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Metadata corruption when opening RAW file in Affinity Photo 2


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The [XMP]Subject and [IPTC]Keywords in .orf RAW files are being corrupted when opening them on the develop persona of Affinity Photo V2. The corrupted metadata values are used when exporting the developed image as .jpg files(other save formats not investigated) This behaviour is not present in Version 1 of Affinity Photo, nor is it a problem when opening .jpg files in Version 2 of Affinity Photo (ie, saved versions of the files retain the original metadata tag values in my tests).

I add keyword & subject tags to my RAW (.orf) files using a script referencing the ExifTool utility. I add the same list to both tags because different programs seem to reference different tags. As an example, the following file has 4 subject/keywords tags...

eT>> g:\tmp\affinityPhoto\221111-1578.orf
[XMP]           Subject                         : peak, dark peak, hathersage, fg
[IPTC]          Keywords                        : peak, dark peak, hathersage, fg

When I open the file in Affinity Photo V2 (APv2) the keywords tag is missing and the subject tag has only one value, as shown in the Raw Data view of the Metadata ...


Opening the same file in APv1 gives the following...

       <rdf:li>dark peak</rdf:li>

So when I save the developed file as a JPG file I've now lost most of my tags if I use APv2 (only 1 tag value is retained)...

eT>> g:\tmp\affinityPhoto\221111-1578-orfAPv2.jpg
[XMP]           Subject                         : fg
[IPTC]          Keywords                        : fg

When using APv1 the keywords & subject tag lists are retained as originally entered.


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7 minutes ago, carl123 said:



In my tests the corruption did not happening when starting with a .jpg file (in this case using the .jpg file created by my camera at the same time as the .orf file)...

eT>> g:\tmp\affinityPhoto\221111-1578-jpgAPv2.jpg
[[XMP]           Subject                         : dark peak, fg, hathersage, peak
[IPTC]          Keywords                        : dark peak, fg, hathersage, peak

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Hi @ciscrh,

Thanks for your report and our sincerest apologies for the delayed response here. We are exceptionally busy following the release of V2 and we thank you for your continued patience and understanding here.

I can confirm however that this issue has already been fixed in our latest beta version! 


You can download the beta version from the below link, which can be installed alongside the retail versions and activated using your Affinity ID - 

I hope this helps :)

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