By Ernesto García
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Photo Privacy: Remove metadata (GPS, EXIF, IPTC) and thumbnails from your photos.
Most modern cameras and smart phones store extra information in the pictures you take.
They can save your camera make, model, how the picture was taken, the date and time, and if your camera or smartphone has a GPS module, the coordinates where it was taken.
You may be sharing your home address when you upload your barbecue pictures.
Some models may even store a small copy of the original image inside the file.
If your editing software does not remove this small image, even if you modify it, anyone could see the original picture stored inside.
If you like sharing your pictures, and privacy is a concern for you, "Photo Privacy" can help you by removing all that information from your pictures.
It creates a private copy of your pictures, which you can use to upload to your favorite social network or image hosting service, being sure that no private data is stored in the image.
☆ Supports RAW, JPEG, PNG, GIF and TIFF image files (RAW support is readonly. RAW files are converted to JPEG files)
☆ Removes metadata (GPS, EXIF, IPTC) and thumbnails from your pictures.
☆ Safe: A new image is created without any private information, keeping your original pictures unmodified.
☆ Easy to use interface. Two easy steps to get your private pictures.
Gets it Done
While this software is not documented, it is fairly straightforward and seems to do exactly what it is advertised to do. You can either drag and drop images to the application for processing, or you can add them via folder. I tried it both ways, dragging a few files at first and checking output, and then adding an entire (large) folder full of images. I used a tricked out MacBook Pro with 8 GB of ram and an SSD to process a folder containing 44,000+ images. It took an hour, but it did what it was supposed to do.
It appends "-private" to the name of each image processed. There is an option to change that to something else in preferences, but you can't save it and it doesn't remember it. That was OK in my instance, because I then used "Name Mangler 3" to restore all of the original names in a separate folder. I would personally like to see the software enhanced to replace select Exif data, but this did what I needed done. Will use it again.
Note: Adding this next day. One curious thing about this software is that it INCREASES the size of images by 50% or more. I didn't notice it initially, but caught it when Time Machine wanted to back up the new folder. Of course, I'm talking about 45,000 files, not just a couple, so most users may not notice the difference.
Works as Advertised
I gotta say. It does what it says, unlike so many other little utilities that fit into niches like this.
I’m surprised how often I use it. I might only have it open for 30 seconds at a time, but that’s exactly what I want. I have other programs to move things around and rename them. I just want a new copy of the photo with no IPTC info in it, and that’s what this gives me.
Quick and easy
This app has minimal options making it quick and easy to use.
One thing I don't like, though, is that a file name suffix is required. I'd like Photo Privacy to be able to make copies with the original file name when exporting to a different folder.
- Category: Social Networking
- Released: Apr 08, 2011
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 0.9 MB
- Languages: English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
- Seller: ERNESTO GARCIA CARRIL
- © 2011, www.cocoawithchurros.com
Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later