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iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom

PhotoLinker has complete iPhoto '09 integration that will synchronize tags directly with the iPhoto database. - iPhoto integration

General Philosophy

All three of these applications maintain their own database of photo metadata. This means that any changes PhotoLinker makes to a photo's metatdata are not instantly recognized by the applications. The simplest solution for annotating (including geotagging) photos is to change your workflow by importing photos into one of the above applications after annotating with PhotoLinker.

The ideal workflow is therefore,

  1. Download your photos from your camera to your computer and create your backup.
  2. Annotate & geotag the photos with PhotoLinker.
  3. Import the photos into Aperture or Lightroom.

Apple's Aperture

Dragging a photo from Aperture to PhotoLinker copies a reference only to the photo's preview and not to the original. However, the original photos can be located inside the Aperture Library from the finder, geotagged, and then told to update from within Aperture. For more details see this post on geocoding and Aperture workflow [wordpress.com].

Adobe's Lightroom 2.0

Photos dragged from Adobe's Lightroom into PhotoLinker can be geotagged and Lightroom can be told to reimport the metadata. With photos already imported into Lightroom, you can use the following workflow to geotag your photos with PhotoLinker.

  1. Save changes to the metadata within Lightroom. If the "Metadata Status" in the Metadata Panel indicates "Has been changed", you need to click the text and save change to disk. Alternatively you can select the photos, control-click a photo, and choose "Metadata > Save Metadata to files".
  2. Drag the photos from the Library into PhotoLinker and geotag.
  3. Select the same photos you geotagged, control-click a photo, and choose "Metadata > Read Metadata from files".
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