GeoSpatial Experts Adds Google Earth Functionality to GPS-Photo Link Software

Thornton, CO, 3 April 2006 – GeoSpatial Experts today introduced Version 4.0 of its popular GPS-Photo Link digital image mapping software. Among the many upgrades in Version 4.0, GPS-Photo Link now allows users to display their digital photographs in the Google Earth environment.

“GPS-Photo Link offers users greater flexibility in watermarking their photos with critical information and outputting them for access in Google Earth or other web-based mapping environment,” said Rick Bobbitt, GeoSpatial Experts President. “As before, the upgraded version is available free to existing customers on our web site.”

GPS-Photo Link is a digital image mapping software that saves time and money by automatically linking digital photographic images to GPS location data in the GIS environment. GPS-Photo Link creates web pages in which the watermarked photographs are integrated with satellite imagery, street maps, or other GIS-based mapping layer. The Ricoh edition of GPS-Photo Link provides additional features for users of the Ricoh GPS-enabled camera, including the ability to use a laser rangefinder to record the distance to an object in a photo.

New functionality enables users to display their photo locations as icons in a Google Earth map layer and add an arrow indicating the direction in which the photo was taken. This direction information can be input manually or extracted automatically by GPS-Photo Link from the Ricoh digital camera. The photo mapping software can also determine the zoom angle of the Ricoh camera lens during photo acquisition and display the field of view as a two-dimensional triangle or three-dimensional cone in the 2D or 3D Google Earth map.

“Just by looking at the direction and field of view displayed at each photo location onscreen in Google Earth, a viewer gets a good idea of what ground-level features are included in the photograph,” said Bobbitt. “Another major advantage of the new release is that GPS-Photo Link customers can now map their photos world-wide.”

Other upgrades in GPS-Photo Link 4.0 include the following:
• GPX File Format Support (GPX) enables users to interface with a greater variety of programs, including Garmin’s MapSource for GPS data input and photo viewing.
• Redesigned watermark screen gives user more options for adding key information to photos and deciding where to place the watermarks.
• User logos can now be added to watermarked photos.
• Photos can be processed in any directory on the user’s computer.
• GPS track logs can be represented in Google or MapSource to display the sequence in which digital photos were acquired.
• Users can select from many icons (including rotated arrows) to portray photo locations on the automatically generated web pages.

“Our goal at GeoSpatial Experts is to constantly enhance our GPS-Photo Link software to keep pace with the continuous advancements being made in web mapping, digital photography and portable GPS technology,” said Bobbitt.

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