Welcome to the renewed www.martinbuitelaar.com site. Previously this domain as linked to a blogger blog, but now I have decided to merge a number of sites into www.martinbuitelaar.com.
The site is based on wordpress and will contain various bits of information that I would like to share.
Have fun!

Please note that all entries before this one have been migrated from www.martinbuitelaar.nl to www.martinbuitelaar.com. Not all content has been translated to English yet.

This also applies to some templates 😉

Useful for web developers

When you are working on web sites regularly you have probably done some testing using various different browsers. There are a number of scenarios for doing this:

  • install all the browsers on your machine
  • use virtual machines for various ous operating system / browser combinations
  • no cross browser testing 😉
  • etc.

Sometimes these scenarios are not possible or even unwanted.

Recently I discovered the following site: http://www.xenocode.com/browsers/.

From this page it is possible to install a browser plugin that enables you to start other browsers from the web page without having to install them.

The technology is based on virtualisation and streaming.

This is very interesting. Please let me know if this is useful

Copy the file date to EXIF

On my iPhone I make pictures using Darkroom Premium. Since I use this software and not the standard application the EXIF data is not stored in the pictures. Not having the GPS information is not such a big problem. But not having a date and time is!

In this specific situation the file date and time corresponds with the date and time at which the picture was taken. To correct this on my PC I use a script that copies the file date to some EXIF fields.
The script uses exiftool by Phil Harvey which is a brilliant piece of software when you want to manipulate the metadata of a picture

(1) "C:\Program Files\exiftool\exiftool.exe" "-FileModifyDate>CreateDate" *.jpg
(2) "C:\Program Files\exiftool\exiftool.exe" "-CreateDate>DateTimeOriginal" *.jpg
(3) "C:\Program Files\exiftool\exiftool.exe" "-CreateDate>ModifyDate" *.jpg
(4) "C:\Program Files\exiftool\exiftool.exe" "-CreateDate>FileModifyDate" *.jpg


C:\Program Files\exiftool\ is the location of exiftool.
*.jpg are the files that need to be updated.

First the file modify date (FileModifyDate) is copied to the EXIF field CreateDate (1).

Then the  CreateDate is copied to DateTimeOriginal and ModifyDate (2 and 3).

By this changes the change date of the file is modified. Because of this this field (FileModifyDate) is restored again (4).

After the first copy action the field CreateDate is being used. This will not change during the script. The file date (FileModifyDate) will change with every operation. If you use this as “source” the EXIF fields will contain three different dates. You probably do not want this to happen 😉