FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

Here's my weekly summary of Freeware, Open Source, and free web services mentioned in my personal blog last week.

GPSPhotoLinker is a freeware app for Mac OS X that pretty much does what its name implies. From the website: GPSPhotoLinker can be used to save location and GPS position data to a photo. The latitude and longitude recorded by your GPS unit while you were taking photos can be linked, and saved, to the photos. GPSPhotoLinker automatically enters the city, state, and country annotations into the metadata. I still think of myself as a relative Mac newbie (first Mac was the 1st generation Mac mini). So, my question to Mac expert

Roadnav 0.17: Multi-OS GPS Navigation System
This, I think, is a rarity... A multi-OS (Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows) Open Source GPS navigation application.

Roadnav 0.17

Roadnav can obtain a car's present location from a GPS unit, plot street maps of the area, and provide verbal turn by turn directions to any location in the USA. Roadnav uses the free TIGER/Line files from the US Census Bureau to build the maps, along with the GNIS state and topical gazetteer data from the USGS to identify locations.

The current version was released on Feb. 24.

Mozilla Camino 1.0.4 Web Browser for Mac OS X
Although Firefox is available and works just fine on a Mac, there is also a Mozilla Mac-specific browser project. The latest version just was released today (March 8).

Camino 1.0.4

I Firefox nearly exclusively on my Mac (I rarely fire up Safari). This is a good fit for me since I bounce between Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. But, since I haven't tried Camino since somewhere around the 0.9 release, I think I should give it another try sometime soon.

GrandCentral: Free Net Voice Mail Service
I haven't tried this free web voicemail service...


However, a number of friends have and say good things about it. One of the interesting features GrandCenral offers is a WebCall Button (free during the beta period) that lets people leave messages for the website's owner without revealing the called number.

Should I place a GrandCentral WebCall Button on this site? Why would anyone want to leave voicemail for a site like this one (not a social network site, etc.)? Let me know what you think.

Tumblr.com: A Micro-blog? Blog-ette? Something Else?
Tumblr.com (no "E" as with other Web 2.0-ish site names). The free web service's slogan is: Tumblelogs are like blogs with less fuss. You might say, well any blog can be maintained with less fuss using any of the various blogging services. And, I tend to agree. But, Tumblr makes it easy to perform common blogging tasks in a single minded way: Add a photo (from desktop or phone), add a link to an interesting web site, add a video feed from some video website, etc.

Visiting Seattle for a Week: Check out my TumbleLog
I'm flying to Seattle on Sunday (Mar. 11) and will spend the week there attending the Microsoft MVP Summit. I'm planning to update this blog while visiting Seattle. But, hang in there if I don't post as frequently (daily) as usual.

Check out my Tumblr.com TumbleLog (read the previous blog item about Tumblr.com). I'm planning to update it at least a couple of times a day with cameraphone photos while in Seattle.

See you on the net!


2007-03-17 08:32:35
GPSPHotoLinker is great. I've been a long time user. Unfortunately it doesn't do RAW, which also means can't use it with RAW and Aperture. I imagine this is difficult at best to implement since each RAW format is different and writing to RAW files may not be a great idea.

The database for Roadnav is rather flawed. I checked it out for Redondo Beach to Mammoth Lakes, California. Gaps in Highway 395 (which don't exist and haven't for the last 30 years for sure and probably 75 before that), and wrong routing through Los Angeles (at least according to everyone I know who drives the route and Google Maps). But the price is right.

I'm not sure what your questiion is relative to GPSr and Mac's. Garmin and almost certainly other GPSr connect to Macs via USB.