February 16, 2008
Installing LR/Mogrify on Mac was easy. Installing ImageMagick on the other hand wasn’t. You either had to put the ImageMagick binaries in the root directory of your system drive, or use Macports to install it. After much work and testing Timothy Armes has compiled a version especially for LR/Mogrify and included it in the new 3.50 version of the Plugin (up to V3.61 at the time of writing). This version is actually built in to plugin.
As with previous version of the Plugin, it is available as a Piglet to use with other Export Plugins.
Also with the release of version 3.60, LR/Mogrify now conserves EXIF when changing format. This is thanks to Exiftool, which is now included in the Plugin.
February 16, 2008
Image Ingester creator Marc Rochkind has been adding to his Lightroom related products with the new Lightroom Catalog reader LRViewer.
LRViewer accesses the Lightroom Catalog and Previews, creating a read only version of the Catalog. It allows you to view image previews without opening Lightroom, or even having a copy of Lightroom present. This is great for sending Catalogs/Previews off to clients that don’t have Lightroom. Simply add LRViewer to the bundle and they can access the Catalog.
LRViewer works with Catalogs with the file extension .lrcat, along with the older .lrdb filetype. For previews, the .lrdata preview file must be present.
The price for this useful (and quite fast) tool is free! Marc is also allowing free distribution of the program, which is necessary for sending it off to clients. The current release is Mac only, but Marc is developing a Windows version as we speak.
Find out more at ImageIngester.com.
February 5, 2008
Eugene Berman has released an Export to IStockPhoto plugin. Photographers that use the Microstock site can now upload directly to their account from within Lightroom. The plugin allows you to add keywords, title and caption information, along with resolving ambiguous keywords. Categories can also be added to the photo when uploading, along with model releases.
This version 1 plugin is freeware, although donations are accepted from within the plugin. One thing I noticed about the plugin, is that it does not read the title/caption information from the file, which I feel is a minor oversight. Again it’s at version 1, so perhaps this will be a feature in a future release.
February 3, 2008
Matthew Campagna has announced a replacement for the TTG Gallery Index over at Lightroom Galleries.
“TTG XML Album Index is a new album indexing template for the Lightroom Web module, and replaces the newly discontinued TTG Gallery Index.
Through a combination of PHP and XML, the album index is easier than ever to update with new web galleries. It’s no longer necessary to regenerate and re-upload the entire index for every update, as was the case with TTG Gallery Index. TTG XML Album Index gathers album information from a simple XML file. To add a gallery to your index, you need only provide a thumbnail image and four pieces of information — thumbnail path, gallery path, gallery title and description — to the XML file.
TTG XML Album Index is written in Lua. It requires Lightroom 1.3 or higher, and a web server running PHP. Updates require an FTP client and a text-editor. Coding experience is not necessary.
TTG XML Album Index outputs valid XHTML and CSS.”
January 16, 2008
Created as a replacement for default Lightroom HTML Gallery, Matthew Campagna has announced the launch of his TTG HTML Gallery.
“TTG HTML Gallery is a Web module template for Adobe Lightroom. Generated galleries are laid out using valid XHTML and CSS, and offer a bevy of customizations, providing an alternative to the table-based and relatively inflexible default HTML template boxed with Lightroom.”
January 15, 2008
Regular Expressions Guru and Export Plugin Consultant Jeffrey Friedl has announced the creation of Piglet technology. A Piglet is a plugin that goes inside a plugin, a sub Plugin, if you will. Using the thought process of Plugin-Plugin –> Sub Plugin –> Plugin-ette –>Pluglette –> Piglet to get to a name, Jeffery explains “I think it’s cute, but you’ll be forgiven if you think it’s corny”.
December 12, 2007
Todd Dominey has been very busy handling feature requests and bug fixes in this freshly released version of SlideShow Pro for Lightroom.
New features/fixes from version 1.0 include
- Improved layout: Controls for specific aspects are now grouped together
- Copyright Watermark: Feature added
- Toggle link to file: You can now switch off the link to the original file
- Preview in Browser fixed
- Cache Content parameter now works correctly
The new version can be downloaded from your account for registered users. For those interested in a sophisticated gallery environment, this $25 investment is well worth it.
December 4, 2007
Adding to the rapdily expanding list of Lightroom addons, SlideShowPro for Lightroom has just been launched. Taking the form of an easily installable Web Gallery, SlideShowPro allows full production of Flash Galleries, without requiring Flash. The Lightroom version contains the same software as the Flash Components version, but in a form easily editable within Lightroom. Read More..
November 9, 2007
Later today, Friday 9th November, you will be able to download a public beta of Naked light, a new program that looks rather interesting in that it appears it will offer quite a few of the non-destructive features that people have been asking for in Lightroom. There is no information on the site to say who is behind the program’s development, however we do know that it will only run on Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. But not only are the requirements Apple only, the site’s graphics, the interface design, the tightly controlled pre-release marketing, even the countdown time clock. Everything here does look very ‘Apple’…
From the Naked light website:
Public beta arriving Friday, November 9th, 2007.
The emperor has new clothes. Introducing Naked light. Non-destructive image editing. Node-based compositing. Live filters. High-end tools. And infinite resolution. It’s image editing, re-invented. Take the tour.
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.