Adding Authorship, Description, and Copyright to images with Adobe XMP in Bridge

I've been asked many times how I embed information in a photograph (i.e. a jpg file) such as my name, my contact info, a description, a location, and even a copyright (such as a Creative Commons License). This metadata becomes part of the image file, and remains part of the image even if renamed or resized by me or anyone else. If you ever find that someone has used your photo without permission and even perhaps claimed ownership of the photo while denying the theft, then IPTC metadata is a good way to prove ownership. The metadata can be deliberately changed or removed by editing the IPTC metadata, but I think most unauthorized usage of images is done without tampering with the metadata since its hidden in the image file, and you can't see that its there by looking at the picture.

To embed this type of metadata in an image I use Adobe Bridge, a product that ships with Adobe Photoshop CS2. Here's a screenshot that show's the IPTC panel in Bridge. You can select one or more images and edit the IPTC metadata simultaneously.

From the web page about Adobe eXtensible Metadata Platform (XMP):

Adobe's Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) is a labeling technology that allows you to embed data about a file, known as metadata, into the file itself. With XMP, desktop applications and back-end publishing systems gain a common method for capturing, sharing, and leveraging this valuable metadata opening the door for more efficient job processing, workflow automation, and rights management, among many other possibilities. With XMP, Adobe has taken the heavy lifting out of metadata integration, offering content creators an easy way to embed meaningful information about their projects and providing industry partners with standards-based building blocks to develop optimized workflow solutions.




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Boston Skyline at Night

Some wide angle, long exposures of the Boston skyline at night, as well as some of Memorial Drive and the Longfellow Bridge near Kendall Square in Cambridge.

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I've been Schmapped!

Schmap Brussels Guide
This week I received an email in my Flickr account from the editor of Schmap Guides requesting the use of several of my Brussels photos:

I am writing to let you know that four of your photos with a creative commons license have been short-listed for inclusion in the second edition of our Schmap Brussels Guide, to be published mid-October 2006.


Schmap Guides are described as:

Every Schmap Guide comes with dynamic maps, useful links, playable tours, top picks, plus photos and reviews for 100s of sights and attractions, hotels, restaurants, bars, parks, theaters, museums...


I'm thrilled to be included this interactive guide that is free to download and run (Windows only though). I've read some thoughts on this from other bloggers about Schmap's creative marketing strategy, but I won't over analyze it here. Rather, I'll just say that I'm pleased to freely share my photos for non-commercial purposes whenever possible so long as attribution is given, something formalized in the Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution Share-Alike license. Sure, they might generate revenue with Ads, but they don't charge for the use of the Schmap player to browse cities. No doubt, this is a Web 2.0 idea.

Otherwise, this has been a good year for getting my photos into publications. I'm considering moving into professional photography, at least on the side, and for now I'm trying to gain some exposure, so to speak. This year started with a bang when my photo of Main Street's Market and Cafe was selected for the cover of New England Print and Publisher magazine. Most recently, The Writer magazine requested a different photo of the same cafe on Main Street in Concord, MA for use in their upcoming December 2006 issue. I've also had numerous requests to use my photos in newsletters and other small publications, including Indiana University Faculty Newsletter, the Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture, and the online Concord Magazine..


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Connect to your home computer from anywhere

The October edition of MacWorld magazine includes a walkthrough of how to remotely and securely access your computers at home even though you may have a dynamic IP address which may change at any given moment. The article, Remotely Access Your Mac, considers the situation where you might be on the road but need to access files on your home computer, but without known your home IP address this would be impossible. The author carefully describes how a company DynDNS solves all that. With a DynDNS account choose a host alias or provide a full domain name, then you run software on your home computer which periodically maps that name to your home computer's (or home firewall/router's) IP address.

The article mentions briefly the concept of running a home webserver with this configuration, although a reference to a July 2005 article on MacWorld is cited, The Weekend Website, which provides very basic instructions for using Mac utilities for setting up a home website or web-based photo gallery.

For a comprehensive article regarding how to setup and secure a Linux server at home, see a recent article in Red Hat Magazine, How to Setup a Home Webserver.

ColdFusion 10th Birthday Event on Google Video

Take a walk down memory lane with the founders of ColdFusion and Allaire Corporation on the occassion of ColdFusion's 10th Anniversary, July 2005 in Newton MA.

JJ Allaire, Charles Teague, and Sim Simeonov

Watch on Google Video

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Summer in St. Michaels, on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Photo Gallery of St. Michaels, Maryland, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Patriot Cruises, The Crab Claw Restaurant, and an authentic Maryland skipjack.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum


Related Information:

Workaround for several known issues regarding Sandbox Security and ColdFusion MX

I've recently encountered a variety of reports on the topic of ColdFusion MX 7.x Sandbox Security (SBS). Here I summarize and explain how to resolve each one:

  1. Datasource names are case sensitive in SBS
  2. File Uploads require SBS permission on a temp directory
  3. CFDOCUMENT requires SBS permission to System Fonts
  4. Multiserver Configuration requires manual edit to jvm.config


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Concord's Second Most Celebrated Holiday

The town of Concord, Massachusetts was settled about 140 years before the founding of the United States. The citizens take great pride in the town's role towards this country's independence, and the annual Patriot's Day holiday is without question the most celebrated event in the area, comemorating the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, or as Emerson put it, The Shot Heard Round The World.

Yet Concord does make a very good turn out for Independence Day, the national holiday on July 4th. The town shines while stars and stripes abound on door stops, mail boxes, and flag poles.

Share my photo gallery of scenes through out Concord, MA taken during early morning before the town folks turned out.

See also the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Fireworks in the Park, or the largest July 4th parade in Maryland.

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News you can use from CFUNITED

Day one of CFUNITED is winding down, although a networking event is still to come this evening. So far its been a blockbuster event with Flex 2 and ColdFusion MX 7.02 integration taking center stage. The big news you know by now since the blogosphere is saturated with today's highlights, but a short list would include:

  • Flex 2 Released: The Flex 2 SDK is FREE and does not require a server backend. Flex 2 can integrate with any HTTP or SOAP-based Webservice back end.
  • Flex 2 Data Server Released: FDS provides back end data services over RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol) for publish/subscribe messaging with Flash/Flex frontend GUIs. There is even a free version of FDS available for use on a single CPU.
  • ColdFusion MX 7.02 Released: ColdFusion is a preferred back end data provider and gateway for Flex 2 front ends
  • Flex Builder 2 Released: Based on Eclipse, Flex Builder has code generation wizards, visual development, and debugging
  • Jason Delmore, the new ColdFusion Product Manager shared a peek at a couple ColdFusion 8 (Scorpio) features at the alpha stage including CFPDFFORM to generate PDF forms with pre-filled information, and the ability to extract information from PDFs, and also dynamically generated Breeze presentations from ColdFusion with CFPRESENTATION.
  • He's Baaa...aaack: Tim Buntel returns to Adobe as Senior Marking Product Manager for ColdFusion


I've had a chance to connect with many of the ColdFusion bloggers again, including Ray Camden, Rob Brooks-Bilson, Mark Drew, Andy Alan, Simeon Bateman, Joe Rinehart, Jeff Coughlin, and Sandy Clark. Mark Drew spent a great deal of time at the Adobe booth explaining the current and future plans for CFEclipse, and he introduced me to a feature that's been in the plugin for a while already, the FTP file browser. Mark also said that he's been running Flex Builder 2 (beta) plugin on Eclipse 3.2, a surprise to me because the System Requirements refer only to support for 3.1.

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Time-lapse video of caterpillar to chrysalis to Monarch butterfly

Captured here is a time-lapse movie of the lifespan of a Monarch butterfly, condensing about two weeks of activity into a short video clip. I kept the caterpillar in a jar supplied with milkweed leaves and ventilation through holes punched in the lid. After days of munching on the leaves, it's interesting to observe the caterpillar 's circling behavior the day before transforming into a chrysalis, although the actual formation of the chryslis occurred at night and is not shown in the video.

When releasing the butterfly into a nearby field, you can see the wings are still damp as it flicks its wings and twitches before resting on leaf to finish drying.

From Monarch Butterfly - USA:
The total time frame for one butterfly's life cycle (one generation) is about 6-8 weeks . . . egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly. It grows inside the egg for about 4 days. It then munches milkweed and grows as a monarch caterpillar (larvae) for about 2 more weeks. The caterpillar's life inside the chrysalis (pupa) lasts about 10 days and its wonderful life as an adult butterfly lasts from 2 - 6 weeks.


Be sure to also check out my photo gallery of the Butterfly Place in nearby Westford, MA.

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