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    Vanishing EXIF

    Why is it that when I use certain editing software it strips my EXIF out?

    It annoys the bejeezuz out of me! :/

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    Re: Vanishing EXIF

    Which editing software is that?

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    Re: Vanishing EXIF

    It's annoying - here's a workaround.

    Keep a copy of the original image, and paste the editing version on top. Flatten.

    HTH

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    Re: Vanishing EXIF

    That's the thing Alan, I am trying to pin it down...think it might be pixlr, I use a few creative suites in combination.

    Great idea proseak,,,will certainly give that a try once I find the culprit

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    Re: Vanishing EXIF

    You don't use the GIMP, do you? It strips out EXIF data. That's why I always write basic info underneath images that I post.

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    Re: Vanishing EXIF

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    You don't use the GIMP, do you? It strips out EXIF data. That's why I always write basic info underneath images that I post.
    Are you sure Donald? I just checked some of my edited files, but none of them has the exif data stripped from it.

    Edit: nvm. It seems things go wrong (in my case not only with Gimp) with exif information in tiff files.
    Last edited by Hero; 22nd April 2012 at 04:01 PM.

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    Re: Vanishing EXIF

    I downloaded an EXIF from viewer a link which I think I found on CiC. The problem is that I can only view EXIF data when I am using Mozilla/Firefox, not when I an using Internet Explorer which is my preferred browser.

    Does anyone know of a good EXIF viewer for Internet Explorer working under Windows 7?

    I realize that some images have had the EXIF data stripped but, I'd like to read the EXIF data when it is available...
    Last edited by rpcrowe; 22nd April 2012 at 03:25 PM.

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    Re: Vanishing EXIF

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    You don't use the GIMP, do you? It strips out EXIF data. That's why I always write basic info underneath images that I post.
    Nope, Picassa (which isn't guilty) and E8 plus Pixlr and some others such as ipiccy and the like but it doesn't always happen so it's just one of them.

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    Re: Vanishing EXIF

    Yup, a couple of them all for Windows XP Professional and later.

    a. FastStone's Image Viewer gives you a free trial period and then would like you to donate something. I discovered that, while it operates somewhat differently than any other software I've ever used for doing light image editing, it does a fine job of giving you the EXIF information, though it's in an image form so you have to copy over whatever you want. The reason I use it is that it opens very fast.

    b. Tiffen's Dfx is exceptionally good at extracting more than enough EXIF to keep even the most nerdly photographer happy! I use the standalone downloadable version (my current version is 3.0.8) and I think it's in the mid-$100 range.

    c. If you write computer programs, you can write your very own PHP program to extract the EXIF information. That's free. The very simplest program is below (my contribution with no $$ required) and the results follow the little PHP program.

    Sample code written in PHP - will run in any PHP5 or higher environment (*x or Windows)

    <?php
    // Get the exif data; be sure to alter the next line's image name to fit your computing environment
    $exif_data = exif_read_data('f:\newstillcam\201109\20110906\All TIFF\DSC06041.TIFF');
    echo '<pre>';
    print_r($exif_data);
    echo '</pre>';
    ?>


    Sample result

    Array
    (
    [FileName] => DSC06041.TIFF
    [FileDateTime] => 1315363684
    [FileSize] => 36741436
    [FileType] => 7
    [MimeType] => image/tiff
    [SectionsFound] => ANY_TAG, IFD0, EXIF
    [COMPUTED] => Array
    (
    [html] => width="4288" height="2856"
    [Height] => 2856
    [Width] => 4288
    [IsColor] => 1
    [ByteOrderMotorola] => 0
    [ApertureFNumber] => f/6.3
    )

    [NewSubFile] => 0
    [ImageWidth] => 4288
    [ImageLength] => 2856
    [BitsPerSample] => Array
    (
    [0] => 8
    [1] => 8
    [2] => 8
    )

    [Compression] => 1
    [PhotometricInterpretation] => 2
    [ImageDescription] => SONY DSC
    [Make] => SONY
    [Model] => DSLR-A700
    [StripOffsets] => 1852
    [SamplesPerPixel] => 3
    [RowsPerStrip] => 2856
    [StripByteCounts] => 36739584
    [XResolution] => 300/1
    [YResolution] => 300/1
    [PlanarConfiguration] => 1
    [ResolutionUnit] => 2
    [Software] => dcraw v8.86
    [DateTime] => 2011:09:06 19:10:50
    [Artist] =>
    [ICC_Profile] =>
    vhnote: I've removed the result for the ICC_Profile
    from this because it's binary information and I run
    the same ICC_Profile all the time
    [ExposureTime] => 12500/1000000
    [FNumber] => 6300000/1000000
    [ISOSpeedRatings] => 800
    [FocalLength] => 50000000/1000000
    )

    Enjoy!

    v

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    Re: Vanishing EXIF

    Really neat Dr Juice - hadn't realized there was actually an exif read function in PHP.

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    Re: Vanishing EXIF

    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Mae View Post
    Nope, Picassa (which isn't guilty) and E8 plus Pixlr and some others such as ipiccy and the like but it doesn't always happen so it's just one of them.
    You should investigate if it is how you "SAVE", rather than any particular editing Programme.
    Often "Save for Web" (or similar options) will automatically strip all EXIF.

    WW

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    Re: Vanishing EXIF

    thanks Dr Juice..brilliant reply.

    Bill...I never used save for web. lol

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