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What is RoboGEO?

RoboGEO is software for Windows.

What does RoboGEO do?

RoboGEO geocodes digital photos with location data (latitude, longitude, altitude, photo direction, etc.) and then allows you to perform various operations on the photos or to export them to different applications.

Why do I need RoboGEO?

Sometimes it's important to know WHERE a particular photo was taken. For example, if you're in the aerial photography business, RoboGEO will allow you to permanently geocode the photos that you take and to locate them on various types of maps.

How do I use RoboGEO?

Note: There are a few sample images and a tracklog file in the \SampleImages folder. See the ReadMe.txt file in the same folder for more information.

You first select the photos and then you geocode them. There are 9 possible ways to do that:

1. From the GPS tracklog (fully automatic for Garmin models)

1. Make sure the camera's clock is accurate or specify an offset.
2. Turn on the GPS and begin recording a tracklog.
3. Take the pictures.
4. Back at the Windows computer, start RoboGEO.
5. Specify the difference between the camera's time and UTC time.
6. Select the images. Press F2.
7. Download the GPS tracklog. Press F3.

2. Manually from the GPS waypoints (maximum reliability)

1. Take the pictures.
2. Record a GPS waypoint at the same location of each picture.
3. Back at the Windows computer, start RoboGEO.
4. Select the images. Press F2.
5. Manually equate each picture to a GPS waypoint.

3. From the tracklog in a GPX file (other GPS models)

1. Make sure the camera's clock is accurate or specify an offset.
2. Turn on the GPS and begin recording a tracklog.
3. Take the pictures.
4. Back at the Windows computer, export a GPX file from your GPS.
5. Specify the difference between your camera's time and UTC time.
6. Select the images. Press F2.
7. Import the tracklog GPX file.

4. From the waypoints in a GPX file (previously acquired data)

1. Make sure the camera's clock is accurate or specify an offset.
2. Take the pictures.
3. Create or export the GPX file.
4. Back at the Windows computer, start RoboGEO.
5. Select the images. Press F2.
6. Import the GPX file.

Note: The waypoints must have timestamps.

5. From an imported NMEA sentence file (entirely in the field)

1. Make sure the camera's clock is accurate or specify an offset.
2. Turn on the GPS set the interface to NMEA 0183.
3. Start RoboGEO and begin logging the NMEA data.
4. Take the pictures.
5. Stop logging the NMEA data.
6. Specify the difference between your camera's time and UTC time.
7. Select the images. Press F2.
8. Import the NMEA sentence file.

6. Manually lookup and enter the location data (no GPS required)

1. Take the pictures.
2. Back at the Windows computer, start RoboGEO.
3. Select the images. Press F2.
4. Select 'Lookup Lat/Lon Values' under the 'Edit' pull-down menu.
5. Wait for the LatLonFinder website to load.
6. Pan and zoom to the location of the photo.
7. Copy the displayed lat/lon pair to the clipboard (Ctrl-C).
8. Double click on the image and then select 'Edit All Values'.
9. Paste the lat/lon pair into the box (Ctrl-V).
10. Repeat steps 6 through 9 for each image.

Note: You can also geocode images by typing the values directly into the grid.

7. Use Google Earth as a geocoder (quick and no GPS is required)

1. Take the pictures.
2. Back at the Windows computer, start RoboGEO.
3. Select the images. Press F2.
4. Select 'Using Google Earth' from the pull-down menus. Press F5.
5. Wait for Google Earth to load.
6. Pan and/or zoom Google Earth to the location of the photo.
7. Click the 'Geocode' button.
8. Cycle to the next image in the set.
9. Repeat steps 6 through 8 for each image.

8. Look up the place names (for well known landmarks and no GPS is required)

1. Take the pictures.
2. Back at the Windows computer, start RoboGEO.
3. Select the images. Press F2.
4. Select 'From Place Names' from the pull-down menus.
5. Wait for the 'Place Lookup' form to load.
6. Enter the search term(s) and then press the 'Search' button.
7. Back at the main form, select the image you want to geocode.
8. Double click on the place name, then select 'Geocode Current Image'.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for each image.

Note: For additional options, double click on the place names in the search results grid.

9. Use the existing IPTC location data (great for archived images)

1. Take the pictures.
2. Use your favorite tool to insert IPTC location data.
3. Start RoboGEO.
4. Select the images. Press F2.
5. Select 'From IPTC Fields' from the pull-down menus.
6. Wait for the lookups to complete.

Once all of the images are geocoded using any of the above methods, you can then do any or all of the following:

1. Stamp the latitude, longitude and altitude on the actual images.
2. Write to the EXIF headers the latitude, longitude and altitude.
3. Reverse geocode the locations to the IPTC.
4. Create Google Maps that show the photo locations.
5. Create a KML or KMZ file for importing into Google Earth.
6. Upload to Flickr to share with others.
7. Export a Shapefile for importing into ArcView.
8. Export a DXF file for AutoCAD.
9. Export to Microsoft MapPoint or Streets and Trips.
10. Export a GPX file.
11. Upload the locations back to your Garmin GPS unit.

How do I get RoboGEO?

OK, ready to give it a try? Download the demo or get a copy on CD-ROM. The demo limitations are here.

How do I purchase RoboGEO?

Did the demo suit your needs? Purchase RoboGEO. It's low cost, comes with a 30 day money back guarantee and you'll receive free lifetime upgrades (even major upgrades).





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