Oct 2010


Editing PDF metadata on OSx (ie: having the Kindle display the right title/author with pdfs)

One of the cool things you get to do with a Kindle is being able to access your pdf library on the go; however soon enough I ran into the problem of getting all the pdf files to show up with the right metadata, e.g. name, author, creator etc..

I thought that was a simple thing to do; nope! Spent quite some time looking for the right piece of software. Here's my experience:

1. The False Friends


Adobe Reader. It does say only 'reader' but since you can see the metadata so easily, I thought Adobe would have let us edit them too. No way..

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Itunes. I didn't know that, but yes it does open and catalogue your pdf files too. And it makes you think that you can edit some sort 'metadata' when you press apple+I.. however, these are just iTunes metadata. The pdf ones (which are embedded in the pdf file) won't be touched. So iTunes is not good too.


PDF Meta Edit. I did a bit of googling and found this free little app, but it looked like my operating system didn't like it (fyi, I'm running Snow Leopard).

2. The Lifesaving Friends

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PDF-Meta. A small project hosted on googleCode. It's a simple java application, not particularly nice-looking but it does the job perfectly (and since it's java you've got more chances it'll work also on other operating systems).

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PDFInfo. Another small free app that does the job. This is OSx specific though, but it gives you control over a few more options compared to PDF-Meta.


That's all I could find online... if you know of other solutions that work on OSx, please speak up!

Cite this blog post:

Michele Pasin. Editing PDF metadata on OSx (ie: having the Kindle display the right title/author with pdfs). Blog post on www.michelepasin.org. Published on Oct. 21, 2010.

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