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Can you add metadata to an image in affinity designer. It is so important for SEO purposes as well as copyright.

I noticed someone had asked this question in 2016 so something should be in place by now.

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But why do we not have this capability by now as Photoshop does!

Affinity Designer is a great program but it is lacking in two things I need at the moment
metadata and the facility to use mockups. Both of these are successfully used by
Photoshop.

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16 minutes ago, BrightBold said:

But why do we not have this capability by now as Photoshop does!

Probably because

  • Photoshop has been in development for decades longer than Affinity Photo.
  • There are dozens if not hundreds of different standard types of photo metadata & an unlimited number of non-standardized ones.
  • There are several different  metadata standards for photographs that are related in complicated ways, some of which conflict with each other in some way.
  • One of them is the IPTC standard, which was developed using Adobe's XMP technology.
  • Photographic metadata is usually provided as some combination of EXIF, XMP, & IPTC tagged metadata, but the de facto file system standard for essentially all digital still cameras, DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), while conforming to the EXIF standard also allows for other file formats that are not.
  • Metadata may or may not be embedded in the file. When it is not, it is provided by a sidecar file, which Affinity currently does not support.
  • There is also a difference between photo metadata & file system metadata; what is provided in the latter & how it is accessed depends on the file system, which different platforms support & structure differently.

The tl;dr version is that full metadata support is much, much more complicated than it might seem.


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Affinity Photo 1.6.11.85 & Affinity Designer 1.6..4.45 for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iOS 12.1.1

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5 hours ago, DavidS24 said:

In short, metadata is ciphers for bots (robots).

Photo metadata has many other uses than just for SEO. For example, the first IPTC standard was developed in the early 1990's (long before SEO became a thing) so that news agencies, photographers, photo agencies, libraries, and the like could unify the way they managed all sorts of information stored in images. From their most recent User Guide (emphasis added):

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Photo metadata is key to protecting images' copyright and licensing information online. It is also essential for managing digital assets. Detailed and accurate descriptions about images ensure they can be easily and efficiently retrieved via search, by users or machine-readable code. 

Photo metadata is also widely used during the 'development' of RAW image files, in printing, & so on.


Affinity Photo 1.6.7 & Affinity Designer 1.6.1; macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 iMac (27-inch, Late 2012); 2.9GHz i5 CPU; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M; 8GB RAM
Affinity Photo 1.6.11.85 & Affinity Designer 1.6..4.45 for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iOS 12.1.1

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