Creating bmp icon on GO Essential

kevtomtom Registered Users Posts: 12
Master Traveler
edited December 2021 in Devices using Wi-Fi®
on my older tomtom Go 910 I could import not only the ov2 files say for Asda fuel but also an associated .bmp icon to go with it so on the screen you can clearly identify a poi category and head to it
Why oh why have tom tom not included this as well as many other features that we found invaluable when travelling. So now I have a very limited range of colours for 20 categories or more of poi that again in the 910 I could switch on and off in the preferences poi sub menu at will.
In my view The 910 still has a vastly superior OS and map detail / clarity in driving mode and I am currently carrying out comparison tests with a tomtom essentials side by side with the 910 and the 910 still performs and handles much more easily to the extent we are still using the 910 with the essentials tomtom as a back up due to the week number roll over problem we encountered on the 910 in April this year so have to get a quickgps fix download every 7 days!!! frustrating or what


  • YamFazMan
    YamFazMan Posts: 20,829

    Installing 3rd party POI Categories... You use the MyDrive Web Route planner

    See Tomtom Video... How to import POIs, GPX files and Favourites in MyDrive

    Displaying Personal POIs on the Driving View/Map
    Be aware... You can't install the POI associated .BMP files
    You can only use the Tomtom supplied generic Icons
    But you can use one icon for for more than one POI category i.e... place all your fuel categories under one Icon, then if you tap on a nearby 'say' Fuel Icon a Quick menu opens --> Tap the 3Dot Icon for more options & more Information

    Setup... After installing your Personal or 3rd party POIs....Tap 4Dot (....Menu) --> Settings --> Appearance --> Show POI lists on the Map
    It says a restart is required, but I've never found it to be necessary
    After choosing the Generic Icon.. Tap the coloured (^) Icon screen top right... Pinch zoom the Map, the Generic POI Icons all appear live and working
    Note... The Generic POI Icons disappear when the Map is highly zoomed out (I guess so you can scroll around a clear Map to find your location)
    The Icon reappear as you zoom back in again

    Purple Triangle > Motorway Services
    Green Diamond > Archie's Camping & caravan

    Archie's POI Category has 31,184 POI locations, so the Map can be a little overcrowded ;)


    Searching an installed POI Category....
    The search engine is excellent you usually only need to type around three characters of the POI name for a hit...
    For example... I have loaded the 3rd party POI's for the National Trust... To show the POI's for "National Trust" on the map, work your way down to option (2)

    From the main screen
    Tap (....)4Dot Icon (Screen Bottom left)
    Swipe left or Tap the mid/right edge of the screen to go to and tap the MyPlaces Icon
    Scroll down and select the required POI Category For example "National Trust"
    You now have three options
    The Main search area turns blue and "National Trust" is offered with a flashing cursor
    Continue typing the name of the required "National Trust" site, Type Dud (Or as much of the word that's required for Dudmaston Hall appear at the top of the National trust list)
    Tap on the offered Dudmaston Hall and select the Drive Icon

    You also have two further options.....
    After the initial "National Trust" POI selection
    There's a dual Icon (screen bottom right) with Three Lines and Two circles

    (1)..... Tap the three Lines Icon (bottom right screen) and a list will appear of the "National Trust" sites in distance order
    (2)...... Tap the Two circle Icon for the "National Trust" sites POI's to appear on the screen (Pinch zoom for detail) (Note..... On the Start range its easier to tap the plus and minus buttons to zoom the map screen)
    as far as I'm aware it will show the nearest 60ish POI's around your location
    There is also a Keyboard Icon (screen bottom right) to return to the search window from the options (1) and (2)

    An example of the generic Icons on the search screen, the Icons are dynamic so the closer you zoom more icons appear


  • kevtomtom
    kevtomtom Registered Users Posts: 12
    Master Traveler
    Thanks for the comment but I was afraid the bmp could not be installed real shame anyway maybe tomtom will get the message at some point to provide a professional Nav system with more user control as in the 910 system which you still cant beat in my book