I would like to manage my photos such that they all get uploaded to an always-on server. That server then renames the files based on date the image was taken, and files away the images in a folder based on the date the image was taken.
Thereafter, I would like to be able to browse through those images via a software, and then 1. make occasional edits - which edits should be written to the original file, and 2. add tags - which tags should be written to the image in IPTC tags.
I have used Aperture for many years. I really like Aperture but there are many issues using Aperture: all changes to photos should only be made through one computer, and it is not being updated any longer by Apple. So now, I do not want to get tied to a specific software for image management. Hence the desire for all information to be captured in image tags and caption. For albums, I can always make albums by adding suitable tags to image files and then making a smart folder using those tags or ideally in this elusive software that I am seeking :).
So, the question is what software is good for this photo management situation. As of now the best option I have found is Picasa. Although I am yet to confirm if Picasa writes everything back to the files.
Just for reference:
Few years ago there was a post on this site asking the same question, but I am unable to comment for want to reputation points... I think there may be new solutions in the market to do what I want to do and what the author of this post that I linked to wanted to achieve. (A good library-less photo manager for Mac?)