1. Ale says:

    Hi, i’m tring to replace Lightroom with XnviewMp, but i really don’t understand which field in Xnview i have to fill for the title.
    In LR there is a Title field, but in xnview?


  2. Ale S. says:

    is there a way… or better… what is the best way to add a Title to a photo with xnviewmp? In the past i’ve used only Lightroom and in LR there is a “Title”..but i don’t find anything similar in xnview.

    • Carl Seibert says:

      The Object Name field (Title – same field by a different name) is in the Source tab in XnView’s IPTC editor dialog.

      Different software puts fields in different sections in the interface (Photo Mechanic puts this field under Status, for example.) And different programs refer to given fields using different names, sometimes names that are officially recognized in the standard and sometimes not. This one can be “Object Name”, or “Title”. (or “Title/Object Name”, for that matter) Either is okey-dokey according to the standard. The caption is officially “Description/Caption”. I can’t even count all the different names applied to the Byline/Author/Creator/Photographer field.

      Sometimes the different names make sense for different user groups. Sometimes I think developers go around renaming stuff just for the sport of it 🙂

  3. Jeremy says:

    Hi Carl,

    Thanks for the clear explanation ! Metadata is a very valuable crusade.

    But is there a simple way to batch export my EXISTING db categories to the files’ metadata ?
    I want to migrate a collection of pictures to Synology Photo Station, and still access there as keywords the DB categories I used to define in XnView. There are thousand of files, so editing manually IPTC for each picture is hardly an option.
    I couldn’t find any option for that in the batch export tool as now.

    • Carl Seibert says:

      Hi Jeremy,

      I’m sorry I haven’t replied sooner. I somehow missed your comment in the queue.

      I just went through the XnView changelogs back to 2014 and I didn’t find any mention of Pierre adding the feature that you (and several others) want to do that. That feature has been requested for years now.


  4. Carl Seibert says:

    Our comments function misbehaved for reader Bo De Lang, who has found a solution to Jeremy’s problem. I’ll paste in his findings here.

    Without further ado, over to Bo:

    I’m happy to report that I do have a way in which this can be achieved using XnViewMP.

    1) set the categories for the image
    2) in Preferences|Browser|Metadata|IPTC&XMP under Keywords tick Export DB category to XMP Subject and IPTC Keyword. Tick either one or both of the subheadings. Tick Write hierarchical keywords if appropriate.
    3) with the images to be updated selected in the Browser, choose View|Update files from catalog

    The image(s) now have the XnView categories written as XMP (hierarchical) Subjects and XMP keywords

    – Bo De Lang

  5. Carl Jones says:

    Edit Metadata allows you to select such things as filename to be inserted in a metadata field, e.g. Captiion.
    This is fine on a one-at-a-time usage.
    But if you select multiple photos and use the Insert Filename option for the caption, *all* photos get the filename of the *first* file as their caption.
    I certainly expected this to occur *for each file*.
    It seems that the Edit Metadata is just a batch write operation through the set of files.
    In every case (metadata field) for which I can pick a ‘file value’ (filename, folder, date, etc), I’d like it done on a file-by-file basis!
    Is there a way to do this that I am missing?
    Win 10 XnView Version 0.96.4 64bits (Jun 30 2020)

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