Get File Name from Drag

When dragging photos from or the NSMediaLibraryBrowserControllerMBS you get a file name that looks like this;


If you drag from the you might get the file name from the drag raw data;

However, is there a way to get the photo title or caption set in

Trying to read the IPTC tags with the GMImageMBS class doesn’t provide any data. The SpotLightFileInfoMBS provides some data like the device that took the image, but not title or caption from the or the image tags.

I’ve also looked at the MLMediaLibraryMBS and the Media Library sample from MBS but for me it is only returning iTunes and iMove sources;

Is there a way to get the Photo title or caption from


Apple’s “Photos” is really odd and frankly bizarre, I still can’t believe that Apple considered “Photos” to be better than Aperture (maybe in cost to maintain from Apple).

That file name you get, is probably the file name that Apple use in Photos, you can try reading the meta data using CGImage, but if it’s not in the meta data, then it’s considered “Private”. In the past you used to be able to read the iPhoto library file (as it was XML), I don’t know if it still is, but you may be able to do a reverse lookup on the file name and figure out the name.

Just wait until you try to get a RAW image from Photos… Every trick I’ve learned over the last half decade gets thwarted, if you shoot RAW at all, Photos is not for you.

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Thanks for the reply Sam!

CGImage also doesn’t seem to get the title and caption of the image.

There is an sqlite database of the images that I haven’t looked into yet though.

Very strange they don’t make this easy or provide a way.

They used to do so, we built apps that integrated into iPhoto with no problems, but of course that all changed when the CEO and Apple’s priorities changed.

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