HoudahGeo ($34.95)* serves no real purpose, isn’t something that you ‘can’t live without’, but is totally and utterly addictive. It is also a very clever idea.
“With HoudahGeo you may “pin” photos to the locations where they were taken. The thus created information may be exported to EXIF tags as well as to Google Earth KMZ files. Such a file allows for browsing your photos within Google Earth.
EXIF tagged files are understood by a number of applications and web services. E.g. Panoramio, Flickr,…”
It is really easy to use; remarkably so for something with such a technical sounding name and tag line. Two preferences let you check for updates or quit on close of last window and that is it. You can upload you picture from either your library or a file (it only uses the link to this picture so don’t go moving your pictures around once you have pinned them). Once you have uploaded the picture you pin it either with the Waypoint from a GPS or my matching it to Google Earth – a very easy method that I much preferred, although just adding the Waypoint was easier **
And that really is it. What you are left with is a picture pinned to Google Earth where you want to pin it it – so obviously it makes sense to pin it where you took it. That is the only real flaw, and it is nothing to do with the application, just the use of the application – you can end up with 100’s of pictures pinned to the same spot. I reckon it could be great for Forum members to pin a picture of themselves etc, but to post 25 pictures of Uncle Arthur’s 90th birthday may be a bit excessive.
My only other (slight) negative is that by the time you have photoshopped your picture, added it to iPhoto, tagged it, uploaded it to SmugMug you may well think that pinning it with HoudahGeo is a bit excessive. It is, but it is also great fun and somewhat addictive.
I have left one picture pinned for you to see at 36֯ 42’05.02″N 2֯ 46’52.69″W
* “HoudahGeo will be priced $34.95 for a single user license.
For a limited time however, that same license will be on sale at only $24.95. With the release of HoudahGeo 1.1, the price will go up by $5. Starting with HoudahGeo 1.2, single user licenses will be priced $34.95.
Get HoudahGeo on the cheap. Now! Your HoudahGeo 1.0 licenses will remain valid for all later 1.x versions. “
** “HoudahGeo is a pure software solution for geocoding photos with latitude, longitude and altitude information. Just like a GPS camera, HoudahGeo can store this information right within the image file – invisibly with no loss of quality.
Unlike a GPS camera, HoudahGeo allows you to export your photos directly to Google Earth.”