Flickr Geotagging Air App

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

After coming back from my trip I found I wasn’t completely happy with the application that came with my Amod AGL3080. My main complaint about it was that it was Windows only and I upload all my pictures on my MacBook to iPhoto before using it to then upload to Flickr. Also, I had already started uploaded images to Flickr without tagging them so I didn’t really want to go back, geo-tag, and reupload. I like my Flickr photos to be full scale and I wasn’t about to reupload gbs of photos again.

I found GPSTagr while looking for something that would tag my already uploaded photos. A good RIA but only takes coordinates in GPX format so I had to find another app to convert my RMC formatted logs. There was also a bit of confusion with the timestamps from my GPS logs and the photos I had taken converting from UTC to the local time on my part. As I flew from country to country, I forgot to change the time on my cameras a couple times. Also the +/-12 adjustment wasn’t enough to handle the time difference. Last, it would have been helpful if I could preview the coordinates before I committed the updates to my photos.

So this is what I set out to do; create an easy to use desktop application (air application) that would work on multiple platforms, work with multiple GPS formats, and interface with Flickr and Google Maps. I’ve already started and am pretty satisfied with how quickly it is to build something using Flex.

Flickr Geo-Tag Air App screen shot

Geotagging Photos

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Last September I took a month long trip with a few friends to Asia; Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong to be exact. I love how the iPhone geo-tags (saves GPS coordinates in the EXIF data)  photos and find the display features on flickr and iPhoto to be pretty awesome. I figured that since I’d be taking all these photos in Asia with my DSLR, it’d be nice have all the photos I take also be geo-tagged. A quick google search brought up this gem:

This unit (Amod AGL3080) is about the size of a pager, runs all day off of 3 AAA batteries, and has the memory capacity for almost 4000 hours. The best part was that I was able to score one off eBay for $5 right before I left for the trip but brand new it’s still relatively inexpensive ($65 from Amazon). Basically all you have to do is turn it on, keep it in your backpack or whatever, and it’ll start logging your GPS coordinate with a time stamp. With the included software you can then match the time stamps with the ones on your photos and import the coordinates to the EXIF. It’s really that easy; the hardest parts were remembering to always have fresh batteries and taking it with me.