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ExZenToo - a basic Linux GUI
« on: January 18, 2013, 07:50:45 PM »
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
[md5sum:  15178d8557e54ac73b0ca5cd9f9fe3d2]

debian package (German): exzentoo-de-0.5.deb
[md5sum:  01bc9b65bc20d2597b647938231e4fca]

script only (English) for non-debian based Linux systems: exzentoo-en
[md5sum:  793e9aaaff314add98088e55cdd32c79]

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.

« Last Edit: January 19, 2013, 04:39:59 AM by kjoe »


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Re: ExZenToo - a basic Linux GUI
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2013, 05:05:06 PM »
Packages with specified dependency version of zenity (>=3.4):

debian package (English): exzentoo-en-0.5.1.deb
[md5sum:  edef33d09e2f262d5172021e2bd3b5f5]

debian package (German): exzentoo-de-0.5.1.deb
[md5sum:  62d835f51ffed92a739fb9e2074ca2ef]


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Re: ExZenToo - a basic Linux GUI
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 05:41:37 PM »
I find Exzentoo quite valuable. Thanks for your effort.


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Re: ExZenToo - a basic Linux GUI
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2015, 12:05:21 AM »
Using on latest CentOS, by commenting out the checks, i.e. the lines up to DEFINE VARIABLES.

I like this software, it is great for helping one to experiment with ExifTool and see what the commands look like!

Thanks for your efforts!

Daniel Villarreal