Problem: Luminar Neo loses EXIF/IPTC data added to an image XMP sidecar via a digital asset manager.
I use Camera Bits Photo Mechanic + to manage and search my thousands of photos going back many years. There I add EXIF and IPTC data before development of raw files and editing of other image formats. From PM+ I launch the needed photo editor, and the processed file is saved back to the PM+ database.
However, when I launch an image file in Luminar Neo via PM+, process the file and save the result, the EXIF and IPTC data is missing. Neo apparently has ignored the XMP sidecar file containing that data. My workaround has been to use Luminar Neo as a plugin in the German photo editor, PhotoLine, which cooperates with PM+ and saves the data.
Under this procedure, however, Luminar Neo is not working on the original raw file but instead is using the result of processing in another app.
Is a solution planned for this kind of dilemma for users of external digital asset managers?
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