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GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest

Owners of portable or automobile GPS units will be excited to know we just released support for POI (Points of Interest) files with all the Roadfood restaurants we reviewed on the site. Once installed, you will be alerted whenever you come within a certain proximity of a terrific Roadfood meal. Check your owners guidebook to see if they support the feature (many of the newer ones do), and then download the appropriate files.

Roadfood Insider Subscribers can access these files on the “Map” section of the web site. Everyone else can demo a limited version of the feature by clicking on one of the links:

Download Garmin POI:
http://www.roadfood.com/xml/RoadfoodGarminPOI.csv

Download .GPX POI:
http://www.roadfood.com/xml/DownloadGPX.aspx

Download .CSV POI:
http://www.roadfood.com/xml/RoadfoodPOI.csv

If you are not sure which file to use, then try importing with the ".GPX" file. It is usually supported (or easily convertible) by many of the popular brands.
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    Oneiron339
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/02 16:33:51 (permalink)
    I hope it works with my new Magellan I received for Christmas.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/02 18:53:48 (permalink)
    Stephen;

    I've been using the POIs with a Garmin we brought with us to Oregon, and it's awesome. Only problem I've encountered that the voice inside the GPS pronounced Nick's Coney Island as "Nick's Coney Iceland."
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/02 19:30:26 (permalink)
    GPS units with Text To Speech (like yours) can really botch up some pronunciations. Still, the technology truly amazes me.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/02 19:52:10 (permalink)
    GPS technology really amazes me. I had one on my boat and it would get me back to my dock in total fog. I did not have radar so I still had to be on alert for other traffic in fog. I came in one morning with a total fogged in condition. It was very hairy as I could not see s---. I was amazed when I arrived looking directly at my lift only a few feet away. Total relief and amazement.

    Stephen, great job on this upgrade . It will be fun driving down interstate or whatever and hearing a prompt from the unit advising a safe U turn.

    Paul E. Smith
    Knoxville, TN
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/02 22:11:09 (permalink)
    Stephen,

    Thanks. Unfortunately, my OEM GPS from Honda won't allow an import like this. [code][/code] I was able to use the CSV file to import into two mapping programs that I use, Streets and Trips and Delorme's Street Atlas 2007 plus. The Street Atlas program can also import the GPX file into Street Atlas program, but requires a little more work, but may be worth the work, as I can add it as a draw layer over the Maps. I've got a project to work on. This will be useful when I'm traveling to check out somewhere new to eat in the area I'm traveling. Thanks!

    For others looking to import the CSV file: The first field is longitude, the second field is latitude, and the third is the Name. The reason I'm mentioning this, is the two map programs above, the latitude is displayed first, and longitude is displayed second as options. If you don't reverse them, you'll be displaying your roadfood POIs in the Indian Ocean.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/03 11:46:42 (permalink)
    Seems awesome. This might be a deciding factor to get me to spring for a GPS.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/05 14:29:33 (permalink)
    Stephen,

    When trying to download the POI files, I noticed that the Garmin
    and CSV file are both named RoadfoodPOI.CSV. Are they the same files?

    Vince
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/05 17:11:19 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by vmarinoRoad

    Stephen,

    When trying to download the POI files, I noticed that the Garmin
    and CSV file are both named RoadfoodPOI.CSV. Are they the same files?

    Vince
    They are the same files.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/05 19:24:16 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wheregreggeats.comSeems awesome. This might be a deciding factor to get me to spring for a GPS.
    You might consider renting one. Often, the costs of rental are eaten when you decide to buy one by the merchant. I know this is true at Gander Mountain stores.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/06 07:27:23 (permalink)



    I love my Garmin C330. It really is a miracle device. I have downloaded the file for my GPS and I am reading a boatload of restaurants listed. Can I hook up my GPS by way of the USB port and will things go properly? I'm dumber than I look. What is my next move?

    I live in fear of technology, as it loves to befuddle me. I have finally bought a Sandisk card reader for my digital camera, yet I can't send pictures to Mom. I have a variety of programs for this camera that will not let me do things without an 'error report'.
    Very shortly, you can expect to hear from me as to how can I transfer pictures to this site. I know -that-topic has been covered before, so I will try to find out what to do before I start whining.

    ===GPS units with Text To Speech (like yours) can really botch up some pronunciations. Still, the technology truly amazes me.===

    I use the British voice for my GPS. I call it Emma Peel.... She sounds so civilized and if there is a mispronunciation, it is only due to the fact that we are separated by a common language. British or not, she sure knows where all the pizza places are. I live in Connecticut but I can drive directly to a White Castle in Wisconsin. That address is listed....

    mark

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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/06 07:39:08 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Drewmcdan1

    Stephen,

    I was able to use the CSV file to import into two mapping programs that I use, Streets and Trips and Delorme's Street Atlas 2007 plus.


    Drew, would you mind providing a little more information on how to use this with Delorme's Street Atlas? I cannot figure out how to import the csv. Thanks.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/07 20:52:47 (permalink)
    I've got a fairly new Garmin, but I'm not sure how to download the info into my GPS unit. Can anyone help me?
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/07 21:13:28 (permalink)
    You might want to check out the forums at gpspassion.com they cover poi loading as well as many other topics for GPS users. A great resource both for the GPS novice and experienced user.

    quote:
    Originally posted by rbpalmer

    I've got a fairly new Garmin, but I'm not sure how to download the info into my GPS unit. Can anyone help me?
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/08 08:46:00 (permalink)
    Thanks. I will.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/08 16:50:16 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by C Turner JoyDrew, would you mind providing a little more information on how to use this with Delorme's Street Atlas? I cannot figure out how to import the csv. Thanks.
    You should be able to import it to an SD card and use that in your GPS system. Admittedly, I'm just guessing. I'm exploring using GPS software in a Palm Pilot, with minimal success.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/09 09:42:24 (permalink)
    Hello,

    I answered you over on the gpspassion forum but in case you look here first. You need the poiloader free software from Garmin. Here's the link.
    http://www.garmin.com/products/poiloader/

    Charlie

    quote:
    Originally posted by rbpalmer

    Thanks. I will.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/09 15:03:30 (permalink)
    Can anyone tell me if I can download one of these on a 2006 Mercedes-Benz
    factory in-dash nav system?
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/10 00:15:40 (permalink)
    quote:
    Drew, would you mind providing a little more information on how to use this with Delorme's Street Atlas? I cannot figure out how to import the csv. Thanks.



    Sorry for not responding sooner, but I was away from the PC that has the Delorme software on it. I don’t use Delorme as my primary mapping software (I use Streets and Trips) so I’m not familiar with all of the bells and whistles. I use it primarily to plot vacations by merging GPS data from their Blue Logger GPS, with their picture taking utility and creating a map of sites visited.

    To Import a Database (from the Delorme Street Atlas 2007 help file with comments)
    Use the following steps to import a database into the current Map File.
    1. Click the XData tab to open the XData dialog area. Any dataset(s) included in the current Map File display(s) under Available Datasets.
    Note: A check mark in a check box indicates that the dataset is being displayed on the map. Clear the check box to hide the dataset's symbols on the map.
    2. Click Import to open the Import Wizard.
    3. On the Select Data Source screen, click Data Source to locate and select the desired file from the Open dialog box and then click Next.
    Note: If your file is not available in the directory as expected, you may need to change the file type in the Files of Type drop-down list.
    4. If your data source is a .csv or .txt file, complete this step. If not, proceed to step 5.
    The Select Schema screen displays. Verify how the data displays in the columns. If it is not displaying correctly, under Schema Type, select the option which separates your data into the appropriate columns. If your first row is not a header row, clear the First Row is Header check box. Click Next. The Assign Field Types screen displays

    *****Follow the directions in my previous post for the schema. There is no header info in the CSV file provided.

    Notes:
    • Select Other under Schema Type to use a non-standard file schema definition. You can then select any combination of Tab, Space, Comma, and Other. If you select Other under Delimiter, type the character(s) that separate your data in the text entry box.
    • The First Row is Header check box is selected by default. The program attempts to automatically assign field names based on the data in the first row.
    5. Select which column you want to display as a label on the map using the available radio buttons.
    Note: You can clear a selection to have no label displayed on the map.
    6. Click the Assignment header for each column and select the appropriate field option from the shortcut menu. The Status text box indicates how your data will be geoplaced on the map.
    7. Select how you want to locate your field information (street address or ZIP/Postal Code).
    Note: The available Locate By options are based on which fields have been assigned to the columns.
    8. Click Next. The Select Data Symbol screen displays.
    9. Under Match Status, click Lat/Lon, Street Name, Area, or ZIP/Postal Center and then select the unique symbol and text properties you want to display for each match status. Assigning different symbols/text to your records based on match status shows a visual representation on the map of which records in your dataset were geoplaced exactly, only by street name, only by area, or only by ZIP/Postal Center.
    OR
    Under Match Status, select the Use the same symbol/text for all categories check box to identify all of your records on the map using the same symbol (without taking match status into consideration).
    Note: Click Edit to use XSym to create a new symbol or edit an existing symbol. For more information, see topics listed under Custom Symbols in the Draw section of this Help file.
    10. Click Next. The Data Options screen displays.
    11. Type the desired name for the dataset along with any additional identifying comments. The date and time of creation are automatically recorded.
    12. Click Finish. A progress bar displays with the status of matched records. When the import process is complete, the dialog box automatically closes, the dataset name displays in the Available Datasets list, and the symbol you chose displays on the map for every record which was geolocated.
    Note: Datasets have .dds extensions and are saved to C:\DeLorme Docs\Datasets by default.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/10 18:44:52 (permalink)
    One thing I've used, since I'm too cheap thrifty to buy a full size GPS, is Yahoo Maps, at http://maps.yahoo.com What I'll get is the option to choose all houses of worship, department stores, bars, etc. and restaurants along the way, which has come in handy many times.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/15 08:21:19 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Drewmcdan1

    <snip>....
    For others looking to import the CSV file: The first field is longitude, the second field is latitude, and the third is the Name. The reason I'm mentioning this, is the two map programs above, the latitude is displayed first, and longitude is displayed second as options. If you don't reverse them, you'll be displaying your roadfood POIs in the Indian Ocean.



    Hmmm....how would I go about reversing the latitude and longitude so that I could import it into Street Atlas?

    Thanks,

    Dee in FL
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/15 08:26:27 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by DeeRaymond

    quote:
    Originally posted by Drewmcdan1

    <snip>....
    For others looking to import the CSV file: The first field is longitude, the second field is latitude, and the third is the Name. The reason I'm mentioning this, is the two map programs above, the latitude is displayed first, and longitude is displayed second as options. If you don't reverse them, you'll be displaying your roadfood POIs in the Indian Ocean.



    Hmmm....how would I go about reversing the latitude and longitude so that I could import it into Street Atlas?

    Thanks,

    Dee in FL
    I can do this pretty easily. Let me code something together.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/15 19:43:36 (permalink)
    Hi,
    Just a question on the number of restaurants within the GPS data file.
    The OP (original poster) said:
    Owners of portable or automobile GPS units will be excited to know we just released support for POI (Points of Interest) files with all the Roadfood restaurants we reviewed on the site.

    Just a for instance I can not find Rutt's Hut in New jersey or several other hot dog places. Hence my question, Is this a partial listing of Roadfood restaurants that will be updated periodically or should I be seeing ALL.

    Please don't take this as anything but greatful for the data in the file. Thanks to those involved.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/15 19:46:04 (permalink)
    Geeze, I should have read closer, I only downloaded the demo version, so I guess I answered my own ?

    RTFM
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/02/15 20:12:46 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Drewmcdan1
    [brSorry for not responding sooner, but I was away from the PC that has the Delorme software on it. <snip>


    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to reply.

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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/03/21 10:26:52 (permalink)
    does the voice tell you when u r near a place???? how do you know??? sandi
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/03/21 11:27:59 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by sandisue

    does the voice tell you when u r near a place???? how do you know??? sandi
    It depends on the GPS, but all of the will alert you visually.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/03/21 14:10:50 (permalink)
    Do you have information about which OEM systems will accommodate this? Lexus LX (05)? Honda Pilot (03)?
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/03/21 15:55:09 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Hillbilly

    Do you have information about which OEM systems will accommodate this? Lexus LX (05)? Honda Pilot (03)?
    I am not sure, but find out which POI format it supports, and then you can use GPS Babel (http://www.gpsbabel.org/) to convert our files to the one you need.

    Feel free to play with our samples.
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    RE: GPS – Roadfood.com Points of Interest 2007/03/22 13:43:46 (permalink)
    I just received my Garmin Nuvi 350 earlier in the week. This morning, we had a successful download of the Roadfood Points of Interest....it was surprisingly very easy. I can't wait to try it out on the road!
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