My previous post ended with ellipses, “For the want of a nail …” Of course, dear reader, I am not going to let you hang like that. You knew there was more to the story, and indeed there is.
If you are just joining, here is a quick recap:
Using Windows Live Writer to prepare a WordPress photo blog offers a vast array of tools and options to create attractive and functional posts. Tying into SkyDrive albums makes this even more useful and pleasant. My post on Tall Ships in Savannah ran into a small but bothersome problem when I had trouble identifying two French sister ships, the Etoile and the La Belle Poule. So I left out the photo titles.
Further research provided the ids and it was a small matter of adding the tooltip information in Live Writer, however, SkyDrive does not allow changes or addition of titles. Bummer – that is the gist of my post Joys and pains of SkyDrive albums.
Clicking on the picture takes the viewer to the same photo in the SkyDrive photo album. That is quite neat. When the photos where uploaded to SkyDrive, using Windows Live Photo Gallery, which makes that an effortless and fast procedure, titles had not been assigned to some of these photos. SkyDrive uses the embedded comment, if present, to name the photo. In this case a copyright notice and tracking code that my camera writes into the photo file. Not very useful to blog readers. SkyDrive has no way of adding or changing this title, at least not yet.
So here is the rest of the story. This is a joyous one!
Enter the SkyDrive desktop app.
If you have not yet installed it, go to your SkyDrive and note the link in the nav pane. Click on it to get to the download page for the SkyDrive desktop app. Apps are available for a number of devices. Download the appropriate one and install it.
Once installed, you have a SkyDrive folder in the Favorites section of Windows Explorer. It may take some time to download all of your content, but once completed you have access just like any other files on your computer.
And this is where the story gets happy.
The files appear just like others in Windows Explorer, including the information in the details pane. What is more, you can edit the metadata just like you can for any other file. That includes adding a title.
Yes, all the tags, comments, titles, of JPG and other files are there. They don’t all show in SkyDrive, but the data is preserved.
Thanks and congratulations to the Microsoft SkyDrive team!
© 2012 Ludwig Keck