Pinta eats-up all metadata after saving JPEG file

Bug #1084236 reported by grofaty on 2012-11-28
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
pinta (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Using pinta-1.5-preview-20121121 on Windows XP. On Pinta ideas web page there is problem with EXIF data mentioned. I have manage to reproduce the problem:
1. Create some image with camera (I created it with my very old phone) and copy it to computer, name it before_pinta.jpg
2. Copy image with operating system tool and name copied image after_pinta.jpg.
3. Open after_pinta.jpg with Pinta mark some area with Rectangle Select and crop selection.
4. Save the file with File | Save or CTRL+S.
5. Install some program that can read EXIF data from JPEG file like "Exifer for Windows" - Download button is at the bottom of web page
6. Start Exifer for Windows and open

grofaty (grofaty) wrote :
grofaty (grofaty) wrote :

Just a note I have tested the same problem with Gimp 2.8.2 on Windows XP and Gimp does not eat-up EXIF data.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Confirmed
Robert Roth (evfool) on 2012-11-29
affects: ubuntu → pinta (Ubuntu)
Changed in pinta:
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Confirmed
Alan Pater (alan-pater) wrote :

I use pinta on Ubuntu Linux and the same problem exists. I notice that it not just EXIF data, but all metadata stored in the photo.

I tested with a Sample image containing a large amount of metadata: EXIF, IPTC and XMP. In my case I simply used Pinta to rotate the photo 90 degrees and then re-saved it. All the metadata was lost in the process.

To confirm that the metadata was not in the resulting image I tested with several tools: EoG and exiftool,

Alan Pater (alan-pater) wrote :
summary: - Pinta eats-up EXIF data after saving JPEG file
+ Pinta eats-up all metadata after saving JPEG file
Alan Pater (alan-pater) wrote :

Re-tested with Pinta 1.6 from the Pinta Daily PPA.

The same problem occurs. Data is lost from the image when rotating 90 degrees and re-saving.

Alan Horkan (horkana) wrote :

I'm not an expert but I've spent some time looking at the code for file formats in Pinta. What seems to happen with every type of image is that it is imported into memory and then exported, in effect creating a whole new image. Extra information like metadata gets lost along the way (for PNG, JPEG, and any other format).

The technology used underneath is from GTK, the GDK (drawing layer of GTK) and GdkPixbuf.
If I'm reading the documentation right GdkPixbuf only reads a very limited bit of metadata, enough to check the image orientation. The advantage of GdkPixbuf is that it is (relatively) simple, which is also the disadvantage. To avoid losing metadata such as Exif or XMP the code would need to get more complicated.

As a workaround you might be able using external tools to copy the exif from your original image to new image created by Pinta.

Rolf Leggewie (r0lf) on 2015-02-20
Changed in pinta (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Alan Pater (alan-pater) wrote :

Well, with exiv2 one can export all metadata to external files and then re-import the data after modifying the image in Pinta.

Automating that would be best, let's make the computers do all the work for us!

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