Customizing the meta editor (custom panels)

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When you open the Image Details panel for the first time, you will be presented with many input fields. Those fields are organized in tab sheets. The fields are based on the XMP standards, which in turn is derived from the IPTC (http://www.iptc.org) and EXIF industrial standards for photographic information. Because IDimager is fully XMP aware, it uses the XMP variant of IPTC called IPTC4XMP.

 

By default, the Image Details panel displays most of the commonly used IPTC and EXIF-based XMP fields. However, it is possible to customize the image details editor to display only the fields that you need, to add different XMP fields, or even to extend the editor with fields currently unavailable in IDimager. In this way, IDimager allows you to fully benefit from the power of XMP.

 

There are two ways to customize the Image Details:

 

1. By toggling individual fields ON/OFF

2. By defining your own groups and fields

 

 

Toggling individual fields ON/OFF

 

In the mini toolbar of the Image Details panel you can find the customization button.

 

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If you click on this button's drop down, you will be able to select from some pre-defined editors as deployed with IDimager. In addition it lists the custom defined editors that you have stored yourself. The next option is the "Customize Editor" entry. Select this option to switch the panel to "toggle" mode.

 

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In front of each group and field you now see an eye icon. Click the eye to toggle them ON/OFF. When a group or field is toggled OFF then it is displayed with a red eye icon. Visible groups/fields are displayed with a white eye icon.

 

Toggle the items OFF that you no longer wish to see and again click the Customize button in the toolbar to step out of the Toggle mode. Groups and fields that you have toggle OFF will now be hidden from the Image Details panel. Repeat this procedure if you want to make additional changes. It's very easy to switch groups/fields ON again once you've switched them OFF.

 

 

Defining your own groups and fields

 

Click the Customize drop down button in the mini-toolbar of the Image Details and select "Editor Designer".

 

Inside this editor you can define the groups you want to use in the Image Details, organize how fields are displayed within the groups, add new fields to the editor and more. The Editor has orange dot icons at the top of the panel; each orange dot represents the name of a specific tab of the Image Details panel (see the red arrows in the illustration below) as well as a group of fields associated with that tab (see the green arrows in the illustration below).

 

When you click on an orange dot icon in the Editor, the group's title (in the illustration below "Descriptions") is displayed just below the orange dots.  In addition, the Editor displays the fields associated with that group in "XMP form", meaning that each field in the list is identified by its XMP property name.

 

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You can rename a group by pressing [F2], or by clicking the drop down icon located on the upper right side of the Editor dialog and selecting "Rename meta group".

 

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The order of the fields in the Editor list is also the order in which they appear in the tab of the Image Details. You can change the ordering of the fields by dragging a specific field to a new location and then dropping it.

 

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If you want to remove a field (or fields) from the list, select the fields, right click on the XMP property label to bring up a context menu, and then select “Delete Item”. You can also delete fields by first selecting them and then clicking on the <delete> button in the mini-toolbar.

 

Fields can also be moved to a different group. To do this, select the field (or fields) to move, right click, and then choose “Move To Group | <<Group name>>”.

 

Finally to create a new group, click the drop down menu indicator in the right hand upper corner and select “New Group”.

 

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Once you have customized your editing schema, click the OK button to close the meta editor. This will both update the Image Details design and return you to the Image Details panel.

 

For more information, please read the forum topic http://forum.idimager.com/viewtopic.php?t=430.