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Graphics Software Reviews: IDPhotos and MetaEditor

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IDPhotos Online

Convert photos to passport format.

Conforms to international standards.

Provides help on criteria.

Save time and money.

Applying for a passport or identity card can be complicated at the best of times. The most inconvenient part is paying your photos to be taken in a booth then sending the application, not knowing if the pictures will be accepted. Many passport applications are rejected due to the pictures not conforming to the standards.

The process is made simple with lDPhotos, which helps you to use your own pictures for ID purposes, and ensures they meet the right criteria. It also gives you a chance to end up with a photo you’re proud of on your card, rather than an unfortunate shot that could embarrass you for the next 10 years. It has templates of international specifications for different types of ID, including passports, visas and rail cards. After loading a photo and selecting a template, you’re guided through any adjustments required.

You’re first asked to set points on the image to define the position of the eyes, chin, and top of the head, the software then rotates the image as necessary and advises on what changes need to be made. Cropping the picture is easy, with sliders to change the size of the window, while maintaining the correct width to height ratio. When the picture is framed properly, you can adjust the contrast and color levels to make up for poor lighting, and export the picture for printing. Pictures will be automatically printed at the correct size, but if printing at home, you need to be sure that your printer can produce photo-quality images.

MetaEditor

Read and edit image file metadata.

Export to XML and text formats.

Convert multiple files.

Organize photos more effectively.

Metadata is extra information that’s saved as part of a file, so that programs and devices can read it. When digital cameras take photos, they store a standard set of metadata, which usually includes the date and time of the picture and the camera settings used at the time. Having a program to read this data can help to catalogue and identify pictures using tags, and is handy in identifying what camera settings work best. Also, by embedding your own notes in the image file itself, you can be sure they won’t become separated, as it persists when copied between devices.

MetaEditor is a handy tool for digital photographers that can be used to read and edit the metadata associated with photos. It can also to add new tags and comments to help you sort your images.

After loading a picture into the program, you have options to view the metadata, and the Tags list shows further information you can add to the image. As well as technical and copyright restrictions, comments can be added. You can even use the GPS function to attach precise information about your subject’s location by importing data in Google Earth’s KML file format, which includes exact co-ordinates in GPS form. After you’ve edited a file, click on the Commit Changes button, and it will be updated. MetaEditor does not recompress files when saving, so no picture quality is lost.

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