Questions tagged [metadata]

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

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EXIF-Metadata not managed correctly in iCloud Photos => Wrong Date & GPS Groupings

I have uploaded ca. 2500 pictures from my PC to the iCloud using icloud.com interface. However, iCloud doesn't seem to be using the EXIF-Metadata in the picture files. I have confirmed the EXIF-...
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'mdls' does not display all metadata for hidden files

The short man page of 'mdls' gives every indication that it should list all metadata by default. For some reason, I'm only getting a small portion: vima@artemis[~]: mdls .bash_history ...
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How can I find the metadata of a file in Scanner app?

I am a teacher, and I am trying to verify the date and time when a student took a particular photo. The student has an iPhone (unknown model and OS version) and used the Scanner app by Luni to take ...
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Where is Metadata of Encoding in Plain Text Saved from TextEdit

TextEdit allows for plain text .txt files to be saved with a particular character encoding: Is there any meaningful change to the file's metadata and if so, how do you see it?
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Is there any way to create an iTunes smart playlist with a user defined text field as the condition?

I'm using iTunes 12.8 with Yate by 2manyrobots (https://2manyrobots.com/yate/) to manage metadata for a library of approx 50k AIFF tracks. Yate has the ability to retrieve data from Discogs and ...
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._ .DS_store files and so on when syncronizing cloud drive services

Is there a way to prevent Dropbox, or any other cloud service, from synchronizing those ._ and .DS_store files, although they exist in the Dropbox folder?
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How can I get Safari to set kMDItemWhereFroms when using “Save Image to Downloads”?

Specifically in Safari 9.0: when I save an image via right clicking and selecting Save image as... I can specify the downloads folder and the kMDItemWhereFrom data is saved just fine, as revealed both ...
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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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Is there a command line utility that can copy Apple TV metadata and embed it into MP4 video files?

Is there a way (preferably an open-source command line tool) to copy Apple TV (the desktop application that replaced part of iTunes in Catalina) metadata into the MP4 files so that when transferred to ...
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How to edit m4b audiobook metadata in Catalina?

In Catalina it is not possible to edit audiobook metadata anymore as it was possible using iTunes in previous macOS versions. I tried a third-party tag editor (kid3), successfully edited the audiobook ...
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How to remove/delete geo-location meta data from photos?

Occasionally someone emails me a photograph with their geo data included. I don't record this on my photos, so it's weird to have just one image randomly include location. In previous versions of ...
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Simplest way to edit EXIF ImageDescription or IPTC Caption-Abstract?

On Windows 10 (don't know about earlier versions), all you have to do is click on the image file in Windows Explorer and then edit the file details. The updated caption is written directly to the file....
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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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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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Sort by comment?

I have started setting deadlines on a document by putting the date in the comments, using the YYYY-MM-DD format and then what type of deadline it is (I have to submit initial, interim, and discharge ...
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Terminal / Shell / Bash: Rename font-otf accordingly to a meta tag?

I have a lot of otf-files that got accidentally renamed to unusable names. Fortunately, if I click cmd+i on Mac, they still have their original name saved as "full name" in some font-meta-...
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Where does the iOS Photos app store user-entered captions?

I understand that the ability to add captions to photos was added in iOS 14. Where are these captions stored? For example, are they embedded into the .HEIC file as EXIF or XMP or IPTC metadata? Or a ...
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Cannot mount UDIF read-only disk image: readDataFork returned error 29

# hdiutil attach -nomount -noverify -verbose /private/var/root/Desktop/Adobe_Zii_2019_4.1.3__TNT_.dmg 正在初始化… DIBackingStoreInstantiatorProbe: interface 0, score 100, CBSDBackingStore ...
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Excluding location data from shared video not working?

On iOS 14.4 I use the share sheet on a video in the photos app, and deselect location data under Options at the top. I then choose the duplicate action. When inspecting the duplicate it appears that ...
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How to download and upload app metadata from/to App Store Connect?

I have a game in App Store which has several leaderboards and achievements in multiple languages. I am now creating a sequel to the game and I would like to create leaderboards and achievements with ...
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What happens to metadata of deleted photo iOS?

Suppose I delete a photo from the iOS Photos app, and then delete it from recently deleted. I understand that this "throws away" the key for decrypting the photo's data. But what about the ...
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Importing album art from ripped music

I have over 130+ artists with 1000s of tracks all sorted and with valid metadata externally to the Music / iTune app on my Mac (Catalina). The folder layout is Artist / Album / CD in Album (ranges 1-...
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How to restore a person in Photos

We accidentally deleted a person from Photos on the Mac. Now all appearances that person's face in photos are still tagged with that person's name, but there is no bucket for that person in the ...
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Is there a way to filter photos on iPhone by “camera type” or camera model?

I often "AirDrop" photos to my iPhone (SE) from my Nikon camera which produce large photo file formats. I now have an unreasonable amount of photos that I want to delete. I was thinking 2 ...
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mdls does not work on mounted sparse bundles

mdls does not return anything when I run it on a mounted (originally encrypted) sparse bundle: ❯ ll ./test .rw-r--r--@ 0 evar 14 Sep 18:34 ./test ❯ mdls ./test ...
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Script to export all photos and album from Photos on Mac while keeping metadatas

My initial goal was to import "From my Mac" albums to my iPhone and keep them synced. It seems that an album created outside iOS is read only. And if I make a copy of it on my iPhone, it won'...
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Unable to Add “Where from” Metadata with Special Characters Using Applescript

Trying to add the "Where from" metadata in the Finder's "Get info" section of a picture on the Desktop and I am not able to since the text has special characters. In this case, it is "?" and "=" ...
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How can I clear metadata (personal data) from an Excel file in Microsoft 365 for macOS?

I want to make sure that an Excel file I created is purged of all personal and user metadata before passing it on, for confidentiality reasons. For Windows, there are many guides for removing ...
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How to add title metadata to videos with AppleScript?

Moving to a Plex Media Server I realized a majority of my video archive doesn't have metadata and when I render the videos through Plex's UI I see Episode # when I want it to render as Episode Foobar. ...
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Replace iTunes playcount with previous library using Applescript loop

After updating my iTunes library to iCloud, the play count of some has been messed up. I was thinking of fixing the missing data by using an Apple Script loop. The loop should scan the playcount of ...
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How to assign latitude & longitude to a photo “Location” in Photos 6?

I have a specific latitude and longitude that I would like to assign to a photo that does not otherwise have any location information. eg. (18.352185, -64.792505) aka 18 deg 22' 26.46" N, 64 deg ...