Version 1.5 (10/07/2014)
Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
Price: Free / Donations
Have you ever formatted your camera’s memory card accidentally or deleted images erroneously? Well, a lot of people have, including myself.
When I had that problem many years ago, I found out how to locate the images in the storage medium’s raw data using a hex editor, but of course it turned out to be pretty cumbersome. The idea of having this tedious job done by a software was a logical consequence – and Exif Untrasher is the result.
Exif Untrasher is a tool that will try to locate photos in JPEG format on any kind of storage medium (SD card, CF card, memory stick, hard disk, …) and save them to your Mac. It won’t succeed in every case, but a lot of people were very relieved to find out that it did a pretty good job for them. And even if it fails, it doesn’t make things worse, as it does not alter the memory card.
Things to know
To use Exif Untrasher, the camera’s memory card must be mounted as a volume on your Mac. When restoring photos from USB stick or hard drive, this is automatically the case, and when dealing with a memory card you can use your Mac’s card reader, an external reader or connect the camera to the Mac via USB (in case it supports the “Mass Storage Protocol”).
Moreover, only JPEG images can be rescued—there’s neither support for RAW nor for movies of any type.
Exif Untrasher has been used successfully to restore photos taken with various cameras, smartphones and tablets by several manufacturers, such as Apple, Canon, Fuji, Kodak, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh and others.
Exif Untrasher is localized in English, German, French and Italian.
- “my results using the software were impressive. it found all of the photos i was looking for, and more besides - older photos i had deleted manually from the camera. very cool.” (comment on osxx.org)
- “I just tried it out [...] and it recovered 409 photos. Absolutely amazing.” (comment on macosxhints.com)
- “It worked very good in each tested combination. Exif Untrasher is a must have for digital professionals.” (comment on versiontracker.com)
- “Great program, works as advertised, simple and direct.” (comment on macupdate.com)