IPTC: Microsoft Photo Info

by JL Beeken on 1-27-2008

Microsoft has finally come up with something that I like. It’s been around for a year and I never knew. It’s called Microsoft Photo Info. My thanks to Jean-Marie over at the LUG mailing list for this tip. (Update 2010: Photo Info is now gone. They’ve turned it into something gawd-awful called Microsoft Pro Photo Tools version 2.)

After going through Microsoft’s tedious and confusing Genuine Windows Operating System Validation process, you get to download and install this little file.

It adds “Photo Info” to your right-click menu. i.e. If you right-click on a photo and click on Photo Info, it brings up this box where you can add standard IPTC information. Such convenience! Such bliss!

Photo Info

For anyone who’s been living under a rock, IPTC (or XMP as it’s sometimes called) is a standard for embedding information in photographs, that can be read (and sometimes edited) by other graphics software. This is other than the usual EXIF that is already included and will not be affected by adding to the IPTC fields.

At present, it supports the following file-formats: JPEG, TIFF, WDP, HDP (HD Photo), NEF, CR2, and CRW1.

It’s not a filing system, but if you have need to quickly annotate some photos it sure is handy.

I still don’t forgive them for all the other crap.

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DH 2-02-2008 at 10:48 AM

I just wanted you to know that I have learned so much from you. Your tips on free software are great. I’m using Copernic and PDF Creator all the time now, thanks to you.

I’ve enjoyed going back through your archives. Legacy should hire you to help with tutorials and support! I am new to Legacy, having converted from Family Tree Maker when they gigged us once again with an upgrade that wasn’t worth it.

I missed the survey you were conducting, so I’m not real sure what you were asking, but I hope you’ll keep on writing. You do a great job.

Keep up the good work.

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JL 2-02-2008 at 2:49 PM

I’m glad to hear that I’m useful. And of course, a paying job would be good, too. The survey was a way to try to become better acquainted with my readers. Skill level and any specific interests or problems. Anyone can still give feedback on that at any time and I’ll try to incorporate it into future posts.

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JG 2-14-2008 at 5:20 PM

I tried using Microsoft Photo Info but Legacy 6 does not pick up data in any field. I imported different JPEG photos directly in the Photo Gallery and also the Picture Center, no IPTC data was transferred.

I entered text into every field in Photo Info just to see what fields would transfer, but with no success. What am I doing wrong? Which fields transferred to Legacy 6 when you tried the program? Photo Info looks like a great little program if I could get it to work with Legacy. I have been successful with Adobe Elements when transferred into the Photo Gallery only.

Keep up the good work, Love your Blog.

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JL 2-14-2008 at 8:52 PM

This is very curious. All information added to Photo Info shows up in my other IPTC-software, and vice-versa, so I assume it’s standard, as Microsoft says it is.

The only field that imports information in Legacy is Description (sometimes called Caption in other programs.) IPTC-import has never worked in the Picture Center, only the individual galleries. I’m hoping this will change in a future version.

I’ve done some new experiments and have the same problem that you do, but inconsistently. I started with a batch of unprocessed JPG’s and added a description to each using Photo Info. Legacy imported some but not others. So far I can’t tell what the difference is. I wonder if Legacy made some changes in its last update that is causing this.

I also tried batch-editing a group of 3 pictures with the same description. Legacy imported the old description on only one of the photos. Even after shutting down the program and restarting.

You could try submitting a bug report.

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