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New Mapping Software to geotag pictures

WWMX is the current software that I use to geotag my photo’s and I’m always on the lookout for some better software that will do the trick. Today I came across locr which seems really nice. The interface is cleaner and looks much better and also integrates with Google Earth and if you use locr then it also integrates with that website – It’s actually their bulk uploader tool.
However if you have a garmin gps you may find that loading in the waypoints does not work correctly so here are the complete steps for encoding your photos.

First download the locr program to your pc – you will also need .net framework 2 on the pc (which it will download and install if you don’t already have it)
Use mapsource to obtain the tracks from your gps and save the data as a gpx file.
If you have GSAK then you are in luck and can convert the gpx file to an nmea file otherwise download and install gpsbabel
Use the following command line to convert your gpx file to nmea format – replace the paths to your gsak (or gpsbabel) location as appropriate
C:\Program Files\GSAK7\gpsbabel -i gpx -f data.gpx -x track,fix=3d -o nmea -F output.nmea
If you save the following as a .bat file and create a shortcut on your desktop you can then just drag your gpx to the shortcut and it will create you the nmea for you in the same location and with the same name (but with the .nmea extension)
“C:\Program Files\GSAK7\gpsbabel” -i gpx -f “%1” -x track,fix=3d -o nmea -F “%1.nmea”
Once the file has been converted you can then proceed to geotag the photos.
Open the locr program.
Add the photos that you want to geotag.
Open the nmea file. As soon as the nmea file is opened, the photos will have their locations updated. However the files will not be stamped (and there will not be an x in the flag column).
Click the Automatic geotagging to set the flag status to x.
Your photos will now be geotagged.
You can test this by removing the files and tracks, and then loading in the picture by itself. At this point the picture will be tagged and displayed on the map.
For a pictorial walkthrough see my locr gallery walkthrough screenshots – just hit the next button to see the next image in the series.

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