October 25, 2010
Timothy Armes has today released “Zip Exporter”, a handy little plugin for creating Zip archives of photos and images via Lightroom’s Export feature.
The Zip archives can also be password protected for greater security, which is great for sending images to clients.
The plugin is donationware, and can be downloaded from the Photographer’s Toolbox (http://photographers-toolbox.com/products/zipexporter.php)
October 7, 2010
Timothy Armes has today released a new plugin for creating a “storyboard” of images from within Lightroom. The plugin will create a single image that groups the ones that you have selected, and there are lots of options for changing the presentation.
The plugin is donationware. Read more about it here: http://photographers-toolbox.com/blog/2010/10/storyboarder/
July 16, 2010
Timothy Armes has released version 4.00 of his very popular LR/Enfuse plugin.
This plugin can be used to blend multiple exposures of a scene in order to create an image with greater apparent dynamic range. Exposure blending is similar to HDR, but the results are most often far more natural.
Here are the highlights:
-LR/Enfuse now uses (and requires) Enfuse version 4. This is the latest version of Enfuse and offers niceties such as multi-processor support for improved performance.
-The installation procedure has been greatly simplified. Users no longer need to download and install the third party applications themselves, the plugin can do this for them.
-LR/Enfuse now supports blending of focus stacks!
This plugin is donationware and may be downloaded from the Photographer’s Toolbox.
July 9, 2010
Matthew Campagna at The Turning Gate has released version 2.0.5 of his popular TTG Highslide Gallery Pro web engine for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. This new version features several improvements over the previous release, including the ability to password protect image galleries.
Using the new password protection controls, a Username and Password combination may be designated from within Lightroom’s Web module. Visitors will be prompted to login when attempting to access protected galleries on the web. Password protection has been much requested by users, and should be an excellent tool when posting client galleries, wedding galleries or sensitive images to the web. A PHP-enabled web-server is required to use this new feature.
June 15, 2010
The release also includes an option to disable the browser’s right-click menu, discouraging casual theft of page content. Several new control options have been added, as well as many improvements under-the-hood. To view the full changelog, please visit The Turning Gate.
TTG Pages 3.7.1 is a free upgrade to existing users. New users may purchase TTG Pages for $25.
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.
May 20, 2010
Lightroom Blog has announced the release of LRB Portfolio 2.6. Changes include:
- Added gallery title and descriptions for non Cmotion Pages
- Added 2nd blank page which can be hidden for menu (e.g. for a copyright information page)
- Added switch to turn off left contact div
- Increased text area width range
- Added Site Title and Site text to Gallery Index (this was a feature request by me). To make it fit it meant reducing down the cell sizes.
- 7th gallery.
- LR2/3 automatic watermark switching from Tim Armes.
- The gallery index now automatically changes the cell height when toggling text on or off.
- ID plate can be on the bottom instead of top.
- ID Plate code now in separate file to make the code tidier.
- New template: Brooke showing ID plate on bottom design
News users can purchase via the LRB Portfolio Website, and current users can download from the download link they got on purchase.
April 17, 2010
Lightroom Blog has announced that LRB Exhibition has been updated to version 1.2. This offers bug fixes, and new features including:
Changed Alt tags to use Image Info title
updated version number in meta generator, menu and UI
Added checkbox to make blank page image optional
Added checkbox to make about page image optional
Added Slideshow functions
Added LinkedIn Button
Changed width and height to make it more fluid for different image sizes and shapes.
Changed arrows and added new buttons from @leonbutler
Gave menu a higher z-index to stop the text covering it.
Added per gallery warnings.
The update is available from the download link received on purchase. New users can find more details and purchase information from http://lrbexhibition.com.
April 17, 2010
TTG Highslide Gallery Pro 2.0.1 is a maintenance release fixing several reported issues that had slipped through the 2.0 testing process. These bugs include page layout and browser compatibility fixes, and additional fool-proofing to prevent gallery breakage by enabling conflicting features. A new slider in the E-Commerce options also allows the user to adjust the length of time the shopping cart persists after the shopper mouses-out of the cart.
This update is recommended for all users of previous versions. Existing galleries should be updated using 2.0.1 to benefit from layout fixes. When upgrading the web engine, users should first remove the previous version before installing the update.
Version 2.0.1 fixes all known issues at this time; with any luck, further bug-fix updates will not be necessary.
March 28, 2010
The Turning Gate has released TTG Highslide Gallery Pro 2.0, a major update to its popular e-commerce web engine for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. TTG Highslide Gallery Pro harnesses the powerful Highslide JS presentation engine to create image gallery slideshows, client proofing galleries with email submission of client selected images to the photographer, and galleries integrating with a variety of online services for selling images directly from your website.
The 2.0 update brings a number of improvements and new features, including streamlined performance and interface, enhanced controls for gallery layout and design, support for paginated galleries, a new unobtrusive shopping cart system, support for GPS geo-tagging of images with Google Maps integration, improved page footers, greater control of image captions, support for Fotomoto’s new selling of image downloads and usage licensing features, support for the advanced watermarking capabilities introduced in the Lightroom 3 Beta 2 release, and more.
TTG Highslide Gallery Pro 2.0 is a free update for subscribed users, and $40 for new users. For full details, read the 2.0 overview at The Turning Gate.
Updates have also been made to TTG Pages and TTG Auto Index, bringing those engines in step with new features added in TTG Highslide Gallery Pro 2.0.