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If you add descriptions to images in Google Drive and then download those images, the descriptions are not attached anywhere in the image properties/metadata. Is there a way prevent this or are the descriptions stored externally to the image, as opposed to as metadata (IPTC, XMP, EXIF)?

  • I found this article with a chart which makes Google+ look really good. Unfortunately I don't think you can actually edit IPTC descriptions or title or keywords in Google+. – Moss Jun 18 '15 at 23:34
  • Alex removed a part of my post that talked about other online photo services, but anyway, I would like to know of a service that can actually edit and preserve metadata. – Moss Jun 19 '15 at 20:40
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Google Drive user interface doesn't have a built-in way to view or edit IPTC, XMP, EXIF metadata. As far as I know, Drive SDK has method to get the image metadata but not to change it.

References
Drive Help
Files - Drive REST API

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