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.)
- Convert POIs to .ov2
- Convert .ov2 to .upi
- Copy to Sygic McGuider
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!