I'm trying to find what would be the easiest way to share editing information across application while keeping the original image.
My needs are pretty basic: I do keywording, toning and white balancing with Lightroom. I'd like to skip the Exporting phase that kinds of doubles the information.
Basically, I'd like to be able to visualize the photos from the OS (OSX here) WITH the modifications made in LR.
Is there any open file format that can comprise editing info (not keywords only, but toning and white balance as well) ?
I'm pretty sure it doesn't exist today, but I'd like to confirm it. Maybe there's some effort somewhere in this direction, maybe there's some project that can at least hold part of the information.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge in that matter.
Thanks for all your answers.
My goal here is not to save space, but to save time on the processing, to reduce my workflow to the simplest possible.
And to me, it means doing the editing action once, keeping the history forever and in a single location.
DNG+XMP is actually not far from that. If I can keep the preview JPG up-to-date with the latest editing changes, I think I pretty much have what I'm looking for.
I can even probably use DNG for a source JPG that has been edited and keep the history and a preview with the editing applied. Not space efficient... but highly manageable IMHO