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Barry:

I now realize your welomed request wasn't limited to the DNG converter.

I do suggest a module that would act as a superset of the DNG converter, ACR and Bridge. Think of ACR as a module that can be hosted by Bridge or PSCS2. Why shouldn't we be thinking of an organizing module that can be hosted in a similar way to organize metadata? I belive this would naturally flow into a professional digital asset manager (DAM) with its attendant cataloging features. I agree with your assessment that we are seeing the beginnings of this feature set in a more or less fragmented way.

My suggestion for a feature set goes beyond this ACR forum becuase it spans across other Adobe programs (and fora) -- like DNG, Bridge, and XMP. I don't yet know how to access the "new programs" wish list forum -- assuming it exists. So I will be brief in this response.

Considering the rich feature set a module could contain, I look to drag and drop for a wide variety of metadata fields. I know more advanced users are comfortable emplying copyright scripting, but I am not at that level and would feel more comfortable selecting dragging and dropping my copyright data. I now input keyword and description infomration using Bridge. Having used these features, I would natually request for more robust keyword options with drag and drop capabiltiy. What first comes to my mind is multi-level keywords. This is a dream b/c I don't even know how/if mult-level keywords would work in XMP. I just know that Adobe has multi-level tags in its organizer (PSE4 for instance). I would like to have this capability in a module which writes this to the DNG file. I want all the image infomation in the DNG and in a manner where a DAM can access. Isn't this the vision of extensible XMP and DNG?

Enough for now in this ACR forum. We can explore what a metadata management module and professional-grade organizer would look like in another forum -- which one is best? There is some disucssion of this topic in the Bridge and XMP fora but I feel that Adobe's response is that Bridge isn't the right program and I don't know if the XMP forum is the correct selction for this topic. Where can we discuss these critical workflow documentation issues without rasing the ire of the ACR forum manager?

Douglas.

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