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Use iPhoto 5's Get Info panel to manage keywords Apps
We all know how iPhoto 5 has made keyword handling more difficult. While being a big fan of Ken Ferry's Keyword Assistant, I found another way to access a usable keyword list in iPhoto itself. This is such a simple hint that I thought for sure someone else would've already mentioned it, but a search turned up nothing.

Doing a Get Info (Command-I) in iPhoto brings up a three-tab window, and the third tab is Keywords. It's a normal, scrollable list of keywords, with checkboxes next to each keyword. I find this much better for simply adding keywords to a photo than trying to use the little window in the lower left corner.

[robg adds: This is a somewhat obvious hint, but many folks may have overlooked the Get Info functionality within iPhoto, so I felt it was worth sharing. The window is dynamic, so you can simply leave it open, and its contents will update as you select different photos. It even works with multiple photos selected. Unofortunately, the window is not resizable, so if you have more than 17 or so keywords, you'll have to scroll to reach them all ... which is why I still find myself returning to Keyword Assistant for working with keywords.]
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Use iPhoto 5's Get Info panel to manage keywords
Authored by: leenoble_uk on Aug 25, '05 10:31:50AM

Have you tried opening up the nib files in iPhoto's package and adjusting the default size of the info window yourself?

I did this with MEncoder which had horrible layout. I spent an hour tidying it all up in Interface Builder for my own use.

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Nib editing
Authored by: lullabud on Aug 25, '05 02:21:18PM

Nib editing is awesome. There are some applications that don't quite behave the way you want, and the ability to edit the UI is just amazing. For instance, there was a screen-saver that had sliders for positioning different elements, but it was hard to dial-in exactly what would make them aligned. Simply editing the nib and checking the option to make the slider stop on tick marks made it all easy. Sure, nib editing isn't for everybody, but it may be for some people who don't know about it, so I just thought I'd point out how freakin' cool it is. :)



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Use iPhoto 5's Get Info panel to manage keywords
Authored by: allanmarcus on Aug 25, '05 02:07:20PM

This is how I've always done it. Is there another way to enter keywords?



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Use iPhoto 5's Get Info panel to manage keywords
Authored by: allanmarcus on Aug 25, '05 02:10:12PM

Ahhh. I read the help. I didn't know you can drag the photo to the keyword. that's new in iPhoto 5, I think.



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Use iPhoto 5's Get Info panel to manage keywords
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on Aug 25, '05 02:13:41PM

this must be one of the rare instances where my intuitive notion of how the program should work aligns with apple's.

i understand the need to post hints occasionally to point out apple's "unique" decision for implementing a function. but, in this case i am at a loss for how else keywording is even possible.

AFAIK, preferences is for defining keywords; get-info is for assigning them; and the "lower left area" is for querying based upon assigned keywords.

while i agree that it would be nice to have a single area to manage the definitions, assignments and queries, in practice i find i rarely need to perform all 3 at once.

the original poster seemed to indicate that he was getting the job done, but it was vastly more difficult his way. i cannot even see how to manage keywords except by use of the 'hint'.

someone please show me the 'hard way'

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Use iPhoto 5's Get Info panel to manage keywords
Authored by: hypert on Aug 25, '05 03:45:45PM

To answer cudaboy, as allanmarcus' post above says, you can also assign keywords by dragging them on top of the keywords in the lower-left section. I did it this way in iPhoto 5 for a long time until I found the Get Info, which is much faster. You can get the floating Get Info palette closer to your photos, plus it simply responds faster than dragging, say, 20 photos over the lower-left panel keywords.



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Use iPhoto 5's Get Info panel to manage keywords
Authored by: sjmills on Aug 25, '05 05:04:25PM
I can't figure out why Apple didn't assign a key equiv that would open the Info window and show the Keywords panel. I use that all the time, but it's a bother to open it and then switch to keywords. As far as their drag-picture-to-keyword-button UI goes, that's really goofy. The part of the main window should also have something that makes the keyword buttons toggle between searching and assigning. This is why I wrote my own image db app. Keywords can be set via a Keywords dialog that has a combo-box that does type-matching. This makes it very easy and fast. I also have a Keywords palette for searching, assigning, and keyword adding and deleting.

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Use iPhoto 5's Get Info panel to manage keywords
Authored by: andrewz on Aug 26, '05 09:10:12AM
An alternative is to use KavaSoft's Shoebox photo organizer, which is focused on organizing photos by content.

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