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Are you deselecting the Include XMP option when choosing File > Save As?
Batch processing and Exporting the files strip the XMP data automatically. Saving As will keep the MP data by default.
Ok... I never noticed that before. That brings up a couple questions that I have.
#1 What is XMP data and why is it helpful?
#2 Can I disable XMP data from being checked by default so that I can keep using "Save As"?
P.S. Thank-you for your very prompt and informative reply!
XMP data is EXIF data from the camera as well as additional meta data such as contact info, keywords, descriptions etc. Even if you don't add data, a certain amount of file space is reserved for it if XMP data is enabled.
If you don't want the met data, you'll sae yourself a lot of time simply by Exporting files based on the Optimize panel. The workflow you're describing would take you longer and require more keystrokes and mouse clicks.
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Ok, so there isn't a way to have the XMP data option unchecked by default then?
There's a very simple answer to this - you're using "save as" when you should be using "file > export", which uses the output settings from the optimisation palette. This has never been a problem, you're simply not using the software properly.
Select "jpeg, better quality" from the optimisation palette, then export the image.
Your file size will be just fine.
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You're not answering tamarian's question... :/ Not using the software properly??? He is doing it correctly. Save as a jpg is there for a reason. If you use Export, you're going to have to go through 3 steps just to save a dang jpg. Export to jpg is one step.
Timarian, no, there is no way to have that XMP option swithced off by default. It's been a MAJOR annoyance since the day it appeared in the save as dialog box for jpgs.