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What is MetaShotPpt?

It's pronounced "meta shot put" and it's a desktop application that automatically transfers IPTC, VRA Core (Work) and IPTC Artwork metadata, embedded in image files to PowerPoint slides. The idea is to save time manually entering captions in presentations.  It was built in Node.js and works on Mac and Windows.



About version 2.0

This upgrade to MetaShotPpt was created with a Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) (http://www.vrafoundation.org/) project grant awarded to Greg Reser and Sheryl Frisch, members of the Visual Resources Association’s, Data Standards Committee Embedded Metadata working group. The previous version was created using a 2013 VRAF project grant awarded to Amanda Rybin. Ben Lange was the software programmer. The tool was built in AppleScript, in consultation with Greg Reser and Heidi Eyestone, who developed the 2012 version for the PC, also funded by a VRAF project grant.


Getting Started


You will need:

  1. Image files with embedded metadata that you wish to place on a slide in a Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx format) presentation. (Need a group of test images with embedded metadata? Click here to download a zipped folder of images from the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago. Unzip the folder and note its location on your computer).
  2. Software capable of opening PowerPoint .pptx files (Keynote, LibreOffice Impress, Google Slides, etc.). 
  3. MetaShotPpt installed on your computer. 


Download and install (no login required, just click the Download link below)

MetaShotPpt does not contain adware, spyware, or other unwanted applications.


Mac OS 10.6 or above

  1. Download Mac version
  2. Unzip "MetaShotPpt_Mac.zip"
  3. Double click on the  application.
    1. The first time you open the application, you may receive a message "MetaShotPpt is an application downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?" Click Open.
    2. You might get a warning that is from an unidentified developer.  Go to System Preferences >Security & Privacy>Allow apps downloaded from: (choose) App Store and identified developers.
  4. Remember where your application is saved -- likely in your Downloads folder. Feel free to move it to your Desktop or Dock for easy access.


Windows 7 or 10

  1.  Download Windows version
  2. Unzip "MetaShotPpt_Windows_Installer.zip"
  3. Double click  MetaShotPpt_Windows_Installer.exe"
    1. You might get a warning that "Windows prevented an unrecognized app from starting".  Click "More info".  Click "Run anyway"
    2. Follow the on-screen installation instructions
  4. Look for the  in your Start menu desktop

Using MetaShotPpt


  1. Click "Select Folder" and browse to your folder of images and select it. The file path appears in the selection box, along with the number of images to be imported.
  2. Click "show list" to see files that have been selected
  3. Metadata Options
    1. Include Field Label - select to include the name of each field on the slides
    2. Select which fields to import
      1. IPTC Photo (Creator, Title, Date Created, Location, Description, Keywords, Copyright Notice)
      2. VRA Core Work (Agent, Title, Date Created, Style/Period, Culture, Work Type, Material, Technique, Measurements, Location)
      3. IPTC Artwork (Creator, Title, Date Created, Circa Date Created, Style/Period, Contribution, Physical Description, Content Description, Source, Copyright)  
  4. Layout Options
    1. select the position of the metadata (below, or next to the image)
    2. select the background color (black, grey, or white)
    3. choose the Font type (Calibri, Helvetica, Times), size and color (black, grey, or white)
  5. Click "Create PowerPoint"
  6. Click "Open PowerPoint" (if you don't have PowerPoint, skip this and open the file in the presentation software you have) 






Question, comments?  emwg@vraweb.org

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