Is it possible to view an GPS-tagged Photo on an Offline Map without internet connection?

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synoppy
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Is it possible to view an GPS-tagged Photo on an Offline Map without internet connection?
Jun 1, 2013

Hello,

I use Pictomio with the Plugin PictoGeo to GeoTag my photos. The only problem that I have is that I can't see the geo-position on a Map without Internet connection.

Is the any solution to view the geo-position on a Map without Internet connection?

e. g. another Software (freeware would be nice)?

Mac or PC. It doesn't matter. I own both.

Thank you for your help.

synoppy

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In reply to synoppy, Jun 1, 2013

synoppy wrote:

Is the any solution to view the geo-position on a Map without Internet connection?

e. g. another Software (freeware would be nice)?

Mac or PC. It doesn't matter. I own both.

This would certainly be possible. However, I'm not aware of anything that will do the whole job out of the box.

You could certainly assemble your own from:

1. Some offline map data. I'd look at OpenStreetMaps which is certainly available for off-line use. With other solutions like Google Maps et al, there's likely to be some legal/licensing issues.

2. A map viewer, of which there are many. Take a look at:

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Rendering

3. Tools to extract the GPS coords from the EXIF and send them to the map viewer in the appropriate format.

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In reply to synoppy, Jun 2, 2013

Have you tried digikam? There should be a windows version, dont know about Mac. It should cache map tiles that have already been visited. So if you go online pan around the area you will be working in, then those tiles should be available after you go offline.  I would have thought most image manager that support GPS tagging would work that way. My app, Picty, works that way, but that feature is currently Linux only.

Obviously, it would be even better to be able to select a region and download map data, but that would probably violate the terms of service for many providers.

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synoppy
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Re: Is it possible to view an GPS-tagged Photo on an Offline Map without internet connection?
In reply to dmoore, Jun 4, 2013

Thank you for all ideas. If it goes to things like linux or macports it is definitly not my cup of tea. I'm not experienced with programing but will search on to find an easy solution.

thank you

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In reply to synoppy, Jun 4, 2013

synoppy wrote:

Thank you for all ideas. If it goes to things like linux or macports it is definitly not my cup of tea. I'm not experienced with programing but will search on to find an easy solution.

thank you

A very common Misconception about Linux is that you need to be a programmer to use it.

There are hundreds (if not thousands) of different Linux distributions around now, and you'll see huge differences between them, even if they're using the same desktop.

I switched my wife to Linux some years back, just because she's not very computer literate and had too many issues with Windows.  Now that she's using Linux, it's much easier for her (and me, since it takes less time to help her with any issues compared to the problems she had with Windows).

I "test drive" new Linux distributions on a regular basis.

Many of them are based on the same underlying Linux Kernels, yet are using a different Desktop, Window Manager, configuration utilities, default "themes", menu launchers, etc.

For example, you can find lots of linux distros that all use Ubuntu as their base.  But, some use the KDE Plasma Desktop (my personal favorite), others use the Xfce Desktop, others use the LXDE Desktop, others use the Ghome 3 Desktop, while the default Ubuntu Desktop is now Unity.

Another popular desktop (used by Linux Mint) is Cinnamon

It's very easy to use and is worth a test drive to see if you like it or not.

Personally, I prefer a KDE desktop.   See some screen captures of Kubuntu running that way here, and note the screens showing configuration utilities that make it easy to customize without every touching a command prompt:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/41502125

But,  even with distributions using the same desktop (KDE, etc.), you see a dramatic difference in them because of the themes used, fonts, menu launchers, included utilities, software managers, and much more.

Note that I was using VirtualBox (free) for those screen captures.  You'll see a link to it in that post.

That's a very easy way to "test drive" other operating systems (running them inside of a Virtual Machine).    So, I'd suggest trying a few different mainstream distros to see if you like one more than another.  VirtualBox is free and easy to install in Windows.

Then, after you find one you like better, instead of running it in a Virtual Machine in Windows, install it to your hard drive in a "dual boot" configuration with Windows (which is very easy to do, so you just pick the operating system you want to boot into each time you restart your PC).

Or, just leave one in a Virtual Machine instead (and you can setup shared folders so that both your Windows installation and the Linux distro can both read and write to the same folders).  But, a physical installation is faster.

For someone new to Linux, I'd probably give something like the new Linux Mint 15 a try, as they've really refined the desktop and have lots of extras preinstalled.  Get it here and see if you like it by running it in the free VirtualBox software you'll see a link to in that post.

http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2366

You'll find digiKam in the built in software manager, so you can install it with a mouse click or two.

Or, as  mentioned by dmoore, there is a Windows "port" of digiKam.  But, the linux version is going to be a lot faster, less "buggy" and easier to get installed (as I've had some odd issues trying to use the Windows port before, whereas the Linux versions are usually fine and can be installed with a mouse click or two from the software repositories used by major linux distributions).

More about digiKam here:

http://www.digikam.org/

Make sure to install what's known as the kipi-plugins package, too (it will be listed in the software manager and you can easily search for them, and click on install to get them).  The kipi-plugins add a lot of great features to digiKam

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In reply to synoppy, Jun 7, 2013

synoppy wrote:

Thank you for all ideas. If it goes to things like linux or macports it is definitly not my cup of tea. I'm not experienced with programing but will search on to find an easy solution.

I now have a windows version of picty up and running with Geolocation support. You can download it at:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/picty/files

Warning: it still has quite a few bugs and isn't nearly as polished as other offerings, but it should do what you want and let you see photos on a map on or offline.

After you install, you may need to install a small Microsoft library (the link is at the sourceforge page)

Let me know if you want some help to get started. In short, create a collection (scanning takes some time but only happens once) then click on the globe icon on the main toolbar to open the mapping interface, which should show small images for any photos that have geolocation info in them. Drag images from the browser to the map to set geolocation. None of the changes get saved until you hit save (on the toolbar or the mouseover button). Unsaved changes are remembered between sessions but you can manually revert them.

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