O Loading photos to Bundledocs if "date modified" is inaccurate but EXIF is intact

The date/time shown in Bundledocs as the Document Date is actually taken from the "date modified" time/date of the file loaded but that should be the same as the EXIF date/time taken. However certain computer operations, if not carefully carried out, can result in the "date modified" time/date being updated so that it is no longer the original time/date (even though the data has not been modified). It is also possible for certain computer operations to affect EXIF date/time taken but problems with EXIF data are less common and, when the do occur, invariably result in EXIF data being lost completely - not in the EXIF date/time taken data being modified. So if EXIF date/time taken is present, and it differs from the "date modified" time/date, it is the EXIF date/time which, of the two, is almost certainly the original. But even though the EXIF data may be more "important" than the "date modified" time/date, it is nevertheless highly desirable that the copy of the JPG on your computer should be absolutely the same as the original including "date modified" data so the first thing you should do in this situation is check that the original digital image, on the device it was taken on, is still intact, with "date modified" date/time the same as EXIF date/time taken, and, if it is, recopy it by a method which preserves date-modified and EXIF metadata and load it to Bundledocs using the normal procedure.

If, however, you have photos like this for which intact originals are not available, so that the JPGs you have (with accurate EXIF data but non-original "date modified") are the best available copies, you should proceed as follows to load such photos in a way which shows the correct date/time (taken from EXIF).

1. Use FastStone Photo Resizer Batch Convert option on a Windows computer to create PDF copies of the JPGs with names showing the correct date/time using the options shown below.

On the above panel select an Output Format of PDF, tick the Rename box and enter the characters $Y-$M-$D Photo taken at $H.$N.$S (with metadata shown) then tap the Convert button.

FastStone Photo Resizer will then create PDF copies named like this

2020-04-25 Photo taken at 18.01.22 (with metadata shown)

You can then, if you wish, rename individual PDF copies to add a brief description like this

2020-04-25 Photo of No 22 Garden - gap in wall - taken at 18.01.22 (with metadata shown)

Because each photo is uniquely identified by date and time taken it is not always necessary to add specific detail such as "gap in wall" - you could simply name it with the general subject like this

2020-04-25 Photo of No 22 Garden taken at 18.01.22 (with metadata shown)

If all the photos (or a significant number of them) are to have the same brief description then, rather than rename each PDF individually after it has been produced by FastStone Photo Resizer, you could, before tapping the Convert button, put e.g.

$Y-$M-$D Photo of No 22 Garden taken at $H.$N.$S (with metadata shown)

in the Rename box. 

2. Using ViewNX on your computer, tap Browse at the top left and, in the left hand panel, tap on the folder containing the JPGs, and thumbnails of the contents of that folder will be shown.

3. In ViewNX, select one of the affected JPGs and ensure that the File and Camera Information panel is open on the right showing the information for the selected JPG. Tap the Print button to bring up the Print panel. If you have used ViewNX before go to step 5. 

4. In the ViewNX Print panel, tap the Settings button at the top right and select a printer of Microsoft Print to PDF and tap OK to return to the Print panel. Then at the bottom right of the Print panel, tick the Print Information box and tap the Settings button immediately to the right of the tickbox. Tap the Metadata tab and select a print size of 16 and tap OK to return to the Print panel. ViewNX remembers the settings so you only have to do this once.

5. Adjust the position of the Print panel so that the File and Camera Information panel is not obscured. Then in the Print panel tap the Print button at the bottom. When you are prompted for the file name, navigate to the folder containing the PDFs you created with FastStone and select the appropriate photo PDF to overwrite it with the ViewNX image of the photo showing the EXIF data. You can check that you have selected the correct PDF by ensuring that the date and time shown in the PDF name matches the Date Shot information in the File and Camera Information panel.

6. Repeat steps 3 and 5 for the remaining JPGs.

7. Load the PDFs which you have created to Bundledocs (by tapping the Add Documents button). Then go to each of the PDFs you have loaded to Bundledocs and do the following for each one:

a.) Check that the Display Date Format for the document in Bundledocs is dd MMM yyyy

b.) Cut/paste the date from the Document Title to the Document Date as shown below.

        before cut/paste

Document Date Document Title
 11 May 2020 2020-04-25 Photo of No 22 Garden taken at 18.01.22 (with metadata shown)

after cut/paste

Document Date Document Title
 25 Apr 2020 Photo of No 22 Garden taken at 18.01.22 (with metadata shown)

The cut/paste works because the input format for the date in the Bundledocs Document Date box is always yyyy-mm-dd whatever the Display Date Format. 


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