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12 Nov 2009 12:14PM   Views : 505 Unique : 425

Today we had an incident where someone had lied about what camera took the photo that was being displayed in our gallery. That, in itself, is no big deal, but I wanted to check to see if this was true.

The way you normally do this is to download the full sized version (as many online systems strip the data when resizing) and view the date using an exif viewer or your image editing program.

As I was doing this, it got me thinking that someone should create an online viewer. Now I'm not a software engineer, but I thought I could suggest my idea to one. So I started to look into it.

The saying "no ideas is new" springs to mind. It's already available as a Firefox extension. Providing the user hasn't Saved for Web you can use this to check out shutter speed, aperture, camera used and all the other useful info that might help you evaluate a photo or learn something from it.
Here's the extension Exif Viewer for Firefox I didn't check to see if there's anything for IE, you should have changed to Firefox by now Wink

Tags: Tip Exif date File Firefox plug in Image data


conrad 12 10.9k 116
12 Nov 2009 12:21PM

Quote:you should have changed to Firefox by now

I'll second that!

Good tip, btw, Pete - thanks. I've installed the Exif Viewer.

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riprap007 12 1.6k 37 England
12 Nov 2009 1:38PM
I have a similar ting on chrome too, invaluable
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
12 Nov 2009 3:57PM
Thanks for this Pete; now installed.
Paul Morgan 15 18.3k 6 England
12 Nov 2009 8:46PM
A useful link Pete Smile

Though any Exif reader is pretty useless at stopping a potential image thief or cheat, its just so simple to alter.

Pictures saved for web with all the original data missing, Exif can also be easily be applied.
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 4:48PM
The plugin Pete linked (EXIF viewer) seems to be out of date and only works with old versions of Firefox. The FxIF plugin seems to do the same sort of thing and seems to work with an up-to-date Firefox, which is to say that I installed it about a minute ago and it worked on the one image I tried it on! Grin

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