Jeffrey’s “Metadata Viewer” Lightroom Plugin

This plugin for Adobe Lightroom allows you to easily view the metadata in the master image file of a photo or video in Lightroom's catalog. It's not as pretty or convenient as the metadata display on the right-side panel in Library, but it shows all the data in the master image, so is perhaps at times useful.

This plugin works in Lightroom 6/CC (and older versions as far back as Lightroom 3, though some features depend on the version of Lightroom).

The same download works for both Windows and Mac. See the box to the upper right for the download link (in orange) and installation instructions.

Installation

First, download the plugin using the link in the upper-right corner of this page, and unzip it to a location on disk where you'll keep it.

Then follow the normal Lightroom plugin install instructions to install and enable the plugin in your copy of Lightroom.

Using

With a photo selected, invoke

File  >  Plugin Extras  >  View Master Image Metadata

and a dialog will pop up listing all metadata that can be found in the image.

The plugin uses Phil Harvey's amazing ExifTool library under the hood. It's very good at gleaning metadata from an image file, and increasingly so for video files. It's the same library I use for my Online Image Metadata Viewer, though that web-based viewer does much more work to present the data in an informative fashion. Such efforts are not needed here because the most interesting data can already be shown in the Metadata Viewer panel on the right side of the Library Module (and you can use my Metadata-Viewer Preset Editor plugin to configure just what you want to see).

The only reason to use this plugin at all is to see data that Lightroom doesn't expose. There can be plenty of it, though the amount differs greatly depending on the image source and its processing prior to arriving in Lightroom.

As you can see at right, the metadata is just dumped out in tabular form. You can mouseover each item to see more details about what section of the metadata it was found.

There's ample opportunity to enhance how the data is shown, but I'll wait to see how popular the plugin becomes before I spend much effort on the frills.

Keyboard Shortcut

Windows users of Lightroom 3 or later can use ALT-F S M to bring up the viewer on the selected image. Windows users of Lightroom 2 can do the same after doing the setup described on this page.

Mac users can create any keyboard shortcut they like in the system Keyboard Preferences. I use Command-M. With Lightroom 2, the “Menu Title” is “View Master Image Metadata”, but in Lightroom 3 and later you have to add three spaces at the beginning, to account for the three spaces that Lightroom adds for the indentation in the menu. Thus, on Lightroom 3 and later, you would use ViewMasterImageMetadata” (where represents a space).

Availability

This plugin is distributed as “donationware”. I have chosen to make it available for free — everyone can use it forever, without cost of any kind — but unless registered, its functionality is somewhat reduced after six weeks. Registration is done via PayPal, and if you choose to register, it costs the minimum 1-cent PayPal fee; any amount you'd like to add beyond PayPal's sliding fees as a gift to me is completely optional, and completely appreciated.

For details, see my blog post titled Lightroom Plugin Development: Now With Added Encouragement. If you're interested in how I picked up a plugin-development hobby like this, see My Long Path To Lightroom Plugin Development.

Note: Registrations in Lightroom 2 do not carry forward to Lightroom 3.

As I mentioned above, this plugin relies heavily on the ExifTool library, so I have decided to pass along half of any gifts related to this plugin to the ExifTool library's author. If you choose to send a gift when you register, it'll be handled automatically, but if you send a gift any other time (they're always welcome 🙂 ), please let me know so I can share your kindness with Phil. In either case, a big thanks from Phil, too.

Version History
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20160624.60

Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 10.20.

Handle filenames that include a double quote in them (OSX).

Added some extra debug logging.

20160121.59

Add some extra debug logging to try to track down a display issue.

Try to avoid yet another place where Lightroom gets hung because it can't handle certain kinds of dialogs at the same time.

20151103.58

The display of metadata was not well formatted under Windows. Not sure whether it was due to a bug in Windows, Lightroom, or my plugin, but I seem to have worked around it. Crossing my fingers.

20151029.57

Try harder to ensure that the "inspecting..." dialog closes before opening the results dialog.

20151024.56

Include the ExifTool version number at the bottom of the result dialog.

20151009.55

Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 10.00.

The text hadn't been selectable (for copy-paste actions). It is now, at least to the extent that Lightroom allows.

20150206.54

In the POODLE-vunerability dialog, display a raw URL of a page on my site that discusses the issue, so that folks can be independently sure that the dialog is indeed from me and not malware.

20141219.53 Registration was broken on Lr2
20141127.52

Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 9.76.

20141019.51 Windows Only: Add a one-time check for the POODLE security vulnerability, and alert the user if it exists.
20140902.50 New build system
20140731.49 Registration fix for Lr5.6
20140729.48 Previous updates broke support on Lightroom 2
20140720.47 More Creative-Cloud support.
20140715.46

Fixed an issue with Creative-Cloud revalidation.

20140712.45

Lr5.5 and later Creative-Cloud installs can now revalidate themselves if needed.

20140710.44 Sigh, had a bug in the Creative-Cloud support.
20140708.43

Now supports Lr5.5+ Creative-Cloud Installs.

20140704.42 Sigh, introduced an error for some folks with the rebuild the other day.
20140704.41 Fixed crash on startup for some users.
20140630.40 Build-system update
20140605.39

Language switching wasn't smooth on Windows.

Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 9.60.

20140422.38

Fixed a bug in the "smoother revalidation" stuff recently added.

20140417.37

Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 9.53.

Fixed a Windows dialog-layout bug.

Make the revalidation process smoother, especially for folks using Lr5.4 and later.

20140129.36

Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 9.46.

20131024.35

Update for OS X Mavricks.

Updated the Image::ExifTool library to version 9.39.

20131011.34

Made it so that the header stuff won't get pushed off the visible page when the metadata includes very wide elements.

Gave the UI a bit more love, especially on Windows.

Updated the Image::ExifTool library to version 9.38.

20130825.33

Updated the Image::ExifTool library to version 9.35.

20130613.32 Better support for plugin revalidation.
20130611.31 Yet another Lr5 update
20130524.30 Apparently, a recent change broke things on Lr2, which some folks apparently still use.
20130501.29 Update for Lr5
20130412.28 Build system update.
20130328.27 Fix for the registration system.
20130311.26

Now also display image metadata as it appears in the Lightroom catalog.

Search now ignores the accent on characters (e.g. searching for “Voigtlander” finds “Voigtländer”)

20130212.25 Tweak for better display of very long filenames.
20130209.24 More build-system maintenance
20130206.23 Tweak for my registration system
20130201.22

Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 9.15.

20121106.21

Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 9.04.

20120923.20 Added a note about when the image was last edited in Lightroom.
20120829.19 Added the ability to copy metadata to clipboard.
20120608.18 Fix an "attempt to perform arithmetic on field" error.
20120526.17

Update to handle the Mac App Store version of Lightroom.

Tweak for Lr4.1RC2.

Enhanced the send-log dialog to hopefully make reports more meaningful to me, yielding, I hope, the ability to respond more sensibly to more reports.

Upgraded to ExifTool 8.92

20120330.16 Update to handle 4.1RC
20120309.15 Had broken registrations in Lr2; Update to the debug logging to better track down timing issues that might arise.
20120304.14

More on the march toward Lr4, including upheaval in the code to handle Lightroom APIs being discontinued in Lr4.

20120114.13 More tweaks for Lr4b
20120112.12

Update for Lr4 beta: explain in the plugin manager that the plugin can't be registered in the beta.

Updated Image::ExifTool to version 8.75.

20111210.11

Had issues with the registration button sometimes not showing.

Added a system-clock check and reports to the user if the system clock is more than a minute out of date. An incorrect system clock can cause problems with various kinds of communication and authentication with some of my plugins, so I've just gone ahead and added this to every plugin.

20111030.10

Updated Image::ExifTool to version 8.68

When doing a plugin upgrade, offer the ability to flush all the old copies of the plugin.

20110329.9

Consider metadata to be encoded as UTU-8 for display.

Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 8.50.

20100829.8 Made the revalidation process much simpler, doing away with the silly need for a revalidation file.
20100820.7 Discovered a bug in my plugin build system that caused horribly difficult-to-track-down errors in one plugin, so am pushing out rebuilt versions of all plugins just in case.
20100719.6

Added a search filter. Unfortunately, despite spending way too many hours trying, I couldn't figure out how to make the display scroll to the top when filtering, so if there are fewer results than fill up to the point you happen to have scrolled into view, nothing will be shown, making it look like there are no matching lines, rather than the reality that whatever matching lines are simply not scrolled into the current view. So take care to scroll to the top if the display looks empty.

Upgraded the underlying ExifTool to version 8.25.

20100626.5 Was sorting the display on the wrong thing. Doh!
20100625.4 Yikes, shaking out some more build issues.
20100624.3 Discovered a nasty build bug; pushing a new version in case it affects this plugin.
20100623.2 Found a boo-boo right away.
20100623.1 Initial public release

The 30 most-recent comments (out of 47; see all), most recent last...

Do you know of a way that lightroom can sort images based on one of the makernotes fields? In particular, I would love to auto-apply a ‘Camera Correction profile’ to match the Creative Style/Picture Style/Picture Control.

I don’t know of any way to do this in Lightroom. If you have a lot of photos, it might make sense to use ExifTool to extract the info, then use LrTransporter to get it into a field that Lightroom can filter on, then use that to group photos for camera profiles. —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris on December 10th, 2011 at 6:22pm JST (4 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,
first of all thank you for providing those great plugins.

Just downloaded the metadata viewer. I was wonderering why is the scrollbar on the left side. Usually one is looking for scrollbars on the right side of a window.

Thanks

Klaus

I dunno, that’s just how Lightroom does it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Klaus on April 27th, 2012 at 5:01pm JST (4 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey.

Extremely satisfied with your metadata viewer through Lightroom4

Can you make a perfect Metadata extractor for Video clips. Seems to work already, but there must be more information.

Thanks
Vagn-Ebbe

The hard work under the hood of recognizing and extracting metadata is done by Phil Harvy’s ExifTool library. He works tirelessly (and mostly thanklessly) on it; perhaps send a word of thanks and encouragement his way, and if you have any specific knowledge how to extract something he’s missing, please let him know. —Jeffrey

— comment by Vagn-Ebbe Kier on May 11th, 2012 at 4:34pm JST (4 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for this plugin which I am just trialling.

Any chance of a “Copy to clipboard ” button so I can do some image data comparisons (after photomatix et al)

I appreciate the Exiftool command line approach will probably be your answer but thought I would ask! 🙂

Yeah, you should use the Exiftool command-line approach…. or, the “copy to clipboard” button I added to the new version I just pushed. 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike Watson on August 29th, 2012 at 6:42am JST (4 years ago) comment permalink

🙂 Thanks Jeffrey.

Eventually found the button on the far right of the page as the page seems to be extremely wide due to the “Hierarchical Subject” option (which seems to be related to keywords??) just whizzing of to the far right….

Don’t expect you to sort this as it is obviously just the output from Phil’s tool but wanted to point it out in case someone else can find the button. (Or possibly shift the button to the left under the file name)

— comment by Mike Watson on August 29th, 2012 at 9:58pm JST (4 years ago) comment permalink

Could I request a feature for this plugin please.

I would like an option to select which metadata is displayed so a set of radio buttons for EXIF, IPTC, XMP, Photoshop, Derived would be a nice addition.

Thanks Mike

— comment by Mike Watson on November 8th, 2012 at 3:54am JST (3 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I’d like to add a date to the Metadata Viewer to reflect when the photo was added to my Lightroom library. The idea being that I could then filter the photos shown in the grid to be on that date, similar to how a Keyword value can be used to filter the photos.

While the image capture time is useful, the day I add the photo to Lightroom has more relevance to me in some cases where I am importing images from undated sources (like Facebook) or from scanned images.

Is the Added to Lightoom Date available to add to a Metadata Viewer preset?

Thanks, Patrick

Lightroom doesn’t expose that date to plugins or to the Metadata panel, but you can access it via the “Added Order” sort in Library. —Jeffrey

— comment by Patrick on November 17th, 2013 at 2:34pm JST (2 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Is it possible to customize the plugin? For example, my camera returns “0x4000” for the “AFMode” tag when the camera was put on the face detection. It’d be really nice if your plugin can customized to display “face detection” rather than meaningless “0x4000” in the “AFMode” field, so I can quickly go through all the face detection shots and judge how accurately it’s working.

Your best bet is to report it to the ExifTool author so he can update it for everyone. Send him some sample shots and a description of what the various values might mean… —Jeffrey

— comment by Rick on December 7th, 2013 at 2:37pm JST (2 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I was writing to you with a question, but I think in the process I figured most of the answer. Feel free to correct or use any of my findings. I was trying to figure out some exposure issues I had with images shot in the Manual mode. The Exposure Compensation field doesn’t help as it always reads zero in M. However, it seems “Measured EV” and “Measured EV 2” are two fields that give you what the camera’s idea of the correct EV (possibly with two different metering modes) is, and the “Light Value” field gives the actual EV given your settings while taking the photo. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposure_value I figured that an increase of EV by 1 is a drop of 1 stop of exposure, and it appears that my 5D2’s Measured EV values are based on ISO 100.

— comment by Shayok on January 3rd, 2014 at 1:23am JST (2 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi.
Is there a way to configure the Metadata Viewer (or another of your plugins) to display the several Canon 6D exif fields about HDR processing, such as:
–HDR Shooting: Enable
–Adjust dynamic range: Auto
–HDR Effect: Natural
–Auto Image Align: Enable

These fields are displayed with the Canon software, but I could not find them in the output from the Metadata Viewer in Lightroom.

Thanks, Tim

PS: I am new at this so please excuse me if this question is inane.

Not inane at all… completely reasonable. The plugin relies on ExifTool to decode the data, and the author (Phil Harvey) probably has not yet been able to figure out those fields. You can help him decode them by preparing sets of photos taken with as-completely-identical settings as possible, save for one field (e.g. “HDR Effect”) changing among the possible settings. Then mail them to him along with a clear description of which photos had exactly which settings. Then, perhaps, he can figure out Canon’s secret encodings and reflect that in the next version of ExifTool. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tim on January 27th, 2014 at 7:00am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hello,
I have installed the plugin and have successfully been able to get info on a specified photo.
I have a Canon 5d (markI digicII), and i thought it was possible to extract the number of views taken by the camera.
I could’nt find any fied related to that.
Can you help me on that topic.
regards

As far as I know, many Canon cameras do not encode the shutter count. —Jeffrey

— comment by gerard on February 13th, 2014 at 11:09pm JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
As usual a plugin like many other from you that are of great use and simple to use.
Thanks so much.

I was wondering if it would be complex to add a small thumnail of the image with the AF point visually indicated (as in Nikon ViewNX for Nikon or DPP for Canon)
I acknowledge that depending on the camera model some diff occur but at least for all recent one with lifeview all is from tag Nikon AFInfo2 Tags or otherwise Nikon AFInfo Tags for older (come from http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/TagNames/Nikon.html)
I know it’s easier to have idea than do it 🙂

Thanks

Lightroom’s plugin infrastructure doesn’t allow for that kind of graphical overlay )-: —Jeffrey

Update: but if you call out to other photo-processing programs to build an image of the photo with the focus points on it, that can be shown. Lightroom makes this kludgy and unfun, but Chris Reimold went ahead and did it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Marc on September 13th, 2014 at 7:46am JST (2 years ago) comment permalink

I am trying to be able to use a filter or smart collection in LR5 based on focus point status. I would like to filter only images where the Focus was achieved and aso primary AF point . I don’t believe “Metadata Viewer” will expose those metadata to LR Metadata filter, or will it?

Any other suggestion on how to accomplish this?

Thanks.

Paulo Tebet

There’s no easy way to do this. The best I can suggest is to use my Data Explorer plugin to identify images with the criteria you want, then, once identified, mark them in a way you can refer to later (keyword, color label, star rating, throw them into a collection, etc.)… —Jeffrey

— comment by Paulo Tebet on November 24th, 2014 at 8:36am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Is there anyway to display Maker Notes? Specifically for iPhone photos to determine if an image was labeled HDR. Your online exif viewer seems to work, but it would be nice if it was in Lightroom.

Thanks

The Metadata Viewer plugin should indeed show it. I’ve just pushed a new version of the plugin with the latest version of the underlying metadata library, in case that matters. You might also try my Data Explorer plugin using the “User-Specified Master-File Data Field” item to search the “CustomRendered” field…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dustin on November 27th, 2014 at 3:59am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

RE: http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/metadata-viewer#comment-52636

Sorry, I was incorrect. The metadata viewer plugin seems to work fine, by using File, Plug-in Extras/ View Master Image Metadata.

I guess what I’m trying to do is use the Metadata Preset Utility and add the maker notes to a preset so I can quickly check between pictures in the library grid view to determine which one is the HDR image.

Unfortunately, Lightroom doesn’t expose that kind of data to the Metadata panel. The best I can suggest is to identify them in some other way (such as the Data Explorer method), then preserve the identification by marking them with a keyword or color label or the like. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dustin Houseman on November 27th, 2014 at 10:32pm JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

So far, this is the only way that I’ve found to see the Nikon Maker Notes, in particular the Vari-Program field. Thank you for making this viewable.

Is there a way that I’m missing to view your output in LR5 itself rather than on top of it? Better yet, a way to just add the fields that I want to the existing metadata panel? Or edit the fields that show in the output?

I hope you continue to update this plug-in. I think it’s very valuable. Unfortunately, in its present form (unless I’m missing something), it isn’t terribly useable for me since I can only look at one picture at a time and can’t attach the data to the picture.

Best wishes and keep up the great work.

My answer in the previous two comments applies here… the best I can suggest is to identify the photos and add your own way to mark them. —Jeffrey

— comment by Maria Rudolph on November 29th, 2014 at 9:02am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for all the work!

Is there any way to show the focus point(s) on the image in LR with your plug in? I can only do this at the moment by going into Nikon NX-D. Nikon NX-d software often freezes on my computer so I don’t use it unless I have to!

When I bring up the Metadata using your plug-in, I also get a perpetual Lightroom box that says it is ‘Checking Master Image Data’. It never completes this task (apparently) and will not go away! Just annoying but is it normal?

I have a Nikon D810, use a Mac and am from England.

You can check focus points with this plugin. About the non-completing task, it’s not normal at all (and does sound completely annoying). After the dialog has been stuck for 30 seconds, perhaps send the plugin log and I’ll take a look. —Jeffrey

— comment by David on January 12th, 2015 at 3:57am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hello I’m Didier from France.

Thank you for this excellent work. I own a Leica S2P and I can’t read the number of shutter actuations (metadata-viewer has been installed on LR5).
Is it normal ?

Best regards

Didier

Many cameras don’t actually encode that (or, perhaps, they do, but not in a way that has been discovered yet). —Jeffrey

— comment by Didier on May 4th, 2015 at 4:45pm JST (1 year, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I installed the metadata viewer and registered it via Paypal on april 27th of this year. I used it a few times, then after not using it for a few weeks “View Master Image Metadata” is no longer in File > Plugin Extras. What am I not understanding ?

Canada

It may be in the Plugin Manager, but disabled, or it may have been removed from the Plugin Manager. Take a look to see whether you find it. If not, and if you didn’t explicitly remove it (which it sounds like you didn’t), it may be that your Lr preferences file has started to go corrupt, and that you should see this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alan Hooper on July 28th, 2015 at 10:54am JST (1 year, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Extremely useful plugin, clever design, as are most plugins from Jeff. Thanks so much for such wonderful tools.
Claude, from Montreal, Canada

— comment by Claude Dumas on September 20th, 2015 at 4:47am JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

I just installed Metadata Viewer and for me important MakerNotes:FilmMode (on RAF image from Fujifilm X-T1) does not show correct value. For example it shows Unknown 0x600 instead of Classic Chrome. Your Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer shows the right value. I guess ExifTool version in web app is newer as the one in the plugin. I have two questions i.e. wishes here:
1. would it be possible to upgrade the “Metadata Viewer” plugin to the newest ExifTool?
2. would it be possible to include MakerNotes area in your “Metadata presets” plugin?

Best regards,
Andrej, from Slovenia

Unfortunately, I can’t do #2 because Lightroom doesn’t allow a plugin to add camera items to the Metadata panel that Lightroom doesn’t already support. You can use my Data Explorer plugin to filter on these things, but that’s about the best I can suggest. As for #1, I’ve just pushed out a new version with the latest ExifTool. —Jeffrey

— comment by Andrej, Slovenia on October 8th, 2015 at 8:22pm JST (11 months, 20 days ago) comment permalink

Hi I’m Greg from Kansas City, Missouri.

The Library module can be sorted by ‘added date’. Is there a way to specify photos that were added to the library on a specific date? Where does LR store this information?

Thanks,

Greg

That data is not exposed anywhere that I know, except of course via the sort selection you sited. —Jeffrey

— comment by Greg on January 13th, 2016 at 1:39am JST (8 months, 16 days ago) comment permalink

Hi yea, It would be great were you to minipulate the Metadata Viewer to show only the metadata required for Googles Panorama’s . lol I am still trying to get my head around as to what metadata google actually requires. I find were I to do a pano in ptgui, then clean it up in photoshop at times the metadata gets in such a way that google does not recognise the image as been a pano. anyway I am sure many many others will be having this same issue. regards and cheers for the software.

— comment by Twocans on February 10th, 2016 at 12:19am JST (7 months, 19 days ago) comment permalink

I cannot use the search function in LR6/CC. The program quits when I enter a search term and press enter. If I do not press enter all I get is gibberish (just some numbers on the lh side and nothing else)

I also cannot find the “Sublocation” data listed anywhere (except in the “Metadata as currently seen in Lightroom”)

This plugin shows data in the master image file; I doubt that many (any?) cameras would fill in any kind of location field. As for the gibberish and search problems, please send a plugin log and perhaps a screen shot or two… —Jeffrey

— comment by Luuk on March 24th, 2016 at 12:58am JST (6 months, 5 days ago) comment permalink

Hello,

Thank you for this plugin. I have read that it could be used to ckeck shutter counts of a used 5DMII or III but I don’t see this info in all the meta data of a RAW untouched pict.
Is this info available somewhere in the metadata ?

Thanks

Francois

Some cameras include it, most don’t. Search for “shutter” and “actuation”… if it doesn’t show up with either of those, it’s probably not there. —Jeffrey

— comment by Francois on April 11th, 2016 at 6:39pm JST (5 months, 17 days ago) comment permalink

Very nice Plug in for Lightroom, (Metadata Viewer)
but I am looking for the Shutter Count ! where can I find this ?

tx Jeffrey !
DAN
danaudio@videotron.ca

Many (most?) cameras don’t encode this. Try searching for “Shutter Actuations” as well, but it might not be there at all. —Jeffrey

— comment by DAN SEG on April 19th, 2016 at 8:13am JST (5 months, 9 days ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,
Where is the Shutter Count for Olympus OMD1 in Metadata Viewer
Thanks
JPC

If you don’t see something that indicates a shutter count (or maybe “shutter actuations” or the like), the camera likely doesn’t include that among a photo’s data. —Jeffrey

— comment by JPC on May 9th, 2016 at 1:55am JST (4 months, 20 days ago) comment permalink

From Springfield, Virginia

Question about the Metadata Viewer: I have a Nikon D500 and have installed exiftool 10.19. When I have some photos with AF Area Mode = d25, it shows as Unknown (14). Is this due to exiftool?

Very nice tool by the way.

Thanks.

Yes, the plugin lets ExifTool do all the metadata reading… if ExifTool doesn’t know about the d25 area mode, it’ll show up as unknown. You might consider sending a sample frame to the ExifTool author with a description of what’s new. That being said, though, the plugin uses its own version of ExifTool which is currently a bit behind yours, so maybe he’s already got it. (Testing with your version will tell you.) I see in the version history that he’s done some stuff with D500 tags since the latest production release, so perhaps he has. I’ll wait until they get moved to production before updating the plugin, though. —Jeffrey

— comment by William Higgins on June 9th, 2016 at 9:10am JST (3 months, 19 days ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,
Is it normal if the plugin is very slow ?
By slow I mean it takes about 6 seconds on a 3.5 to 3.9 Ghz Core i7 iMac (3 To Fusion and 24GB) to display the info of a Sony A7 Raw file exif info ? Is there anything I can do to speed things up ?
I’ve found no way to display Exif data of several pics one after another without clicking through ‘File ->Plugin Extras ->” which make things quite long if you want to compare several files…
Thank you

The biggest delay seems to be for Lightroom to build the dialog once the plugin sends the data. Before that the plugin launches an external process to collect the data, which itself takes a second or three. Overall one wouldn’t think it should take so long, but that’s the way it is. The best I can suggest is to create a keyboard shortcut to invoke the plugin. Luckily, OSX makes it easy. —Jeffrey

— comment by Surlezi on June 27th, 2016 at 11:46pm JST (3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery –

Writing from the US in Cape May, NJ. I’ve used your plugins but just saw your great pics in Japan…we visited this summer (including Amami Island) and it was nice to see your pictures!

I’m writing because I’m looking for a solution – my writing partner and I are sorting through thousands of files, and we want to be able to display keywords above/below each image in Grid view. The keywords tell us things that help us sort the files, and so we like to see the keywords for all photos at once, rather than just those for one image at a time. Also, is it possible to change font size for the text above and below Grid images?

Thanks for any and all help and thanks for your amazing plugins!

Sadly, nothing that you’re asking for is possible. You might have some control over the font size via a “big font” option in the Lightroom preferences, but that’s about it. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Scott Whittle on September 21st, 2016 at 2:11am JST (1 week, 1 day ago) comment permalink
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