HoudahGeo
HoudahGeo
5.4.1

3.8

HoudahGeo free download for Mac

HoudahGeo

5.4.1
15 October 2019

Photo geocoding and geotagging.

Overview

HoudahGeo is a photo geocoding and geotagging tool. It tags photos with location coordinates and names.

HoudahGeo is used by travelers and professionals alike. Some use location information to organize and find photos. Others need to add GPS coordinates to photos in order to assess roadwork damages, to record wildlife sightings or to document environmental damages.

HoudahGeo writes EXIF, XMP and IPTC geotags to JPEG, RAW, and XMP sidecar files. Just like a GPS-enabled camera, HoudahGeo records latitude, longitude, and altitude information right to your image data file. Don't have a GPS device? No problem! Just drop a pin on the map where you took your photo and HoudahGeo will tag it with the correct location. HoudahGeo is the only application that can both write future-proof GPS tags to original images and add locations to photos in the Apple Photos, iPhoto and Aperture libraries.

Geotagging with HoudahGeo follows an easy 3-step workflow: load, process, and then output.

  • Start by loading photos into a HoudahGeo project. Optionally add GPS track logs
  • Use the built-in map to assign or adjust photo locations. Use reverse geocoding to add city, state / province and country names
  • Write location information to the original image files. Export the project for viewing in Google Earth or Google My Maps. Upload to Flickr
Features
  • Automatic geocoding using GPS track logs
  • Geocoding using reference photos taken using iPhone or a GPS camera
  • Geocoding without a GPS. Use the built-in map to double-check, adjust, or assign locations to your photos
  • Reverse geocoding fills in city, state / province and country names
  • Writes GPS data, location names, title, description and keywords to EXIF, XMP and IPTC tags
  • Works with JPEG as well as a large number of RAW file formats. It also supports XMP sidecar files.
  • Integrates with Apple Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom Classic
  • Notifies Apple Photos (2.0 or newer), iPhoto or Aperture when places information has been updated
  • Create Google Earth KML and KMZ files. View photos "pinned" along the path travelled
  • Publish photos and KML files to Dropbox. Share images on a map
  • Upload geotagged photos to Flickr

What's new in HoudahGeo

Version 5.4.1:
  • Fixes a bug where HoudahGeo could hang while importing images

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Id-Ego-SuperEgo
08 July 2019

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A way overpriced one-trick pony. Upgrades are tricky: software purchased prior to December 2015 doesn't;t qualify for upgrades. One can choose between an upgrade license or a discount (if available), but can't combine both. Will only buy as a part of a bundle. A properly affordable bundle.
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Version 5.3.1
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
08 July 2019
A way overpriced one-trick pony. Upgrades are tricky: software purchased prior to December 2015 doesn't;t qualify for upgrades. One can choose between an upgrade license or a discount (if available), but can't combine both. Will only buy as a part of a bundle. A properly affordable bundle.
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Version 5.3.1
1 answer(s)
Houdah Software
Houdah Software
08 July 2019
HoudahGeo 5.0 was released in April 2016. HoudahGeo licenses purchased on or after December 1, 2015 apply to all HoudahGeo 5.x versions including today's 5.3 update.

Licenses purchased before December 2015 can upgrade for $21. Upgrade pricing is available for all HoudahGeo 1.0 through 4.0 licenses.
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Etj
22 October 2017
This has been an essential tool for me. I do a lot of photography in the wilderness on long trips, so usually turn off my camera's GPS. HoudahGeo lets me batch process the photos later after they are loaded in the Photos app. Its maps are the only ones that work well off-the-grid. Has many other features too, such a time corrections. As an example, try to geo-correct a photo from the Nepal Himalaya in Photos- can't do it as the mapping resolution is too poor. A bit pricy but I could find no other tool to do this.
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Version 5.1.10
Tim27
25 June 2016
Everyone knows that the Photos app on your computer does this for free, right?
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Version 5.0.5
4 answer(s)
Houdah-Software
Houdah-Software
07 July 2016
The feature sets of HoudahGeo and Apple Photos hardly overlap. Both applications actually complement each other.

The main use of HoudahGeo is to geocode and geotag photos: determine where a photo was taken and then write location information to standard EXIF / XMP tags within the image file. This creates a future-proof record of where the photo was taken. This information can then be used by photo cataloging software like Apple Photos.

In the Photos app you can assign locations to individual photos. The location information will however only be kept in the Photos library database. The original image files are not geotagged.

HoudahGeo offers many methods of geocoding and allows for easy bulk geocoding. E.g. using a GPS track log.
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JasonSmith
JasonSmith
14 July 2016
Sure does, there are other options out there to do what this software does. Definitely not worth the cost - especially if they charge you a few months later again if they decide to upgrade the software. Their upgrade pricing is ridiculous and absurd when you consider the very few features that they add to try and get upgrade charges.
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Odysseus
Odysseus
29 July 2016
Some people just hate paying for software. They don't seem to realize that developers want to learn a living just like them
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JasonSmith
JasonSmith
28 June 2017
Some people also hate paying for software twice within a couple months.
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JasonSmith
10 June 2016
This app turned out to work relatively well for me, I used it both for loading tracks and tagging photos from my camera using reference iphone photos. It did the job, but awkwardly. I can't knock the developer for this because I dont know how i'd do it differently. Overall, the software does what it says it does. Unfortunately, I can't give it a full 5 because of the silly upgrade policy. I purchased a license less than a year ago and when I got a new mac and installed HoudahGeo my license didn't work. After inquiring to the developers, I was told that's because if I want to update to the new version I have to pay another $19 on top of the $39 I paid for this app. Apparently, I was outside of their grace period. I was however told how to get the previous version.
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Version 5.0.4
Bdikkat
12 May 2016
The developer's site has an installer that isn't adware
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Version 5.0.2
MacUpdate-Ishaq
23 October 2015
HoudahGeo brings travel photos taken with non-GPS cameras together with GPS location data in order to swiftly and easily make these photos easier to track, organize, and share. With a large single-window interface, HoudahGeo hides none of its features. It occupies a very specific space in the world of photo software, so even with its entire feature set on display, the user experience remains streamlined and unambiguous. Users that are active in the Flickr community or like sharing their photos on Google Earth will find in HoudahGeo the fastest way to geotag photos and upload them onto one of those platforms thanks to native support within the app. Some apps dazzle with their novelty. But there’s something equally impressive about an app that simply states and then solves a problem with no fuss. HoudahGeo impresses as one of the latter. The wide array of location matching options makes it virtually impossible to close the app without achieving your goal of tagging your photos. No option is off the table, from the obvious – ability to choose locations on a map; to the professional – extensive support for GPS location data and devices; to the creative – ability to use an iPhone’s geotagged photo as a GPS reference point. The simple workflow guides you from loading photos, to processing them, to the final output stage with minimal friction, as accessible to complete novices as it is malleable to the savvy user. Go somewhere and take lots of photos!
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Version 4.3.2
XusBadia
07 June 2015
With the introduction of iCloud Photos and Google Photos, it's a great idea to update the EXIF information and Geotagging of your photos, to take full advantage of these services. HoudahGeo makes that really easy.
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Version 4.2.2
woutdool
28 April 2015
Considering transferring from Aperture to Photos or other tooling? That's the reason I bought it, I want to store all carefully added GPS data /location info and IPTC data into my photo's (in the JPG's). And hell yeah what a great tool, easy add missing GPS data Longitude and Latitude, but also grab city, country province and other data and write this including IPTC data (like Keywords, comments) back to the original files Encountering problems? I experienced that the developer solves it almost Immediately, currently running a Beta version wich included a fix for me! Worth every EURO I spend on it.... (and EUR is becoming more expensive than the dollar currently)
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Version 4.1.2
pettifogger0712
22 September 2014
This is also a *free* update/upgrade from Version 3.0 - nice one!
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Version 4.0
69Z28
31 July 2014
I have tried several other applications to Geotag my photos. I have found HoudahGeo to be the most straightforward and easiest to use. The UI is easily understood. I have using HoudahGeo for over a year. Theirs been a few bugs, but the developer has quickly resolved them. In a couple of cases he had a fix the next day. I have worked with a lot of vendors of software. The price of an application does not always reflect the level of support. This developer is an exception to many I have encountered. Two of the features that are the most useful for me are Inspect/Geocode and Geocode using Google Earth. 1) If a photo is already Geotaged, the applications Inspect/Geocode feature is great for adjusting coordinates. I have a Sony Cybershot DSC-HX200V camera with a built in GPS function. I have found it to be off as much as a 1/4 mile. I was in the stands at a NASCAR race, but according to the camera, I was in the parking lot. Using the HoudahGeo Geocode map, I easily moved the map pin to the correct location. 2) HoudahGeo has a nice API to Google Earth. I had thousands of photos without GPS info. After selecting one or more photos, you click on 'Geocode using Google Earth'. Google Earth is launched and a HoudahGeo window floats at the bottom. After determining the location using Google Earth, the corresponding GPS info is updated in the HoudahGeo floating widow. You then click on that window and the GPS info is copied to the HoudahGeo selected photo(s). I am very pleased with the application, developer and the price.
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Version 3.7.2