Is a Tag a Keyword?

NeoFinder 6.8 has added the ability to add Tags to files and folders. These Tags will not only be written into the NeoFinder database, but also added to the actual file or folder on your disk.

So is a Tag a Keyword? Or what?

Well, keywords are widely used to add helpful information to photos, or movies, and songs. There are many different ways of adding them, and the manual labor of adding these keywords always pays off when the time comes and you search for something.

With Mac OS X 10.8, Apple has added Tags to its file system, and gave you the ability to edit them directly from the Get Info window for a file:

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That is pretty cool, and it does not change the actual file data at all. And it even works for folders! Of course, Apple lets you search for these Tags, too, and that makes a lot of sense.

Introducing NeoFinder.

NeoFinder was able to catalog these Tags since version 6.0 (for the older OpenMeta Tags, which were similar), and NeoFinder 6.4 for the freshly introduced Finder Tags from Apple.

And now, with NeoFinder 6.8, you can actually edit and add these Tags to any file and folder directly from inside the Inspector of NeoFinder itself, if the original file is available:

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Isn’t that cool?

But wait, is that now a Keyword or a Tag?

Well, it is a Tag, as these are added to the file or folder an an “extended attribute” in the file system, and the original content of the file is not changed at all.

In fact, changing or adding the Tags of a file doesn’t even change its modification date, something to keep in mind when running a backup.

So a Tag ist not yet a real Keyword. A real Keyword is written into the original file, using a tool like Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, or GraphicConverter, and a format like IPTC or XMP. NeoFinder can catalog these, of course, but not edit them.


Just wait and see. 🙂