Rename & Organize with EXIF - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Yes, I work fulltime as a .NET software developer.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

The biggest challenge was finding a balance between a full-time job, family with two children and my passion for programming. Technically, the hardest part was to make the UI simple enough for the less tech-savvy to understand and yet not let down the more experienced users who need advanced functionality.

"My name is Jan and I am a fullstack .NET software developer.
I have been active in the mobile device scene since the HTC Touch Diamond 2, which still ran Windows Mobile and was launched in 2009. There I was very fascinated by custom roms which drove me to develop something myself and I started to write small mods. Later, when Android became popular, I created custom roms myself and specialised in reverse engineering the HTC framework to extend it with a variety of my own features.
This hobby was very time consuming, sometimes I spent 100 hours a week debugging and coding. So I had to give it up when I became a father for the first time to be able to devote myself fully to my family. But I couldn't give up development completely, because I just enjoy coding...and so I turned to app development."

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

FX-File Explorer: The app is plain, simple, intuitive and yet versatile and feature-rich.

Amazon Photos: With a Prime account, you have unlimited storage space for photos, which is really handy if you have young children and take thousands of photos of them every year.

Teamviewer: Life saver when you don’t have a laptop around and are able to connect to your office PC to help some colleagues out. Even did some bug fixing recently on a vacation with my family on my phone because one of my apps crashed immediately when it was started.

How long have you been working on this app?

I started working on the app about five years ago.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

An easy to use but powerful app to rename and organize images and videos with their metadata

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

Compared to others my app also works with external storages and even SMB. It also has a service job function where you can automate rename and organize jobs. Feature wise you would need 4-5 or more other apps to achieve what my app can do on its own..and lots of features are unique in my app that are not available in other apps.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

I don't have any specific plans. Usually it works that way that users contact me via mail or join my telegram group and request features which I implement then.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Feel free to contact me via mail or join our telegram group if you need help using the app or have any feature suggestions.

Rename & Organize with EXIF

About App:

Rename your pictures with your desired timestamp formats and other EXIF metadata like camera model, manufacturer and many more.

Additional options are:
• Replace text in filename
• Append or prepend text
• Add a counter to your filenames
• To Upper- or Lowercase
• Manually rename and delete

Clean up your image and video collection by sorting your pictures into dated folders or named by the location. This all works automatically by using the EXIF metadata-

Move media to another location. That can be on the same storage, an SD-Card or even SMB storage. Want to only move specific media? Use EXIF Filters or Keywords to only move the ones you want.

EXIF Editor
Edit EXIF metadata directly in Picture Manager.
Use conditions to only edit EXIF attributes matching them.

Some special features:
• Set date on multiple images and increment the time with hour/minute/second
• Set the date and time delta on multiple images (to fix wrong timezone time for example)

Optimize images to reduce file size
By changing the dimensions and using webP compression you can reduze the file size and free up lots of space with nearly no quality loss.

Duplicates finder
Find duplicate images on your device to free up space!

Similar images finder
With an algorythm called PHash or AverageHash it is possible to find similar images.

Add GPS data from GPX file.
If your camera does not have a gps module you can record your gps coordinates with a 3rd party app into a gpx file. Picture Manager can then match timestamps from your images and the locations in the gpx file and write GPS data into your images.

Add missing EXIF thumbnails.
The thumbnail is used to display a preview images on your camera LCD screen or file explorers. It is saved into the EXIF metadata and helps cameras and file explores to show a preview of the image quickly because without it would require to read the whole image into memory beforehand

The premium version is an in app purchase and unlocks following features:

• Multiple presets
• Custom formats
• JobService to instantly rename and organize newly taken pictures
• SMB Support
• Similar images finder
• Add GPS data from .gpx file

Categories: Tools

Date: March 29, 2023

Developer: Jan D.

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