Working with Metadata Views

You can create your own combinations of metadata to display with your images, called metadata views. Using controls in the Metadata inspector and the Metadata Views dialog, you can either create new metadata views or modify the ones that come with Aperture.

For more information, see the following sections:

You can also apply combinations of metadata to your images by recording metadata in a metadata view and saving it as a metadata preset. For more information about creating and using metadata presets, see Working with Metadata Presets.

The following table lists the metadata views that you can choose and the information that each view displays.

Metadata view
Information displayed
General
Version name, caption, keywords, copyright notice, title, date, pixel size, file size, project path, and badges
Name Only
Version name
Caption Only
Caption
Name & Ratings
Version name, rating, and badges
Name & Caption
Version name and caption
Ratings
Rating and badges
Caption & Keywords
Version name, caption, and keywords
Caption & Credits
Version name, creator, provider, caption, and copyright notice
Contact Sheet
Version name, caption, label, ISO, focal length, exposure bias, aperture, and shutter speed
File Info
Version name, filename, file size, pixel size, color model, date, and badges
Photo Info
Version name, date, camera model, lens, ISO, focal length, focal length (35mm), exposure bias, aperture, shutter speed, flash, white balance, exposure program, metering mode, exposure mode, focus mode, profile name, and pixel size
EXIF Info
Version name, date, camera make, camera model, serial number, lens, ISO, focal length, focal length (35mm), exposure bias, aperture, shutter speed, flash, flash exposure compensation, white balance, exposure program, shooting mode, metering mode, exposure mode, focus mode, focus distance, file size, pixel size, master pixel size, profile name, aspect ratio, orientation, and depth
GPS
Latitude, longitude, altitude, and compass direction (if available)
IPTC Core
Contact: Creator, job title, address, city, state/province, postal code, country, phone, email, and website
Content: Headline, caption, keywords, IPTC subject code, and caption writer
Image: Date created, intellectual genre, IPTC scene, location, city, state/province, country, and ISO country code
Status: Title, job identifier, instructions, provider, source, copyright, and usage terms
Large Caption
Caption field with large text
Custom Fields
Custom metadata fields created using the Manage Custom Metadata fields dialog. Custom fields are for use only in Aperture.

Creating New Metadata Views

You can create new metadata views that display different combinations of metadata.

To create a new metadata view
  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 Edit from the Metadata View pop-up menu.

    The Metadata Views dialog appears.

  3. In the Metadata Views dialog, choose New View from the Metadata Views Action pop-up menu.

    Figure. Metadata Views Action pop-up menu.

    A new, untitled metadata view appears in the Metadata Views column of the Metadata Views dialog.

  4. Enter a name for the new metadata view, then press Return.

  5. In the Metadata Fields column, do any of the following:

    • To add EXIF information, such as exposure and aperture settings: Click the EXIF disclosure triangle, then select the checkboxes next to the metadata fields you want to add to the metadata view.
    • To add IPTC information, such as copyright information and keywords: Click the IPTC disclosure triangle, then select the checkboxes next to the metadata fields you want to add to the metadata view.
    • To add audio and video clip information, such as duration, data rate, and frames per second (fps): Click the Audio/Video disclosure triangle, then select the checkboxes next to the metadata fields you want to add to the metadata view.
    • To add Aperture information, such as version name and color label: Click the Aperture disclosure triangle, then select the checkboxes next to the metadata fields you want to add to the metadata view.
    • To add information about photo usage, such as whether or not an image has been printed or emailed: Click the Photo Usage disclosure triangle, then select the checkboxes next to the metadata fields you want to add to the metadata view.
    • To remove unwanted metadata fields: Deselect the checkboxes next to the metadata fields you want removed.
  6. When you are satisfied with the metadata fields assigned to metadata view, click OK.

The new metadata view is added to the Metadata View pop-up menu in the Metadata inspector and the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD. For more information about switching metadata views, see Viewing and Changing Metadata in the Metadata Inspector and Inspector HUD.

Modifying Existing Metadata Views

You can change the combination of metadata that appears in a metadata view. You can add or remove metadata fields, create new ones, and rearrange the order in which the metadata fields are displayed.

Note: You cannot modify the IPTC Core, Large Caption, and Custom Fields metadata views.

To change the metadata fields that appear in an existing metadata view
  1. Choose Edit from the Metadata View pop-up menu in the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD.

    The Metadata Views dialog appears.

  2. Select the metadata view you want to change in the Metadata Views column.

  3. In the Metadata Fields column, do any of the following:

    • To add EXIF information, such as exposure and aperture settings: Click the EXIF disclosure triangle, then select the checkboxes next to the metadata fields you want to add to the metadata view.
    • To add IPTC information, such as copyright information and keywords: Click the IPTC disclosure triangle, then select the checkboxes next to the metadata fields you want to add to the metadata view.
    • To add Aperture information, such as version name and color label: Click the Aperture disclosure triangle, then select the checkboxes next to the metadata fields you want to add to the metadata view.
    • To add audio and video clip information, such as duration, data rate, and frames per second (fps): Click the Audio/Video disclosure triangle, then select the checkboxes next to the metadata fields you want to add to the metadata view.
    • To add information about photo usage, such as whether or not an image has been printed or emailed: Click the Photo Usage disclosure triangle, then select the checkboxes next to the metadata fields you want to add to the metadata view.
    • To remove unwanted metadata fields: Deselect the checkboxes next to metadata fields you want removed.
  4. When you are satisfied with the metadata fields assigned to the selected metadata view, click OK.

Managing Metadata Views

You can rename, add, or delete metadata views in the Metadata Views dialog.

To rename a metadata view
  1. Choose Edit from the Metadata View pop-up menu in the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD.

    The Metadata Views dialog appears.

  2. Double-click a metadata view name in the Metadata Views column, then enter a new name and press Return.

To duplicate a metadata view
  1. Choose Edit from the Metadata View pop-up menu in the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD.

    The Metadata Views dialog appears.

  2. Select the metadata view you want to duplicate in the Metadata Views column, then choose Duplicate View from the Metadata Views Action pop-up menu.

The duplicated metadata view appears in the Metadata Views column immediately below the original metadata view.

To delete a metadata view
  1. Choose Edit from the Metadata View pop-up menu in the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD.

    The Metadata Views dialog appears.

  2. Select the metadata view you want to delete in the Metadata Views column, then choose Delete View from the Metadata Views Action pop-up menu.

The metadata view is removed from the Metadata Views column of the Metadata Views dialog and from the Metadata View pop-up menu in the Metadata inspector and the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD.