I use Daminion to organise, tag and filter my photo collection. It allows me to place all of the tags in sidecar .xmp files. It uses the Adobe libraries to create these files. When I import the photos into Lightroom 3 or 5, Lightroom does not currently read the tags in the sidecar files.
Does anyone know if there is a way to get Lightroom to read the .xmp tag info?
Is there a setting in Lightroom that I am missing?
The "Read Metadata from file" command, if I understand correctly, will read the metadata from the NEF file itself. I have no problem with files that have the metadata stored in the raw NEF file itself. The problem occurs where Daminion has stored the metadata in a sidecar XMP file. I have not been able to get Lightroom to read that file.
I (and others in this forum) use Geosetter to write GPS coordinates and locations to an .xmp file and then Lightroom will read those.
I haven't tried to use Geosetter to write tags/keywords to the file and then see if Lightroom will read the tags/keywords.
Thanks for the help. Upon further examination, it turns out that very little of the tagging information is actualy contained in the .xmp sidecar files. Where the info does exist Lightroom imported it. I just missed it since so much info is missing. Back to fix the Daminion issue.
Just a quick update.
After re-writing the .xmp files in Daminion, and checking that they now contain all tags, I used the "Read metadata from file" in Lightroom, and all of the tags, ratings colour codes were imported for my small sample. Looks like Lightroom works nicely for this.
Back to testing other aspects.
Thanks again for the help. Once you comfirmed that you could do it, I had a better idea where to check for problems.
Whilst reading this thread, I wondered why you don't just do the tasks you currently undertake in Daminion, in Lightroom itself? This is not a critisism, but I cannot see from what little I have read about Daminion, what avantages it has over Lightroom.
I'm just a raw beginner when it comes to Lightroom. I know it has tagging capabilities, but they seem quite outside of Lightroom's main focus which, as I see it, is photo tweaking.
Daminion of the other hand is totally focussed on management of a large and diverse digital assets collection (Photos, Video, Audio, Office documents, PDF's Vector graphics CAD). At this point I am using the stand-alone version of Daminion, but I will probably upgrade to the networked version when the collection has been whipped into shape enough to be shared sucessfully.
This is not intended as a commentary on Lightrooms capabilities. As I mentioned I am beginning to learn to use it.
I generally try to use the best tool for each task. I really like Daminion for it's asset management focus; Lightroom for Photo editing. You CAN drive nails with a wrench but why would you want to?
To use your analogy, I would assert that Lightroom far from being a wrench is first class hammer. It has decent digital asset magement capabilities and a comprehensive set of tools to do the things you describe in Daminion . Oh, and it has a develop module for your images as well. :-)
I admit that the lack of networking features in Lightroom is a draw back - assuming one has a need for them. Also, Adobe are curiously reticent in allowing such file types as Word, AutoCad and other non-graphic file types to be handled in the database. A rather narrow definition of asset management in my view.
My thoughts are that it is preferable to use the least number of programs possible in achieving the smoothest and most straightforward workflow, hence my comments in this thread...
OK, Back to learning to use Lightroom. In time, I may come to agree with you.
Love the software world. True anarchy. Each of us has the power to choose from amoung the many choices available. ( And learn from each other.)
Thanks for the input.