Is there a way to simultaneously enter the same data into the comment field of multiple files? For example, I often clip separate instances of text related to the same topic. It would be very convenient if I could enter the same metadata into the comment field of each separate clipping in one fell swoop.
This thread contains a script to add a text to the comments of all selected items:
Thank you. I’d done a search, but hadn’t come up with this thread.
this script is of course helpful for the time being, but I would like to avoid scripts whenever possible.
So I suggest to implement direct modification of metadata of multiple selected records directly with DT commands in the future.
I’ve already seen this reqest in another thread
The Info panel is able to change currently only some data for multiple selected items, a future release will add support for comments (changing the name, aliases, path or URL of multiple items makes IMHO no sense).
Well — yes…
I’m glad to hear you don’t think it’s a bad idea to do this for Comments.
(I see why you think it doesn’t “make sense” for the other fields: you assume they’re uniquely associated with an item. As it happens, I was trying to enter the same URL for a group of documents, all of which related to the same website. But it’s not that important.)
I understand the particular use you would make of batch changing URL fields.
But it’s probably not a good idea to provide tools that are too likely to produce a sinking Oops! feeling, such as losing all the source URLs of a document collection from various Web pages.
If that’s the concern, it would be appropriate to offer a dialog box seeking confirmation when the user tries to change multiple existing items (as in iCal, for example).
This is a tiny thing. It’s nowhere near the top of my wish list.
I only suggested it because it seems like standard Mac UI behavior, and so I was mildly surprised when I tried to do the thing and wasn’t allowed to.
Pardon me for chuckling – inside joke.
If all the versions I’ve heard of standard Mac UI behavior were implemented, no one would know what to expect.