Last year I tried out Aperture and found that it was able to see the 'IPTC legacy Contact' field. This is important for me, as it corresponds to the field "People" in the wonderful iView programme that I've been using for ever. It lists the people on my images. Recently when I upgraded to Mountain Lion, this old program stopped working however. And so I decided to buy a fresh Aperture, and import my pictures.
However: the new version of Aperture does not import the IPTC legacy Contact anymore!
This XMP:People field is equal to the IPTC:Contact (legacy) field, and in iView it is used to list the people on the image.
I've checked the jpeg file using exiftool to see if Aperture can write fields using 'Metadata'->'Write IPTC Metadata to original', or do the inverse with 'Metadata'->'Update from Original'. The result is:
-- Aperture can write the IPTC legacy Contact field
-- Aperture does not input the IPTC legacy Contact field
That means that the new Aperture 3.4.1 version cannot do what the older version did half a year ago??
Something else I notice, is that when I fill in the name of a face, this name is added as one of the IPTC Keywords.
.. so should I try to copy my "XMP:People" = "IPTC:Contact" (the two are equal) to the Keywords?
Is this is a known bug, where can I see a list of other known bugs in metadata handling?
How soon it will be fixed? And will I then be able re-read my metadata from the original files?
Another question: in iView, I was used to being able to merge the metadata that I had entered with the fields in the file, where either information in the file or in iView would 'win' in the merger. How should I do such an operation in Aperture?