A while ago I wrote a post about how to navigate to a place a picture was taken on your iOS device. Today I wanted to do the same on my Mac using the Apple Maps app. As it turns out the way to get there isn’t too evident. Anyhow it is possible and here is how to do it.
This afternoon I got a message from a friend asking me about the location of a waterfall I visited four years ago in Austria. I remembered it was a very nice place, but I totally forgot about the name and where it was. What I knew was that I took a picture with my iPhone there, so I would be able to locate it 🙂
On my phone I only store a handful of photos, so I had to head to my Mac to find the one I had in mind. The picture was quickly found, but how to know how to get there?
The circuitous way
If you want to do it the hard way (for whatever reason), you can open the information window for a given picture (CMD-I), get the latitude and longitude from there and lookup the location at a suitable webpage (like http://www.latlong.net/Show-Latitude-Longitude.html).
The almost proper way
In the Mac Photos app you can find out where a picture was taken by clicking on the header line above a picture in the “Photos” view. Doing so will take you to a map view showing you a thumbnail version of the picture at the location it was taken. The problem is: No way to get directions to there nor a link to open the Maps app (at least I didn’t found any). Sure you could zoom in and try to identify the address, but this wouldn’t be the productivity.ninja way.
The right way
Here is how to do it the smart way. Open the given picture in the Preview app (choose “Open with” -> “Preview.app” in the context menu). Now open the Preview Inspector (“Tools” -> “Show Inspector” (or CMD-I)). On the tab labeled with the information icon (i) you will find a button “GPS”. Click on this guy and a summary about the location will be shown – together with a small map section. And on the bottom you have it: “Show in Maps” (yeah!)