My last post was on the first steps of my photographic workflow, namely downloading, backing up, and cconverting to DNG.
The next step is bulk metadata editing. At this point i only enter data that is relevant to all images of the session. For instance, creator and contact info, copyright terms, some keywords on the location or occasion and on people. Theese fileds are members of the IPTC metadata. For this i would need an application that can edit IPTC, and can edit the metadata of DNG files, and can show thumbnails.
Much to my amazement, I was unable to find an application on linux capable of theese three simple things. I hope that I may be wrong, and soon you will comment me some applications i have not run across so far. Both digiKam of KDE nad f-Spot of Gnome are feature-rich applications, but somwhere fail for me (f-Spot has limited metadata capabilities, and digiKam wants to copy my files to its working directory). Fortunately the next few releases of both software will contain some very useful features for me (more on the upcoming features here (f-Spot) and here (digiKam) ).
I hoped to find some GUI for the famous exifTool, but was unable (only found a windows GUI). ExifTool is so very-very powerful, especially in batch metadata editing, i really can’t understand why it has no GUI. But if I think about it, it may be a daunting work to implement only part of its functionality in a graphical way.
Well, so much, i only have a question more. Do you know about a metadata editor out there, that can handle DNG-s, knows IPTC, shows thumbnails and is capable of both single picture, and batch metadata edit?