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HOW-TO: Garmin Alerts & TourGuides

#1 User is offline   dbrillha 

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 06:04 AM

I've created a cookbook on how-to create custom alerts & TourGuides on a Garmin GPS. The TourGuide alerts are particularly interesting because they alert you to proximity to a coordinate regardless of being on the same road as you are on... true straight-line proximity.

http://brillharts.com/GarminAlerts

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 06:19 PM

 dbrillha, on Jan 12 2008, 06:04 AM, said:

I've created a cookbook on how-to create custom alerts & TourGuides on a Garmin GPS. The TourGuide alerts are particularly interesting because they alert you to proximity to a coordinate regardless of being on the same road as you are on... true straight-line proximity.

http://brillharts.com/GarminAlerts
Thank you - I've been trying to get this to work with Garmin Mobile XT but not having much luck. Maybe something that it just can't handle yet, but your "cookbook" will help me find out! :ph34r:

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 07:32 PM

 TFTC, on Jan 14 2008, 06:19 PM, said:

 dbrillha, on Jan 12 2008, 06:04 AM, said:

I've created a cookbook on how-to create custom alerts & TourGuides on a Garmin GPS. The TourGuide alerts are particularly interesting because they alert you to proximity to a coordinate regardless of being on the same road as you are on... true straight-line proximity.

http://brillharts.com/GarminAlerts
Thank you - I've been trying to get this to work with Garmin Mobile XT but not having much luck. Maybe something that it just can't handle yet, but your "cookbook" will help me find out! :ph34r:


GMXT, at least the palm version doesn't support custom sound for custom POI's. It also doesn't support pictures linked to custom POI's.

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 07:35 PM

 dbrillha, on Jan 12 2008, 06:04 AM, said:

I've created a cookbook on how-to create custom alerts & TourGuides on a Garmin GPS. The TourGuide alerts are particularly interesting because they alert you to proximity to a coordinate regardless of being on the same road as you are on... true straight-line proximity.

http://brillharts.com/GarminAlerts


Nice guide.

I haven't done a formal test, but the nuvi 760 seems to give an alert for proximity points even when not on the same road as the point. It will also crash if you turn it on and you are within the proximity of a tourguide point.

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 10:37 PM

 rwsmith123, on Jan 14 2008, 07:32 PM, said:

 TFTC, on Jan 14 2008, 06:19 PM, said:

 dbrillha, on Jan 12 2008, 06:04 AM, said:

I've created a cookbook on how-to create custom alerts & TourGuides on a Garmin GPS. The TourGuide alerts are particularly interesting because they alert you to proximity to a coordinate regardless of being on the same road as you are on... true straight-line proximity.

http://brillharts.com/GarminAlerts
Thank you - I've been trying to get this to work with Garmin Mobile XT but not having much luck. Maybe something that it just can't handle yet, but your "cookbook" will help me find out! :huh:


GMXT, at least the palm version doesn't support custom sound for custom POI's. It also doesn't support pictures linked to custom POI's.
I get the feeling the PPC version doesn't either. I can load a poi file that has speed/proximity alerts (they show up in the POI description) but if I rename the files to include "TourGuide", those disappear (which might actually make sense, probably wouldn't want to see them during a "tour") - although, the POI icon does become the one from the file with the same name. But I'm not getting alerted as I approach them (neither sound nor text).

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 08:36 AM

With the palm version of GMXT I still get an alert (some beeps) instead of my custom sound for proximity waypoints. The same for a tourguide point, instead of the audio portion it just beeps.

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 09:18 PM

 rwsmith123, on Jan 20 2008, 08:36 AM, said:

With the palm version of GMXT I still get an alert (some beeps) instead of my custom sound for proximity waypoints. The same for a tourguide point, instead of the audio portion it just beeps.
I'm not able to get the tourguide feature to work at all with GMXT (for smartphones w/built in GPSr). I see the POI's as normal POI's but with no proximity warning. If I take the "tourguide" out of the file names, then I get proximity alerts, but of course, only when I am routing right past them. Can you tell me how you configured your GPX to get tourguide to work for you? I'm assuming you get a proximity warning even when you are in map mode and not routing right past the POI?

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 12:41 PM

 rwsmith123, on Jan 14 2008, 07:35 PM, said:

I haven't done a formal test, but the nuvi 760 seems to give an alert for proximity points even when not on the same road as the point. It will also crash if you turn it on and you are within the proximity of a tourguide point.



Oh am I so glad to see someone else have this problem - it's driving me nuts.

Nuvi 760

Yes indeed if you switch the thing on and you have TOURGUIDE POI that is within your proximity it will indeed crash as soon as you try to look at the map.

Solution? It's ugly, I've found the only way to beat the nuvi, is to switch it on, (type in your pin if set) click agree and click View Map as fast as your fingers will allow before it has time to calculate that you are within the distance to a TOURGUIDE POI. Then you can normally use the nuvi as normal. It does still freeze very regularly.

I'm just about to email Garmin tech Support about this. Hopefully we can get it fixed.

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