February 20, 2008
Matthew Campagna of The Turning Gate has created 2 new Lightroom Web Galleries as part of the 1st birthday celebration of the release of Version 1 of Lightroom.
Strictly speaking it’s one gallery and one gallery index.
February 19, 2008
Marc Rochkind has had a busy few days. After the release of LRViewer on OS X before the weekend, he’s now added a Windows release to the list of compatible OSs’.
Download this great offline Catalog viewer for Lightroom from ImageIngester.com.
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 21, 2007
This is a story we created for Photoshopnews, but as you will see, there were also a few books about Lightroom and others to do with digital photography.
“As we approach the end of 2007 we wanted to ask some of the leading figures in the Photoshop community which books they had found most inspiring and in the case of authors, which books they had written were they most proud of. We got some interesting and quite varied responses. So if you are still stuck for ideas about what to get a Photoshop geek for Christmas, here are some reading tips from the experts.
To keep this article seasonal we didn’t want it to be entirely about Photoshop and digital imaging. We did also ask people to nominate a book for recreational reading. After all, the holiday season is a time for relaxing and leaving work to one side! To help you find out more about the books recommended here we have created links to Amazon.com for all the books featured here.”
Read the full story…
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.