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Writing metadata to file in Organizer 2020

New Here ,
May 07, 2020 May 07, 2020

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What does writing the metada to file option do?  Is this a function I need to be casreful of using to much?

 

I performed this function and found the photos in my trash bin.

 

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May 07, 2020 May 07, 2020

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Writing metadata to file simply embeds the keywords, captions etc. The data then travels with the file if you use it on-line or in another application this can read metadata. That does not involve the trash so you must have made a mistake.

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May 07, 2020 May 07, 2020

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About photo files appearing in the trash bin, This reminds me of this faq by John R Ellis.

http://www.johnrellis.com/psedbtool/photoshop-elements-faq.htm#_Photos_appear_in

 

Last updated January 21, 2011
Copyright 2008-10 by John R. Ellis

In my opinion, the real risk is to forget that "writing metadata to files", which is possible in most editing softwares, is NOT enough to keep your organization;  this writes the keywords, captions, notes, ratings to the files, but your albums, stacks, version sets and creations are not and can't be written to files. They are kept in a catalog and the only way to move your media files folders as well as your catalog requires using the backup and restore function of the organizer. Never re-import in a new computer even after writing metadata to files, use backup and restore.

That said, writing metadata to files may be an additional safety process and it's the general way to share files with tags or captions between different softwares.

 

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Thanks for the link to the article, Michel.  It explains a lot about what is going on under the hood.  👍

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Thanks.  This was very helpful.  Now I am trying to learn how to handle keywords/tags going from how Mac does it to how PSE 2020 does it.

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