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Is there a USA-based site like this one?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
I think we'd prefer that we encouraged our members to remain here but we're not about to start dictating that you can't post URL's so feel free to post it!


posted only to answer the earlier question about u.s. sites and not to start a debate about the site
u.s. site

and I know it is a tt orientated site but the op may gain some helpful info from it Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This really isn't a big deal at all. I don't need custom icons, but they are fun!

Yes, it is fun to make them. Feel free to have a go.

Sorry, it sounded like you wanted to volunteer. Wink Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigPerk wrote:
Mind you, if it's not being disloyal Embarassed , there is also the GpsPasSion site in the US. I've used it a few times and it seems quite good.


GpsPasSion is based in France by the way and we know how the Americans love the French Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, but most of the english language posts I saw on GpsPasSion come from US. And anyway, we'll all love each other now, after the US election. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RobBrady wrote:
BigPerk wrote:
Mind you, if it's not being disloyal Embarassed , there is also the GpsPasSion site in the US. I've used it a few times and it seems quite good.


GpsPasSion is based in France by the way and we know how the Americans love the French Smile


As far as I'm concerned, there would never have been a USA if it weren't for France; I know my history. I just wish more people would remember that we were all friends at one time...and enemies at others, but being friends works out better for both sides...usually.

Sorry, I didn't mean to steer this in a political direction. I'm not really into the whole "world domination" thing. If you know what I mean. Very Happy

Regarding making my own icons- I would love to learn how to do that! key word being "learn". I'll assume you use Photoshop to make them? Beyond that, I have no knowledge whatsoever. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DragonTattooz wrote:

Regarding making my own icons- I would love to learn how to do that! key word being "learn". I'll assume you use Photoshop to make them? Beyond that, I have no knowledge whatsoever. Embarassed


Generally icons are 22 pixels x 22 pixels x and up to 256 colours. If just black and white icon you can use just 2 colours.

Save them in .bmp file format and they have to have the same name as the poi file.

eg: for tomtom

mypoi.ov2 (poi file)
mypoi.bmp (icon file)
mypoi.ogg (sound file if required)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pocketgps wrote:
DragonTattooz wrote:

Regarding making my own icons- I would love to learn how to do that! key word being "learn". I'll assume you use Photoshop to make them? Beyond that, I have no knowledge whatsoever. Embarassed


Generally icons are 22 pixels x 22 pixels x and up to 256 colours. If just black and white icon you can use just 2 colours.

Save them in .bmp file format and they have to have the same name as the poi file.

eg: for tomtom

mypoi.ov2 (poi file)
mypoi.bmp (icon file)
mypoi.ogg (sound file if required)


Ah! So, it's probably easier for a n00b to use M$Paint?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DragonTattooz wrote:
Ah! So, it's probably easier for a n00b to use M$Paint?


Yep Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi DragonTattooz,

Yes, MS Paint is a good application for creating POI icons. In fact, if you find a good example of an American speed limit sign on the web, you might be able to use MS Paint to resize it to 22 x 22 pixels.

Have a look at Bo Peepís Guide To Creating A POI (Point Of Interest), which describes how to make the icon as well as a POI file itself.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much to the amusement of the staff and moderators, all my icons were made using Paint. Embarassed

A good way to start is to edit one that's known to work and then work on copies of that. That way you are sure that the colour depth and dpi etc are all OK.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paint is actually great for small icons like these.

if you use photoshop etc for anything like that sort of size then you start having trouble with anti-aliasing 'blurring' the tiny text etc.

pixel art can be fun too!

if you manage to get a set sorted then, if you wanted, we could host them here for other users - similar to how we host gerryc's icons?

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