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Can I edit EXIF data within aperture?

5275 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Sep 29, 2011 7:10 AM by JUN48 RSS
Ericmusic Level 2 Level 2 (415 points)
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Apr 5, 2011 6:26 AM
Please tell me I can ...
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  • Mr Endo Level 3 Level 3 (990 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 7:02 AM (in response to Ericmusic)

    No. EXIF data records the physical characteristics about the moment the shot was taken. Aperture is smart enough to allow you to put information into EXIF, as the only thing you could do would be to put false information in.

    The one exception is that you can change the date/time. Your camera knows all of the data to put into EXIF, but it's up to you to have set the camera's time to begin with. Under the assumption that the user might have done that wrong, Aperture lets you correct that piece of EXIF data.

    Back at you: why would modifying the EXIF data be useful to you?

    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Aperture 3.1.1
  • bergersoft Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2011 10:05 AM (in response to Ericmusic)
    When you say 'edit the EXIF within Aperture', do you mean you want Aperture to display additional EXIF data that is on the photo but is not currently displayed in Aperture?

    I have written a couple of scripts that go after the full EXIF from Aperture. One displays any or all of the EXIF, and the second will create custom tags from any EXIF fields you specify.

    I have only been able to get them to work with managed files, not referenced files. The scripts are here:
    iMac 27", Mac OS X (10.6.7), MacBook Pro 15"
  • bergersoft Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 10:55 AM (in response to Ericmusic)
    Managed files are those image files that are stored within the Aperture library. Referenced images are stored in their current location and are 'linked to' by Aperture, without physically placing them in the Aperture library. These are choices available when importing your image files.

    The Aperture user guide explains it better. ash=apple_ref:doc:uid:Aperture-UserManual-91292STP-1013878
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  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,395 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 12:11 PM (in response to Ericmusic)
    If you create a Vault on another disk then you can copy your library to the Vault.



    MacBook Pro, Mac Pro,, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 12 GB RAM, 3.5 TB, iPhone 4, Nikon N80, D70 and D300 Nikon Coolscan 5000ED
  • Paul@Sydney Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 24, 2011 8:59 AM (in response to Mr Endo)

    I don't think your response is particularly polite to the OP.

    There are *many* reasons to want to edit EXIF data within Aperture and clearly that feature isn't supported except for date and time.  Here are a few:


    * You use a film scanner and want to re-insert the camara metadata back into the file

    * You want to add data that isn't supported by your camera

    * You want to remove data for privacy or other reasons such as GPS Data

    * You want to remove data for puplishing reasons, such as equipment used.


    I for one would like to be able to edit all EXIF fields within Aperture.  It's unfortunate that this workflow isn't supported.

  • SuperGenericBob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2011 5:50 AM (in response to Paul@Sydney)

    I, for one, am very frustrated I cannot edit the EXIF data as I shoot a lot with older, non-encoded lenses and would like to insert the correct focal length and aperture. I am very frustrated Apple does not allow this! If someone really wants to edit EXIF data for nefarious reasons  I'm sure they'll find a way. Meanwhile those of us who have a legit reason are limited to work arounds.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,805 points)
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    Sep 28, 2011 5:54 AM (in response to SuperGenericBob)

    Send feedback to Apple Aperture ->Provide Aperture Feedback. Nothing any of us here can do about this.

  • JUN48 Calculating status...
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    Sep 29, 2011 7:10 AM (in response to Ericmusic)

    hi all,

    i recently use external 'exiftool' utility in such subject

    after images got referenced (of cource,take with care)


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