I asked a similar question in the Lightroom forum but I'm asking it here as well. I'm thinking of either getting Lightroom or Elements but my only concern is being able to access to all of the meta-data that I tag my photos with in the "Organizer". Most likely I'll spend hours organizing my photos and I want to be able to access this data from outside the organizer for read-only purposes.
I realize that from inside of orgainizer all of this is available to me but I want to be able to use other tools and apps (that I'll write myself when needed) to get access to my photo catalogs.
Does Adobe have any sort of API or library that 3rd party apps can use to access the data in Organizer? I searched the Adobe web-site but didn't find anything. Ideally I could run a SQL query against the database to get what I want.
I'm not aware of any Adobe API's that may be available to the general public.
I'm sure that 3rd party vendors are given (limited) access to the family jewels, which is probably how plugins and add-on apps find their way into Adobes product suite.
I'm just not sure if they make these interfaces generally available to Joe the Programmer.
I like and support the idea, I just don't think it's reality...
This idea intrigued me, so a did a Google search on "extract photo metadata", which resulted in some interesting links.
You might want to investigate some of these further.
One which looked quite interesting along the lines of the read/write of metadata can be found here: