This is a power/standards struggle that we're all going to have to deal with for a while. In talking with iView, Adobe took it upon themselves a few years back to try to introduce a new standard, which it now appears they will "force" on us. That is meta-data goes in XMP containers when Photoshop saves files. That includes IPTC and EXIF data.
Unfortunately the folks at iView don't necessarily agree that this is a good thing, and have "decided" to not support the EXIF data container (but they will support the IPTC container).
Here's the exact quote I got back when I inquired about why iView is losing EXIF data, but not IPTC data when I tweak NEF files with Photoshop. Please, please, please tell "betaiview-multimedia.com" that you don't agree with their position, and that they need to support this new standard, or any photographers running Photoshop CS will lose their EXIF data when using the Photoshop/iView Media Pro combination!
I personally don't agree with their "we don't want to do it, just because" stance, and with a few more people telling them they're wrong, they might actually decide to do something....
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On Apr 27, 2004, at 4:25 AM, Yannis Calotychos wrote:
Let me clarify one thing:
Adobe persuaded us to endorse their XMP annotation standard, which now works alongside the traditional IPTC standard. Our endorsement of XMP is currently limited to IPTC related fields ONLY.
Photoshop v7 used to maintain the EXIF block in tact (in PSD files). With CS, Adobe is decoding the BLOCK into XMP. Our opinion is that this is a risky way to go about saving EXIF data as, the EXIF standard is live and evolving (as we speak). In contrast the IPTC standard has been stable for several years now.
We have NO plans to endorse repackaging of EXIF information into XMP.
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