Tiger: Spotlight and EXIF

Tiger: Spotlight and EXIF.

According to Apple, Spotlight is supposed to be able to index EXIF
data. Unfortunately, none of my JPEGs’ EXIF data has been indexed. Even
worse, some of the Spotlight metadata fields are obviously bogus,
showing obvious bugs in Spotlight’s implementation.

Update 2:
It’s definitely a two-pass thing. After leaving my laptop running
overnight, all of my JPEGs now have a full set of metadata associated
with them. The ISO numbers and apertures are still wrong, but the rest
of the data’s all there. So, it looks like Spotlight tries really hard
to get basic data into the DB, and then makes a second pass filling in
more details as time permits. Good to know—I haven’t seen this
documented anywhere. 

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