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Import and export IPTC keywords to/from iPhoto Apps
Imagine you are switching from an media management application such as iView Media Pro or even Photoshop (on Windows or MacOS), where you have been carefully tagging your images with IPTC keywords, to iPhoto. You will be shocked and dismayed that you spent all that time tagging, only to find that iPhoto doesn't understand IPTC keywords, and will not display them alongside your images when you import them into your library.

The reason for this is that iPhoto uses its own method of storing keywords seperate from the image file in the library. IPTC keywords, on the other hand, are metadata stored in the image file itself. I was in that situation myself a few months back, so I went and developed a solution. I have written a couple of Applescripts that allow you to import IPTC keywords to, or export your iPhoto keywords from, the images in your iPhoto library. You can find the scripts (and more info on their dependencies) on this page at scriptbuilders.net.

You use the scripts by selecting the images in iPhoto you want to import/export to/from, and then run the scripts from the Finder or from the Script Menu, if you have installed them there.

Here are some possible uses:
  • Migrating from another OS or media management application to iPhoto.
  • Exporting you iPhoto library for backup purposes. Now your keywords can be backed up, too.
  • Uploading images to Flickr. Flickr understands IPTC keywords in your images, and automatically adds them as tags.
[robg adds: I haven't tested these scripts...]
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Import and export IPTC keywords to/from iPhoto
Authored by: club60.org on Nov 18, '05 07:45:32AM

The link is dead...



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Dead link grabbed from in HTML source
Authored by: the_webmaestro on Nov 18, '05 08:37:44AM
iPhoto5 questions (regarding IPTC/EXIF)
Authored by: AbhiSachdev on Nov 24, '05 07:30:47AM

some quick questions regarding this:

Q. Seems like iPhoto5 does not store comments in the IPTC/EXIF of a picture. In that case:
- Can iPhoto5 read EXIF details (to get the camera/data details)
- are there any 3rd party software that lets you do it (store & read comments from IPTC/EXIF)
- Where are the comments stored, in some xml file?



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iPhoto5 questions (regarding IPTC/EXIF)
Authored by: pvk on Nov 30, '05 01:32:14PM

On way to do is to use "Caption Buddy" that allows you to move title and comments to and from iphoto and the IPTC image file.
See http://www.apple.com/applescript/iphoto/ at the end to find it.
Caption Buddy does not work with keywords.

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Import and export IPTC keywords to/from iPhoto
Authored by: joestalin on Jan 10, '06 07:21:28AM

This doesn't work for me, sadly



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Import and export IPTC keywords to/from iPhoto
Authored by: joestalin on Jan 10, '06 11:28:17AM

Never mind. It does work. Though I wonder why the author didn't also move title and caption info along with the keywords.



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iPhoto Now Has Rudimentary Support for IPTC
Authored by: adamshand on Mar 08, '08 03:13:17AM
iPhoto Now Has Rudimentary Support for IPTC
Authored by: giulianomancini on Jan 14, '09 12:47:52PM
I Wrote a java tool that exports IPhoto 08 keywords to original image files. I use it with my library of 60.000 pics.

http://giulianomancini.blogspot.com/

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