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rhutchi2
Hi,  I hope someone can help me. I stumbled across this software the other day.  Fortunately I had some tracks saved on a day I had been out with my camera and I was impressed with how easy it was to use.  I am running on the trial version at the moment and I have some questions before I buy:

o I currently have a Garmin GPS 60S which is rather large and bulky. Is HoudahGeo compatible with any of the Garmin Forerunner series of devices?

o I tried exporting a KMZ file to Google Earth and only the first of the five photographs would load.  Am I doing anything wrong?

o I tried updating images in a Aperture 2.1 library but the geocoding information didn't appear in Aperture. Do I need to do anything other than write the tags to the image?



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houdah
Hi!

Thanks for your interest in HoudahGeo.

1. HoudahGeo uses GPSBabel to connect to Garmin devices. The compatible devices are [URL=http://www.gpsbabel.org/htmldoc-1.3.0/fmt_garmin.html]listed here[/URL].

2. The demo version of HoudahGeo is limited to 5 images.

3. You need to make sure to select "Tag masters/originals" when exporting to EXIF/XMP. You also need to have iWork/iLife sharing enabled in Aperture. Again, the same 5-photo limit applies to the demo version.

Best,
Pierre Bernard
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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rhutchi2
Many thanks for the reply.  I wasn't clear in one of my questions.  I exported a KMZ file with five photographs in it. Only the first photograph would display in Google Earth.  The other four photographs just displayed as a question mark. 
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houdah
Hi!

That's a known bug in Google Earth 4.3 Beta for Mac.

The first placemark description balloon to be opened displays correctly. Further placemarks no longer load images. Returning to the first placemark, it is still displayed correctly.

Workarounds:

1. This bug affects KMZ files only. Rename your *.kmz file to *.zip and decompress it. Now you can open the HoudahGeo.kml file located within the newly created folder. You may also use HoudahGeo to create KML files with no base URL.

2. [URL=http://dl.google.com/earth/client/GE4/release_4_2/GoogleEarthMac.dmg]Download[/URL] a copy of Google Earth 4.2 and use that version for viewing KMZ files.

Best,
Pierre Bernard
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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houdah
Hi!

Google has meanwhile release Google Earth 5 (beta).

This release corrects the display problem with KMZ files.

Best,
Pierre Bernard
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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rhutchi2
Hi, just checked the list again as I'm thinking of getting the Forerunner 405. This model isn't listed which I assume means it isn't supported. Is this correct?
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houdah
Hi!

I believe you will need to use Garmin's own software to transfer the GPS log files to your Mac.

Once you have done so, you may import the log files into HoudahGeo and use them for geotagging.

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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rhutchi2
Many thanks.  Which leads me to two further questions . . .

  1. Can someone confirm for me that the Forerunner 405 and/or Garmin Training Centre can export gpx files?
  2. Has any user done this (imported data from a 405 and located photographs with it) and can confirm it all works as it should?
I don't want to pay out this sort of money without knowing it is going to work first.
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houdah
Hi!

I don't have a Forerunner 405 to test this.

However I should point out that HoudahGeo supports Garmin Training Centre TCX files.

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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rhutchi2
Thanks for that bit of information.  That is sufficient for me to get one and try for myself.

Just for the record and to answer my own questions: yes, Garmin Training Centre does export GPX files and yes, the Garmin 405 works very well with HoudaGeo. I have done a couple of test trips today and have been able to geocode my photographs without any problems.
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