Lightroom: Date-time digitized - please support in lib filters and smart collections.

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Presently, capture time is supported, but I want native support for digitization time.

Reasons may be available upon request, but trust me: I want it ;-}.

Bonus Idea
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Just support all metadata, whether you think anybody would ever want/need it or not. Maybe some stuff would never be used, but at least everything that is missing now would not be anymore...

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Rob Cole

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Your bonus idea is just not possible. There is little agreement among image maker for meta data content, format, and presentation. Even EXIF is a semi abandoned ad hoc non standard.

EXIFtool exists only to make sense of this mess, and no app on its own can solve the problem.

The challenge for an app is that you have to identify what meta data you need, the meta data you would like, and the stuff you can live without. The first is not always even close to standard, so you try your hardest, the second you fall back to best attempt, and the last you only fetch when you think you can at all.

I didn't even mention how to handle contradictions, deliberate obfuscation or how to deal with writing meta data back in a sane manner.

This is a twisty maze of passages, and will never be complete.
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Thanks for the educational information. But it does not change the fact that Lr's support for metadata has holes that I/we want filled, and more than a few, that are readily fillable. So the bonus idea was this: rather than Adobe going through and hand-picking them, support everything that is feasible and let the user hand pick... Sorry for the misunderstanding.
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Putting aside proprietary MakerNotes, there's a large middle ground between the current minimal support for metadata provided by LR and supporting any metadata produced by any camera or software.

For example, the following are defined by widely adopted standards supported by Adobe and, based on comments posted in the forums, there are a fair number of users wanting support for them in LR:

Date Time Digitized, IPTC Extension fields, all GPS fields
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To be clear: this request is about supporting digitization time and whatever other metadata is reasonably possible (feasible) to support.