image browser and JPEG comments

Todd Slater dontodd at
Tue Nov 8 20:22:16 UTC 2005

On 11/8/05, paul cooke <paul.cooke100 at> wrote:
> On Monday 07 November 2005 17:12, Todd Slater wrote:
> > On 11/7/05, N Chosechu <chosechu at> wrote:
> > > > All I have are more questions. Are the comments stored in the EXIF
> > > > tags, or is this completely outside the realm of exif? How do you get
> > > > the comments in the image to begin with?
> > >
> > >  % wrjpgcom -comment text filename
> > >
> > >  Quoting the man page:
> >
> > <snip>
> >
> > >  If I understood correctly, EXIF data are meant to store ancillary data
> > > related
> > >  to the acquisition. While you can certainly tweak EXIF into accepting
> > > comments,
> > >  it seems a better idea to use JPEG comments for what they were made for.
> >
> > I don't know of any app that'll  let you do what you want.
> Gwenview, it allows you to print the comments as well, don't know about
> thumbnail sheets though... it's available already in Ubuntu as part of
> Kubuntu... you will have no problems running it in ordinary Ubuntu. Just
> enable whatever repository is required () and find it using synaptic.

Like gThumb and others, Gwenview saves them in a db, not embedded in
the file. Frank mentioned XNView which I remember looking at under
Hoary but couldn't get to work; well it now works and saves IPTC data!
Also, jbrout will save IPTC data, but this app is a good bit less
stable (but GPL'd) than XNView. Also, jbrout seems to be more of an
organizer in that its tags become IPTC data which you can use to
sort/search images. I'm very hopeful about it! If you visit the jbrout
page there are instructions for adding a repository to install it via


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