On 17 Mar 2003 21:26:22 +0100, Sven Neumann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Jason Van Patten <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > I'm sure this has been asked 5 bzillion times, so make this 5 bzillion
> > and one. :-)  Is there a plan to support reading/writing EXIF
> > information found in files such as JPEGs and TIFFs?
> this issue is being tracked at
>  http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=56443
> Actually I was hoping we'd have some support for EXIF metadata by now
> since several people volunteered to work on this stuff. Unfortunately
> nothing usable has surfaced so far which means that it is very
> unlikely that GIMP-1.4 will have this feature.

This is mostly my fault.  Since last year, I planned to add EXIF
support in the "right" way, but I haven't been able to start
implementing this.

As we have seen the problems caused in the GIMP by some features that
are implemented as quick hacks and then become unmaintained, I think
that it is important to add EXIF support correctly, in a framework
that supports EXIF for JPEG and TIFF (and maybe PNG), but also allows
XMP/IPTC metadata (later).  Although there have been several proposals
to add a quick hack to "support EXIF" by simply copying the whole EXIF
block from one JPEG file to another one, this is wrong (according to
the EXIF spec) and I don't think that it would be a good idea to
include this in the GIMP because this solution would be a dead end.

So until a correct implementation is done in the GIMP, I prefer to
recommend the usage of external tools.

I'm still hoping to be able to start implementing this "soon"...

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