Bug 61499 was initiated 8 1/2 years ago and has become a "catch all" for
missing metadata issues. But, with its focus on viewing/changing metadata
values -- a major GIMP enhancement for which stand-alone tools already
exist -- it is easy to forget a much larger issue to GIMP users, that most
would consider a "serious bug": (some) existing IPTC and other metadata is
lost whenever you Open-Save a .jpg.
In my own case, I've been working, off and on, for a year to create a
"Caption It Once, Use it Forever" approach for WordPress photo galleries
that used the IPTC field "Caption_Abstract" of a .jpg file. Set the field
right when the original picture is loaded on to a computer. And you have a
caption for life, including automatically generated in WordPress photo
galleries during upload. Obviously, this is not viable if a simple cropping
or resizing in GIMP loses the metadata where the caption is stored. I have
documented the problem in Bug 619554.
What is the best way to ask the GIMP Development team to consider dividing
Bug 61499 into two separate tracks: serious bug (loss of metadata) and
enhancement (view/edit metadata)?
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