January 9, 2008
Despite the recent updating of LR/Mogrify, Timothy Armes has found time to create another useful Plugin. LR/Transporter can create sidecar text and summary files on export. These files can then be optionally FTP’d with the photo and copied to another location.
What I find this useful for is my Folderblog based Photoblog. Folderblog seems to be unsupported by the author, but I’m loathe to change with so many photos uploaded with it. in LR/Transport I create a text file that contains the photo title on the first line and the caption on the second, from the file Metadata. This is saved as a text file with the photo and both are FTP’d to my server. This way I’ve no further editing to do on the page. Perfect! By way of disclaimer, Tim did ask me to test this prior to release, which I was more than happy to do. The plugin information would have been posted even if I had no involvement.
From the LR/Transporter page:
“LR/Transporter is a Lightroom export plugin that I’ve written that allows you make use of the metadata embedded in your photos. In parallel to the exportation of the photos themselves you may generate a “companion” text file for each exported photo as well as an overall summary file. These files are built to your own specification from the metadata embedded in the photos.
To further enhance your workflow, the photos and the associated files can then be moved elsewhere on your system (even the path to the new location can be based on photo metadata) or sent to your server via FTP.
This very adaptable plugin has endless potential for those requiring more from their metadata – creation of CSV files, automated upload of specific metadata with each photo, creation of computer readable XML files, etc.”