GEOSETTER writes GPS-coordinates in your EXIF-data
Geosetter is an easy to use tool for georeferencing your photos, which means writing GPS-coordinates in the EXIF-data. It works from Windows 7 to 10. Internet Explorer or Egde is usually installed with Windows and works in the background to visualize maps in Geosetter, so you have not to care about it and you can use any other browser you want, like Firefox. You can use OSM-map as well as Google Maps to position your photos. Be sure, it’s a program for everyone, not only for computer freaks, but a very basic understanding of handling a computer program is required.
Download Geosetter from www.geosetter.de and install. When you are asked for additional options during install, choose „Add GeoSetter shell extension“. Then you are able to right click on an georeferenced image file and open it directly from Windows Explorer file menu in GeoSetter’s map. After the first start you are usually asked for update Exif Tools to the newest version. Do it.
The following description for version 3.5 is only for the most important and easy to use functions, feel free to read the detailes User Manual, which is included in the program.
Choosing your preferred map:
Click on the drop down menu „Select Map Type“, first symbol in the upper right part of the main window. I usually work with Google Satellite Map, but OSM is available too. Don’t worry if a Popup is shown with „Google Maps cannot be loaded...“ or similar. Click OK. The sattelite map is shown with „for development purposes only“ and is a little bit darker as usual. But I think, it’s easy to work with. OSM maps are shown without any problem.
Position your photos:
In the left window choose the directory and all thumbnails are shown, jpg’s and other formats as well as raw images like CR2 or ARW. Choose one or more images you want to position at a location. The thumnails are marked with a blue frame. Then scroll and zoom the map to the location and make a right click on the map and then on the Popup window „Assign Position to Selected Images“. Done. The referenced thumbnail images get a blue sign in the upper left corner and there is also a marker on the map. Then proceed with the next image(s). Don’t forget to save your work before changing the directory or leaving the program. Save Button is the last one to the right in the left window part (showing a blue disk).
Add photos to an existing position of another photo:
Mark the photos you want to add (left window), then right click on the marker on the map, then click „Copy data to selected image“ and then OK in the next window.
Change position of a photo:
Mark the photo(s) you want to change in the left window, then choose a new location as described above under „Position your photos“.
That’s all you need to know. If you upload a georeferenced image to Ipernity, coordinates are automatically shown. If you postprocess a georeferenced raw image and then save as jpg for example, coordinates are saved as well in the new file. For raw files - as default - data are saved in so called XMP sidecar files. So don’t wonder if there is suddenly a new file with the extension XMP after georeferencing a raw file. Pro’s can change Settings under File/Settings. The lower left „Image Preview“ may look strange for raw images. Choosing a new directory may take a few seconds, be patient, it works.
Don’t open „Google Earth“ during your GEOSETTER-session is open. This may kill your positions, which are not already saved. If you want to work with both programs, always open Google Earth first!
You can download this short guide as pdf under my documents.
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