EXIF, or Exchangeable Image File Format, is a standard that specifies the formats for images, sound and other important tags commonly used by digital cameras, scanners and other systems, which handle recorded image and sound files. You can view this metadata information in the default Windows properties of images and other files. The default Windows Explorer lists down all meta data of images in the Details view, but it is a bit limited in its EXIF data representation. Handling an image collection using just the default options can be a bit difficult for a professional photographer. PhotoGrok is a Java-based application that allows you to view images and other file types grouped together according to metadata. More on PhotoGrok after the break.
The application features a Folder Manager, allows you to enter a comma separated list of Tree Tags, and lets you include and exclude Filters for searching and listing specific file types. The main interface is divided into 3 vertical panes. The left pane contains the Folder Tree that lets you navigate between folders and add image files to the application, the middle pane shows a preview of the contents of the selected folder, as well as selected the image, while the right pane lists all the meta data information of the selected file. Whenever available, important information about an image, including its File Name, ISO, Shutter Speed and Focal Length, is listed below the preview of the selected image.
Click Tools menu at the top left to access different utilities offered by the application. The Folder Manager lets you add folders to the list, which will be searched for files while creating the Folder Tree.
The Tree Tag tool lets you enter a comma-separated list of tags that will be used to build the tree hierarchy. You can either enter the tags manually or click Advanced and choose them from a list.
Filters can be added for different file types used for creating the Folder Tree, including Contains, Doesn’t Contain, Starts With, Ends With etc. The filters can be set to either Match all of the following, or Match any of the Following options.
The Configuration window allows you to change ExifTool Path, Slideshow Duration, Export Width and Height etc.
Since it’s a java based application, it works on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, provided JRE (Java Runtime Environment) is installed. We did not experience any stability issues during testing.