LIGHTROOM: lack of standard keyword hierarchy separator - opportunity is knocking!

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Dear Adobe,

I'm an amateur photographer, mostly taking family photos. I'm also the librarian of our family photo collection, which consists of 45,000 jpg files and 14,000 DNG files. Yes, I'm a long-time LR user and, yes, ALL of those photos are keyword tagged with location, event, person name, etc information. That tagging is the only thing that makes this collection usable and it represents an enormous investment in time over many years.

Here's a suggestion for a product:

Customer pain: there is no industry standard for hierarchical keyword tagging--different tools use different separators ('/', ';', etc). Because most people I know don't have photography software, they rely upon a free tool like Windows Photo Gallery to review photos. However, the hierarchical separator in that free program is different that what LR outputs. To enable view of photos with the keyword hierarchy intact, I have traditionally had to do all keyword tagging outside LR (in Windows Photo Gallery). This year, I moved to doing all tagging in LR. Better for me, but no more hierarchy for everyone else--just a large/flat collection of keywords.

Suggestion: publish a free image viewer that understands the LR keyword hierarchy--specifically, one that understand the same keyword separator. This simple viewer would need zero editing features. It would just deal with the output of LR in a consistent fashion, maybe letting people search based upon keyword.

Value proposition to customers: More people look at large photo collections that are produced by your products.

Value proposition to Adobe: In addition to more photo viewing, you'll drive momentum behind your choice of keyword separator as an industry standard. Ideally, more people want to deal with photos generated by your products, especially as photo collections do nothing but get larger each year. And, you have an end-to-end tool chain.
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