New Lightroom Plugin “Data Explorer”: Like the Grid Filter on Steroids
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I've just released a new plugin for Adobe Lightroom:

→  Jeffrey's “Data Explorer” Lightroom Plugin  ←

It lets you group photos by metadata (e.g. “what lenses did I use with these photos?”) just like Lightroom's built in Library Grid Filter, but the plugin supports many more criteria. As of its initial release, the plugin provides 109 ways to slice and dice your photos, including things such as “Which photos have how much crop?” and “What photos are hidden within collapsed stacks?” and “What audio frame rates are seen in my videos?”.

Plus 106 more.

I started writing it a couple of weeks ago after first creating custom Lightroom camera-calibration profiles (mentioned in “Viewing Anthony’s New Shoes with My New X-Rite ColorChecker Passport”) because it was maddening to not be able to quickly identify what photos were using which camera profiles.

Now I can quickly get:

and via the “isolate” buttons see the relevant photos.

For reasons I can't quite understand, working on this plugin has been a deeply-intensive, morning-to-night affair, much to the detriment of my normal home and photo life.

Perhaps it's because I particularly like data display, and it's a fun challenge to really make the plugin functional and useful and elegant (or, at least as elegant as Lightroom's minimal plugin infrastructure allows). There are a lot of bells and whistles... many little touches that hopefully most folks will never notice because they feel natural and intuitive, but a lot of work has gone into the details. I'm proud of the result.

There are many more details and criteria on the to-do list, but I had to draw the line somewhere or I'd never get around to releasing the plugin, nor to returning to my regularly-scheduled life.

I'm looking forward to a bit of the latter soon. Anthony's birthday party (10 years old!) is tomorrow.

All 5 comments so far, oldest first...

I am psyched to try this out. Lightroom’s stock metadata search bar is fine but this looks much more powerful and I love the idea of the “Isolate” button. Thanks for again pushing this software even further!

— comment by David Marx on October 19th, 2012 at 11:46pm JST (10 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Looks intriguing… have to give it a whirl!

But it can’t compare to a ten-year-old’s birthday party by a long shot… Happy Birthday, Anthony!!


— comment by Mike Nelson Pedde on October 20th, 2012 at 6:14am JST (10 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

An interesting plug-in.
I’d like to request two features;
1. The ability to return to criteria choice dialogue from results, rather than having to entirely leave the plug-in and have to re-load it when you hit ‘dismiss’.
2. Could you add the criteria ‘using a lens correction profile’, even better, list all used.

Thanks for your great work

Just pushed support for #2. #1 will take some retooling… —Jeffrey

— comment by Paul Holman on October 20th, 2012 at 4:37pm JST (10 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Excellent work Jeffrey, thanks for releasing it. One feature request from me if it’s feasible to implement: could a criterion be added to isolate all those images that have been printed? (i.e. in the develop history have at least one “printed” item.)

Thanks again for all the great work you do for Lightroom users.

Unfortunately, that’s not possible with the current Lightroom plugin infrastructure. —Jeffrey

— comment by Roger Byrne on October 21st, 2012 at 6:14pm JST (10 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I may have missed this somewhere else on your site and/or in teh LR documentation, but is there a way to add the the EV info to the Grid view or somewhere? I don’t mean the EV compensation, but the EV as seen by the camera.



No, not until Adobe makes it available (which I doubt will happen, but you can always ask). —Jeffrey

— comment by Stuart on April 18th, 2013 at 6:45am JST (10 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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