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Recently, Heather over at Leaves for Trees wrote a great post called Adding source information to image files - Tuesday's Tip. It got me to really thinking about a concern I have with metadata and whether it migrates with the file and is readable in different programs. One thing I am sensivite to is whether how I spend my time now will provide benefits in the long run. In other words, if I add source information, descriptive information, author or keywords/tags to an image file using one program, will I be able to see that same data using another application down the road? Heather's article prompted me to finally play around a bit.
I use Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 and Windows Live Photo Gallery (Vista operating system) so what is discussed here is pretty much the same as what Heather was discussing. Here are the results of my brief experimentation using a jpg file. I'd love it if anyone has any comments as to whether these kinds of information will be viewable in other programs. For instance, if I were to move these files over to a Mac, would I be able to view the same data in the various programs in that environment? How about viewing the data in other photo viewing/editing programs?
Photoshop Elements 8.0
First I opened a photo in Elements and input some information into the following fields. I picked these fields because they are the most likely ones I would be using.
- Document Title
- Document Title data transferred to Title in Windows Live Photo Gallery.
- Author transferred to Author
- Description became Subject
- Keywords became Tags
Windows Live Photo Gallery
Next I opened an image in Windows Live Photo Gallery, input some information into the following fields and saved the file:
- Title data in Photo Gallery became Document Title in Elements. It also appeared in Description!
- Subject does not appear to migrate over to Elements.
- Comments also does not appear to migrate over to Elements.
- Tags in Photo Gallery became Keywords in Elements.
This little experiment told me that I'm better off inputting metadata into Photoshop Elements. If you input data into Windows Live Photo Gallery, one needs to be aware that some of the data may not be viewable, at least using Photoshop Elements.
Thank you Heather for writing a great post and motivating me to look a little deeper at an issue that's been on my mind!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for writing this article, neither Adobe nor Microsoft has given me anything. I bought the programs referenced in this article with my own hard earned money.
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