Elements 14 File info metadata editor

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The File info (metadata) editor which uses XMP files is very clumsy in Elements 14. The editor was much more "user friendly" in Photoshop Elements 13 and earlier versions. Why change to this clumsy version?
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Barry Lancaster

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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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The old layout used tabs for the different sections of the metadata. No way to see them all, even on a 1920 x 1200 display, you needed to scroll laterally, very time consuming.
The tabs have been replaced by a simple dropdown menu. A very welcome change which makes working with metadata much quicker.
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Barry Lancaster

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Perhaps I have not explained the issue well.

I am not worried about the tabs and yes that is a good improvement. The change I do not like is the template button. Previously you could save a template and it remained on a button for re-use until you saved a new template or loaded another saved template. I found that very useful and meant that one click sufficed for many worked copies of images.

Now you have to click the template button then click Import and select a template for every copy.

It would be much improved if the data in the meta data fields remained until replaced by a new import or data entry. When you are working on a set of images there may be only one small change that is required in the meta data information used for each copy.

I have thousands of wildlife pictures and a copy of nearly every original (not discarded) is cropped and processed in some way. I preserve the original and use meta data on the copy to record the species name, location and a few other key details etc.

The editor not retaining already entered data has added a lot of time to my processing. I note the meta data editor is the same in Photoshop cc.

While I am at it the lack of a Photo bin in cc is very disappointing

Barry Lancaster
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Barry, I would suggest to vote for the similar discussions for Photoshop CC, as it seems that Elements does inherit from the same panel.
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