Auto-Import Category Tags only from Files in Library

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Ihaveaproblem
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Auto-Import Category Tags only from Files in Library

Post by Ihaveaproblem » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:24 am

Hello!

I have a suggestion for a feature: An Option to auto-import existing category tags from files ONLY when the files are within own library folder and its sub folders.

Problem: When browsing random folders of images received from various foreign sources, friends etc, this sometimes automatically imports a bunch of category tags that "pollute" and "clutter" my own collection/system of category tags. Each time this happens, I must carefully clean up the mess in my tags, taking a lot of caution not to delete one of my own tags.

I extensively use the tagging feature to manage photo albums and I am not interested in any tags/metadata attached to received photos that I browse using this great Software XNViewMP.

Merci beaucoup!
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Re: Auto-Import Category Tags only from Files in Library

Post by orbspider » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:04 am

I mentioned this particular problem 8 years ago!! see here > Re: Here comes the Catalog

Every time I come across the Exclude list in Settings > Catalogue I imagine I can select a dir and keep the files in it from interfering with the database (meaning keywords) ... but I hear that this only excludes folders from thumbnail storage. Hmmm

So yes, if you download images they could have tons of funny keywords that will soon start cluttering the category list (and cleaning it up is a pain).

The way around it, if the pics have no valuable xmp data is to do a wipe of them first, but that's more work too. And an external program/command line.

Either folders outside of the root picture folder or **importantly** folders that are excluded from catalogue (ie on that list on 2nd tab) should not import their keywords to the database.

Chances are they are temporary files and don't need searching for with categories.

If one needs to add categories to them then that can be done anyway with Tools> Metadata, or even the category pane if the right ones are present.

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Re: Auto-Import Category Tags only from Files in Library

Post by orbspider » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:17 am

I just remembered, there is one other work around!
  • Put the temporary files in a special location.
  • In Settings > Metadata, uncheck the "Import XMP subject or IPTC keyword to DB Categories" box
  • In Settings > Catalog, click on Add folder and find the location of these pictures
  • After that, check the box for "Import XMP subject or IPTC keyword to DB Categories" again
Result: temp images do not import any keywords to DB.
Drawbacks: any additional folders created in that location and browsed will import XMP/IPTC keywords to DB!!

Therefore the best solution is to completely exclude any folder that is in the exclude list, including their keywords!
Unless we can have check-boxes in the exclude list Pierre?

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Folder                                       Exclude thumbs               Exclude metadata
/media/D1/photos/Z-friends                   [x]                           [x]

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