Location, location, location

Add location data to digital images with this intuitive program.

We recently spent some time digging through boxes of old snapshots at our parents' house, and we thought it was kind of sad that so much information about the photos had been lost to the sands of time. Some of the photos had handwritten dates and locations on the back, but most of them were unlabeled. Fortunately for us, and the generations that will follow, digital images are capable of storing tons of information. RoboGEO allows users to easily attach latitude, longitude, and altitude information to images, ensuring that viewers will always know where the images came from.

The program's interface is plain and intuitive, with a helpful menu that walks users through each step of the geotagging process. Users simply select the images that they want to tag and then choose how they want to do it. There's a wide variety of options, including GPS tracklogs and waypoints, Google Earth, IPTC information, and manually entering coordinates. Once images are tagged, users can rename or redate them and have the location data saved in the image's EXIF information or displayed on the image itself. Users can even associate sound files with images, ensuring that you'll never forget what the rushing waters of Niagra Falls sound like. When users are finished, RoboGEO supports exporting to Flickr, Google Earth, and Google Maps. The program's online Help file is brief but adequate. Overall, we found RoboGEO to be an easy, intuitive way to add location information to digital images.

RoboGEO is free to try, but the trial version inserts random errors into the coordinates. The program installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users.

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