Adding POIs to the Skoda Superb Columbus SatNav V4 Maps

You will need software to produce an image file (.iso) from the SatNav DVD (I used UltraISO software), the RNS510 POIs inspect0r v 2.5 by rds++ (N.B: these instructions are specific to that version, so that is the version you will need to search for and download) and a suitable file editor, such as VEDIT 6.1.

I have tried using MS Notepad to edit the .toc file, but I now prefer a dedicated editor, as results from Notepad can vary. Here's the whole process for English Language users, with screen shots to assist, using V4 maps.

N.B: These instructions will NOT work for maps later than V4, due to their different database structure.

Software from Pimp-My-Nav will work with maps for RNS-510 units.

Download their Compatibility Tool to make sure your map DVD is supported first!

Insert the Skoda Superb II SatNav disk into the DVD drive on your computer.

Using UltraISO, log to the DVD drive containing the SatNav DVD.

Make an ISO image of the DVD (Tools menu, "Make CD/DVD Image," or press F8), saving it in a folder (e.g. "C:\Data")

Using UltraISO, open the image file and select the "Actions" menu, "Extract," or press F4. Set the location for the extracted files (e.g. "C:\Data\Extracts"). The extraction process takes three or four minutes.

Using the "RNS510 POIs inspect0r v 2.5" (by rds++), log into the folder where the extracted files reside. Click on "Load" and a choice of languages will drop down from the adjacent window. Choose "ENG."

Three manufacturers, Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda will display in the left-hand pane. Click on the Skoda logo and the directory tree of the existing POIs will appear, like this:

Right-click on "Car and Travel (10003) then select "Add POI/Group Category," choosing "before selected poi" from the pop-out menu. A box appears, showing the ID: of the new category as "9000." Choose a name for the category - this example uses "Cameras."

Click on "Group Category." Now browse to the location of the icon file you want to appear. This must be in .png format, have the file name in upper case letters, the extension (.png) in lower case letters and measure 34 pixels wide by 39 pixels high. Repeat the icon file name only in the next window, you'll see that the .png file extension already appears to the right of it.

Click on "OK." A "Saved" box will appear. Click "OK" on that small box and the screen will refresh. You will now see your new POI category in the tree.

Right-click on the new category, "Cameras (9000)," then select "Add POI/Group Category," this time choosing "as 1st. child of selected group" from the pop-out menu. A box appears, showing the ID: of the new category as "9000" in a red window. Change this, by clicking the up-arrow, to 9001, at which point the window will turn white again.

Choose a name for the POI sub-category. My example uses "Static." Browse to the icon file you need, repeat the file name only, as before, then browse to the data file for your POIs, which must be in .asc format. Click "OK."

Once again, you'll see the small "Saved" box. Click "OK" and the screen refreshes, showing the new POI sub-category. Repeat the process for any additional categories by right-clicking on the new sub-category (Static) then choosing ""Add POI/Group Category," then "after selected poi" from the pop-out menu.

Once you've made your additions, close down the "RNS510 POIs inspect0r" program. Now locate the directory into which you installed the POI Inspector and you will see a new sub-directory entitled "localsave." For the example shown here, when you open it, you'll see three folders and an "LSC_EXTENSION.LSC" file.

Return to UltraISO and open the "tpd" folder (bottom folder in the left-hand pane). Now double-click on the "ntcWeu_eu_20070806" folder and scroll the right-hand pane to the bottom. Here, you'll see the original "LSC_EXTENSION.LSC" file. Drag the newly-produced file from the "localsave" folder and overwrite this file, clicking "Yes" on the subsequent pop-up box. The pictures below show the Windows Explorer window (in part) to the left of the UltraISO window.

Now, double-click on "TABLES" in the "localsave" folder, then double-click on the "0" folder. This will show two files for every new POI that you added, one with an ".IDX" extension, the other with a consecutive number but no displayed extension. In fact, the second file is a ".url" file and may appear as an "Internet Shortcut" in some computer systems. These files need copying into the related "TABLES\0" folder in UltraISO. They do not overwrite, as they're additions, so no confirmation box will appear.

Now double-click on the "ICONS" folder in "localsave" and you'll see the files that you chose to use for your POIs. Once again, these must be copied to the "ICONS" folder in UltraISO. As they're also additions, no confirmation will be seen.

Finally, double-click on the "ENG" folder in "localsave." You'll see an "ENG.LSC" file and some .HTM files. There will be two .HTM files for every new POI you added. The numbers will match the categories and one file will start with "SF_" the other with "ST_" As before, double-click the "ENG" folder in UltraISO and copy all three files across.

You will get a permission request here, because the "ENG.LSC" file is an over-write. Click on "Yes."

Now return to the root of the image in UltraISO and look in the right-hand pane, where you'll see a file called "cdrom.toc" - the table of contents file identifier for the DVD.

This must be amended to match the new DVD label you selected earlier. I use "VEDIT 6.1" to do this. Point the editing program at the folder into which you extracted the files from the DVD ISO image file. Open "cdrom.toc" which will look like this:

Now change the "Volume: CD_6317" to read "Volume: CD_6318" and save the file.

Copy the saved file to the UltraISO image file, over-writing the original. Click "Yes" on the permission box that will appear.

Now you're ready to save the new image file. Click on "File," then "Save as" in UltraISO and save the new image file as "CD_6318.iso" to a folder of your choice.

Burn this image file to a good-quality DVD at no more than 4x speed. UltraISO will do this for you too:

That completes the manufacture of the replacement SatNav DVD - well done - have a cuppa!

In your Superb II, switch on Columbus and allow a couple of minutes for the unit to fully load existing data. Now load your new DVD into the slot. From the messages that pop up, select "Continue" first, then "Save." Saving the new data to the hard drive will take about 30 - 40 minutes. You will not see a progress bar, but if you briefly press the "Eject" button after three or four minutes of loading time, you'll see a "Notify" option appear. Choose that and a message will then appear when all the data has loaded. You still won't get a progress bar in the meantime.

Once all the data has loaded, it's now time to select your POIs, including your new ones, of course, together with whatever other existing POIs you want - up to 10 categories maximum. Category icons appear along the foot of the display, so you can easily see how many you've selected.

Now, leaving it running, re-boot the Columbus ("<" + ">" + "i" together).

After re-booting, switch it on again. The new POIs will now display, but - remember - there will be no audible warning accompanying them. Job done!

I hope that this page made the task considerably easier than it might have been for you.

All and any feedback is appreciated.o

Ray Girling, March 2009 - 2013.