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Using Google Maps With a Photo Album

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the stick-a-pin-in-it dept.

Programming 81

neil1979 writes "This site has a tutorial on using Google Maps with your photo album. Each album has a latitude and longitude so it shows up as a pin on a map of the world. When you click a pin, up pops the highlight photo for the albums at that location. Clicking again brings up that album. Makes a great front page to a gallery. Includes a demo with 200 albums from the author's travels. He provides all his code for interfacing with Google maps. Seriously awesome feature for people who travel a lot."

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That is superb. (0)

spoco2 (322835) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596221)

Put together the age old slide show along with the 'gather around the atlas and I'll show you where I went'

Just great work. Would love to do this to my photo collection, but alas the time will not present itself.

Re:That is superb. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18596817)

I saw this ASP.NET User Control that does that same type of thing with Virtual Earth. It uses some sort of Flash-esqe technology, but it's not flash. All of the code is available too! I found it at: http://cornucopia30.blogspot.com/2007/03/wpfe-geop hoto-user-control-with-fun-in.html [blogspot.com]

Saw something like this ages ago (2, Informative)

Utopia (149375) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596225)

Re:Saw something like this ages ago (1)

manastungare (596862) | more than 7 years ago | (#18597547)

I've done this myself [manastungare.com] at least since October 2005 [archive.org] . Source code available if you send me an email, and I'll even package it nicely and write a HOWTO some day ...

Re:Saw something like this ages ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18598061)

All I see is a big message which shows your incompetence as a developer.
You can't even write cross-browser compliant code. And you want to place the blame elsewhere for you lack of ability.

Re:Saw something like this ages ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18598383)

yea...using firefox gives:

Trouble viewing Satellite View? Some browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer) have trouble with advanced features such as this. Start using Mozilla Firefox or Opera or switch to a simple Chronological View.

Re:Saw something like this ages ago (1)

manastungare (596862) | more than 7 years ago | (#18598745)

You are watching the October 2005 version of this page, and the map will not work from that URL because Google Maps API keys are issued for a particular domain. Use the first link I provided.

Re:Saw something like this ages ago (1)

tijmentiming (813664) | more than 7 years ago | (#18600809)

Yeah! Been There Done That!
I even got messages on IRC: "Hey Tijmen, how original eh, this item on slashdot? you already did that"

This is mine:
http://the-timing.nl/Projects/Photomap/ [the-timing.nl]

I'm making one for my sister as well. But then with a very nice CMS. I'll submit a slashdot story when it's done! so everyone can see!

Psst (5, Informative)

oskard (715652) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596227)

This was done by Flickr about a year ago:

http://www.flickr.com/map/ [flickr.com]

Re:Psst (3, Informative)

Aokubidaikon (942336) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596293)

And by 43 Places [43places.com] . Really neat though ^_^

Re:Psst (3, Informative)

LGagnon (762015) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596795)

Flickr uses Yahoo Maps though, which is mediocre compared to Google Maps. Honestly, try zooming in on a place in Flickr and compare it with the zoomed in view on Google. The view on Google Maps is much clearer.

Re:Psst (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18597763)

Yahoo Maps [...] which is mediocre compared to Google Maps

Whine, bitch, moan, complain. I'm tired of Google apologists like yourself who would probably even be okay with them eating babies ("so long as they're not being *evil* about it"), who make baseless calls on Google properties vs. product X based on a single feature.

If the zoom level in Yahoo Maps is the single feature that keeps you using Google Maps, I'm not sure you're using it correctly. You're probably looking at your mediocre house and find it mediocre that you can't properly see your mediocre yard. Unless you're in a major city, Google often doesn't have high resolution satellite coverage anyway.

If you actually get driving directions: set your start from a favorites location, enter a destination, follow a route, print a hardcopy, send a link... you'd find that Yahoo is quite excellent. I dare you to try using it next time you need directions.

Although I did notice that Flickr still uses the *old* Javascript interface - the new one (which you may be ignorant of) has moved to a more modern flash-based client that dramatically upstages Google's Javascript dinosaur.

Re:Psst (1)

oskard (715652) | more than 7 years ago | (#18598053)

Hmm, could've sworn the original implementation used Google maps. Wonder why they switched?

Re:Psst (2, Interesting)

Deltaspectre (796409) | more than 7 years ago | (#18598331)

Because Yahoo owns them?

Re:Psst (1)

The Good Reverend (84440) | more than 7 years ago | (#18599923)

Flickr also does a thousand other wonderful things, so I can forgive it for using Yahoo!'s maps instead of Google's.

Re:Psst (1)

Sargeant Slaughter (678631) | more than 7 years ago | (#18597145)

I'm glad someone said it so I didn't have too. My flickr site:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdguero [flickr.com]

The map thing is still kinda annoying to setup though...

Re:Psst (1)

Blighten (992637) | more than 7 years ago | (#18597903)

This does seem like old news and there have been some development at MS labs [live.com] along with Flicker that totally top the cake on this google ap (albeit it's not released to the public to submit photos yet). Here's a video of the Photosynth application that I've been unable to find on the offical site: MS Photosynth [youtube.com]

Re:Psst (1)

charlieman (972526) | more than 7 years ago | (#18599205)

What about Panoramio [panoramio.com] , it's a wiki that let's you place photos on the map, and edit the description...

Here's my tutorial (4, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596257)

  1. Install drupal [drupal.org] with the image, image_gallery, gmap, location, and gmap_location modules enabled.
  2. ?
  3. Profit! (okay, you might need the ecommerce module for this step.)

This combination will allow you to upload images, organize them into galleries, and display them with location information.

The locations of nodes can be plotted on a map (links to demos can be found from the gmap module project node [drupal.org] ) just so.

That guy's solution provides a niftier image browser popup, but the overall functionality is available through drupal without having to write any code.

10,000 "push pins" pointing at ... my house (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18596299)

I can see it now. I put my photo album of my kid up there and we have 10,000 "push pins" pointing to my house.

Re:10,000 "push pins" pointing at ... my house (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18606347)

Let me know when you get some pointing to your wife's Gym changing room.

this calls for a new feature in google maps (1, Interesting)

Merc248 (1026032) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596301)

Travels to new places? Jeez, what about old familiar places for those of us who live boring, mundane lives?

You might say, "but of course, what's to stop you from plotting movements in your daily life?"

That's exactly the problem. You see, we need new satellite technology (or a voyeuristic photographer, whichever is cheaper) so that I can accurately plot the following morning routine on Google Maps:

1.) Wake up in my bedroom facing north with the huge windows (hint hint)
2.) Go into the bathroom approximately 0.001 degrees away from my bedroom (unfortunately, I use refracting glass, so it might be a bit tough to see where I move around in my bath tub)
3.) Eat toast on my dinner table

Basement (2, Funny)

biocute (936687) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596341)

36"48'S 174"52'E, there you have it, only one, and that's my basement's location, you insensitive clod!

Re:Basement (1)

steevc (54110) | more than 7 years ago | (#18600403)

You mean you can get a GPS signal down there? Do you use this?

http://gpspray.googlepages.com/ [googlepages.com]

LtL (2, Informative)

updog (608318) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596459)

A friend of mine did something like this a while ago - check out Larry the Llama [larrythellama.com] , a geographic photo sharing site. It's pretty cool, especially for a not-for-profit self-sufficient personal project...

Pretty cool (1)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596473)

Hmm, the live demo doesn't seem to be working properly in Opera. After loading everything, the screen goes black with just the scale overlays jumping to the middle of the page.

Anyway, I think that's a pretty obvious use of positional data in photos, but the main problem seems to be getting the data attached to the images. It's certainly possible to do this manually, but it would either be too imprecise, or take a ridiculous amount of time to fill out coordinates for each street a photo was taken on. Automatically, there appear to be a few Ricoh cameras with built-in GPS units, and I recall reading something about an add-on for Nikon (?) cameras that would work most of their DSLR cameras.

After some searching, it looks like there's another method for linking the data, which can be (probably) used with any digital camera and various GPS devices. I couldn't find any details, but my guess is that some software would be used to take the location data the GPS unit recorded over time, and compare it to the time the photos were taken. Sounds like it could actually work. Damn, now I need a GPS device :)

Re:Pretty cool (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596525)

I couldn't find any details, but my guess is that some software would be used to take the location data the GPS unit recorded over time, and compare it to the time the photos were taken. Sounds like it could actually work. Damn, now I need a GPS device :)

You can use any typical GPS that will store a track log to generate this data. Just set your camera's time properly. Easiest way to do it, which would also be somewhat imprecise but who cares, is to just write a simple script that would generate a hash of positions by time. You then either give your photo the position that corresponds to the next time greater than the time of the photo, the position that is closest to the time of the photo, or an average of the positions before and after the photo. Done!

Alternatively you could use any GPS and a computer of some sort and do a log. I have both a Garmin GPS with its own interface which would work with the former solution, and a bluetooth GPS without one that I could use with a laptop or with my iPaq.

Re:Pretty cool (1)

jobeus (639434) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596527)

Ah, interesting! I'll have to work on fixing it for Opera...

I'd love to get an addon for my DSLR too that would automatically do this for me... I did it manually for now, but having something add EXIF data with the lat/long would be rockin. :)


Re:Pretty cool (1)

danlyke (149938) | more than 7 years ago | (#18606191)

Just take a picture of your GPS so that you have an EXIF timestamp correlated with your GPS clock, and have one of the parameters to your script being a picture name and the GPS clock time that the picture was taken. At that point all you have to do is take your track data from your GPS and correlate it with your timestamps on your picture.

Poof! Instant geolocation.

Re:Pretty cool (1)

alavigne (1083861) | more than 7 years ago | (#18598713)

This is exactly what I've been doing for a few years now, and the technique works quite well. Using a straightfoward java application, I take tracklogs from my GPS and correlate them to the EXIF data in a set of pictures. The program generates some .jsp scriptlets and javascript. You can see an example of a trip report fragment that incorporates all of this here:

http://alavigne.net/newHomePage/Outdoors/TripRepor ts/GrandCanyon2005/index.jsp?navpage=story_11#slas hdotanchor/ [alavigne.net]

double-click on the google map image that's inline in the page for the big version with all of the correlated photo points (and the tracklog, too).

Re:Pretty cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18600623)

You can use a device like http://www.geotagger.co.uk/ [geotagger.co.uk] to tag your photos...


I tried doing this with my pics from New Orleans (2, Interesting)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596541)

but at first it showed the devastated areas I had visited as if they weren't devastated - and now it shows them from six months ago.

This might make sense if you're not visiting an area that changes much, but for those of us who like to visit places that change, it can have some unanticipated and mind-altering results.

Parse error? (1)

LordSnooty (853791) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596643)

Why does one line in the example end abruptly with $? Has it been copied out of a nano session? Do I need to crack open Wireshark to find out the mystery code?

On a plane? (0, Offtopic)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596655)

http://gallery.jobemedia.org/g/2003_02_19_toronto_ to_see_bon_jovi_w_niccole_laurna [jobemedia.org]

I'm not sure that all of these photos were taken at that particular location *VBG*

Re:On a plane? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18597703)

this is jobe, that was the night when i finally touched a breast. it was like heaven, hence "on a plane".

Re:On a plane? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18602381)

Who modded parent offtopic? That's exactly the problem with this album-based approach. You need to geotag each picture to make this work in a meaningful way. Use a GPS mouse with logging capability (such as the Wintec W-100) and match the timestamps with the EXIF data.

gmapez (1)

baboonlogic (989195) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596681)

Gmapez [bluweb.com] is a nice open source wrapper around the google maps api. One can use it to create such and quite a bit more complicated google maps application very quickly. All you need to do is throw is some html in a div somewhere on your page and call the gmapez javascript.

By the way, I am in no way affiliated to gmapez. I have however used [cmi.ac.in] it and find it useful at least whn you don't have the ytime or the need to poke deep into the google map api and still want some google maps goodness.

PicasaWeb RSS feed and Google Maps App (2, Informative)

jambay (531064) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596721)

If anyone uses Picasa, I wrote a simple app that takes the location data in the Picasa Web RSS feed and generates a map with a list of albums in the feed and push pins. I'm willing to share this code freely if there is a place to put it or share it with the folks at Google working on Picasa. It is a java app that deploys on Tomcat. You can contact me at jambay @ yahoo . com

There is a form on the bottom that takes in the URL of a Picasa Web RSS feed that it will try and parse.

Picture of the app:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7639541@N07/445440913 / [flickr.com]

Google going down the tube (-1, Offtopic)

PurifyYourMind (776223) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596765)

Ooh, look at me! I'm using a Google app. Aren't I special? This whole Google thing is getting old.

Geotagging with Picasa & Google Earth (3, Informative)

stunt_penguin (906223) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596787)

Picasa and Google Earth have an interface that allows you to geotag your photos and see them on GE's 3d globe: http://www.ogleearth.com/2006/06/picasa_google_e.h tml [ogleearth.com] The data is added to the JPEG's EXIF so the photos will be map-placeable by other applications such as this one, or the rather excellent tools on Flickr. Now, if they'd just build GPS into a camera :D

Re:Geotagging with Picasa & Google Earth (2, Informative)

Forthan Red (820542) | more than 7 years ago | (#18597171)

You don't really need a gps in your camera. Just sync up the camera's clock with the time on your GPS, and turn its tracking function on. Software can them match up the picture's timecode with timecodes in the tracking file to determine the location you were at when you clicked the shutter.

Re:Geotagging with Picasa & Google Earth (2, Informative)

raymondlowe (257081) | more than 7 years ago | (#18599251)

I did this, it works great. The best software I found (free) is from a semi-abandoned Microsoft Research project called WWMX. Get their "location stamper" utility.

http://research.microsoft.com/research/downloads/D etails/eadb6a33-b1b8-4c4d-b713-64fae728f74f/Detail s.aspx [microsoft.com]

Give it a .GPX file from your GPS unit, then give it a bunch of pictures and it will add the location into the EXIF. Does backups of pics if you want -- gives you several options on how to deal with pics that don't match any obvious point in the gpx file.

Re:Geotagging with Picasa & Google Earth (1)

Forthan Red (820542) | more than 7 years ago | (#18606293)

Thanks for the link. Most of the software I've looked at to do geotagging has been spendware, which is ridiculous for something so easy. This looks like just what I wanted. However, I don't see any option for local time correction. May have to handle that manually.

Re:Geotagging with Picasa & Google Earth (1)

sdpinpdx (66786) | more than 7 years ago | (#18606555)

On OSX, I use gpsphotolinker [oregonstate.edu]

Re:Geotagging with Picasa & Google Earth (1)

stunt_penguin (906223) | more than 7 years ago | (#18601193)

This is such a typical geek answer.

I've done this exact thing with my camera and that Sony dongle, I know professional photographers who have done this with another GPS tracker, but I sure as hell don't know any ordinary users who could even repeat your sentence, never mind carry out the instructions.

It's like telling a user who doesn't like your software to go in and edit the source code themselves. They don't give a fuck, they just want something to work. In this case, no-one is going to geotag their photos regularly unless it's actually part of their hardware/software. Otherwise, just forget it.

Re:Geotagging with Picasa & Google Earth (1)

Forthan Red (820542) | more than 7 years ago | (#18605891)

The reply was directed to those who already have hand-held GPS units, obviously. If they can handle inputing waypoints, and uploading maps, etc., they can certainly handle setting the clock in their camera, and running a program against a file.

Hang out at the geocaching.com forums, and you'll see that "regular joes" aren't nearly as technologically inept as you seem to think.

Re:Geotagging with Picasa & Google Earth (1)

coldmist (154493) | more than 7 years ago | (#18598811)

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0702/07022207eos1dmar kiiiaccs.asp [dpreview.com]

For Canon's new EOS-1D Mark III cameral:

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 - Faster workflows

Responding to feedback from Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1 users, Canon has expanded the functionality of the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 to also support two-way communication via peer to peer (PTP) and HTTP protocols. Remote users can trigger the shutter button or download images from the camera via an internet browser window, dramatically reducing the time it takes from capture to publication. The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 offers users a greater degree of security by allowing up to 4 types of WEP encryption as well as WPA2-PSK, which supports high security AES encryption.

USB host functionality means photographers can shoot directly to external storage media on longer shooting assignments. The unit also supports recording of GPS data - when connected to a portable GPS device, the location and time of capture is automatically added to each image as EXIF data.

Requiring no additional batteries, the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 fits neatly onto the side of the EOS-1D Mark III and offers the same degree of weather resistance as the camera body.

Re:Geotagging with Picasa & Google Earth (1)

M-G (44998) | more than 7 years ago | (#18604973)

Now, if they'd just build GPS into a camera

I was wishing the same thing on a recent vacation. It surely wouldn't cost much to use the same sort of chipset used in cell phones for GPS locations.

That's wonderfull, except... (0, Flamebait)

SlashDev (627697) | more than 7 years ago | (#18596951)

... most people can't even pinpoint the U.S. on the world map.

Panoramio (2, Informative)

scooter.higher (874622) | more than 7 years ago | (#18597297)

But Panoramio links show up in Google Earth, and can also be browsed using Google Maps.

Here are the pictures I have taken and uploaded (not much I know, but I just started playing with it):

http://www.panoramio.com/user/336919 [panoramio.com]

This guy's a terrorist! (1)

gearmonger (672422) | more than 7 years ago | (#18597369)

I mean, look at where he took pictures in the US...only at the borders...where terrorists can enter the country!

Either that or he realized all those photos of Kansas really were not too interesting...

Been done (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18597393)

Gallery2 has a module to do this already: http://codex.gallery2.org/Gallery2:Modules:Map [gallery2.org]

MS Live has also had similar for a while. (1)

ozphx (1061292) | more than 7 years ago | (#18597429)

Unfortunately it means you need a live account.

It is cool though, letting your link your annotated map into your blog/photos on Live Spaces. Almost easy enough for your grandma to use though - no coding!

Heres my (documentation unfinished) trip to China: http://local.live.com/?v=2&cid=3DBF6F7940B0F681!25 2 [live.com]

Also, as I'm sure everyone here is a huge fan of IE and ActiveX *grin* you can install the 3D renderer, and I was suprised to see all my annotations working. While you are there, get the Live Local plugin for Outlook if you have it, it does route finding between your appointments and adds travel time. :P

gallery has had this like for years (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18597437)


So many ways to do this and more (1)

Lord Satri (609291) | more than 7 years ago | (#18597471)

A previous poster already mentioned that Google's Picasa [google.com] is a free and easy tool to add geolocation to the EXIF metadata of photos and then publish them on Google Earth or Google Maps. Of course, there are plenty of other tools to do just that. Examples include this one for the mac [houdah.com] , or this other one specifically for iPhoto [stanton.net.nz] . You'll get much more photo geocoding tools examples here [slashgeo.org] .

Oh, and by the way, instead of using the Google Maps API to show them on your website, I invite you to try OpenLayers [openlayers.org] , which does the same thing, except that it's open, supported by the OSGeo [osgeo.org] and allows you to toggle from Google data to Microsoft or Yahoo or any WMS server [wikipedia.org] easily.

google is just a bunch of rip off artists (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18597927)

just like linus suckballs.

another site that does it for you (1)

the1mc (1083815) | more than 7 years ago | (#18597983)

GPS and Photography (1)

SKPhoton (683703) | more than 7 years ago | (#18598213)

Yeah, this has been going on for a while now and there's a few main players in the game.

Flickr is of course a common one and lots of people use it.

Smugmug [smugmug.com] lets you geolocate your images too for those of us out there selling prints.

If you use a photoblog powered by Pixelpost [pixelpost.org] , there is an addon [pixelpost.org] available to let you map out your photos.

Finally, if you want to get your images overlayed in Google Earth, you'll want to go through Panoramio [panoramio.com] .

Now, there are two main ways to get your images geolocated in the first place:

1) You can manually do it by selecting a photo and then clicking a point in the world using Google Earth or Google Maps. While this works, it's really slow and tedious. Programs like Picasa supports this method by letting you click your location through Google Earth.

2) If you have a GPS receiver, you can create a tracklog as you travel and then use a program such as RoboGeo [robogeo.com] to automatically correlate the timestamp of the image you took to your location at that specific point in time and then stamp that info into the image's EXIF info. Then when you upload your images to the web, the GPS info will be automatically read and placed into the map. This is, by far, the easier method.

Re:GPS and Photography (1)

TibbonZero (571809) | more than 7 years ago | (#18598545)

And on some of the Nikon cameras, you can just plug in a GPS and it will automatically record the EXIF metadata to the photo! Work on the D200, D2X and D2H I think.

Re:GPS and Photography (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 7 years ago | (#18606301)

Yep, you just need a backordered, $100 cable [bhphotovideo.com] to connect the GPS to the camera. Good 'ol Nikon. People have come up with more open source hacks, the big problem is the extraordinarily non standard 10 pin connector to the camera. Anyone with a good source of those (and not the horrid little Chinese things you see on ebay) can make lots of Nikon shooters happy...

It's great (1)

80's Greg (457939) | more than 7 years ago | (#18598423)

Google has some great examples on their API website [google.com] , but it takes some searching around to find more complex code depending on what you want to do. For my own personal art website, I was able to create a separate XML file of all the photos (http://gregsdigital.com/markers.xml [gregsdigital.com] ), their coordinates, and other random data for generating a pop-up window when you click on the image. Feel free to steal all the code you want:

http://gregsdigital.com/gallery2.html [gregsdigital.com]

I was fortunate enough to remember exactly where I was when I took each photo, and it's nice being able to view the satellite shot of where the photo was actually taken.

Ob. Mitch Hedberg (2, Funny)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 7 years ago | (#18598995)

"I wanna travel around the world, and have a map with pins in it showing where I've been. But first I'm gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map so it stays up."

Old News (1)

johndmann (946896) | more than 7 years ago | (#18599447)

This is indeed nothing new. Geocoding photos [wikipedia.org] has been around for years - even in the same form that this person has used: Article on using Google Maps + geocoded photos (check out the date). [oreilly.com] There have even been cameras which contain built-in GPS [ricohsolutions.com] to automatically geotag your pictures as you take them on the market.

Photo tourism (1)

flanktwo (1041494) | more than 7 years ago | (#18599857)

Reminds me a bit of this photo tourism application, a neat way of viewing hundreds of photos of a particular landmark:
http://phototour.cs.washington.edu/ [washington.edu]

Nice but not new... (1)

Korbinus (589005) | more than 7 years ago | (#18600395)

Flikr is doing that, there's also Panoramio [panoramio.com] (http://www.panoramio.com/), that even let you see photos in Google Eath (http://earth.google.com). A lot of interesting things are happening in that area...

Slightly different (1)

ceyquem (1083971) | more than 7 years ago | (#18601085)

This system shows photo albums on a map. There is a variant which is in my opinion nicer: it is to localize photos themselves on a map. With the satellite pictures, you can recognize the elements of the photo. Example with Paris monument (France):
http://www.freemages.fr/map/view.php?id=4 [freemages.fr]
(Try and zoom maximum on the Louvre for example)

And the world map on which you can navigate by clicking on markers:
http://www.freemages.fr/map/ [freemages.fr]

Nifty (1)

daliman (626662) | more than 7 years ago | (#18601821)

I had a similar idea myself for my travels [ontheroad.net.nz] .

Re:Nifty (1)

daliman (626662) | more than 7 years ago | (#18601891)

His is much nicer looking though...

/me goes off to upgrade appearance

Re:Nifty (1)

tygerstripes (832644) | more than 7 years ago | (#18602069)

Really, really good stuff.

I've been wanting something like this for a long time now. We're off travelling in a couple of years, and expect to be moving around for at least three (especially SE Asia). I've seen loads of clever things that I'd like to implement into a travelog site before I go - but never all in one place. My ideal blog would have the following features:

  • Obviously, text blog entries stamped by date, location etc. Ideally, the ability to update the blog by email (in case the Great Firewall becomes a problem).
  • Photo album, stamped by date & location. Hoping that GPS cameras will be well developed by the time we go, so the uplaod process can be semi-automated.
  • Indiana Jones Red-line travel thingy, like your site, with photos AND blog entries marked along the way.
  • Really REALLY want to have the red line draw itself showing the passage of time, similar to Indiana Jones. Tragic, geeky and ultimately pointless, but come on - you would, wouldn't you? If it could be implemented so you see the map change in the corner as a photo slideshow runs, that'd be even better.
As I said, I've seen most of these features in more than one place, but never in the same place. If I had the skill or the time, I'd do it myself, but the beauty of the interweb is that there's always always someone out there with more time, skill and enthusiasm than oneself, whatever the subject...

Re:Nifty (1)

daliman (626662) | more than 7 years ago | (#18618329)

I can hook up up a copy of the source if you want, and you can take it from there. A surprisingly large amount of it is even commented :)

Internally, blog entries and photo collections are grouped by location; if you look at location details, you get nearby locations, posts and photos from there, plus extra info. If you want to modify the code to show this on the map, that's very straightforward (I'm going to adjust it to show a photo in there, as the article writer has done).

If you can do the indiana-jones style line drawing itself - very cool. I'm pretty sure that the Google API doesn't support it though. I should be updating the site to use the compressed line format, but haven't got around to it.

As for the firewall... I'm working while on the road, so I'm lugging a laptop with me everywhere. And TOR [eff.org] seems to pass through these firewalls just as easily as it's meant to (I'm in Iran at the moment - the sites these people block are just funny sometimes). Updating by email shouldn't be too hard to implement though.

Photo collections are dated and located, rather than individual photos. It's entirely manual, but takes little time. Although I never got around to implementing http uploading, so scp/pscp.exe are my friends :) There is a script there for chopping photos into three different sizes for thumbs, previews and full size though.

Finally - SE Asia rocks. Thai food is fucking great, the prices are cheap, the weather is good (once you adapt to the heat, that is) and the people friendly. I'm heading back that way, just doing it overland :) I think I'll hang around a year or so, if I can wrangle the visas.

geocoding photos (1)

rakerman (409507) | more than 7 years ago | (#18602047)

Considering it's approximately the one-year anniversary of my page about geocoding photos [akerman.ca] , I think this capability is pretty much oldnews. A more interesting question is, why hasn't Google added maps to Picasa Web Photos?

Don't use pins, use rectangles. (1)

ed_g2s (598342) | more than 7 years ago | (#18603013)

It's only one extra coordinate pair, and they're much more descriptive. You also don't have to store a zoom level, as you can calculate it with getBoundsZoomLevel. As used by wikimapia [wikimapia.org] and photolibrary [sourceforge.net] .

MemoryMiner (Mac OS X) does this, too (1)

Ignis Fatuusz (1084045) | more than 7 years ago | (#18603571)

There's a great storytelling/family archive/scrapbook/whatever-you-want-to-call-it app called MemoryMiner (http://memoryminer.com/ [memoryminer.com] ), that has integrated Google Maps for a while now. It's definitely worth checking out (even if you're not on a Mac, there are some video examples on the site as to how it's utilized).

Try it out with your own Gallery2 (1)

HorsePunchKid (306850) | more than 7 years ago | (#18605057)

I helped build a module [gallery2.org] for Gallery2 that will display your photos or albums in a map. Some good folks have been adding features and maintaining it since then. Check out my photo map [severinghaus.org] if you're interested; you can tell at a glance that it's pretty similar to what TFA describes.

The onus is still on you to make sure that either you tag your content with the right coordinates or that your camera or other software gets it into the EXIF block, but beyond that, it's all pretty automagic.

For travel pictures... (1)

technopinion (469686) | more than 7 years ago | (#18605543)

Another free hosted service that does this in a nice easy way:

http://www.tripdiary.com/ [tripdiary.com]

Also lets you add videos and audio clips, set up the album as a timeline, specify the map view and zoom level for each entry, etc.

Camera with GPS & tagging built in (1)

serverboy (128798) | more than 7 years ago | (#18608801)

When will we see digital cameras with a GPS sensor built in that automatically tags the location the picture was taken? Does such a camera exist today?

Re:Camera with GPS & tagging built in (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18609707)

I just picked up this spiffing http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/news/item/4328_Noki a_N95-HSDPA_WiFi_5MP_Camer.php [allaboutsymbian.com] phone with 5 MegaPixel and GPS built in. To pimp my own work, my company (http:www.shozu.com [shozu.com] ) makes a free mobile replication engine for uploading your exiffed / tagged content to various sites, including Flickr.
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