Adobe XMP.

“I said XMP.”
“X-What-P? ”
“I said. X-M-P.”
“What-P-What? “

XMP stands for Extensible Metadata Platform. Essentially it’s information about information contained in a document or database. While the idea of Metadata has been around a while (Index of a book, A Dictionary, etc…), Metadata is relatively new and has changed the way people search there documents. With the worlds information heading to the desktop people can now type in a search, rather than look it up on a card… then wander through the library… for a cryptic number… on a tiny spine.

Ok so whats the big deal? Imagine you are an artist working at a design shop. You your self have created about 100 gigs of art a year (thats about where I’m at). So lets say in your third year of working, a client wants a document from “a year or so ago, oh and it has that little caricature with the red hat”. Uh huh. I haven’t a clue what he is talking about. Besides there are 8 artist here, thats 2,400 gigs worth of data to look through.

More after the jump…

So besides good organization and hopefully someone remembering it, you can pull up your Adobe bridge and type is some search key words. With any luck you’ll find it. Well not really. That “luck” is all the metadata you keyed in as you went along. So along with your organization and memory (hah!) your metadata will save you loads of time.

All of the Adobe products use XMP. Adobe even has a little site dedicated to informing you about it. Here is a link. I read through the PDF about XMP newspapers and news magazines and the only think that stuck in my brain was this image:XMP illustrated

Metadata isn’t just hand typed in for every file. Some digital cameras add this info on the fly. Scanners , Hard Drive based video cameras, and even iTunes. NASA uses it with GPS and Photos. The Military uses it for mapping. Department of Transportation uses it for tracking statistics on road conditions. Thats just a small sample… Imagine going into a worldwide Metadata search (Eh hem… Google?) and searching for “little red hat”. Not only will you get images, you’ll get videos, stories, news, maps… What if you searching just your network for “little red hat”, well in our case we found it. It turns out some one typed “guy with red hat” into the Keywords of the file.

Create a new document (any size) then click File->File Info… you’ll find your self looking at this:XMP 01

Fill in any info that will not be specific to a document. For instance, fill in Author, Copyright Notice. etc… but leave the Document Title, description, and keywords blank. Click through the list on the left and fill in some of that if you want.

Then click on the little arrow XMP Arrowin the top right. Now click on Save Metadata Template…

XMP save

Now you don’t ever have to type that info again! Head over to this link to watch “7 Steps to understanding XMP metadata” brought to you by Adobe.

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