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From "Charles Matthew Chen" <>
Subject Re: Sanselan Metadata generation.
Date Sat, 02 Feb 2008 18:14:15 GMT
Hi Arnaud,

   Sorry, the sample code could have been more clear on that point.

   I've changed the changeExifMetadata() method of
WriteExifMetadataExample like so:

// new import
import org.apache.sanselan.common.BinaryConstants;

	public void changeExifMetadata(File jpegImageFile, File dst)
			throws IOException, ImageReadException, ImageWriteException
		OutputStream os = null;
			TiffOutputSet outputSet =  null;

			// note that metadata might be null if no metadata is found.
			IImageMetadata metadata = Sanselan.getMetadata(jpegImageFile);
			JpegImageMetadata jpegMetadata = (JpegImageMetadata) metadata;
			if (null != jpegMetadata)
				// note that exif might be null if no Exif metadata is found.
				TiffImageMetadata exif = jpegMetadata.getExif();

				if (null != exif)
					// TiffImageMetadata class is immutable (read-only).
					// TiffOutputSet class represents the Exif data to write.
					// Usually, we want to update existing Exif metadata by changing
					// the values of a few fields, or adding a field.
					// In these cases, it is easiest to use getOutputSet() to
					// start with a "copy" of the fields read from the image.
					 outputSet = exif.getOutputSet();
				outputSet =  new TiffOutputSet(BinaryConstants.BYTE_ORDER_INTEL);


   Simply put, if the image file doesn't contain any Exif metadata,
create a new instance of the TiffOutputSet data structure and use it
instead of one derived from old metadata.

   I hope you find this helpful.


I've cc'd the sanselan-dev mailing list again.

On Feb 2, 2008 9:23 AM, Arnaud Mondit <> wrote:
> Hi, it's me again :)
> Your advices helped me a lot writing GPS metadata into jpeg files, but now
> I'm facing new problems.
> The software I'm writing takes picture files from a folder and then places
> them on a "google maps"-like map (using gps coordinates and the swingx-ws
> library), and also provides the ability to set gps coordinates to untagged
> pictures. That works quite well using your library with pictures that
> already have metadata, but not at all with picture that dont (those which
> Sanselan.getMetadata(picture) returns null).
> Is there any way to generate metadata (without informations) so that I could
> write GPS metadata in it and then write it back to the file ? I couldn't
> find any indications for that in your examples or in your code.
> Thanks again.
> Arnaud Mondit

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