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PGPSW Speed Camera Database on TomTom iPhone App
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:24 pm    Post subject: PGPSW Speed Camera Database on TomTom iPhone App Reply with quote

Installing the PGPSW Speed Camera Database (or other POI files) on the TomTom iPhone App

Please note: This workaround is NOT supported by PocketGPSWorld. Our CamerAlert app is the supported solution for iPhone users. We cannot provide support for this workaround and you carry out the procedures detailed below at your own risk.

This Does not require a Jail Broken iPhone

To achieve this:



You will need:
  • DiskAid Application (Mac/PC)
  • The ZipFile containing the modified bitmaps and .ogg sound warnings. Updated for TomTom iPhone v1.9
  • PocketGPSWorld SpeedZoned UK Database in TomTom .ov2 format
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DiskAid
v1.9 Zip File (iPhone3G/3GS icons 22x22)
v1.9 Zip File (iPhone4 icons 44x44)

The installation is not difficult but you must follow the steps exactly as outlined below. Enjoy.

Note for devices that support apps running in the background such as iPhone4 Please ensure the TomTom app is NOT running in the background or you will experience problems getting the new mapsettings.cfg file to take effect. To shut the app down double click the round button on the front of your iPhone, if the TomTom icon appears at the bottom of the screen press and hold the icon until you can deselect it by pressing the red dot that appears over the icon.

First of all you will need to download an application for your computer called "DiskAid" which is available in both Windows and MAC variants from Here Its free to use in eval mode for 14 days, after which you need a licenced version which doesn't cost a great deal and opens up a wealth of posibilities for customisation of files on your iPhone.

With DiskAid installed to your PC the first step is to enable all the options in the user preferences. Launch the application and select DiskAid/ Preferences from the Toolbar and make sure all options are selected:



Shut down and then restart DiskAid as the required change will only take effect at the next start up of the program.

Download the Speed Zoned Database from this site in TomTom ov2 format and unzip the download to a folder on the PC, you only need to keep the ov2 files from this download as the icons and sound files are downloaded from this page instead as the normal icons don't work with the iPhone app.
The zip file download from near the top of this page contains all the icons that have been modified and ready to use within the iPhone app, also included is a set of spoken voice alerts and the mapsettings.cfg file

Connect your iPhone to the computer, iTunes isn't needed for the rest of this procedure so it can be shut down.

Launch DiskAid and locate the folder where the TomTom app resides, in this next screen shot it is for the UK & ROI app, if you have Western_Europe installed the folder name will differ:



Click the "Copy files to device" icon and go to the folder on your computer where the PGPSW speed camera files have been extracted to, browse to the folder on your computer containing all the PGPSW files (note only a small selection are shown in this screen capture):



Select all the files and click "Open" for them to transfer to the iPhone, this operation will have sent all the third party custom POI files to the correct folder on the iPhone, next we need to configure the POI warnings which isn't as easy as other TomTom products as there isn't a "Warn When Near POI" option available on the iPhone - Help is at hand though....

The new mapsettings.cfg is next, take care as to which folder you put this file in to as it must go in the exact folder as shown below, it does not go in the same folder as the POI files.



Your Home location will need changing after doing this and you will lose any recent destinations/ favourites but in use you get the full comprehensive coverage the Pocket GPS World Speed Camera Database offers including spoken alerts informing you of the approaching camera type and rated speed all without Jail Breaking your iPhone:



The above screen capture proves the iPhone app from TomTom also works with the X2 larger icon files, note this screen capture was from an earlier version, since V1,6 up to and including the current release (V1,9) the additional icon top left is no longer displayed.

A short video of it in action Here

Edit once to add video link - Mike Alder
Second Edit to add note re shutting TT app down before loading files
Third Edit to bring in line with V1,9 - Mike Alder[/b]


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Breaking the speed limit again I see. Did you get nicked? Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The screen shots were in demo mode, although if you watch the video I guess whoever was driving might have done - Mike
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am giving this a bash, followed Mike's instructions to the letter and all appears to have gone fine so far, just waiting for the new mapsettings file to be emailed to me. This will improve the functionality of the app no end.
Thanks

NB, Presumably, once it's all up and runnin we should disable tomtoms own cameras from being displayed and notified to us?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DiskAid provides for an easy route to remove certain files from folders on the iPhone including the TomTom Safety Camera files, once they are removed it should update them.
I removed the TomTom Safety camera files last night from my unit as its quite obvious which ones they are when you get to the step of adding the ov2, bmp, ogg files etc to your map folder, you can of course leave both databases installed if you want to for a week or two in order to compare them then remove the inferiour product, somehow I know which one will be deleted Cool - Mike
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike sent me the files and I can confirm it works perfectly. Cheers Mike.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweeeet Smile

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hopefully we will get an iPhone specific download sorted out before too long depending upon MaFt's workload.


will get his done tomorrow.

i'm not happy with BMP files simply being renamed to PNG... Does it work with actual, real PNG files?

also, would it be feasible to offer a batch (.BAT) file to rename the BMP's?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bmp renamed to png works, bmp files saved/ converted to png doesn't work which kinda answers the file type - It is rather unique.

As this requires a mapsettings.cfg file to be provided in order to work its somewhat different to the normal PGPSW database downloads in that it will only work with the Speed Zoned database and excludes pMobiles as it currently stands (my choice).

I can see quite some debate over offering different warning distances and camera options but each one will require a specific MapSettings.cfg file creating which simply isn't viable, most iPhone TomTom users won't have a PND to clone the required file from and there is no way to configure the alerts on the iPhone - Mike
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaFt wrote:
also, would it be feasible to offer a batch (.BAT) file to rename the BMP's?

Using Windows 7 command window "rename *.bmp *.png" renamed all the files in one go, no batch file needed.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps through the community here we can get a variety of CFG files. My wife has a TomTom stand-alone device, but not sure offhand how to access the files on that.

Personally I like to see all the cameras, and with a fair warning. Will have a tinker!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to Mike for emailing me the files needed. Works well. I'll be removing tomtoms own cameras as they simply cannot compare to the accuarcy of our sites. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Note you can just turn off TomTom's cameras, unless you want to delete them as an act of rebellion Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you also add / navigate to ordinary POIs too? Petrol stations etc
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PaulB2005 wrote:
Can you also add / navigate to ordinary POIs too? Petrol stations etc

Yes you can, just re-name the file extension from bmp to png for the icon and load the files in the same way as the OP, note the icons show correctly on the map but they don't show up in the menu as icons just a TomTom logo next to the POI category name, need to work out a way around this but its a very minor niggle to be honest, you can certainly use them in the usual way for navigating to etc - Mike
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