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Change capture date without losing edit history

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Again, I apologize for remaining persistent here but I think what I'm looking for should be very interesting to MANY people who scan old pictures.
I'm still hoping that eventually we'll find a solutions here. I'm willing to cooperate through thinking or writing code (e.g. in Excel to provide a list with file name and suggested file date), and even pay for a tool or tool update (if reasonably priced).
 
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So what if I change the metadata externally? I know LR will 'see' that and offer to either read the updated metadata (destroying my edit history) or ignore the changes and overwrite with what's in the catalog. Neither will work for me. Is there no way to change what LT stores in the Catalog somehow and then make it 'apply' that?
With the fact that the Search and Replace and LR/Transporter plugins both prove that it can work but regretfully both fail in their implementation somehow I'm still hoping this can be cracked somehow.
 

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If you first write metadata to files in Lightroom, then edit the xmp files externally, and finally read the metadata from xmp again in Lightroom, then you should not lose your edits. Unless the external editor destroys the edit information in the xmp file, that is.
 

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If you first write metadata to files in Lightroom, then edit the xmp files externally, and finally read the metadata from xmp again in Lightroom, then you should not lose your edits. Unless the external editor destroys the edit information in the xmp file, that is.
I would like to add how I do it (not automized):
as quoted above, then saved in LTR, so that the picture has metadat in it;
then I use Exifchanger (in mac) to set all metadata that I like, and save it to the picture,
(In windows one can use ExifTool, but I don't like the user interface),
Edits don't dissapear that way (at least I did not notice).
 
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