Bridge: Changing a keyword without having to retag everything in the heirarchy

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I tag pictures as part of my job. So my hierarchy has to change frequently as new pictures are added to the server and I have to incorporate them into the archive or just if I learn something that makes the system work better.


For example I recently learned that words cannot be searched separately. What I mean is, I had a tag 'pool table' that, when searched brought up: pools, tables, and pool tables (billiard tables).


Understandably this was a bit of a hassle to someone that is only searching for a specific item or person so, the solution is to combine the words together with an underscore. But that meant I had to rename and delete every, single, keyword I had made until that point. And then re-tag every picture under the new tags. It's been a long process.


So what I was wondering is why doesn't bridge recognize that the tag has been changed or 'renamed'. And thus change the existing tags to the new version? Instead of creating an entirely duplicated version with the updated text?

Is there an option to do this that I don't know about? Is there a patch for this? I would love to know!
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Melissa Broadbent

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Posted 2 years ago

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Hi Melissa,

I can't specifically address your problems with Bridge but if you are using Lightroom i believe it can do what you want to do.  Is Lightroom part of your workflow?
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David Converse

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You could probably write a script to accomplish this. There are numerous metadata scripts floating around; try downloading some to see if they do what you want.
You can also do a search for all files with a specific keyword, select them all, then make your changes.
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Stephen Marsh

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It very much depends on the metadata searching tools on what results are returned vs. the source keywords embedded in the file.
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Avinash Kumar Singh, Employee

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Hi Melissa Broadbent ,

For searching specific word in keywords please use equals instead of contains in the Find Dialog.