Mac OS X 10.5 gets geotagging support

The new Leopard version of Mac OS X will show users where on a map their geotagged photos were taken.

Apple

There were a lot of one-liners to sift through in Apple's feature list for the Leopard, the Mac OS X 10.5 update due Friday , so I thought it worthwhile to call out the geotagging support.

The Preview software, which lets users get details on files they're browsing, "pinpoints the location where you took the photo on a world map," according to Apple's Leopard feature list. "From there you can even open the GPS location in Google Maps."

I gather from the adverb "even" that I should read this news with a sense of amazement, but really converting latitude-longitude coordinates in a file to a dot on a map isn't rocket science. What's more notable is how rare this feature remains in photo viewer software. The fact that Flickr has 42 million geotagged photos should be a wake-up call that photo enthusiasts are beginning to embrace this technology.

About the author

Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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