pictoGEO: Geotag your photos!
What is geotagging?
"Geotagging" refers to the linking of geographical information, usually degrees of longitude and latitude, with certain types of media.
What is pictoGEO?
When you take a picture with your digital camera, your camera automatically logs the time and date of your photo in its image information. This allows you to establish even many years later exactly when
you took the picture! However, since no information as to where
the picture was taken is stored, it is often difficult to recall what location the images show. Wouldn’t it be nice if this information was stored for ever in the image information of your pictures?
This is exactly why we developed pictoGEO. pictoGEO works with GPS-data (GPS = Global Positioning System) and allows you to view the location of your photo on virtual maps, such as Google Earth, many years after you took the picture.
pictoGEO also allows you to manage your entire trip. If you, for instance, take a trip through Europe, you will be able to reconstruct which route you followed, the entire distance you covered, and much more.
You can try the exciting new features without the pictoGEO data logger. Please check our sample trip
How does pictoGEO work?
To store information on locations with your digital camera, you will need, in addition to your camera, a GPS data logger, e.g. the pictoGEO GPS data logger (quick start guide
). A GPS data logger is capable of finding your position with great accuracy with the help of GPS satellites. However, unlike navigation systems, a GPS data logger will not show you the way from point A to point B, but stores your current geographical position, your speed, and your absolute altitude (above sea level), and the precise UTC time, also referred to as coordinated universal time.
Once back home, you can use pictoGEO to link the location information collected by the GPS data logger with your digital photos.
07/22/2008 - 4:35pm
pictoGEO works with every digital camera!
You take a picture on 07/22/2008 at 4:35pm from the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. You carry your pictoGEO GPS data logger with you and have switched it on.
After your short trip to Paris, you use the pictomio Import Wizard to import your digital photos and the log file created by your pictoGEO GPS logger. The application will now search for the GPS log entry that matches the image (07/22/2008, 4:35pm). The log file entry for 07/22/2008 – 4:35pm translates to (in simplified terms) latitude: 48.8583905296204 / longitude: 2.2950267791748047. pictoGEO will now enter this position into the EXIF information of your image.
Since the geo data is stored in the EXIF information, it is completely independent of pictomio and can, thus, also be read by other applications or Web sites.
Technical specifications of pictoGEO
Comprehensive import dialog box
Manages your trips
3D views of your trips including altitude information
3D globe function including country borders
Automatic detection of pictoGEO GPS data loggers
Automatic smoothing of waypoints
Automatic synchronization of different time zones
Automatic correction of image recording times
Automatic correction of incorrect digital camera times
Comprehensive trip editing functions
Trip consolidation functions
supports Virtual Earth and Google Maps
Supported GPS Import:
.nmea, .nma, .dat, .gpx
Supported GPS Export:
.nmea, .nma, .gpx, .kml, .kmz (Google Earth)
Gisteq: PhotoTrackr CD111, PhotoTrackr CD110BT and PhotoTrackr Lite DPL700
Garmin: all devices with gpx logging
Mainnav: MG-950d and MG-910D
Frequently asked questions:
Question: Can anyone see where I am located when I have my pictoGEO data logger switched on?
Answer: No, GPS data will only be received not transmitted while the logger is on. The logger simply stores your current position every few seconds. Only you as the owner of the logger can analyze and process the data.
Question: I have already tested other geotagging products. Unfortunately, these products often attribute incorrect positions or no positions at all to my images. How well does pictoGEO accomplish this task?
Answer: In most cases, incorrect or missing position attributes are due to different time zones or the fact that the time is set incorrectly in your digital camera. We integrated numerous auto correction functions into pictoGEO to ensure that the time is attributed correctly. What is more, the user can manually move one or several images along a time axis of the position data.
Question: I discovered that, while I am inside a building, waypoints are often recorded incorrectly, leading to a distortion of the tracking data. How does pictoGEO solve this problem?
Answer: Regrettably, every GPS device has difficulties receiving data from GPS satellites when used in buildings. The results are so-called cobwebs and mavericks that distort the track. pictoGEO detects such “faulty” data and corrects it automatically.
Question: I sometimes go on several trips within a matter of a few weeks and do not import the data stored in my GPS data logger until much later. Can pictoGEO distinguish between these trips and keep them separate when importing the data.
Answer: Yes, pictoGEO automatically detects different routes traveled throughout a trip and allows you to import them separately or merge them into one single trip.
Question: I have many old digital photos for which I am missing GPS data. Can I attribute GPS positions to these images manually?
Answer: Yes, pictoGEO lets you manually attribute a GPS position on a map to an image you have taken. Keep in mind, however, that this method is more time-consuming and less accurate than using the pictoGEO logger.
Question: Can I also use several digital cameras at the same time? For instance, I use both a small point-and-shoot camera and a big SLR camera while traveling.
Answer: Yes, you can use as many digital cameras as you want and still only need one pictoGEO GPS data logger to attribute data to your images.
Question: Will pictoGEO work with any ordinary digital camera?
Answer: Yes, you can use pictoGEO with any ordinary digital camera to geotag your digital images.