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01 Oct 2010   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Need best software for Windows 7 photo file tansfer & management

Hello Everyone,

I have iPhone 4, and am trying to understand Digital Asset Management, and transferring photos from iPhone to a Windows 7 PC.

I am trying to find the BEST WAY to transfer the images from iPhone Camera to Windows PC with Adobe Programs and one Windows program. What is the best way of transferring my iPhone 4 photos to Windows 7, while maintaining their EXIF data, including Geotag, possibly writing this data to IPTC or XMP, then naming them appropriately, and filing them automatically in a specified folder or subdirectory, and, preferably, putting the Videos in the Videos folder as well?

On my first attempt to transfer my photos a few weeks ago, I tried Windows Live Photo Gallery, and it seemed to do an okay job. Although it *did* create a separate subdirectory for each dated group of photos. On the other hand, it was smart enough to present me with the photos for importing/transferring from the iPhone, and ask if the ones with similar dates should have similar names. It also gave me the option of _not_ copying some photos I did not want. It just did not put the videos in my Video folder. Perhaps because they are .MOV files.

I also tried Adobe Bridge and Lightroom. I thought that, on this current transfer of images, that Lightroom would handle the task, but when I connected iPhone to USB port on computer, Bridge came up, so I decided to use *it*.

One problem with Bridge was that it prompted me to save the file data in the XMP file, but I thought that EXIF was the photo's embedded identification information. I researched it, and it is a variation of the IPTC, which is the standard image naming format. It does not say how this relates to the EXIF data, however. An explanation of the EXIF, XMP and IPTC data, and their impact on digital photography, would be extremely helpful. I would also like to know what data that iPhone stores with its photos, and in what meta format.

Also, should iPhone photos be converted to DNG when transferred (as was suggested by Bridge), or is the native format JPG (lossy), and would lose image data if converted to DNG and then back again? FWIW, I am working with Bridge, Lightroom, Photoshop, Windows Live Photo Gallery.

Any help or referrals to resources is great!

Thank you!

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