[Digikam-users] writing tags to the files

Johan van Noooten subsidiarity3 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 20 07:50:28 BST 2012

Thanks for all the replies. I had assumed that Dolphin did the same thing
as Windows Explorer in Windows 7 when I added tags to a .jpg using
"properties", then "information" (Dolphin) or "details" (Windows
Explorer).  But the tags I wrote using DK do appear in Windows Explorer and
vice versa (perhaps not perfectly, but well enough). This is good. Those I
wrote using Dolphin don't. I guess Dolphin doesn't store metadata in the
.jpg file itself or it does it in a way that Windows (or DK for that
matter) doesn't read. That's not a big problem for me. I use to disable
nepomuk also. I don't anymore. Thanks again for the help.


On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 7:25 AM, Jean-François Rabasse <
jean-francois.rabasse at wanadoo.fr> wrote:

> Hi Johan,
> The « Write metadata to image » , or « to selected images » action
> isn't sufficient per se.
> As peter said :
> On 19.09.2012 09:21, Peter Albrecht wrote:
>  did you enable
>>    "[x] Save image tags as 'Keywords' tags in metadata
>> embedded in file"
>> To be found under:
>>    "Settings" -> "Configure digikam..." -> "Metadata" ->
>> "Behaviour"
> you have also to define explicitly which (meta)data are to be written,
> it's not a « write all » feature. The Settings Metadata folder displays
> several checkboxes for different data items, Title and description,
> and/or Rating, and/or Tagslist, etc.
> It's up to you to check/unckeck item by item, what you wish to be
> written and what you prefer not to be. If you haven't check Save
> image tags, DK will never write them.
> Note also that in that same configuration folder, if you set the
> Metadata writing mode to « Write to image only » , or « image and
> sidecar file » , you won't need any more to activate the « Write
> metadata to image » , it will be done each time you modify something,
> the title, rating, tags, etc., without manual intervention.
> About metadata being read by other applications :
> It's not a simple issue because some metadata fields are more or less
> standard across applications, and some other are not. To write your
> image title and description, DK uses standard XMP fields, in the
> Dublin Core namespace, and these could be read by other applications.
> As for Dolphin, Peter answered :
>  The part of viewing the tags in dolphin belongs to the topic
>> "semantic desktop" of KDE. "Nepomuk" is another term related with
>> this.
>> Official site: http://nepomuk.kde.org/
> NB: some images viewers, e.g. Gwenview, are more images oriented and can
> display almost all metadata fields. DK tags appear with Gwenview.
> However, tagslist as featured in DK have a hierarchical structure and
> this is not fully supported in basic standards. So, DK saves the
> information into an application dedicated namespace,
> <digiKam:TagsList>, but only Digikam is supposed to be able to read
> that. To increase the probability some other applications could read
> the info, Digikam saves also tagslist information in several other
> metadata fields, hierarchicalSubject, Keywords, Subject.
> Maybe other...
> This is a nice idea for increased potential interoperability, but has
> two side effects :
> - Some information may disappear. E.g. the standard Keywords or
> Subject metadata fields format supports only a flat list of keywords,
> not a hierarchical structure.
> So if you have a structured tag on an image,
> say /Location/France/Paris, only the tail component Paris will appear
> as a keyword and another application reading metadata will no longer
> be aware of the former hierarchy.
> (As far as I know, only the hierarchicalSubject field ensures
> compatibilty with Adobe software, without structure loss.)
> - This mechanism may overwrite some standard fields if you use other
> metadata edition programs. E.g. editing image title and description
> will keep compatibility with DK, but image subject edition would be
> destroyed the next time DK saves a tagslist.
> (I'm sure of that, I've already lost subjects:-)
> And this is why defining item by item what is to be written, in the
> Metadata settings folder, cf. supra, is a nice feature. (This is my
> personal case; I save titles and descriptions, but as I happen to edit
> also subjects of my own, I don't save tagslists not to destroy my
> subjects. But it's a detail.)
> Regards,
> Jean-François
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