I have happily been using Microsoft's Pro Photo Tools for about 10 years to batch-add keywords, location etc. to my CR2 files.
Late last year it stopped working and from what I see it is a problem with the latest version of Bing maps.
I have been trying to find an alternative and everything I have tried is either very old and works to a certain extent or only writes to a sidecar file or database. Photo Mechanic looks like it does what I want but I do not want to use any other functions of Photo Mechanic so it will cost me £150 just to edit the metadata. I think I managed to do it with Adobe Bridge over the weekend but have not been able to do it again. According to Adobe, Bridge can not do this so I may have done it another way I have forgotten about as I did try a couple of other bits of software at the same time.
Exiftool can do all I want, but I would like to have a GUI available.
I want to write my data into the file so it stays with the file; if I do it in Bridge for example and stop using Bridge I have lost all the metadata. A sidecar file is just as bad.
The only other option I can see is to convert all my photos to the DNG format and that will allow me to add metadata to them via Adobe software.
Does anybody have any software suggestions or a Pro Photo Tool hack to get it working again?
Example part of a CR2 file with XMP data added (
Fireworks Night are the keywords I added but can not remember how I did it):
%ˆ Î è Canon Canon EOS 6D H H 2018:11:03 20:45:25 Anthony <?xpacket begin="ï»¿" id="W5M0MpCehiHzreSzNTczkc9d"?> <x:xmpmeta xmlns:x="adobe:ns:meta/" x:xmptk="XMP Core 4.4.0-Exiv2"> <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="" xmlns:xmp="http://ns.adobe.com/xap/1.0/" xmp:Rating="0"/> </rdf:RDF> </x:xmpmeta> <?xpacket end="w"?> Fireworks Night
When I look back at some of my photos for an example of the Pro Photo Tools input data, I cannot find one. I have the horrible feeling that Lightroom has overwritten them as all the files now contain Adobe XMP data and not Pro Photo Tool's data. If this is the case all my keywords etc. have been removed.
The data I am seeing now must be coming from the sidecar file, as renaming the sidecar file removes the keywords from Bridge.