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First Look – Microsoft Photo Info Tool


Microsoft released on Monday the Microsoft Photo Info Tool. What it does is it provides additional hover tips, it lets you add, change and delete common “metadata” properties for digital photographs from inside Windows Explorer; just like the IDTag with the MP3s. I’ve downloaded it, played around with it and I liked it.

How it works: Once you have it installed (install the .NET Framework first), right click the picture in Windows Explorer and you will see “Photo Info”, click it and it will bring up the menu just like the above pic and you can input all the info you need.


  • View or edit photo metadata from inside Windows Explorer. Now, advanced image properties are at your fingertips from within Windows.
  • Edit images individually, or as a collection. Photo Info has two edit modes: individual and collection, making it easy to update many images at the same time.
  • Quick recall of recent entries. For some properties, Photo Info remembers the most recent entries you have typed. To recall a recent entry, click on the drop down arrow and select it from the list.
  • Generate copyright notice automatically. Photo Info can generate a standard copyright notice automatically from the Author and date Created information, if present.
  • Quick recall of location details. To help save time when entering location information, Photo Info can save location details under a name you provide. Recall these details by selecting the location name from the drop-down menu.
  • Correct EXIF capture date / time information. Photo Info can optionally update the EXIF date/time information as recorded in the image file by your camera. You can use this feature to correct the file capture date if your camera’s clock was set incorrectly (for example, to the wrong time zone).
  • View EXIF properties. Click on the Details tab to view common EXIF properties. Click on More properties for additional details.
  • Preview the image. To see a larger preview of the image, double-click on the thumbnail.
  • Enhanced hover tips. Hover tips have been enhanced for JPEG, TIFF and other supported file types in Windows Explorer.
  • Custom column properties. In Windows Explorer when viewing a folder in Details view, additional sort properties are available for supported image types.

You can download it here. Tips: You need to install the .NET Framework as well, version 2.0 or the newer 3.0 will do. Download for .NET Framework v.3.0 is linked here as well.

January 26, 2007 - Posted by | Microsoft, Software |

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