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Laura
Our online database software automatically reads GPS information that is written in IPTC, but it will not read EXIF data.  We have mappers and photographers working together in the field, all accurate GPS information is recorded by external GPS recorders and then entered into the EXIF.  
How can I get the EXIF easily into IPTC?
I am looking for a good solution (when dealing with hundreds of geotagged files at once) to transfer the information from EXIF to IPTC. Copying and pasting data from EXIF to IPTC is not only very time consuming but also prone to error. 
Can Houdahgeo perform this task automatically?  
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houdah
Hi!

HoudahGeo writes GPS latitude and longitude coordinates to EXIF and XMP coordinates. I am not aware of any IPTC tags that hold coordinate values.

IPTC can store country, province/state and city names. HoudahGeo can populate these values through reverse geocoding: look up location names from coordinates.

For copying values between tags I can recommend ExifTool by Phil Harvey: http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/

Best,

Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s.à r.l.

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exit106
You should  have a look at Photo Mechanic, http://www.camerabits.com , it offers a set of variables that transfers data from exif files into IPTC . We organize all our images with imbedded GPS files from the EXIF files into IPTC files.
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Laura
Thanks to you both.  I think I understand now that actually what I am trying to write to is XMP not IPTC.  I have been reading now more and think I understand the difference, and in fact there is not an IPTC field for GPS coordinates, but there is one for XML? Thanks for the guidance.
exit106, thanks also for tip about Photo Mechanic...I have downloaded the trial and will see if it can meet my needs.  
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houdah
Hi!

GPS coordinates can be written to both EXIF and XMP.

Do you know where your database software expects to find geotags?

Best,

Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s.à r.l.

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

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Laura
Our database software will read GPS coordinates that are written into XMP, but not EXIF.  

All our photos arrive from the field with the coordinates in EXIF...sometimes a few hundred files at once.   I had a look at Exiftool but the command line way of doing things is not easy for me (or for colleagues I am hoping to help find a good workflow).  I would love to find a way to run a quick batch process from EXIF to XMP.  For example, I use Media Pro for some work processes, and there is quick batch to transfer the capture date from EXIF to IPTC.  Something similar to that would be quite useful, and save a lot of time spent and errors that are happening with our current workflow.
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houdah
Hi!

By default, HoudahGeo writes each tag only to a preferred location (EXIF, XMP or IPTC) to avoid duplication of values.

There is a hidden setting to have HoudahGeo write tags to all locations it knows of. E.g. write GPS coordinates to both XMP and EXIF.

To enable this, do the following:

1- Quit HoudahGeo
2- Open /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app
3- Paste in the following:
defaults write com.houdah.HoudahGeo eeWriteToPreferredGroup NO
4- Press Return / Enter

You can now import images into HoudahGeo. It will read GPS tags from EXIF and upon export will write to both EXIF and XMP.

To revert to the default, repeat but use the following command:
defaults delete com.houdah.HoudahGeo eeWriteToPreferredGroup

Best,

Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s.à r.l.




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

HoudahGeo: One-stop photo geocoding
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Laura
Thanks Pierre
It is a very useful suggestion! I will try this now
Best regards
Laura 
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Laura
It worked!! thanks for the excellent solution.
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