If you’re going to annotate your photos, one of the likely reasons is to be able to share it. This is some of what I’ve discovered about sharing IPTC & GPS from various programs.
Before you get too excited about ACDSee Pro, it will show the co-ordinates entered by other software but has no mapping feature of its own.
All the software being discussed here shares GPS on JPG’s. So, if you add GPS using Yahoo Maps in Adobe Elements or Google Maps in Picasa, they will import to each other as well as to ACDSee Pro, XnView and MediaDex.
GPS can be added to TIFF’s in Picasa but it never leaves home, same as their captions don’t.
GPS is an EXIF field, not IPTC.
IPTC also seems to be the most friendly between XnView and Adobe Elements, going in either direction although XnView has the most standard IPTC fields available. Adobe Elements will show some of the fields if they’re imported, but doesn’t have anywhere to enter or edit the information itself. It’s limited to keywords and captions in the Organizer and copyright and a couple of other lines in the Editor. IPTC-wise it’s a screwball setup and I can only guess the reason it staggers on from year to year without improvement is due to the time it would take to burn it to the ground and start over.
Are you dizzy yet?
I still like ACDSee Pro best for printing options. If you’re willing to keep your captions under one line, and fore-go long notes, XnView is the other best bet for printing PDS’s with a long list of possible fields of information including GPS. It’s either GPS in XnView, or long captions in ACDSee Pro. Your choice.
XnView has some handy options for exporting IPTC info as a TXT file but it only works on JPG’s. Not handy at all if your files are TIFF’s. It can also copy JPG Comments into the IPTC Caption field if you feel like coming over to this side.
Better informed by my experiments but not any more efficient. Still using 5 graphics programs to cover basic photo filing.
Disclaimer: These results are based on out-dated versions of the three paid programs. I am using APSE 5.0 which has recently been upgraded to version 8.0, ACDSee Pro 2.5 which has recently been upgraded to version 3 and MediaDex which has become Canto Single User. Take a trial and see for yourself. If anything important has changed please drop a line here and let us know.