Yeah, this has probably been done to death.
I went to the Sydney photo expo and heard someone talking about Adobe " room" and how to set Meta-Data on pictures.
I tried it on someone's machine to get a handle on it as it is not exactly cheap to buy.
The person at the expo was saying how EASY it is/was to set the data.
Granted I wasn't getting my data from a CF/SD card. I was pointing it to another directory on my HD.
I also understood that when you make your "catalogue" you don't have to worry about file names and conflict, as "it" puts the pictures in their own folder which can be set to - for instance - the date on which they were taken.
You select the pictures enter the "meta data" key words like: Australia, NSW, somewhere, something.
Then any other pictures taken there you change the "something" to another thing and then set/export the meta-data.
Voila! It is set.
I tried, tried and tried.
Also the "Catalogue" which is supposed to be made. It has weird names/files in it, but NO PICTURES. That is kind of annoying. Also defeats the purpose of applying the Meta-data.
While in room, I think I saw the meta-data but on the ACTUAL FILE: Nothing.
Again, kind of defeats the purpose.
I can't set the Meta-data and then "spread" the files to others for them to see as I set it.
So, forgiving the idiot for not knowing, but am I trying to do the impossible - like I seem to always be doing?