Thinking about my photos on the net and the Meta Data within them… I decided to check on a few things.
The Meta Data is supposed to be stored either in the picture itself or in a sidecar (small file that goes along with the photo). Meta Data contains information about when the picture was taken, with what gear and settings, the copyright holder contact information and so forth.
Lightroom does a half decent job at adding data to the photos… yet somehow I’ve found lately that my meta data is being stripped in the conversion process to .jpg files. Either it is during my Lightroom saving, or when I edit them in Elements and save them… but somehow… the Meta Data is being stripped out.
So… I decided to try out one of the most recommended Meta Data editors I could find, the Opanda PowerExif Editor.
I looked at the two different versions available and decided that the Professional version would be the one I was after due to the fact you could add meta data in batches instead of one photo at a time. Sounds good to me 🙂
I downloaded the program last night, payed for it and… got a trial version that was hampered. I waited for a few hours… and waited… and waited. I sent off an e-mail asking for the serial number… and waited.
Fast forward to this morning I receive another email from them… with a link to download the professional version… Wahooo 🙂
Yet… once I uninstal the trial version and instal the new full version they sent me a link to in the second note… I have to email them back with the serial number so they can issue the “code” before I can activate the program (wait a few days it turns out).
Ok… this is the most incredible process I have ever gone through to activate a program… even Vista Ultimate was easier and faster… 🙂
So… can’t tell you yet if this program is worthwhile buying to ensure your meta data is kept intact… but I will update you either way when they finally get around to sending me the “code” to activate my purchase.
- Support to all EXIF 2.21 standard tags.
- Add or modify GPS information into images.
- Maximum 60,000 characters record, support unicode.
- Support batch modify & remove.
- Powerful import & export function.
- Support JPEG, TIFF and Exif template file.
- Special extension tags for profession photography
April 13, 2009
Today I decided to see what exif information I had once I finished uploading my photos to flickr. I opened the photo with PhotoMe and voila… all exif information was intact despite the upload process. Yet then I got to thinking… where was that Opanda program that I bought…. hmmmm
Sure enough… either I deleted it or it was lost in an upgrade (k… lets just call Vista’s problems upgrades shall we?)… but either way… it was no longer on my computer.
So… found the email with the download link… reinstalled the Opanda program… and voila… back to square one of waiting for Opanda to send me yet another change so I can use the program.
Simply the most frustrating exif viewer out there… due to one simple problem…. Opanda’s reliance on an excrutiating registration process that relies on them replying to emails to register the darned thing… even if you have paid and are sitting waiting to register it with the code they gave you.
A recommendation for viewing the exif information of your photos… goes to PhotoMe. Although I cannot print out the information to post up with a photo… it gives you a quick view of what is in the photo… and the price (free) is perfect!
Opanda… definately not a recommendation from this guy… arghh…
May 07, 2009
Well… still no word back from Tony at Opanda…. I bought this program on January 11, 2009… got it installed on my machine and then with the Vista problems… bam… the program is no longer working. I tried to reinstall this program
“Opanda PowerExif 1.2 Professional”… the activation process will not let me use the program I have paid for, given the registration code they gave me.
Beware of this company people… I can honestly say now that I have been ripped off by some unscrupulous people whom will not respond to any of my e-mails… nor can I activate and use a program I have bought and paid for.
Sickening… and time to get the credit card company involved…