Windows 10 Compatible & Digitally Signed
PhotoTools is a suite of ten tools which almost every photographer will use at one time or another. A simple to use toolbox which can many times substitute for opening a full-fledged photo editor. PhotoTools is free to use, without cost or obligation. Please test before production use.
All of the tools available on this site are digitally signed by Michael G Lee
- Lossless auto rotation (AutoRotate), a feature not included in Windows 10
- High quality photo resizing, save your custom size from session to session
- Lossless date/time stamp
- Lossless caption stamp
- Lossless Canon artist stamp (ImageArtist)
- Reverse geocode location (for geotagged photos)
- Reverse geocode location stamp
- View photo locations in Google Earth (GEPix)
- Full metadata display
- Copy Canon CR2 or Nikon NEF metadata to matching JPEG files (e.g. IMG_4338.CR2 → IMG_4338.JPG) for Adobe® Lightroom® exports, where metadata is stripped during export.
AutoRotate, ImageArtist, and GEPix are available to install separately, for easier access.
If you take photos with any camera or device which includes an orientation sensor, and that includes most devices available today, then you really should be hard rotating your photos to their proper orientation. Here’s why —
Windows 10 will display photos which include an orientation tag (in the image metadata) in their proper orientation. What Windows 10 does not do is actually hard (i.e. “physically”) rotate the photos automatically (or indeed even manually while “rotating” via File Explorer or Photos). The photos only appear to be rotated! This scenario can, and does, lead to any number of issues when the photos are displayed outside of the Windows 10 environment. There may indeed be many instances when the photos do not display properly oriented.
AutoRotate reads the orientation tag and hard rotates vertically oriented photos automatically.
It is suggested that the photographer take a few moments and automatically hard rotate their photos after downloading them to their Windows computer (no matter the Windows version). Hard rotating your photos will permit them to be viewed properly oriented on any operating system, and in any viewing environment.
Select an entire folder and AutoRotate.
During the hard rotation process:
- the JPEG image should be rotated using a lossless algorithm
- the orientation tag should be reset
- image dimension metadata tags should be updated
- the photo’s EXIF thumbnail should be regenerated to reflect the new orientation
- no metadata should be stripped or corrupted in the process
To do all these tasks properly is no easy feat. AutoRotate attempts to do these tasks automatically, and for the most part succeeds with photos from virtually all cameras. I have confidently relied on it for years to rotate the photos from my Canon cameras.
Access is as simple as selecting “AutoRotate JPG” from Windows context or Send to menu. Please see the readme file during installation for additional ways to access AutoRotate.
Please note that some cameras, even some “professional” models, do not include an orientation sensor, and as such AutoRotate would be ineffectual. Please first test AutoRotate on a photo to determine its efficacy.
GEPix (gĕp-ĭx) is the simplest solution to locating your photos in Google Earth. Simply drag and drop a single geotagged photo, or an entire folder of photos, onto any GEPixshortcut and instantly view their locations in Google Earth. When locating a folder of images you are presented the option to save the generated KML file for future display.
GEPix works with photos from anything with a GPS! Please install Google Earth 18.104.22.16836 or later to take full advantage of GEPix. There is no simpler way to see where your photos were taken!
ImageArtist is for Canon camera owners. Automatically stamp (watermark) owner’s name and year onto photos using an advanced lossless JPEG algorithm*.
ImageArtist is one-click easy! Just drag and drop a single JPG file or an entire folder onto any ImageArtist shortcut (e.g. Desktop, Send to, or Quick Launch). An ImageArtist folder is automatically created in the source image folder which will contain the stamped photo(s). Stamping requires no user intervention whatsoever. There isn’t even a GUI!
Enter your name into your Canon camera via ZoomBrowser EX, ImageBrowser EX, or EOS Utility. ImageArtist is not affiliated with Canon.
*For no image degradation or generational loss during the stamping process.
ImageArtist supports Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom® JPG exports from CR2 files.
For RAW files edited in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and then exported as JPEG files, the files’ MakerNotes will be deleted upon export. MakerNotes metadata contains a plethora of camera, lens, and exposure specific information which is unique to each manufacturer. Typically, much more detailed metadata is available in MakerNotes than in EXIF, including all camera settings used during photo capture, and even recording lens specifics and serial numbers.
RAWmeta is designed to smartly reinsert (copy) MakerNotes back into those JPEG files. Copied metadata is appended to any existing metadata. RAWmeta does not copy metadata between files based on matching exported file names (which may be very different), but by temporarily renaming files to their SubSecDateTimeOriginal tag value, and then copying metadata based on these unique file names. The original file names are restored after the copying process completes.
The option exists to automatically back up original RAW files prior to the copy process (should this level of confidence be desired). Metadata may be copied between RAW and JPEG files which reside within different folders, or within the same folder. In case of the latter, recursively processing into subdirectories is an option.
Additional Features: RAWmeta can also extract embedded JPEG files from all supported RAW file formats, while simultaneously copying all metadata from the RAW files. RAWmeta’s metadata reading capabilities are the industry’s most exhaustive.
RAWmeta supports MakerNotes from Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and Sony professional cameras, and does not require installation.
Please test RAWmeta thoroughly before production use.
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All tools are digitally signed by Michael G Lee
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All tools designed for Microsoft Windows and JPEG photos.
All tools are offered as-is, and without warranty. Please test before production use.
Some tool icons are modified from the Freeline iconset by Enes Dal and used under license.
GPStamper “Know Where – Know When” your photos were taken!
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