Learn to use the powerful map integration of Elements Organizer to organize and view your photos and videos based on the places where they were taken.

Note:

This article covers the procedure for adding and managing places in Elements Organizer 14 and later. The corresponding article for Elements Organizer 13 is available at this link.

Elements Organizer comes with Google Maps integration to help you associate photos and videos with the places where they were taken so that searching and organizing becomes easy.

If the photos and videos you are importing have GPS information, Elements Organizer maintains the location information and automatically places the imported photos and videos on the map in the correct location.

If the photos and videos you are importing don't have GPS information, you can associate the imported photos with places on the map by a simple drag-and-drop or by searching for the places.

Use the Places view to view and organize media files based on the location information.

Note:

An active Internet connection is required for the map functionality to work.

Pinned and UnPinned tabs

Elements Organizer displays the media files that don’t have location data in the UnPinned tab of the Places view. Media files with location data (for example, photos that were taken through a GPS-enabled device or that you have tagged manually in the Places view) are displayed in the Pinned tab.

Viewing media files before adding location information

After you have imported your media files, go to the UnPinned tab. All the media files that do not have location information are displayed here.

The Group by Time option is selected by default. This option organizes your photographs based on date/time, and makes it easier for you to add location information to media files created within a time range. For example, it makes it easier for you to organize photos that might have been taken on your birthday that you celebrated in Hawaii, as you can tag all photographs shot on your birthday with the location of Hawaii.

You can change the number of tracks displayed by moving the Number of Groups slider. Moving the slider to the left (toward Min) groups more media files together across the time these files were created. Thus, fewer number of tracks are displayed as you move the slider to the left. Similarly, a larger number of tracks are displayed when you move the slider to the right (toward Max). 

Adding location information to your media files

Elements Organizer provides you several easy ways in which to add location information (associate media files with places on the map) for your media files:

  • Search for and assign a location (in the UnPinned tab of the Places view)
  • Use the Add Location button (in the UnPinned tab of the Places view or in the Media view)
  • Drag and drop media files to the map (in the UnPinned tab of the Places view)

See Viewing media files associated with a place to find out about the ways in which you can view photos and videos by location.
 

Search for and assign a location

In the UnPinned tab of the Places view, select the media files that you want to associate with places on the map. Then, in the search box above the map, search for the location at which you want to place the selected media files. 

Use the Add Location button

You can use the Add Location button to search for and assign a location in the following ways.

Add a location to all images in a track

Make sure that you are in the UnPinned view with the Group by Time option selected. Adjust the Number of Groups slider to reach the desired track. Then, click the Add Location button on the track to place all images in that track on the map. 

Add a location to selected images from the UnPinned tab

You can add a location to a set of selected media files. These files can be from the same track or from different tracks.

In the UnPinned tab, select the images and then click the Add Location button on the Action panel.

Add a location to selected images from the Media view

  • In the Media view, select the images, and then click the Add Location button from the Action panel. 

Drag and drop media files to the map

In the UnPinned tab of the Places view, simply drag media files to the location on the map with which you want to associate them.

Viewing media files after adding location information

Viewing media files from the map (Places view)

In the Places view, click the Pinned tab to view your media files that have location information included (the ones that you associated with places on the map manually or the ones that have GPS information imported).

In the Pinned view, the photographs are displayed in a stack, as shown in the previous image.

To display a larger view of the photographs, hover your mouse over the stack.
 

A. Hovering the cursor on the photograph or stack displays a detailed view B. To view the previous or the next photograph in the stack, click the < or the > symbol C. To fine-tune the location associated with the photograph, click Edit D. To view all the photographs associated with the location, click  

The number on the bottom right shows the number of the media files that are at the same location. To see all these media files, click the button that has the number and the > symbol.

Fine-tuning the location

Note:

This feature is available only in Elements Organizer 14.

To fine-tune the location of the media file, click the Edit button.

For example, you may have initially tagged all photographs as "San Francisco". You can later use the Edit button to fine-tune the location to "Sausalito", "Golden Gate bridge", and so on.

Viewing stacks across zoom levels

As you zoom out in the Pinned view, multiple stacks that are at relatively nearby locations get combined into a single stack. For example, individual stacks at Belmont, Stoneham, and Brookline might be displayed as one stack called Boston. To view the individual stacks, zoom in to the map.  

Viewing media files from the Keywords panel (Media view)

Besides the map in the Places view, the Keywords panel in the Media view helps you view the media files that are associated with a place.

 

  1. In the Media view, click the Keyword/Info button on the Action bar.

  2. In the Keywords panel, expand Places Tags and select a tag.

    The media files associated with the tag are displayed in the Media view.

    Media files associated with selected Place tags

Get location name for photographs with GPS information

If your media files include GPS information, they are displayed on the map but don't have place names associated with them.

To associate a place name with these files, hover over the stack and click the Get Location button.

Searching for a location on the map

You can also search for a location on the map. Media files in and around the location will be displayed on the map.

Providing a custom name to a location

You can replace the location tag of a media file with a custom name to better identify the location or to personalize the location tag. For example, you might want to change the location tag to “My office” or “My home”.

To create a custom name, do the following:
 

  1. In the Pinned tab, hover over the media file to show the expanded view. Then, from the context menu, select Add a Custom Name.

    Alternatively, you can click the Custom Name button in the Action panel.

  2. In the dialog that appears, give a name of your choice to the media file.

    Once you create a custom tag, it appears in the list of Places tags in the Media view. You can then filter your media files using this tag, apply it to other media files that was created in the same location, and so on.

    Note:

    Custom name only creates an alias for visible location map. You can zoom in or zoom out to arrive at the desired name for which you want to add a custom name.

Remove the pin from media

Removing the pin from a media file means removing the association of the media file with the place on the map. To remove the pin (place) associated with a media file or stack, select it and then do one of the following:

  • Right-click on the file or the stack and select Remove Pin.
  • In the Pinned view, click the media file or the stack, and from the Action panel, select Remove

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