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What is the Panorado Flyer?

Panorado Flyer is a small, yet very useful tool for linking JPEG image files to the location where the picture was taken, using geographical coordinates.

This is generally referred to as Geocoding.

How does it work?

JPEG image files can contain supplementary information (so-called Metadata).

Technical metadata as described by the EXIF standard can contain fields for GPS data, like geographical latitude/longitude, altitude, and track. The Panorado Flyer tool enables you to get the coordinates of the place where the picture was shot and insert them into these fields.

You can do it manually, using a dialog window.

Or, if you have installed the Google Earth client (can be downloaded for free), you can search for the location there, drag it to the center of the map window, then change to Panorado flyer, grab the coordinates and insert them into the image selected, without typing any numbers.

(Google Earth v.7.1.4+ requires that you call "Copy View Location" first and then have the Flyer retrieve the cordinates from the clipboard.)

Or, if your camera is able to save the location right with the image - fine! (Only supported by a few brands.)

Later - on a few mouseclicks again - you can make Google Earth "fly" you to the location!

Panorado Flyer: Screenshot Google Earth: Screenshot

Panorado Flyer has been implemented as a so-called shell extension. I. e., you right-click on a JPEG image within the Windows Explorer to bring up the context menu, then select "Panorado Flyer", and then a submenu command.

Don't worry about image quality: When saving the geographical data, the compressed image part of the file is not touched - it's neither expanded nor compressed, it just might be moved within the file. Thus, the quality of the image stays unchanged.

Why just now?

EXIF specifications for GPS data are in existence for a long time; Google Earth since 2005; GPS enabled cameras are just about to appear; and there will certainly be more GIS applications which support geocoding of images in the future.

So it's time now for Panorado Flyer!

How can I check it out?

Click on on of the two links underneath to download the little setup program, then start it - that's the whole installation!

DOWNLOAD >>   Windows 32-Bit    Windows 64-Bit

Please note that you need to login as an administrator when you install Google Earth to enable COM interoperability with other programs!

The setup routine of the 64-bit version fixes some Google Earth registration bugs which still exist (as of v.5.2 Beta). These fixes are necessary to use Google Earth as a 32-bit COM server.
Apply this patch at your own risk. It is not authorized by Google!

Please check the Google Earth Option "Preferences > Allow placemark balloons to access local files and personal data" to allow preview images to appear in the balloon popup windows!

How much does it cost?

Simple answer: Nothing, it's free!

Why not use the 'big' Panorado?

This is an obvious question, as the Panorado Flyer was derived from existing Panorado application technology.

Panorado 4.0 offers some more GPS related functions, like the Image Finder: Find - within a specified folder (including subfolders) - all photos which have been shot within a certain radius (i. e. 5 km) from the current Google Earth position!

Or have location names (country, state/province, city) inserted automatically into am image, based on its coordinates.

If you are still searching for a really comfortable zoom viewer/browser for photos, or if you are interested in panoramic images, have a look at Panorado 4.0. Check it out for free!

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