Add POIs to Sygic McGuider (also for 7.7!)

Using ‘Points of Interest’ (POI) files in Sygic McGuider is not self explanatory. However, using some simple steps you can import your favorite places into McGuider!

Update for Sygic McGuider 7.7

Download Ov2Upi Translator 2.9 and check the mark for Sygic McGuider 7.7!
The solution below does not work for version 7.7. You have to follow the steps below to create a ‘upi’ file, but after that step, you have to download POI converter from Sygic’s site. Open the program and create a ‘upi’ file with ‘Create Unicode Textfile from UPI’. After saving the file, choose ‘Create UPI from Textfile’. Select the just created upi file and also select an icon. If you do not have an icon, you can look into one of the sub directories of POI Converter. Now, the just created upi file is readable by Sygic McGuider 7.7!
(If you want an icon inside Sygic McGuider, you have to copy your icon to \res\icons on your memory stick.)


  1. Convert POIs to .ov2
  2. Convert .ov2 to .upi
  3. Copy to Sygic McGuider

The overview shows a lot of converting – that’s because both POI converting programs I use RouteConverter and GPSbabel), do not support Sygic McGuider’s POI format.

1a. Convert POIs to .ov2 using RouteConverter

We can use RouteConverter to convert all our POIs to the well-known (TomTom binary) format ‘.ov2‘. Just open the POI file with RouteConverter and save as ‘TomTom POI (*.ov2)’.

1b. Convert POIs to .ov2 using GPSbabel

Alternatively, you can use GPSbabel to convert the files. GPSbabel is a command line program, and is less intuitive as RouteConverter, but is actually a lot more powerful. So if you want to convert a bunch of files or the format is not supported by RouteConverter, please try GPSbabel.
To convert, for example, .gpx files to .ov2, use the following commands:

gpsbabel -i gpx -o kml poi.gpx poi.kml
gpsbabel -i kml -o tomtom poi.kml poi.ov2

If you’ve got different formats, you have to alter the first command.

Convert .ov2 to .upi

.upi is the format used by Sygic McGuider. As it is a binary format, is is not supported by the widely used tools. One which does, is Ov2Upi Translator 2.9. It is a rather simple program: mark ‘translate in series’, press .ov2-->.upi and open your just created (or downloaded) .ov2 file. The program will create your .upi file in seconds.
Did you encouter an ‘Initialization Error’? Then, you need to install the .NET Framework from Microsoft. You can download it here.

Copy to Sygic McGuider

The last step, and the most simple one: copy the .upi file to the memory card of your Sygic McGuider. You have to paste the file into a sub map of ‘\maps’. The POIs will now show up on all cards which include that country. So, of you want to have your POIs inside the The Netherlands map, copy them to ‘\maps\nld\’. Happy driving!

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6 Responses to “Add POIs to Sygic McGuider (also for 7.7!)”

  1. Peter says:

    Dont work in Mcguider v7.7

  2. dirtydealer says:

    Cheers, got working with 7.71. Edited from Garmin’s gpi poi file to upi.

  3. jerry says:

    Working great with 7.71, thanks a lot !
    Any idea how to add phone numbers to custom POI (in order to call them from within the program, like with the built in POI) ?
    Cheers !

  4. jerry says:

    Ok, brief update…

    I found that adding ,+ to a POI name gives the possibility to add a phone number !!
    As however the , is not on Sygic’s iPhone keyboard, you can only do this by retransferring the *.upi file to your desktop and manually add the , on your desktop and then transfer the file back to your iPhone …
    (I use Ov2Upi Translator 2.9 and POI Edit to translate *.upi to *.ov2, and *.ov2 to *.asc and back to *.upi)
    With regard to the phone number there should be no spaces in it, a – between country code etc. is ok though (like TomTom), otherwise you can not dial your number (even though the Call icon does light up).

    Only (major) issue now is that by adding the phone number as above, the name of the POI disappears in the list !!
    All POI with a phone number show up as Unknown POI in the POI list…

    I tried inverting name and phone number, adding all sorts of symbols, but have not yet found the solution…
    Anyone any suggestions in the meantime ?

  5. tester says:

    Followed the whole procedure and all seems to work. But where do I actually find the POIs in McGuider? I looked everywhere but cannot find my converted and saved waypoints.

  6. Does anybody have Sygic UPI file format info or can help about that?

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