Metadata attributes

Different file types come with different metadata.

Default metadata

This is a basic set of common metadata fields that is auto-assigned to any asset:

  • Filename
  • File title
  • Uploaded by
  • Updated by
  • Keywords (tags)
  • Category
  • Caption
  • Description
  • Creator
  • Publisher
  • Copyright
  • Identifier key (SKU)
  • Publish date
  • Expiration date
  • Related assets
  • Transparent
  • Vector

When no data is entered in one of the fields, these blank fields won’t be displayed when opening the asset detail view. Uploading or editing assets allows you to fill out all the metadata fields.


The Exchangeable Image File format is technical data about the image automatically added by the digital camera it was taken with. Information like shutter time, focal point, etc., is automatically added by the device. All this information is directly available and searchable in the Assets extension.

EXIF metadata examples:

  • Aperture
  • Author
  • Camera
  • Exposure
  • Focal length
  • Resolution (horizontal and vertical)
  • Iso
  • Software


The archival standard to follow is called  IPTC, which stands for International Press Telecommunications Council. They have developed a standard for information that can be embedded in a digital photo. Adobe has used IPTC as the foundation for their Adobe XMP or Extensible Metadata Platform open standard. It transfers metadata values from IPTC headers to the more modern and flexible XMP format.

Keep in mind that while you can add custom information this way, only Adobe Photoshop and Bridge can import or see this metadata along with a few other image databases. Because of that, we have mapped the most common data (caption, creator, description, …) to our default metadata so that it is imported when uploading an asset.

Custom Metadata

With Kadanza, you can also add your custom metadata. So, a title, plain text, divider, text input, text area, integer, dropdown, date, checkbox, email, and URL in the metadata attribute can be created and edited. 

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