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Google Earth Lessons Blog » JetPhoto Studio Kudos!

Google Earth Lessons Blog

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JetPhoto Studio Kudos!

Filed under: General — GELessons Blog Admin at 3:14 am on Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I am all excited! This is so cool! (starting to get the little dancing around jitters with a ‘look what I can do!’ buzz going on)

I wrote last time about a new program I found called JetPhoto Studio, which is free, runs on Mac or Windows, but has a Pro version for a very economical $25. Well, I plunked down the $25 and got the Pro version and I couldn’t be happier! It is so cool!

Thumbnail view

After I started playing with it more, I found that it has to be, hands down, the best, easiest way to geo-reference pictures ever! Not only that, but it outputs Flash, KML, KMZ, reads from GPS units, integrates with Google Maps and GoogleEarth and even has its own web server software! It is so cool!

Output Options

If you have FTP access to a web server with PHP running on it, you can crank out cool web galleries with Google Maps/Earth content like this one (http://whatiwonder.com/jpserver) in minutes!

One caveat about that though, I tried it on this site and it was fussy, not showing the thumbnails and stuff, but it might be an issue with either my web host or with the version of PHP that is on it, the Google integration still works though. The developer is looking into it, so hopefully that problem will be fixed soon, but on a sister site it worked first thing and worked great! (12/25/07 Update: It was how I uploaded the files. They work now and the support people were great in solving the issue! GELessons.com can now host your educational albums if you don’t have your won web space!)

If you don’t have FTP access, just drop me a line. The whatiwonder.com site has been sitting empty for a year or more and still has a ton of space on it, so I would be happy to host the photos for your lessons if you don’t have other alternatives.

One thing that really impressed me about the software was how easy JetPhoto is to use. Having worked with many teachers over the years, many of them in the novice category tech-wise, I can see them actually using this and getting a quick grasp of the tools available. In fact I will use it as a part of a workshop I am running in January.

From an educational standpoint I don’t know that I would put it on student computers, but as a teacher it is a real productivity booster due to its ease of use.

Used in conjunction with everything from personal photos to curricular based images drawn from sites like United Streaming and www.pics4learning.com I can see how JetPhoto Studio will really be able to open up a lot of avenues for anyone teaching with GoogleEarth or Maps by substantially cutting down prep time for interactive lesson development. Try it! It is so easy!

Locating photos with ease!

Definitely the best $25 I spent this year! It is so cool!

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