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Review: GeoTagr

Published on May 15, 2013 under Photography

GeoTagr

Geotagging is all the rage now in photography, as it has not only become important to get the shot right, but to show the world WHERE you were when you took it. I myself am an avid fan of this, as I work tirelessly to tag most of my photos on the map.

While most smartphones and now many newer cameras (DSLRs and point-and-shoots) are becoming more connected via cellular or GPS signals, many cameras still cannot geotag on their own. Thus comes the needs of special devices, or the old fashioned pencil and a map method, or smartphone apps to make geotagging easier.

For me, my personal choice has been GeoTagr. It’s an app for the iOS platform that simply allows the user to utilize their iPhone’s communication connections to record your location as if it were recording a video.

How it works

GeoTagr Start Screen
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Using GeoTagr is a snap. Upon opening, the initial interface simply shows a record button and a clock. You set the internal clock on your camera to match the time you see, and then press the record button to start tagging. The app will locate you and record your movements until you stop.

Older versions of the app would allow you to set how often the app plots your location, but the most current version merely lets you select how you will be found - wifi locations, cellular towers, or GPS. The app also keeps you aware of how much time you have left before your run out of battery power.

When you finish recording your photography sessions, you can easily merge the recorded geotag session with services such as Flickr, Dropbox, Google+, SmugMug, or a Mac Shared Folder.

What I liked

GeoTagr Map Screen
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I really like how GeoTagr is so easy to use, and how many options you have now for finding yourself in the world. With the challenge of going abroad and yet not causing a higher bill while being connected, it’s nice you have options. Plus the options will help if you happen to be in a country with poor cellular towers or a harder GPS connection.

The constant info on battery life has always been a help, as we all know how easily one can drain their smartphone’s battery. All in all, I just like how GeoTagr gives you plenty of options and information so you get the final result without the potential pains and hassles that come with using your smartphone abroad.

What I didn’t like

While using GeoTagr is quite easy, too often the results aren’t fully favorable. Many times I’ve found the plotted points not matching where I was, and I’m not talking a small difference. However, I cannot be sure if this is the fault of GeoTagr or the iPhone or even the cellular carrier I was connected to. I also have had much problem using the app mainly due to difficulty connecting to foreign cellular carriers. Again, I can’t blame GeoTagr for that.

I also wish I could designate the date and time used in the app. Too often in the past I would tag my photos, but find somehow my camera’s clock and the phone’s clock were not in sync. I have a feeling this was a running complaint the developers received, and thus they put the date and time clearly on the main interface to drive you to make sure you set your camera’s clock correctly. However, it would be nice if I could keep my camera (or multiple cameras) on Chicago time and simply tell my phone to use Chicago time...as opposed to the location I’m in.

Finally, I do think it’s time the developers expand GeoTagr to Android and even Windows Phone. I don’t know if I’ll get another iPhone down the road, and thus I’ll be seeking a new geotagging app if I make that switch.

Have you tried GeoTagr? What did you think of it?

Tags: maps, photography, geotag, apple, ios

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