Thank you for your reply. I have been away for a couple of weeks and could not work on testing your suggestions until today.
Before updating ImageIngester I was using version 3.2.04
I have updated ImageIngester to version 3.3.06 and re-tried ingesting JPEGs with "merge XMPs" checked.
Results are still the same:
Metadata CAN be seen by Bridge (CS3 - not quite ready to download CS5 at this time)
Metadata can NOT be seen by Expression Media 2 / Service Pack 2 / Version 2.0.2096.0 (Windows, XP Pro)
I read through the threads on the Merge problem that you posted in December 2007:
IPTC metadata particularly "Rating" confused after IIP (http://thedambook.com/smf/index.php?PHPSESSID=9ab50a3396363a086569bbab379186bf&topic=2830.0
Problem exporting metadata to JPEGs after using "Merge XMPs" in ImageIngester (http://thedambook.com/smf/index.php?topic=2841.msg15985#msg15985
You mentioned that Marc had addressed this bug. Unfortunately, it is back.
Unless I can find a fix, I will try out your suggested method:
* Turn off the "Merge XMPs" option in the IIP apps preferences and run your import as you normally would do. IIP will create xmp sidecar files, one for each JPEG.
* Open a iView (Expression) catalog and import the new folder into the catalog. IView will see the xmp sidecar files and include the information in the catalog for each image.
* Select all the images you just imported to the catalog and export annotations to the original files.
* Now you can delete the xmp sidecar files as the information has been stored in the image file.
I will also look into switching to Bridge for the initial steps - as my tests show that Expression can see metadata from the JPEG without the addition of sidecar xmp files. But, I had really wanted to keep away from image editing software for this project, as the archivists will be not photographers.
If you have any other information on the Merge XMPs issue, please let me know.
Also, as I initially thought this was primarily an Expression issue, I posted this in the Expression discussions.
Should this be moved or repeated to the ImageIngester discussions ? as Marc has not responded here.
Thank you again, Lauren Singer