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Easily edit your photo metadata

Microsoft Photo Info is a new, free downloadable software product from Microsoft that lets you easily and elegantly modify the metadata (IPTC and EXIF) about any of your digital photos. The download is for Windows XP and Vista only.

Photo Info

Metadata includes details like when the photo was taken, where it was taken, the title, captions, description, keywords, and even a rating on a scale from one to five stars. It works great with Flickr. You can set your title, description, and keywords on the photo; upload it; and that data becomes the Flickr Title, Description, and Tags automatically.

Another thoughtful feature is the ability to select multiple photos at once and edit them in a batch. You can either browse through them one by one using a thumbnail view or apply one set of changes to the entire batch at once. Very nice.

Incidentally, any keywords you enter are stored in standard IPTC keyword fields. That means those keywords are compatible with Flickr, Picasa, and a ton of other photo organization applications. For example, I can add keywords using this tool and search on those keywords in Picasa.

Download (Windows XP, Windows Vista)

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  • Nice extension for Windows, but it’s still kind of limited. My Konica outputs .jpe and .mrw files, both of which are not supported by this. Until it does, I’ll stick to Picasa and Adobe Bridge.

  • I was looking for a tool just like this yesterday and only found iTag (http://www.itagsoftware.awswa.com). The Microsoft tool seems to be much better, particularly batch editing.

  • Downloading it now. Sounds like a wonderful tool. I like how you have to download all of the Windows Verifcation crap first, though. But still worth it.

  • jw

    FYI, I haven’t tried this tool yet, but I did see this article on a forum warning of problems with this MS tool. I don’t know if the problems only apply with Vista, have to track down the MS KB tech notes.

    Metadata mistakes with Vista:
    Editing metadata through Photo Info may render the file unreadable in Photoshop
    (by Amber Maitland, 12 February 2007)