Yate is an application dedicated to people who are serious about tagging their audio ... and video files. The application will tag mp3 (includes mp2), m4a (AAC, ALAC), mp4 (AAC, ALAC, video), m4b, m4v, flac, aiff (aifc, aif), dff, dsf, wav and ogg (single stream Vorbis and Opus) files. Yate is especially proficient in its handling of the ID3 specification. The ID3 specification describes how tagging information is encoded and interpreted in mp3 files. There is very little in the ID3 specification that Yate does not implement.
Your audio and video files are important to you! Yate allows you to completely revert to your initial file contents and to back out of all changes you've made since selecting files to edit . . . in any order.
Yate allows the linking of files to iTunes, either by dragging files from iTunes or by using the link menu item. Once a file is linked, you can import or export rating, play count and other information between the two applications. You can even have Yate add new files to iTunes, automatically creating the link along the way.
Any file's metadata can be output to a text file or to a plist which is a Mac formatted XML file. Tagging information can also be imported from plist files.
All of your settings, customization and user defined components can be exported for backup or for sharing with other users. This is especially important when defining your own actions which you might want to share with others.
For more information, please read some of the topics found below. Context sensitive help for the current panel that you're viewing may always be obtained by using the Help>Help for current context menu item. You can even place an icon for this function on the completely customizable toolbar! Help>Quick Reference provides quick access to commonly referenced help pages. This includes the Help by Menu item which is the quickest means of finding help for the application's menu items.
Access to our forum and to online resoures including sample actions, templates and additional documentation is available from the Help menu.
The Main Window
The Open Mode ... Controlling what gets opened
The Current Selection, the Editing State, Red Light Green Light and What's With All Those Round Coloured Buttons?
What's With the Blue Text?
Multiple Items and Multiple Values
The Multi-Value Delimiter, Fields and Preference Lists
Previewing Tracks and Other Files
Interacting with iTunes
How Actions Execute
Automatically Running an Action When Saving Files
Action Pending Window
Alphabetic Case Transformations
How Ratings Work
Mapping FLAC comments to fields
Syncing Preferences Between Multiple Copies of Yate
Batch Processing, the Batch Processor Wizard & Data File Processing
The Multi Field Editor
The File Browser
The Combined Credits Editor
The Custom Panel Editor
The Artwork Viewer
Logging Data and the Log Viewer
Copying Metadata from One Album to Another
File to Tag Templates
Linking and Adding Files to iTunes
iTunes, Classical Metadata and the Grouping Field
Using iTunes to Look for Missing Artwork
Importing Metadata to Single File Cue Sheets
Authorizing Yate to Search Beatport
The Movie DB
Unattended Metadata Lookups
Databases & CSV/TSV Files
Yate Database IDs
Apply Track Database Metadata Changes
Synching a Query Database with an Open Database Viewer
Locating Missing Tracks in an Album
Duplicate Identification Using Track Databases
Playlists and Playlist Staging
Things you can do, but shouldn't
Help by Menu
Abbreviations & Terms
Tag Mapping Table
Fields, Frames and Atoms
Functions Affected by Modifier Keys
MusicBrainz Cover / Art Types
ICU Regular Expressions (online)
Regular Expression Metacharacters
Regular Expression Operators
Regular Expression Replace Template Format
Regular Expression Flag Options
The ID3 specifications can be found at: www.id3.org. The Main Structure document describes the overall structure of an ID3 tag while the Native Frames document describes the components (frames) of a tag.
Renaming and Restructuring Files and Folders
Yate and the P Word
Resources (Sample actions, Templates, Documentation)