When reading this hint, I realised that to read the metadata of a file(s), I did not always want to go to the Terminal or open the clumsy Get Info window.
So here is a simple script to get the selected file(s) metadata, and open them in a text file. It can be used with most hotkey apps to make it usable via keyboard shortcut:
[robg adds: I tested this one, and it works as described...]
(* This script will open any selected file/s in finder and do a shell script "mdls" to get the metadata of the file/s, and display the result in a Texedit document for each file *) tell application "Finder" set miTem to selection repeat with i from 1 to number of items in miTem set this_item to item i of miTem as string set this_item to POSIX path of this_item do shell script "mdls " & quoted form of this_item & " | open -f" end repeat end tell
Mac OS X Hints