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houdah
Do you miss Google Maps?

[YES/NO]


What were you using Google Maps for?

[Map Inspector, Map Geocoding, Reverse Geocoding]


Do you use Google Earth geocoding?

[YES/NO]


Would you agree to a subscription fee for the use of Google Maps?

[YES/NO]


Do you think Bing Maps is a viable alternative to Google Maps?

[YES/NO]


Do you think the current CloudMade maps are a viable alternative?

[YES/NO]
Houdah Software s. à r. l.
https://www.houdah.com

HoudahGeo: One-stop photo geocoding
HoudahSpot: Advanced file search utility
Tembo: Easy and effective file search
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raimondodibella
Yes, I miss Google Maps
I used it for reverse geocoding
I use Google Earth geocoding
I'd agree to a subscription fee
I don't know about Bing Maps
I get WRONG Reverse Geocoding with CloudMade
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santimaspons
The included maps on version 2.6.3 is incomplete and very old for Spain.
I miss Google maps. Satellite view is very useful.
I downgraded my HoudahGeo 2.6.3 to version 2.5.6
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HoudahUser
I definitely miss Google Maps
I used it for reverse geocoding
I use Google Earth geocoding - it is a bit quirky depending on the "view" set on a location pin.
I'd agree to a reasonable subscription fee
Haven't used Bing - is there a way to test it?
I get very incorrect reverse geocoding with CloudMade (Breckenridge Colorado came up as Gold Hill - which isn't even close to where I was on vacation)

I use Aperture as my photo editor - love the new way it saves the data into Aperture - greatly eases my workflow - can import into Aperture, tag with keywords or geocode in whatever order.  Thanks.
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houdah
Hi!

Currently the use of Google Maps for the Map Inspector and Map Geocoding is still a possibility.

It is however unlikely for Google Maps to return for reverse geocoding. Google charges $0.03 per request. I don't think anybody would be willing to pay a fee for each photo that is processed.

I do however have several other options under consideration. I am confident I can come up with a solution that matches Google for accuracy.

Best,
Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s.à r.l.

Houdah Software s. à r. l.
https://www.houdah.com

HoudahGeo: One-stop photo geocoding
HoudahSpot: Advanced file search utility
Tembo: Easy and effective file search
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nick_thain
Pierre,
YES - I miss Google Maps terribly!
USED - For Map Inspector and Map Geocoding
I DO NOT - Use Google Earth Geocoding 
AGREE - To a reasonable fee, though I don't reverse geocode w/Google Maps
BING - viable, as they have satellite for geocoding
CLOUD MADE - not viable, due to no satellite view for geocoding

How do I downgrade back to 2.5.6?

I don't want to sound ungrateful for the awesome work you've done Pierre, I just really miss Google Maps as I used it all the time to 'tidy up' precision geocoding.

Cheers mate, Nick

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thehand
why did they change the map?
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houdah
Hi!

A deal with Microsoft Bing is still pending.

I do however have a beta version of HoudahGeo using Bing Maps ready.
Please shoot me an email if you'd like to try the beta.

Best,
Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s.à r.l.

Houdah Software s. à r. l.
https://www.houdah.com

HoudahGeo: One-stop photo geocoding
HoudahSpot: Advanced file search utility
Tembo: Easy and effective file search
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thehand
I just want to make sure that we're all talking about the map inspector where after I upgraded I got a pretty useless alternative.  It hangs when I zoom in.  And there's no satellite view.  Real crap.
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tmeadow
HoudahGeo does everything I need for geocoding and does it well... with the exception of reverse geocoding. I'd be willing to pay something for this service but $0.03 per image is too high given the number of photos I take per year. Perhaps a quantity discount for all HoudahGeo subscribers might result in something less than what the g-men are charging.

I've been experimenting with the three services you're currently supporting. I've found that for many photos reverse geocoding fails too quickly for many of my photos. I take quite a few photos outside cities and After reverse geocoding some photos have no geographical information at all. I would expect that at least the country, state/province/etc., and perhaps even county information could be located.
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haapum
It seems to be old news already, but still adding my two cents:

Yes, I do miss Google Maps.
I used Google Maps for everything, but Map geocoding was the most important.
No, I don't use Google Earth geocoding.
Yes, I would agree to a reasonable subscription fee, if necessary.
No, Bing Maps is not a viable alternative, at least in Australia; especially for geocoding, due to lower resolution.
No, I haven't tried CloudMade maps. (it's probably not available in Australia, I presume.)

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