With pleasure I have been using Microsoft's Pro Photo Tools for approximately 10 years to add keywords, location, etc. to my CR2 files.
At the end of last year it stopped working and, from what I see, it is a problem with the latest version of the Bing maps.
I have been trying to find an alternative and everything I have tried is very old and works to a certain extent or is only written in a sidecar file or in a database. It seems that Photo Mechanic does what I want, but I do not want to use any other Photo Mechanic function, so it will cost me £ 150 to edit the metadata. I think I managed to do it with Adobe Bridge during the weekend, but I have not been able to do it again. According to Adobe, Bridge can not do this, so it is possible that I have done it in another way that I have forgotten, since I tried a couple of other software bits at the same time.
Exiftool can do everything it wants, but I would like to have a GUI available.
I want to write my data in the file so that it stays with the file; if I do it in Bridge, for example, and I stop using Bridge, I have lost all the metadata. A sidecar file is just as bad.
The only other option I can see is to convert all my photos to the DNG format and that will allow me to add metadata through the Adobe software.
Does anyone have any software suggestions or a hack of Pro Photo Tool to make it work again?
Example of part of a CR2 file with aggregated XMP data (
Fireworks night are the keywords I added but I can not remember how I did it):
% Î è Canon Canon EOS 6D H H 2018: 11: 03 20:45:25 Anthony
When I look back on some of my photos to see an example of the input data from Pro Photo Tools, I can not find one. I have the horrible feeling that Lightroom has overwritten them since all the files now contain Adobe XMP data and not Pro Photo Tool data. If this is the case, all my keywords, etc. they have been eliminated.
The data I am seeing now must come from the sidecar file, since changing the name of the sidecar file removes the keywords from Bridge.