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Wed, Dec 23, 2020 4:53 PM

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How can I easily have Notes appear in metadata for non-PSE users accessing the metadata using Windows Explorer properties?

I have thousands of photos in PSE that have Captions (short text) and Notes (much longer text with photo context). When I view the metadata for these photos outside of PSE (that is, Windows Explorer properties), I only see the Captions--not the much more important Notes. Short of revisiting each of these thousands of photos and copy/pasting Notes into the Captions, is there a way to have a non-PSE user view the Notes in the metadata using, let's say, Windows Explorer file properties?

Grant Idle

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1 y ago

There is a field which explorer users could see when looking at the 'properties' tab of an image file.

In my French verstion it's called "commentaires". It's the line just under the keywords.

When seen in Geosetter, which uses the exiftool program, you can see both the 'notes' and the "Commentaires" fields. A number of metadata editing softwares allow you to batch replace "Commentaires" with the contents of "Notes".

By the way, "Notes" in Elements are not supported in Lightroom. Last time I converted Elements catalogs into LR ones, notes were transformed into captions. I have not tested if Bridge can do the batch editing you want.  Elements users can use Bridge for free without a subscription to the Creative Clouds softwares like Photoshop and Lightroom  Classic.

https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/help/benefits-creative-cloud-free-membership.html

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Thank you for your response! In trying to find a solution for my problem, I noted that you answer quite a few queries and I am very glad you took the time to answer mine! Reading your response, I right-clicked one of my photos and I looked for something translatable from "commentaires." The closest I think I got is "Comments" shown below. However, you will note that this field is blank. Any suggestions on how I can get this field (if it correlates with your "commentaires"). If you're speaking of another field, please give me further instruction. Thank you very much!

Grant Idle

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I meant to say above, "Any suggestions on how I can get this field (if it correlates with your "commentaires") to propagate?"

Grant Idle

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1 y ago

Here is a screenshot showing both notes and comments fields in geosetter (using exiftool).

The comments field is the one you are showing in your screenshot. Any Windows user can enter its value.

The geosetter software is able to display both fields, and it has the ability to batch replace the comments fields by the value of the Notes one (not yet tested myself).