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Old 11-23-2008, 07:32 PM   #16
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Unfortunately, the GPX file from POIfriend causes MapSource (and GPSBabel) to choke :(

I haven't figured out how to install the CSV files into MapSource (or my eTrex Vista)
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:15 PM   #17
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Unfortunately, the GPX file from POIfriend causes MapSource (and GPSBabel) to choke :(

I haven't figured out how to install the CSV files into MapSource (or my eTrex Vista)
POIfriend has several different formats to choose from. Three are probably the most useful for Garmin owners.

1. Garmin - this is a .csv (comma seperated values, common in spreadsheets) file that is the standard format for POI data. If you download this file you will need the POI Loader utility from Garmin. There may be other tools available on the net for this as well.

2. Garmin (direct) - when they say direct, they mean directly to your gps. Your gps must be on and connected to your PC and you must have a special plug-in installed in your pc/browser. If you don't know if you have it, you most likely do not.

3. GPS Exchange - this is the .gpx format file. This is probably the most direct way to get all these locations (although if you have a recent version of City Nav North America you likely have most of Tim Horton's locations in your map data already). This file is about 530K or so.

That's the good news. The bad news is that the Tim Horton's gpx file is corrupt in some way, because my version of MapSource (6.13.7) can not read it. I downloaded it three times and got exactly the same file each time. MapSource says it is 'not a valid file...'. I looked at it and it seems okay, but there are 20,000 plus lines in it so who knows where the glitch is. Oh well.

Hope that helps.
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:24 AM   #18
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1. Garmin - this is a .csv (comma seperated values, common in spreadsheets) file that is the standard format for POI data. If you download this file you will need the POI Loader utility from Garmin. There may be other tools available on the net for this as well.
This is the way I recommend - there's no point in using up the limited number of waypoints with this kind of thing. You'd soon run out. I've used this method with the POIfriend files and it works well.

The other method would be to use the "Garmin Direct" which uses a plugin to connect directly to the gpsr. But then of course it does use up your 500 or 1000 waypoints, depending on the model. That's okay if you're loading a small file but with 3385 Tim's locations, it's not going to get very far.

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Old 11-24-2008, 05:39 AM   #19
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That's the good news. The bad news is that the Tim Horton's gpx file is corrupt in some way, because my version of MapSource (6.13.7) can not read it. I downloaded it three times and got exactly the same file each time.
Same here, that's why I tried the CSV file...

I think I will write an app to convert the CSV file into a GPX. It's helpful for all those POI databases at GpsPasSion as well.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:16 AM   #20
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Same here, that's why I tried the CSV file...

I think I will write an app to convert the CSV file into a GPX. It's helpful for all those POI databases at GpsPasSion as well.
Have you used POILoader?

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Old 11-24-2008, 08:32 AM   #21
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I am using an eTrex Vista so I do my work in MapSource and then sync with the GPS. If I understand correctly, POILoader communicates directly with a compatible GPS, which excludes mine :)

Now that I think about it more, GPSBabel will convert CSV files to GPX (or GDB, for that matter) so I can use that to convert the stuff from POIFriend.
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Old 11-24-2008, 08:47 AM   #22
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I am using an eTrex Vista so I do my work in MapSource and then sync with the GPS. If I understand correctly, POILoader communicates directly with a compatible GPS, which excludes mine :)

Now that I think about it more, GPSBabel will convert CSV files to GPX (or GDB, for that matter) so I can use that to convert the stuff from POIFriend.
I see that now. Too bad. It's really great to be able to load the files the POI way since if you do anything else with your GPSr, like Geocaching, you really can't be filling it with TH locations.

As long as you're careful to only load ones within a certain proximity to your own location, that would be a more reasonable number. But then you probably already know where the local ones are anyway...

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I generally do not stray from Ontario, so I wouldn't load any of the non-Ontario locations.

I do not understand how POIs don't fill the waypoint database. Aren't POIs waypoints on the new(er) Garmins?
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I generally do not stray from Ontario, so I wouldn't load any of the non-Ontario locations.

I do not understand how POIs don't fill the waypoint database. Aren't POIs waypoints on the new(er) Garmins?
No, they are different from normal waypoints. When you do a "Find", you go to the bottom of the list - then you select "Custom Points of Interest", and from there press "Menu" and "Select Database" then choose the one you want, in this case Tim Hortons.

See the attached screen shot.

But these do not affect the number of waypoints in the GPSr.
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:00 AM   #25
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I do not understand how POIs don't fill the waypoint database. Aren't POIs waypoints on the new(er) Garmins?
Here's a screen shot which shows the "Select Database" screen.
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Old 12-03-2008, 02:41 AM   #26
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Custom POI's

Plenty of room !
Just to let you know that my custom POI files all add up to a staggering 271469 points
Yep- over a quarter of a million of them and I still haven't made the unit crash-

(which is more that can be said about me and my bike!)
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:37 AM   #27
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That's crazy! Do you see anything on the screen other than POIs?

Seriously, doesn't this make the GPS sluggish?
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That's crazy! Do you see anything on the screen other than POIs?

Seriously, doesn't this make the GPS sluggish?
You just turn on "Declutter" mode.
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:59 AM   #29
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Neat... I didn't even know this feature existed :)
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Neat... I didn't even know this feature existed :)
You won't likely find it on your Vista, but it's there on my 60CSx.
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