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Giveaway of the day — ExifCleaner 1.5

ExifCleaner is a batch photographic utility that enables you to remove Exif tags, geotags, IPTC and Adobe XMP from JPEG images.
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ExifCleaner 1.5 was available as a giveaway on February 25, 2011!

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Large collection of Excel editing functions.

ExifCleaner is a batch photographic utility that enables you to remove Exif tags, geotags, IPTC and Adobe XMP from JPEG images. This protects your privacy, helps you to hide unneeded, undesirable, or sometimes sensitive information - about the image, photographer and location. Did you know that every photo produced with a modern digital camera contains it?

ExifCleaner does not alter actual image data - all operations are lossless for a picture. Cleaning metadata only saves disk space and server bandwidth, reduces download times - that is especially evident on small-sized, or on a large amount of images.

The program can work in a batch mode, and can also be integrated into the Windows Explorer shell for quick access to its major functions.

To get the information on the latest updates in the current release, go here.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Publisher:

SuperUtils.com

Homepage:

http://www.superutils.com/products/exifcleaner/

File Size:

1.40 MB

Price:

$14.95

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Right click function worked on win 7-64 bit but NOT on Vista 64 bit ultimate version.

Reply   |   Comment by Cadillact  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

free excellent portable photo viewer Xnview and editor does the same thing

Go to EDIT- METADATA and clean what you want.

Reply   |   Comment by umax asby  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

This tool seems to do it's job as described. Love the portable, thanks.
For those who want an EXIF tool to do lots of other tasks, try ExifToolGUI, a wrapper for Phil Harvey's ExifTool, which can edit all EXIF fields (you can even enter your own GPS coords) as well as Photoshop and other data. It also uses jhead and jpegtran for lossless rotation. All free and portable.

Reply   |   Comment by freebo  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Nice program. Though with some additions it could be a great program.

I wasted a lot of time using the 'Add Images(s)' button to repeatedly browse through many sub folders and select many jpg images. If the 'Add from Directory' menu item had been on the correct menu I could have saved a lot of time! Menu items to select/open files and folders should be on the File menu - not the Edit menu. You have to open the files before you can edit them. It is standard programming practice to have 'Open' or 'Select' choices on the 'File' menu.

Suggestions to make this program even better:
- Move 'Add Image(s)' and 'Add from Directory' to the 'File' menu.
- Add Drag-and-Drop support.
- Add ability to export or back-up removed Exif data.
- Add ability to import or restore previously exported Exif data.
- Add ability to edit/add Exif data to selected image(s).

Backing up just the extracted Exif data takes up a lot less room than keeping 2 copies of each image.

Restoring previously extracted Exif data can serve to restore all extracted data back to the original image. And it could also be used to restore only the selected fields to all selected images.

Keep up the good work.

cheers

Reply   |   Comment by DaveR  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

This is very good software for what it does.
The best thing is that it doesn't remove the EXIF data from the original file.
It makes a copy of the file with any personal information removed from it.
Most personal information would have had to be manually enterred to exist within the EXIF data, but some data such as GPS location might be automatically included in newer cameras.
Most EXIF data is simply camera model, f-stop, focus, dimension, etc.
If there is any personal information in there then you probably put it there yourself with some other software.
This software makes removing that data quick and easy. Much faster than opening up other programs.
You can't edit data with this program, but that's not what it's for.
It removes data and does a fine job of it.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan McCormick  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I understand everyone's concern for privacy.
However, you may want to be selective on what photos you remove the EXIF data from.
I know that when I submit photos for publication I am often asked questions about dates and other things because there is a descrepancy between the EXIF data and my caption.
If I say I took the photo on one day and the EXIF says I took it on a different day the EXIF data is usually correct and my memory is wrong - as long as my camera is set with the correct date.
Also the EXIF can show if the photo has been modified or edited.
This is important information for some businesses and contests as well.
I would suggest that you always keep original unedited photos for archive purposes and do all of you editing on a copy of said photo.
If you want to remove EXIF data before posting photos to a social website - remove the EXIF data from the copy - not the original.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan McCormick  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

#37: The link to the portable version is diabolically hidden in the short text introduction to the program. (Of course, you'd have to actually READ the page to know that - rotflmao).

Reply   |   Comment by humanist7  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Google for: "jhead", it's free and cross platform.

Reply   |   Comment by i, human  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

@35 Ben: you are right, when you process the pictures with Irfan you can delete the Exif tags - but only all or nothing. IrfanView can not come up to this excellent programme.
IrfanView too is an excellent programme, but just not for this task.
As I hardly use Irfan as an Exif cleaner, I had forgotten about this hidden feature.

graylox

Reply   |   Comment by graylox  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

#37 JOE

Just above the user rating is the following. OK


If you want to have a portable version, follow the link here (file size: 1.38 MB)

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Part of my work involves occasional computer security and forensics. (County Sheriffs' Office IT manager)

This program is so much easier and quicker to use than the very expensive forensic tools I have now. It's does everything it's supposed to quickly. I like the fact it show me all the pics in a directory and which have EXIF data. I rate it excellent and thank GOTD for this.

Geotags are a severe threat to your privacy. I was surprised how many cell phone pics I had that had location data hidden in them! Scary!

Reply   |   Comment by Amy L Nitrate  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Why does it only work with JPEG images?

Do BMP, PNG, GIF etc not have Exif tags?

Reply   |   Comment by Eric  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

#18, aswegohomestead: "... I watched the videos listed above and noticed that in one is showed you could right click a pic and view the meta data. I right clicked and saw no such option to select. Is this a new feature that is not available in my old Win XP?"

I also have XP. Just make sure you're right-clicking on a jpeg image, and you'll see 'Process in ExifCleaner' in the drop-down context menu.

Reply   |   Comment by Suze  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I've tried it and it works very well, thank you! I was already using IrfanView (with the plugins), just select JPG Lossless Rotation --> Transformation: None and "Clean all APP markers". Another good program is Exif Pilot Free (with editing capabilities).

Reply   |   Comment by Albert  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Very nice program -- simple installation, straightforward operation, and good detailed help document included. I tried it on both a 32-bit XP and 64-bit Vista, and it works admirably on both. I also liked very much that SuperUtils posted the first comment here with such straightforward and helpful information!

To clear up some misinformation posted in other comments:

ExifCleaner *does* support drag and drop, for both the regular & portable versions.

EXIF tags are only valid in JPEG, TIFF (rev 6.0 & higher) and RIFF wav files. Because there's no EXIF data on other picture/file types, ExifCleaner correctly and cleanly tells you that other pics aren't a valid filetype -- this is not a shortcoming of the program, it's the way EXIF works.

The regular version *does* add an option to the right-click in Windows Explorer to "Process in ExifCleaner" -- and it's smart enough to only add it to filetypes that support EXIF. Within the program, under the Edit menu, is an option that shows "Unregister Shell Extension" if the right-click option is installed, and shows "Register Shell Extension" if the right-click option isn't installed or has been removed. If you right-click a filetype that could have EXIF data, and you aren't seeing the "Process in ExifCleaner" option, try using the Unregister/Register option within ExifCleaner.
The portable version doesn't add a right-click option, because you can't have that in a portable application as normally installed; however, it looks like the same Unregister/Register option is in the program. Beware though -- if you register the shell extension, then remove the external drive the portable app is on, if you then try to use the right-click option, Windows will be confused and give you an error message.

ExifCleaner doesn't allow editing of EXIF data, but it does display the data in the EXIF fields, so you can see what's there & determine if it's a problem for you.

If you're working with CMYK images, don't remove the EXIF fields that are associated with CMYK; it's still fine to remove other EXIF fields that might be of concern, such as GPD coordinates. ExifCleaner allows you to set which fields are removed, so again, this is well-programmed.

Someone said that this is only useful for cell phone pictures because only cell phones add GPS data. There are cameras that have internet capabilities to be able to send images/video to a desired location, so I wouldn't be surprised if they have GPS availability. I'm not really sure how this matters -- with any means of creating an image, whether camera, cellphone, or even if you scan a picture on your computer, EXIF data may be added, and you may want to remove some or all of it. This program seems to do a good job of that if you want it; if you don't want it, no need to badmouth the program.

Again, I'm quite pleased and impressed with the program -- many thanks to both SuperUtils and Giveaway Of The Day, and compliments to SuperUtils for a nice job of programming!

Reply   |   Comment by Iaman  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

the batch edit is a big plus for those of us who make photo mosaics and have thousands of photos.

Reply   |   Comment by nazani14  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I just want to say "Thanks!" This is great, and the information I've recieved from the above comments is teriffic too! (And @ #12: I don't know about you, but even a mere 218 strips to add one more photo is a good thing for me, as I take thousands of photos in any given month, and this has decreased my need for data DVD space appreciably!)

Reply   |   Comment by RobinBaker  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Bullguard does not trust the actions of this program. I quarantained it for that reason!

Reply   |   Comment by Hans  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

So, basically, this is for when you take a picture with your camera phone, upload to your computer, use this program to protect the image, then you can safely use on twitter and facebook? Is this needed for my digital camera as well? Can someone clarify?

Reply   |   Comment by PW  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

While EXIF and XMP are usually personal information, IPTC is usually copyright, usage rights, and contact information for the photographer that made the image available. No camera puts this in my default, so it isn't personal.

Wiping this data and reusing somebody else's image as your own, or selling, it would be unethical. Just saying...

Reply   |   Comment by sfwrtr  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

OK, I'll try this again, it seems like my first question got lost in the moderators inbox.

Am I missing something? The "portable" version of this program wasn't an option when I downloaded. It works fine, and I like it, but can't figure out how you get it portable.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Works great on most of the files on my systems; but fails on some JPEG 2000 and PNG images "... not a recognized image format".

Cleans out meta data; even with all the not recommended stuff engaged, and still doesn't break the CRC so indexes still work.

Only real complaint is it can't pull images from media file containers but doesn't claim it can and it wasn't expected to do so anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by lostinlodos  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

#32 graylox - yes it does. To remove EXIF data in Infranview select "File" and then "Batch Conversion/Rename" or just press "b" for the shortcut. Select jpg as the output format and then "options". One of the check boxes is "keep original EXIF data". Aside from the lossy problem, I would think that this ExifCleaner would be a lot less of a hassle to get the job done.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

@17, you apparently aren't aware that there are plenty of digital cameras that contain GPS chips expressly for the purpose of including your location in the EXIF data. They've been around for a few years.

Reply   |   Comment by Roadhunter  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Thanks for this helpful programme.
It is easy to use with settings and options for cleaning.
Drag and drop for the pictures is available.
When you chose to use the portable version, you can't have the shell-extension - or the programme wouldn't be portable anymore.

Thank you GOTD and SuperUtils.com for this updated version.

Graylox

PS: I wished, the users would actually read the explanations and try the programmes before they post a comment.
And no, Irfan doesn't remove the Exif tags.

Reply   |   Comment by graylox  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Can you choose what data to take out & leave in or does it strip the image of all data? I would like to keep the size of the image & the date it was taken. Is that possible with this program?

Also, does anyone know if Picasa, Zoner, Ashampoo,or FastStone (sw I already have) do this same thing where the images are lossless?

Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by nelli  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

My only real criticism is that I didn't have this a year ago. :)

Useful, easy... and does the job.

needs drag and drop and should be added to the explorer right-click menu.

Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Friendinme  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Don't use with CMYK images - colors will be corrupted.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

(15+16+23->) IrfanView: If you use menue "file", "batch conversion/rename" and left-click "options", choose "output format"=JPEG, you may uncheck: "keep original EXIF data (if JPEG to JPEG)", same for "keep original IPTC data", comments etc. But normally you don´t upload etc. in the original quality but usually resize too (please check "Use advanced options (for bulk resize)", the button "advanced" now is available ... As far as I know, IrfanView is very sensitive, it even allows lossless crop and rotation (Ctrl+Shift+J / Shift+J or menue: "options"). But I didn´t find a possibility to purely remove EXIF data without processing the files.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert_from_Germany  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

#25 - No it does not support drag & drop

Reply   |   Comment by rob  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Can this remove the thumbnail?

Reply   |   Comment by Beebee  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

#17 Fred, you said "Photos taken with a digital camera do not contain photographer and location information."
With a DSLR, you can add things such as photographer name, copyright data and much more to be inserted into the EXIF data on every photo that comes out of your camera.

Reply   |   Comment by rob  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Does anyone who has installed the program know if it supports drag & drop of files and/or folders?

Reply   |   Comment by theotherone  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

I have used this soft to clean some pictures for administrative purpose few month ago and it was a great help and tools Thanks Gaotd.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris From Balto  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Poster 15 - did not see a "strip EXIF" in Irfanview - where is it, how do you do it?

Reply   |   Comment by Matt  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

25-2-2011

Yes... uhmm... nice... however... the first time I examined it I immediately wanted a feature that apparently is missing.

Profiles.

I want to be able to define these profiles in which I can set which metadata should be stripped and which not and be able to select these profiles from a list in the app itself and/or be able to load, and obviously save them. Now you have to go through the entire list of checkboxes every time to make sure everything is set the way you want it.

A feature through which you could let it scan folders with photos for the presence (or absence) of (un)wanted metadata would be useful too. It could warn if for instance (user settable of course):

Data in the GPS field is present.
Software field is not empty.
Image description field is not empty.

Or any user fillable field through camera or software has data in it.

Or for the professional photographer:
Any fields that should have a copyright notice in it is empty (or has the wrong info in it).

I would like to be able to right-click on a single EXIF data field shown in the right panel and get the option to remove it. Or even better. Every data field shown in the right panel could have a checkbox next to it to (de)select. With a Select All, Deselect All and a Save button you could quickly apply changes to a single/few photos.

(De)select All buttons should also be present in the Clean Setup/wherever you would define the aforementioned Profiles.

Portable is Good!

And thanks for the app.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

It would be nice if program could work not only with EXIF. Some programs (like from Adobe) have sometimes written loads of useless rubbish in a picture. Lot of data can also be hidden elsewhere in a JFIF, and it would be nice if it would be possible to remove all hidden trash from photos.

Reply   |   Comment by Marius  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

windows already allows u to remove any and all the private info you want without the need for this software

Reply   |   Comment by anonymous  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

great Giveaway. Thanks for the portable version SuperUtils.com & GOTD.
Very useful software

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

What a great giveaway! Thanks GAOTD and Exifcleaner. Super easy to download, install and use in a matter of seconds on Win XP. I post a lot of pictures online and this little gem will get a daily workout.

Being a techno idiot I watched the videos listed above and noticed that in one is showed you could right click a pic and view the meta data. I right clicked and saw no such option to select. Is this a new feature that is not available in my old Win XP? Not an important issue to me I was just wondering.

The first picture I tested was taken with an older camers with no gps or fancy features. Original was 1.94mb and the cleaned pic was 1.93mb.

Reply   |   Comment by aswegohomestead  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Photos taken with a digital camera do not contain photographer and location information. Location info can only be provided with cell phones that have GPS. Most if not all cell phones let you turn off the GPS. If you're concerned about privacy turn off the phone GPS. Much of the Exif information is helpful when using an editor to enhance a photo.

Reply   |   Comment by Fred  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

The InfraView tip is good, but the question is that since it is a conversion, then I assume that it is lossy since we are dealing with jpegs much of the time. I am assuming that ExifCleaner just removes the Exif data without any conversion of the image at all so no data is lost?

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

IrfanView is free, portable (if you want) and can strip EXIF etc too (menue "file", "batch conversion" and resizing in one), and much more!

Reply   |   Comment by Robert_from_Germany  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+38)

Comment #10 by ShieldsUp, is absolutely correct in protecting oneself online when posting photos. I have also found photos I've purchased the rights to, full of data I don't want on my website. So this is an important topic for site builders as well as facebook users. I've tested this software and it does what it promises to do in a quick and efficient manner. (and you don't need to read a bunch of help files or watch videos to learn how to use it)

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Nice one. We have been using this for awhile. Good program, easy to use.

Reply   |   Comment by Lee  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Whilst I accept that the program does what it says, the fact that one of the points made are that it “saves disk space” is interesting.

Yes – it does save disc space. Taking one of my average size digital pictures of 6,685,203 bytes, and using the default settings, the cleaned file was 6,654,475 bytes. A saving of 30728 bytes.

I would need to strip 218 pictures to make room for just one more!

Having said that, I can see the need for some of the privacy benefits and will keep it thank you, but disk saving? Hardly a claim worth making.

Reply   |   Comment by Keith Alston  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

A nice compact piece of software. Does what it says on the packet.

Wish there were more GAOTD apps like this. The included Help file is a real bonus.

Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Dolly Dunkan  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

The underinformed public has been way too cavalier about how they use and protect PC's, other web-connected gadgets and their personal information. As with cookies and email headers, metadata such as EXIF (exchangeable image file format) can either be helpful or harmful. It's good to see GAOTD help pass the word about metadata. Uploading raw photos can poses a real threat by leaking personally identifiable information to outsiders, often in ways not immediately apparent (as Facebook users and Twitterers have discovered) - http://tinyurl.com/2az536e

IMHO, stripping out that info before sharing with others is part of safe computering. There exist numerous exif/metadata cleaners and editors, both free and not free.

I'm not familiar enough with this to praise or critique, but
ExifCleaner 1.5 has been around since at least Oct 2010, and seems to focus strictly on EXIF data (photos, not documents) with the convenience of batch processing. As a bonus, they offer a portable version, too.

FYI, few seem to know that hidden personal info can also be leaked via documents, spreadsheets, powerpoint, emails, ect. Search terms such as: remove metadata documents OR remove email headers for enlightenment.

Sufficeth to say, I think you all should give this and other metadata cleaners a whirl, and think twice before posting photos with raw data hidden inside on social networks or emailing strangers from your primary email accounts.

Reply   |   Comment by ShieldsUp  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)

VERY MUCH APPRECIATED portable version :)

Double thumb up also for the Version History and the detailed info about the program!

Thanks a lot to both developer and the GAOTD team

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

When you need Exif data you prefer to have the more you can, and the fact that ExifCleaner can selectively remove tags has not a great interest for me. The GUI is fine, but indeed this new software cannot compete with an old utility like JHead. I would have like to find an option like in this free command line tool, offering only a minimal Exif with date and thumbnail, and the possibility to add/edit a personal JPeg comment -- ExifCleaner authorizes only to delete comments -- to distribute a photo. It does not fit my needs, but is worth the download if you want only to remove losslessly Exif data.

Reply   |   Comment by Scoobidoo  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-20)
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