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Bill Buchanan
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Title Macros - One of the features for Gold and Producer was Macros for titles. The show I'm currently working of has data associated with each image such as photographers name, Image title and Award. I cannot locate this feature. Does it exist and if so where is it found?


   
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Joshua
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Photopia does not currently support caption macros.  It's on our feature request list but we'd really like to see a more robust implementation here which may take a little time to get just right.


   
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Jim Camelford
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As for Title/Caption macros ..... this was supported under ProShow Producer/Gold and I note that it is on your NFR list (from approx Jan-2020).

I would like to stress that this is very important for Photo Clubs' presentation of competitions.

Many competitions include hundreds of images and using a variety of means, we set Titles, Maker Names, Point Scores, Club Names (on....and on) into the metadata (my group of clubs does this via Lightroom) and then to efficiently display these images we overlay this information on the image - or perhaps in a border around the image.  then the images are displayed elegantly with cross-fades, etc.  Using caption macros made this fairly straightforward in PS.  To do it manually - well, you never would because it's too time consuming.

Photo Clubs and competitions can be a sizeable market for you - but this capability is essential.  Otherwise, we stick with PS as long as it runs.  But your capability would be preferable for the Mac environment.

As you do consider it, please keep in mind that we need the 'tags' for all the various IPTC and EXIF fields.  If you can do one or two then you should do them all - as otherwise we start having to corrupt the concept by using tag field-names for other than their intended purpose.  The other challenge, and PS certainly exhibited this, is that the 'tag' names are not necessarily spelled the same across all platforms and end-software...so some ability to handle alias names or equivalences should also be included.  Maybe even the equivalent of a user-editable plist if one encounters a difference between, for example, what Lightroom might call City and you might call Sublocation. 

I'm eager to trial Photopia (and also PTE) - but really only want to invest the time in it if I am going to have a potentially positive outcome - and the lack of IPTC/EXIF 'macros' is a deal-breaker for me from the get-go.

thanks,

jc - October 2020


   
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Joshua
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@jimcamel

We understand the importance of this feature and appreciate your detailed feedback about how it's used and the pitfalls you've experienced with it in the past. I'll make sure these details get added to the feature request we currently have logged. Although I can't say when this feature will be implemented, it's certainly on the list and I hope to see it soon.


   
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Debbie Tappan
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Hi, has this macro title feature been added yet??? (I too have been waiting for this feature as I found it invaluable when creating shows in  Proshow Producer.)


   
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Joshua
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@debbie-tappan

Yes, the caption macros feature is included with both Creator and Director. There is a 'plus sign' button just to the right of the Font combo box that will bring up the Insert Macro window when clicked. The program supports two types of macros, standard and EXIF, both of which reference the top-most image layer. Macros can be entered manually, so once you know the shortcut for the macro you need (ex. \f for filename) you don't need to use the Insert Macro window each time.


   
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