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ATP Photo Finder review | GPS Software programs

Published on: Thursday, May 1st 2008                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

GPS compatible software programs

GPS compatible software programs

Picasa2 software

There is no software included to link pictures to, for example, Google Earth. No further instructions are given as to how to upload a picture from your pc to Picasa2, Panoramio, Google Earth, Google Maps or other GPS compatible programs. For many of us it will be a challenge to find out how it all works. Picasa2 allows you to search for pictures on your computer. To facilitate this search it is wise to keep your pictures on your desktop; otherwise the program will search your entire pc for pictures, which is time-consuming. Upon selecting the correct file on the left side, thumbnail pictures appear. At the bottom right in your pictures you will find a circle icon with a cross in it. It indicates that GPS data is available for this picture. Clicking on 'Properties' with the right mouse click allows you to read the GPS data. This way you can also select 'Upload to Web Album' to upload your picture and view it online. The action does require having a Picasa 2 account. Once uploaded, you can view the picture on the Picasa2 map. It is a less detailed map than that of Google Earth but don't worry, there is a link attached to project the picture in Google Earth.

Uploading & Projecting photos

Uploading & Projecting photos

Photo upload through Panoramio

Panoramio is an alternative program for Picasa2. It also requires an account just as is the case with Picasa2. Both accounts are available for free installation. Panoramio allows easy picture-uploading. Next you can project the pictures 'on the map' and on Google Earth. The Panoramio map works a lot slower but is as detailed as Google Earth.

Projecting photos on Google Earth
Once you have projected all the pictures on Google Earth you're able to view clearly and in great detail where the pictures were actually taken. Small thumbnails of the pictures are reproduced. Still, I have come across a clearer view, for example Gisteq Photo Trackr, which showed the complete route through an included software program in which the presence of a picture was marked clearly by a small but clear red tag. Clicking the thumbnails makes an enlargement of the picture appear and it shows which program you used to upload the picture, like Picasa2, Panoramio or a different one. The ATP Photo Finder is precise up to 25 meters which makes it look like you were off-track the whole time.

 

SD flash memory

SD flash memory

Internal NAND flash memory

The ATP Photo Finder features 128MB NAND flash internal memory that allows for storing 550 hours of GPS location data. Besides that the memory can be enhanced with various types of memory cards. On the package, CompactFlash, Microdrive, SD, MMC, SM, MS and xD Picture memory cards are shown. A memory card slot is available for SD, MMC or MS memory cards. To enable using a CompactFlash or xD Picture card, a USB card reader is required. The latter is not included.

Battery compartment

Battery compartment

AAA batteries

Two AAA batteries offer 8 hours of energy. The battery compartment is found on the back of the ATP Photo Finder and opens or closes sliding. Unfortunately, the batteries do not fit correctly in the compartment. The space is not deep enough and the batteries tend to pop out and seem to have difficulties making contact. Closing the battery compartment is therefore also rather difficult. A small construction error I'm afraid.

 
 
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