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2008-09-01 @ 18:23
New version of PoiEdit 2007 (2007.2) is released. This release fixes the dreaded TomTom bug where all the category names were being mangled. Click here to go to the downloads page.
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FAQ

These are the frequently asked questions and answers about PoiEdit.
Also check out the questions and answers on the PoiEdit forum!
You can ask your own questions on the PoiEdit contact page (please check the FAQ and Forum first).

General questions

How to edit poi files with PoiEdit?
I cannot see the map pane in PoiEdit.
How can I add my own maps to PoiEdit?

Compatibility questions

Can I use PoiEdit with this or that device?
Can PoiEdit read/write the ViaMichelin poi format?
Can I use PoiEdit with Microsoft AutoRoute?
Can I export poi files to the iGO navigation system?

TomTom specific questions

When I'm opening an ov2 file from my device I get an "invalid .ov2 file" message...
Can I use PoiEdit with TomTom GO?
Can I add a phone number to the poi's which then can be called within TomTom?
I've added a proximity alert to a poi, I hear the alert but on screen don't see it...
Why can't I save back my changes to TomTom .cfg files?

Destinator specific questions

When I'm opening a .DAT file from my device I get an "Invalid floating-point operation" message...

Error messages

Sometimes I get the error "Cannot create Xml document. Please install MSXML 2 or higher"...
I get an "INVALID XML" error while auto updating or updating a site in the AutoUpdate Manager...
During AutoUpdate I'm getting an error "unable to create remote file in xxxx\xxxx". What's wrong?
I'm getting error: "Remote API library not found, make sure ActiveSync is installed." What now?

AutoUpdate questions

What is PoiEdit AutoUpdate?
How do I use the AutoUpdate feature?
When using PoiHandler.com, I get to choose between items called All, Main and Sub. Which do I have to select?
I'm getting an invalid username/password error when AutoUpdating from a site!
Can I start AutoUpdate from (Windows) scheduler or other programs?
How can I publish my own AutoIpdate poi site?
I'm getting errors when I connect my ActiveSync device or AutoUpdate does not start at all
I cannot use or want to use Internet Explorer, but PoiEdit seems to use it to download online information, as I'm getting errors while AutoUpdating...

Pocket PoiEdit questions

I'm getting errormessage "A fatal error occurred: Poiedit setings not found"

Miscellaneous questions

How can I backup or transfer PoiEdit settings?
How can I start PoiEdit hidden in the tray at system startup?
Some programs open PoiEdit instead of Google Earth!

Questions applicable to older versions only

v4.5: Installer says I'm not logged in as an administrator...

What is PoiEdit AutoUpdate?

The AutoUpdate feature of PoiEdit makes it possible to update poi files from the internet on your computer or Mobile Device. Fully automatically every time you click "AutoUpdate Now" or even whenever you connect your device!

The poi files are offered by dedicated poi sites (go to the list of poi sites), most of which are offering the poi files for free (some require you to register before you can AutoUpdate their items. See also: How do I use the AutoUpdate feature?

How do I use the AutoUpdate feature?

You have to setup which files you want to download from which site, and also what the locations (i.e. which directory on the computer or Mobile device) of AutoUpdate files are. Some sites require user/password authorization, you have to fill in this information too. The section explains how to do it...

Open the AutoUpdate Manager from PoiEdit using menu AutoUpdate|AutoUpdate Manager. Select a site from the left-top list of available sites to find out what kind of poi files it has to offer. The first time you do this, PoiEdit will want to download the up-to-date poi file information from that site, please let it do so. After a few seconds you will see a list of maps, groups and poi files appears. Use these to navigate through the poi files the site has to offer. The Auth column in the poi file list will indicate what level of authorization is required to download the file:

None The poi file can be downloaded without providing a username or password
Registered The poi file can only be downloaded if you've provided a username and password in the "Set/Change password..." option. Details about registering to a site can be found by going to that site using the "Website" button.
Subscribed The poi file can only be downloaded if you have registration information for that site and a subscription to the poi file. Again, details can be found on the site after clicking the "Website" button.

If you've made sure you are authorized to download poi files, you can mark them for auto-updating by selecting the poi file or poi files and clicking the +PDA button for Mobile ActiveSync devices (PocketPC or Smart Phone) or the +Local button for syncing local files on your PC (or GPS systems that require you to download the files on your PC before importing them to the GPS system using some kind of tool that the manufacturer of the GPS has provided). You will see a dialog from which you can select the location where you the poi file(s) to be saved when they are synchronized. If you've selected the +PDA button, make sure you've connected your Mobile Device, else you will get an error message. If one or more files with the same name already exist in the specified location, you will be asked if it is ok to overwrite them.

When you're all done you can try syncing the files you've setup by clicking the AutoUpdate Now button. You can initiate the AutoUpdate from the main PoiEdit window as well, either by menu AutoUpdate|AutoUpdate Now or by pressing key F9. You can also start syncing by using the tray icon of PoiEdit or even more automatically by setting PoiEdit up to start AutoUpdating as soon as you insert your Mobile Device.

More advanced users can start the AutoUpdater using a scheduler of some kind, see " Can I start AutoUpdate from (Windows) scheduler or other programs? " for more details on that subject.

Installer says I'm not logged in as an administrator...

The installation program checks if you are logged in as an administrator before it continues the installation. It does this because some features cannot be setup properly if you do not start the installation under administrator rights. Two things may cause this: 1) You are really not logged in as an administrator. You can login as an administrator by pressing ctrl+alt+del twice in the logon screen (Windows XP) and entering Administrator as the user name and the administrator password as entered during the installation of Windows. 2) You are logged in as an administrator, but the installation does not detect this as such. This problem has been reported a few times, and the cause is yet to be discovered. However, you can continue the setup without problems (just click "No" when asked to quit the installation), the only thing the setup will not do is enable the "AutoUpdate upon device connect" (which you can turn on later within the application), and neither will it install the AutoPlay handlers which cause PoiEdit to AutoUpdate when an usb drive is connected. Apart from these 2 items, the installation will correctly install PoiEdit without limitations.

When using PoiHandler.com, I get to choose between items called All, Main and Sub. Which do I have to select?

You can find your answer on the PoiHandler FAQ. Look for question "What's the difference between main groups and sub groups?".

I'm getting an invalid username/password error when AutoUpdating from a site!

Some sites only allow you to download certain poi's when you are registered to that site. In that case you need to fill in you username (on some sites this is your email address) and password in the AutoUpdate manager, using the Set/Change Password button. If you can't remember your username and/or password, please, only refer to that update site for instructions.

How can I publish my own AutoIpdate poi site?

In it simplest form, you'll have to publish a xml file on your website which contains an entry for every poi-file you wish to publish. The file will have to follow the format of the example below, taken from my own published xml file on http://www.dnote.nl/pois.xml.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<pois>
  <poi>
    <!-- identifier of the poi -->
    <description>ATM's, The Netherlands</description>
    <!-- optional note that gives the user more info about the poi -->
    <note>Original ATM's The Netherlands, compiled by Dnote, v2, better use poihandler.com instead!</note>
    <!-- optional group the file belongs to, this makes it easier for users to navigate through the offered files -->
    <group>ATM's</group>
    <!-- url from which the poi file can be downloaded. The file is downloaded if the online file is newer than the user file -->
    <url>http://www.dnote.nl/pda/poi/PoiEdit/files/Pin Automaten NL.ov2</url>
    <!-- TomTom map in which this poi can be used. If not target towards tomtom usage, use the country name instead -->
    <map>Benelux</map>
    <!-- image to use for this poi -->
    <image>http://www.dnote.nl/pda/poi/PoiEdit/files/ATM.bmp</image>
  </poi>
  <poi>
    <description>ATM's, Belgium</description>
    <note>Original ATMs Belgium, compiled by Dnote, v1, better use poihandler.com instead!</note>
    <group>ATM's</group>
    <url>http://www.dnote.nl/pda/poi/PoiEdit/files/Pin Automaten BE.ov2</url>
    <map>Benelux</map>
    <image>http://www.dnote.nl/pda/poi/PoiEdit/files/ATM.bmp</image>
  </poi>
</pois>

For more information refer to the "Site Xml Format Manual.htm" file in your PoiEdit install directory (which is by default "c:\Program Files\Dnote Software\Poi Edit").

I'm getting errors when I connect my ActiveSync device or AutoUpdate does not start at all

If you're getting errors like "Unable to start application" from Windows upon connecting your ActiveSync device, or AutoUpdate does not start at all, the startup settings in the registry are probably corrupted or missing. You can reapply these settings by going to the AutoUpdate Manager, Settings tab and uncheck and recheck the setting "Update upon ActiveSync connect" if you're using an ActiveSync device and/or "Update upon USB connect" when you are using a USB drive device (f.e. Garmin Nüvi, or an USB stick you keep your poi's on):

In the Profiles section you have to check the options "Update at ActiveSync" and/or option "Update at USB":

I cannot use or want to use Internet Explorer, but PoiEdit seems to use it to download online information, as I'm getting errors while AutoUpdateing...

Due to many problems users were getting using the old download engine inside PoiEdit, it was decided (from v3.8) to use the Internet Explorer download engine instead. This assures that if you have a working Internet Explorer, PoiEdit is also working properly. A small downside to this is that if you cannot use Internet Explorer (e.g. due to company policy), it is possible that PoiEdit will also fail to download and do AutoUpdates.

I'm getting errormessage "A fatal error occurred: Poiedit setings not found"

You get this message when starting up Pocket PoiEdit and have not yet transferred the AutoUpdate settings from PoiEdit on the PC to the mobile device. You solve this problem by sending the settings from PoiEdit on the PC using the AutoUpdate Manager (tab All Items/Pocket PoiEdit -> Send selected items to Pocket PoiEdit).

Can I start AutoUpdate from (Windows) scheduler or other programs?

Yes, PoiEdit features a few command line options which you can use to control PoiEdit externally:
/tray
Tells PoiEdit to stay hidden in the tray of the Windows Task Bar
/update
Tells PoiEdit AutoUpdate all items
/silent
Tells PoiEdit to hide dialogs that might appear from errors during the AutoUpdate or overwrite file prompts (files will always be overwritten in /silent mode)

A typical command line that you could use in a scheduler would be:
"c:\Program Files\Dnote Software\Poi Edit\PoiEdit.exe" /tray /update /silent (the exact path depends on how you installed PoiEdit).

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