Comparison of metadata editors

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This article presents a comparison of digital image metadata viewers and metadata editors.

A metadata editor is a computer program that allows users to view and edit metadata tags interactively on the computer screen and save them in the graphics file. Usually a metadata viewer is preferred over a metadata editor for viewing tags.

A number of metadata editors for various platforms exist. Users choose among them based on factors such as the availability for the user's platform, the feature set and usability of the user interface (UI).

The Metadata Working Group (MWG) is a consortium of leading companies in the digital media industry.[1] The MWG publishes technical specifications that describe how to effectively store metadata into digital media files. These royalty-free specifications are made available to software developers, manufacturers and service providers so that they may create products that use metadata in a consistent way, and that allow consumers to better describe, organize and find their media. Where possible, these specifications rely on existing standards, and aim to create a unified and cohesive approach to applying these standards.[2]

Features[edit]

Software Platform License Latest version Last release year Size
(MB)
Description Number
(*1)
Supported metadata standards
(*2)
Supported file formats
(*3)
Exif GPS IPTC XMP Maker Other JPG TIF RAW Other
Auto ISO Tool[1] Windows Freeware 2007 0.2 GUI for ExifTool to patch Canon ISO information. 0 W - - - R - Yes - - -
AvPicFaceXmpTagger[2] Windows
Linux
Freeware 1.7 2010 3.7 Write Picasa face recognition information as XMP to your images. 0 - - - RW - - Yes - - -
Daminion[3] Windows Freeware and Shareware 3.3 2014 41,6 A tool that can update EXIF/IPTC/XMP/ID3/Office metadata in images, video, audio, Office documents, Camera RAW images and vector images. Uses ExifTool and own metadata handling libraries. >70 REW REW REW REW R REW Yes Yes Yes Yes
DBGallery[4] Windows Shareware 6.8 2014 63 Image management software which can update IPTC and XMP metadata in images, video, and audio. Uses Adobe's XMP Toolkit to read/write metadata. 32 R REW REW REW - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
Description Explorer[5] Windows Freeware 0.5.2 2009 10.7 Collection of tools for XMP metadata. 15 - - - EW - - Yes - - -
Easy Exif Delete[6] Windows Freeware 1.0 2010 0.8 Clean any Exif unwanted data from your digital pictures. 0 D D - - - -i Yes - - -
EXIF-O-Matic[7] Windows
MacOS
Linux
Freeware 1.2 2012 0.2 View Exif tags. 0 R R - - - - Yes - - -
ExifAuto[8] Windows Freeware 2.2 2007 0.4 GUI front-end for ExifTool to perform simple operations. 5 EW - - - - - Yes Yes - -
EXIF Browser[9] Windows Freeware 0.9 2007 0.9 Extract Exif information from image files. 0 R R - - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
Exif Copier[10] Windows Freeware 0.9 2010 5.0 Copy metadata between sets of multiple images using ExifTool. 0 W W W W W W Yes Yes Yes Yes
ExifCleaner[11] Windows Shareware 1.6 2011 1.2 Lets you to erase/remove photographic metadata. 0 D D D D D D Yes - - -
EXIF Date Changer[12] Windows Shareware 3.1 2013 3.7 Allows you change the time and date information stored in the metadata of your photos. 7 EW - EW - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
ExifDropper[13] Windows Freeware 0.9 2009 0.1 Graphical front-end for ExifTool with drag-and-drop and command-line parameters. >200 EW EW EW EW EW EW Yes Yes Yes Yes
ExifMixer[14] Windows Freeware 0.50 2008 0.4 GUI extension for the ExifTool with command-line parameters. >200 EW EW EW EW EW EW Yes Yes Yes Yes
Exif Pilot[15] Windows Freeware 4.4 2011 2.1 Software for viewing, editing, and creating metadata. 26 REW REW REW R R R Yes Yes Yes Yes
Exif Stats[16] Windows Freeware 2006 2.0 Extract some tags using ExifTool. 0 R R R R R R Yes Yes Yes Yes
Exif Tag Remover[17] Windows Shareware 4.1 2011 3.5 Allows you to easily delete all metadata tags. 0 D D D D D D Yes Yes Yes Yes
ExifTool[18] Windows
MacOS
Linux
GPLv1 9.58 2014 3.6 Powerful command line utility. >200 REW REW REW REW REW REW Yes Yes Yes Yes
ExifTool GUI[19] Windows Freeware 5.15 2012 1.3 GUI for the ExifTool with some editing features. 64 REW REW REW REW R R Yes Yes Yes Yes
EXIFutils[20] Windows
MacOS
Linux
Shareware 3.1.4 2011 3.5 Set of command line utilities that extract, add, remove, copy, and replace metadata. >200 REW REW REW REW REW REW Yes Yes Yes Yes
ExifyMe[21] Windows Freeware 1.0 2010 3.3 Restore Exif metadata from an original image. 0 W W - - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
Exiv2[22] Windows
Linux
GPL/Proprietary (Dual licensed) 0.22 2011 1.6 Command line utility. >200 REW REW REW REW REW - Yes Yes Yes -
ExposurePlot[23] Windows Freeware 1.14 2009 0.6 Analyze your usage of the focal length of your lenses, ISO, shutter speed and aperture. 0 R - - - - - Yes - - -
Free EXIF Eraser[24] Windows Freeware 1.1 2011 0,8 Allows you to easily and effectively delete entire Exif/IPTC/XMP information from image files. 0 D D D D D D Yes - - -
GUI2[25] Windows Freeware 1.3 2010 15.7 GUI extension for the ExifTool. 12 R REW R R R R Yes Yes Yes Yes
Image Info Toolkit[26] Windows
MacOS
Shareware 3.0 2012 4.9 Editor for IPTC and XMP metadata. 36 R R REW REW - - Yes Yes - Yes
ImBatch[27] Windows Free for non-commercial use 3.1 2014 11.9 Batch image processing tool >50 REW - REW - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
IPTC-PLUS Photo Metadata Toolkit[28] Windows Freeware 4 2011 1.2 Editor for IPTC and PLUS photo metadata with Adobe CS3 to CS5. 150 - - REW REW - - Yes Yes - Yes
iTag[29] Windows Shareware 478 2011 9.1 A tool that adds title, description and keyword tags to photos. 10 - - REW REW - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
JExifViewer[30] Windows
Linux
GPL 1.8 2010 5.3 View Exif information stored in JPG files. 0 R R - - - - Yes - - -
JPEG & PNG Stripper[31] Windows Freeware 1.5.4 2012 0.1 A tool for stripping/cleaning/removing unnecessary metadata. 0 D D D D D D Yes - - Yes
MetadataFox[32] Windows Shareware 1.1 2010 0.4 A tool to explore files by their XMP metadata. 0 - - - R - - Yes - - Yes
MetadataTouch[33] Windows Shareware 5.2 2011 0.6 A tool to view and edit IPTC and XMP metadata. 70 - - EW EW - - Yes - - Yes
MetaEditor Windows Freeware 3.2.6.0 2011 6.3 Allows you read and edit metadata within your digital photos. >200 REW REW REW REW - - Yes Yes - -
MetaLith[34] Windows Shareware 6.00 2014 12.2 Allows you read, analyze and edit metadata. The main feature of the program is the ability to simultaneously edit any number of files. >200 REW REW REW REW - R Yes Yes - -
Opanda PowerExif[35] Windows Shareware 1.22 2013 1.6 A powerful GUI tool with batch processing to edit Exif/GPS data and completely remove all data (include Exif) in images. >130 REW REW - - - - Yes Yes - -
PhotoME[36] Windows Freeware 0.8ß2 2009 3.1 Powerful tool to show and edit the metadata of image files. Thanks to the well organized layout and intuitive handling, it's possible to analyze and modify Exif and IPTC-NAA data as well as analyze ICC profiles. >200 REW REW RE - REW R Yes Yes Yes Yes
XNView[37] Windows Freeware (for private and educational use) 2.22 2014 14,5 Powerful picture viewer, editor with loads of features (slide show, scan module, ..)  ?  ?  ?  ? -  ? R  ?  ?  ?  ?

Notes[edit]

  • *1
Number of editable tags
  • *2
Exif - Exchangeable image file format for digital still cameras
GPS - The global positioning system
IPTC - IPTC-NAA Information Interchange Model
XMP - Extensible Metadata Platform
Maker - Proprietary Maker Notes
Other - Other standards, for example: IRB Adobe Photoshop image resource blocks, MPF - Multu-Picture Format
R - Can Read tags
E - Can Edit tags
W - Can Write tags
D - Can Delete tags
  • *3
JPG - JPEG, ISO/IEC IS 10918-1 1993(E)
TIF - TIFF, Tagged Image File Format
RAW - Proprietary RAW formats
Other - Other formats, for example: PSD Adobe Photoshop, DNG Digital Negative, JP2 JPEG2000
Yes - Format is supported

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.metadataworkinggroup.org/info/pdf/photokina_pr_2008_09_24.pdf Metadata Working Group Introduces First Specification for Interoperability and Preservation of Metadata in Digital Photography
  2. ^ http://www.metadataworkinggroup.org/pdf/mwg_guidance.pdf Guidelines for Handling Image Metadata