Use EXIF to auto rotate images on import

Discussion created by user744 on May 2, 2012
Latest reply on May 2, 2012 by AlanStirling

I work on a database that is used for dance competition photography. On any given weekend we import from 50,000 to 200,000 images from 1 to 4 photographers. These are imported automatically without intervention. The logisitics are daunting but these images are copied to folders which are auto imported using AppleScript and FileMaker's import from folder. They are then viewed by the dancers within a few minutes after the routine. The frustrating thing is that the EXIF data contained in the file contains the rotation information. The Finder on the Macintosh seems to use that data to display the pictures in their proper rotation. This auto rotation is done even if the pictures were simply copied from one drive to another vs. imported directly from the camera or chip. FileMaker only imports Filename, path, Image and Thumbnail as the four fields from the folder import. The EXIF data is in the file it's simply not accessed unless you import directly from the chip which in this case is not possible. Is there anyway to have FileMaker easily rotate these pictures. Right now we have to have user intervention to rotate the pictures for us. There are plug-ins that can go out and get the info from a file then apply the rotation. But when you are importing 200,000 pictures in a weekend, even that would be tough to implement. Really need this to happen on the fly as it imports. This import from folder code seems to have been the same ever since FM6. FM 12 seems to have the same options.


Any ideas would be appreicated.


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Finder Display.

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FileMaker Import of same images.