Adobe Extends XMP Capabilities with New Release

Adobe partners and developers who work with metadata should check out Adobe Labs for a new update of Adobe’s XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) technology available for immediate download. The source code for the new Adobe XMP 4.1 has been released under the same open source license as its previous versions, reinforcing the company’s openness to platform technology such as metadata.

This new update, the Adobe XMP 4.1, provides new libraries for developers to read, write and update XMP in popular image, document and video file formats including: JPEG, PSD, TIFF, AVI, WAV, MPEG, MP3, MOV, INDD, PS, EPS and PNG. In addition, the rewritten XMP 4.1 libraries have been optimized into two major components, the XMP Core and the XMP Files.

The XMP Core enables the parsing, manipulating and serializing of XMP data, and the XMP Files enables the reading, rewriting, and injecting serialized XMP into the multiple file formats. The XMP Files can be thought of as a “file I/O” component for reading and writing the metadata that is manipulated by the XMP Core component.

Supported development environments for Adobe’s XMP 4.1 are: XCode 2.3 for Macintosh universal binaries, Visual Studio 2005 (VC8) for Windows, and Eclipse 3.x on any available platform. The XMP Core is available as C++ and Java sources with project files for the Macintosh, Windows and Linux platform. A Java version of XMP Files is under consideration for a future update.

This release candidate will be compatible with the upcoming Adobe Creative Suite 3 being unveiled March 27,2007. Developers can access the new release now at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/xmptoolkit/.