Mac Tagging Goes Mainstream With Mavericks

Mac Tagging Goes Mainstream With Mavericks

Mavericks TaggingFor much of my Mac-using existence, I’ve been a tagger. This means that not only have I arranged my documents into files and folders, but I apply tags to them as well.

On the Mac, this has been accomplished by a rather hacky standard called OpenMeta.

The nice thing about OpenMeta is that many software applications and OS X Spotlight searches support it. For example, I could manually tag a document with TagIt, or automatically tag a document with Hazel, and use a Spotlight search to find the documents that use those tags.

The not-so-nice thing about OpenMeta is that it has never been officially supported by Apple, so knowledgable taggers were always waiting to see if the next version of OS X is the one that finally kills it.

I’m not sure if 10.9 OS X Mavericks is that version, but what I do know is that tagging is now officially supported.

How this will interact with OpenMeta (if at all) and what happens to our existing tags is still unknown, but I will be keenly watching to see what happens.

Either way, it is nice to see tagging going mainstream on the Mac, and the usual warnings about tagging apply: just because you can tag something, doesn’t mean that you should.

Watch this space for more as it becomes available.

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Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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Mavericks Tagging In The Wild • Tips To Learn How To Go Paperless | DocumentSnap Paperless Blog - October 17, 2013 Reply

[…] when OS X 10.9 Mavericks was announced, one of the big features (to some anyways), was the addition of built-in file tagging. This led some, myself included, to wonder what that would mean for the current tagging […]

Tom Andersen - June 12, 2013 Reply

Essentially, Apple copied the OpenMeta standard to make tagging work in Mavericks. This validates the way that OpenMeta works. Furthermore it will make cross-platform (so 10.7 machines can see tags made on Mavericks) possible.

To convert OpenMeta tags into the new format will be quick and painless.

–Tom Andersen

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