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1  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: Bug in filenameNew macro? on: January 28, 2011, 08:24:34 AM
Have you found a solution to this bug?
2  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: II Version 3.4.10 for Windows on: August 13, 2010, 12:04:43 AM
Hi Marc,

Thanks a lot for this great piece of software. It is really the workhorse of my workflow  Wink

One question though: as mentioned in this post, there seems to a bug with the Filenamenew macro not using the correct sequence number (taking over the in-camera generated number from the raw file, rather than the II-generated one). Was that fixed in this new version?


3  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: Bug in filenameNew macro? on: August 01, 2010, 03:31:21 AM
I noticed exactly the same issue... Have been using that macro for ages but never paid attention to this... Doh... Need to check si,ce when this went wrong...
4  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: Anybody using GeoSetter with DNG files? on: September 02, 2008, 08:46:41 AM
I'm using it occasionally with Vista and I can't remind having run into trouble - but then, I normally just write the geo tags just once with GeoSetter, then do the further keywording etc... in Lightroom.

Actually, I normally geotag from GPS traces (in GPX format) when ingesting with ImageIngester Pro. I only use Geosetter when I don't have a GPX trace at hand, because it is incredibly easy to use to geoset "manually" on a Google map. Also, one of the GPS devices I use doesn't provide altitude information in the GPX, and here also Geosetter comes in handy to quickly look up a bunch of coordinates and pull the altitude in the EXIFs.

Jean-François (JF in short  Wink)
5  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / Re: Expression Media Trial on: May 05, 2007, 03:12:41 AM
As a MediaPro user iView have promised to supply you with an Expression Media license if you have registered your software. Otherwise how will they know how to contact you?
Don't remember if I "registered", but as I bought it as a "Download Edition" from the iView web shop, I guess I must be in their database  Wink  But I don't think they have started contacting iView customers, did they?
6  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / Re: Expression Media Trial on: May 02, 2007, 09:50:12 AM
I didn't notice any difference, except for some cosmetics...

Catalogs saved in EM can be opened in IVMP. As the changes seem to be only on cosmetics and not on the core functionality, that's the least I would have expected...

Also, would have expected that those M$ guys would check for a valid IVMP license upon installing EM, but that's probably too much asking... I wonder if existing IVMP customers will get a personal notice from M$ when time comes to do the "free upgrade"  Wink 
7  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: Sony (Cybershot) GPS Device on: April 25, 2007, 11:29:06 AM
The GPS gets it's time from the Satellites, the camera gets plugged into the PC every now and then and Downloader Pro synch's the camera time to the PC.  I really don't need it to be split second accurate as the GPS only logs it's position every 15 seconds.
Didn't notice that functionality of Downloader Pro yet... but I'm only using since a short time  Wink It does however rely on your camera being hooked up to the PC every once in a while, which I never do...
8  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: GPS Error/accuracy.. I got long winded here, your warned on: April 25, 2007, 02:36:15 AM
After having played around with different softwares to experiment geotagging, I came back to this thread, and found the last posts about EXIFs vs XMP vs IPTC very instructive! Thanks guys  Cheesy
9  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: Sony (Cybershot) GPS Device on: April 25, 2007, 02:10:53 AM
can you get the GPS data into Raw files with the Breeze software?
I'm using RoboGEO which can  geotag DNGs. There was a small glitch that made those GPS EXIFs in DNGs hidden in IVMP, though they were visible in Bridge (was OK with JPGs). Looks like this is now solved in the lastesty version (5.0.19). See also this thread in the IVMP forums.

So I tweaked my workflow to add a geotagging step right after conversion to DNG, when needed. I just adopted Breeze Downloader Pro, and need to check if/how I could further integrate the steps.

I don't use the Sony device. While it is a bit more cumbersome, I prefer to stick to my Garmin 60CSx receiver which has SiRF III, and gives me lots more flexibility. The drawback of course is that it is bulkier.

Edit: just a question for curiosity  Wink How do you synchronise the clocks of you camera and the GPS device? It doesn't seem to from, from the pictures I've seen that is has a display?
10  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: Anybody geotagging? on: March 08, 2007, 02:01:34 AM
Hi Dierk,

What you say is exactly what I meant   Wink  - for the moment being, it all boils down to software - unless you are the happy owner of a body that takes GPS data from some source and embeds it automatically at the time the picture is being shot.

I own a Canon EOS30D, and I have a Garmin GPSMap 60 CSx as well. So in my case, the easiest is to clip the GPS device on by belt, or put it inside my backpack or Lowerpro bag, and just forget about it (its SiRF III chip is so sensitive that it keeps satellite track even in the car or inside a plane, no worries  Cheesy). It lives about 20 hours on two rechargeable AA batteries. No wiring or bluetooth needed between camera and GPS receiver. As the receiver continuously keeps a tracklog, there is no need to actually take a waypoint at each location where you take a picture. And it's immediate, wheras the JOBO needs to be awaken from it "sleep" mode, which, according to the release, can take a couple of seconds. 

Once back home, I process to pictures and produce JPGs. I connect the GPSMap to my PC, fire up RoboGEO, and in 30 secs I read in the pictures, the tracklog from the receiver, and that's it. After I've saved the project, I could actually delete the tracklog in the receiver (though I always back it up anyways  Wink). The project can be reloaded at any time to process the pics, generate Google maps, etc...

Other advantage of this solution: if you have several cameras, you can geotag the pictures of all of them, at least if they stay relatively close together  :Smiley For instance, if my kids accompany me and they take pics with my good old Ixus 400, those can be geotagged as well.

As mentionned in another thread, GPS accuracy today is down to about 10 meters, even 3 meters with WAAS (thanks to Bill Clinton who forced the US Army to disable the intentional degradation of civilian GPS frequencies). This means in practice, that the positioning error might be as "large" as 30 (10 in WAAS) meters. Enough to point you to the wrong side of the road or the brook, yet more than acceptable in 99% of applications.

As said in an earlier post, I see a clear benefit of the JOBO and Sony stuff for GPS neophytes that don't want to invest in more sophisticated GPS gear.
11  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: Anybody geotagging? on: March 07, 2007, 10:43:51 AM
As far as I understand from the press release, that JOBO stuff actually is a standalone GPS that stays in standby, sleep mode (to save batteries) and wakes up when it gets a signal from the flash hot-shoe that a picture is being taken. I don't think (but I might be wrong) that it does other syncing, like clock, and certainly not GPS data transfer to the camera body.

Other than that, the post processing is the same: once back home, you download the GPS positioning data from the device, and then you sync it with the pictures.

This makes me think that all those solutions available today boil down to the quality/completeness of the accompanying software.

So the choice is yours. Either you don't know anything about GPS, and you don't want to know  Wink, and you go for such a device, or Sony's GPS-CS1, or, like me, you are already a GPS geek, and you find a cheap solution to sync your receivers' tracklog with your picture.

 :Smiley Wink Cheesy
12  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: Anybody geotagging? on: March 07, 2007, 08:57:16 AM
And here is an example of what can be done in Google Maps: Euro Space Center.

Try to find the picture that I used to synchronize the camera and receiver  :Smiley
13  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: Anybody geotagging? on: March 07, 2007, 08:15:47 AM
On a PC I use RoboGEO wich works pretty well, especially with Garmin receivers which are supported natively.

The key is to synchronize the clocks of your camera and your receiver, which can be done very simply by taking a pic of your receiver showing the date and time. In the tool, after having loaded your pics and the GPS tracklog, you can simply synchronize them by selecting the pic with the time, and enter that time in the tool, which will then calculate the time offset between camera and receiver.

Once this is done, you can write the GPS data to the EXIF fields, tag the image itself, export the track plus pictures to Google Earth and Google Maps, etc...

It works with JPG, TIFF, PNG and even DNG (though I did not yet test the latter), but not the native RAW formats.

Anyway, it's pretty cool, I use is often to tag pictures I've taken while geocaching. Because of course, a prerequisite is that you have your GPS receiver with you - and switched on ;-) - all the time you are taking pictures. You can view some examples of tagged pictures here.

If you use OziExplorer on a PC, there is a similar but less sophisticated tool,   OziPhotoTool that will do similar stuff for viewing in OziExplorer, but will not write to the EXIF tags.

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