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Susan A Roth
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« on: June 12, 2008, 01:39:07 PM »

I have 10,000 digital images in all formats which have had keywords added in BridgeCS3 and Lightroom. My deep heirarchical controlled vocabulary of botanical/scientific names and other technical jargon has grown to such huge proportions that neither Bridge nor Lightroom can handle it. So, I am switching to EM2. ┬ But I am very worried. ┬ I have been told that my Bridge keyord list will flatten on import into EM. Further reading has me concerned that the metadata embedded with images also will not import properly adn may be entirely lost.

Two questions:

1) will keywords and other metadata remain associated with my images when I import them into an EM2 catalog?

2) has anyone used services or scripts by John Beardsworth in the UK to have heirarchical keyword lists transformed for use in EM? I found him on the internet and I am considering this service. His site is


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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2008, 12:03:52 AM »

My wholehearted recommendations for John and his services! While I haven't used the specific script you are asking about, I have never been disappointed with any of his scripts. Beside being a nice guy all around, he is a programmer and a photographer, knowing both ends.


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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2008, 08:21:08 AM »


I have used several of his scripts and they work very well.  John also frequents this forum and has given advice to many of us on many ocassions - he has saved me lots of time and ending several frustrating events for me.


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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2008, 07:06:32 PM »

Hi Susan,

John can help you migrate your information and is uniquely qualified to do so. Personally I'd wait a little longer before moving to Expression Media 2.

-- Robert.

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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2008, 09:23:58 AM »

Thanks all. I was away snapping a wedding in Positano on the Amalfi coast in Italy and then taking a few days to see Paestum - best of all though was the fried scamorza at a nearby buffalo farm. Nice guy all round? Nah, a gallivanting layabout!

Anyway, Susan contacted me directly. I think Robert's advice about EM2 is right, and I'd also see if the LR/Bridge issue can be resolved.

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