Openmeta standard and Mountain Lion?

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Jens Hjerrild Poder

21 Apr, 2012 11:30 AM

So this article on Macdrifter got me worried:

It speculates on a grim future for the openmeta tags when Mountain Lion enforces new app policies in regards to cross-app functionalities.

I was considering a change from Totalfinder to Pathfinder 6 becasue of the openmeta support, but I'm a little confused about what to do.
A also read the support post below on this forum, that in my mind indicated that the openmeta support in Pathfinder was a low priority for you.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Dragan on 23 Apr, 2012 02:45 PM

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    OpenMeta tags (and rating) are nothing more than an extended attribute(s) added to a file, with a special name and written in a special format. Very similar to Spotlight comment. So once you tag your files, they are preserved in an extended attribute and will be as such in future versions of the OS. Any application that can recognise those names and format will be able to extract your tags (that are applications which support OpenMeta, including Path Finder). The limitation you're talking about only concerns the list of recently used tags which those applications can share. And that limitation comes due to disk location people from Ironic Software decided to use for recent tags. Path Finder doesn't use that, it handles it's own tags database (take a look at So, you can be rest assured that your tags will be preserved in the future versions of the OS (unless Apple decides to ditch extended attributes, which is not only unlikely, but probably impossible at this moment).

    As of our support of OpenMeta: we added it because a lot of people asked for it. We will probably add small enhancements in the tagging system in the future, but we don't plan anything which would turn Path Finder from file based document browser into tag based document browser.

    I also personally think that OpenMeta is not designed properly and in the right way from its very beginning, which led to some issues with OS updates and incompatibilities between different versions of the library. As a result we have a situation in which adding tags adds not only one extended attribute to a file, but sometimes up to EIGHT (and those being duplicates) of them. But it is widely used and that's why we added it.

  2. Dragan closed this discussion on 23 Apr, 2012 02:45 PM.

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