Older ZoomBrowsers, like version 2.2 included with the first Digital
Ixus (PowerShot S100) camera, use a proprietary database (*.ZBD) to
save image thumbnails, user comments, and EXIF information. Image
processing operations, like rotations, are destructive in ZBE 2.2. That
means that the image quality decreases every time when image is
rotated. Also all embedded EXIF data (like camera settings) are
destroyed from the image file. ZoomBrowser EX stores camera settings
and user comments in its own database, so you cannot see that they are
destroyed from the file itself.
Because you cannot export information from the ZoomBrowser EX database, you cannot switch to another image archiving program without losing image information: user comments typed in ZBE are hidden in the database and EXIF data (camera settings) have been destroyed from images that have been rotated or edited in ZoomBrowser.
ZoomBrowserEXport is a Microsoft Excel 97 macro that extracts the
image titles, comments, and camera settings from ZoomBrowser EX 2.2
onto an Excel worksheet. After that you can save the information, for
example, in a tab delimited text file. Text files can read without
ZoomBrowser EX, so you can then uninstall ZBE completely and switch to
another image archiving program without losing access to image
ZoomBrowserEXport cannot recover complete EXIF data for the image -
it can recover only the information that is available in ZoomBrowser EX
"Camera Properties for Image" window. It cannot inject the EXIF data
back to the image files either - however, it is possible to
build a tool that reads the exported text file and injects the EXIF
data back to image files. (If somebody has time to create such tool,
please inform me!)
CAUTION: ZoomBrowserEXport supports only ZoomBrowser EX version 2.2 (English) on English Windows. However, if you have basic Visual Basic knowledge, you can modify the code to support other ZBE languages and/or other Windows languages (see macro code comments for modification instructions). Do not touch the keyboard or mouse during export process. Backup your ZoomBrowser EX database before trying to use ZoomBrowserEXport - if the tool fails, it may damage ZBE image comments or other information.
For more information, take a look at the source code in Microsoft Excel Visual Basic editor (ALT+F11).