This plugin allows you to control whether images can be exported when only a Smart Preview is available. It can save you from unintentionally creating low-quality results when you didn't realize the master image file was not available.
This plugin works in Lightroom 6/CC and Lightroom 5.
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.
Note: the functionality provided by this plugin is already included in modern versions of my export plugins (for Flickr, SmugMug, Facebook, etc.) and also my Collection Publisher and Tree Publisher plugins, so you do not need this plugin when exporting via those plugins.
Smart Previews, new in Lightroom 5, offer the flexibility of a raw workflow with minimal disk space, at the expense of image resolution and detail. A common workflow is to use Smart Previews for the rough develop when disk space is tight (such as to put one's 100,000-image “not-recent images” archive onto a laptop), then load in the master image files as needed for export.
However, if you forget that an image's master file is not available, Lightroom will let you go ahead and export anyway, with possibly disastrous results as the low-resolution Smart Preview is used to generate a supposed-to-be-high-resolution copy.
This plugin allows you to block exports that would use only a Smart Previews, aborting the export and singling out the images in question.
However, sometimes a Smart Preview is perfectly adequate for an export, such as for a small copy for a blog post. The plugin can detect these situations and can optionally treat them differently.
Here's the Export/Publish dialog that this plugin enables:
Toward the bottom of the dialog section is the configuration for the two cases outlined above: what to do when the export is “good enough”, and when it's not. In the example above, “good enough” Smart-Preview exports continue, while other Smart-Preview exports are blocked.
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.
Then, bring up the Export Dialog, or for Publish, bring up the Publishing Manager. In either case, note the “Post-Process Actions” section in the lower-right of the dialog. “Post-Process Actions” are Adobe's name for what normal users might call “Export Filters”... the most popular of which are likely my Metadata Wrangler (for selectively stripping embedded metadata from exported images, for privacy) and Tim Armes' LR2/Mogrify watermarking-and-more plugin.
In any case, the items that may appear depend on what plugins you have installed. You may have to click on the gray triangle next to a plugin name to see its list of filters. (In the screenshot at right, each plugin shown has just one filter each.)
Double clicking on “Export with Smart Previews?” adds the plugin configuration section seen above to your dialog. For Export, you might want to save an Export Preset so that your settings are easy to recal with each export. With Publish, your settings are saved when you [Save] in the Publishing Manager.
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.
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Reworked the preview-to-export size computations... had some issues with rotated images.
Try to avoid yet another place where Lightroom gets hung because it can't handle certain kinds of dialogs at the same time.
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.
|20141019.16||Windows Only: Add a one-time check for the POODLE security vulnerability, and alert the user if it exists.|
|20140902.15||New build system|
|20140731.14||Registration fix for Lr5.6|
|20140720.13||More Creative-Cloud support.|
Fixed an issue with Creative-Cloud revalidation.
Lr5.5 and later Creative-Cloud installs can now revalidate themselves if needed.
|20140710.10||Sigh, had a bug in the Creative-Cloud support.|
Now supports Lr5.5+ Creative-Cloud Installs.
|20140704.8||Sigh, introduced an error for some folks with the rebuild the other day.|
Fixed a bug in the "smoother revalidation" stuff recently added.
Make the revalidation process smoother, especially for folks using Lr5.4 and later.
|20131002.4||When needing to bail on too many photos after the trial period expired, it complained on every extra photo instead of just once.|
|20130927.3||Address a plugin-load bug.|
Note: Lightroom must be restarted the first time after upgrading to this version from the previous version.
Added "View Smart Preview in Explorer/Finder" menu item (under "File > Plugin Extras"), to show in Finder/Explorer the behind-the-scenes smart-preview DNG for the selected image.
Also added an "Import Smart Previews Into Catalog" item, to bring those smart-preview DNGs into the catalog as their own unique, distinct images. This might be useful when you need to make a small print from a photo whose master image is not currently available.