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VRA Panel Export-Import Tool (redirected from VRA Panel Export-Import To=)

Page history last edited by GregReser 5 years ago

New version available: VRA Bridge Metadata Tools


This is a JavaScript plugin for Adobe Bridge CS3 and higher that allows you to export embedded metadata from RAW, TIFF, JPEG, and PNG files to a tab-delimited text file.  It also allows you to import metadata from a tab-delimited text file into a group of images.


This script is compatible with the VRA custom info panel version 1.0.  It also includes all the IPTC Core, GPS and many technical fields.


Question, comments?  emwg@vraweb.org


Download the plugin

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New version available: VRA Bridge Metadata Tools


Note about uninstalling the beta version



To install in the User account (recommended) 

You should have already downloaded, unzipped, and located the file VRA_Export-Import[version number].jsx 

1. Start Bridge


       Edit --> Preferences --> Startup Scripts

       Adobe Bridge --> Preferences --> Startup Scripts

3. Click "Reveal My Startup Scripts".  This will open the correct folder

4. Copy the file "VRA_Export-Import[version number].jsx" to this folder then close the folder

5. Quit Bridge

6. Start Bridge

7. When prompted, confirm the installation of VRA Metadata Export-Import


Direct paths to the correct folder:


1. Open Windows File Browser

2. Click the folder path bar at the top so you enter text.

3. Paste this text and replace [USERNAME] with your own user name: 

     C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Bridge CS[version]\Startup Scripts\


1. Open Finder

2. Select the "Go" menu

3. Select "Go to Folder"

4. Enter this text:

     ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Bridge CS[version]/Startup Scripts/



To install in the Admin account (only for experts and administrators)  

1. Quit Bridge. 

2. Copy the file "VRA_Export-Import[version].jsx" to the appropriate location: 

  Windows 7 & 8: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Startup Scripts CS[version]\Adobe Bridge\

   Mac OSX: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Bridge CS[version] Extensions/

3. Start Bridge 

4. When prompted, confirm the installation of VRA Metadata Export-Import


To use:

1. In Bridge, go to Tools and select "VRA Export-Import"

2. Click a "?" button for instructions on that function.


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Comments (4)

drneikirk said

at 1:32 pm on Jan 7, 2013

I have been really liking this tool. I happened to stumble onto this site when I was trying to figure how to write an xslt sheet for the xmp, in order to import the information into our FileMaker database. Something that I am still very new at. This tool has certainly simplified that process. I am curious though is there a way to to also export the 'File Properties' panel as well with this tool?

GregReser said

at 8:05 am on Jan 8, 2013

Yes, you can get the file name from column 'B' and most other file properties from columns 'CF' through 'CS'. These include: DC Format, File Size (bytes), ImageWidth, ImageLength, BitsPerSample, Compression, XResolution, YResolution, ResolutionUnit, Make, Model, Software, ColorSpace. Are there other properties you would like added?
Note: the export script is only capable of reading XMP metadata. The Exif metadata, which is stored in a different format, is usually duplicated in XMP under the namespace 'exif:' contains the file properties. In a case where this data hasn't been duplicated in XMP, the script will not export it. If you are encountering this problem, you might look at Exiftool, which is a command line tool, but can read just about any embedded metadata there is. http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/


Lorenzo said

at 11:03 am on Dec 1, 2014

The import/export tool works very well in Bridge for applying meta data from a standard set of panels. Great job on the script!

However, the import/export script does not work with custom meta data panels' data.
It would be great to use this tool with our custom meta data.

We have created a custom panel that we use in Bridge to populate custom meta data.
All of the meta data that we have in the standard panels and our custom panel is used by our Media Manager system.
The Media Manager system takes that data and uses it for associating digital files to product owners among other types of logical associations.

Could we work on extending this script with your team to use custom panel information or do you know of a tool that can take data from an excel sheet (csv or tsv etc..) and update custom meta data?

Lorenzo said

at 8:47 am on Feb 17, 2016

Hi Greg and the group using this tool.
Great work on the script and thank you for the guidance with extending this tool for our use.
We're still using it today after a few modifications and a few more versions later.
Great work and thanks again for the collaboration.

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