View your latest trip on a map with Softmatic® PhotoTrip™ App

Softmatic PhotoTrip draws your latest trip or holiday on a map with locational data from your photos. Simply drag your images into the app, set colors, fonts and styles and export to PDF or PNG/JPEG. Softmatic PhotoTrip uses the GPS data embedded by almost all mobile camera phones to locate and place your images.

Plotting altitude, distances, locations from EXIF data

The plotted route can be annotated with distances, durations and altitude information. Thumbnails and other data can be showed as callouts next to the location. Distances and altitudes are displayed in metric (m, km) or imperial (ft., mi.) depending on your locale.

Softmatic PhotoTrip supports normal and retina resolutions and fullscreen mode. Works with photos taken with all common iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod), Windows Phone (Nokia Lumia, HTC) and Android phones (Note, Galaxy, Nexus etc.). Of course, you can also import photos taken with standard digital cameras and DSLRs.

Add locational GPS data to photos

If your images don't have locational GPS data, you can simply add coordinates to the photos by right-clicking the location where the image was taken on a map. Similarly, the user can override locational data from a photo (which may be inaccurate). Softmatic PhotoTrip memorizes those user defined locations and recalls them when the same photo is used again. Softmatic PhotoTrip will not modify your original images.

Softmatic PhotoTrip plots GPS data from photos on a map
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Softmatic PhotoTrip Manual & Workflow

Start Softmatic PhotoTrip by double-clicking its icon. Per default the initial map centers at your current location, so you are prompted at the first launch of the app to permit access to your location:

Mac access to location

Clicking "Ok" loads the initial map, in this case centered at the Softmatic offices in central Berlin:

Center map to Berlin

If you decline the permission, the app will default the initial map to Greenwich, England.

Navigating the map

Navigating around the map works as expected: Click-drag to move the map, use the scroll wheel or the slider beneath the map for zooming in and out. The app supports three types of maps display: Map, Satellite, Hybrid which you will already know from Google Maps. To search for a location, click the Search tab in the top right corner. You can enter addresses ("1600 Pennsylvania DC"), cities ("Washington DC"), landmarks ("White House"), even airport codes ("DCA"), then select the matching entry from the list.

The two buttons beneath the map (Fit all, Fit selected) will fit the selected or all images on the map. We haven't loaded any images yet, so these buttons don't do anything at the moment.

Loading photos

Photos are loaded by dragging them from the Finder into the tray on the left side of the App window. You can drag individual images or entire folders as in this screenshot:

Dragging photos on the map

Tip: Start small with ten or so photos. Depending on the size of your screen more than fifty photos will likely result in a cluttered and not very useful display.

The photos are analyzed, sorted by date (oldest photos on top) and a thumbnail is generated. The locations as extracted from the photos are then plotted on the map and the map is centered and sized so that all images fit on screen:

Putting photos on the map

Loading photos enables the style controls for the route and callouts, you are invited to experiment with the settings to find a style that suits you. Use the Save... button to save a trip, the Export button to export the map display to PDF or raster images. Saving a trip will store the list of imported images as well as the style settings.

Note: When exporting to PDF the underlying map will be stored as provided by Google, i.e. as a bitmap.

You can anytime drag additional images into the tray. Likewise, you rearrange images in the tray by dragging them to the desired location, pressing the Shift key while dragging makes a copy of the image at the new location. Click the "-" button or hit backspace to remove selected images from the tray.

Photos with identical coordinates

Sometimes you will import photos that have identical geographical coordinates. For instance, the GPS of the camera phone might have been lagging at the time or the images were indeed taken at the same location.

Softmatic PhotoTrip will indicate those photos on the map when you click the Indicate multiples checkbox in the Route settings. The indicator consists of a ring around the location, one ring per additional photo:

Multiple photos with the same GPS coordinates

In the screenshot the upper arrow points to a single image, the lower to a stack of five images at the same location.

Photos without coordinates

Sometimes you will import photos that do not embed geographical information.

Softmatic PhotoTrip will indicate those photos in the tray with a yellow warning sign. Here images from a recent trip to Istanbul were imported. The photos were shot in the famous Hagia Sophia with a Nikon D800 which doesn't have built-in GPS:

Nikon D800 images without GPS

Without any locational data the app will default the map to the current location. Luckily, locating the images is easy. We select the search tab and search for "Hagia Sophia, Istanbul". We select the first two images from the tray and right-click on the map:

Locating photos on the map

Click Set selected images to this location. The images will be tagged accordingly and put on the map:

Setting the coordinates  of a photo on the map

It's difficult to see in the screenshot but since both images have the exact location right now they are marked as multiples with a little ring around the orange dot. Also, note that the yellow warning sign has disappeared.

Adjusting the location of a photo

Once on the map the location of a photo can easily be adjusted. Click the Photo tab. Select the image on the map by clicking the orange dot. The selection is marked by a blue outline. Click-drag the orange dot to change the location. Note how the coordinates in the Photo tab change.

Changing the location of a photo on the map

Note: The location data that you attach to the photo within PhotoTrip is not written into the actual image file. Instead, PhotoTrip maintains a database of image data across sessions. Once you reimport the same image, the data you attached to it previously will be applied again. To revert to the original EXIF data, click the Revert button in the Photo tab.

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