Tweak Photo Metadata with FotoTagger

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jun 22, 2010 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Need to quickly add a title or tags to a few photos? You can use a full-blown photo management application like digiKam for that, but the FotoTagger tool might be a better tool for the job. This lightweight utility allows you to quickly add titles, tags, and descriptions to your photos. Although FotoTagger does only one thing, it does it fast and with a minimum of fuss, which makes it a good alternative to a heavyweight photo application.

FotoTagger is written in Python, and to make it work on your machine you have to install the python-qt4 and python-pyexiv2 packages and their dependencies. On Ubuntu, you can do this using the sudo apt-get install python-qt4 python-pyexiv2 command.

Grab then the latest release of FotoTagger and unpack the downloaded archive. In the terminal, switch to the resulting directory and launch FotoTagger using the python fototagger.py command.

Using FotoTagger is ridiculously easy. Press the Select button to pick the directory containing the photos you want to edit. Once the photos are loaded into the application, select a single photo and enter a title, tags, and a description in the appropriate fields. Hit the Save button to write the provided data into the photo's metadata. That's all there is to it.

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