HoudahGeo 6.0: Photo geotagging for JPEG, RAW, Apple Photos & More

[prMac.com] Luxembourg – Houdah Software today is proud to announce HoudahGeo 6.0, a major upgrade to the photo geotagging tool for Mac. HoudahGeo tags photos with location coordinates, names, and related metadata. It’s been 4 years since the release of HoudahGeo 5.0. We invested a significant part of that time into the file search tool HoudahSpot. This work has allowed us to release a major upgrade in the spring of 2019. After that release, we turned our attention to HoudahGeo.

The long release cycle allowed for many ideas and feature requests to pile up. It took almost a year to turn these ideas into HoudahGeo 6.0. At the end of the process, an exceptionally large upgrade has emerged. HoudahGeo 6.0 brings several major new features and countless enhancements that streamline many tasks in the geocoding workflow.

Customers will be glad to see HoudahGeo 6.0 support JPEG RAW pairs. Many digital cameras can save two versions of the same image. One JPEG file and one RAW file. HoudahGeo recognizes such pairs and handles them as a single photo. HoudahGeo will write the same metadata to both files.

Our #1 feature request, however, was to allow specifying the timezone used to write dates and times to EXIF/XMP metadata. Many forget to set their camera clock when traveling across time zones. As a result, photo metadata can show times that appear to be hours off. HoudahGeo users can now have HoudahGeo write dates and times using a time zone that will make times appear more natural or correct.

HoudahGeo 6.0 can help with migrating away from Apple Aperture and generally future-proof location metadata. HoudahGeo now imports much more location data from the recesses of media libraries. It can then write that metadata to EXIF/XMP tags where it remains permanently bonded to image files. That metadata can be read by whichever photo catalog you migrate to after Aperture, and the next one, and the one thereafter.

We have improved the built-in maps to show more information, be more interactive and make assigning and correcting location information even easier. Map pins can now reveal photo thumbnails. This allows for quick checks. Track logs can be clicked to find out at what time a point on the route was visited. HoudahGeo can now be asked to match a photo to such a point. It will then infer camera clock settings so it can geocode the remaining photos.

The reworked “Places” feature and the new “Lift & Stamp” tool make it easy to add, copy, and paste common location information and other metadata. For example, a place named “home” may be set up to add location names to photos without altering their exact coordinates. Similarly one can copy information such as description and keywords from one photo to other photos taken at the same location.

HoudahGeo 6.0 also adds support for weather and depth below water metadata tags. This information can be read from Kestrel weather log files and fromUDDF SCUBA dive logs.

What is HoudahGeo?
HoudahGeo is used by travelers and professionals alike. Some use location information to organize and find photos. Some like to see and show photos “pinned” to map locations. Others need to add GPS coordinates to photos in order to assess roadwork damages, to record wildlife sightings, or to document environmental damages.

HoudahGeo makes it easy to geotag digital photos with GPS location information. It writes future-proof EXIF, XMP, and IPTC tags to JPEG and RAW image files. HoudahGeo works with JPEG RAW pairs and fulls supports XMP sidecar files.

HoudahGeo can load photos from Apple Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom Classic catalogs. HoudahGeo can then tag original image files and add location information to photos in Apple Photos, iPhoto, and Aperture libraries. This gives the users of Apple’s photo cataloging tools access to the many photo geocoding options HoudahGeo has to offer:

* Automatic geocoding using GPS track logs and waypoints
* Geocoding using reference photos taken using iPhone, a smartphone, or a GPS-enabled camera
* Geocoding without a GPS. Use the built-in map to double-check, adjust, or assign locations to your photos
* Assign photos to favorite places, map search results, or GPS waypoints
* Place photos along a likely flight path: a great circle route between start and end points

The map in HoudahGeo makes geocoding large batches of photos surprisingly easy. One just needs to make incremental adjustments between photos to account for the distance traveled. It takes but a nudge to the map and a click for each photo.

Why geotag photos? Geotagging photos serves two main purposes:
* Archival: The EXIF and XMP geotags written by HoudahGeo create a permanent record of where a photo was taken. Photo management software like Apple Photos can then organize and find photos by location

* Viewing and publishing: Location information adds to the “story” of a photo. See a bird’s-eye view of where you took your photos; the path taken to get to the location and from there to the next; the adventures between; the sights hidden from view

How is geotagging different from assigning locations in Apple Photos?
* Geotagging writes location information to metadata tags within the original image files. This creates a permanent bond between a photo and the location where it was taken.

* HoudahGeo writes the same industry-standard EXIF and XMP as GPS-enabled cameras. Such geotags can be used by Apple Photos as well as other photo cataloging or publishing tools. Location information added in Apple Photos exists only within the library database. The original images remain unaltered. Only exported versions of the photo can be set to include geotags.

HoudahGeo feature highlights:
* Supports many methods of geocoding: GPS track logs, built-in maps, Google Earth, etc.
* Writes GPS data, location names, title, description and keywords to EXIF, XMP, and IPTC tags
* Works with JPEG, HEIF as well as a large number of RAW file formats. Supports XMP sidecar files
* Notifies Apple Photos, iPhoto, and Aperture of changes made to photo location information
* Automatic geocoding using GPS track logs
* Geocoding using reference photos taken using iPhone or a GPS camera
* Geocoding without a GPS: Use the built-in map to double-check, adjust, or assign locations
* Notify Apple Photos, iPhoto, or Aperture when places information has been updated
* Create Google Earth KML and KMZ files: View photos pinned along the path traveled
* Publish photos and KML files to Dropbox: Share images on a map
* Upload geotagged photos to Flickr

New in HoudahGeo 6.0:
* JPEG + RAW pairs: HoudahGeo treats JPEG + RAW pairs as a single photo
* Time zone for EXIF / XMP export: Specify how dates and times should appear in image metadata
* Media library import: HoudahGeo now imports much more location data from the recesses of media libraries
* Aperture migration: Write imported metadata to image files for future-proof storage and to prepare migration
* XMP sidecar writing: Use, ignore, create; Set separate strategies for handling sidecars to JPEG and RAW files
* Images needing export: Flags images where coordinates have changed or fail to match media library information
* “Automagic” camera clock setup: HoudahGeo can infer camera clock setup from a photo placed on a track log
* Enhanced “Places” feature: Configure individual places to apply only a subset of their properties to photos
* Lift & stamp metadata: Grab coordinates and metadata from one image; Apply to other images
* Support for weather data: Add weather information to your photos. HoudahGeo reads KESTREL weather log files
* Support for SCUBA dive logs: Add “depth below water” information to your photos; HoudahGeo reads UDDF log files
* Enhanced grid view: HoudahGeo can now show timestamps and coordinates along with image previews
* Easy import from Apple Photos: Grab and import the current selection from the Photos application

Notable additions in previous releases:
* Places: Quickly assign photos to favorite places and apply coordinates and location names
* Drag-and-drop geocoding: Drag images to the built-in map and drop them at the location where they were taken
* Camera import: Download photos directly from your camera or memory card; Geotag photos before importing them into your photo library
* Keywords editor: The new keywords editor makes it easy to assign keywords in bulk
* Publish KML to Dropbox: Upload photos and track logs to Dropbox; View in Google Earth and Google My Maps
* Apple Photos: HoudahGeo can add locations to photos in the Photos library
* Autocompletion: HoudahGeo offers autocompletion when editing location, city, province/state, and country names

System Requirements:
* macOS 10.14 Mojave or macOS 10.15 Catalina
* Recommended that iCloud Photos users geotag their photos before uploading these to the cloud
* Digital camera
* Optional GPS track logger
* Optional iPhone, smartphone, or GPS-enabled camera
* 65 MB of disk space

Pricing and Availability:
HoudahGeo is available in English and German language versions. A full-featured trial version is available from the Houdah Software web site. HoudahGeo 6.0 is priced at $39 (USD) for a single-user license. A family license is available for $59. Upgrades are priced $24 and $36 respectively. HoudahGeo licenses purchased on or after August 1, 2019 qualify for a free upgrade. Licenses can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. Upgrade pricing is offer upon loading a previous license.HoudahGeo 6.0
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