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One way to move iPhoto ratings into Adobe Bridge
Authored by: thwaite on Mar 29, '10 03:07:42PM
The free CLI utility iPhotoExport copies iPhoto library images, including IPTC exif fields for their ratings, keywords and other metadata, into a folder tree outside of iPhoto, and it can do subsequent synchronizations. Itís free and pretty far along in its development. I've no affiliation with it other than as an interested user.
The one fault I've seen: if youíve set up iPhoto to NOT copy your photos into its library, then iPhoto uses links to them, and iPhotoExport canít handle links appropriately. All it will copy correctly here are the modified images which iPhoto always stores in its library. The author notes this, and tried to rectify it in one version, but had to revert due to side effects.

Excerpts from iPhotoExportís homepage:
iphotoexport allows you to liberate your images and a lot of the data you entered into iPhoto. It creates and maintains a folder tree of your images outside of your iPhoto library that replicates your iPhoto event and album organziation. In addition, your image titles, descriptions, dates, keywords, and face tags are exported into image metadata, so that other programs like Picasa, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop, etc. can see the data. iphotoexport works very well with Picasa on the Mac.
iphotoexport is a command line utility...[written in Python with source included, and]... is very fast. It can synchronize a 20,000 image iPhoto library in less than a minute. Your first synchronization of course will take much longer.
iphotoexport works with iPhoto '06, iPhoto '08, and iPhoto '09 on Mac OSX Snow Leopard, Leopard, or Tiger. ... you must install ExifTool [free] for metadata support.
iphotoexport has only limited support for iPhoto libraries that are custom configured to *not* copy images into the iPhoto library

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