Easily add and search comments on your (JPEG) images.

One great feature of JPEG images that make them a great asset over, lets say, PNG images is the fact that one can add comments to them. Adding comments is supported directly by Windows so you can always manually add comments to each image one at a time (usually it involves right clicking on the image, going to properties and add/changing the comment). However this can be a big pain and the inconvenience of adding comments is often the reason in why people don’t take advantage of the commenting feature. Well no point in crying about past grievances: let bygones be bygones; say hello to Scott’s JPEG commenter:

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Scott’s JPEG commenter is an application that allows you to easily add/modify JPEG comments. As an added bonus there is also a search feature built in so you can search all the comments also.

Scott’s JPEG commenter is very easy to use:

  1. Use the folder tree at the upper left to  browse to a directory that contains jpeg files.
  2. The ‘file’ list, shown in the above screenshot, will show the JPEG files that are in the folder.
  3. Click a file to display it’s comments. The comments will be displayed in the text box at the bottom of the program window: in the comment editor.
  4. You may type whatever you want in the comment editor to modify or create a new comment whenever a JPEG file is selected.

To search the comments, simply go to “Search” -> “Find Text in Comments”. You can also just press Ctrl + F5. Type in whatever you want to search for and hit “OK”. The search feature works in the same way as “Ctrl + F” does for, say, Internet Explorer to Firefox: the results will be displayed one image at a time; you must go to “Search” -> “Find Next” or hit F3 to find the next image that matches your search query.

Unfortunately Scott’s JPEG commenter is not a standalone or portable application; you must install it. The installation only takes up 2.4 MB on your hard drive so don’t worry about it being a hard drive hog. Also, keep in mind that the comments you add to JPEG images are stored with the JPEG images themselves; so while Scott’s JPEG commenter is not portable, the comments you add to JPEG images stay with the images no matter what you do with the images. Therefore, you can add comments to images, and put the images on a CD (for example). To view and search the comments all you would have to do is pop the CD into a computer, install Scott’s JPEG commenter and run it. However there is one draw back: the comments created/stored by Scott’s JPEG commenter seem to be in a different “location” then what would happen if you went under “Properties” and changed the comments on an image via Windows directly; Windows (Vista at least) is not able to natively read the comments created by Scott’s. In other words, you need Scott’s to view the comments on JPEG images. This is not that big of a deal since the comments are still stored within the JPEG images themselves like mentioned above but it is worth pointing out.

Lastly, Scott’s JPEG commenter works with “all” Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, and Vista. Ready to give Scott’s JPEG commenter a try? You can download it from the following link:

Click here to download Scott’s JPEG commenter

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  1. Block

    Re: Image Metadata – why not use Irfanview?
    I sent this message to an associate some time back and I have not had time to load comments into image files to compare Irfanview’s results with those of Scott’s JPEG Commenter. But, I would suggest that the search window of Irfanview appears to take care of all these needs and much more.

    “Irfanview Viewer will look for and display EXIF, IPTC, and COMMENTS metadata embedded in image files.

    “Moreover, it appears that it can open a search window that will look across all the image files on your computer for keywords/names in such metadata to pull up the images of your inquiry.

    http://www.irfanview.net/
    have to download and install the plugins too to get this feature.

    “It can look at each of the metadata, one at a time, while image is displayed on screen. Can edit metadata.”

  2. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    As I told you via email… I need a response from NGView developer before posting about it. I already explained to you what I would like changed w/ NGView.

    The search tool works different in NGView and Scott’s; you have used both so there is no need for me to explain to you exactly how. I personally like the idea of finding a result one at time (instead of running the search and rerunning it every time you select an image like with NGView) but yes NGView’s search tool also has its advantages.

    There are advantages for both NGView and Scott’s. I find Scott’s a lot more simple and easy to use for adding comments; NGView is more complicated (because it is more then just a jpeg comment editor) but still gets the job done.

    Lastly, I am not sure if Scott’s is shareware or freeware (some places list it as freeware and the developer’s website is not very clear about it) but you do not have to pay to use it; it is an ‘unlimited’ free license.

  3. David Roper

    I have used Scott’s and I have tried to reach Dr Scott via email after I paid the money for this shareware. Still no reply. Searches using this program work exactly like my other favorite program, NGView, which is currently freeware, not shareware.

    Plus NGView will find and mark all files with a search and gives the option for AND, OR, and EXACT MATCH searches. This means if you are searching for ALL the JPGs from your last vacation, to copy them to another folder, NGView can do it, but Scott’s finds the files only one at a time. I will not even begin to explain the logic of AND and OR advantage in a search.

    Both programs store the comments or notes in the same place in the JPGS, that means they can read each other’s notes. That’s a good thing.
    Windows stores its comments in a different place in the JPG so neither NGView nor Dr. Scott’s can read Windows comments. NGView author Nagy Gabor told me if he had another $280 he could buy the software to allow the windows area notes to be read as well, but as Freeware there’s no money in it. Is there some millionaire that can support this? Nope?

    NGView is a viewer of JPG,GIF,PNG, TXT, and Video as well so it’s not a one trick pony.

    NGView is portable – put it on a memory stick if you like. Dr.Scott’s must be installed. You choose which one is better for you.

    Two years ago I had high hopes for Dr. Scott but check out his 2007 copyright notice. NGView is still improving and as Freeware at that.
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