Apr 032012
 

I have reviewed several free utilities from popular developer Nir Sofer before and have found them to be really useful, portable and stable. So the release of a new utility is always worth a look.

The latest is called ExifDataView – a quick and easy way to read the Exif data stored in .jpg image files.

ExifDataView is a free, tiny and portable program (doesn’t need to be installed). It works on all versions of Windows from Windows 2000 up to and including Windows 7.

From the developer’s website – it reads and displays the Exif data stored inside .jpg image files generated by digital cameras.

The EXIF data displayed includes:

  • Camera brand name
  • Camera model
  • Date/time the photograph was taken
  • Exposure Time
  • ISO Speed
  • GPS information (for digital cameras with GPS)

Download the program in a zip file from Nirsoft at the bottom of the page here. Unzip (extract) the zip file and run the ExifDataView.exe program file to open the program.

From the menu bar select File \ Open File (or Ctrl+O hotkey) to choose a .jpg picture to open. [Alternatively you can just drag a .jpg file from Explorer into the main window of ExifDataView].

After opening the selected .jpg file, the list of all Exif properties are displayed in the upper panel of ExifDataView as shown in the example below:

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ExifDataView main window

When selecting a single Exif property on the upper panel, the lower panel displays the content of the selected property as Hex Dump.

Anyone used to NirSoft utilities will be familiar with the layout and find their way around easily – as is common, you can select one or more Exif properties in the upper panel, copy them to the clipboard and paste them into Excel, or save them into text/csv/xml/html file by using the File \ Save Selected Items menu bar option (Ctrl+S hotkey) or by selecting the floppy disk icon.

Conclusion

ExifDataView is a quick and portable way to read, display and save/print the Exif data stored in .jpg image files. It is possible to read Exif data within Explorer – right click on the image file, in XP select Properties \ Summary \ Advanced or in Vista/7 select Details.

However, ExifDataView is quicker if wanting to read the Exif data stored in a succession of image files, and it also provides a simple way to save the data.

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