Regular readers of my musings on Mac360 and my website, Bohemian Boomer, know that I have a collection of Mac text editor apps. Why? I like to edit. Why so many editors? Different strokes for different folks.
Last week I came across another Mac app that edits, but in this case it edits photos on your Mac. No, it’s not a photo editor. There are hundreds of those. The app is called MetaImage and it edits the metadata and geo-tags on your photos.
Most Mac users just use Photos to manage photos. OK. Fair enough. Photos is fast and easy to use. It has a few filters and, frankly, Photos is a decent way to manage photos and albums on your Mac but that’s about all it does.
MetaImage is about editing the metadata each photo collects when you take a photo (and mostly, regardless of which camera you use, but the data collected varies by camera). That metadata is embedded into the photo file. Most people who take photos– camera or smartphone– don’t know what’s there, but what’s there can be surprising (which might make you think twice about posting photos online– sometimes all that data goes along for the ride).
Take a look:
Surprised at how much information is stored in a standard photo? Now you know why I like text editors and why I’m impressed with MetaImage. This nifty little editor takes a photo and displays much of the information you see above, and gives you tools to edit the information as needed.
MetaImage supports more than 5,000 different tags, many of which can be displayed or hidden as needed. Plus, it handles editing on standard EXIF, IPTC, and even XMP tags.
You’ll see a thumbnail of the image itself, then basic information including the photo description, the camera model, the time and date stamp, various camera settings for the photo, and, importantly, the geo-tag.
In most photos your camera knows not only when you took the photo, but where you took the photo. Where? Yes, where as in a location on a map. That information can be edited. Why? You may not want anyone to know where you took the photo. You know, incriminating evidence and all that. Or, the camera didn’t quite get the location correct, so you want to fix it.
MetaImage does that.
The app works on standard PNG, JPG, and RAW images, and, of course, lets you edit data and save multiple images at one time. You can even create and re-used metadata presets so a batch of photos can be updated at the same time.
Need a professional look while you work? MetaImage has that, too.
Even better, you can use MetaImage to read and write tags directly from the Mac’s Photos app. I have yet to run into a photo image file format that the app cannot handle, and I have plenty– from MOS, CR2, DNG, NEF, NRW, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, RAW and more than a few from the last century.
There is much to like in MetaImage. It’s priced right, packed with just the features photographers need, and is easy to learn.