How can I transfer POI from and older (go 750) to a newer (go 5100) device?

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    Must admit I don't like the firmware on the 5100 as much as the older firmware but I want to persevere and try to copy all my PIOs across from my go 750.

    I've seen many references to this web page

    Transferring POIs from one navigation device to another

    but while the title says POI, instruction 2b says "You can now add your home address and Favourites." and makes no mention of POIs. I tried and cannot see any way to transfer POIs using those instructions, only favourites (and even then only one at a time!)

    Is there a simple way to transfer POIs (not favourites) between devices? Preferably within the user defined categories that I made for them on the old device.
     
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    Thank you for replying.
    I had actually already read that thread. Unfortunately it only shows how to import a single .ov2 file, assuming you have one abailable. It does not explain how to get the ov2 files off the old device, nor how to import them within their categories or do more than one poi at a time.

    As far as I can tell It would appear that I have to save all my POIs on the pc, where they get stored as compressed .zip files. Then I have to open each zip individually and extract the contents to get to the ov2 file and its bitmap. Finally I can use the technique shown in that video to import each POI individually into the new device where apparently I won't be able to see them on the map anyway!
     
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    Why compressing to a zip file?
    What is your compression ratio for an .ov2 file?
     
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    "Why compressing to a zip file?"

    I don't know. That's how it happens. If I use TomTom Home to save all my POIs to my PC, each one is saved as three files, one of which is a zip file containing a further two files

    1. name.toc - contains xml giving the name and size of the zip file
    2. Name,bmp - the icon associated with this category
    3. name.zip - contains the following two files
      3a. name.bmp - the icon associated with the POI
      3b.name.ov2 - the actual POI data

    I am using TT Home with the old device as that program has been used all along to backup etc my old device, plus it has far more functionality (eg operate my device; manage my POIs) than TT MyDrive which seems to only really do device updates
     
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    HOME sees your old device as an external drive with its own drive letter (2 drives if an SD card is present).

    Connect your device but do not start HOME.
    Drag the .ov2 folder to a new one on your PC.
     
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    OK thank you for the advice. I can now see all the ov2 files on my pc so I might start going through the process shown in that video to get them into my go5100.

    However, as I need them for a trip starting tomorrow I think the easiest solution is going to be to take both devices with me. Then I can see the POIs along my route using the old device and navigate to that location using the new one. Alternatively, I could just keep using the old device and put my new device on ebay, as the old device had a much better and intuitive user interface!

    It is seeing the POIs along my route that I particularly want. I can't - and don't want to - remember all the POI names so I can search for them later but do need to know where they are and have some visual indication of how far away each one is from where I am travelling and what category of POI it is, just like the old go 750 would show me if I chose to see POIs on the map

    It's a shame TomTom didn't simply build on what they already had but add more functionality, eg the search feature, instead of stripping out everything that worked perfectly well and replacing it with a brand new interface which in my opinion is worse than I can get for free with google maps on my phone.

    Anyway, thank you for the answer to my question.

    Regards
     
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    Please go to Menu > ( ? ) [at the end] > About > (down arrow) and tell us what you see at "Application version".
     
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    Application version 17.200.0011 (0)(25/06/2017)
    installed maps v990.8307

    I have copied over the ov2 files using MyDrive (when I eventually found out where TomTom had hidden it on the Internet) and have used the settings to show the lists on the map. That sort of achieves what I wanted although the number if icons is rather limited and not at all representative of what the POI is. However I might have just about got what I needed. Thanks for your help
     
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    Good, you found Settings > Appearance > Show POI lists on map.
    I had to make sure that you had 17.200.0011 so that you could access that.

    Yes, there are only 6 "custom" icons available but we have been fighting for 3 years to get at least this far.
     
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