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Editors' Review

by   / April 01, 2013

If you can handle the Perl programming language or have no problem with the Command Prompt (or typing characters and spaces) then ExifTool offers a super-fast way to view and edit an image file's metadata without having to open a substantial program. Simply place this portable tool's executable file on your desktop and drag an image file into it to produce a Command Prompt window displaying all of the file's available metadata. To edit data, you'll need to rename the executable file and open it via a command line, which enables all of the Perl distribution's features.

We extracted ExifTool's executable and double-clicked it to open the program's documentation, which includes an extensive list of file types and meta information formats that ExifTools supports. Right away we knew we were in unfamiliar territory. Following the instructions, we closed the prompt and dragged an image file into ExifTool's executable. ExifTool popped back up with all of the image's available metadata displayed (many spaces were blank). Simple enough. The program's executable file downloads with the (-k) suffix, which tells the Command Prompt to stay open. We renamed it, as the instructions recommend, but, as we noted before, we were already well outside the lines of the sort of software we were looking for -- or that most users would look for, for that matter.

So who should look at ExifTool's Windows distribution? Windows users with Perl installed on their machines (and some basic skills using the language) will be well-equipped, but the average user will do better with a more familiar tool. Adventurous types who like the idea of a super-basic, super-flexible command line tool will find ExifTool easy to learn and educational, too.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 9.35

Version 9.35 has added a new Canon LensType and improved decoding of Pentax LensData.

General

Publisher Phil Harvey
Publisher web site http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/
Release Date August 17, 2013
Date Added August 24, 2013
Version 9.35

Category

Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Media Management

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 3.53MB
File Name exiftool-9.35.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 41,303
Downloads Last Week 6

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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