I have taken pictures from digital cameras and scanned old photos, and edited them with Windows 8 photo. When I try to display the pictures on a digital picture frame, many are rotated incorrectly. Phillips says I must wash them thru paint one at a time to fix this. Are there frames that can read them like the computer does?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Don't have an answer about which digital frames, but if you do decide to re-orient your files instead, there are better tools than paint, many of which can losslessly auto-rotate a whole batch. The standard is probably jhead, but there's a list of other possibly useful software here. \$\endgroup\$ May 24, 2016 at 6:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Windows itself can losslessly rotate images in its image viewer, that's a pretty quick way to do it. Though a better photo frame should be able to read orientation information and rotate automatically. Sorry but I don't know specifically which frames do this. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 11, 2017 at 0:41

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Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure whether a digital picture frame will automatically rotate images for you is to try it. To avoid problems, you can rotate your images prior to copying them to the frame for display.

  • exiftran can losslessly rotate images based on the Exif orientation tag:

    exiftran -abip *.jpg
  • jhead also uses the Exif orientation tag:

    jhead -autorot *.jpg
  • To my knowledge, jpegtran does not use the orientation tag:

    jpegtran -copy all -rotate 90 -outfile output.jpg input.jpg

    However, it does come with a utility exifautotran that reads the orientation tag and calls jpegtran to perform the actual rotation.

Keep backups of the originals. Some tools have been known to corrupt the MakerNotes tags when rotating images.


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