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Tuesday
Feb122013

Tagging Surveyor Software Used to Assess Winter Storm Nemo Damage

I'm proud to announce that, once again, my Real-time GPS Tagging Surveyor (RTGTS) software has been used to perform post-disaster damage assessment. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) issued aerial photography taskings to the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) to gather information about the damage caused by winter snowstorm (nor'easter) "Nemo".

Take a look at this video of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick talking about CAP's involvement (CAP is mentioned just after the 6:03 mark). This comes just a few months after my RTGTS software was used to assess damage caused by hurricane Sandy (read about that here).

Monday
Nov122012

Tagging Surveyor Software Used to Assess Hurricane Sandy Damage

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been issuing post-hurricane aerial photography damage assesment missions to Civil Air Patrol (CAP) volunteers across the Eastern seaboard. I'm happy to announce that CAP is utilizing my Real-time GPS Tagging Surveyor (RTGTS) software, with great success, to complete these taskings.

You can see the results of the damage assesment on FEMA's "Check Your Home" website. Here's an example image, with the EXIF information showing RTGTS v.2.5.1 used in the software line: [EXIF via regex.info] [original]

I live on the West coast now, so I felt very helpless when Hurricane Sandy struck. I'm glad that I was able to help the recovery efforts, even if only in this small way.

Monday
Aug062012

Real-Time GPS Tagging Surveyor Update: 2.3.9

I've been hard at work, fixing bugs and adding useful features to my tagging surveyor software. The latest version is 2.3.9, and I'd like to take a quick moment to highlight some of the major improvements since version 2.2.0:

  • Added "Preview" button (above the "Start" button), which provides immediate feedback on how watermark and EXIF changes affect the output image, by showing a sample watermarked image with the current settings.
  • Added option to scale images by specifying the long-edge pixel count. Scaled images are saved to the {output}/watermarked/small directory. All scaling options have been moved to the top menu (in Options --> Scaling).
  • Saved GPS Coordinate History (.gch) files now contains camera-GPS time-difference, along with EXIF information. This is expecially useful for reprocessing images from previous runs. Program remains backwards compatible with previously saved coordinate histories which don't contain this data.
  • Fixed a bug which prevented some image readers and EXIF viewers from decoding the image GPS coordinate information.
  • Numerous small bug fixes, and speed & reliability improvements.

Download the latest version from the software section of the website. Older versions, and a more detailed changelog, are available on the downloads page.

Monday
Apr022012

Real-Time GPS Tagging Surveyor Update: 2.2.0

A quick update on my photo tagging surveyor software, version 2.2.0: there are some new features and fixes since the last blog post (about v.2.1.2), which are worth mentioning.

  • Watermark / EXIF label settings are now kept in history. This means that each photo will be tagged with the information that was selected when it was taken, not when it arrived on the computer. Previously, this delay could cause problems, since users would occasionally finish shooting a set of photos and quickly change the watermark information before they finished processing. No need to worry about this anymore.
  • The base-36 time hash-text on the Camera-GPS time difference acquisition screen is now re-sizable using +/- buttons. Erroneous entries are now handled correctly, too.
  • Manual watermarker tool now has a date-picker instead of a text entry box.
  • The status information text area has improved messages, utilizing multiple colors (errors in red, important non-errors in blue).
  • Font and border scaling defaults button is fixed.
  • Tweaked some defaults.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

Download the latest version from the software section of the website. Older versions, with the changelog, are available on the downloads page.