On September 22nd, Google released a new version of Picasa. Of course, the most interesting improvement being enhanced geotagging.
The new “Places” button shows an integrated Google Maps window, on which the positions of your (currently selected) geotagged photos are shown as pins, and onto which you can drag other photos, in order to manually geotag them.
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Apple announced iPhoto 09 as part of iLife 09 today, which brings lots of geotagging support to mac users. For those unfamiliar with it, iPhoto is a very popular photo managing and editing software. The new version has a feature Apple calls “Places”, which makes use of geotags in photos. You can sort and search your images by location, either in a list of places or on a map you can zoom into.
This means that the advantages of geotagging will now become evident to many more photographers, and since most other software companies are going to follow Apples lead, watch out for a boom in geotagging support this year!
Don’t forget: iPhoto only makes use of geotagged photos, you still need to actually geotag them first, for example using foolography products.