Custom POI file - how to see it on the map.

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    Hi there, I'm from Italy so I beg your pardon for my poor English.
    I'm using a Garmin DriveSmart 76;
    I put on the Poi folder a GPI file using Garmin Express utility but I was not able to see it on the map;
    To fix the problem I tried to use the category function to assign to the file a category name but it seems to me that it isn't possible to assign a category to a whole file, only to a single Poi.
    Every advice is welcome.
    Thank you
     
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    If you use Garmin POI loader to create the GPI file you can enter a distance (in Metres, Kmetres, feet, Miles etc.) for each group of POIs, the Satnav will then automatically alert you when you approach the POI if you have :- Settings >> Proximety Alerts >> Alerts >> Custom POIs selected

    You can also manually display a Custom POI using :- Where To ? >> Categories >> [Scroll down to] Other Categories >> Custom POIs to display a list of Custom POIs

    NOTE :- The POIs that are built-into the map can be switched on with :- Settings >> Map & Vehicle >> Map Layers >> Up Ahead Places >> [Select Restaurants, Banks etc], but is not possible to select your Custom POIs from this menu
     
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    Thank you guy, I tried to use poiloader starting from a csv file but it doesn't work, the function ended with an error.
    Are you saying me that it isn't possible to use a custom poi on the map during a trip?
    What is the difference between putting a gpi file in the poi folder and loading it using poiloader from a csv file?
    Shoudn't it be the same?
    Thank you.
     
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    Yes you can use a Custom POI on the map during a trip, but for this to happen automatically you must enter a distance at which the POI will alert you, this is done during generation of the GPI file, the Garmin POI loader asks you to enter this distance, so when the GPI file is generated the distance MUST be entered
     
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    Ok, I followed your indication and now I can see my custom POI on the map, it's the first step;
    I entered the alert's distance but it didn't work, may be I have to load the mp3 file on the Garmin?
    Can I change the icon of my Poi?
    Forgive me for asking you so many things and
    thank you again.
    Pier Luigi
     
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    The POI (computer) folder contains these files :-

    Gatso30.csv
    Gatso30.bmp
    Gatso30.wav

    The CSV file contains data in this fornat :-

    0.19857, 51.32294, Banstead,
    -0.20301, 51.65531, Barnet,
    -3.24159, 51.4145, Barry,
    -2.35875, 51.38326, Bath,

    The BMP contains a picture for the POI icon, so to change the icon you must change this picture

    How to create an icon for Custom POIs
    https://support.garmin.com/en-GB/?faq=gtDjiglxSO5nLNr3BP8m36

    Also see link Click Here

    The WAV, MP3 etc. is a sound file that is played when the icon is displayed, Note, this sound file is optional, it does not have to be present
     
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    I'm sorry,
    Inside the POI folder I see only GPI files, not BMP neither MP3;
    All the files name there are of the kind XxxCyclopsSample;
    See you.
    Pier Luigi
     
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    The 'POI folder' I was refering to is the folder on your computer where the Data files can be found when building a GPI file, this file here :-

    2023-05-16_09.52.42.jpg

    Please look at ALL the links above EG:- This Link Click Here

    And This Link Click Here
     
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    Ok, understood. The pc folder was loaded with those files, the only difference is a file mp3 instead of wav, is it an error?
    See you.
    Pier Luigi
     
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    I have only ever used WAV audio files, however Garmin do say MP3 can be used on some satnavs, but this may only be on units that have a built-in MP3 player, I am not sure
     
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