by Norbert M. Doerner 2009
What is GPS-Info?
GPS-Info is an application that displays the GPS coordinate embedded in photos, and more. It allows you to show that location in web services, such as Flickr, Panoramio, Google Maps, SmugMug, WikiMapia or MapQuest. Additionally, you can display the place in Google Earth, export it to KML, and start a geosearch in NeoFinder for photos taken near the place.
Download GPS-Info 2.0
Requires Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6, PowerPC- or Intel-Mac.
gpsinfo2.dmg (676 KB)
What Information does GPS-Info show?
Select one photo in the Finder and launch GPS-Info with the context menu (in Snow Leopard), or using the Services menu, or with a double-click.
The cool, semi-transparent GPS-Info window displays a preview of the photo, and a couple of basic file details, such as its size, creation date, and modification date. The red geotag icon in the bottom right corner of the thumbnail indicates the presence of a geotag in the file already.
The center part contains the geotag. Not just the coordinate, but also the GPS altitude and view direction values, if they are contained in the photo.
Buttons on the right side of the window offer you powerful options to actually use the GPS data. First, you can launch a GeoFinder search in NeoFinder, to find photos taken near this place in your NeoFinder photo library. And since NeoFinder also searches iPhoto, this covers your entire iPhoto database as well, all in one click! Also, you can view the place in Google Earth, which will even be launched for you, if necessary. Exporting the GPS coordinate to the commonly used KML format is also just one click away.
Using the "Show in:" menu, you can display the GPS coordinate in several useful web services, such as Flickr, Panoramio, Google Maps, SmugMug, WikiMapia oder MapQuest.
And last, GPS-Info displays the IPTC data that the photo contains, too. If you don't want to see that, just reduce the size of the window a bit, and it will be gone.
As long as the checkbox "Sync with Finder Selection" is ticked, GPS-Info will follow which files you select in Finder, and update itself automatically as soon as you select a different file.
Just close the GPS-Info window at any time, and re-open it using the "Main Window" command in the Window menu. Quit GPS-Info at any time, just as all other Mac applications, using the Quit command in the menu. Of course, GPS-Info will remember the window size and position for the next time you need it.
How much does GPS-Info cost?
Well, it's free!! Just use it and enjoy. Of course, we do appreciate a donation, so we can buy chocolate for its developers, if you find this Finder plugin to be useful. Just use the Donation button here: This is only possible because GPS-Info uses the GPS code that was already written for NeoFinder.
NeoFinder is a very powerful disk cataloger application for Mac OS X that can not only read the GPS file details, but a lot of other information as well, such as EXIF and IPTC, and of course thumbnails for photos as well. To find out more about NeoFinder, just visit http://www.NeoFinder.de and download the test version.
Can GPS-Info edit the GPS tags in my photos?
No, GPS-Info can only display and use GPS-Tags (at this time...). To add GPS-Tags to your photos, read more here.
Which photo formats does GPS-Info support?
GPS-Info can read the GPS data out of EXIF records inside JPG, TIFF, PSD, and RAW photo files.
How do I install GPS-Info?
Simply drag GPS-Info into your Applications folder. That is all!
How do I remove GPS-Info?
Just delete it from your Applications folder.
I am still using Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)?
Sorry, GPS-Info 2.0 requires Leopard or Snow Leopard. But you can still use the good old version 1.1 of GPS-Info in Tiger: gpsinfo.dmg (336 KB)
2.0 (September 9. 2009)
The contextual menu module is gone, and GPS-Info is now an application (thanks to Snow Leopards lack of support for contextual menu extensions!). The advantage is that we can now extend, debug, and improve GPS-Info so much easier. Stay tuned!
1.1 (July 7, 2008)
- The IPTC fields city, state, and country are being displayed, if they are contained in the photo
- The Reveal in Google Earth command now “flies” Google Earth to the GPS coordinate, and also uses the tilt, azimuth, and distance embedded in the photo for the display
- The GPS coordinate can now also be exported into a KML file
- Added SmugMug and WikiMapia to the list
- Google Maps now sets a marker with the name of the photo on the exact GPS location
- Fixed some memory leaks
1.0 (May 27, 2008)
- initial version