes entering a lot of data (a lot of stops) much easier and posting them to the Garmin Street Pilot i5.

It is NOT necessary to enter a number of addresses, such as I want to do every week for garage sales, using the thumb wheel and going through the same State, and Town for each entry.

(BBQ Man)
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