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« on: November 23, 2017, 05:55 »
I've switched from Windows to Ubuntu (Linux) and I'm having strange metadata problems with the Darktable program.  The metadata I enter in Darktable doesn't upload to Shutterstock and seems hit and miss with Dreamstime. However, if I put in the data, save the file then upload to Photoshelter the data is there; and if I then save the Photoshelter file back to my computer and re-upload to SS then all the data appears.
Does anybody else have this problem? The Photoshelter work-around is a bit clumsy and I don't understand why this should happen. If there's a simple way of getting the data read without going through Photoshelter it would be better.

« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2017, 12:58 »
I guess that tells you how many of us use Linux :)

If you remember when reading metadata was new, there were all sorts of problems depending on which software had written the file. I'm guessing you've found an app whose format is valid, but isn't properly read by the agencies because no one was using that before.

I don't (my Mac is Unix under the hood, but that doesn't count), but I did wonder if Irfanview was available on Linux. It isn't, but apparently runs OK under a Windows virtual machine, but I found a list of Irfanview alternatives for Linux and wondered if you'd tried any of these?


There's also ExifTool - and if you scroll down there's a list of Linux tools that use this library



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