5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2013 11:25 AM by Frank Caggiano
daikambu65 Level 1 (10 points)

In particular, I want to differentiate images stored as NEF, TIFF or Jpeg.


How do I use the MetaData Customization panel to indicate these?

Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), running an iMac
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,722 points)

    There isn't  a specific  metadata tag for file type. You can show the file name and get the type from the file name extension.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    You might use color labels and assign them on import (assuming you import by file type).


    The color labels are the most obvious indication in the Browser (and, less so, in the Viewer) of _something_.  They are easy to see and easy to apply or change.  What you map to the color labels is up to you.  It should be something of top-most importance -- something you need to be able to tell at a glance.  (Logically, you have to deal with having eight labels, and being restricted to assigning one and only one label per Image.)


    I use color labels to indicate the current status of each Image's development.  For you, the file type of the Image's Original might be more important.  For me, just to give an example:

    Color                    Kirbature Label

    Red                    Develop!            

    Orange              Developing (not completed)            

    Yellow               Bracketed by Exposure Set/Replaced by Externally Edited         

    Green                Developed            

    Blue                   Version for Sale.  Final!            

    Purple               Detail of Developed           

    Gray                   Abandon (but keep)           • 

  • léonie Level 10 (90,960 points)

    You can create your own custom Metadata Tag "Filetype".

    The "Gears" icon at the bottom of the Metadata panel allows to manage and add Custom tags.

    So add your own field "Filetype" and set this to "Tiff" or "Raw" using batch change.

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    To quickly find all raws or tiffs use a smart album with the added rule: "Filetype is ...."

    Only, you cannot search for jpeg by filetype. Search for Filetype is "Other" and "text contains jpeg" or a similar rule.

  • daikambu65 Level 1 (10 points)



    I went into the panel for MetaData Customization and added a field called NIK. Because the plugin I use is the NIK Collection. However, even though NIK now appears in the List View of MetaData as a new field, how do I configure the program to fill that empty field for images that have the TIFF extension in the file name?


    Or, do I instead just rely on Keywords and add Tiff to that?

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,722 points)

    While all the suggestions so far are good in their own way they all require you to manually  do something.


    Using the file name extension requires no further work on your part, it is there as part of the OS.


    And of course the best way to do this is yo use Aperture's built in ability to filter on file type. So you could have smart folders that contain nothing but tiffs or jpgs or whatever. Combined with other filter elements will allow further customization.