|T O P I C R E V I E W
||Posted - 01/03/2009 : 09:56:22
It appears the software is using the file time stamp and not the EXIF data for Date Picture Taken. The software I use to import my photos organizes my files and thus changes the file time stamp. Because of this when I try to process my photos with Trips and Pics I get no geotagging because the file times do not match the gps times. The EXIF still has the correct date and time.
Will the software be changed to give us the option to use the EXIF in a future update?
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||Posted - 02/13/2009 : 16:48:38
I agree with sbwong. This has to be some of the dumbest software I have seen in a long time. I can't believe that Pharos built geotagging software based on a file's creation/modification time.
I wasted a couple of hours trying to figure out why the software kept failing to find and tag my pictures. I happen to use Adobe Photo Elements for inventorying my files. When it copies files off my Compact Flash, it basically creates a copy of the file with a new date and time.
Message to Pharos Engineers-> You've got a good hardware solution. Fix your software so that it actually does something useful for photographers. Either that or rename the product "Trips" since that is about all it is good for.
||Posted - 01/04/2009 : 16:48:50
I agree. If one does anything such as fix the exposure of an image, or rotate it or crop it, then it's modification date gets changed by most editing programs. Trips and Pics should use the "9003 ExifDTOrig" or "904 ExifDTDigitized" tags in the image, as those are when then the image was actually taken, which is the time that corresponds to the GPS reading. The Exif "DateTime" tag is not the correct tag to use because it is defined to be the latest modification date of the image.
One workaround that I've found is to use an a utility called MetaEditor from http://www.kiwiczech.net/index.php?menu=357&sub=8. This utility, amongst other things, enables you to set the modification date of an image to the date/time from a given EXIF tag, e.g. the EdifDTOrig. This option is hidden away--you don't see it until you are about to commit any editing changes. You can do it a batch mode by opening multiple files at once and then saving them all at once while reseting their modifcation dates. This will effectively undo reset the modification date to when the picture was taken and then Trips and Pics will pick up the file correctly again.
But the bottom line is that one shouldn't have to do this and Trips and Pics should be updated to give the user the option of using the stored Exif data or for those images without it, the filesystem's modification or creation date.