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Customizing the Properties Panel

The Properties panel is the main tool for cataloging your data. Once you have selected one or more thumbnails in the browser, the metadata information is displayed here and can be extended to include further information or modify and delete the existing entries.

The tags are arranged thematically in categories such as General, Description, Image, etc. You can open and close these categories by clicking with the left mouse button onto each of them.

The little gear icon in the upper task bar gives you access to the “Edit Presets…” dialog. Here you can specify which tags to display in the properties panel, determine their order and last but not least save these custom presets under your custom name. You can also create and save your own tag presets there as well. On how to do this, please read chapter Creating and assigning custom tag presets.

 

 

Determine the tags to be displayed

To be able to concentrate on the essential points when working with the metadata,  it makes sense to create different custom views for different tasks. For example, you can hide any fields that you don’t need for your current activity, e.g. indexing of images. This clears the Catalog Tags panel, which makes it much easier to locate the right tags in the tag tree.

This can be for example only the keywords and the title field whereas all other information such as e.g. file size or camera recording parameters may not need to be displayed and therefore can be set hidden.

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To create a new custom view, click on the little gear icon on the right side of the Properties title bar and select “Customize…” in the drop-down menu.

This opens the “Edit Presets…” dialog.

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Preset

Here you can name your new preset.

Bin

With the bin icon you can delete unneeded presets.

Tag list

This list shows all tags, which can be displayed in the Properties panel. Unchecking boxes allows you to deselect the tags that are not to be displayed.

Select

With this button, you can select all tags at once.

Deselect

With this button, you can deselect all tags at once.

Sorting

With the up and down buttons you can determine the sort order of the tags.

 

After making the settings according to your preferences and giving the name to the new template, close the dialog with the “OK” button.

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The Properties panel now displays only the two previously selected tag fields “Title” and “Keywords” and your new template will appear as a new entry in the selection list.

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If you want to display the default view again, just click on the entry “Default“.

In the manner described above, you can create multiple views for rapid recall for each purpose.

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