Viewing and Changing Metadata in the Metadata Inspector and Inspector HUD

You can view or change the metadata for a selected image in the Metadata inspector and the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD. The selected image’s metadata appears in text fields. You can change the metadata fields shown in the Metadata inspector and the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD by choosing a different metadata view from the Metadata View pop-up menu. You can also modify metadata views by adding EXIF fields, IPTC fields, and other miscellaneous metadata that you specify using the Metadata Views dialog. In addition, you can use controls in the Camera Info pane to add color labels, ratings, and flags to an image selection. If an image has an audio attachment, you use the controls in the Camera Info pane to listen to the audio as well.

Figure. Controls in the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD.

The top portion of the Metadata inspector and the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD displays basic camera information about an image, if it’s available. This area is called the Camera Info pane. If a video clip is selected, the Camera Info pane displays the length of the video, frame size, and number of frames per second. If an audio clip is selected, the Camera Info pane displays the length of the audio clip, the bit rate, and the type of audio file. In addition to displaying basic camera information, the Camera Info pane also contains controls for applying color labels, ratings, and flags to images, and for displaying autofocus point overlays indicating which part of the image the camera focused on.

Figure. Controls in the Camera Info pane.
To show or hide the Camera Info pane
  • In the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Show Camera Info or Hide Camera Info from the Metadata Action pop-up menu.

To add a color label to an image
  • In the Camera Info pane, choose a color label from the Color Label pop-up menu.

To assign a rating to an image
  • In the Camera Info pane, click the rating button corresponding to the rating you want to apply to the image.

    The leftmost button assigns a Reject rating, and the rightmost button assigns a rating of five stars (or Select).

To flag an image
  • In the Camera Info pane, click the Flag button (or press Slash).

    Click the Flag button again to remove the flag from the image.

If your camera saves autofocus EXIF metadata that’s compatible with Aperture, you can have Aperture display the autofocus points over the image as well as display which autofocus point was used to focus the image in red.

To show autofocus point overlays
  • In the Camera Info pane, click the Autofocus Points button (or press Option-F).

Tip: You can temporarily display the autofocus point overlays on an image by placing the pointer over the Autofocus Points button in the Camera Info pane. The autofocus points overlays disappear when you move the pointer away from the Autofocus Points button.

You can change the metadata fields shown in the Metadata inspector and the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD by choosing a different metadata view from the Metadata View pop-up menu.

To switch metadata views in the Metadata inspector and the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD
  1. Do one of the following:

    • To show the Metadata inspector: Click the Inspector button in the toolbar (or press I), then click the Metadata tab.
    • To show the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD: Choose Window > Show Inspector HUD (or press H), then click Metadata.
  2. Choose a metadata view from the Metadata View pop-up menu.

  3. To change the metadata in a text field that can be edited, click in the text field to make it active, then enter the text you want.

To change the metadata for an image
  1. Select an image.

  2. In the Metadata View pop-up menu, choose a metadata view that contains the metadata fields you want to change.

  3. Click in a text field to make it active, then enter the text you want.

    Note: Not all metadata fields can be edited. Most EXIF metadata fields cannot be changed.

You can also change the arrangement of metadata fields displayed for a particular metadata view.

To rearrange the metadata fields in a metadata view
  • Drag the metadata labels into the arrangement you want.

To quickly add caption text to all of your images, you can set the Metadata inspector and the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD to show an enlarged version of the Caption field by itself. Then you apply the caption text to each selected image by entering it in this space.

To show and hide the Large Caption field
  • In the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Large Caption from the Metadata View pop-up menu.

If the image selected in the Browser has an audio attachment, you can use the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD to listen to it.

To listen to an audio attachment
  1. In the Browser, select an image with an audio attachment.

    Figure. Image with a badge indicating that the image has an audio attachment.
  2. In the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD, click the Play button.

    Figure.

Aperture plays the audio attachment. For more information about adding attachments to image files, see Adding Audio Attachments to Image Files.

If you’ve shared images with your MobileMe, Flickr, and Facebook accounts, you can view the status of an image using the Metadata inspector. If you downloaded the image from one of your MobileMe, Flickr, or Facebook accounts, the Metadata inspector displays which account the image was downloaded from. If you published the image from Aperture to one of your accounts online, the Metadata inspector displays the specific MobileMe album, Facebook album, or Flickr set the image was published to and when it was published.

To view the sharing status of an image
  1. In the Browser, select an image.

  2. In the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Sharing from the Metadata View pop-up menu.

If the image is shared online, the Metadata inspector displays either the account it was downloaded from or the specific account and album or set it was published to, along with when it was published. The Metadata inspector also indicates if the image has not been shared.

If you’ve created Facebook albums in Aperture and shared images from your Aperture library with your Facebook account, you can also use the Metadata inspector to view comments posted about the images by your friends.

To view comments about your images posted by your friends online
  1. In the Browser, select an image shared with Facebook.

  2. In the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Sharing from the Metadata View pop-up menu.

Comments posted about the selected image by your friends on Facebook appear in the Metadata inspector.

Aperture makes it easy to reply to comments that appear in the Library inspector or add your own by opening the appropriate page in your web browser.

To open the Facebook page the commented image is posted on
  • In the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD, click the comment you want to reply to.

Your Internet browser opens to the Facebook page the image is posted on. You can post your reply directly in your Facebook account.