best place to add comments to jpg file?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by peter, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. peter

    peter Guest

    I want to add comments to my jpg files (e.g. names of people in the photo,
    name of location, description of event, ...) and I want those comments to
    stay with the file when the file is copied, moved, ftp-ed, copied over a
    LAN, etc.

    I believe the best place to put these comments are in the IPTC fields.
    Actually, there aren't that many choices. The only other alternative is the
    fields in windowsXP NTFS. They have the advantage of displayable as a column
    in windows explorer. However, they are not understood by photoshop and I'm
    not sure they would survive when moved to a different OS.

    Now, all I need is a photo browser that would display those IPTC fields
    along with the thumbnails so that when I browse my photos, I can instantly
    see my own comments.

    So far I haven't found one. xnview can display those fields when explicitly
    requested. Faststone viewer does not provide access to IPTC fields. What
    about adobe photoshop album?

    peter, Aug 22, 2006
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    Bucky Guest

    What about Picasa? I think it uses one of the metadata fields, but not
    sure which one.
    Bucky, Aug 22, 2006
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    jimcomer Guest

    The organizer that came with Photoshop Elements 3 displays the IPTC
    comments when the picture is displayed by itself (i.e., not a
    thumbnail). The organizer also has an easy way to enter the comments.
    I don't know whether or not the Organizer is similar to Photoshop
    jimcomer, Aug 23, 2006
  4. In addition to the IPTC fields, standard EXIF has two comment fields (Comment
    and UserComment), plus you could use Copyright if you weren't using it for the
    intended purpose. I suspect there might be more applications that know about
    standard EXIF fields than IPTC.
    Unfortunately, I can't help you there.
    Michael Meissner, Aug 23, 2006
  5. Hi Peter,
    I use the freeware Exifer to add info to IPTC fields:
    The fields I fill are: author, credit, URL, copyright, author name,
    headline, city, country. There is also a 'description' field which
    allows longer descriptions than 'headline'.

    One handy feature of Exifer is that it lets you edit a field for all
    selected pictures, e.g. entering the country name for all pictures of a
    trip. Then all I need is write something in the headline.

    Exifer is also a image browser, albeit a bit simple.

    ACDSee displays these IPTC infos, but you first have to tell him to
    display these fields as columns in the list.

    You might also try BreezeBrowser.
    Philippe Noth, Aug 25, 2006
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