GeoTagging Photos on a Mac

Filed under: Data Processing and Conversion, GES, Mac OS X — geoLibro @ 1:12 am

Nobody needs me to monitor news about geotagging, but I have to mention that it’s finally gotten very easy to tag photos with spatial attributes on a Mac. Like it should be. Ogle Earth reports that iPhotoToGoogleEarth’s Craig Stanton has recently and quickly taken advantage of AppleScript support in Google Earth. The result is a small .app called Geotagger that takes a dragged image and ascribes coordinates to its exif fields based on where your also-running Google Earth is centered. Very easy, and a great, great way to tag photos (if you don’t already have a GPS track available to sync to).

And it works, too. Below this is a screencap of four shows’ worth of album art from Tom Waits’ tour through the midwest/east. It proves Geotagger works, yes, but it also reinforces my disappointment at not being able to attend any of these shows (I was busy starting a new job, see, and traveling across the country). I’m almost the centroid of the polygon these four corners would create.

Four Shows' Worth of Live Orphans


  1. Hi there,
    Thanks for the positive review 🙂 I’m listening to suggestions so if you think there is a feature it needs then let me know.


    Comment by Craig Stanton — 2006.October.1 @ 8:20 am

  2. Craig, you’re most certainly welcome. It’s real swell, and goes no small distance toward getting good, usable geo* tools on the Mac. Where they should be. Good work, and thanks.

    Comment by geoLibro — 2006.October.3 @ 2:46 am

  3. I’ve used Geotagger with mixed results. I’ve been dragging groups of photos at a time to be geotagged. Sometimes when i I then upload them to Flickr they are not recognized as being geotagged as Flickr lists the data as: Latitude: 43° 39′ 827785216″ Longitude: 79° 21′ 1692073984″, instead of: Latitude: N 43° 39′ 52.845″ Longitude: W 79° 22′ 26.926″. It seems to be hit and miss. Sometimes it gets the right info, and sometimes it doesn’t. Just curious if others have seen this.

    Comment by stashuk — 2006.December.22 @ 5:38 pm

  4. I haven’t experienced this, no, but I don’t often use Flickr. I don’t suppose the coordinates are still right outside of Flickr. That is, can you verify them in some other environment to make sure it’s Geotagger and not Flickr?

    Comment by geoLibro — 2006.December.28 @ 12:45 pm

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