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exiftool.org/gui queensu links and install dir recommendations

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obetz:
Hi Phil,

https://exiftool.org/gui/ has several links to queensu.ca

Changing this would be a good opportunity to get rid of the recommendation for the installation directory:

"Now copy renamed exiftool file into Windows directory -this is the best place- and ExifTool is ready to be used" is a bad advice.

ExifToolGUI searches first it's installation directory, so putting ExifTool.exe in the same folder as ExifToolGUI.exe is a pretty good place unless the user already has ExifTool.exe in his "path".

The same applies to  jhead.exe & jpegtran.exe: "If you think you might need this GUI feature, then copy both files into Windows directory" should be changed.

I didn't try where ExifToolGUI.exe looks for jhead.exe and jpegtran.exe, but both shall not be in the Windows directory.

Oliver

Phil Harvey:
Hi Oliver,

I've changed the links, thanks.  The GUI directory isn't as good because then the utilities aren't available via the command line unless you specify the path.

- Phil

obetz:

--- Quote from: Phil Harvey on February 19, 2020, 07:05:36 AM ---The GUI directory isn't as good because then the utilities aren't available via the command line unless you specify the path.

--- End quote ---

The ExifToolGUI directory is in any case a better place than the Windows directory. For people only using ExifToolGUI (and not the command line), it's not even bad.

People using ExifTool "anywhere" need to put it in a suitable place (not the Windows directory) and add it to the path environment variable.

The recommended directories are:

1. For all users, with admin rights: %ProgramFiles(x86)%\ExifTool. The advantage is that the ExifTool installation is then protected against unintentional or malicious modification.

2. Without admin rights: %LocalAppData%\Programs\ExifTool. Also good if you want to fiddle with the sources.

Think what a mess that would be if every program was installed into the Windows directory.

Oliver

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