May 26, 2018

Perl extension for extracting IPTC image meta-data

Ever wish you add information to your photos like a caption, the place you took it, the date, and perhaps even keywords and categories? You already can. The International Press Telecommunications Council IPTC defines a format for exchanging meta-information in news content, and that includes photographs. You can embed all kinds of information in your images. The trick is putting it to use.

That’s where this IPTCInfo Perl module comes into play. You can embed information using many programs, including Adobe Photoshop, and IPTCInfo will let your web server – and other automated server programs – pull it back out. You can use the information directly in Perl programs, export it to XML, or even export SQL statements ready to be fed into a database.

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