The Collection Inspector

When you choose a folder, album or smart album in the Library Navigator of the Sidebar, the Collection Inspector along the right side of Observatory’s window will display the metadata of the selected collection.

Collection Inspectors
Collection Inspectors

Towards the top, you’ll see an icon to help you quickly identify the type of selected collection. Next to it is its editable name and a lock icon. It allows you to lock the collection, to protect it and its contents against changes. If you marked the collection as a favorite, or archived it, then you will see an indicator here too.

Unless the collection is locked, you can edit all information presented in this inspector. If you made an accidental change, just choose Edit ▸ Undo (⌘Z).

The inspector is organized in sections. You can collapse sections you are not interested in. You can also reorder the sections, but putting your mouse cursor between the disclosure triangle and section title, and clicking/dragging the section up or down to another position.

The Organize inspector

The Note inspector

You can add notes to each of your collections. With this inspector you can view and edit it. If you have selected it, you can even press ⌘F to search inside the note.

Albeit handy, there isn’t much room in the inspector. Choose Collection ▸ Edit Note… (⌥⌘') to open a much bigger, resizable Dialog for editing the note. There you can also press ⌘F to search inside the note, or click the icon near the bottom left of the Dialog.