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Offline Joel Goodman

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Macro actions
« on: March 30, 2019, 01:24:54 PM »
I'd love to be able to carry out a sequence of actions, based on existing snapshots, in a single action.

EG I have a set of photos which need different caption and meta templates applying for different uses. Once written, I don't want to change the body of the captions in the sequence, or the keywords, but I need to carry out two find+replaces in the caption, a find and replace in the keywords and apply an overwrite IPTC template for a chunk of fields.

It's the same actions, each time.

If I could programme a sequence of find/replace preset/s and IPTC template application/s in to a single action, that'd save a lot of time for tasks that I do repeatedly throughout the day.

Is this feasible?

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Re: Macro actions
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2019, 04:23:21 PM »
Joel, any chance you could accomplish this with code replacements?
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Re: Macro actions
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2019, 04:34:08 PM »
Hi Kevin,
Trying to figure out how that would work.
I have a set with written captions and IPTCs ready for one destination. I send them.
Now I wish to change two elements - one at the start and one at the end - of the captions and one element of the keywords, plus overwrite several other fields with a new template, to make the captions and IPTCs of the set suitable for another destination, to send out to that destination.
I can see code replacements automatically populating that info under defined circumstances, but not rewriting them all in one action, after.
Have I missed something?
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Re: Macro actions
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2019, 04:41:40 PM »
Ah gotcha, I misread "applying for different uses" as "different users" and thought you are trying to set different credits/names of photographers.
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Re: Macro actions
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2019, 04:43:19 PM »
No worries, thanks for trying.

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Re: Macro actions
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2019, 05:48:04 PM »
Might this be accomplished with a macro recorder that you can use to play back your repetitive actions?

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Re: Macro actions
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2019, 10:06:24 AM »
Thanks Kirk, worth a play. Guess it's not something you guys are exploring then?

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Re: Macro actions
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2019, 10:35:43 AM »
No, there are numerous macro recorder applications out there that do a great job already.

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