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Adding POI files to Garmin Nuvi
May 22, 2011
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Hi Jim and Chris,

I have the Mega file on my laptop S/T for planning purposes but like the Nuvi when traveling because it's handy for looking up a reststop, restaurant, etc. We don't use the S/T GPS as it takes too long to load up.  I have loaded the RV Directions on my Nuvi which I like and is a smaller file.  My question is:  Can I add additional files from the POI website to my Nuvi SD card and access both that file and RV Directions?  There are some files I'd like to have that are not included in the RV Directions.  What about another SD card and swapping them?  Not ideal but might work for plan B if I can't put them together.

BTW, we had breakfast with Clark and Helen this morning and we are both planning to be in Madison for FMCA.  We woud love to get together for a beverage or a meal if you have time in your schedule.  Let's us know.

Thanks for your help.

Frank Teale

May 22, 2011
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David Cross
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Hi Frank,

Have you ever seen the POI Factory? If not, check out http://www.poi-factory.com/. You will need to join, but it is all free.

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Dave

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May 23, 2011
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Yes, that's where I was going to get the files I want to add but I couldn't find the answer to my question.  Perhaps I should look again.

 

Thanks.

May 23, 2011
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I'm not sure what you mean by RV Directions, but you can load multiple files using POI Loader which you can get off the Garmin website.

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May 23, 2011
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Here is a link to the RV Directions website.   http://www.rvdirections.com/index.html

 

 It's a program similiar to the Megafile but has more detailed information about each campground, Walmart, etc which is handy.  It's not free however and does not have near the locations of the megafile.  It does work on the Nuvi and I think the megafile would be too large.  I guess I could go to the POI factory and download piecemeal the files I want but it would be nice if I could add to the RV Directions data.  The only solution I can think of is a seperate SD card.

 

Frank

May 23, 2011
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Frank,

It looks like they send you a bunch of .csv files for the Garmin. Take a look at what they send. You should be able to open with Excel or another program that opens .csv files. Look at the entire structure of the file(s) and or folders they sent you. You can add your own files to their structure or add additional folders, all included in the same structure and using POI Loader, get them all into either the SD Card or the memory of the Nuvi that you have. I personally have a folder on my computer called POI. Within that folder, I have nested folders called Food, People, Places, RV and Shopping. Within each of these folders, I have any number of csv, bmp, wav, mps and gpx files. I update the files in my POI folder on a regular basis and download everything into the Garmin using POI Loader on a regular schedule, to make sure I have the latest information. I use both csv and gpx files, depending on what is available to me from POI Factory or other sources. I have several Nuvi's and some need wav while others need mps for the sound. The bmp's are for different icons. Everything works just great. Give it a try. It should work for you.

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Dave

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May 23, 2011
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I will give it a try but I'm not an expert so will see how I get along.  Thanks for your help.

May 24, 2011
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There is a way to transfer megafile pushpin sets to your Garmin …

The trick is to have them as stops on a route, then you can transfer those stops using the technique shown in the 'Send Points to Garmin' video in the Streets and Trips series: /streets-and-trips-learning-series/

You can convert a pushpin set to stops by right-clicking and choose 'Add Pushpins as Stops'

The problem with this technique is that you're usually dealing with so many points that the route kinda chokes up.  It's probably better to use Data / Export to GPX file …  I don't have a video on that  …. yet. 🙂

 

And Frank … yes!  We'd love to get together in Madison.  We're teaching a new hands-on class for Editing photos with Picasa – we're looking for volunteer assistants.  Might you be interested?  to be continued via email…

June 15, 2011
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David,

I'm curious if you use the Proximity Alert feature when using POI Loader? 

June 15, 2011
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Yes Chris, I have played around with Proximity Alerts and use them for some of my POI's, such as Red Light Camera's, Speed Camera's and a few others. I have a Pacific Pride card and have those set up as proximity as well as Trader Joe's and a couple of others. For what it's worth, I'll be in Madison also. Lynn and I would love to get together for a beverage or lunch or dinner if you have time. I might also be available to help out in one of your classes if it doesn't conflict with something I just have to attend.

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