Exifer for Windows
© Friedemann Schmidt
Version 2.1.5 (last update 09/18/2002)


Known problems


Exifer is a nearly free software (you only should send me a postcard if you're using Exifer frequently) with which you can manage the metadata (EXIF/IPTC) of pictures taken by digital cameras.

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Because many image processing software destroys this metadata when saving such files, the idea was to create a backup of the metadata before editing it in any software, and then, after that to restore it back into the processed file. With Exifer you can do this very easily.

Note: All image processing software I know (e.g. ACDSee) destroys at least the EXIF makernotes after saving. Exifer doesn't!


  • Supports EXIF (up to 2.2) and IPTC data in JPEG and TIFF files
  • Reading and displaying of makernotes by Canon, Casio, Fuji, Minolta, Nikon and Olympus
  • Backing up, restoring and comparing metadata (EXIF/IPTC)
  • Editing of metadata (for JPEG files only)
  • Inserting EXIF data from THM files (for JPEG files only)
  • Creating/inserting/rotating EXIF thumbnails (for JPEG files only)
  • Customizeable view of metadata
  • Export/import of metadata (CSV, Canto Cumulus, descript.ion files)
  • Renaming and redating with various formats
  • Lossless rotation (for JPEG files only)
  • Cropping (with aspect ratio)
  • Watermarks
  • Slideshow
  • Supports English and German language
  • Runs under Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP (runs not under Windows 95)

For a short impression see the following screenshots...

Known problems

  • A technical note: There is some software (e.g. Thumbs+, PhotoThumb, PHP functions) which doesn't recognize the EXIF data after modifying with Exifer anymore. I'm pretty sure that these programs don't read the offset value to the first EXIF ifd header, instead they may assume that it begins at offset 8. For keeping the makernotes, Exifer moves the first ifd header to a new position (this corresponds to the TIFF specification).

    The following programs don't have any problems with images modified by Exifer:
    • IrfanView (>=3.75)
    • ACDSee
    • ExifReader
    • Minolta DIMAGE Viewer
    • Canon Zoom Browser
    • Breeze Browser
    • Picmeta PIE Studio
    • Thumber


  • Known bugs which will be fixed by http://www.onlinebetrug.net in the next release:
    • Exifer crashes on startup if the option "Delete files in backup directory" ("File.. | Options..") is enabled.


v2.1.5 (build 263) (09/18/2002)
! Fixed some EXIF makernote fields
! When adding watermarks in batch mode for more than one image, the inserted data will always has been taken from the first image only.
! Creating and removing thumbnails didn't work.
! Exifer created an empty file c:\exifer.txt.
! Empty date fields has been exported as 12/30/1899 to CSV.

v2.1.4 (build 259) (09/14/2002)
! Fixed error with proxy port on startup when upgrading from prior version.

v2.1.3 (build 257) (09/14/2002)
+ Minolta makernotes (special thanks to Dalibor Jelinek).
+ Editable JPEG comment.
* Optional display of unknown EXIF makernote fields.
* Improved rewriting EXIF data (e.g. the data now won't be totally rewritten after rotation or date field changes).
* Improved functionality of HTTP access to checkup for updates.
! Improved speed of refreshing the list view while reading data.
! Fixed display of some EXIF fields.
! Fixed some minor bugs.

v2.1.2 (build 230) (08/25/2002)
+ Watermarks can be inserted with size relative to a given reference.
+ Added command line parameters (launch "Exifer.exe /?")
* Improved zoom features in slideshow mode.
! Fixed GUI bugs.
! Changed Shortcuts hasn't been saved.
! Other APP-markers than EXIF and IPTC has been deleted after rotation.
! Customized shortcuts won't be saved.
! Makernotes won't be displayed on TIFF files.
! The dialog for importing camera focal length values appears outside the screen, so it's not visible.
! The field "Digital zoom" in Olympus makernotes won't be displayed correctly.
! Exifer removes APP-markers except EXIF and IPTC after rotation (for example sound information)

v2.1.1 (build 104) (08/21/2002)
There are many changes against the last public version 1.0.20. Here are some of them, but I think not all:
+ Crop feature with aspect ratio (in slideshow view).
+ Watermarks (text can be inserted into images).
+ Added delete directory to browse window.
+ Creating directories in browse mode
+ Displaying thumbnail in slideshow.
+ Optional updating of EXIF modified date.
+ Zoom feature in slideshow.
+ Customizeable shortcuts.
+ Added copy/cut and paste (ctrl+c, ctrl+x, ctrl+v) for copying, cutting and pasting images.
+ Added rename to slideshow.
+ New options for backup "yes", "no", "ask".
+ Added directory history.
+ Added quality selection for thumbnail creation.
+ Added import of Cumulus categories into EXIF/IPTC data.
+ Directories will be shown in list view.
+ Added image delete to slideshow.
+ Added shortcut for image delete.
+ Directory-Up button
+ Thumbnail view
+ EXIF 2.2
+ Editing/creating of several EXIF fields
+ IPTC support
+ TIFF support (view only)
+ THM support
+ Creating/inserting/rotating/deleting of thumbnails in EXIF data
+ Three customizeable data views in browse and slideshow
+ Improved rename feature that
+ Online update
! Many GUI bugs.
! "Portrait mode" and "Landscape mode" of exposure program in EXIF data hasn't been recognized correctly.

v1.0.20 beta (build 104) (03/10/2002)
! When running under Windows 95 the DLL MSIMG32.DLL hasn't been found.
! "Open With" didn't work with filenames containing blanks.
! Some translation bugs.
* Display format of some exif fields ("shutter speed", "brightness"...).
* Renaming now also is possible with files which dowsn't contain EXIF date information.
* A few minor changes.

v1.0.19 beta (build 103) (02/03/2002)
* Improved "open with" customizing.
* Optimized XP style.
! Some minor translation bugs.

v1.0.18 beta (build 102) (02/02/2002)
* Improved "open with" customizing.
+ Toolbar with "open with" software.
! Image height and width in Exif info sometimes hasn't been set correctly after rotation.

v1.0.17 beta (build 101) (01/30/2002)
! Fixed some minor bugs.
! Added some translations.

v1.0.16 beta (build 100) (01/30/2002)
* All changes from v1.0.15 beta are now also available in English language.
+ Supports Windows XP.
+ Added time offset feature to edit dialog.
+ Option to add/remove Exifer to/from the Explorer context menu in options dialog.
+ Possibility to enable/disable asking for creating a backup when opening an image by "open with".
+ Showing progress when reading a directory with lot of images.
! Fixed some minor bugs.

v1.0.15 beta (build 89) (10/17/2001)
This update was in German language only.
! Fixed: Displaying correct exposure values greater than 1 second
! Fixed: Sometimes exif data hasn't been diplayed when it didn't contain any thumbnail data
+ Possibility to hide images (original and thumbnail) which is useful for slower PCs

v1.0.14 beta (build 88) (09/19/2001)
! Fixed: Backups haven't been created under some circumstances

v1.0.14 beta (build 85) (09/17/2001)
! Fixed a lot of minor bugs
+ Commandline parameters (Exifer can be called with a file or directory)
+ Copying, moving and deleting of image files
* Redesigned Exif view
* "Tip of the day" is only available when using the German language
* Improved slideshow (with Exif window, lossless rotation)
* Improved a lot of other minor things

v1.0.14 beta (build 53) (09/11/2001)
! Fixed problems with Windows 95/98: The backup files haven't been moved to the backup directory if they haven't been needed anymore
! Fixed a lot of minor bugs
+ Rename and redate
+ Lossless rotating
+ Slideshow
+ Toolbar
+ Support for English and German language
+ "Tip of the day" and "Hint" dialogs
+ "Insert from file" (*exi or *jpg) is also possible for all selected files now, not only one file.

v1.0.13 beta (08/28/2001)
+ Export dialog allows customizing of separators and delimiters (screenshot).
+ Exif export of all JPEG files in subdirectories.
+ Improved behaviour when changing, deleting or adding files to the actual displayed directory.
+ Option to display and export exif infos in raw format (for example '30/10' instead of 'F2.8' for 'Max Aperture').

v1.0.12 beta (08/27/2001)
+ Options dialog (screenshot).
+ Customizable camera values for converting the focal length to an equivalent value of analog cameras (screenshot).
+ The time stamp of an image file will be saved into the backup files and can be restored optional.
+ Purging files in backup directory after a certain time period or when the total size of files exceeds a certain value.
+ Customizable export of Exif values to a CSV file.
+ Customizable menu with programs for "open with" (screenshot).
+ Deleting exif backups.
+ Sizable preview image.
+ Drag and drop to other applications.
+ Several select commands.
* Many little things and many minor fixes.

v1.0.11 beta (08/22/2001)
! Fixed problems with bigger fonts.

v1.0.10 beta (08/22/2001)
! Fixed some minor bugs.
+ The date fields now can be changed for all selected files without changing the time.

v1.0.9 beta (08/07/2001)
! Fixed problem with large JPEG files (for example panoramas with
about 15000 x 2000 pixels).

v1.0.8 beta (08/07/2001)
+ New replacemet dialog (screenshot).
+ Bookmarks for directories.
+ Hotkeys
! A lot of fixes of minor user interface bugs.

v1.0.7 beta (08/05/2001)
! Fixed all problems with tested cameras (see above) and hopefully with all cameras in general.
! Improved the speed of reading a directory with picture files.
! "Load"-dialog had the default extension "exif". Now it's "exi".
+ Moved all buttons to a menu.
+ The file list box has got a popup menu and a new column which shows if a backup for the exif information exists.
+ The date fields and the user comment can be edited for all selected files ("Exif | Edit...").
+ Reading/writing the user comments of all selected files from/to a file "descript.ion". This is a hidden ASCII file which can be handled among others by ACDSee.
+ Progress bar.

v1.0.6 beta (08/02/2001)
! Fixed wrong visual display of some exif values
! Enabled "Load" button when picture has no exif.

v1.0.5 beta (08/01/2001)
+ Turned it back to beta stadium
! Fixed crashes with the message "Format '%p' ungültig oder nicht kompatibel mit
Argument" which occurred every time Exifer doesn't like a picture.

v1.0.4 (07/31/2001)
! Disabled temporary special camera notes (maker notes).
! Fixed bug which causes sometimes an error with Motorola align
pictures when adding user comments.

v1.0.3 (07/31/2001)
+ Setup dialog / deinstallation

v1.0.2 (07 /31/2001)
! Reading images with motorola byte aligns (pictures taken with
Ricoh-, some Kodak-, Sony and other Cameras).
+ Editing of date and time fields.
+ Editing of user comment.


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Bitte beachten (only German users): Das Setup ist in englischer Sprache. Beim ersten Start des Programms kann jedoch deutsch als Sprache gewählt werden