Photoshop Elements: GPS EXIF data deleted from TIF files

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Adobe finally solved, in CS5, the problem of GPS Exif data deletion from CS tif files. Too bad they didn't do it in PSE 10. If you use Tif files, you cannot have GPS data in EXIF because PSE will delete it. Loaded the PSE10 trial version and unloaded it right after. Too bad.
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I'm not familiar with this issue. Can you provide a sample file that has the requisite GPS data and the workflow that removes it?
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I'm not allowed to send you tif file, only jpgs. This JPG file has GPS coordinates in it as shown by the Details tab in Windows Image Properties/Details. Load it using PSE 10 (you will see the GPS data in file info/advanced/xif properties), save the file as a tif. Re-Load the tif with PS10 and the GPS data will be gone.
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We really need the TIFF file -- we can't be sure that we reproduce your TIFF from a JPEG. Just crop the TIFF image down to a small, unrecognizable area -- the metadata will remain the same. Then save that and send it to Brett for testing.
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Didn't work, the EXIF data got stripped when it was uploaded. Any other way I can send you a tif file?
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I'll send you an email.
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Thanks for the file Armando. However, I'm not seeing a deletion of the GPS Data. Looking at the properties in Windows, the deeper decimal digits are approximated from the 1/1000 place on the seconds, but that only translates to about an inch difference. Here is what I did:

1. Got your file "Test.tif"
2. Open Test.tif in Photoshop CS5
3. Make no edits, go to File>Save As, name the new file "Test - PSCS5.tif"
4. Open Test.tif (your original file) in Photoshop Elements 10 Editor
5. Make no edits, go to File>Save As, name the new file "Test - PSE10.tif"
6. Checked the properties of these three files:


I also checked the files in ExifTool, where I found that the metadata had been rearranged (although values remained identical).

Additionally, I did this work on Windows XP (moved the files to Win7 to check the properties and take the above screen shot, as XP doesn't show GPS metadata). Although I can't imagine that the OS would make a difference. Let me know the details of what you are working with.

Perhaps I've missed a step from your workflow?
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You are missing one step. You need to LOAD the tif file you saved and SAVE IT AGAIN. You will find the GPS coordinates gone.
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He did that in steps 3 and 5.
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No he did not. You need to load and save the TIF file TWICE, he only did it once. Open Test-PSE10 AGAIN and save it again. Don't keep reloading the original one and saving it again under another name. LOAD and SAVE then LOAD and SAVE to the same file. DO NOT USE ANOTHER NAME.

LOAD TEST-PSE10
SAVE AS TEST-PSE10
LOAD TEST-PSE10
SAVE AS TEST-PSE10

Now look for the GPS coordinates in TEST-PSE10.TIF. They won't be there.