New Features in digiKam 2.0: XMP: Sidecar
May 13, 2011, 11:08 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In addition to writing tags, ratings, labels, descriptions, etc. directly into the photos, version 2.0 of digiKam can save metadata in a separate .xmp file. This approach has several advantages. First off, it speeds things up, as writing data to a text file is faster than embedding metadata into photos. This also allows you to store metadata for RAW files, since writing metadata directly to RAW files can sometimes be problematic."