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!
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.