Latest News and Site Updates
13 Feb 11
- You know, you wait a year and then 2 updates come at once!
- I've spent a few hours today sorting through some submissions of new data as follows:
- ARC Carwash (DIY-Car)
- Buildbase (DIY-Car)
- Church (Community) <- this is a work in progress - please submit your local churches so other users can find wedding locations etc easier!
- Evans Cycles (Shopping)
- Jewson (DIY-Car)
- London Bridges (Attractions)
- Marstons Inns and Taverns (Food and Drink)
- Wilco Motosave (DIY-Car)
- I've also made various changes to existing POI files.
- Once again, thanks to all who contribute "The Two D's" (Data and Donations).
09 Feb 11
- Yes, it's been a year but I'm back and you have an update! Expect another one soon too.
03 Feb 10
- The database has had a HUGE update!
- New this release:
- Misc Food and Drink (Food and Drink) - temporary file until there are enough for their own file!
- Nandos (Food and Drink)
- School Crossing (Community) - note that these are set with a proximity warning
- Yeomans (Shopping)
04 Jan 10
- HAPPY NEW YEAR!
- The Submission Map now shows the local POIs on the map. This should make it easier when correcting existing POIs or adding new ones.
21 Dec 09
- Quite a big update today with a lot of new files dotted about!
- New this release:
- DVLA Office (DIY-Car)
- Historic Scotland (Attractions)
- Misc DIY-Car (DIY-Car) - temporary file until there are enough for their own file!
- Misc Shopping (Shopping) - temporary file until there are enough for their own file!
- Red Cross Training Centres (Community)
- Scottish Government Offices (Community)
- Soft Play Area (Leisure) - brand new file - please add your local places!
- And, finally, have a great Christmas and a succesful New Year!
18 Nov 09
- Just a small update to some of the files and also Supermarkets have been seperated from Shopping to keep file numbers down!
09 Nov 09
- Locacity UK has now been updated in the AppStore.
- I've removed the 'Enhanced POIs' page from the main menu (still available if you want it!) and replaced it with 'Mobile Phones' - this is a new page giving information on the mobile phone options for using GarminPOI.co.uk - there are plenty of times that I don;t have my Garmin with me when I would need to use the data. So here it is!
24 Oct 09
- Locacity UK, the iPhone App using our data, will soon be updated. The biggest change is that it now uses data live from the GarminPOI.co.uk server so any updates are immediately available in the app rather than waiting for Apple to approve a new app update. It also uses the built in Maps, allows for a direct link to navigate to the POI using Maps, is a lot less memory intensive and therefore a lot more stable. Keep an eye on the AppStore for the update!
15 Oct 09
- The submission page has been updated to automatically show the current available sets of files - this should help when making new submissions. The files are ordered by category.
- My new project is getting closer to completion so expect an email in teh next couple of days asking for people to give it a trial test and comments for improvement!
10 Oct 09
- Database has been updated! Please note the removal of the Geocaching file as requested by Geocaching.com - if you need it then please visit their site!
- New files this month are: Gloria Jeans Coffees (Food & Drink), SMART Car Garage (DIY & Car), Wacky Warehouse (Food and Drink) and Build Center (DIY & Car)
- I've been busy working on some enhancements to the data-storage and access which will, in the next month or so, massively improve the LocacityUK iPhone app as well as another project I'm working on in my spare time - if you have a phone with mobile internet then it will involve you - more details later!
18 Aug 09
- The submission map has been updated to include data from OpenStreetMap.org - just for something different!
22 Jul 09
- Database has been updated! Loads of new changes and additions!
- Mamas & Papa's file now added to 'Shopping' category.
- Thanks again to all who email me, submit corrections, click on adverts and send donations!
18 Jul 09
- Update coming soon, I promise!!
- Finally sorted out my mailing list issues (I hope!) which involves as lovely little CRON Job to get it going properly!
8 Apr 09
- Finally got the database updated - some major changes shown below:
- Loads of other files have been updated - see the _Update List.txt file in the downloaded zip file!
4 Apr 09
- Locacity UK has now been released to the App Store for iPhone users! This FREE app, made by WeeWare, uses data from GarminPOI.co.uk and has already had great reviews regarding how good the data is - so thanks to you guys! And don't worry, users of the app won't be sponging off your hard work as they can also submit new POIs via the app too! Grab it here: Locacity UK
20 Mar 09
- Yes, yes, yes, I know... I suck at updating the site! It's on my list of things to do (which is rather long at the moment!)
- Very soon as well there should be an iPhone app available using the data from GarminPOI.co.uk - more info soon!
08 Jan 09
- HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
- Finally had the time to get the database uploaded!
- A BIG 'Thank You' for all your kind words regarding the tragic death of my brother-in-law just before Christmas - things seem to be settling down now.
- Once again Thanks to all who have submitted new files, made corrections to existing files or made a PayPal donation. It's all appreciated.
- I recently got hold of a Columbus V-900 GPS Data logger - it has a built-in voice recorder so it's fantastic for saving POIs along with an audible description without having to type anything! Hence the number of new additions / amendments I made myself this release - it's small enough to carry with me all the time whereas I don't always have my Garmin with me!
- Oh, and apologies for the 2 emails the other day - I've moved servers and was having a few problems with the mailing list set-up... All appears to be fine now though!
19 Dec 08
- Apologies for the recent downtime on the site if it has affected you at all? This was due to shifting the site over to new servers at Salt & Light Solutions. Normal service has now resumed!
17 Nov 08
- DATABASE UPDATED! Finally found the time to get everything updated and uploaded!
- Various files and folders have been renamed (see _Release.txt for info) so it may be worthwhile deleting the last download before unzipping the new files to avoid any duplicates.
- I am also pleased to announce a new RoadTour trial - A Child-Friendly set of spoken POI Alerts! Download it via the Enhanced POIs page.
- Once again, thanks for all your submissions, donations and emails!
01 Sep 08
- DATABASE UPDATED! After a load of new submissions and corrections the database has now been updated. Thanks as usual to all who submitted especially to get the Curry House and Chinese Takeaway files started. Obviously there's a long way to go but we've made a start!
- Thanks also to the handful of dontations received these last 10 days or so - every little does help particularly with regards to costs of hosting and domain names etc GarminPOI.co.uk will always be free (hence all the adverts!) so any donations are greatly appreciated, no matter how small!
- And, finally, the DIY sub folder has now been renamed DIY-Car as various car related files have been added such as Kwik Fit etc so I thought it would be better to rename the sub group. Please see the download page for a full list of what is included.
28 Aug 08
- I'm still processing all the recent submissions and aim to get a database released in the next 7-10 days!
- turboccc's 'Text to Speech' voice editor has been updated to v2.60 with suport added for StreetPilot C310/C510 - go to the Tools section to download it.
18 Aug 08
- The email request for Chinese Takeaways and Curry Houses has got off to a flying start - after 24 hours there were already 38 entries in the Chinese Takeaway file and I've not even added my local ones yet! Keep them coming in!
- I've changed the code on the submission page too so that once you ener your name and email address it will stay there in the box for your next submission - this should save a bit of time when submitting multiple entries.
- Also, you may have noticed a few curves and shadows here and there...! Well, if you use Firefox or Safari you will anyway!
09 Aug 08
- turboccc's 'Text to Speech' voice editor has been updated to v2.40 - go to the Tools section to download it.
25 Jul 08
- The RoadTour POIs have been updated! Go to the Enhanced page to download them.
22 Jul 08
- I've now added a link tot he brand new Custom Car Icon Utility from Ash10 - go to the Tools section to download it.
21 Jul 08 - 9am UPDATE!
- I told you there would be teething problems...! The issue where each of the main download links were asssociated witht he RoadTour POI's has now been fixed. This wasn't a forced advertising experiment, I just missed an '=' in some of the code!!
21 Jul 08
- Well, I have finally given the site a complete facelift - in fact, a complete rebuild from scratch! Please let me know what you think to it :)
- The database has been updated (along with a few new files - see '_Update List.txt' for details), thanks again to all who have sent in submissions! Hopefully this process should now be easier with the aid of the Google Map submission page!
- I'm now officially tired so please do email me to tell me about any obvious mistakes I've made!!
9 Apr 08
- Added copies of icons for reference on the Download page
15 Mar 08
- Files have been updated - I finally found some free time...!
- Quite a few new files as well as the usual updates and amendments
31 Dec 07
- Files have been updated - thanks again to everyone who submits POIs, points out my mistakes and sends donations!
- Made a few minor changes to various pages about the site...
- Have a great New Year - see you in 2008!
05 Oct 07
- Fixed faulty Key Fuels file! There were no co-ordinates for Somerfield, Hove...
04 Oct 07
- Finally got an update out! Quite a lot of changes to the previous POIs
- Six new categories: Center Parcs, John Lewis, Key Fuels, Lakelands, ScrewFix and Theme Parks (note there is only one entry at the moment - please submit your local Theme Park!)
23 Sep 07
- I am about half way through getting the files updated! Expect an update within a week!
17 AUG 07
Just a quicky to say a massive THANKS to all who have donated - the curent total stands at £160.15 - another £40 and we're sorted!
13 AUG 07
It's now been 3 months since I was last able to update the site and about 2.5 months since my PC completely packed in.
After my last email I had a few replies saying I should ask users to donate a small amount as lots of small amounts adds up to something larger. At the time I decided not to go down that route as I thought I would be back up and running within a couple of weeks - however, things like bills, insurance excesses and other surprises that life likes to throw at us have somewhat hindered our bank account... So, here is what I was thinking, there are 1,180 people on the mailing list and I can probably safely assume that 1,000 are actually active email addresses. If just over a third (381) of you were so kind as to donate only 75p via PayPal then after fees (22.55p [3.4% + 20p]) it would total £199.83 - which is pretty much what I need to get the PC back up and running (motherboard has died but the PC was fairly old so also needs new processor/cooler, new memory, new case... about the only thing I can transfer is the hard-drive, dvd-writer and monitor!). If there was any excess I would give this to a charity - more than likely Cancer Research UK (of course proof of this would be posted on the site etc).
Forgive me if you see this as begging or scrounging but to be honest this is the only way that I will be able to get the database updated anytime soon as I just cannot warrant the cost of the repair/rebuild - the google adverts don't generate that much (other than just about covering some domain / hosting costs) and the $ to £ conversion doesn't help either!
Thanks for your time, and feel free to hurl insults for dropping this low!
04 JUL 07
- My main PC is dead, so updates may be a little delayed... Sorry about that!
15 MAY 07
- Fixed errors with Motorway Services and Toys R Us files...
14 MAY 07
- Finally updated the files! I'll do better next time!
14 DEC 06
13 DEC 06
- Added sub-category support for the new POI Loader Beta Software
27 OCT 06
- Huge massive great big update!
- Download now split into categories so you can get what you want and nothing else :)
23 AUG 06
- Finally got around to doing the massive update! Apologies for the lateness but having been made redundant I've spent most time looking for another job (to no avail yet)
- Thanks again to everyone who has submitted POI's, made suggestions and donated via PayPal - it's much apreciated!
- Please delete the files: PremTrav.csv and PremTrav.bmp as these have been superceded
13 JUN 06
- Zip file updated and available in both a full version and an 'updated files only' version
27 APR 06
- Zip file updated and available in both a full version and an 'updated files only' version
- Co-Ordinates convertor added to the Info / How To section
04 APR 06
- Zip file updated with literally hundreds of updates!
- Thanks to everyone for their submissions - it's taken me ages to filter through them all...
03 MAR 06
- Site updated and totally overhauled
- Zip file updated
02 FEB 06
- Zip file updated - head over to the download section to get it!
01 FEB 06
- Slight changes to the site's infrastructure that you probably won't notice...
- The new PGPSW Speed Camera Database works with the new POI Loader (v2.2.1) from Garmin as do the POI's you can download from this site.
- I plan on making some major changes to the site once I've got this months database updated - updates should appear within a few days!
25 JAN 06
- Quick rushed update: ALL files have been edited so they are compatible with the new Garmin POI Loader! STOP PANICING! Get 'em here
12 JAN 06
- Happy New Year and apologies for the lack of updates...I've been busy ;)
- New this time is the option to download only the files that have been edited / added! This should save on my bandwidth a lot so I'm just being selfish...
- Also new is the FAQ section - well, actually it links to the awesome Pocket GPS World forum but I wrote the FAQ's anyway!
- Also, there's been a lot of confirmations of other Garmin units these POI's work on - which is nice :)
- ...all the above newness can be seen in the Download section of the site (except the FAQ's but you probablyalready saw that on the menu!)
- And, finally, please removethe 'Attractions.csv' file from yourmachines as it has too many errors in it!
20 DEC 05
- Due to Christmas, family visits, hob problems and a bunch of other stuff, the POI's will get updated and uploaded early in the new year. Stick with me and keep submitting :)
24 NOV 05
- New site name: http://www.garminpoi.co.uk - site will be updated soon to take into account that it is now a general 'Garmin POI' site as opposed to just the i3's
21 NOV 05
- UPDATES!!! Lots of new POI's added - thanks to everyone for your submissions. Much appreciated.
15 NOV 05
- Right, still really busy but trying to get odd bits done to a bunch of csv files when I get chance. I'm turning into Microsfot now: It'll be ready when it's ready!
08 NOV 05
- OK, I've been away again and now have a few additions to make... Expect an update in the next few days.
- My new project is to make a POI file for the 'Two For One' Pubs in the UK - I have a full list of addresses for all these pubs/restaraunts in the UK and will get cracking on that ASAP.
31 OCT 05
- Lots of updates! Various amendments as well as some new additions. Thanks to everyone who helped out
- If you have an NCP car park near you can you email me with it please? Cheers!
18 OCT 05
- Bunch of updates to the zip file - check the readme for details. Thanks to everyone who assisted!
14 OCT 05
- Added 5 new files: Bowling, Paintball, PC World, Caravan & Camping Club Sites and London Underground (thanks Kevin, Keith & Wallace) & a bunch of amendments
- Mailing List: You will receive a confirmation email that you must follow the instructions in! If not you will not be fully subscribed to the mailing list and won't receive any mail-outs. There are a number of you in the 'pending' list - please check any spam filters and/or your email inbox and make sure you complete the registration!
13 OCT 05
- David & Mark both pointed out there is an error with the McDonalds file - this has been fixed soplease download the zip again!
- Major changes, additions and removals in the zip file - please see the ReadMe.txt in the zip download.
10 OCT 05
- Changed the mailing list - to be frank: it was crap! See new link in the top menu.
- Pocket GPS World have just released a Garmin i3 compatible set of the Speed Camera Database. Apparently there are some issues with the bmp's (icons) but in the next few days the speed camera's will be removed from the download and a link to the official database will be added. Download the official one from here: http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/garmin-poi-loader-speed-cameras.php.
07 OCT 05
- Mailing list added (see CONTACT)
03 OCT 05