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Keyword processing

Do not modify keywords


Select this option if you don't want to store all assigned catalog labels for an image as metadata keywords


Merge catalog labels with keywords


Select this option if you want to add all catalog labels that are not yet available as keywords to the metadata


Replace keywords with catalog labels


Select this option if you want IDimager to be fully leading. Your existing metadata keywords will be replaced by all assigned catalog labels


Write delimited keywords

With this option checked, IDimager will write keywords in the hierarchical notation, meaning that the hierarchy for the assigned keyword will be added with a delimiter character that you can set yourself; e.g. the "period" as delimiter gives you Events.Birthdays.Children


With this option unchecked, IDimager will only write the name of the assigned keyword, without the hierarchy; e.g. Children


Always write Lightroom hierarchical keywords


Adobe Lightroom(tm) writes hierarchical keywords apart from normal keywords. For a better integration with Lightroom, IDimager offers this option and when this option is enabled, IDimager will always write Lightroom hierarchical keywords. The delimiter setting mentioned earlier are for your normal keywords and have no influence on the Lightroom keywords. Lightroom always uses the pipe | character as the delimiter.


Also include all parent level labels as keywords

With this option disabled, IDimager will store the lowest leveled assigned catalog label as a keyword in your image. E.g. an image has a label "John" assigned in the hierarchy Persons -> Family -> John. Now when you store your catalog info to the image, IDimager will create a single keyword "John".


When you enable this option, you are telling IDimager that you want all higher leveled labels to be stored as keywords also. So for the sample above; even though there is only 1 catalog label assigned, IDimager will also create keywords for the parent levels.Assigned label "John" in the hierarchy Persons -> Family -> John. Now when you store your catalog info to the image, IDimager will create a keywords "Family" and "John". The top category is not stored as a keyword; in this case Persons.


Store only catalog category

Here you can select any one of the top level catalog categories that should be stored as keywords. This way you can control which catalog labels are mapped to metadata keywords.


Write catalog label structure to IDimager ICS schema

The ICS schema (IDimager Core Schema) is an XMP schema that is specific for IDimager and if you decide to write the ICS schema, IDimager will store all its specific catalog info in there. These include version info and label hierarchies. By writing the ICS schema, you will have a way of reconstructing your full catalog based on the embedded metadata.


Only update out-of-sync images

With this option enabled, IDimager will only process the out-of-sync images when using [Ctrl]+[F12] on a series of selected thumbnails. That will prevent updating the metadata for images for which IDimager identifies that their metadata is already up-to-date.


Out-of-sync images are images for which IDimager can not guarantee that the metadata in the file is in compliance with has the info contained in the database. This can be because there is information in the database that has not been written to the image file yet, or when an image file's metadata got altered in a 3rd party application and the changes are not available in IDimager yet.

Out-of-sync images are recognizable by the orange cube icon on the thumbnails, while in-sync images display the a green cube icon.


Store XMP-Block to the database only

When you use IDimager to store catalog information to XMP ([Ctrl]+[F12]), then IDimager will create a XMP block for the image and store that block to the database as well as to the image. Meaning that after using the [Ctrl]+[F12] feature, your image will become in-sync.


When you select this option IDimager will construct the XMP block and store it to the database only. That means that after this, you will not see the XMP information in 3rd party applications. This allows for a faster workflow, where you use a feature afterwards to find out-of-sync images and dump the XMP from the database to the images. This is done with [Shift]+[F12].


Store synonyms as keywords too

By enabling this option IDimager will also write out every synonym for ever assigned catalog to the meta keywords.


E.g. an image has one catalog label assigned called "Automobile" and this catalog labels also uses the synonyms "Auto" and "Car". Then with this option enables you will have 3 keywords after synchronization: Automobile, Auto and Car. With this option disabled then only one keywords will be written: Automobile.


Store keywords in alphabetical order

Use this option to have you keywords sorted before written to the metadata. This is generally not recommended when you send out images to imaging stock sites. The sites often prioritize the keywords and they consider the first keyword more important than the second one. With sorted keywords you undermine that concept. But if you never send out keywords to stock services or other agencies, then feel free to use this option.