Working with Metadata

Mattebox uses metadata extensively to manage the relationships between Masters, Versions, Filters and filter attachments (such as Adobe® Photoshop® layer information). Normally, you don’t see this metadata, but with the right tools, you can use it to organize or analyze your photos.


Mattebox attaches two special keywords to a photo when it’s saved:


The first keyword identifies the Filter, and the second keyword identifies the Master. In Flickr, these keywords appear as “Machine Tags.”


You can use these keywords to sort or search your photos in Flickr, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom®, Apple® Aperture, and many other applications. For example, if you want to find all Versions of a Master, you can sort by the Master keyword. Or you can see all photos taken with a particular filter.

Filter Recovery

You can even recover the filter from the photo. First, find the “User Comments” field. Copy and paste it into a text editor such as TextEdit or Notepad. Find the section that begins mattebox:mbx=, and replace it with, so that it looks like:

Now you can visit that link to view the filter. This is helpful if you ever lose a filter, or are away from your iOS device.

Mattebox can be configured to embed a custom copyright notice into the photo. Just open the Mattebox settings in the Settings app on your iOS device, turn on Include Copyright, and fill out your name.

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