By Martin Novak
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Exif Editor is an application that allows you to edit metadata in directly your photos.
The tool is useful when you don't want to expose camera to your customers. When your RAW processor doesn't open your file because it doesn't recognise valid camera/lens combination.
In some applications, it's needed to reload metadata as they are heavily cached, for example Adobe Bridge, Lightroom or Aperture.
• Adobe Lightroom - select image, right click and in the popup menu select Metadata->Read Metadata from Files
IMPORTANT: if you are upgrading from 1.0: There is a problem with App Store that doesn't allow you to update the program and you are running 10.7 or later. This is an issue that I cannot influence. However the workaround is to delete the program from /Applications then go to Purchases in the App Store and install Exif Editor once again.
Exif Editor now support for the following file formats
• Canon CR2
• Nikon NEF
• Olympus ORF
• Adobe DNG
• Fuji RAF
• Panasonic RW2
• Pentax PEF
• Phase One IIQ
• SONY ARW
The following tags are supported.
• EXIF: Artist, ImageDescription, Copyright, Software, UserComment, Make, Model, OwnerName, DateTimeOriginal, CreateDate, ModifyDate, ISO, FNumber, ApertureValue, ShutterSpeedValue, FocalLength, FocalLengthIn35mmFormat, ExposureCompensation, Flash, Orientation, ColorSpace, ComponentsConfiguration, ExposureMode, ExposureProgram, ExposureTime, MeteringMode, SceneCaptureType, WhiteBalance, Saturation, SensingMethod, Sharpness, SubjectDistanceRange, LensMake (by exif standard, not by some makers standards), Lens (by exif standard, not by some makers standards), LensModel (by exif standard, not by some makers standards), Orientation, Canon specific LensType, Pentax specific LensType, XResolution, YResolution, ResolutionUnit
• GPS: GPSLatitude, GPSLatitudeRef, GPSLongitude, GPSLongitudeRef, GPSAltitude, GPSAltitudeRef, GPSImgDirection, GPSImgDirectionRef, GPSDateStamp
• IPTC: Author By-line, By-lineTitle, CopyrightNotice, Contact, Headline, Caption-Abstract, Writer-Editor, ObjectName, Category, SupplementalCategories, DateCreated, Keywords, Sub-location, City, Province-State, Country-PrimaryLocationName, Country-PrimaryLocationCode, OriginalTransmissionReference, SpecialInstructions, Credit, Source
• IPTC: Serial number, Date created, Keywords
What's New in Version 1.1.3
- bug fixes
- updated exiftool
- added XMP tags - serial number, created, keywords
I am a professional photogrpaher and for me this app is great. I could use Save for web in Photoshop BUT the problem is that the colour profiles change! I need to save my files using differnet profiles (print, web, etc.) I could use "document" preset in Save for Web but after testingn this option and comparing a before and after there is a noticeable colour shift! So that is Photoshop out! Then there is Lightroom, I do not often use Lightroom so not good for me. Save as png / re-save as jpeg? Too much work for my work flow. So I have tried and tried every work around I could find on Google / think of but none of them did what I wanted them to do which is remove all the metadata!
The best tool for me therefore is this program. It is fast effective and does not shift my colours at all. It maintains CMYK and does not visually effect anything. All it does is what it is supposed to do which is remove the Meta Data easily. It also allows me to input my own data which is great.
I had a question as well as I was not sure of one of the settings so I emailed the makers. Marting resonded and was helpful so overall 5 stars from me. Great support, and a great program. : )
I’m not sure why an earlier reviewer said that this app doesn’t change the ‘created by’ date as this app works perfectly for me.
Also I received very good support from the developer Martin.
Edits exif data well, but with some problems
There are several exif editors that allow the editing or adding of gps data, and this one works as well as any. The main advantage is that it uses exiftool so all kinds of photos can be edited - including RAW. I like the batch editing of selected images and that you can do lots of editing before processing all the images at once. The presets work fine allowing you to add favourite locations and other data to the images. My first set of test images were processed just fine.
The problems with this app are:
1. The map jumps around all over the place when adding or editing the gps location. You set the map to a specific magnification, but as soon as you place or move a pin the map changes its magnification and you have to zoom in again to see how accurate you were, and do that again and again every time you make subtle changes to the location - very annoying.
2. I wish it used Apple maps rather than Google. I prefer the Apple maps which have improved immensely recently. I find them much easier to navigate and zoom when using them for this kind of purpose. For example, you cannot swipe on the mouse to move around or zoom (with Apple maps you can move east, west, north and south with right, left, up and down swipes, and zoom in and out by holding the shift key and swiping). This incarnation of the Google maps doesn’t allow any of that.
3. The windows do not immediately become active when clicking on them. For example, click on the main window to select a photo and only the window is made active with the first click. You need to click again to actually select the photo. The same thing happens with the map window. It probably would be better to have the map as part of the main window to avoid this kind of thing.
4. The app allows you to remove images that have been edited without any warning, so all your work on any particular image will be lost.
1. The ability to paste both latitude and longitude with a single command instead of the current two.
2. The ability to copy data from one image and paste to another.
3. The ability to right-click in the map to place a pin.
4. The ability to use the tab key to move between the editing fields.