CkoXmp Objective-C Reference Documentation

CkoXmp

Chilkat XMP is a software component (SDK, toolkit, library, etc) for accessing, manipulating, and adding XMP metadata to JPEG and TIFF files.

Properties

@property (nonatomic, copy) NSString *DebugLogFilePath;

If set to a file path, causes each Chilkat method or property call to automatically append it's LastErrorText to the specified log file. The information is appended such that if a hang or crash occurs, it is possible to see the context in which the problem occurred, as well as a history of all Chilkat calls up to the point of the problem. The VerboseLogging property can be set to provide more detailed information.

This property is typically used for debugging the rare cases where a Chilkat method call hangs or generates an exception that halts program execution (i.e. crashes). A hang or crash should generally never happen. The typical causes of a hang are:

  1. a timeout related property was set to 0 to explicitly indicate that an infinite timeout is desired,
  2. the hang is actually a hang within an event callback (i.e. it is a hang within the application code), or
  3. there is an internal problem (bug) in the Chilkat code that causes the hang.

@property (nonatomic, readonly, copy) NSString *LastErrorHtml;

Provides information in HTML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

@property (nonatomic, readonly, copy) NSString *LastErrorText;

Provides information in plain-text format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

@property (nonatomic, readonly, copy) NSString *LastErrorXml;

Provides information in XML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

@property (nonatomic) BOOL LastMethodSuccess;

Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Indicate whether the last method call succeeded or failed. A value of YES indicates success, a value of NO indicates failure. This property is automatically set for method calls. It is not modified by property accesses. The property is automatically set to indicate success for the following types of method calls:

  • Any method that returns a string.
  • Any method returning a Chilkat object, binary bytes, or a date/time.
  • Any method returning a standard boolean status value where success = YES and failure = NO.
  • Any method returning an integer where failure is defined by a return value less than zero.

Note: Methods that do not fit the above requirements will always set this property equal to YES. For example, a method that returns no value (such as a "void" in C++) will technically always succeed.

@property (nonatomic, readonly, copy) NSNumber *NumEmbedded;

The number of XMP metadata documents found within the JPG or TIFF file loaded by LoadAppFile.

@property (nonatomic) BOOL StructInnerDescrip;

Determines whether structures are stored with rdf:parseType="Resource", or within an "rdf:Description" sub-node.

@property (nonatomic) BOOL VerboseLogging;

If set to YES, then the contents of LastErrorText (or LastErrorXml, or LastErrorHtml) may contain more verbose information. The default value is NO. Verbose logging should only be used for debugging. The potentially large quantity of logged information may adversely affect peformance.

@property (nonatomic, readonly, copy) NSString *Version;

Version of the component/library, such as "9.4.1.42"

Methods

- (BOOL)AddArray:(CkoXml *)xml
    arrType:(NSString *)arrType
    propName:(NSString *)propName
    values:(CkoStringArray *)values;

Adds or replaces an XMP property array. The XMP metadata to be updated is contained in the XML object passed in the 1st argument. The 2nd argument specifies the array type, which can be "bag", "seq", or "alt". The property name should be prefixed with the namespace, such as "dc:subject".

XMP Array Property - Bag, Seq, or Alt

- (void)AddNsMapping:(NSString *)ns
    uri:(NSString *)uri;

Adds a namespace to URI mapping. When a property is added via AddSimpleString or any of the other methods, the property name is namespace qualified. When adding the first property in a namespace, the rdf:Description is automatically added and the URI is obtained from the namespace-to-URI mappings. The standard (and commonly used) namespace mappings are defined by default. This is only used if the namespace is custom or not already handled.

- (BOOL)AddSimpleDate:(CkoXml *)xml
    propName:(NSString *)propName
    sysTime:(NSDate *)sysTime;

This method is deprecated. It will be removed in a future version.

Adds or replaces an XMP date property. The XMP metadata to be updated is contained in the XML object passed in the 1st argument. The property name should be prefixed with the namespace, such as "xap:CreateDate".

- (BOOL)AddSimpleInt:(CkoXml *)xml
    propName:(NSString *)propName
    propVal:(NSNumber *)propVal;

Adds or updates an XMP integer property. The XMP metadata to be updated is contained in the XML object passed in the 1st argument. The property name should be prefixed with the namespace, such as "tiff:XResolution".

- (BOOL)AddSimpleStr:(CkoXml *)xml
    propName:(NSString *)propName
    propVal:(NSString *)propVal;

Adds or updates a simple XMP string property. The XMP metadata to be updated is contained in the XML object passed in the 1st argument. The property name should be prefixed with the namespace, such as "photoshop:Credit".

- (BOOL)AddStructProp:(CkoXml *)xml
    structName:(NSString *)structName
    propName:(NSString *)propName
    propVal:(NSString *)propVal;

Adds or updates an XMP structured property value. The XMP metadata to be updated is contained in the XML object passed in the 1st argument. The structure name should be prefixed with the namespace, such as "Iptc4xmpCore:CreatorContactInfo". The property name within the structure should also be prefixed with the namespace, such as "Iptc4xmpCore:CiAdrCity".

- (BOOL)Append:(CkoXml *)xml;

Appends a new XMP metadata file to the XMP object. Any XMPs appended via this method will be present in the file when SaveAppFile is called. Files containing XMP metadata typically only include a single XMP document, so this method is usually only called when adding XMP metadata to a file for the first time.

- (NSString *)DateToString:(NSDate *)sysTime;

This method is deprecated. It will be removed in a future version.

Converts a date to a string representation. This method is added for convenience (just in case date-to-string conversions are required).

Returns nil on failure

- (CkoStringArray *)GetArray:(CkoXml *)xml
    propName:(NSString *)propName;

Finds and returns an XMP array property. The property name should be prefixed with the namespace, such as "dc:subject".

- (CkoXml *)GetEmbedded:(NSNumber *)index;

Returns the Nth embedded XMP document as a Chilkat XML object.

- (CkoXml *)GetProperty:(CkoXml *)xml
    propName:(NSString *)propName;

To be documented soon...

- (NSDate *)GetSimpleDate:(CkoXml *)xml
    propName:(NSString *)propName;

This method is deprecated. It will be removed in a future version.

Finds and returns an XMP date property. The property name should be prefixed with the namespace, such as "xap:ModifyDate".

- (NSNumber *)GetSimpleInt:(CkoXml *)xml
    propName:(NSString *)propName;

Finds and returns an XMP integer property. The property name should be prefixed with the namespace, such as "tiff:ResolutionUnit".

- (NSString *)GetSimpleStr:(CkoXml *)xml
    propName:(NSString *)propName;

Finds and returns an XMP simple string property. The property name should be prefixed with the namespace, such as "photoshop:Source".

Returns nil on failure

Get a String Property Value from XMP

- (CkoStringArray *)GetStructPropNames:(CkoXml *)xml
    structName:(NSString *)structName;

Returns the property names used by an exsting structure within an XMP document. The contents of the structure can be retrieved by calling GetStructValue for each property name returned by GetStructPropNames.

- (NSString *)GetStructValue:(CkoXml *)xml
    structName:(NSString *)structName
    propName:(NSString *)propName;

Returns the value of a single item within an XMP structure property. Property names should always be prefixed with the namespace.

Returns nil on failure

Get a Structure Property Value from XMP

- (BOOL)LoadAppFile:(NSString *)path;

Loads a TIFF or JPG file into the XMP object.

- (BOOL)LoadFromBuffer:(NSData *)byteData
    ext:(NSString *)ext;

Loads a JPG or TIFF from an byte buffer containing the image file data.

- (CkoXml *)NewXmp;

Creates and returns a new/empty XMP metadata document as a Chilkat XML object.

Add XMP MetaData to JPG or TIFF

- (BOOL)RemoveAllEmbedded;

Removes all XMP metadata documents from an XMP object. After calling this method, call SaveAppFile to rewrite the JPG or TIFF file with the XMP metadata removed.

Returns YES for success, NO for failure.

- (BOOL)RemoveArray:(CkoXml *)xml
    propName:(NSString *)propName;

Removes an XMP array property from the XMP document.

- (void)RemoveNsMapping:(NSString *)ns;

Removes a namespace-to-URI mapping.

- (BOOL)RemoveSimple:(CkoXml *)xml
    propName:(NSString *)propName;

Removes a simple XMP property from the XMP document.

- (BOOL)RemoveStruct:(CkoXml *)xml
    structName:(NSString *)structName;

Removes an XMP structure property from the XMP document.

- (BOOL)RemoveStructProp:(CkoXml *)xml
    structName:(NSString *)structName
    propName:(NSString *)propName;

Removes a single member from an XMP structured property.

- (BOOL)SaveAppFile:(NSString *)path;

Persists all changes made to the XMP document(s) by saving the XMP object to a file. Changes made by adding, updating, or removing properties are not persisted to the filesystem until this is called.

- (BOOL)SaveLastError:(NSString *)path;

Saves the last-error information (the contents of LastErrorXml) to an XML formatted file.

Returns YES for success, NO for failure.

- (NSData *)SaveToBuffer;

Saves a JPG or TIFF image with updated XMP to a byte buffer.

Returns nil on failure

- (NSDate *)StringToDate:(NSString *)str;

This method is deprecated. It will be removed in a future version.

Converts a string to a date value. This method is added for convenience (just in case string-to-date conversions are required).

- (BOOL)UnlockComponent:(NSString *)unlockCode;

Unlocks the XMP component at runtime. This must be called once at the beginning of your application. Passing an arbitrary value initiates a fully-functional 30-day trial. A permanent unlock code is required to use the component beyond 30 days.

Diagnosing UnlockComponent Problems

UnlockComponent LastErrorText shows exact string passed to it.

Verify UnlockComponent Success w/ Permanent Unlock Code

LastErrorText Standard Information