Your World Scrapbook

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Ovolab Geophoto

$ 24. 95

Overview

Shoot local, share global.

 

With Ovolab Geophoto, you can see your pictures from a new perspective. Break the limits of long lists of pictures sorted by date! You can now browse your photo albums by location, easily finding the pictures you've taken in a particular place, during a particular trip.

Orbit around the Earth to view all the countries you have visited, or zoom into your city for a view of the pictures you've taken at home, or at your friends' places.

And you can share your photos as well, allowing your friends to zoom across the planet and see where your pictures were taken and how far you've traveled.

 

Your world scrapbook.

 

Add pictures to Geophoto's library with a single click: from iPhoto albums, from Aperture or Photoshop Lightroom, and even directly from the web - you'll soon be creating scrapbooks of photos, pinned to places on the Earth, that you can collect or show your family and friends.

Using Geophoto, you can also fly through the pictures taken by a vast community of people around the globe, who share them on Flickr: the "geotagged" photos that contain location information will automatically appear in the correct spot on the Earth.

Geophoto's speed, detailed images and ease of use make it the perfect companion to iPhoto and Flickr.

 

Not only for travelers.

Geophoto is a wonderful tool even if you're not a traveler or a photographer. You'll be able to discover faraway places through pictures taken by Flickr users, or simply organize the photos with your friends by pinning them to their neighborhoods.

But also professional photographers will find it invaluable: finding that photo taken during a photo safari in Africa is as easy as zooming onto the Serengeti park - and Geophoto knows exactly where it is, thanks to an exhaustive database of cities and landmarks. Plus, Geophoto supports many image file formats, including JPEG and Camera RAW, and reads and writes the GPS data, IPTC tags and image properties embedded in those files.

It's your world.

 

The possibilities are endless with Ovolab Geophoto. Create your own travel, hotel and restaurant guides, then share them with your friends. Discover new places around the world, and get the inspiration for your next trip.

 

Features

- look up city and country, or nearby landmarks, for each photo;

- read and update IPTC tags;

- street-level detail for geotagging your shots;

- use handheld GPS units (Garmin, Magellan, Wintec) to automatically position photos;

- supports most image file formats, including several proprietary Camera RAW formats (Adobe DNG, Canon CRW1 and CR2, Creo Leaf Mosaic MOS, Hasselblad 3FR, Mamiya MEF, Minolta MRW);

- browse other people's photos on Flickr: search by tag, by location, by group and more.

 

 

Photos in the above screenshots are either copyright by Lorenzo Maria dell'Uva and used under permission, or thumbnails of public photos visible on Flickr, distributed under a Creative Commons license.

 

FAQ

General

How can Geophoto be useful to me, since I don't spend my life traveling?

Geophoto can be a wonderful tool even if you don't travel at all. You can view places that are familiar to you, as seen through other people's eyes. You can explore faraway places, through shared photos on Flickr. Geophoto is also a great educational tool: learn about a geographical area through pictures; put a place in relationship with its photos, and better understand the context in which people live there.

How can Geophoto be useful to me, if I don't have a GPS-enabled camera?

You don't need a high-end, GPS-equipped camera in order to use Geophoto. Simply drag photos to the correct location, and they will be pinned to that spot on Earth. Or, you can choose "Set Location" from the Item menu and type in the name of the city or landmark in which your photos were taken, and Geophoto will automatically place them in that location.

If you carry a handheld GPS unit or a GPS logger with you while taking pictures, you can also use Geophoto's matching feature, to automatically pin the pictures you've taken to the exact spots on the planet logged by your GPS device. Some cell phones have the ability to store GPS data into pictures taken with their camera.

Moreover, through Geophoto you can browse millions of photos on Flickr that already contain location information.

Using Geophoto

Does Geophoto make a copy of the picture files I add to its library?

No, Geophoto always references the original files you drag to its library, without ever copying them. You won't risk filling up your hard drive with duplicate photos.

What level of visual detail can Geophoto reach?

From Geophoto's Preferences window, you can download high-resolution satellite imagery with an average resolution of 0.13 miles/pixel. These images are used on the three-dimensional model of the Earth. By using the Map or the Loupe, you can position your photos all the way down to street level detail, thanks to Geophoto's integration with Google Maps.

Why don't my photos retain their location information when added to a new Geophoto document?

Geophoto doesn't modify your original photos unless you tell it to do so. Therefore, when you drag a picture to a location on Earth, that location information will only be available inside the Geophoto library you are working on.

If you wish to permanently store the location information inside your image file or in your Flickr photo, choose "Update Original with Location Information" from the Item menu.

Why do Flickr photos appear with a lock icon on top of them?

Geophoto displays a lock icon on top of items that it can't modify or update with new location information. If you are viewing a photo posted on Flickr by another user, you do not have the ability to change its geotags - therefore, Geophoto will display a lock icon on top of it.

If you are viewing your own photos on Flickr, you need to authorize Geophoto to communicate with Flickr (in the Flickr pane of Geophoto's Preferences window) before you can update the original photo with the new location information.

How can I store location information inside my Flickr photos?

First, make sure you have authorized Geophoto to communicate with Flickr (in the Flickr pane of Geophoto's Preferences window).

Then, select the photos you wish to update and choose "Update Originals with Location Information" from the Item menu. Geophoto will save the coordinates and tags to the photos in your Flickr account.

Does the trial version expire?

No, you can use Geophoto in trial (demo) mode for as long as you wish. However, some features will be disabled in trial mode, and will only be activated when you enter a valid license key. Notably, when in trial mode, Geophoto:

Will only allow up to a maximum of 50 items per project.

Will not apply changes to the original image files.

Geocoding FAQ

Which image file formats does Geophoto support?

Geophoto can display most image file formats, including:

  • JPEG
  • JPEG-2000
  • TIFF
  • PNG
  • GIF
  • PSD (Adobe Photoshop)
  • TARGA

and several proprietary Camera RAW formats, including:

  • Adobe DNG
  • Canon CRW1 and CR2
  • Creo Leaf Mosaic MOS
  • Hasselblad 3FR
  • Mamiya MEF
  • Minolta MRW
  • Nikon NEF
  • Panasonic RAW
  • Pentax PEF

1. Canon .crw raw images do not support embedding of GPS tags. This is not a limitation of Geophoto -- it is an intrinsic limitation of the .crw (CIFF) file format.

Which handheld GPS receivers are supported by Geophoto?

In general, any handheld GPS device which can store GPS track log files in one of the supported formats will work fine with Geophoto.

In addition, Geophoto can communicate directly (via USB or Bluetooth) with the following devices, for downloading track log files:

  • Garmin Astro
  • Garmin Edge: 205, 305
  • Garmin eTrex: eTrex Legend C, eTrex Legend Cx, eTrex Legend HCx, eTrex Summit Cx, eTrex Summit HC, eTrex Venture C, eTrex Venture Cx, eTrex Venture HC, eTrex Vista C, eTrex Vista Cx, eTrex Vista HCx, eTrex Camo, eTrex Legend, eTrex Summit, eTrex Venture, eTrex Vista, eTrex (Basic Yellow), eTrex H
  • Garmin Forerunner: Forerunner 201, Forerunner 205, Forerunner 301, Forerunner 305
  • Garmin Foretrex: Foretrex 201, Foretrex 301
  • Garmin Geko: Geko 201, Geko 301
  • Garmin GPS: GPS 12CX, GPS 12Map, GPS 12, GPS 12XL, GPS III, GPS III+, GPS II, GPS II+, GPS V
  • Garmin GPSMAP: GPSMAP 195, GPSMAP 276C, GPSMAP 295, GPSMAP 296C, GPSMAP 378, GPSMAP 396, GPSMAP 478, GPSMAP 496, GPSMAP 60C, GPSMAP 60CS, GPSMAP 60CSx, GPSMAP 60Cx, GPSMAP 76C, GPSMAP 76CS, GPSMAP 76CSX, GPSMAP 76Cx, GPSMAP 96, GPSMAP 96C
  • Garmin Quest, Quest II
  • Garmin Rhino: Rhino 110, Rhino 120, Rhino 130, Rhino 520, Rhino 520 HCx, Rhino 530, Rhino 530 HCx
  • Garmin StreetPilot: StreetPilot 2610, StreetPilot 2620, StreetPilot 2650, StreetPilot 2720, StreetPilot 2730, StreetPilot 2820, StreetPilot 7200, StreetPilot 7500, StreetPilot c310, StreetPilot c320, StreetPilot c330, StreetPilot c340, StreetPilot III, StreetPilot III+, StreetPilot i2, StreetPilot i3, StreetPilot i5.
  • Garmin eMap
  • Magellan 310, Magellan 315
  • Magellan Map330
  • Magellan SporTrak: SporTrak Map Color, SporTrak Map, SporTrak Map Pro, SporTrak Map Topo
  • Magellan Meridian: Meridian (green or yellow), Meridian Gold, Meridian Platinum, Meridian Color
  • Magellan Explorist: Explorist 100 (with aftermarket cable), Explorist 200 (with aftermarket cable), Explorist 300 (with aftermarket cable), Explorist 210, Explorist 300, Explorist 400, Explorist 500, Explorist 600, Explorist XL

What are GPS loggers, and which ones are supported by Geophoto?

GPS loggers, or data loggers, are small, pocket-sized devices which record your GPS position at fixed time intervals and store it internally. When you get back to your computer, you can download the logged track and use it with Geophoto to automatically set the coordinates of the photos you've taken during the trip.

Geophoto supports any GPS data logger which can output files in one of the supported formats, including the following:

  • Wintec WBT-200, WBT-201 GPS data logger (directly via Bluetooth)
  • Holux M-241 (Mac compatibility provided by BT747)
  • Qstarz BT-Q1000 (Mac compatibility provided by BT747)
  • AMOD AGL3080
  • Sony GPS-CS1 (only compatible with Intel Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.9)

Which GPS log file formats does Geophoto support?

Geophoto supports a wide variety of GPS track log files, including:

  • GPX
  • Google Earth KML
  • Google Maps XML
  • NMEA
  • Geocaching.com .loc

Which digital cameras have a built-in (or optional) GPS?

We are working on maintaining a list of such cameras. In the meantime, you may want to look at the following GPS-ready cameras:

  • Nikon D2Xs, D2X, D2H and D200 cameras, through the optional MC-35 GPS Adapter cord and an off-the-shelf GPS unit.
  • Nikon D3, D300, D2XS, D2X, D2HS, D200 and Fujifilm S5 Pro cameras, through the DP-GPS N1 by Solmeta Technologies.
  • The Kodak Professional DCS Pro SLR Series digital cameras.
  • Ricoh 500SE and Caplio Pro G3 (the latter, through a Compact Flash GPS unit).

    In general, a less-expensive solution is to carry your own GPS unit or GPS logger with you when taking pictures. Geophoto's GPS matching feature will automatically find the coordinates for each photo you've taken.

    There are also a few cell phones with integrated GPS receivers, but we are not sure whether they automatically geotag the pictures they take, or if they require additional software for that purpose.

  • Nokia N82, N95, E90 and 6110 Navigator.

ZoneTag is a service which uses cell tower information to geotag the pictures you take with your cameraphone. Check out ZoneTag's web site to see if your phone is supported.