metadata in the "get info"-panel...

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by ZballZ, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. ZballZ macrumors regular

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    So, as of Tiger, it is possible to see some of the IPTC-metadata of an image directly in the "get info"-panel (under "more info"). Fx the image dimensions, keywords, device make etc.

    BUT; why dont I see fx the caption? Or the author? Is there any way to control which of the data is shown? I would much rather see any notes, captions or titles of an image, instead of color profile or device model...

    The thing is, I would like to have easy access to this information. I normally use cocoviewX to add any metadata i like. But I would like to have my caption-comment show in the "get info"-window, is this possible in any way?

    It is simply too much of a hassle to have to open applications to find the info, when it must be accessible in the "get info"-panel. Or am I wrong?

    any help appreciated...thx
     
  2. ZballZ thread starter macrumors regular

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    No app, simply OSX. When you click "apple-I" on a jpg file, and the "info"-window opens, it will display certain - but not all - meta-data...
     
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    OK, the app is the Finder. I've never used the Finder to get much info about any file, let alone EXIF. I usually open the file in Preview, which gives you substantially more information, provided it's in the file's header.
     
  4. ZballZ thread starter macrumors regular

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    hey caveman, thx for the replies...

    I just realised that preview, photoshop or cocoview (which i use to edit my metadata), recompresses the jpg-file, when i add a simple keyword. Is this stupid or what?? I did a test and found that all the apps does this...

    I had a 4,8 MB jpg-file, opened in preview, added a keyword, and exited the app. After that my jpg-file was down to 1,9 MB. Any way to avoid this? I dont want to lose the quality of my images just because I add a little meta-data. I actually thought that the metadata didnt affect the original jpg-file...
     
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Every time you save a jpeg file, it gets recompressed and data are lost. You should use a lossless format for editing and only use jpeg as your final export. I use PSD format in Photoshop.
     
  6. ZballZ thread starter macrumors regular

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    so basically what you're saying is, there is no way to add comments/metadata to my jpg's without losing quality of the image. If this is the case I guess 'adding comments' is a pretty bad idea...
     
  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    I'm not sure what your solution is other than to use a lossless format as a "master" image, then when you add a comment export the master as a jpeg. Resaving jpegs is always going to compromise their quality.
     
  8. ZballZ thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok, understand now. But I actually thought that it was possible to edit the meta-data without affecting the 'jpg-data'...but I guess not.
     
  9. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Not using an image editor, since the EXIF data is secondary to them, so they use their normal save routines after any modification. EXIF Tool runs on OSX and just updates the EXIF information- I'm sure there are others.
     

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