A GUI for ExifTool
I’ve written up a couple of blogs in the past that talks about what I’ve been using the ExifTool program for:
To augment its usability, Bogdan Hrastnik wrote up a GUI for this great little software. It’s called ExifTool GUI and, like ExifTool, it’s free.
I was hoping to replace the Windows Command interface when you right-click and choose to show a photos metadata with the GUI, but all the GUI program does is open up to the directory, and you still need to click on the photo to get the metadata. So for now, the Command interface stays.
What you need to do to use this utility is to download it from here and install it into the same directory as where you installed ExifTool.
The GUI isn’t totally compatible with the instructions to view EXIF information though. To use the GUI, you need to rename ExifTool from “exiftool(-k).exe” to “exiftool.exe”.
The “(-k)” in the name tells ExifTool to not close the command window immediately after execution. So without it, if you use the right-click method, the metadata will print, and the window disappears before you can read anything. Not the best for usability. What you’ll need to do is to pass the “-k” as an argument to ExifTool instead. This requires a change to the registry. It’s quite simple and here are the steps:
- Open to Start->Run and run “regedit”
- On the left-hand hierarchy viewer, navigate to:
- On the right-hand window, you should see:
“(Default)”, “REG_SZ”, and the path to ExifTool
- Right-click on “(Default)” and select “Modify”
<path>\exiftool.exe -k %1
- Close the Registry Editor
Now your right-click will maintain it’s original functionality.
So why go through all this trouble since you can already view and remove EXIF data?
Apart from the nice interface, my best use for it so far is for adjusting the time photos are taken. When I went for that photo shoot at the Hoyt Arboretum last weekend, I didn’t realize my camera time was off by several hours. With ExifTool GUI, I corrected the time for all the photos I took during that outing in a snap.
This utility has earned its place on my hard drive.
Filed under: Photography |
Tags: EXIF, metadata, software
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