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"Preserve current filename in XMP metadata" grayed out on Mac Catalina?

Community Beginner ,
Oct 21, 2021 Oct 21, 2021

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Hi, folks. Long-time Bridge user but maybe not as savvy as I'd like. I just noticed that I cannot save my current filename in XMP when doing batch renames because the function is grayed out. Using latest Bridge 11.1.1.185 on Mac Catalina 10.15.7. Are there any workarounds for this or did I just miss a settings button somewhere?

 

Thanks!

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Community Expert ,
Oct 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

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Not all file types support XMP metadata.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

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Understood, but it won't work on TIF or JPG files for me, both of which I believe do support XMP. This suggests the problem is specific to my system.

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Oct 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

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Where are these files located? Does it happen with files on your local drive? Also, does Bridge have full permissions on your system?

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

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Good points, but alas--no luck.

 

I keep my files on a RAID array (not networked). So, to be safe, I dragged some of the files to my local system. Didn't work.

 

Next, I checked that Bridge at full disk access. It didn't. So I changed that. Still didn't work.

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Oct 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

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Please post a screenshot with some of the original filenames shown.

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Oct 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021

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Here are three screenshots, one for a JPG, one for a TIF, and one for a PNG.

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Oct 23, 2021 Oct 23, 2021

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A couple of things to try:

 

* Right click on the image and purge the cache for the selected file, then see if you can preserve. One can also purge the cache for the entire directory/folder via the Tools menu

 

* Reset Bridge Preferences:

https://helpx.adobe.com/bridge/kb/troubleshoot-errors-freezes-bridge.html

 

Outside of Bridge, one can use 3rd party software such as ExifTool to embed this metadata:

 

Add/Copy filename to Adobe Preserve Original Filename metadata entry (excluding file extension), -Preserving the modified date/time:

 

exiftool -P -overwrite_original_in_place '-XMP-xmpMM:PreservedFileName<${filename;s/\.[^.]*$//}' -r '/Users/username/Desktop/file to rename.png'

 

 

 

Add/Copy filename to Adobe Preserve Original Filename metadata entry (including file extension):

 

exiftool -overwrite_original_in_place '-XMP-xmpMM:PreservedFileName<${filename}' -r '/Users/username/Desktop/file to rename.png'

 

These commands are formatted for the Mac, Windows would use double straight quote/inch marks and OS specific paths to directories or files. Always work on copies of your images until you know that all is working as intended.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 23, 2021 Oct 23, 2021

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Thanks for the tips!

 

Resetting the cache did not work. Nor did temporarily disabling my antivirus. Between each of these attempts, I restarted Bridge. I haven't tried EXIFTool because, while I'm sure it would work, I'm less interested in actually saving my file names than I am in trying to figure out why Bridge isn't giving me the option.

 

At the moment, I'm thinking it might have to do with my OS (Catalina). My system is too old to upgrade to Big Sur, but I am going to look into recreating the problem on a computer that is running Big Sur.

 

This is very strange. Maybe I'll open a support ticket with Adobe, too.

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