HoudahGeo 5.3: Photo geotagging solution adds Apple HEIC support

HoudahGeo

Houdah Software announces HoudahGeo 5.3, a major update to the photo geotagging tool for Mac. HoudahGeo tags photos with GPS coordinates and location names. HoudahGeo is used by travelers and professionals alike. Some use location information to organize and find photos. 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 also 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:

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* Automatic geocoding using GPS track logs
* 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

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 travelled. 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 standard 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: Geotags add to the “story” of a photo. A photo pinned to the map has context. A series of tagged photos or a GPS track log can tell a story: the path taken to get to the location and from there to the next; the adventures between; the sights hidden from view

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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 used by 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

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New in HoudahGeo 5.3:
* Adds support for Apple HEIC/HEIF files
* Adds support for Canon CR3 files
* Adds support for QStarz BL-1000ST track logger files
* MacOS 10.14 Mojave Dark Mode


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