Table of Contents       4. Organize your catalogs in NeoFinder

4.8 Use color labels to mark interesting items

Just like in Apples Finder, you can now use color labels to mark and identify any item inside of NeoFinder.

Please note that NeoFinder will not write these labels back to the original file. It will try to read the existing labels from the Finder during cataloging, but since Apple has massively changed their label code in Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and now allows things like multiple labels, NeoFinder won't be able to write these back.

So just use labels as an organising tool inside of NeoFinder.

Turn on the use of color labels in the NeoFinder Preferences, in the Labels section:

write xmp color labels

You can change the colors of any label by clicking into the little color field before its name. And of course you can change the name, too.

NeoFinder also allows you to Import and Export your label titles and colors, to share them with other NeoFinder users in your network, and this even works with abeMeda for Windows:

NeoFinder Export Labels

If you activate the use of color labels, NeoFinder will use the colors in any place it uses the labels already, including the menus in the Inspector, or the Find Editor.

You knew that NeoFinder can search for items with a specific label, didn't you? This is where labels come in really handy.

Color in the Label menu of the Inspector in NeoFinder

But of course, the most important thing is that NeoFinder will use that color in all of its displays, to mark all items properly:

Icon View:

Details View:

If you wonder how to get the nice Finder like labels, you can get a new set of them from
here. Download the file, uncompress it, and import it to NeoFinder as shown above. Enjoy!
(Thanks to Brian for the data and idea!)

Read and write XMP color labels

Introduced in NeoFinder 7.6.1, you can now catalog existing XMP color labels written by other applications, such as Adobe Lightroom, or Adobe Bridge, and write your own labels into your photos and videos when you edit them.

This is a bit tricky, as the XMP standard stores these labels by their actual localised name, so you need to make sure that the colors and label names you have set up in NeoFinder matches those of your other tools in your workflow.

When cataloging, NeoFinder will match embedded XMP labels in your files with the label names you have set up in the NeoFinder Preferences. If there is a match by name, NeoFinder will read and use that label name and color for display in NeoFinder.

Also, if this option is active, NeoFinder will write any change you make to the label of a photo or video file of the supported formats to the XMP record of this actual file! That means that NeoFinder may ask you to mount an external volume, if the file is not locally available at the time you edit the label for it.

To help you use these XMP color labels, we have created two predefined sets of labels for you.

One is the current
Adobe Lightroom color set here, and the other is the current Adobe Bridge color set here.

These files linked are ZIP archives. After download, please uncompress them. You will get plain XML text files that you can Import into NeoFinder with the option show above.