Lightroom: 3rd party software access to images

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I work with several 3rd party software programs (such as ProSelect for client presentation and Lumapix FotoFusion for creating wedding/family albums). Perhaps I haven't yet figured out the best way to use the Publish/Export features of Lightroom, but I find the workflow outside of Lightroom/Photoshop to be quite challenging.

To give an example, when I work on an album in FotoFusion, I don't start with fully retouched photos. Retouching is very time intensive, and until I've gone through my own creative process and gotten client feedback, there are just too many reasons not to fully retouch the images. I might delete an image (therefore making the retouching time a waste), or the retouching might be specific to a page layout (such as a closer white balance for images on the same page, or retouching that is crop dependent). When I edit the photos, I now have a new filename, and simply re-exporting/publishing won't produce a file that the 3rd party program automatically recognizes. I've gotten around this a little by exporting with a "-edit" suffix the first time and then just exporting normally if edit the image later, but this wouldn't work for an edit of an edit, and it leaves other issues. In FotoFusion, I can jump straight into Photoshop, but if I'm working from an export/publish, I'd be retouching a copy and not automatically reimporting the changes back into Lightroom.

I would love a more deliberate/polished interface for essentially sharing the Lightroom database with other programs. I'm not suggesting that other programs need direct access to it, but I think there are some challenges (specifically with edits made to photos after the initial export/publish) that could be addressed.

I'd love to hear any thoughts about how to better manage this with the existing LR tools, or ideas on future features to make LR even more the hub of my image editing workflow. Thanks!
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Does anyone know if the XMP is proprietary to LR? I mean there's probably a way to share XMP, therefore looking at the same LR folder, but i'm not sure about how 'open' the XMP is in order to read and write metadata