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 Post subject: QuickImageComment (metadata utility)
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:28 am 
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Precious little dedicated utilities for image metadata manipulation (meaning mainly the EXIF/IPTC standards), so here's Quick Image Comment (QIC) that although it isn't natively portable, can easily be converted (see user manual quote below)...

QIC distinguishing factor is its support for various RAW formats -- but please note that although such file's properties can be viewed and modified without any additional software, the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack needs to be installed for images to be displayed.

    Quick Image Comment was written to enter and change simply and quickly the user comment and artist (author) in digital images (e.g. JPEG and TIFF). These attributes are read from the EXIF, IPTC, and XMP properties of the image and are stored there.

    QIC User Manual author wrote:
    The settings made in the program (via the various masks for configuration) and further information such as the recently displayed folder, size of masks, etc. are stored in a configuration file:
    %APPDATA%\QuickImageComment.ini (32-bit version)
    %APPDATA%\QuickImageCommentX64.ini (64-bit version)
    [...]
    The program package includes a general configuration file, which is located in the program directory:
    QuickImageCommentGeneral.ini (32-bit version)
    QuickImageCommentX64General.ini (64-bit version)
    [...]
    Settings of the general configuration file in %APPDATA% have priority over the settings of the file in the program directory.

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Latest 32 or 64-bit QIC version (currently v4.19) can be downloaded from http://www.quickimagecomment.de/index.php/en/download.


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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment (metadata utility)
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 3:32 pm 
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Yummy...quite a catch, thanks for the heads-up, Midas :D

After toying with QuickImageComment for a few days, this is fast becoming my tool of choice for viewing AND editing pictures metadata tags.
It's even handier than the revered ExifTool, standard CLI in the metadata processing category, meticulously and regularly maintained by Phil Harvey.
(ExiftoolGui, its GUI front-end sidekick, has regrettably not been updated since 2012.)

My current contenders in the rarefied field of metadata tags manipulation utilities:

ExifTool (CLI) + ExifToolGui front-end (EXIF/IPTC/XMP/custom tags Read/Write/Edit)
http://owl.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool
http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=1450

Imagine for quick metadata browsing (EXIF/IPTC tags Read-only)
http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=1819

XnShell extension for Windows (IPTC tags Read; limited Edit)
http://www.xnview.com/en/xnshell/

ExifPilot (GUI) unreliable under XP; crashes too often; retired from the collection

QuickImageComment story so far (EXIF/IPTC/XMP/custom tags Read/Write/Edit) :

The recent official 4.19 English-language release presumably works fine under win7 and later (not tested); to my chagrin, however, it does crash under XP.
Never fear, after gentle prodding, the program developer kindly supplied an interim ad-hoc ß version which runs quite happily on my venerable XP machine...;-)

Be aware that QIC is prone to choke on some *.jpg with defective headers.
Better parse your pics collection beforehand with a fast sanity checker such as Jhead to ferret out oddities like:
- "Pointer corruption in IPTC"
- "IPTC type signature mismatch"
- and assorted gremlins....

QIC future versions will likely include additional code for trapping those pesky malformed jpegs on the go.

For the time being:
http://www.quickimagecomment.de/index.php/en (original hint by Midas)
http://www.quickimagecomment.de/index.php/en/usermanual

Stay tuned :!:

__philippe

PS. To dive deeper into the metadata abyss:

QIC uses Andreas Huggel's exiv2 C++ API library as back-end for reading and modifying the EXIF/IPTC/XMP tags.
This library can be found on http://www.exiv2.org with extensive information and links about the various metadata standards.
The exiv2 project active development activities are chronicled in their exiv2 community website


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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment (metadata utility)
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:02 am 
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Thanks for the writedown, __philippe. I have been using mostly Imagine and a portabilized ExifPilot (not so crashy here) for the purpose, so I'll be following suite shortly. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment (metadata utility)
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:15 am 
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And just in case anyone wondered,...glad you asked...;-)

How does Exiv2 compare to ExifTool ?

Phil Harvey's excellent Exiftool is a bit older (Nov 2003) than Exiv2 (Jul 2004) and was initially a pure Exif reader, while Exiv2 was designed to read and write Exif metadata from the beginning.
Today Exiftool is amazingly complete, it reads and writes metadata, supports more image formats, more types of metadata and more Makernotes than Exiv2 and is considered the reference implementation for image metadata.

The key difference is that Exiv2 is written in C++ and Exiftool is written in Perl.
Because of that, Exiv2 naturally has faster performance and is easier to integrate with C/C++ and Obj/C applications.
Exiftool on the other hand has a more comprehensive feature set.

(Above quote lifted (almost) verbatim from Exiv2's developer, Andreas Huggel)


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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment (metadata utility)
PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:54 pm 
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__philippe wrote:
How does Exiv2 compare to ExifTool ?

ExifToolGUI is certainly behind but the ExifTool program underneath it has been actively updated:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia ... Tool.shtml

... there are some other GUI programs that might work better with the new version on the dev's website

Also, ExifTool is cross-platform.

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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment (metadata utility)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:16 pm 
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Sundry updates about Metadata tags manipulation utilities:

ExifPilot v4.8.1.0 --PE signature timestamp(*) 02-SEP-2015 17:26
Changelog @ http://www.colorpilot.com/exif_history.html

After ditching several former versions due to numerous system crashes, gave another try to this substantially enhanced recent edition,
which, thus far, appears to behave refreshingly better;... knocking on wood... :)

BTW, thanks to Midas for his yaP portabilizer adaptation; works like a charm !
One trifling nitpick: the *.ini header version value is now out-of-date ...;-)


QuickImageComment v4.20.0.0 --PE link timestamp(*) 29-MAR-2015 21:23
Changelog @ http://www.quickimagecomment.de/index.p ... ge-history
Now comes complete with a 40-page pdf user manual as well


ExifTool (CLI) v10.02 --PE Link timestamp(*) 02-JUN-2006 12:45
(Actual PE Build Date 17-SEP-2015 09:24)
Changelog @ http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exi ... story.html


Exiv2 (CLI) v0.25 --PE link timestamp(*) 21-JUN-2015 17:00
Changelog @ http://www.exiv2.org/whatsnew.html

__philippe

(*) PE Signature/Link timestamps courtesy SysInternal's sigcheck.exe


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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment (metadata utility)
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 3:46 am 
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__philippe wrote:
One trifling nitpick: the *.ini header version value is now out-of-date ... ;-)

    You know how the devil is in details... Thanks. :)


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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment (metadata utility)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:40 pm 
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__philippe wrote:
Metadata tags manipulation utilities

Good stuff, thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment 4.23
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:56 pm 
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Great news, QuickImageComment version 4.23 can now be run in portable mode- the developer, Mr Norbert Wagner was kind to implement this option:
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In the menu, section “Tools” You will find now an entry to change storage of user configuration. One option is %Appdata% (which is used always in the past) and the program folder. When program is started first time, user is also asked where to store user configuration.
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change log
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@moderators
Please move this thread to Portable Freeware Submission sub-forum.


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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment (metadata utility)
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:50 pm 
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Please move this thread to Portable Freeware Submission sub-forum.
Done!


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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment (metadata utility)
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:04 am 
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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment 4.24
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QuickImageComment at version 4.24, changes:
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Version 4.24

Enhancements and Improvements:

- In mask "Field definitions" for date values five more formats can selected. These formats can be adjusted individually via the general configuration file.

Error Corrections:

- In case an error occurred during reading meta data, no changes of meta data was possible, even not for those, which were displayed correct. This error is corrected.
- Translation to English was not complete on computers not using code page 1252. This also resulted in an error when starting the program. This error is corrected.
QuickImageComment has been added to the database.


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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment (metadata utility)
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:42 am 
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Thanks for that, smaragdus. Voted! 8)


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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:49 am 
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@Midas
Thanks for posting about QuickImageComment in the forum and thanks for voting for it too.


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 Post subject: Re: QuickImageComment download corruption
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:10 am 
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I forgot to warn that when QuickImageComment archives are downloaded via Free Download Manager and some other download managers these downloads get corrupted. It seems that the corruption is caused by Phoca Download used by QuickImageComment web-site. To avoid download corruption please download QuickImageComment archives via a browser.

File details for QuickImageComment version 4.24:

x32 archive:
Name: QuickImageComment-4.24.zip
File Size: 8127413 Byte(s) (7.75 MB)
MD5: 25dbc4b8c39360dc37b96a29d3f32cad
SHA1: 094c5beabbd17e5180770866ee3e32b7877a0805
SHA256: 818987b9b8cbffd71ed4c40d0b1c3390c358ca2bb381101fabc5a42f3b1ffea0
CRC32: 4e397e51
VirusTotal analysis - Detection ratio: 0 / 55

..

x64 archive:
Name: QuickImageCommentX64-4.24.zip
File Size: 8337798 Byte(s) (7.95 MB)
MD5: d1620365c5b5386cfe53c13433c8126c
SHA1: b4c232f6b670e4d0b3ec09e68b74599ea37b15dd
SHA256: 332666a22096bf097fd4022549686872066ab6b78122cb17f6e0cd780ed54dc4
CRC32: 40dcff4d
VirusTotal analysis - Detection ratio: 0 / 55


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