How to determine a digital picture's "picture taken" date from within VB6

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I have noticed that Windows XP shows the date a picture was taken on some digital images. This applies to pictures taken with a Sony Mavica camera that have not been manipulated in any way. How can I access the ability to determine a "picture taken" date from within VB6?

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Mmm... that type of information is not generally available in most pictures.
Sounds like the sony cam is storing that information in the comments section of
the image... so for those types of pictures taken from those cameras, you would
simply look in the comments section of the image and extract it...
These are EXIF header properties.  Short of decoding the JPG header yourself, I don't know how you can get these from VB6 alone.  You need to use either GDI+ or .Net which you can't do from VB, get a third party control, or write a bit of code in C++.

However, decoding the JPG header shouldn't be too hard.  Try starting here http://www.media.mit.edu/pia/Research/deepview/exif.html

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