Applying Metadata: Synchronizing Metadata Across Applications (Bridge and Lightroom)
Even in an all Adobe work-flow, we’ll probably be using both Lightroom and Bridge to tag our images and files. Especially if you are taking photos for other people to review.
Bridge is just a browser, it’ll just read and display whatever the settings are from the file (or XMP sidecar file), so there is no problem there. Lightroom, however, is a catalog, and has already imported the metadata into its own catalog. Lightroom 3 seems to be pretty good at detecting a mismatch between the file and its internal database, and will prompt you to synchronize the data (either write over the file metadata with the database metadata, or vice versa).
For files with mismatching metadata, Lightroom displays an icon on the photo thumbnail and prompt you with one of the following:
In any of these cases, despite Adobe’s confusing language, your choices are pretty simple. Either to
- Overwrite Settings/Save (Changes to Disk): Apply Lightroom settings to file
- Import Settings From Disk: Apply file settings to Lightroom
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