Displaying Specific Metadata with Your Images

To help identify images as you work, you can set Aperture to display the metadata associated with images. You do this by specifying metadata settings in the Browser & Viewer Metadata dialog. For example, you can set Aperture to display keywords, IPTC information, or EXIF information with images in grid view. You can also configure two views of information to be displayed with images and quickly switch between views. For example, the first view might show ratings for use while photo editing, while another could display IPTC and EXIF information as you manage files for export. You can then switch between views to change the information that appears with your images depending on the task at hand.

You use the Browser & Viewer Metadata dialog to customize the display of information shown with images in the Browser.

Figure. Controls in the Browser & Viewer Metadata dialog.

For more information about changing the type of metadata that appears in overlays in the Browser, see Specifying the Type of Metadata to Display in the Viewer and Browser.

To turn the display of metadata on or off in the Browser
Do one of the following:
  • Choose View > Metadata Display > [Browser] Show Metadata (or press U).

  • Choose Show Metadata from the Browser section of the Browser & Viewer Metadata Overlays pop-up menu in the tool strip.

To switch between views of metadata information in the Browser
Do one of the following:
  • Choose View > Metadata Display > [Browser] Switch to [view name] (or press Shift-U).

  • Choose Switch to [view name] from the Browser section of the Browser & Viewer Metadata Overlays pop-up menu in the tool strip.

If you prefer to display the thumbnail images in the Browser without metadata overlays but would still like a way to quickly view an image’s metadata, you can use metadata tooltips. The Metadata Tooltips HUD displays the metadata about the image beneath the pointer. Move the pointer over another image, and the metadata in the Metadata Tooltips HUD updates to show the information about that image.

To turn on metadata tooltips
  • Press Control-T.

    Figure. Image tooltip shown for the selected image in the Browser.

Press Control-T again to turn metadata tooltips off.

For more information about displaying metadata with your images, see Working with Metadata.