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pictoGEO Help

Modified: 2008/11/10 17:19 by Haewss - Categorized as: Help, pictoGEO

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Introduction

The pictoGEO add-on offers an extensive range of geotagging features. For instance, you can import, view, and manage the trips you recorded using the pictoGEO data logger as well as use this data to determine the location where your pictures were taken (geotagging). Another setting allows you to have your pictures automatically reflect the current time of the location where they are taken. This allows you to set the time for your camera just once and still have your images show the local time at the place they were taken.

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Geotagging images manually

To assign a position to one or several images, you can drag them to the map and drop them. Another option is to use the geocursor to position them. When using the geocursor, make sure the Show geocursor in the upper part of the map is enabled before clicking on the desired position on the map (you can position the geocursor by clicking or shift its position using the hand tool). Proceed by selecting the option Set position to geocursor from the context menu of your image. If you are not in map view, you can also use the option pictoGEO -> Set position... from the context menu. This opens a dialog box showing a map on which you can position the geocursor.

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The search bar

The search bar allows you to quickly find a location by looking for its name. Simply enter the desired name and press Enter or click on the Search button. Continue by selecting the matching entry from the list of results (by mouse click or using the arrow keys and pressing enter). The map section will then switch to the location you requested.

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The 3D globe

The globe is available both within the Import Wizard and on the lower left of the main window if you enable the Globe tab. Use the globe for quick orientation as to where an image or trip is approximately located on the globe. If you select more than one image or trip, this view will show each of these points provided they are far enough away from each other. Open the Options menu to adjust the display of the globe. The menu lets you switch country borders, the atmosphere, and the surface structure on and off. You can also automatically adjust the globe’s orientation such that it is facing north. Use your mouse to “grab“ the globe and turn it. Zooming is possible by using the mouse wheel or performing a left/right double-click.

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Viewing trips

You can use the pictoGEO tab on the far right to select the trips you imported. After selecting a trip, you will automatically be taken to map view.

If pictures are linked to this trip they will be shown in the film strip at the top of the map. When you open the map view for the first time, you can select if you want to use Google Maps or Microsoft Virtual Earth. You can later change this selection at any time using the Options menu.

1. Navigation (up, down, left, right, zoom in, zoom out) 2. Road view (drawn), Aerial view (satellite images overlaid with roads and names), and bird's eye (high quality aerial photographs, only available for a few locations in Virtual Earth)  3. From left to right: refresh map, beautify trip, center map section around current trip, show/hide geocursor, show/hide media files, switch between zooming and hand tool  4. Show/hide list of routes The options marked with an  are not available unless a trip is displayed on the map.

1. Navigation (up, down, left, right, zoom in, zoom out)

2. Road view (drawn), Aerial view (satellite images overlaid with roads and names), and bird's eye (high quality aerial photographs, only available for a few locations in Virtual Earth)

3. From left to right: refresh map, beautify trip*, center map section around current trip*, show/hide geocursor, show/hide media files, switch between zooming and hand tool

4. Show/hide list of routes*

The options marked with an * are not available unless a trip is displayed on the map.


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Film strip (map view)

The film strip shows all pictures linked to a trip, folder, album, etc. The map section is adjusted in such a way that the currently selected picture will be shown in central position on the map. If you select several pictures, the view will center in on the first picture.

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Map control

Use the following commands to control the map section:

  • Left double-click: zoom in
  • Right double-click: zoom out
  • Mouse wheel up/down: zoom in/out
  • Drag (press and hold left mouse button) with hand tool activated: move map
  • Drag (press and hold left mouse button) with zoom tool activated: zoom in on the selected section of the map
  • Drag using middle mouse button: same function as zoom tool

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Map view

Depending on the setting you chose Options -> Settings -> Maps -> Map service, you will either be shown Microsoft’s Virtual Earth or Google Maps. The following table lists the differences between the two services:

  Google MapsVirtual Earth
Speed2/5 5/5
Display4/5 3/5
Bird's EyeNoYes

The map shows trips (as colored lines) as well as previews of media files. If several pictures share the same location on the map, only one of them will be displayed. A small icon is attached to the bottom right corner of this picture to indicate that there are more media available for this location. If you move your mouse over this preview, an info window will pop up that lets you view all images that are stored behind the preview image in a carousel view. The info window will also be displayed for individual pictures. However, only the individual preview image rather than the carousel will be displayed in this case.

You can also customize the way the GPS position is displayed (Options -> Settings -> Regional settings -> Display of GPS position)

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List of routes

The list of routes shows the individual routes you covered during your trip. To provide a clearer view, the routes are grouped by days. Clicking to select the route will highlight the selected route in orange. Double-clicking a map section will cause the selected route to cover the entire section. If you want to show or hide a route, click on the eye symbol. Use the context menu of the route list to show or hide all routes at the same time.
List of routes

List of routes


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Using trips for geotagging

There are several options if you want to use an existing trip to determine the position of your photos (geotagging). If you already know which photos you want to geotag, select these pictures, for instance, in thumbnail view and select Assign position using trip from the pictoGEO context menu. You will then be able to select the corresponding trip(s) from the next dialog box. If you want to specify a trip and find all pictures matching the time frame, click on the Assign position using trip button at the bottom edge of the pictoGEO tab. Edit

Removing images from a trip

To remove images from a trip that you had previously assigned to this trip, simply open the trip and select the images you want to delete from the film strip at the top. To remove the images from the trip, open the context menu -> Delete or press the Del key. Please note that the pictures will only deleted from the trip, but remain on your hard drive. Similarly, the GPS information assigned to your photos will be retained as well.

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Correcting GPS information

If the position of an individual picture that has not been assigned to a trip is incorrect, proceed as described under Geotagging images manually.

If the position of an individual picture that has been assigned to a trip is incorrect, use your mouse to drag the picture to the desired position on the map. Please note that you can only move the image within the trip. A marker on the trip automatically shows you the position where the picture will end up when you release the mouse button. When you reach the desired position, release the mouse button and click Cancel in the dialog box that will pop up. If you want to position the picture outside of the trip, right-click on the image and choose the option "Locate in file system" before continuing as described under Geotagging images manually.

Once all images belonging to a trip have been moved by the same distance, use your mouse to drag them to the desired, "correct" position and click on OK in the next dialog box. All images will then automatically be moved by the same distance. If you also want to save the data you changed to EXIF data, click on Apply in the upper section of the film strip.

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Removing GPS information from images

To delete the position stored for the images, select the desired images and select Remove location from the pictoGEO context menu.

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Correcting recording time

If you have set your camera to the local time of your PC (as recommended by us), the times stored for your images may not be correct if they were taken in a different time zone. The Import Wizard allows you to adjust the time of your images automatically to the local time of the location where you took the pictures based on the determined position. If you did not gather any trip data or would rather adjust the time manually, you can use the pictoGEO -> Add time offset option from the context menu of your images. The associated dialog box lets you conveniently correct any deviations from the original recording time. If you want to store information in EXIF format, click on Apply at the top of the information bar after closing the dialog box.

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