March 14, 2007
Jeffrey Friedl, author of Jeffrey’s Lightroom Metadata-Viewer Preset Builder, has created a new Web Application for modifying the appearance of Lightroom. With an equally lengthy name, Jeffrey’s Lightroom Configuration Manager allows you to customize aspects of Lightroom not available in preferences normally. Based on the internationalisation framework, it takes advantage of the need for Lightroom to provide translated strings for its French and German versions.
Jeffery issues a severe warning to anyone wanting to use this software: “Before going further, I need to be very clear about one point: Adobe did not design these internationalization hooks to be exposed to the user. Yes, the door is not locked and so we can enter and rummage around, but it’s at our own risk. We might find ourselves shocked at how messy the back closet is, and we might hurt ourselves by tripping over something, but in entering uninvited, we take full responsibility for any mishaps.
To the best of my knowledge, the worst that can happen in changing some of these parameters on our own is that Lightroom refuses to work until we undo the change, but for all I know, it may be possible to accidentally delete every file on your computer. I don’t know. Consider yourself warned.”
The Web App allows you to change things in 4 categories: Metadata Viewer Labels, Metadata Viewer Value Formats, Screen Space, along with Fonts and Text Sizes. Find out more in Jeffery’s blog post on the creation and use of this interesting tool.
Jeffery Friedl is author of Mastering Regular Expressions, as well as a prerelease tester for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.