FotoStation: Building a custom Metadata editor for Flickr

As I’ve mentioned in several blog posts, I’ve recently started a new job, working for Norwegian software developer FotoWare. Their client-side software is called FotoStation, and is a very powerful tool for processing photos.
Having been an amateur photographer for a while now, I have got a Pro account at Flickr, and upload a number of photos every year. Combining my job and my hobby is great, and I have used FotoStation for a number of tasks involving my own photos already.
The best way to do this, seems to be to create a custom Metadata editor, which shows only the fields relevant to uploading photos to Flickr.
The first part of this, was finding out which fields of the XMP metadata are utilized by Flickr. I used the Flickr Uploadr, and found that the three fields shown there, grabs data as follows:

  • Title maps to Object Name
  • Description maps to Caption
  • Tags maps to a total of four fields; Keywords, City, Province State and Country

Knowing all this, all that was left, was to enter the Dialog Builder (Configuration – Metadata – Dialog Builder), and design the following Metadata editor:

If you want to use this editor, simply download and import this file into your FotoStation install (right-click and choose “save file” or “save link as”).
Caveat lector: I used to work with support at FotoWare. This blog is my own space, I am not paid to write it. I write about FotoWare and FotoWare products because I believe in them.



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