EXIF/IPTC fields

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CodedColor allows to read from and write EXIF and IPTC information into images. This information is also stored in the XML database, so if another software destroys it in the original image, it can be easily restored in CodedColor.


The information can be entered or changed in the corresponding tabs of the Annotation editor. There you can also find a Field Editor, with which unwanted fields can be disabled, and captions of displayed fields can be changed.


The Info tab displays an information summary with the currently enabled fields.


Each of the two EXIF and IPTC tabs have two subsections named Editor and Raw. The Raw section displays the information as it is stored in the XML database. By clicking on a raw value link, you can search for all images in the database that have this value.



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The IPTC fields ObjectName, Caption/Abstract and Keywords are locked, because they are replicated from the corresponding DB fields Title, Description and Keywords. Please use the DB (database) tab to edit these values. EXIF fields like ImageDescription and Copyright have no database equivalent, and are only editable in the EXIF tab. Also, as a backup and for search reasons, all raw EXIF and IPTC data is replicated from the image file to the database.


Sometimes, other image editors loose EXIF and IPTC data from the original image file when changes are stored. CodedColor may restore this information, since the original data exists as a backup replica in it's database.


When you save your annotations to the image, you may loose EXIF data from fields, that don't belong to the EXIF standard. If you have such fields in your images, you should deactivate the option Save EXIF annotation changes in the Program Settings under Image Editor, or use the Backup option above. This option also backups your images, before storing changes in the Image Editor.


If you selected several images, before opening the Annotation Editor, then only changes in the fields Title, Description and Keywords are applied to ALL selected images. To enter the same EXIF or IPTC data to several images at once, don't use the annotation dialog, but the Batch Processing dialog instead. A more comfortable way to assign many Keywords at once is provided by the Keyword View.


The EXIF minithumb of the image is refreshed by CodedColor during all write operations. If you edit or rotate an image, the EXIF thumb is kept synchronous with the main image, allowing applications like the Windows Explorer to show correct previews of the photos inside a folder. This also means, that the image orientation will be the same as the thumb orientation, and the flag EXIF_Orientation will be 1. You don't need to worry anymore about false miniature orientations or asynchronous thumbs. Even Batch Conversion writes the correct thumb into the EXIF data.


icon_tip Related topics


Title and Annotations
EXIF definition
IPTC definition
What's the difference between file date and photo date?
Changing EXIF / IPTC in multiple images at once
Correcting date values in EXIF / IPTC fields
Rotating images






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