August 23, 2007

How To: Custom Car Icons on TomTom GO 720


Tired of that arrow on your GPS screen; how about putting a picture of your own car on there to guide you? Well, the new TomTom GO 720 allows you to do just that; take a picture of your car (or someone else's pimped out ride) do a little image work and drop it onto the TomTom GO 720 so that you can navigate with a customized interface.

Club TomTom, TomTom's own Blog, gives step by step directions on how to make this happen; all that you need to supply is a little image editing capability and a picture of a great car, or whatever you want to follow down that road...... Who says you need to follow your own car, or a car icon at all?

1) Select the digital image you’d like as a car icon;
2) Convert it to a 256-color bitmap file;
3) Size it such that it’s between 24 x 24 pixels and 128 x 128 pixels.
It has to be square or it won’t work;
4) “Erase” any imagery you don’t want to appear by coloring it red (RGB 0,0, 255) (RGB 255,0,0);
5) Plug your TomTom into your PC and open the root folder;
6) Put your bitmap image in the subfolder “cars” found in the “art” folder.

More details and images at Club TomTom

More? See my - TomTom GO 720 Preview and First Impressions

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    Posted by Scott Martin at August 23, 2007 7:20 AM
  • Recent Comments

    Minor typo: the RGB color for all red is typically (255,0,0). The same typo exists in the original Club TomTom article, as well.

    Nice Catch bill; Thanks - Scott

    Posted by: Bill Randle at August 23, 2007 3:36 PM
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