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Creating your own .rupi files for importing Places to Sygic GPS Navigation

Notice: Importing POIs via a .rupi file you create by yourself, is not currently possible onto the maps of the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom.
This notice will be removed when this restriction is resolved in a future Sygic app version.

When you don’t find a pre-made file online with the Places you wanted to add to Sygic, or you just prefer to make your own unique list of Places, this article will describe how to create a .rupi file yourself.

You will first need to create an input file in either .txt or .csv format, and then use that in the POI Convertor program to turn it into a .rupi file which our app will be able to import.

Please note: this is the most challenging guide on our help page. There are a lot of technical details, so importing self-created .rupi files into Sygic is an extra option intended for more advanced, tech-savvy users.

Creating input files for the convertor

The input file is where you will fill out the information about the list of Places you are importing.

• For each Place, its parameters must be arranged in the following order:
longitude | latitude | name | address | phone | fax | web | email
• The first 3 parameters are mandatory (longitude, latitude, name)
• It is not necessary to include the other parameters (address | phone | fax | web | email), but you need to leave an empty space for each parameter that you skip if you want to include just some of them.

To create an input text file (with .txt extension)

  1. Create an empty .txt file.
  2. In the first line of the text file, type “delimeter =|" without the quote marks (careful, not the capital letter “i”, but the symbol “|” – vertical line). This specifies the symbol, which will be used to separate the various parameters of each Place.
  3. Enter all Places, one per line:
    • For each Place, its parameters must be arranged in the following order: longitude | latitude | name | address | phone | fax | web | email
    • The first 3 parameters are mandatory (longitude, latitude, name)
    • It is not necessary to include the other parameters (address | phone | fax | web | email), but you need to enter the vertical line for each parameter that you skip if you want to include just some of them.
  4. Lastly, save the file in one of the supported encoding formats (ASCII, UTF8 or UNICODE)

Example file:

To create an input table file (.csv file)

  1. Open Microsoft Excel
  2. In the first cell, write “delimiter=,” without the quote marks
  3. In the same column, enter your Places, one per line. Enter all parameters into the same cell, separated by the “,” comma sign. Do not put parameters into different cells in separate columns.
    • For each Place, its parameters must be arranged in the following order: longitude , latitude , name , address , phone , fax , web , email
    • The first 3 parameters are mandatory (longitude, latitude, name)
    • It is not necessary to include the other parameters (address , phone , fax , web , email), but you need to enter the comma sign for each parameter that you skip if you want to include just some of them.
  4. Save the file as type “CSV (comma delimited)”

Example file:

Converting the input files into the RUPI format

  1. Download the convertor from this link.
  2. Unzip the file
  3. Launch the RUPIConvertor.exe program.
  4. Click “Browse Files” in the bottom right, to browse your storage and located either the .txt or .csv file you created.
  5. Locate and select either the .txt or .csv file that you previously created.
  6. Click “Convert to RUPI”. The resulting .rupi file will be created in the same directory, where the .txt or .csv file was stored.

When you have the .rupi file ready, you still have to find or create a .bmp image file (with either 8bit, or 32bit colors), which will contain the icon for your imported Places.

How to import Places into Sygic GPS Navigation for Android

Copy the .rupi and .bmp files you have into the /Android/data/com.sygic.aura/files/Maps/import folder in your portable Android device. This destination path will be the same whether you installed Sygic onto the internal memory or the SD card.

Note: When it is your first time importing Places, there will not be a folder called “import” yet, and you will need to create it there. Make sure to enter the "import" folder name in lowercase letters.

Once the above is done, launch the Sygic GPS Navigation app. A message will pop-up to inform you that new files for import were detected. Tap on the import option and the app will start displaying the list of places from the .rupi file on the map.

Troubleshooting

“Nothing to import” error message when using the POI converter
This usually occurs when you create a .csv file, but instead of putting the data for each Place in one cell, you put the various parameters (Longitude, Latitude, etc.) in separate columns.

  • Please put all the data for each Place in one cell separated by commas.
  • Also ensure that the correct delimiter was setup at the beginning of the input file

"Import failed" error message after app launch and I confirm the import
This error message appears, when one or more of the following conditions are met:

  • The most common one is the swap of longitude | latitude. Make sure it is longitude | latitude, not latitude | longitude.
  • The image you use for your custom Places is in the wrong bit format. Make sure you use either 8bit or 32bit .bmp format.
  • You are trying to import Places from multiple countries, rather than from one country. This kind of import is not supported, please separate the Places so each .rupi file contains locations in only one country.

Can I set an audible warning for my custom places

Unfortunately, you cannot. This feature may become available in the future though.

Known issues

Since version 17.1, imported places do not appear among search results of the main search bar.
On the search screen, you can tap the 3 dots icon just below the search bar to show a list of all Place categories. The category "Custom places" will show all the places you imported, and includes its own search bar for searching only among them.

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