Why should I use GeoNamesTagger instead of using the Lightroom 4 internal map/GPS functionality?

Simply because the Lightroom 4 internal function…

  1. …is not writing the GPS altitude value
  2. …is not writing the street name/number
  3. …is not provide the possibility to add the location information to the keywords
  4. …is not writing the information directly into the (sidecar) file. Instead the information is stored internally in the Lightroom catalog. The information is only written later during an image export…

What are the settings on the configuration Window for?

 

Tag subfolders recursively
  • If ticked: GNT searches for image files in subfolders (of the dropped folder).
  • If not ticked: GNT only tags images in current (dropped) folder. Images in subfolders will be left unchanged
Move backup file(s) to trash
  • If ticked: The backup files GNT is (always) generating are moved to the “Mac OS X Trash”. You are still able to restore your files from here if needed.
  • If not ticked: The backup files GNT is (always) generating are left side by side with the tagged images
Skip files with existing GPS data
  • If ticked: GNT checks if the dropped files already contains GPS data. If yes, the image will be left unchanged. If not the image will be updated with the new metadata/GPS values
  • If not ticked: GNT will not check for existing GPS data. If GPS data is existing it will be overwritten
GPS settings – Keep Original
  • If ticked: GNT will not write GPS information tags to the image but GNT will still write location information (depending on the settings below)
GPS settings – Overwrite
  • If ticked: GNT will write GPS information and (depending on the settings below) location information to the image.
Write GPS altitude
  • If ticked: GNT will write the GPS altitude information.
  • If not ticked: GNT will not write the GPS altitude information.
IPTC tag write settings – Keep Original
  • If ticked: GNT will not write IPTC tags.
IPTC tag write settings – Overwrite
  • If ticked: GNT will write IPTC tags (ICMP:CountryPrimaryLocationName, ICMP:CountryPrimaryLocationCode, ICMP:ProvinceState, ICMP:City, ICMP:SubLocation)
IPTC keyword write settings – Keep Original
  • If ticked: GNT will not update IPTC keywords.
IPTC keyword write settings – Overwrite
  • If ticked: GNT will write overwrite existing IPTC tags.
IPTC keyword write settings – Merge
  • If ticked: GNT will write merge possibly existing IPTC keywords with the new location dependent keywords.
XMP tag write settings – Keep Original
  • If ticked: GNT will not write XMP tags.
XMP tag write settings – Overwrite
  • If ticked: GNT will write XMP tags (XMP-Photoshop:Country, XMP-IPTC:CountryCode, XMP-Photoshop:State, XMP-Photoshop:City and XMP-IPTC:Location)
XMP keyword write settings – Keep Original
  • If ticked: GNT will not update XMP keywords.
XMP keyword write settings – Overwrite
  • If ticked: GNT will write overwrite existing XMP tags.
XMP keyword write settings – Merge
  • If ticked: GNT will write merge possibly existing XMP keywords with the new location dependent keywords.
Tag images only / Skip XMP sidecar files
  • Tells GNT to only write metadata information to image files. XMP sidecar files will be left unchanged.
Skip images / Tag XMP sidecar files only
  • Tells GNT to only write metadata information to XMP sidecar files. Image files will be left unchanged.
Tag images if single, XMP sidecar files if existing (recommended)
  • Tells GNT to search for each image file for the corresponding XMP sidecar file.
    If found, the XMP sidecar file will be used to write the metadata information. If no XMP sidecar file is found the image file will be used for tagging (This is the recommended setting)
Tag both, images and XMP sidecar files
  • Tells GNT to write metadata information to both, images and XMP sidecar files

Can I drag and drop files from other Applications such as Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Bridge or iPhoto?

Yes you can drag and drop your image file from nearly every Application. iPhoto is only supported up to version “8.x (which is part of iLife’09)”. This is because of an iPhoto internal behavior. Newer versions of iPhoto will only let you drag and drop the iPhone internal preview images, so the original images will never be tagged correctly.

To overcome the problem for images already imported in iPhoto you could do the following:

  1. Open Finder and go to the folder with your iPhoto Library
  2. right-click on the library file and choose “Show Package Contents”.
  3. You should now see the internal folder structure your iPhoto library
  4. Search for the “Originals” folder
  5. Find the images and tag them with GNT by directly dragging them onto it.
  6. Go back to iPhoto and do a “rescan for location”
  7. Done, you should now see the data.

For new images, you should first tag them with GNT and then import them afterwards.


What are your recommended settings?

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How can I open the app?

GeoNamesTagger HowTo Open

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