IPTC data revisited

Sivakatirswami katir at hindu.org
Thu Jul 19 16:55:09 EDT 2007

Sivakatirswami wrote:
> I asked this once a couple of years ago, I will ask again:
> has anyone tackled reading and writing IPTC data to and from a JPEG?

I should add to this "XMP" data... as that's what Adobe seems to be 
using now.

> I've developed several applications that now use a
> some*file.jpg
> some*file.txt
> Model for captions to files. it's actually a very simple and
> powerful model... if you have these two comprising the "data layer"
> you can put them into any presentation layer you want.
> They travel well. some*file.txt can be opened edited and read
> by any text editor on any machine on any OS etc... CGI's can
> read that file and do *whatever*
> The problem this solution does not meld well with
> any existing applications other than my own tools.
> There are many instances have a Rev tools that could
> read and write IPTC metadata that would travel with the file
> would be very useful. I could easily integrate the two
> models where some*file.txt contained the IPTC data in a
> raw ASCII delimited format (if that were possible) and
> have the best of both worlds.
> BTW: Micro$soft purchased our favorite photo management tool:
> iView  -- now called "Microsoft Expression"  destined to
> become MS's answer to Adobe's Bridge...
> Pray that they do not End of Life this marvelous tool.
> Like they did with Living Cells Sprite Animation program... which
> was a bright innovation that died in the grip of MS.
> The more we see all these machinations over market
> share and strangling innovation via software hegemony
> the more one leans toward open source...
> if only on principle alone.
> Sivakatirswami
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