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Adding metadata using templates

Overview

Explains the use of templates to add metadata to a selection of files.

When are templates useful?

If you often add the same metadata to files, you may want to use a template to automate this process. Templates are a great way to predefine content that can quickly be applied to a single or multiple files.

Note: Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, you may find that using macros provides greater control when applying metadata to a whole selection of files.

Applying a metadata template

  1. Select the file that you want to insert the metadata into.
  2. Open the metadata editor.
  3. Click on the Templates menu and select the template you would like to use.
  4. The metadata from the template is inserted into the text fields. Empty fields in the template will not alter the corresponding text fields in the file, while template fields containing metadata will replace any metadata in the file’s corresponding text fields.
  5. When you are done, click on the OK button to add the inserted template’s metadata to the selected file. If you decide that you don’t want to change the text after all, click on the Cancel button.
You can quickly apply a template to a whole selection of files using the Stamp tool. And it's also possible to apply a template when processing files with an Action.
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