LR: Is there a way to view the full GPS coordinate as stored in the metadata?

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LR5 appears to display GPS data only at partial resolution, eg., degree.minute.second. Why not display all the data??

A 'second' of latitude has a resolution of only about 30 m (100 ft), yet the GPS location stored in the photo's metadata has higher resolution, typically about 3 m (10 ft) -- but full resolution is not displayed, as far as I can tell, even though it is in the metadata.

Is there a way to display the full GPS information?

My goal is to be able to copy-and-paste the GPS location information from a photo being displayed in LR to another application. Right now, the best I can do (I think) is display the 'Location' metadata panel, highlight the 'GPS' field to select it, copy, and then paste in another application -- but all I get is part of the GPS information, only dd.mm.ss -- I don't get all the precise, full GPS info from the photo's metadata.

Also, I'd like to be able to get it in decimal format (eg., dd.dddddd) or UTM; are either of those possible using LR5?

Is there a way to copy the full GPS info of a photo from LR5?
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Q1: Is there a way to display the full GPS information? (in custom format)
A1: I don't think so, not natively anyway (this may be fixed in Lr5.2 (final release) - dunno). But yes: via ExifMeta plugin (note: latest version supports custom formatting, so you can have it displayed numerically or in date/time format of your choosing, or both). And GPS formatting has been requested multiple times, yet is not implemented by default (@v5.3), but if you send me a file with such GPS info in it, I'll add requested formatting to factory default configuration.

Q2: Copy full GPS info of a photo from Lr5, to what? - another photo in Lr5 presumably?? If the normal sync methods don't work, you may need a plugin like RelativeAntics, RawPlusJpeg, or Syncomatic.

~R.
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Response to A1: Any GPS-tagged photo would have GPS info in its fields. The goal then is to display that information in one of the several ways that people like to see it. To get a feel for this, have a look at how Google Earth handles it, under Tools->Options, Show lat/long: there are four formatting options. For each selection, Google Earth then displays the values sufficient to resolve to a meter or better. For example:

Decimal degrees: 38.959592 -95.265484
Degree, minute, second: 38 57'33.81" N 95 15'55.74" W
Degrees, decimal minutes: 38 57.564' N 95 15.929' W
Universal Transverse Mercator: 15S 303704.89 m E 4314711.09 m N

At the moment, LR5 seems to only offer 'degree, minute, second', but (unfortunately) with the seconds not displaying enough significant digits to resolve to a meter (as explained in the first post of this thread).

Wikipedia has an article explaining this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_... It says six decimal degrees, as used by Google Earth, is enough to resolve to 11 cm.

Thanks for bringing ExifMeta plugin to my attention. But still, I think LR ought to: 1) Display GPS info with enough resolution to at least match current GPS units (eg., 3meters, probably best to go to cm), and 2) LR ought to offer 'standard' GPS format options, as described above.

Response to A2: I'd like to copy full GPS info to other applications, for example, into the Google Earth 'search' box or into a text editor. To any application (including my own). Probably the most portable format for GPS info is decimal degrees.
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Thanks for clarifying Jim.

I don't suppose you checked if Lr5.2 final added any digits of GPS resolution did you? I mean, that part of it was presumably just a minor blunder which should have been easy to fix.

PS - I agree it would be better if ExifMeta wasn't needed, i.e. equivalent functionality should be built-in...

PPS - If you send me a raw or xmp w/gps in it, I'll toss the formatting into next release of ExifMeta.

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