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Jun 15, 2020

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I'm trying to use Windows File Explorer to search for images with a keyword assigned in Bridge. The only images that are coming up are .tif files. I see that the keywords are showing up as "tags" on the tif files, but the other file formats don't have any tags. How can I make the OS recognize the keywords?

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Windows Not Recognizing Bridge Keywords

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Jun 15, 2020

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I'm trying to use Windows File Explorer to search for images with a keyword assigned in Bridge. The only images that are coming up are .tif files. I see that the keywords are showing up as "tags" on the tif files, but the other file formats don't have any tags. How can I make the OS recognize the keywords?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 15, 2020

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What file formats are not working?

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Jun 15, 2020

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.psd and .png

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 16, 2020

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If you add keywords in Windows Explorer can you see them in Bridge? Are you using the Keyword panel in Bridge to add these keywords?

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Explorer ,
Jun 16, 2020

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Yes, I use the Keywords panel in Bridge. PSDs and PNGs don't have a field to add keywords in File Explorer. For JPGs, I can add keywords (tags in File Explorer) and they show up as keywords in Bridge.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 19, 2020

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PSDs and PNGs don't have a field to add keywords in File Explorer.

 

That sounds like a clue!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 19, 2020

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Stephen,

 

Is that a Windows thing? On the Mac they do have fields for keywords and they do take Bridge's assigned keywords. Here's two screenshots, one is a psd and one is a png, both have my "test" keyword of "fred." Both are "findable" via Bridge.

 

2020-06-19_18-02-05.png2020-06-19_18-03-09.png

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 19, 2020

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Yes Gary, this is a limitation of Windows File Explorer, here a PSD is compared to the JPEG, the JPEG offers a lot more information. The keyword and other metadata exist in the source PSD file, the JPEG is a derivative file:

 

props.png

 

Here you can see that ExifTool on Windows does not have this same limitation, which is a software limitation in File Explorer:

 

exiftool.png

 

This is one reason why Adobe Bridge exists in the first place, independent of the Mac's Finder being more capable when it comes to metadata.

 

P.S. A more capable search tool in Windows can pickup file content, including keyword/subject metadata:

 

https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 20, 2020

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Very interesting info Stephen, thanks.

 

For the record, what I was showing in my screenshots was the Info window from Bridge. Below is what you see from within a section of the Finder's Get Info window.  The one on the right is the PNG, It has the Last Opened field because it was opened and then saved as a PSD for this demo. If an item hasn't been saved beyond it's creation time, that field doesn't show up. (The Created and Modified fields are in a different section.)

 

Interesting stuff, thanks for taking the time.

2020-06-20_08-51-27.png

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 23, 2020

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DO NOT USE FILE INFO TO ADD KEYWORDS.

 

There is a bug in Photoshop and Bridge where they do not write to the file correctly in some situations. ONLY use the keyword panel.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 23, 2020

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Hi David,

 

You are reading too much into that screenshot. Stephen had shown me a photo of the keyword location from Explorer and I was doing the same with Finder. To be honest, I do not know how to apply keywords to an image outside of any keyword panel.

 

Ha! I'm saved by my ignorance!!

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Explorer ,
Jun 23, 2020

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Thanks for the comments everyone. I did submit feedback to Windows that I think this would be a helpful feature to have built-in to File Explorer.

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Explorer ,
Jun 23, 2020

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If you think would be a helpful feature in File Explorer, feel free to upvote my suggestion here: https://aka.ms/AA8rvwp

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