Set Latitude & Longitude of photos in iView Media Pro

I'm making the transition to a much more stable, usable, and tool-rich photo management tool, iView Media Pro 3. I got tired of dealing with the incredibly slow interface to iPhoto thanks to Apple's incapable handling & testing of EXIF metadata in storing to their library.

But I digress.

Behold, there was scripting

... and it was good.

I had written an Applescript to set the latitude & longitude (and other location info) to selected photos in iPhoto. iPhoto was often beligerent and required a restart of the iPhoto (and possible database recreation) to read the location information (which was viewable in the "info" panel).

iView puts the location info as a user-editable set of fields in the EXIF data fields. Users can set city, region, country, etc. But for whatever reason, they are unable to change the latitude & longitude.

I paired down my iPhoto script to just handle latitude & longitude and handle getting the file name from iView. The tough part was how to get from the iView example selected_images to a useful POSIX path to feed to exiftool. This code does the trick.

set selectedID to selected_images(1)
if selectedID = {} then
display dialog "No photos selected"
end if

repeat with this_photo in selectedID
set photo_path to path of this_photo
set the image_file to the POSIX path of photo_path

Installing & Using the script

iView Location Plugin - User EntryDownload the script here and expand it in your ~/Library/Application Support/iView/Plug-ins/Scripts folder and then reload iView. You will also need exiftool, as it is the real magic behind the smoke & mirrors.

To use the script, select whatever photos you want to apply the same location information to. Then go to the "Scripts" icon in the menu bar, and choose the "Set Lat/Lon" script. Enter the latitude, longitude, and altitude in decimal format, pressing "OK" after each field. Wait a little while, and then a dialog will tell you how many photos were processed.

iView Location Plugin - Post ExportBack in iView, you should see the latitude & longitude information in the right side-bar. You can also turn on lat/lon view in the thumbnail view by pressing Command-J and selecting "Latitude" "Longitude" "Altitude". You may need to press Command-B to rebuild the thumbnail to have the info show up the first time (or on updates).

When exporting images (say to flickr!), your geo-annotated data will stay intact and can then be mapped (or mapped).

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.