I am fully aware of the following other threads:
a) Mapillary Tools 0.5.3 for Windows?
b) Unable to upload: The AWS Access Key Id you provided does not exist in our records
mapillary_tools was my preferred software after starting to contribute higher picture volumes using a borrowed GoPro Hero 5 session in June 2019. Not super easy software but very good for more complex setups like mine. Things went easier after purchasing my own GoPro Hero 8 black in June 2020.
After having a lot of trouble with mapillary tools 0.5.0 becoming unreliable in mid July 2020 (number of uploaded pictures dropped for no obvious reason), I started using the web uploader (being cut off from needed functions), and I am not impressed with its lack of features.
As I had neither the time to figure out reasons for the crappy behaviour of 0.5.0 nor access to my own broadband connection at home for 6 weeks, I postponed my search for the reasons. After returning to home I searched for updates of the mapillary tools.
Again, I was not impressed, this time with the result of my search. For the version 0.5.3 there is still no macOS installer version available on the Github page. The current advice given in this forum was to create my own “binary” using Python 2.7 as no Python 3.0 version is available from Mapillary.
BTW: A Python 3 version has been requested on Github for years now, see this issue: Mapillary Tools - Issue #227. There is still no answer at all from official Mapillary developers.
I figured out that I would need a custom installation and had to learn that Python 2.7 is not available through my preferred packet manager homebrew any longer. Further internet search revealed that Python 2.7 has been dropped from homebrew as it has reached End Of Life in January 2020. A 2.7 binary installer is available from Python website. Also a dockerized version might be a possible solution to get mapillary tools up and running, suggested in the Github issue thread.
When I fully became aware of the above, I stopped searching and started typing this posting.
- the old version 0.5.0 does not work any longer
- a new 0.5.3 installer for macOS is not provided by Mapillary and must be created by myself from sources
- custom installation of 0.5.3 is only possible with the discontinued version of Python 2.7
- custom installation of 0.5.3 needs additional tools being installed
- a version compatible with Python 3 has not been shipped by Mapillary for years
- as Python 3 is already installed on my Mac, additional effort has to be made to let mapillary_tools run
Does anyone at Mapillary headquarter really thinks that high volume submitters should create their own software just to upload geocoded pictures?
Does anyone at Mapillary headquarter really thinks that this is good support for the Mac platform?
Thanks for reading! And I apologize in advance if I might hurt anyone - but I wasted a lot of time being left out in the dark when communication and support from Mapillary was needed.