HoudahGeo
HoudahGeo
6.0.8

3.8

HoudahGeo free download for Mac

HoudahGeo

24 August 2020

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 travellers 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 JPEG+RAW pairs as well as 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 6.0.8:
  • Adds support for Kestrel Drop 3 weather log files
  • Reads barometric altitude from Kestrel weather logs
  • HoudahGeo now follows symbolic links to find Lightroom preview images
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33 Reviews of HoudahGeo

2.5
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
08 July 2019
Version: 5.3.1

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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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2.5
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
08 July 2019
Version: 5.3.1
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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5
Etj
22 October 2017
Version: 5.1.10
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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Tim27
25 June 2016
Version: 5.0.5
Everyone knows that the Photos app on your computer does this for free, right?
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JasonSmith
10 June 2016
Version: 5.0.4
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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Bdikkat
12 May 2016
Version: 5.0.2
The developer's site has an installer that isn't adware
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MacUpdate-Ishaq
23 October 2015
Version: 4.3.2
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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5
XusBadia
07 June 2015
Version: 4.2.2
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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5
woutdool
28 April 2015
Version: 4.1.2
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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pettifogger0712
22 September 2014
Version: 4.0
This is also a *free* update/upgrade from Version 3.0 - nice one!
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5
69Z28
31 July 2014
Version: 3.7.2
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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5
Basti79
05 March 2014
Version: 3.6.4
I have been using "MyTracks" for several months and never really got into it. The usability is okay, but if you use the software only every now and then the UI, especially with the "Fotoablage" is - let's call it a bit complicated. HoudahGeo is different. The UI is much more easy to understand and locating pictures by simply pointing to the place they were taken is really easy and straight forward. The whole workflow is easy - import the pictures - geolocate them (several possible ways) - write the EXIF to the files or use other ways of exporting the data. Also the support is quick and helpful. I'll contact them again with a few ideas. Overall a very nice piece of software.
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5
XusBadia
15 August 2013
Version: 3.5.3
The app is really easy to use. If you get confused on how to get it to work, check the Screencast on the developer's website and you'll see it's really easy. So far I haven't encountered any problem and I can say it's the best on its job.
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5
Dmjr
18 December 2011
Version: 3.0.3
Not only is the program excellent, but the support is top grade. I had a problem with the v3 upgrade not loading (it turned out that there was a password-locked file in the Pictures folder that HoudahGeo consults when starting up) and the developer worked with me over several days and numerous e-mails to track down the solution. Excellent all around.
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Higherterrain
13 December 2011
Version: 3.0.2
Seems like they rushed into releasing this version without really running it through it's paces. Makes you wonder if it really worth the price of an upgrade.
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5
anonymous-lynx-5246
16 July 2011
Version: 2.9
It works well and does what is advertised, It is not totally automatic and requires a little understanding og the program for the way I use it but easily learned.
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4.5
Alanterra
13 April 2011
Version: 2.8.4
I am using this regularly to georeference lots of photos. I use a Garmin GPS and save the tracks, and then georeference from the tracks. There are lots of features of this app that I have not used, but the ones I do use just work. However, I have found, after georeferencing thousands of photos, a few gripes. 1. If you georeference from GPS tracks, you have to remember to set your camera's clock before you start taking photos. If you end up changing the clock after you start, you need to set up two documents--one for before and one for after changing the clock. (You better write down when you changed it!) Likewise, if you have 2 cameras, you need to set up separate documents for each camera unless they are exactly synchronized--which is clunky (the delta between camera and GPS time is constant for each document). A better interface would be to have the delta default to the same, but be able to change it for groups of photos. Then you could keep all the images from the same trip, but different cameras, in the same document. If you are GPSing from Google Earth, the interface is confusing. If you click on an image that has been georeferenced, then Google Earth is activated, and your next keystroke goes to Google Earth. But it hasn't been georeferenced, then Houdahgeo keeps control. This is very strange behavior--you run through a bunch of photos trying to remember where you took them, and use the down-arrow to scroll through them. When you reach an image that has been georeferenced, suddenly the scrolling stops, because Google Earth is now getting the keystrokes. This is a file-based program (which is probably right), so it saves a reference to photos and various data for each photo (like Lat/Lon) in the file. You then write out the data when you are done (so that, e.g., the Lat/Lon will be included when the photo is uploaded to Flickr). However, there is no indication within the program whether the Lat/Lon in the image is the same as in the Houdahgeo file. So it is very easy to update the Lat/Lon in Houdahgeo and forget to export the change, so your images have the wrong data. Overall, a stable and very useful program. The developers have done lots of work to make sure it interfaces as well as possible with various photo programs like Lightroom and iPhoto (which I don't use). But it could use a complete review of its user interface to make easier to understand. Also, I recommend that you become familiar with exiftool, as it is the easiest way to change the date/time in a photo if you set your camera's clock incorrectly, which you should do before you run Houdahgeo.
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5
Graham-Berks
13 December 2010
Version: 2.7
Great tool for geoencoding !
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5
Hardly-Working
03 December 2010
Version: 2.6.6
HoudahGeo just works. I used it every day for 3 weeks as I processed vacation photos. Import the photos, import the GPS data from the logger and HoudahGeo takes it from there. If you're just getting started here's a huge tip, set your camera clock before you leave and don't change it while traveling.
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Smactron
11 October 2010
Version: 2.6.4
Why does the operating system ask me if I want to allow incoming connections for HoudahGeo?
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5
Ryansebiz
02 March 2010
Version: 2.4.4
Much more accurate and easier to use than iPhoto's geotagging. Thank you Houdah!
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5
Micksmac
21 June 2009
Version: 2.2.6
As the developer says, "one-stop geo-coding". It does what it says, and does it well. Supports the 3 main image cataloguing/editing programs (iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom). This program has been an excellent addition to my photography workflow. Recommended.
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Micksmac
20 June 2009
Version: 2.2.6
Does anyone know if this developer has folded or not?? I paid for a license 3 days ago and received an auto-mail saying my license would be sent "soon". In 3 days I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY LICENSE or any acknowledgement to the 3 support emails I have sent. Has anyone out there had any recent dealings with this developer? Please comment. If the developer is reading: please send my license to me!
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5
Drdul
29 May 2009
Version: 2.2.6
A very good app for geocoding photos. I code most photos by hand, as I am typically shooting in urban areas where my GPS logger's accuracy isn't very good. The ability to manually code photos using Google Earth is fantastic. My only complaint is the small preview size when geocoding. A "quick look" feature within HoudahGeo would be helpful, as I often need to check the details of a photo to determine exactly where it was taken, in order to correctly geocode it.
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3lusiv3
20 May 2009
Version: 2.2.6
This is an excellent application that works well with iphoto and my Garmin Nuvi 760. Highly recommended.
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Robertcoogan
18 February 2009
Version: 2.1
Very nice - previous versions were a bit unstable, but this one is solid. I agree with Mitch, dev is very quick to respond to help requests. A definite recommendation.
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Mitch-Bicquet
23 October 2008
Version: 1.4.13
Excellent software that does many things right. I'm a registered user. However I have 2 major gripes with it: 1. Concerning aperture integration, it only modifies the exif files of the local version, not the master. Thus if you make further image manipulation you will lose any info added by houdah. 2. It should have an interpolation technique (linear should be easy enough) to interpolate missing positions between 2 known positions. This allows to only activate and track with the gps once in a while on a long trip instead of having to constantly have the tracking device on in the field. I should add that the developper is very willing to hep and quick to respond to inquiries. Keep up the good work.
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Gavin-Cutshall
31 March 2008
Version: 1.4.5
This is a software version of a sharp tool. It's refined to do one task very well ... in this case geocoding photos. There is nothing better on the Mac. It also makes my Sony GPS receiver more useful since I no longer have to use Bootcamp to run the utility.
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5
Cptodd
23 February 2008
Version: 1.4.1
I have always wanted a program like this. It is very intuitive and the fact that it can open iPhoto and Aperture libraries and write the information in files that you have placed in there makes it amazingly easy to use. Now all I need to do is buy one of those GPS thingies. :)
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neil-14
24 July 2007
Version: 1.2
I have tried other Geo-Photo programs and they were complicated and not user friendly. HoudahGeo works well and is easy to use. I use it with a Garmin 60Cx, LoadMyTracks either a Canon SD700is or a Canon 20D, and Google Earth. Give it a spin!
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5
Masdeirf
27 June 2007
Version: 1.1.6
Great Software and Developer!! i also tried other Software but HoudahGeo is better (Aperture, GPS Device Support ..), easy, nice. Good, fast and uncomplicated support.
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5
Greg28hjjjj1
06 May 2007
Version: 1.0.5
Excellent piece of software that does exactly what I need. As a photographer that uses Photo Mechanic to apply IPTC tags for my photos and someone who needs to Geocode their photos, this does exactly what I need. Plus, when I asked if HoudahGeo could pull in IPTC codes so I don't have to re-enter data before exporting to Google Earth, the developer implemented it quite nicely. Excellent software, excellent value, I'm a pleased customer.
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Maclover-it
13 April 2007
Version: 1.0b5
sure... everybody should work free for you Peter! I like HoudaGeo. Fast and neat. Will wait final release though before making the purchase. There are many solution out there and have to choose which one suits my need best.
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IamPter
13 April 2007
Version: 1.0b5
Another application that should either be free or ten dollars or less. For any developer making GPS related apps your competition is Google Earth which comes in A free and paid version for twenty dollars and works in real time with a USB GPS receiver.
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3.8

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.14.0 or later
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