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What file types are used when adding Tags to Connect?
Connect uses Tags to add words or short phrases that you associate with an asset. Tags help other users quickly find assets. This information is added as XMP data to your files.
For more information on adding Tags to files in connect, see the article Tagging Assets.
Why does Connect use XMP data to add Tags to files and not IPTC?
Extensis chose XMP as the the modern and more universal format to add data to any asset added to our system. For more information about the differences, please read on.
Is IPTC Data important to you?
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XMP and IPTC: What’s the difference?
XMP is the “Extensible Metadata Platform” that was developed by Adobe around 2001. It’s based on XML and was designed to allow exchange of standardized and custom metadata for digital documents and data sets. It is a format that can be used to describe any kind of asset, not limited to pictures.
Several common image formats support Embedded XMP, which means that the metadata is stored within the image file itself. Thus, the metadata always travels with the image file and does not need to be stored separately.
There are some file types that do not support XMP data embedded in the file itself. These files rely on a “sidecar” file that travels with the master. The sidecar file has the same name as the image file, with the file extension .xmp.
IPTC—the International Press Telecommunications Council (homepage: https://www.iptc.org)—is a consortium of major news agencies across the world who set out to facilitate the exchange of information between news organizations.
With the advent of the digital era, Photoshop introduced the File Info panel to allow photographers to add IPTC data easily to the digital pictures they had taken—after scanning them, of course; digital cameras were few and far between. With Photoshop 7, Adobe introduced XMP support in the File Info panel.