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Topic: Geotag using coordinates

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ejain (Over 1 year ago)
I wish I could geotag my Photosynths using coordinates rather than having to drop a marker on an aerial map (often difficult to do accurately outside of urban areas).

Better yet, ICE should preserve existing geotags when uploading to Photosynth (as it does when exporting a panorama to JPG).
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
ejain, this should already be the case. I've been trying some of my brother's photos that he took with his new GPS unit on an international trip lately and when I make a synth or panorama with them, they auto geotag.

See this post for the announcement when this launched: 
http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=e57bdda7-ff98-40a1-b2ae-529b0213c2b8&dis=184f2052-3905-4b31-b796-7c0c2e3da34b as well as Microsoft Research's Billy Chen's homepage (scroll down or press [F3] and search the page for: Photosynth with GPS EXIF Tags).

Note that in the synther, you do need to have the 'Geotag synth using location data in photos (if present)' option in the lower left corner of the 'Create Synth' window checked.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
If all that you meant was that you'd rather have the pin be automatically pinned at the lat-long, then I understand, but you can use the 'Location' search field to search for a lat-long, use the magnification meter to zoom all the way in, and drop the pin in the center of the map. Depending on the resolution of aerial imagery in that area, it should become either very easy to drop the pin where you want it or still a bit difficult (if only high elevation imagery is available).

Again, this should all be happening automatically if your JPEGs have the lat-long embedded in their EXIF tags and you have the appropriate option in the synther checked.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Oops... here's Chen's homepage URL: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/bilchen/
ejain (Over 1 year ago)
As mentioned, I use ICE to create Synths, and the geotags are lost. They are not lost when I export e.g. to JPG.

I've tried entering the coordinates in the search field and that works, but it's quite inaccurate (especially since there is no crosshair to show where the map is centered).
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
What I am telling you is that I made several panoramas with ICE from geotagged photos this past weekend and they all automatically geotagged themselves. The geotags are not lost.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hmm. I was too hasty. 

After double checking, I see that I was wrong about panoramas created with ICE. My humble apologies to you, ejain. I had tried some of the photos from the weekend as both ICE panoramas and as synths and was incorrectly mapping my memories of the synths being auto-geotagged onto the panoramas as well.

As to pasting the coordinates into the search field on the map not being accurate enough, though, it should put those coordinates perfectly in the middle of the synth editor's viewer, and honestly if you were standing there, you should be able to recognize for yourself where you were standing.

In any case, I agree that it would be useful to manually type in the lat-long for the pin.

Cheers, and I hope you'll forgive my quick response.
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