"For those of us who have photo software that does not strip the IPTC EXIF out are there any comments to let FTM know that this are can be improved?"
On 4 Sep 2012 I shared two ideas you might consider including in an enhancement request. I haven't submitted them myself (nor plan to any time soon), because I limit myself to submitting bug reports (the majority of which still remain unresolved). I think the community ought to be more vocal about getting FTM to work as advertised (some of these bugs have persisted over different versions of the software) before worrying about adding new features. Just my two cents.
"Does FTM really read these forum for future improvements?"
As I mentioned in that same posting, I would not assume that anyone from FTM is reading this or anything else in this forum. If you wish to provide feedback, please use the feedback form.