May 28, 2008
Shangara Singh has announced the release of the Photoshop Lightroom ACE Exam Aid for Exam Aids. Exam Aids have a large collection of study aids for those undertaking the ACE exams, this one being the latest. If you don’t know what the ACE program is, you can find out more about becoming an Adobe Certified Expert from the Adobe Website.
Exam Aid Key Features
Includes 226 questions, divided into 8 discrete modules (as per official exam)
All original questions based on the Prep Guide published by Adobe
Supplement answers that explain and/or clarify the concepts behind the questions
Paths to corresponding pages in the Photoshop Lightroom help file to enable further study – all paths hyperlinked to LiveDocs for easy access
A Study mode with the option of previewing correct answers and supplement answers on demand
A summary screen at the end of each module for reviewing the module content
A Practice mode for testing your knowledge in a simulated official exam environment
Mock practice tests based on the pool of questions contained in the study section
Countdown clock, flagging, and sorting that create the experience of sitting for the official exam
Scoring for each individual module and collectively at the end of each mock practice test
Option of comparing your answers against the correct answers after sitting a mock practice test
A printable PDF containing the supplement answers that you can use to study when you are away from your computer
Ability to raise the threshold by increasing either the number of questions delivered or the passing score or by decreasing the allotted time to each mock practice test
An easy to use interface, leaving you free to concentrate on the task of studying
Disclosure: I did some tech editing on the questions for Shangara, but have no commercial involvement with this project.
April 4, 2008
Press Release: LRViewer, the Lightroom-catalog viewer, now has PhotoSelectLink to automatically send client selections and notes back to the photographer.
You export a catalog of images from Lightroom.
You configure the catalog with LRVmaker to enable PhotoSelectLink (and add your logo, limit JPEG exports, and so on).
You send the catalog, usually on a DVD, to your client (or several clients) who then view the images with LRViewer. Your clients can also see selections and notes made by you.
Your client selects images by clicking checkboxes and entering optional notes.
Within seconds, you see clients’ selections and notes in your own copy of LRViewer.
Here’s how PhotoSelectLink works:
March 22, 2008
Dirk Essl has seen a gap in the Lightroom External editing options and created a solution. Basically, in Lightroom, you can choose Photoshop and one other Application from which to edit files with Lightroom adjustments. While you can Export and then open them in another Application, you then need to reimport the file. Using Edit in Application, Lightroom creates the new file in the Library and then opens it for editing in the external Application.
Dirk has created a little Applescript based program called ImagingChooser. This stores shortcuts to other programs, allowing you to select whichever one you need whenever you want. Simply install ImagingChooser and select it in the External Editing tab in Lightroom preferences. When you run it, ImagingChooser will open. From there select the shortcut you require. To add more shortcuts, hold Command and Option down while dragging the new App into the Applications>ImagingChooser>Apps folder. If you manually create the alias, remember to delete the ‘Alias’ from the name. This is currently a Mac OSX script only, but Dirk says he’ll create a VB script for Windows users when time allows.
UPDATE The Windows version is now available.
March 18, 2008
LR Enfuse V2.0 has been launched by Timothy Armes today. One of the most requested features, for the original blending plugin, was auto alignment of images. This version now includes it.
The package has changed slightly, mixing the plugin with a separate DMG for the 2 required applications, Enfuse and Auto Align. Installation is easy and the Plugin is effective.
March 18, 2008
The Turning Gate has launched something new for Lightroom. Not merely content with creating Web Galleries and Gallery indexers, Matthew Campagna has designed a website builder for Lightroom.
“Adobe Lightroom has made web photo galleries easy. Gallery indices have brought disparate galleries together into navigable collections. But still, something has been missing.
While Lightroom has allowed users to disseminate their photography to the web, web photo galleries do not a website make. TTG LR Pages generates what the standard templates do not – not galleries, but pages – finally allowing Lightroom users to generate complete websites from within the Lightroom Web module.”
March 12, 2008
Marc Rochkind has announced the release of LRVmaker. Previewed last month, this new product allows photographer to customise the newly updated LRViewer for their clients.
Placing a logo on the screen.
Showing a button that goes to the photographer’s web site.
Opening a catalog automatically when LRViewer starts up.
Starting with a selected collection or other outline item, and controlling which outline items show.
Marking images with a watermark.
Preventing clients from accessing EXIF info and metadata, from viewing images above a certain size, and from exporting JPEGs.
March 3, 2008
Over at Lightroom Galleries.com, Matthew Campagna has announced a major update to his Shadowbox Gallery. Included feature updates are:
A menu! Five customizable menu items + slideshow + contact.
Improved support for Piclens, and now supports PicLens Lite. Support for custom logo and MP3 audio using PicLens Lite; logo and audio support will be supported in a future version of the PicLens client.
Shadowbox: dropped themes, added controls for colors and borders; additional changes.
Reorganized Web module controls and panels; lots of additions and relocations for ease of use.
A major overhaul of code, in places both HTML and Lua. Cleaner, leaner, better!
Bug fixes (and hopefully no new bugs introduced).
I’ve championed the addition of menus to allow people to use web galleries to create entire photo websites, so I’m glad to see others joining in!
(Via Lightroom Galleries.)
March 3, 2008
Enfuse is an open source blending program that creates images similar to tonemapped images, but without the halos. It doesn’t require HDR images to do the tonemapping either. Normally it exists as a command line, multi-platform application, but Export Plugin creator Timothy Armes has created a front end for it for Lightroom.
To use, you simply select the images you want to blend and select ‘Blend exposures using LR/Enfuse’. There are a number of options, but Tim’s default choices are a good look at what the Plugin can do. So rather than rattle off a series of facts from a press release, I’m going to do a quick blend.
Read the whole article..
February 22, 2008
Geotag-lightroom-plugin is a Beta Geotagging plugin for Lightroom created by Jeff Barnes. It utilises a feature of the Export SDK, whereby you can create a menu item within Lightroom. The plugin reads GPX information and writes it to the file in Lightroom using Exiftool.
Sync photo to GPS using picture of GPS display
Interpolate location between track points
Add geotags to original images or save to new location
While there are some issues, the plugin works “for the most part”. Installation instructions and download information can be got at the Plugin homepage.
(Via John Beardsworth.)
February 21, 2008
DVD burning of Catalog, Previews and Viewer.
Lock Jpeg Export.
Set maximum preview size.
Logo and Homepage link in Viewer.
Marc Rochkind has announced a new program for Lightroom Users. With LRViewer being a free Catalog Viewer, LRViewer will allow Professional Photographers to tailor the Catalog View that the client sees. Marc has given detailed plans for the program on the LRVeiwer page. Projected features include
As this is aimed at Professionals, this is a paid for product weighing in at $50. LRViewer will continue to be free for distribution and use.
For more information on featured and planned availability, go to the LRViewer page.