xIFr - Getting started

xIFr is a browser extension to show EXIF, XMP and IPTC metadata in jpg images.

After having installed it in your desktop browser, you can use this page as an introduction to features of xIFr, or to test it works as expected... The first three cases below may seem a bit boring, because even though they technically are very different, with xIFr you just do the same every time. But the last two cases have helpful tips for your daily use...

Basic functionality

Basic functionalty

The photo to the left is an image embedded the most simple and straight forward way you can do it (using the "<img>" html tag). To open xIFr and see metadata of the photo, right click on the image and choose "View EXIF data" in the context menu...

Getting data from a background image

Deep Search

Photo to the right is not an ordinary html image element like above, but an image defined as a background style of another type of element. Many EXIF viewers cannot show you data for that. But with xIFr you usually don't care. Just right-click like before to open context menu and xIFr...

Getting data from an image behind a layer

Deep Search

The image to the left is sitting "behind" a layer. When right-clicking, you are clicking on a layer, not directly on the image. Many EXIF viewers won't show you data for the image in such cases. But xIFr usually works fine anyway. When right-clicking on [layer above] image, you can still select to open xIFr and see metadata of the image.

Notice, in a case like this (and cases like previous and next), you could say xIFr is kind of "guessing" which image you want to see data for, but it usually makes the right guess.

Ignore smaller images

Deep Search

Sometimes smaller images, logos or icons are placed above the "primary" image. At first if you try to see Exif data of the big photo to the right, you will probabably get data for one of the thumbnails. That is because the smaller images are technically closer to the webpage-element your click is registered on. But xIFr has a trick. Hold down the Shift-key while selecting "View EXIF data" in the context menu, and xIFr will ignore smaller images.

When is an image considered "small"? The default limit is 30.625 "squarepixels" (equivalent to for example 175x175 pixels), but it can be configured on xIFr's Options Page.

Avoid right-click hijacking

Browser functionality

This is not really a feature of xIFr, but a little browser tip... On some webpages the browser's default right-click context-menu is overriden by other functionality or just blocked. But with Firefox there's a simple way you usually can get it back. Just hold down the Shift-key while right-clicking on the image or page, and the browser's default context-menu should appear. Try right-clicking on the photo to the left - with and without holding Shift-key...