Dear Linux community,
Three months ago I worked on a little holiday project that was inspired by two facts:
- I once again had forgotten how to use exiftool correctly at the command line
- I could not find a graphical user interface (GUI) for the Linux operating system
So, I decided to come up with a simple GUI for exiftool that offers the commands I usually need. As I am not a programmer, I was looking for a simple solution and that turned out to be a bash script that uses Zenity as a GUI. I named it ExZenToo which is derived from 'Exif Zenity Tool'
It offers a very, very basic GUI when compared to BogdanH's ExiftoolGUI for Windows or other GUIs.
It focuses on
- modifying EXIF times (e.g. to synchronize images taken with different digital cameras or to prepare images for GPS tagging)
- removing/clearing EXIF data (e.g. before publishing an image)
- entering new EXIF data including copyright information
- copying EXIF data (e.g. to transfer EXIF data from a single photo into a newly stitched panorama)
- renaming files based on EXIF time or changing the file modification date (mtime)
The GUI cannot display images. If I want to display images, I use Geeqie which also provides a panel showing currently embedded EXIF and meta data. To add GPS data and location information I then use GeoTag.
Although I realized yesterday that a python based GUI has become available since I have started the project, I still want to provide you with my script hoping that it may be useful to someone out there.
ExZenToo greatly differs from other available GUI as it
- guides you through the program step by step
- can easily be adapted by anyone to his/her needs (I put much effort in providing clear comments within the script, so anyone with even a little knowledge in bash-scripting should be able to carry out adaptations)
As I am Austrian, there is also a German version of the script.
So, anyone interested in ExZenToo is welcome to download and test it. I've built a debian package which includes the script, an icon, and a desktop file for the menu entry.
ExZenToo depends on zenity and libimage-exiftool-perl. Both of them will be dowloaded automatically if they are not already available in the operating system. If not, try to update your repositories first (for Ubuntu: apt-get update). The package has been tested under Lubuntu, Linux Mint and Knoppix.
Files attached for download:
debian package (English): exzentoo-en-0.5.deb
debian package (German): exzentoo-de-0.5.deb
script only (English) for non-debian based Linux systems: exzentoo-en
screenshot of the main menu (English): main menu.png
Please keep in mind that this is my first script and also my first debian package. So I am sure things are not perfect.
It would be great to get some feedback.