Houdah Software announces HoudahGeo 6.0, a major upgrade to the photo geotagging tool for Mac. This app tags photos with location coordinates, names, and related metadata. It’s been 4 years since the release of HoudahGeo 5.0.
These 4 years allowed for many ideas and feature requests to pile up. It took almost a year to turn these ideas into HoudahGeo 6.0. At the end of the process, an exceptionally large upgrade has emerged. HoudahGeo 6.0 brings several major new features and countless enhancements that streamline many tasks in the geocoding workflow.
Customers will be glad to see HoudahGeo 6.0 support JPEG RAW pairs. Many digital cameras can save two versions of the same image. One JPEG file and one RAW file. HoudahGeo recognizes such pairs and handles them as a single photo. HoudahGeo will write the same metadata to both files.
Our number onfeature request was to allow specifying the timezone used to write dates and times to EXIF/XMP metadata. Many forget to set their camera clock when traveling across time zones. As a result, photo metadata can show times that appear to be hours off. Users can now have HoudahGeo write dates and times using a time zone that will make times appear more natural or correct.
HoudahGeo 6.0 can help with migrating away from Apple Aperture and generally future-proof location metadata. It now imports more location data from the recesses of media libraries. It can then write that metadata to EXIF/XMP tags where it remains permanently bonded to image files. That metadata can be read by whichever photo catalog you migrate to after Aperture.
We have improved the built-in maps to show more information, be more interactive and make assigning and correcting location information even easier. Map pins can now reveal photo thumbnails. This allows for quick checks. Track logs can be clicked to find out at what time a point on the route was visited. HoudahGeo can now be asked to match a photo to such a point. It will then infer camera clock settings so it can geocode the remaining photos.
The reworked “Places” feature and the new “Lift & Stamp” tool adds, copies, and paste common location information and other metadata. For example, a place named “home” may be set up to add location names to photos without altering their exact coordinates. Similarly one can copy information such as description and keywords from one photo to other photos taken at the same location.
HoudahGeo 6.0 also adds support for weather and depth below water metadata tags. This information can be read from Kestrel weather log files and fromUDDF SCUBA dive logs.
HoudahGeo is used by travelers and professionals alike. Some use location information to organize and find photos. Some like to see and show photos “pinned” to map locations. 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 works with JPEG RAW pairs and fulls 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:
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 traveled. It takes but a nudge to the map and a click for each photo.
Geotagging photos serves two main purposes:
- Archival: The 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: Location information adds to the “story” of a photo. See a bird’s-eye view of where you took your photos; the path taken to get to the location and from there to the next; the adventures between; the sights hidden from view
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 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.
New in 6.0:
- JPEG + RAW pairs: HoudahGeo treats JPEG + RAW pairs as a single photo
- Time zone for EXIF / XMP export: Specify how dates and times should appear in image metadata
- Media library import: HoudahGeo now imports much more location data from the recesses of media libraries
- Aperture migration: Write imported metadata to image files for future-proof storage and to prepare migration
- XMP sidecar writing: Use, ignore, create; Set separate strategies for handling sidecars to JPEG and RAW files
- Images needing export: Flags images where coordinates have changed or fail to match media library information
- “Automagic” camera clock setup: HoudahGeo can infer camera clock setup from a photo placed on a track log
- Enhanced “Places” feature: Configure individual places to apply only a subset of their properties to photos
- Lift & stamp metadata: Grab coordinates and metadata from one image; Apply to other images
- Support for weather data: Add weather information to your photos. HoudahGeo reads KESTREL weather log files
- Support for SCUBA dive logs: Add “depth below water” information to your photos; HoudahGeo reads UDDF log files
- Enhanced grid view: HoudahGeo can now show timestamps and coordinates along with image previews
- Easy import from Apple Photos: Grab and import the current selection from the Photos application
HoudahGeo is available in English and German language versions. A full-featured trial version is available from the Houdah Software web site. HoudahGeo 6.0 is priced at $39 (USD) for a single-user license. A family license is available for $59. Upgrades are priced $24 and $36 respectively. HoudahGeo licenses purchased on or after August 1, 2019 qualify for a free upgrade. Licenses can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. Upgrade pricing is offer upon loading a previous license.