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File Info panel for Adobe applications

Asheesh Laroia, September 14th, 2007

We’re pleased to announce a user-friendly installer for our software to examine Creative Commons licensing from inside Adobe applications like Photoshop. Furthermore, the licensing metadata that you see in Photoshop is interoperable with other metadata packages in Free Software like Exempi.

A week ago I took this picture of our lovely web engineer Nathan Kinkade along with our community manager, Jon Phillips. After opening it in Adobe Photoshop and tagging it with a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, I clicked on “File Info” from the File menu. Here’s what that looks like:

Photoshop + XMP panel, but smaller

We’ve always said that the Creative Commons licenses come in three forms: lawyer-readable, human-readable, and machine-readable. Metadata is the “information about information” that allows software to tell you more about the file you are examining.

This file info panel is possible because Adobe published an Extensible Metadata Platform (“XMP”) standard as well as Freely-licensed software that implements the platform in addition to supporting it in their own applications. To get started displaying CC metadata in the Adobe programs that support it, simply install our panel (available for both Windows and Mac, the two Adobe-supported platforms). If you want to mark a work as licensed under a CC license, simply choose a license and select the option labeled “To mark a PDF or other XMP-supported file, save this template”. Open that with the Adobe program and your file is marked. We had written about the panel before; this refresh provides an easy installer as well updates it for changes to our metadata namespace.

And remember that this metadata standard is cross-platform. We’ve written before about other people including XMP support in pdflatex, PHP, PDF files, and Tracker, just to name a few examples of Free Software support for XMP.

2 Responses to “File Info panel for Adobe applications”

  1. Jon Connelly says:

    This doesn’t seem to work with Adobe Photoshop CS4. After doing a quick search on Google I’m not coming up with any user-created panels for easily displaying and editting CC metadata in CS4.

    In addition, when choosing a CC License, it no longer gives the option to export to an XMP templates, so as of now, it seems manually entering in all CC related metadata is necessary.

  2. I am currently working on a set of XMP FileInfo panels that will work under CS4 and CS5. More info here http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Creative_Commons_Panel

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