Meet the Exif Viewer Developer

Why was Exif Viewer created?

Went to Europe. Took lots of digital photographs. Developed a Windows Desktop slide show that displayed random images with various transition effects. Got tired of turning my head 90 degrees to view rotated images. Wondered if there was a way to determine the picture orientation and display it properly. Found a C program that retrieved the orientation data from JPEGs and translated it into JavaScript/ActiveX under Internet Explorer. Modified the slide show appropriately, making my neck very happy. Realized that there was a lot more interesting data that could be extracted from JPEGs. Extended my code to do so in IE and Windows. Pondered the wisdom of confining myself to that browser and operating system. Thought of Firefox extensions. Went through a simple tutorial on extension-writing, played around with a couple of samples, modified the one involving a pop-up window. Kept modifying it until it could display the EXIF data for local files. Released it on an unsuspecting public via addons.mozilla.org. Received lots of feedback, bug reports, suggestions, etc. Modified it to work on remote files, modified it to work with attachments in Thunderbird, modified it to extract Adobe XMP data.

What's next for Exif Viewer

Fix bugs as reported by users. Add features requested by users. Test the existing extension every time the mozidiots create a new major version of Firefox/Thunderbird and change the API.

About the Developer

Developer Information
Name Alan Raskin
User since March 5, 2007
Number of add-ons developed 1 add-on
Average rating of developer's add-ons Rated 4 out of 5 stars