I've spent a very frustrating week trying to move 8 years worth of photographs out of a single Aperture library. I have zero interest in converting my library to a Photos library which will mean my photographs being tied up in a slightly different library structure.
Going forward I would love to embrace the Luminar Libraries idea of using my file system for organising. In theory this should allow me to quite easily use whichever tool I like as a DAM. The other part of this approach is making metadata available outside of the DAMs own library. The standard for doing this is XMP sidecar files.
Using XMP files not only makes it easy to share metadata between DAMs but also gives a huge extra bonus. What happens if your DAMs own library is damaged? You'll probably lose all your metadata, but if it's saved in an XMP file alongside the photo you know it's safe.
There's one major issue, Luminar Libraries has zero support for XMP Sidecar files. I can see the roadmap says they will support IPTC but no mention of XMP files. To be clear I'm not expecting Luminar to pick up edits made to a photograph in Lightroom, I'm just talking about metadata.
Can we please get feedback form your developers on whether they have any plans to support XMP sidecar files in the not too distant future, 2019?
For anyone interested I've decided to go with using Adobe Bridge as my DAM. Thanks to it's sidecar support I know I won't be locked in and can easily move to something else later.
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