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I am looking for a known good php class that will allow me to read and write the image exif header data on a jpeg image. I downloaded a few but none works yet...
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Ray Paseur earned 500 total points
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PHP has built-in extensions for this.  If you haven't tried them I would start there first.
http://php.net/manual/en/book.exif.php

You might also want to try using JavaScript.
https://github.com/jseidelin/exif-js

The problem you're likely to encounter is that Exif is not really a very well supported standard and has all kinds of variable data in strange formats.  If you know exactly what camera and firmware you're dealing with, you may be able to tailor a solution, but if you don't control that, you may find the Exif data to be highly variable or missing.  To see how "well supported" Exif is today, just visit http://exif.org/

If you decide to do this yourself, start your research here (and be patient with the testing process, planning for soft failures and good default values).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exchangeable_image_file_format
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Thanks Ray. I was afraid of that. I will keep this open a little longer incase anybody else wants to chime in.
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If it's any consolation, we're dealing with the same issue at my office - a variety of image sources including phones, cameras, and online libraries.  Fortunately we have found that most of our client base doesn't really care too much about the Exif details, as long as they can capture or supply a name, photographer and description for each image.

In any case, thanks for the points and best of luck with the project! ~Ray
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Thanks, you might have saved me from 10 hours of work with nothing to show. I agree I can read the data all day long but writing it back to the image is a different story.
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