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« on: February 16, 2020, 12:48 »
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Typically I use Adobe Bridge to keyword on my Mac. I have a huge list of saved keywords in the keyword panel and I just search for the ones I want to use and select them from different categories.

I realized today that as I go from category to category selecting prewritten keywords, sometimes all previously selected keywords would get wiped out from the metadata of those selected files. The difficult part is that this glitch isn't repeatable. It just randomly happens on different files and I have no idea why. I can even go through the exact same steps of choosing keywords on the same files and it won't repeat. But I've seen a bunch of different files lose all previously entered keywords.

I'm using Adobe Bridge 2020, so I downloaded AB 2019 and saw the same glitch happen there. Again, not repeatable by following the exact same steps a second time.

Clearly at this point Bridge is not trustworthy. What are my other options for keywording on a Mac. I had a look at xpikes but it doesn't seem to allow a pre-saved list of keywords to choose from. I don't want to use any software that requires me to do a search on shutterstock/adobe stock and then select a bunch of similar files and then manually choose which keywords I want. I just want to presave keywords in the software and then select from it as needed, just like I can do in Bridge.

BTW I don't seem to want to use lightroom to keyword. I've taken a look, I don't seem to like their interface. It doesn't seem to be anywhere near as easy to use as Bridge.

Also I've looked at the mac software on this page
https://shuttermuse.com/best-digital-asset-management-software/
that suggested DAM software, then I went to youtube and search for videos on each mac software's keyword features and they all look incredibly time consuming to use. Thus all inferior to presaved keywords in Bridge that I can quickly search and select.

Thanks.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2020, 13:06 by charged »


« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2020, 22:21 »
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I like to keep things simple.  I edit titles, description, and keywords with Graphic Converter.  It uses simple text fields, so editing is easy.  I keep sets of keywords as text substitutions in the Keyboard System Preferences, so I can type a small number of tags and get the basic keyword sets.  Then I can add keywords manually.

« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2020, 06:18 »
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« Last Edit: February 17, 2020, 06:21 by Chichikov »

« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2020, 14:55 »
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Thanks for the comments. Since my initial post, I've learned to do a 'preference' reset for Bridge. The bug seems to have gone away for now. Fingers cross.

« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2020, 15:23 »
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« Last Edit: February 17, 2020, 15:40 by marthamarks »

« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2020, 19:07 »
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Go to the source:

https://exifeditor.com/

« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2020, 21:23 »
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Go to the source:

https://exifeditor.com/

Thanks for sharing that. I did just take a look.

Seems interesting, but I stumbled a bit when I came upon this:

Typical problems that the program solves

    Modifying authors name and copyright


Why would a legitimate creator ever want to do that?

« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2020, 05:35 »
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Typical problems that the program solves

    Modifying authors name and copyright


Why would a legitimate creator ever want to do that?

Because the author neglected to fill in the information in the first place.
Or because he or she didn't change the copyright date with the new year.
Or because of a typo.
Or because of an assignment of copyright.

Haven't had a cause to use the last case, but the others are personal experience.

« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2020, 09:58 »
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Typical problems that the program solves

    Modifying authors name and copyright


Why would a legitimate creator ever want to do that?

Because the author neglected to fill in the information in the first place.
Or because he or she didn't change the copyright date with the new year.
Or because of a typo.
Or because of an assignment of copyright.

Haven't had a cause to use the last case, but the others are personal experience.


OK. That makes sense. Thanks!

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2020, 11:15 »
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Go to the source:

https://exifeditor.com/

Thanks for sharing that. I did just take a look.

Seems interesting, but I stumbled a bit when I came upon this:

Typical problems that the program solves

    Modifying authors name and copyright


Why would a legitimate creator ever want to do that?

Wow nice, but I don't have a Mac?  :-X

More answers, the camera date was wrong.
There was no authors name or copyright in the file.
The wrong data was in the camera, using a borrowed camera? (big stretch but?)  :)

By the way, I use BreezeBrowser Pro, still the version from possibly my Windows 98 computer.Just in case everyone in the world is not a MAC user.

https://www.breezesys.com/solutions/breeze-browser-pro/

New one looks much better than my old clunker. As long as it works in compatibility mode, I'm not upgrading.


 

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