Did you loose your Exif data using ImageJ? | archaeometallurgy

Lost your Exif data using ImageJ?

Bastian Asmus

Do you work with a lot of Exif data or other meta data, such as XMP or IPTC? Storing Exif data in your images is a good way of keeping information about your photos together with your photos or micrographs. You do know the problem: all EXIF data is suddenly lost, the micrograph is now almost useless without it. This is especially true if you use ImageJ to measure features in your micrographs. However if you were working on copies instead of the originals, as you should always do, all is not lost.

The all mighty Exiftool provides a simple solution:

exiftool -tagsFromFile originalimage.jpg anotherimage.jpg

The  -tagsFromFile  option copies all metadata fom the original file to another image file.

If you are using some sort of linux installation of exiftool is done with your package management system. For OS X there is a dmg package, for WIN there is an executable available on Phil Harveys website.

Don’t get me wrong, ImageJ is a great piece of software and I use it on a daily basis and will continue to do so. I do hope that at some stage in the  future this Exif data bug (or is it a feature?) will be fixed and make this current workaround obsolete.

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