HoudahGeo 4.0.1

Pin your photos on Google Earth

Google Earth is one of Google's greatest innovations but it can of course always be improved, which is what the developers of HoudahGeo have attempted. View full description


  • Automatically geocodes photos
  • Easy to use


  • Time consuming to tag each photo

Very good

Google Earth is one of Google's greatest innovations but it can of course always be improved, which is what the developers of HoudahGeo have attempted.

HoudahGeo is described as a "one-stop geocoding" application for the Mac. In other words, it allows you to "pin" photos to the locations where they were taken. The metadata that's added may then be exported to EXIF tags as well as to Google Earth KMZ files. This is a great way to share photos with other users and maybe get yourself a little, excuse the pun, exposure if you're a professional photographer.

From your hard drive, HoudahGeo takes your photos and allows you to add geographical data to each photo. It works basically like a huge map, allowing you to pinpoint the location your photo was taken in the world, and then automatically generate metatags that can be used in Google Earth. In the full version, there's even an option to work in fully automatic mode if you have a track log file from a GPS receiver.

HoudahGeo is an innovative application that allows you to geocode your photos for use in Google Earth - just don't be in a hurry if you have to encode 100's of photos.


  • HoudahGeo can now retrieve altitude values for geocoded photos
  • Adds the option to view comments in the list of images
  • Fixes an issue with KML/KMZ export for images with no altitude value
  • GPS device import was not functional on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Not all EXIF/XMP export options were available in the German localization
  • HoudahGeo 3.x is a paid upgrade from previous versions of HoudahGeo.

HoudahGeo is a one-stop photo geocoding and geotagging solution for Mac OS X. Know where you took that photo!

HoudahGeo "pins" photos to locations where they were taken. Professional grade processing. Mac ease of use.

Just like an expensive GPS camera, HoudahGeo can store latitude, longitude and altitude information right within the image file - invisibly with no loss. HoudahGeo writes industry standard EXIF, XMP and IPTC tags.

HoudahGeo caters to two very different needs:

- Geotagging for archival purposes using EXIF, XMP and IPTC tags

- Geocoding for publishing to Google Earth, Flickr, EveryTrail or locr

HoudahGeo can publish GPS tracks and photos to Google Earth: see your photos in context and along the path you took. While this is perfect for professionals who need to know and show where photos were taken, it really shines when documenting travel. Image a Safari. Animals in the middle of nowhere. Driving all day to capture the best moments. Return home and see a birds-eye view of your journey. Find the exact tree that leopard was perched in.

HoudahGeo is tightly integrated with Apple iPhoto and Aperture. It offers direct access to your Adobe Lightroom catalog.

GPS device optional. HoudahGeo offers you many ways of geocoding your favorite photos:

- Automatic: Matches photos to GPS track logs and waypoints

- iPhone / iPad: Matches photos to reference photos taken using iPhone

- Using a map: Pick locations using the built-in map

- Using Google Earth: Point to the desired location

- Precision: Attach photos to GPS waypoints