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Atapu
Hi,

The new versions of iOS and macOS have brought a new picture format, HEIC. Allegedly, it occupies like half the size of usual JPEG, with the same quality. However, when I tried to modify locations on some photographs with this format, HoudahGeo gave a warning message saying that it does not support that format.

I would like to know if you are considering to support this new format, and if so when we could expect it.

I understand that it may be difficult, or maybe even it is not possible, but I would really appreciate some information on this.

Thank you for your time.
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houdah
Hi!

We hope to be able to support HEIC in the future. I can’t make any promises though.

Best,

Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s.à r.l.

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Atapu
Thank you very much for your answer [smile]. It is good to know that it is in the pipeline, sort of...
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rjames86
Hi. I wanted to follow up on this and see if there are plans for supporting HEIC. 

One thing I've come across is how time coding works within HoudaGeo. It looks like the app reads the exif data from the HEIC file, which doesn't contain the raw exif and so you get modification time as the time the photo was shot. Using HoudaGeo, I found the preview file that Photos.app stores, which apparently does store the actual exif data for the photo taken.

Thanks for everything!
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rjames86
Hi. I wanted to follow up on this and see if there are plans for supporting HEIC. 

One thing I've come across is how time coding works within HoudaGeo. It looks like the app reads the exif data from the HEIC file, which doesn't contain the raw exif and so you get modification time as the time the photo was shot. Using HoudaGeo, I found the preview file that Photos.app stores, which apparently does store the actual exif data for the photo taken.

Thanks for everything!
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bins
Any developments on implementing HEIC support in HoudahGeo?

I am in the process of converting (quite) a few scanned negatives to the format and would love to be able to (permanently) geotag them whilst adding them to my photos library.
Adding the location in the Photos app still does not write them to the exif?
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bins
https://forums.houdah.com/post/show_single_post?pid=1301825675&postcount=2&forum=102232

Hi Pierre,

Sorry to bother again, but can you make any promises at this point of time on support for HEIC ?
Thanks for your kind reply and keep the good work up!

Jerry
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bins
Hi Pierre,

Any news on support for HEIC files?
Happy holidays!

Cheers
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houdah
Sadly no. AFAIK Apple has still not documented the format nor provided libraries to create or edit HEIC files.
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aikinai
Apple has added support in AVFoundation:

https://developer.apple.com/documentation/avfoundation/avfiletype/2873428-heic
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houdah

Sadly attempts to read HEIC files using AVFoundation's AVAsset result in a "
Cannot Open. This media format is not supported." error;


Attempts to edit metadata using CGImageDestinationCopyImageSource result in a "image type 'public.heic' is not supported for lossless metadata modification at this time." error.


 

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ionos
Would it be possible to provide XMP-sidecar support only for HEIC files?

Thank you,
i
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houdah
You can use the option to "create sidecar if missing" during EXIF/XMP export so HoudahGeo will not try to write to the HEIC file, but instead use with a XMP sidecar.
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ionos
My bad, sorry - it used to be that HEIC files couldn't even be opened, but that works now, so all good for sidecar XMP files. Yay!
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