July 6, 2009
Timothy Armes has released LR/Mogrify 2.00, with a new, and much requested, compression feature which finds the optimum JPEG compression value to produce the best image quality for a specific output size.
Other features include:
- Watermarks can be scaled to the shortest or longest edge, ideal for same size watermarks on Landscape and Portrait images.
- Annotations now work the same way.
- Unnecessary punctuation will be removed as well.
June 11, 2009
There’s been a series of new plugins released recently, so I thought I’d bundle together the ones we’ve not mentioned yet.
LR2/TreeExporter from Timothy Armes, is Lightroom 2 export plug-in that allows you to export your images while preserving your folder tree (also known as the folder hierarchy). While there are other plugins with this theme, this one automatically finds the common root folder for you, instead of requiring manual entry.
Matt Dawson at The Photo Geek has released the Config-Backup plugin. This Plugin Extras tool allows you to back up your preferences and catalog, along with compressing them to save space. Update: It now saves presets, plugins, and other Lightroom bits (I’ve tested with the 78Mb of web galleries I have, so I can confirm it works with even extreme amounts of information)
While I hate hate pushing my own work on Lightroom News, I have 2 plugins just out: Lr2Twitpic and Lr2TweetPhoto. Both provide access to a photo hosting service that allows you to post photos to your twitter.com account. TweetPhoto has additional tagging and geoencoding built in.
For Developers, Jeffrey Friedl has provided SHA1 and Twitter OAuth routines in Lua.
Finally Don McKee has announced his Shutterfly Upload plugin, allowing Lightroom users to upload to their Shutterfly accounts.
June 6, 2009
Matthew Campagna has announced an update to the recently released TTG Highslide Gallery. With input from our own Martin Evening, some improvements to header have been made. Other additions include:
Google Analytics support.
Additional tweaks to the Shared Resources option.
/resources/ folder no longer created on export when “Set Path to Shared Resources” is enabled.
Added option “Fix Header Width”.
Added options “Menu Padding Left” and “Menu Padding Right”.
Added Menu option “Text-Decoration”.
Back-end architectural changes.
Matthew has been helpful and supportive of my work, so I was glad to be able to return the favour with help that led to the ‘Set Path to Shared Resources’ being implemented.
May 24, 2009
Recent Hallmark graduate Matthew Campagna has been busy in the creation of a brand new gallery for Lightroom. Dubbed TTG Highslide Gallery, this flexible and robust gallery offers a wealth of features requested by users. The heart of the gallery is Torstein Hønsi’s excellent Highslide JS image framework. Written from the ground up, the many new features in this gallery include:
March 31, 2009
A new point update for SlideShowPro for Lightroom is now available for download. This release, version 1.4.3, updates the gallery so that it uses the latest version of the Flash component (1.9.3), and makes adjustments to the gallery interface to accommodate new / changed parameters. These include the new “Fixed” / “Fixed (if Available)” Caption Appearance options, an independent alpha transparency slider for Caption Header Background Alpha, and the return of “None” as an option for scale.
SlideShowPro for Lightroom users can download this update through the account center.
March 4, 2009
Hot on the heels of the SlideShowPro for Flash announcement, Todd Dominey has announced the release of V1.4 of SlideshowPro for Lightroom. Featuring all the addition of version 1.9 of the Flash version, Todd also announced that the Pearl and Quartz button packs will now be free.
The update is free to all current users and more details can be found on the News Page.
March 2, 2009
Matt Dawson has already given us the Export Backup plugin for Lightroom, but now he’s added a plugin to simplify Metadata Entry into Lightroom to the list. Those who are familiar with Jeffrey’s Friedl’s Metadata Viewer Preset builder, will have an idea what this can do. The main difference is that Jeffrey is using undocumented V1.1 features in creating the list, whereas Matt is using current SDK2.0 information to build his. Matt notes that Jeffrey is currently too busy to update his version, but also that his version caters to plugin metadata.
Matt details how to add your own tagsets in his Lightroomforums.net post about the plugin.
February 16, 2009
Keeping his promise of taking on board user requests, Timothy Armes has had a busy week coding LR2/Blog. Going from version 1.0 only a week ago to 1.3 now, there is a wealth of new features in this handy plugin. Originally this just uploaded an image to WordPress blogs, but with these new features it now has
Support for hosted Blogger blogs.
Support for generic MetaWeblog blogs.
The ability to create a post directly from the plugin, using a token based template to define the HTML for the photos being uploaded.
The ability to define metadata for the photos being uploaded (using the same token system)
Overwriting of uploaded files
The plugin has automatic updating built in, so you can easily keep up to date with current features each time you want to use it. I’ve used it myself on some of my recent blogs posts.
LR2/Blog web page
February 9, 2009
With quite a few plugins under his belt, Timothy Armes is no stranger to the pages and posts of Lightroom News. With LR2/Mogrify and it’s predecessor, LR/Mogrify, high in the ranks as best post process plugin, it’s good to see Tim working on a new Export Plugin. That plugin is LR2/Blog. Designed to post images to Blogs that use the MetaWebLogs standard for upload, this plugin is perfect for those with a Photoblog. The prime example of a blog using MetaWebLog is Word Press.
Tim is taking a Lightroom approach to this plugin, and has released a barebones version, to garner feedback from users about how to further refine the plugin. He’s also got a free copy to whoever designs a banner for the plugin. As with Tim’s other plugins, this is donationware and more information can be had from Tim’s Blog.
February 6, 2009
One of the hot topics in Digital Photography in recent months has been Geotagging. The confluence of Digital Images, Online Mapping and GPS devices and services such as Flickr have lead to an upsurge of interest, use and software to support this need.
Here we look at using the iPhone as a GPS device and how we then insert that information into Lightroom.