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What is the format of a Garmin .gps file?

 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:11 pm    Post subject: What is the format of a Garmin .gps file? Reply with quote

Am I right in thinking that a .gpx file is similar to an xml file?

I think that I've created a valid .gpx file (GPSBabel "GPX XML" type) but I'm getting a message from POILoader "No valid data was found in the specified folder, therefore no data was written. If you need further assistance, please call Garmin Support". Well that was a nicely coded reply - tell me which file and where in that file there was invalid data! Evil or Very Mad

It's either the input file "Universal csv with field structure in first line" which GPSBable uses OK for TomTom file or it's the .bmp that I've been experimenting with as well.

I've tried to post some code of the .gpx file (as examined via a basic text editor) here, but unfortunately it contains illegal BBCode i.e. GT sign which is a bit of a nuisance.

In the meantime. I shall go back to basics to use both a .csv file and a .bmp file combination that I know works and then try the modified .csv file and retain the same .bmp file so that only one file is changed at a time.

However if somebody could confirm whether or not a .gpx file is of similar structure to an .xml file then I would at least know that I'm heading in the correct direction, or not! Thumbs Up

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also What information can I put in a Garmin .gpx file? Can I put in a telephone number, which I can make a paired mobile phone use?

Are there any other attributes that I can put into a .gpx file to make a more interesting or enhanced POI?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may find this helpful if you use BaseCamp http://www.poi-factory.com/node/47699
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi sussamb,,

I'm trying to create .gpx from .csv using GPSBabel.

I didn't know that BaseCamp could be used for creating POIs, I thought that it was only for creating routes. Embarassed

I will have look at BaseCamp tomorrow.

Just to clarify, can I convert .csv file to .gpx file using BaseCamp?

Also what other attributes (apart from longitude, latitude, name and possible phone) can I use to create an enhanced POI?

I will want to look at creating TourGuides at some point as well, but I need to be able to walk before I can run!! Thumbs Up

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's loads of info you can include. There are schemas available but they are too heavy in content.

As you've found, an online converter is the best route.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may find this site useful...
Tricks, Tips, Work Arounds, Hints, Secrets and Ideas for the Garmin nüvi (nuvi) GPS (and others)
http://ghayman.net/GARMIN.TnT/
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great link fruit. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As it happens ... that's the site I used when I needed info for the Converter. It has been mentioned before, although, it did go down for quite a while and returned under a different addy.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi fruit, thanks for the link. It looks a good resource with a lot of information.

Unfortunately I wasn't abel to do anything on my Garmin POIs yesterday as I had a few jobs to do around the house in the morning and then go to work in the afternoon and evening. Evil or Very Mad Rolling Eyes

Well, I installed BaseCamp this morning and my initially impression is that it's unintuitive for creating POIs and that it's very limited in what file formats it can import. BaseCamp can't import .csv files which is a major headache!

It looks like I'll continue to try an use the following method:
  • Keep master list as Excel .xlsx file.
  • Manually extract relevant data to .csv (I may later try to learn VBA in order to automate process).
  • Use GPSBabel to convert to .gpx format.
  • Use POI Loader to create .gpi file.
Well, that's the theory - I just need to experiment to put it into practice.

I would like to keep a central master list so that I can create TomTom, Garmin, and possibly other types of POIs from one source, which makes data maintenance much easier and change control possible.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could also use JaVaWa's RTWtool (Route, Waypoint, Track tool), it has an import wizard for CSV files, which you can then export to GPX or GDB or clipboard and then paste results into a BaseCamp list.

http://www.javawa.nl/rtwtool_en.html
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This tool looks like it creates one POI from the data entered.

If it does what it claims then adding further POI's should be a doddle.

http://gpx-poi.com/
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try 'Extra POI Editor; http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/

as that converts OV2, csv, xls, to GPX and vice versa. I use it to convert to the various formats that I need and it is easy to use.

This page may also help http://gpx-poi.com/
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allan_whoops wrote:
Try 'Extra POI Editor; as that converts OV2, csv, xls, to GPX and vice versa. I use it to convert to the various formats that I need and it is easy to use.[/url]

I used to use Extra POI Editor when I had a Windows PC and I think that it's a great tool. I now use a Mac and unfortunately there is no Mac version of Extra POI Editor.

sussamb wrote:
You could also use JaVaWa's RTWtool (Route, Waypoint, Track tool), it has an import wizard for CSV files, which you can then export to GPX or GDB or clipboard and then paste results into a BaseCamp list.

http://www.javawa.nl/rtwtool_en.html

Thanks, I'll have a look at that.

Kremmen wrote:
This tool looks like it creates one POI from the data entered.

If it does what it claims then adding further POI's should be a doddle.

http://gpx-poi.com/

That also looks interesting, I'm running out of time today (have to be in work in 15 minutes) but I'll check it out as soon as I can.

Many thanks to all of you for your help and suggestions.

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