Microsoft has released a small tool for photographers that offers rich metadata editing, and a geotagging function. It’s called Pro Photo Tools 1.0.
Features include :
- address to latitude/longitude conversion
- latitude/longitude to address conversion
- loading track routes stored by GPS devices
- placing images on track routes based on time stamps, with a visual adjustment tool
- integration with Virtual Earth for
— text based location searches
— interactive placement of photographs
— visualization of track routes
— 2D and 3D map browsing
- RAW image support
- edit numerous metadata fields
Though you have to wonder why Microsoft can’t simply just include this within Vista/Live Photo Gallery. It would be much nicer if Microsoft could just make a nice all-in-one photo editor solution, instead of bits and bits of photo tools. I’m hoping that a combo of Live Photo Gallery, Pro Photo Tools, Photosynth, HD View, Group Shot, and all of Microsoft’s other work in digital photo technology can all come into one.