Show date and time a digital photo was taken
Almost every digital
camera is able to 'burn' the date and time of a picture onto the
picture itself. It has its advantages, however not many people
like to ruin a nice photograph with some obtrusive numbers,
usually colored totally inappropriate. Such photos cannot be
restored anymore - the original light information under every
single digit is lost forever.
Fortunately, there is
something called Exchangeable image file format (Exif). It
allows saving various information about a photograph in the
photograph itself. Most digital cameras make use of this format
and include at least some basic parameters in every picture they
make. One way to see this information is to right-click a
picture in Windows Explorer and choose 'Properties', then
'Summary'. Among other things, the date and time the picture was
taken is also displayed.
exifMe was created
mainly to allow projecting the date and time over a photo upon
viewing that photo in full screen. The picture itself remains
unaltered, the date and time labels are simply shown on top of
Full Screen mode
The labels can be
dragged to any screen position with the left mouse button. Their
size, font and color can be changed independently by
right-clicking each label and selecting the appropriate option
from the menu that pops up. Finally, they can be selectively
shown or hidden with hotkeys ('D' for date and ' T ' for time).
The pictures can be
browsed through with the arrow keys or the mouse scroll wheel.
The date and time labels
do not need to be manually rearranged every time the program is
run. Each change in their appearance will be automatically saved
and used the next time exifMe is started.
In window mode the
program lists all photos stored in a given folder. Upon
selecting a picture from the list, various data about it can be
seen in the right pane. Switching from window mode to full
screen mode and vice versa is accomplished by pressing the 'F'
If you inadvertently change the layout of exifMe and do not know
how to fix the problem, all you have to do is delete the
bvp.xml file. It will be recreated automatically and
the program will use the default settings.
The program needs the
.NET Framework 1.1 in order to run properly. Before you
install it, try running exifMe since it is possible that you
already have the framework.
A framework-free version
of exifMe is available for the price of US $10 if
you don't want to install the framework. Write to
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
This software has been extensively tested but should you have
any problems with it, please contact the authors