Ovolab Geophoto for Mac

Ovolab Geophoto for Mac

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.4.1
  • Total Downloads:
    320
  • Date Added:
    June 17, 2009
  • File Size:
    61.46MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC

Editors' Review

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This photo organizer lets you attach pictures to locations around the globe making it easy to see where your pictures were taken. Using a 3D animated globe, you can import your vacation pictures and quickly place them around the world. Click and drag the globe to spin to different locations. Geophoto supports Flickr, so you can import your image sets or browse other users photos. We like this program's simple interface for attaching pictures and the Loupe viewing tool which shows google map information so you know exactly where to place pictures. Overall, we think Geophoto is a unique and fun way to organize and browse your photos.
 
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3 stars

"Promising, but needs to get quirks fixed"

May 08, 2008  |  By Tom Dibble

 |  Version: Ovolab Geophoto 2.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
First of all, if you have a Canon camera which produces CRW files, this software will NOT geocode your raw images. It's apparently a fault of the CRW format, although a simple read of their FAQ on supported file types would lead you to believe it was able to geocode the format. This, combined with their unconscionably crippled 'demo' version, which doesn't allow you to try the single most important aspect of the application (does it geotag your files) means you're likely going to need to ask for your money back or adop your workflow significantly.

That aside, I keep seeing Google Earth resolution complaints here. I'm not sure if anyone has noticed, but in the Preferences pane there is an "Imagery" tab, and clicking the "Download" button will "upgrade" your satelite resolutions by exactly one step. Its a painful interface, as you need to click the button, wait an hour for the next res to finish downloading, then click the button again. But, it seems to resolve the resolution complaints. Obviously, though, having all of Google Earth satellite images on local disk is a huge waste of disk space. It'd be really nice if there was a better interface to this, and which would allow you to "downgrade" to conserve space.

Still on the topic of possibly incorrect statements in other reviews: you can indeed directly key in the latitude/longitude of a particular image, by using the Item | Set Location ... menu tem (also accessible from the Inspector's "gear menu") then clicking the second tab of the dialog. That gives four ways to geocode an image so far as I can see:

  1. Match to GPS log files
  2. Drag/drop in Google Earth interface
  3. Enter city/country (photo gets placed in geographic center of the city ... it'd be nice if there was an accuracy measure in the EXIF tags)
  4. Enter lat/long directly

My main gripe is in the match-logs dialog box. Every time it comes up there is a drop-down which contains every major city around the world linked to its time zone to identify the time zone of the camera. This defaults to a GMT location, so I suppose if you were along that meridian you'd be all set. For me, though, getting to Americas/Los Angeles is a painful click, drag, watch scroll, drag back from overscrolling, search, click process. A simple memory of which time zone you'd selected last time would be really useful here!

Some streamlining here would be useful. There are far too many steps required to just match up a bunch of images to a log file. Integration with Aperture more directly would be nice (I have to open up the project location and do a spotlight search for all .CRW files underneath, then drag those in to GeoPhoto; being able to automatically open the master files for selected images in Aperture would be really nice).

Stability? I don't think I've used it enough to say for certain, although the demo crashed on me repeatedly when trying to update from the web (I'm guessing the issue had to do with the no-saving cripple; registered then reran the update process and all went well).

Finally, the OvoLab web site is atrocious. It says for support we should go to their forums ... anyone see such a link anywhere? No, me either. If it's there, I doubt anyone else has shown up. If you want to foster community, you need to make the forums highly visible!!!

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3 stars

"Promising, but needs to get quirks fixed"

May 08, 2008  |  By Tom Dibble

 |  Version: Ovolab Geophoto 2.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
First of all, if you have a Canon camera which produces CRW files, this software will NOT geocode your raw images. It's apparently a fault of the CRW format, although a simple read of their FAQ on supported file types would lead you to believe it was able to geocode the format. This, combined with their unconscionably crippled 'demo' version, which doesn't allow you to try the single most important aspect of the application (does it geotag your files) means you're likely going to need to ask for your money back or adop your workflow significantly.

That aside, I keep seeing Google Earth resolution complaints here. I'm not sure if anyone has noticed, but in the Preferences pane there is an "Imagery" tab, and clicking the "Download" button will "upgrade" your satelite resolutions by exactly one step. Its a painful interface, as you need to click the button, wait an hour for the next res to finish downloading, then click the button again. But, it seems to resolve the resolution complaints. Obviously, though, having all of Google Earth satellite images on local disk is a huge waste of disk space. It'd be really nice if there was a better interface to this, and which would allow you to "downgrade" to conserve space.

Still on the topic of possibly incorrect statements in other reviews: you can indeed directly key in the latitude/longitude of a particular image, by using the Item | Set Location ... menu tem (also accessible from the Inspector's "gear menu") then clicking the second tab of the dialog. That gives four ways to geocode an image so far as I can see:

  1. Match to GPS log files
  2. Drag/drop in Google Earth interface
  3. Enter city/country (photo gets placed in geographic center of the city ... it'd be nice if there was an accuracy measure in the EXIF tags)
  4. Enter lat/long directly

My main gripe is in the match-logs dialog box. Every time it comes up there is a drop-down which contains every major city around the world linked to its time zone to identify the time zone of the camera. This defaults to a GMT location, so I suppose if you were along that meridian you'd be all set. For me, though, getting to Americas/Los Angeles is a painful click, drag, watch scroll, drag back from overscrolling, search, click process. A simple memory of which time zone you'd selected last time would be really useful here!

Some streamlining here would be useful. There are far too many steps required to just match up a bunch of images to a log file. Integration with Aperture more directly would be nice (I have to open up the project location and do a spotlight search for all .CRW files underneath, then drag those in to GeoPhoto; being able to automatically open the master files for selected images in Aperture would be really nice).

Stability? I don't think I've used it enough to say for certain, although the demo crashed on me repeatedly when trying to update from the web (I'm guessing the issue had to do with the no-saving cripple; registered then reran the update process and all went well).

Finally, the OvoLab web site is atrocious. It says for support we should go to their forums ... anyone see such a link anywhere? No, me either. If it's there, I doubt anyone else has shown up. If you want to foster community, you need to make the forums highly visible!!!

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4 stars

"Very fun application."

March 13, 2008  |  By ewood65

 |  Version: Ovolab Geophoto 1.8.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I found geophoto a very nice application and fun to use !

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4 stars

"Good idea - Needs improvements"

June 11, 2007  |  By BaroqueW

 |  Version: Ovolab Geophoto 1.3

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I discovered the software through macZOT! I tried it and I was seduced by the idea so I bought it (for $9 thanks to macZOT!). A quick purchase that I partly regret now.

You can place on a globe your pictures (imported from iPhoto albums or off the disk) and Flickr pics albums to present them in an original fashion. Placing and manipulation is intuitive and you achieve quick results. The Google Maps integration fails quite often (the so called Loupe often freezes or just doesn't display the Google Maps overlay properly). The quality of maps used for the globe is also far from that of Google Earth but the use of Google Maps diminishes the importance of that problem. YTou can also find locations using an online database, quite complete (with hotels, points of interest, cities, regions and so on).

The loading of the app is quite slow but with 1000s of pics to reload from iPhoto albums I deem it's normal. A few details needs to be taken into revision: loading of the most recently edited album rather than a blank one, direct edition of the localization of pictures are of those. I emailed the team about it a few days ago, I will see if I get any reply.

In the end, give the soft a try, it's amusing and will change you of the plain iPhoto interface to show pictures of your holidays and trips. Maybe you won't even resent the same flaws as I did. In any case I will keep using that soft for a while and hope for future improvements.

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4 stars

"Good idea - Needs improvements"

June 11, 2007  |  By BaroqueW

 |  Version: Ovolab Geophoto 1.3

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I discovered the software through macZOT! I tried it and I was seduced by the idea so I bought it (for $9 thanks to macZOT!). A quick purchase that I partly regret now.

You can place on a globe your pictures (imported from iPhoto albums or off the disk) and Flickr pics albums to present them in an original fashion. Placing and manipulation is intuitive and you achieve quick results. The Google Maps integration fails quite often (the so called Loupe often freezes or just doesn't display the Google Maps overlay properly). The quality of maps used for the globe is also far from that of Google Earth but the use of Google Maps diminishes the importance of that problem. YTou can also find locations using an online database, quite complete (with hotels, points of interest, cities, regions and so on).

The loading of the app is quite slow but with 1000s of pics to reload from iPhoto albums I deem it's normal. A few details needs to be taken into revision: loading of the most recently edited album rather than a blank one, direct edition of the localization of pictures are of those. I emailed the team about it a few days ago, I will see if I get any reply.

In the end, give the soft a try, it's amusing and will change you of the plain iPhoto interface to show pictures of your holidays and trips. Maybe you won't even resent the same flaws as I did. In any case I will keep using that soft for a while and hope for future improvements.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.4.1
restores compatibility with Mac OS X 10.4, which was inadvertenly broken in version 2.4. Geophoto 2.4 brings several enhancements over version 2.3.1, adds support for copying and pasting coordinates, adds support for faster geotagging of image files in non-JPEG formats and fixes a few minor bugs.
General
Publisher Ovolab
Publisher web site http://www.ovolab.com/
Release Date June 17, 2009
Date Added June 17, 2009
Version 2.4.1
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Image Viewers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 61.46MB
File Name ovolab-geophoto-241.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 320
Downloads Last Week 2
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $24.95

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