you can export an xml-sidecar file with the metadata tags, or write an AppleScript to print the metadata tags to a textfile. I have a sample Automator workflow on my webpage, that performs an AppleScript to read EXIF tags - you can use it as a pattern to add the metadata tags you need.
This sample Automator workflow is to be used as a service with Aperture, to create a text file with metadata of all selected images:
Install this service in the Services Folder of your User Library and launch it from the services Menu in Aperture, after selecting some Images.
Enter a Filename when prompted for the name of the output file.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 28, 2012 9:18 AM (in response to Thomas Emmerich)
Right, I forgot about that option , because it does export the IPTC tags and Apertures tags, but the EXIF camera tags are missing. So I have not used it in a long time, but fall back on my scripts:
File -> Export -> Metadata will give you these tags:
Version Name Title Urgency Categories Suppl. Categories Keywords Instructions Date Created Contact Creator Contact Job Title City State/Province Country Job Identifier Headline Provider Source Copyright Notice Caption Caption Writer Rating IPTC Subject Code Usage Terms Intellectual Genre IPTC Scene Location ISO Country Code Contact Address Contact City Contact State/Providence Contact Postal Code Contact Country Contact Phone Contact Email Contact Website Label Latitude Longitude Altitude AltitudeRef
My script will print the following EXIF tags, but can easily be extended: for example:
Version Name: Nepal04ChitwanNationalpark93
Image Date: Freitag, 5. März 2010 13:10:34
Rating: 5, flagged: false, picked: true
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ28
Focal Length: 11.5mm, Aperture: f/ 3.4, Shutter Speed: 0.008s
Thanks Leonie for answering the question I had but didn't ask. I was wondering what was missing from the Export Metadata command that caused you to do all that work with scripts. I never had a need for the command so I haven't paid attention to what is missing from the export.
thank you so much for your help here. also thank you for the kindness with the scripts. i am trying to study up a bit on this issue and in some cases i am finding it a bit confusing.
i have been able to use thomas' suggestion to export the metadata to a text file. this is /mostly/ just helping me get everything organized in aperture as i am going to use it simply to make sure that all my Albums have metadata on all the images. if i see a blank text file i will know i need to add metadata.
but this txt file does not seem very well formatted so i cannot image that i will use it to PRINT OUT for reference or that i will use it to IMPORT into something like a pdf. also, of course i understand that there may be different information such as IPTC information in an image as opposed to a pdf but it seems like i could re-use something like a description on both types of documents.
/anyway/ can you help me make sure i understand your answer exactly? i mean, am i correct in hearing that you are saying there is an /existing/ method to export XMP sidecar information out of Aperture?
also, you are indicating that you have kindly posted an AUTOMATOR WORKFLOW script that will export a txt with EXIF data, yes? and am i correct in understanding that EXIF is primarily for images and/or for your personal record keeping with respect to your images?
i mean, i am thinking that i am in need of two things: 1. a way to export a certain amount of information that i have patiently entered into aperture so that i can use it in ACROBAT and 2. a way to print out aperture metadata in a way that is easy to read and reference in the future.
regards and THANKS.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 28, 2012 10:41 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)
but this txt file does not seem very well formatted
The text-file is in a format that you can import into Office programs - columns separated by tabs. FileMaker could read it for example, or Excel.
Then print it from these programs in any style you like.
My script you will need only, if you also need the EXIF data.
The IPTC metadata fields contain creator code, location information, copy right etc, the EXIF fields all data provided by your camera, like camera make ad lens information.
i mean, am i correct in hearing that you are saying there is an /existing/ method to export XMP sidecar information out of Aperture?
When you export the original image file and not the version, you will be prompted, if you want to include an XMP sidecar file. I have never used it, but try it and have a look, if this information is in a format you can use.
1. a way to export a certain amount of information that i have patiently entered into aperture so that i can use it in ACROBAT
If you import the text file into Excel or Filmaker, you can print it as a formatted pdf file, if you know how to use these programs.
2. a way to print out aperture metadata in a way that is easy to read and reference in the future.
The formatted pdf will serve for this too.
If you have a look at the sample printout of my script, you will see that it is quite readable, and you can also print the textfile to pdf.
But you will have to put in some work to extend the script to include the additional tags you will need. So far, I have primarily included the EXIF that is missing from the Aperture generated textfile.
OK. thanks. that explains a lot.
you are saying this is a "comma delimited tab" text file or something?
i find numbers to be a bit tricky to print out correctly so i am trying a "text wrap" in TextWrangler (not working perfectly) but i wonder if there is a /text/ editor that will let me put each section of this text file on a different line which would make it very easy to print out and refer to i think.
the one thing i think i am missing here - and i am not so sure it is very easy - is whether there is some kind of FILE FORMAT or METHOD to get from the image metadata in my Aperture Library and have it import into my pdf in Acrobat.
i mean, so far Acrobat does not show me an easy way to COPY the data once it is in a pdf and it is not showing me a very good way to export so if there was a way to get the data out as XMP and then /import/ from XMP it might help. i guess you are suggesting i just export an image and make sure to include the sidecar. in which case i will test this as an import and see how i do...
THANKS A TON.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 28, 2012 12:27 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)
you are saying this is a "comma delimited tab" text file or something?
I said "columns separated by tabs." That means, each element in a line of text is separated by a tab. If you import the file to Excel or filemaker, you can specify that elements are separated by tab characters; then spreadsheet applications will be able to extract the fields that you need. If you do not have Excel, you might try the free open office.
For example, in Excel I see this, after importing Aperture's textfile: sorry, I only have a German version.
You can see, that I specify the data are separated by tabstops, and Excel sorts the fiels accordingly. In Excel I will be able to extract each field "Version name", "Title" separately and to print pdf-files with only the fields I am interested in.
You will need such an intermediate program to bridge the gap between Aperture's output and Acrobat's input.
If you know how to use the Terminal commandline tools, you can extract each field from the text file by using the "cut" filter. It will let you extract any column from the file, but all this will be a lot of work.
hi leonie and thomas.
thank you so much for the big help walking me through all of this!
it appears that if i take leonie's advice to Export Original and select the XMP sidecar pulldown option, that i then get an XMP file independent of the image file.
if i then get into acrobat and do File > Properties > Additional Metadata > Advanced > Replace that i can get all the metadata that i so carefully entered into Aperture into Acrobat...