In the marketing materials that accompanied the release of Family Tree Maker 2011 it said:
"If your images contain metadata, the information will
be stored -- and a caption, date, or description, will be
My experience with this has told me that this integrates with the metadata as it appears in Windows Explorer.
FTM's caption = Title
FTM's date = Date taken
FTM's description = Comments
All metadata isn't treated equally by all software, because not everyone supports the ITPC Core Standard that was developed by the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC). In other words, what your media management software presents to you as the IPTC "object" is displayed to me as the IPTC "title" in Adobe Bridge.
I wouldn't assume or expect that anything you write here is read by anyone other than people like me. If you want to send in feedback to the FTM folks, you should fill out the feedback form.
Here's some food for thought for your suggestion:
FTM could improve itself by introducing a more flexible import module in the future, giving the user control over which tags map to which fields in FTM.
Likewise, FTM could take the next step, which would be optionally writing changes made in FTM to the metadata of the underlying media files.
Both would be handy features and fairly simple to implement, though I personally would put these enhancements on the backburner. FTM needs first to sort out its many existing bugs, and then development should focus on genealogy-specific enhancements that are more core to its mission.
That isn't to say that these enhancements should never be delivered. Managing media is a signficant and time-consuming task for the genealogist, so improved integration with metadata will save people time. That's a compelling reason to purchase the software.