I have updated the various favourites.gpx files on my web site.
For those that don't already know, OSMAND (both the free, and paid-for versions) will look for and import POIs in the GPX file format (such as the Wildcamping POI files). However OSMAND also supports the use of colours to identify different categories of POI files, so I wrote a script to take some well-known POI sets, and convert them to Osmand's preferred POI format.
I have updated the GPX files for the following POI Sets from CampingCar-infos:
And Archies, all of Europe:
For Archies, I added some extra logic that splits out ACSI Sites, and notes their * Rating (3*, 4* etc), basically what I was looking for were 3* and 4* ACSI campsites that I figured might represent extremely good value when the ACSI discounts apply!
For obvious reasons the wildcamping POI files are NOT re-published on my web site though, as explained earlier in this thread, I have made a very simple app available that converts the Wildcamping POI files into Osmand GPX files, adding categories and coloured dots as it does so, so feel free to perform your own conversion.
Click on the links above and it should download and open the .zip file, each of which contains a file called favourites.gpx
Note that each of the files is confusingly called 'favourites.gpx' - this is deliberate because Osmand only looks for a file called favourites.gpx
NOTE that you MUST have Osmand Version 1.8.2 or above for this to work.
The procedure for importing these into Osmand is as follows:
1. Force Osmand to Stop (it often runs in the background). Go to Settings->Application Manager->Osmand then choose [Force Stop]
2. Connect your Android device to your PC
3. Find where Osmand is storing its files. This could be in a number of different places depending on your version of Android, and whether you are storing maps on a MicroSD card or not. Places to look are:
If all else fails, just have a poke about with Windows Explorer until you find an Osmand directory!!
Basically, what you are looking for is the directory where Osmand is storing your maps. Maps will have logical-looking names such as Gb_england_europe.obf etc.
Drop one of the favourites.gpx files into this directory, then start Osmand. It should take slightly longer to start as it will be importing and indexing the favourites.gpx file.
Go to the map then, from the Menu, select 'Map Layers'
Put a tick in the box to the right of 'Favourites'
Enjoy loads of Aires on Osmand.
Note that you can turn favourites on and off simply and quickly under the 'Map Layers' menu, but also note that you can choose which types of POIs to display as follows:
- Click on Menu then Click on 'My Places'
This will display a list of POI Categories, which will include some or all of the following:
- Campsite that accepts Motorhomes
- Farm Campsite
- Motorhome only parking (no services)
- Motorway service point
- Overnight parking tolerated
- Parking tolerated during the day
- Service point on campsite
- Service point only
- Service point with overnight parking
By clicking on the 'gear' icon to the right of each category, you can choose whether that category is displayed on the map and, additionally, the colour to use.
The results will be similar to the picture below, with different coloured dots representing the different types of Aire / parking.
Repeating all of the above process (including, importantly, Forcing osmand to STOP) for another country will ADD that country to the POI sets, so you can gradually add all of these country sets to Osmand.
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