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Updating asset metadata using a macro

This feature is only available when using Extended Actions.
Extended Actions are only available to Plus and Pro licensed users.

Applying a macro to the original file

Applying a macro to the original file when running an action can be very useful. You can for instance update a metadata field to indicate the location to which you sent a copy of the file as a historical reference.

Note: If you apply a macro to the source asset AND use the Destination asset tab to configure copying of the asset to another destination, the metadata that is applied to the original file is NOT applied to the copy that is sent to the other destination.

Apply a macro to the original asset using an action

To apply a macro to the original file, open the action's properties and navigate to the Source asset tab.

Now tick the Apply Metadata Macro checkbox and choose the fields you want to modify and in what way you want to modify it. You can append, prepend and replace the content of a field as you please, and you can add several fields that you want to modify.

Tip: To clear the contents of a field, choose to Replace the contents of the field and leave the value blank.

Applying a macro to a copy that is sent to a destination

Apply a macro to the transferred asset in an action

Go to the Destination Asset tab to define a macro that's applied to the transferred asset. Tick the Apply Metadata Macro checkbox and choose the fields you want to modify and in what way you want to modify it. You can append, prepend and replace the content of a field as you please, and you can add several fields that you want to modify.

Tip: To clear the contents of a field, choose to Replace the contents of the field and leave the value blank.

Using dynamic variables in macros

Macros allow the use of dynamic variables to insert information about the requesting user, the job etc into metadata fields.

See a complete list of dynamic variables.

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