How to View EXIF Thumbnails

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Sqwertz, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Sqwertz

    Sqwertz Guest

    I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
    stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
    info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
    thumbnail picture.

    I was told wildbit would do it, but <shrug> I can't find where it
    does that even mucking with the thumbnail extraction options. Maybe
    it's a language barrier on my part and it's called something else.

    TIA,

    -sw
     
    Sqwertz, Jul 24, 2012
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    David Taylor Guest

    On 24/07/2012 05:32, Sqwertz wrote:
    > I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
    > stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
    > info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
    > thumbnail picture.
    >
    > I was told wildbit would do it, but <shrug> I can't find where it
    > does that even mucking with the thumbnail extraction options. Maybe
    > it's a language barrier on my part and it's called something else.
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > -sw
    >


    EXIFtool, perhaps?

    http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/

    --
    Cheers,
    David
    Web: http://www.satsignal.eu
     
    David Taylor, Jul 24, 2012
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    nospam Guest

    In article <>, Sqwertz
    <> wrote:

    > I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
    > stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
    > info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
    > thumbnail picture.


    asset management apps do this.

    on a mac, you don't even need that, just tap the spacebar.
     
    nospam, Jul 24, 2012
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  4. Sqwertz

    me Guest

    On Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:32:46 -0500, Sqwertz <>
    wrote:

    >I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
    >stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
    >info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
    >thumbnail picture.
    >
    >I was told wildbit would do it, but <shrug> I can't find where it
    >does that even mucking with the thumbnail extraction options. Maybe
    >it's a language barrier on my part and it's called something else.


    What browser do you use? The Exif Viewer plug-in for Firefox will do
    this.
     
    me, Jul 24, 2012
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  5. Sqwertz

    Sqwertz Guest

    On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:39:56 -0400, me wrote:

    > On Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:32:46 -0500, Sqwertz <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
    >>stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
    >>info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
    >>thumbnail picture.
    >>
    >>I was told wildbit would do it, but <shrug> I can't find where it
    >>does that even mucking with the thumbnail extraction options. Maybe
    >>it's a language barrier on my part and it's called something else.

    >
    > What browser do you use? The Exif Viewer plug-in for Firefox will do
    > this.


    This thing won't even start from the context menu or freezes up on me
    more times than not - even for local files. And when it doesn't, it
    shows me a current thumbnail of the current picture on disk. I know
    this because my camera does not take pictures of footlong hot dogs at
    1900 x 250. And Irfanview is set not to strip EXIF info.

    I should have mention I've tried that (using Firefox 13).

    -sw
     
    Sqwertz, Jul 24, 2012
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  6. Sqwertz

    Sqwertz Guest

    On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:18:52 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:

    > On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:39:56 -0400, me wrote:
    >
    >> What browser do you use? The Exif Viewer plug-in for Firefox will do
    >> this.

    >
    > This thing won't even start from the context menu or freezes up on me
    > more times than not - even for local files. And when it doesn't, it
    > shows me a current thumbnail of the current picture on disk. I know
    > this because my camera does not take pictures of footlong hot dogs at
    > 1900 x 250. And Irfanview is set not to strip EXIF info.


    OK, I did get it to show me one of the original thumbnails. First one
    in about 20 tries. But it's far too unreliable to be used
    consistently. There's no reason it should freeze trying to look at
    local files.

    -sw
     
    Sqwertz, Jul 24, 2012
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    me Guest

    On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:02:12 -0500, Sqwertz <>
    wrote:

    >On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:18:52 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    >> On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:39:56 -0400, me wrote:
    >>
    >>> What browser do you use? The Exif Viewer plug-in for Firefox will do
    >>> this.

    >>
    >> This thing won't even start from the context menu or freezes up on me
    >> more times than not - even for local files. And when it doesn't, it
    >> shows me a current thumbnail of the current picture on disk. I know
    >> this because my camera does not take pictures of footlong hot dogs at
    >> 1900 x 250. And Irfanview is set not to strip EXIF info.

    >
    >OK, I did get it to show me one of the original thumbnails. First one
    >in about 20 tries. But it's far too unreliable to be used
    >consistently. There's no reason it should freeze trying to look at
    >local files.


    I have no issue with Nikon D200/300 files converted from raw with
    Bibble os scans saved in PSCS2 or PSE6.
    Just be sure to click the Display Exif button after you load the file
    either from the file menu in Exif Viewer of using it's select file
    button. I'm now running FF 14.0.1 with EV 1.80000000...1
    Been using it for years with no problems under XP/32/64 now Win7/64
    with even the last version of FF3.x at work. Sorry it doesn't work for
    you.
     
    me, Jul 24, 2012
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    ray Guest

    On Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:32:46 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:

    > I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
    > stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
    > info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
    > thumbnail picture.
    >
    > I was told wildbit would do it, but <shrug> I can't find where it does
    > that even mucking with the thumbnail extraction options. Maybe it's a
    > language barrier on my part and it's called something else.
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > -sw


    I use dcraw to extract thumbnails from my raw files. You'll need to check
    if it's available for MS.
     
    ray, Jul 24, 2012
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    OG Guest

    On 24/07/2012 05:32, Sqwertz wrote:
    > I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
    > stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
    > info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
    > thumbnail picture.
    >


    Have you tried PhotoME?
    http://www.photome.de/
     
    OG, Jul 24, 2012
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    Martin Brown Guest

    On 24/07/2012 05:32, Sqwertz wrote:
    > I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
    > stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
    > info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
    > thumbnail picture.


    I can see a couple of potential snags with this. One is that Exif format
    JPEG files are not exactly reliably formatted according to standard and
    you get quirky thumbnail within thumbnail constructs and/or two
    resolutions (and from Photoshop workflows sometimes two identical
    thumbnails). The original thumbnail is often at least two!

    Many ex-camera JPEG files contain some regions of total dross.

    A utility to strip out thumbnails is relatively easy to code but I
    cannot see why you would want to do this apart from on damaged media.

    Several programs show the Exif thumbnails briefly in folder directory
    listings before overwriting them with derived ones. This is obvious if
    you have files that have encountered internal corruption.

    > I was told wildbit would do it, but <shrug> I can't find where it
    > does that even mucking with the thumbnail extraction options. Maybe
    > it's a language barrier on my part and it's called something else.
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > -sw


    I am a bit puzzled why you would want to do this.
    Thumbnails derived from the file contents are a better representation of
    the JPEG stream.

    --
    Regards,
    Martin Brown
     
    Martin Brown, Jul 24, 2012
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  11. Sqwertz

    Sqwertz Guest

    On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:44:31 +0100, OG wrote:

    > On 24/07/2012 05:32, Sqwertz wrote:
    >> I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
    >> stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
    >> info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
    >> thumbnail picture.
    >>

    >
    > Have you tried PhotoME?
    > http://www.photome.de/


    This looks like it will do nicely. And It can launch iview.exe from
    here, too. Now if I could just get Irfanview to launch photome...

    Thanks!

    -sw
     
    Sqwertz, Jul 25, 2012
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    nospam Guest

    In article <>, ray <>
    wrote:

    > I use dcraw to extract thumbnails from my raw files. You'll need to check
    > if it's available for MS.


    wow, talk about making things difficult.

    nothing reads them directly?
     
    nospam, Jul 25, 2012
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    Sqwertz Guest

    On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:21:28 +0100, Some Probable Innocent Person
    wrote:

    > I am a bit puzzled why you would want to do this.


    I just do.

    But I understand the fascination people have about insisting that they
    must understand the who, what, why and wherefore somebody wants to do
    something in particular. Often times the antagonist will even go so
    far as to hint they have the answer but are withholding it until the
    asker justifies his/her need for accomplishing the task in question.

    On Usenet, this is usually followed by several rounds of long,
    unnecessary, drawn-out explanations by the original poster as to why
    he/she wants to do this or that, while the antagonist tries to poke
    holes in his reasoning for wanting to do such a thing and insists on
    trying to convince the OP that he/she really doesn't want to do what
    he wants to do, that they're going about it all wrong, or simply flat
    out to refuse to accept the fact that the OP really wants to do this
    or that.

    Justifying the reasoning for wanting to do accomplish a task should
    not a prerequisite for asking a question.

    And yes <sigh>, now some of you are probably thinking that I must want
    to do this to support some sort of underhanded, unscrupulous, or even
    terrorist activity. And probably want to suggest that in a followup
    post. So spare me, OK? :)

    Don't take it personally. I don't know you or your intentions. It's
    just that I've been through this before and have watched it happen
    hundreds of times to others from the sidelines. This is just the
    first time I've decided to announce that I'm not going to play this
    game right up front and put it into words. Besides, now I can recycle
    and repost this rant of mine next time it comes up :)

    I repeat, "I just want to be able to do this".

    Cheers,

    -sw (been on Usenet *way* too long)
     
    Sqwertz, Jul 25, 2012
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  14. Sqwertz

    nospam Guest

    In article <>, Sqwertz
    <> wrote:

    > > I am a bit puzzled why you would want to do this.

    >
    > I just do.
    >
    > But I understand the fascination people have about insisting that they
    > must understand the who, what, why and wherefore somebody wants to do
    > something in particular. Often times the antagonist will even go so
    > far as to hint they have the answer but are withholding it until the
    > asker justifies his/her need for accomplishing the task in question.


    so why don't you explain why you want to do it.
     
    nospam, Jul 25, 2012
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:02:42 -0400, nospam <>
    wrote:

    >In article <>, Sqwertz
    ><> wrote:
    >
    >> > I am a bit puzzled why you would want to do this.

    >>
    >> I just do.
    >>
    >> But I understand the fascination people have about insisting that they
    >> must understand the who, what, why and wherefore somebody wants to do
    >> something in particular. Often times the antagonist will even go so
    >> far as to hint they have the answer but are withholding it until the
    >> asker justifies his/her need for accomplishing the task in question.

    >
    >so why don't you explain why you want to do it.


    Why the bloody hell should he?
    --

    Regards,

    Eric Stevens
     
    Eric Stevens, Jul 25, 2012
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    Sqwertz Guest

    On 24 Jul 2012 17:50:10 GMT, ray wrote:

    > I use dcraw to extract thumbnails from my raw files. You'll need to check
    > if it's available for MS.


    I saw some command line and shell utilities to do it. But this would
    be more convenient in a Windows GUI environment for practical
    integration purposes. Thanks.

    -sw
     
    Sqwertz, Jul 25, 2012
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    Martin Brown Guest

    On 25/07/2012 03:22, Sqwertz wrote:
    > On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:21:28 +0100, Some Probable Innocent Person
    > wrote:
    >
    >> I am a bit puzzled why you would want to do this.

    >
    > I just do.


    Then you will have to do it yourself. Any chance you ever had of help
    from me has entirely evaporated due to your caustic response here.

    > But I understand the fascination people have about insisting that they
    > must understand the who, what, why and wherefore somebody wants to do
    > something in particular. Often times the antagonist will even go so
    > far as to hint they have the answer but are withholding it until the
    > asker justifies his/her need for accomplishing the task in question.
    >
    > On Usenet, this is usually followed by several rounds of long,
    > unnecessary, drawn-out explanations by the original poster as to why
    > he/she wants to do this or that, while the antagonist tries to poke
    > holes in his reasoning for wanting to do such a thing and insists on
    > trying to convince the OP that he/she really doesn't want to do what
    > he wants to do, that they're going about it all wrong, or simply flat
    > out to refuse to accept the fact that the OP really wants to do this
    > or that.
    >
    > Justifying the reasoning for wanting to do accomplish a task should
    > not a prerequisite for asking a question.
    >
    > And yes <sigh>, now some of you are probably thinking that I must want
    > to do this to support some sort of underhanded, unscrupulous, or even
    > terrorist activity. And probably want to suggest that in a followup
    > post. So spare me, OK? :)
    >
    > Don't take it personally. I don't know you or your intentions. It's
    > just that I've been through this before and have watched it happen
    > hundreds of times to others from the sidelines. This is just the
    > first time I've decided to announce that I'm not going to play this
    > game right up front and put it into words. Besides, now I can recycle
    > and repost this rant of mine next time it comes up :)
    >
    > I repeat, "I just want to be able to do this".
    >
    > Cheers,
    >
    > -sw (been on Usenet *way* too long)


    Then you ought to know that your response to me here will not further
    your aims. You burned your boats and you don't *deserve* to be helped.

    --
    Regards,
    Martin Brown
     
    Martin Brown, Jul 25, 2012
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    ray Guest

    On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:54:43 -0400, nospam wrote:

    > In article <>, ray <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> I use dcraw to extract thumbnails from my raw files. You'll need to
    >> check if it's available for MS.

    >
    > wow, talk about making things difficult.
    >
    > nothing reads them directly?


    Don't know. But with my older Kodak P850 I routinely extract them. Then
    look them over to see if I really need to go with the raw data. Time is
    precious - I don't habitually diddle every raw file I shoot.
     
    ray, Jul 25, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    On 2012-07-24 00:32 , Sqwertz wrote:
    > I need a Windows utility that allows me to view the original thumbnail
    > stored in the EXIF data. A lot utilities will show you all the EXIF
    > info, and maybe the existence of a thumbnail, but not the actual
    > thumbnail picture.


    http://regex.info/exif.cgi

    example:
    http://regex.info/exif.cgi?dummy=on&imgurl=http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/15467961.jpg

    That analyzed an image on the web.

    You can also select images on your computer. (Upper left radio buttons).

    It's a webtool, however - so when analyzing a photo that you have it
    will upload it for analysis.

    Did you post as "J" in alt.photography on a similar need?

    --
    "Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities."
    -Samuel Clemens.
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 25, 2012
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    nospam Guest

    In article <>, ray <>
    wrote:

    > >> I use dcraw to extract thumbnails from my raw files. You'll need to
    > >> check if it's available for MS.

    > >
    > > wow, talk about making things difficult.
    > >
    > > nothing reads them directly?

    >
    > Don't know. But with my older Kodak P850 I routinely extract them. Then
    > look them over to see if I really need to go with the raw data. Time is
    > precious - I don't habitually diddle every raw file I shoot.


    if time is precious, you'd find software that could read the files
    directly.

    manually extracting thumbnails is about the least efficient way to do
    it. time is obviously not precious at all.
     
    nospam, Jul 25, 2012
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