What is the best software to manage photos? I know this is a question that has been asked in the past, but I want to add two restrictions:
- Open format. If in 50 years someone wants to see the photos I took, I want them to be able to extract the metadata from my photo, regardless of whether the software I used to label the photos exists or not.
- Free. I can not imagine paying a monthly fee to Adobe for the rest of my life. The day I stop paying, I lose the metadata.
- It works in Windows.
I really like to use Lightroom 5, but I'm worried that Adobe in a few years will tell us that we can not use it anymore (https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a3xk3p/adobe-tells-users-they-can-get -demand-to-use-old-versions-of-photoshop).
Over the years, I have taken more than 30,000 photos and would like to be able to label them all with the confidence that the labels will not be lost due to a software license.