POI-Warner Price €19.90
Navigator Add-On Price $4.99
Since TomTom have released
their SDK (Software Development Kit) to developers, there have been many
developers starting to create add-in products for TomTom Navigator to try and
address the features that aren't already included which users are crying out for
and to enhance upon the original Navigator features.
Markus Schwarzkopf of
Navigating.de has produced two products
to wet our appetites for a richer system. Navigator Add-On and POI-Warner.
POI-Warner v1.01 for TomTom Navigator
As the name suggests, POI Warner does just that.
It will warn you of POI's as you approach them.
With POI Warner you can setup your own POI's and
have these monitored within TomTom Navigator and alerted when you approach
these. Although it's ideal for Speed Camera use, it can be used for other
items like being warned of where the next Petrol Station may be, or perhaps the
next rest stop or restaurant.
POI-Warner is a lightweight application, requires
very little memory to run and sits behind TomTom Navigator quite nicely.
In the General Options screen, you can set
POI-Warner to check for POI's at intervals of 0.75 seconds up to 2 seconds which
will enable it to pick up and notify you of a new POI very quickly! There
is also a feature to fade in and fade out the visualisation on screen, and also
Voice Navigation which can interrupt Navigator's Voice Navigation and play it's
own BUZZER warning.
POI-Warner won't use the standard POI's you have
set up in your OV2 database within TomTom Navigator, but you can create your own
OV2 database of POI's using other utilities on our downloads page to accomplish
Once you've created your own OV2 database using
either DumpOV2 from TomTom or using one of Richard Davie's utilities on our
downloads page, you can then get started. We created our own OV2 file
called UKSpeed and also copied our GATSO icon and renamed it to the same name
UKSpeed.bmp giving us a GATSO like icon within TomTom Navigator (you'll see this
later). All OV2's you have in the POI-Warner directory will show up in the
POI combo box allowing you to select the relevant POI database. Once
selected, you can set a whole host of options on how you will be notified.
Ranging from the First and Last warning in seconds that can be anything from 0
seconds to 30 seconds, and also the Detection Angle which will help in
allowing POI-Warner to only notify you of POI's on the road you are on and not
nearby roads. With each warning type, you can set the WAV file to play,
both on First and Last Warning and the option to only play this
You also have an option for the Speed
Limit where you can set the Maximum setting near POI in KM/H with a
seperate WAV file which can be good if most of the POI's you pass are
GATSO's and they're on 50kph roads.
Once you've set the above options, POI-Warner will
work it's magic. Simply plot and drive your planned routes like you
normally would do, but this time when you get close to a POI that you've
requested to be notified of, you will get a BUZZER style warning, and a visual
notification on screen where the closer you get to the POI, the higher up the
screen the pointer will get until you reach the red scale where you will be
right on top of the POI.
POI-Warner doesn't clutter the screen up,
everything within POI-Warner has been designed for simplicity, and it does work
We've taken POI-Warner on a two week road test,
and it has been proven to be very useful, always notifying you within a large
enough distance, even when travelling at speed. The only problem is that
you do have to create your own OV2 (POI) database files, and this can be time
consuming. Some users will perhaps steer clear of this until enough POI
files are out there which can be used, but for the GPS road warrior, this will
be an invaluable tool! We also have a huge amount of POI's available both
on our TomTom Navigator POI
page and our Downloads
New Features to arrive shortly for POI-Warner
Within the next few days we should see the release
of v1.10 of POI-Warner which will double it's worth by adding many new and
enhanced features including:-
pure .ov2 support
(no need to convert the files to .asc any more)
POI-Recorder (simply record your POIs when on the road by pressing the assigned
which enables you to manage all your POIs from the Pocket PC.
Exporting of .asc-files on your Pocket PC
Synchronizing-abilities for importing .ov2 or .asc files from friends or from
other websites containing enhanced features to avoid duplicates.
The new updates
will be free to all registered POI-Warner users, and the price will remain the
€19.90 making this a great value product!
Navigator Add-On v2.14
Navigator Add-On is a program that allows you to
integrate Pocket Outlook contacts into TomTom Navigator and PowerLOC Destinator
1. What Add-On does is allows you to select various contacts out of your
Pocket Outlook database to navigate to, and it will copy the address details and
through a macro facility, take you into the Navigate features of TomTom
Navigator PowerLOC Destinator and manually enter addresses using the first line
of the address in your Pocket Outlook contact database and the city name.
This works very well, but you have to make sure that the first line of the
address does have the road name you need to go to and not the house name, for
instance many businesses will have a house name
like Bellevue House. If you have this as the first line of the address
field, then Add-On will unfortunately fail, providing you check all your
addresses are formatted correctly, then you will find Add-On a very useful
When you run Add-On you're greeted with a very
simple screen showing all the contacts in your address book. Simply
highlight the name, and click one of the buttons below to either Send Address to
Navigator or to Start Navigator and Send Address, and that's it, pretty simple!
Add-On works very well, the only thing that did stump us was that
not all of our contacts were showing in the database list on screen. The
reason for this was because we simply didn't have addresses listed for all of
our contacts. Add-On recognises this and excludes the contacts you don't
have addresses for, making sure that if you do try to navigate to a contact,
you're going to get it right. One thing to bear in mind, and this is no
fault of Add-On, but in the UK, TomTom do have a lot of place names/cities not
included in the geodata, so sometimes planning a route isn't always possible,
and this will of course trip up Add-on. You will also have problems
navigating to some of these addresses anyway, so sometimes you do have to resort
to a point and click scenario of plotting a destination in TomTom Navigator.
Both Navigator Add-On
and POI-Warner are essential features and shows you just what every TomTom
Navigator user is missing.
retails for a remarkable $4.99 and POI-Warner retails for
€19.90 euros (about $21), so
for a total price of $25.99) you have both an Outlook contact integration into
TomTom Navigator and a great POI Detection and Alert program!
If you have any questions regarding POI-Warner, why not
visit the TomTom Navigator forum.
Please note, like many of our reviews written prior
to WM2003 (July 2003), this review was written prior to WM2003 and
this version has not been tested under WM2003.