June 15, 2010
Lightroom 3 has given plugin writers more access to the database than Lightroom 2 provided, and Timothy Armes has already taken advantage of this with the release of his new plugin - Keyword Master.
Keyword Master is a powerful keywording assistant for Adobe Lightroom 3. Photographers who sell their work on-line understand the high importance of good keywording – if your images aren’t keyworded properly then they won’t be found by potential buyers.
The problem with keywording is that it’s a long and laborious process. It’s hard to think of keywords, and it’s time consuming to type them in. Keyword Master helps to relieve these issues by providing photographers with a tool to help them harvest keywords from other sources.
The concept is simple – search for similar images on-line and cut and paste the keywords you find into Keyword Master. Keyword Master significantly improves your workflow by automatically removing any formatting and punctuation, thus extracting the keywords from the text. Common words and duplicates are removed.
This will give the photographer a fantastic starting point to work from. It’s much quicker and easier to start with a bunch of keywords and then remove the irrelevant ones than it is to create new ones from scratch.
Timothy hopes to expand this plugin to provide other keyword related features and he’s happy to hear from users with particular needs that they’d like to address.
Update: Following feedback from LRN readers Timothy Armes has updated his new Keyword Master plugin in order to offer Lightroom 2 users a taste of what they’re missing.
Lightroom 2 users can use the plugin’s most crucial feature – keyword gathering. Once the keywords are gathered they’ll have to be applied to images manually by copying and pasting the list into the Keywording pane – a quick and painless process.