4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 4, 2012 8:58 AM by JSN-KW
Andreas Yankopolus Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)

I'm running Aperture 3.3.2 on Mountain Lion, and Aperture now writes the IPTC caption field from the master to exported images, not the caption entered in Aperture. This only happens with images from my Olympus E-M5, which writes default into into some of the IPTC fields. I don't see it with my D700 images.


Anyone else seeing this or have a solution?



MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.4/2.2 GHz), Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Andreas Yankopolus Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)

    Some more information on this:


    It looks like Aperture writes different IPTC fields for different images.


    In some, it's writing the entered caption text to "Caption-Abstract" and "Description". The caption appears correctly when viewing IPTC data in Preview or uploading to Google Plus.


    For the Olympus images, it's writing the caption to "Caption-Abstract", but "OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA" gets written to "Description" and "Image Description" fields. In these cases, the caption comes up as "OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA".


    What a mess!



  • Andreas Yankopolus Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)

    Looks like I need to go in with ExifTool and strip EXIF:ImageDescription from all my Olympus masters. Fun!



  • Andreas Yankopolus Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)

    In case anyone else is wondering, quitting Aperture, popping open a terminal window, changing to the Library directory, and typing the following seems to work:


    $ find . -name "*.ORF" -exec exiftool -P -r -overwrite_original_in_place -m -EXIF:ImageDescription= {} \;


    You'll need to install ExifTool via Fink or some other mechanism.


    Aperture appears to re-scan the images on startup and do right thing when writing captions on export from then on. Future imports also need to be stripped of this tag.


    Truly ridiculous to have to resort to such measures…



  • JSN-KW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a similar problem with a different camera. I've got a batch of pictures taken during a vacation trip with iphone, Nikon D7000 and Nikon P7100.


    I've writen captions in Aperture. Exported pics from iphone and Nikon D7000 are fine, caption gets exported.

    Exported pictures from Nikon P7100 don't contain any caption.