11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 5, 2012 3:19 PM by Bebbs
Dave Angel Level 1 (0 points)

I cannot seem to to batch change captions and keywords, although I may have ctacked the keywords but not the captions.


I select a group of images, go to batch change and then to caption however this will not apply to the images selected, any advice on this please?



  • léonie Level 10 (91,054 points)

    Hello Dave,

    make sure that the "Primary only" flag is not set:

         Aperture Application Menu:  Edit -> Primary Only


    This flag is also accesible by the square button marked with a "1" below the Browser.





  • 1 Open Loop Level 2 (350 points)

    Primary Only? What's that?


    I searched the User Manual and this is all I got back.


    Primary Only button: Click this button to make changes to the primary image selection only.


    What's a Primary image?


    I assume it's not, Master, Version, Preview, Thumbnail.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    From the User Manual:

    You can select one or several of the images in the Browser to work with them or to view them in the Viewer. Aperture identifies the images you’ve selected by displaying them with a white border. When you select a group of images, the actively selected image, called the primary selection, appears with a thick white border and the rest of the selected images appear with thin white borders.


    A very short description here.


    Message was edited by: Kirby Krieger

  • léonie Level 10 (91,054 points)

    What's a Primary image?

    If you select multiple images, one is the primary - usually the first selected image or the stack pick -recognizable by a white border.


    With "Primary Only" active only this image version will be affected if you try to set keywords, etc.

  • 1 Open Loop Level 2 (350 points)

    Clearly I am not very good at searching the User Manual.



  • léonie Level 10 (91,054 points)

    We all are learning - and often from Kirby

  • 1 Open Loop Level 2 (350 points)

    Occasionally, Kirby learns as well. (so I don't feel so bad)




    Wait a minute, maybe Kirby is pretending to learn so that I don't feel so bad.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    I won't even pretend there is an art to it, but I can provide two hints:

    - use the Glossary

    - when searching fails, hunt.  While the User Manual is good, it is not excellent.  There is still a lot of top-level information in there that is layered under secondary topics.


    @Léonie -- thanks for the kind words  .

  • Dave Angel Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Leonie


    Thanks for the tip, what i should have been doing is to click the 'replace' button instead of the default append being 'on', now i can adjust a batch, amnother question, how do i batch change the 'image title'



  • léonie Level 10 (91,054 points)

    Hi Dave,

    Oh, so you have been appending the batch change entries -that explains it.


    The "Title" field can be batch changed like any other field, only you have to find and to select a suitable Metadata Preset that contains the "Title" field.


    I have changed my presets so often, that I am no longer sure, if one of the standard presets contains this field, but you can easily define your own preset, containing all fields you want to edit.


    In the Metadata tab of the Inspector Panel set the "Metadata View" selector to "Edit",

    • In the "Metadata Views" panel click the cogwheel to add a new view and name it,
    • From the right column of the panel add the "Title" tag to the  new View (this tag is located in the IPTC -> Status section of the Metadata Fields.


    Then use this new preset in the "Batch Change" dialogue.






    Message was edited by: leonieDF added picture, edited typos

  • Bebbs Level 1 (20 points)

    Hi all,


    I'd like to throw in something else on the batch change - can I batch change to add the filename to the title field? I've just created ab Aperture library and 3,700 images are missing the filename in the iptc title field. The other 3,000+ have it, so I'm not sure what step went wrong but I'd rather not delete the pics out of Aperture and start again!


    If it can't be done (I can only see a way to run a naming script during 'Import' process) then can anybody recommend an external iptc editor that can do batch 'filename to title' that I could use on the master file. I could then tell Aperture to update the metadata from the master file.




    Simon B