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Panel: Adobe XMP panel for InDesign CS5

Almost every media file contains info about it’s contents. Adobe’s XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) is, as they say, “a labeling technology that allows you to embed data about a file, known as Metadata, into the file itself”.

This was text part for first post about reading and writing XMP data. Metadata is powerful and you can store all kind of data. Some most common used fields are: Document title, Author, Author Title, Description and Keywords.

Why use XMP?
When you have XMP stored in files, you can use Bridge for example, and search hundreds of documents by keyword or author or any other field! So, XMP enables you to find file you are looking for much faster! Furthermore eBooks also uses Metadata, so when you export your document to ePub Metadata is exported also!

Why panel?
Only way to edit XMP for InDesign document directly in InDesign is to go to File -> File Info. So, I created little panel with just basic XMP fields that you can find on Description tab in File Info dialog. With panel, it’s easier to view/edit data stored in active document. You can copy/paste text directly from your document to XMP! For now, this panel only reads/writes data ONLY from InDesign document.

I hope you will find this panel useful and handy! Any suggestion/feedback is welcome!

Keep in mind that it will not work in pre-CS5 versions of InDesign! It has no installer, so you have to unzip SWF and copy it yourself to panels folder.

Folder can be found here:

{Adobe InDesign CS5 install folder}\Plug-Ins\Panels

If “panels” folder does not exists in your “plug-ins” folder, feel free to create it. After opening InDesign, panel is located in “Window -> Extensions” menu.

You can download panel here:

That’s it!

Have fun! 😀

  1. October 29, 2010 at 13:24

    Very interesting, I have just written some InDesign Training top tips for CS5 and I hope you can find them useful, perhaps you could suggest a few more?

  2. October 30, 2010 at 00:19

    Excellent post and directive to the design community. Would like to make you aware of our international efforts of an custom panel or Ad exchange from the Ghent Work Group –> http://www.gwg.org/Jobtickets.phtml – you can download the control panels and instructions on how to install them – this is in wide use in Europe – services such as http://specle.net/ make use of this – they even created an InDesign Plug-in to facilitate that.

  3. fr
    March 10, 2011 at 23:29

    Hi Marijan, i had a wild try : “would your panel work for photoshop ?” Well, it doesn’t :p Do you know if it’s very complicate to plug it to the photoshop xmps ?

  4. October 31, 2011 at 07:52


    nice example! you know that if use CS Extension Builder (http://www.adobe.com/devnet/creativesuite/cs-extension-builder.html ) you can compile this panel into a ZXP file and install though Extension Manager. It is simpler process than copy pasting files into random folders.

    Also please send over comments regarding XMP and things you ‘d like to see in the coming versions


  1. October 28, 2010 at 18:29
  2. November 1, 2010 at 14:11

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