Information stored in or out of band about a file describing secondary characteristics.

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Finder Tags - Never Been Tagged Vs.Tagged and the Untagged

There seems to be a metadata difference between folder and files that have never had a tag applied and those that have had tags that were removed. As if there was a metadata state that is not ...
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Creating Smart Folders (perhaps programmatically) based on photo IPTC metadata?

I have thousands of photos with IPTC metadata -- I'm mostly interested in the star-ratings and the tags -- and I'd like to create folders for those images that automatically stay in sync as I change ...
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Applescript (PDF to iTunes): How to extract and/or write metadata with special characters? Help please :-)

INTRODUCTION Hello there, Like always, I want to put in front that I'm not a script expert. I'm not even a basic coder. I just try to learn, little by little about coding when I have these ...
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Importing into Photos: Unable to get metadata

I'm switching to using Photos and I'm trying to import all my old photos. I select them all in Finder and drag them into Photos, some import and for some I get the error "Unable to get metadata". ...
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Set file metadata attribute values

I'm trying to set the values of some file metadata attributes in OS X Yosemite - kMDItemDateAdded and kMDItemLastUsedDate - the values of which can be shown using mdls <filename>. I'm trying to ...
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Where is the 'label/tag' metadata stored? Specifically 'kMDItemLabel'

I have migrated data from an old (MS Windows) server to a new storage but the label/tag data for files is displaying, but not for folders. Is the metadata for the folders stored in the .DS_Store ...
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How do i fix the Album Select for syncing?

I want to put up my entire collection of music in iTunes however i am begining to realize that i wont have the space for all of it. Alot of the soundtracks i have are Drama CD's which i could remove ...
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Is there any way to re-enable the “old style” iTunes metadata editing window in version 12.1.0.50?

Short Question: Versions of iTunes 12 previously allowed users to use the “old style” iTunes metadata editing window layout when clicking alt/option and selecting “Get Info…”. That has seemingly ...
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Retain Artist Thumbnail when Importing and Copying CD

I am using the iTunes application to import and make copies of all my CDs (not purchased from iTunes and therefore not part of my iTunes library) and store these CDs on an auxiliary storage device ...
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iphone view picture date

Since this took me awhile to find and a few of the apps here are old I thought I would share several iphone date viewing apps. The ones I have tried: Exif Wizard Good app that I have used for ...
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How do I get back the old metadata editor in iTunes 12?

I think the title is pretty self-explanatory.
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How do you start and stop the Spotlight server in Yosemite?

There are many forums answering this question for previous versions of MAC OSX, but 10.10 doesn't seem to have the service 'com.apple.metadata.mds.plist' in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons. It has 3 ...
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iBooks series metadata

In iBooks on 10.10, books can have series metadata as shown in the image. What metadata do I need to add to an external epub (i.e. not from ibook store) so that it can be displayed as a series?
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Spotlight metadata.framework error

I'm having problem with spotlight. I'm running on OS X Mavericks. it keeps on saying: Metadata.framework [Error]: mdsCopyStorePaths failed: (268435459) (ipc/send) invalid destination port Spotlight ...
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How to make your email signature work well with iOS 8 data detectors in mail?

I have noticed that with iOS 8, that some mails come up with the 'contact information' at the top of the mail. This is super handy when you want to quickly add a new contact from the e-mail. The ...
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How to “archive” iTunes files with all metadata?

I recently decided to do a big cleanup of my iTunes library. I am low on disk space and have quite a bit of music that I haven't listened to since I was a much younger man, but I can't bring myself to ...
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How do I tell the iOS Music app to regenerate its metadata?

To clear storage space in order to upgrade to iOS 8, I went to Settings/General/Usage/Manage Storage/Music on my iPad and deleted all my music (I have it all stored in iTunes on my Mac at home.) I ...
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(Re)Setting defaults preference on OSX for one folder excluding subfolders

i am trying to understand the "overall" file metadata vs preference default settings -logic with osx mav on my mac... after all i am totaly confused The issue: I set up my default com.apple.. to ...
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How to sync EXIF data and date information from iPhoto to original files and flickr

I've recently started a process of scanning old photo albums. I had settled into a nice workflow scanning a few images at a time and using iPhoto to add descriptions and change the dates, thinking ...
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Which metadata files should I back up to ensure my iPhoto library is consistent?

Recently iPhoto decided to delete all metadata about my library, removing all of the albums, rotation information, and other metadata that was stored with my photos. Fortunately the photos were still ...
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Usb drive is constantly active: why?

I recently bought a large USB drive and stored about 300GB of new data on it.1 I haven't changed anything on the drive, and I'm not reading any files right now. But the drive is active -- I hear the ...
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Change file kind / kMDItemContentType

I have two text files with no extension and made them executable. Both are set to open with Terminal app. However one file is shown as kind "Text" and the other one as "executeable unix file". if I ...
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Music player program that reads star ratings from Windows

I used Winamp on Windows. This allowed me to rate songs using a 5 star system. These star ratings are stored in the files as metadata. I could view the star rating in file properties in Winamp and ...
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Tag and Metadata searching doesn't work in Spotlight

There's a problem with searching for a tags and metadata e.g. kind:movie in my Spotlight. Actually, it doesn't work even tag:Red in Spotlight. It's weird, because I can search easy using Finder, but ...
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How to refresh metadata in iTunes?

I've updated much of my songs' metadata using MusicBrainz Picard and it's successfully updated in the .mp3 files. However, a song's updated metadata is not reflected in iTunes until I play it. Is ...
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Refresh iTunes metadata on songs purchased from the iTunes store

I have a bunch of single songs from the iTunes store (Starbucks Pick of the Week) and in a misguided attempt to get them to organize them the way I wanted, I screwed up much of the metadata for these ...
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How can I merge iTunes libraries while keeping metadata?

A tale of my iTunes libraries: Getting songs on the iTunes store on my mid-2002 eMac (Mac OS X 10.1 Cheetah installed, 10.2 Jaguar updater thrown in the box) Updated to 10.3 Panther, then 10.4 Tiger ...
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Will Time Machine restore the “Date Created” field along with the restored files?

If I use Time Machine to backup my Mac and then have to restore it later, will it retain the "Date Created" attribute of the files?
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Imported tv show metadata is inaccurate, in iTunes

I encoded and imported a tv show myself, to iTunes. I selected all of the episodes, and gave them all a generic date of "2013". It worked, except for two episodes, 4 and 5. Instead, these episodes ...
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How is font metadata stored?

Right after downloading a font, you can see it has a lot of metadata. For example, if you download the Sansation font and run mdls Sansation_Regular.ttf you will get this output: ...
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Transfer labels (“tags”) from a SMB share to an AFP share

I had a SMB share from my NAS (based on illumos aka OpenSolaris, I used the kernel CIFS) and now I installed Netatalk for better performances. The metadata apparently cannot be read back, that means ...
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Where is the 'Where from' meta data stored when downloaded via Chrome?

I'm running Mavericks with Chrome, and when I download an image/file it saves the 'Where from' when viewing via Get Info. This also happens in Safari. Now, I understand there is a separate download ...
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How can I view recently added songs in iTunes grouped by Album like the Songs view does?

I have just added 6 albums worth of downloaded music to my iTunes library. I know that some of the files will not be identified as the same album by iTunes because of different Album Artist metadata, ...
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Photo Collection Collaboration

What I have is a very simple need, and I've not yet found a good solution. I have over 1.5 TB of photos stored on a shared server. I need to be able to tag the photos with keywords that are ...
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Git vs rsync when resource fork must be preserved

I have some ancient files that I need to share between Macs. There are over 100,000 of them. I need to keep the directory containing these files in sync. I thought Git would be a good solution, and it ...
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Hide creation date of a file

I've failed to produce a document in time - if I send it, the receiver will be able to see the creation and last modification dates. This is what happens whenever I download files from the web or an ...
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How to edit the metadata information displayed by mdls from CLI?

How to edit the metadata information displayed by mdls from CLI? [-zsh] sarbbo@rushpress-lm:~ 吽 mdls ~/Music/BANGLA\ BAND/MOHINER\ GHORAGULI/MAYA/BHALOBASI.mp3 kMDItemAlbum = ...
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How to change iTunes metadata on PC?

I'm looking for a windows compatible program that will change iTunes metadata. I'm interested in changing tags that iTunes doesn't let me change, such as making a little HD flag appear next to the ...
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Adding metadata for films/TV shows in iTunes

When I purchase videos from iTunes, I get a lot of metadata information on the movie. For example, like this: But when I add a DVD I own, I only get this: I understand that on OSX you can use ...
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Is there a maximum length of metadata that can be written in one xattr command?

Is there any text length limitations for how long text can be put to xattr? I plan to put my AppleScripts source code to script files so Spotlight can find it. Using Finder Comments isn't an option ...
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Using mdfind to evaluate the text content of a specified file?

I would like write an applescript to evaluate whether a particular file contains a specified string (perhaps as part of an if... then statement). I want to invoke a shell command using mdfind to do ...
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Can I list files ordered by date added to a folder from a command-line tool like ls?

I need to build a script that shows files in the same order as the default Downloads folder in the dock, ordered by Date Added, newest first. I can't seem to find the option in ls. Any other way to ...
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Can the Date Created metadata be changed after the fact on OS X?

I have a movie file. It was taken back in October but the date created is from last week. How can I change the date created information in the file?
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How can I change the metadata of my songs all at once?

I have a bunch of songs for which I'd like to change the metadata (really just want to change capitalization for all of them). I'm not changing a field in all songs to one value, so selecting them all ...
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What is a good HFS+ NAS or network HDD

I am wondering what would be a good, if any, NAS i can find with HFS+. My reason for wanting this is that I need the metainformation in the files to stay intact as I am dealing with a lot of OpenMeta ...
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How do I correct wrong iTunes play counts?

The play count in my iTunes library has somehow become incorrect. It shows some songs as never been played while I know that I have played them many times before. These songs do still have a "last ...
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Exclude files from “central metadata store”

I'm fairly familiar with the mdfind utility. I find it's very useful when I can't find a file or when I need to find a file with certain contents. The problem is that I need to exclude some files from ...
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Finder Search attribute “Tags”

It looks like the search attribute "Tags" is no longer available in the Mountain Lion Finder. I used this to quickly find Open Meta Taggged files on my Mac by means of a Smart Folder. Is there an ...
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What is the recommended way to flag a contact as being deceased in the Contacts app on Lion or Mountain Lion?

Death is a sad fact of life and over the years some of my old contacts have died. I still wish to keep a record of their details, birthday, day they died, notes, spouse, kids etc in my Contacts and ...
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can I get the “date” of a photo with iPhoto on iOS?

I would like to know what date some of the photos on my iPhone were taken. Does iPhoto for iOS let me do that?