A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words

And Then Some

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PoSmedley

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 (From Sam Terrapin's Blog at Skinartistry)

 The next time you post a picture to the world wide web, you may want to ask yourself if that's all your posting. There's all that METaDATA that is attached to it as well. 

For Windows only comes JPEG & PNG Stripper an extremely small portable application that strips the metadata out of JPEG and PNG image files.

From Lifehacker
"Why would you want to strip down an image file? Ask former TechTV host Cat Schwartz, who in 2003 received a rather embarrassing lesson in the power of metadata. In short, a cropped headshot posted on her blog contained an embedded, full-pic thumbnail with, well, a lot more than just a head and shoulders. Even if you're not cropping your mug out of a nude composition, there are others reasons you'd want to remove the metadata from an image. All sorts of information—like exposure time, aperture settings, camera used, and GPS coordinates—can potentially be embedded into an image."

As much as I work with stock images, I had no idea how much info was being stored in those images. GPS coordinates?!?!  In order to verify all of this, I ran a little test that you can try to. I cropped an image and went to Camera Summary.com. I uploaded the cropped picture and let it do it's thing and show me all the MetaData. You can click on the results below for a larger image.



Not only did it pull the thumbnail out of the original image, it listed everything else. AND this picture was taken on my cell phone! Who knew my little cell phone camera stored so much info?! My cell phone did not list the GPS, but some cameras do.

  The good news is there is JPEG & PNG Stripper to remove that data and it's FREE. (I love FREE software). The even better news is that you may already have software that will do the same thing.
While cropping my image, I discovered that Faststone Image Viewer will remove the Metadata as well. I tested it and uploaded the image to Camera Summary.com and the Metadata was gone, including the thumbnail.

So, there you have it. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a few cropped pics of Lois Griffin I need to check for Metadata. Hubba-Hubba!
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February 10, 2009 9:10:46 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks very much, Po'!  Once in a very long while a Post like this comes along. Succinct, useful and with high community value and usefulness. The self portrait was a nice touch, too. 

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February 10, 2009 9:18:46 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

good info, Thanks

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February 10, 2009 10:02:01 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks Po, good to know.

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February 10, 2009 11:07:28 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks Po, good to know.

ditto....thanks....

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February 10, 2009 2:34:58 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Thanks, very informative!

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February 10, 2009 2:40:57 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

ZubaZ starts editing metadata!!!!

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February 10, 2009 3:00:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Zubaz,
Zubaz starts editing metadata!!!!

Too late. Bwah hah hah!

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February 10, 2009 7:53:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'm glad if any one found it useful. Thanks.

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February 10, 2009 9:33:12 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

yep...definitely useful...I remember the 2003 case well....and after that for awhile, anytime I sent cropped pictures that I definitely did not want uncropped...for various reasons.....Cat's reason not included...  .....would print screen and crop it.... .....figured that would get rid of all the data....

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February 28, 2009 12:24:02 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Only just saw this topic, awesome find Po!

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February 28, 2009 12:27:50 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

 

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April 7, 2009 9:23:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Excellent post, Po!!!!

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April 8, 2009 10:40:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks, teddybearcholla

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April 13, 2009 2:55:43 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Welcome PoSmedley!

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April 13, 2009 3:18:51 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

That's a handy piece of information there.  My posting here will mark this thread for me so I can find this when I crop a picture of Zubaz's head from the larger picture of his dead, striped carcass.

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April 13, 2009 7:36:50 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

My posting here will mark this thread for me so I can find this when I crop a picture of Zubaz's head from the larger picture of his dead, striped carcass.

Wow.

And people think I have something against skinhit.

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April 13, 2009 8:11:41 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks Po for this very valuable piece of info, very useful indeed to know, I often go through peoples images when they send them to me, so thats what it is called "Metadata", now I know and I also know thanks to you how to get rid of it, thank you very much mate ...............and I think Ol'e Zub had better be careful what he lets MonkeyMan get his hands on, otherwise we are heading for war!!!!!!! Ha ha ha Ha Ha....cheers Po

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April 13, 2009 9:27:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

My posting here will mark this thread for me so I can find this when I crop a picture of Zubaz's head from the larger picture of his dead, striped carcass.


Wow.  And people think I have something against skinhit.

 

err, that is, um, If I ever came upon his dead, striped carcass...and um, happend to have my camera handy...you know what I mean...guys...guys?

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April 13, 2009 10:44:05 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Zub had better be careful what he lets MonkeyMan get his hands on

 

Are they dating again?

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April 14, 2009 12:15:17 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Are they dating again?

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April 14, 2009 12:32:13 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thank you Po--oh   .....you just cautioned us to be careful. nice information.

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April 14, 2009 2:50:14 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hehe... I have some pics of Dolly Parton that looks like her dress/top was painted on after the fact... now I'll be able to go to Camera Summary.com to see if it was.  Thanks Po`

*Not a perve... just curious.*

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April 14, 2009 8:41:52 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Are they dating again?

Jealous?

Thank you Po--oh

You're welcome.

*Not a perve... just curious.*

Right. And you're not a pirate either.

 

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April 14, 2009 10:47:07 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Right. And you're not a pirate either.

Orright, then, I be a curious pirate wot perves a little.

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April 14, 2009 11:25:25 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Are they dating again?

It's not my fault he didn't want you.

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