Jeffrey’s Lightroom Goodies (Plugins and Tools)

This page lists my Lightroom-related plugins and posts.

Plugins for Lightroom:   (All-Plugin Update Log via RSS )

Export & Publish:

Export Plugins:

Other Publish Plugins:

Export Add-Ons:

Geoencoding Plugins:

Utility Plugins:

Plugin-related Info:

Tools for Lightroom:


Old Plugin Resources for Lightroom 1 (no longer supported)

Other notable sources of Lightroom plugins include:

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Was wonder what the chances are you would be making a plugin for Would love to to be able to post directly from LR2 to deviantART

Unlikely, sorry, any time soon. —Jeffrey

— comment by Doug on August 6th, 2008 at 10:58am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I’m curious if you’re working on a export plug in to Apple’s iWeb and Gallery?

I’m not, sorry. I somehow expect that they wouldn’t want to provide a developer’s account for me to do it with… —Jeffrey

— comment by Adam L on August 8th, 2008 at 9:36am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I have LR 2.0 and love your flickr plugin. Problem is it takes FOREVER to export photos. DO you have any tips as to size, quality etc. I usually export about 250 photos fora model to review on flickr so they don’t have to be big or high qaulity. I am going from RAW to JPG and think that is the bottleneck. Like 170 photos are taking several hours to export and upload to flickr.

Running a three year old HP laptop (2MB RAM) and the photos ARE on a USB external hard drive. Running XP.
Appreciate any suggestions. Hate to move the photos off the external hard drive as that is where I keep them. (small laptop HD is why).

Thank you.

The bottleneck is almost certainly the upload part, but you can test it for sure by exporting to local disk and see how much faster it is. To minimize the upload size, you need to minimize the file size. Of course, that means setting the image width/height to as small as you can handle, and lower the quality to the minimum that’ll suit your needs. Also, use my metadata wrangler to remove metadata you don’t need (such as the embedded thumbnail). —Jeffrey

— comment by Ken on August 10th, 2008 at 9:59am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you so much for your work with these . They are all great and very useful. It’s a shame about the iWeb/MobimeMe account.


— comment by Christopher C on August 11th, 2008 at 10:03pm JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I love the SmugMug uploader, has completely redefined my work flow!
Do you have a paypal account or somewhere I can donate money to for your time and effort on this addon!

I do, but it’s sort of hidden here. There’s also a small button in the Plugin Manger for it. Thanks! —Jeffrey

— comment by Laurie on August 13th, 2008 at 8:39am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

How do I make the plugin upload the original photo to Flickr without making any changes to it, besides having the keywords go with it? I want to use Flickr for archiving/safe storage as well.

Select ‘Original’ for the image format in the Export Dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by John on August 15th, 2008 at 2:15am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, I turned of all the extra settings, set image format to ‘original’, no keywords and uploaded to Flickr. When I downloaded the picture, it was 5k bigger. This doesn’t happen when I upload using Flickr upload, I get the same exact file back. Any clue what the difference is? Sorry for being so picky.

The lack of keywords is likely one of the known issues I ask that you read before commenting. I don’t know why it would be 5k bigger, except to guess that perhaps they add in the keywords and caption/title, etc., that the plugin sends along? I dunno. —Jeffrey

— comment by John on August 15th, 2008 at 5:46am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

You’re a good man. Thanks.

I’m a WinXP user, but my daughter swings the other way … Mac OS X / Mobileme
As far as I can tell, there is no direct route to upload from Lr to Mobileme Gallery.
(am I wrong? I hope I am. The only route I see is Lr –> iPhoto –> Mobileme)
If you are in any position to fill that void, I would encourage you.


— comment by Gary on August 25th, 2008 at 3:46am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Any change of an Mpix export plugin?

— comment by Gregg on August 25th, 2008 at 3:58am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,

I’ve come across your plugins and am very impressed. I was wondering if you know of any plugin out there that will allow me to import my customer’s selected photos from Smugmug into Lightroom. My workflow is below:

1. I upload all of my original proofs to Smugmug
2. The customer purchases the photos they want
3. I receive a “PROOF” list from Smugmug containing all of the files they selected (sometimes very large)
4. I go back into Lightroom and manually select these photos, flagging them as “Picks”
5. I make my adjustments, export, and replace the photos with the polished versions

Since I photograph many weddings, sometimes my clients select hundreds of photos to purchase. I spend a great deal of time in Lightroom manually selecting each photo so I can isolate them to retouch. I am wondering if there is any way to somehow transfer that info from Smugmug into Lightroom to automate the process, save time, and reduce errors. Thanks!

— comment by Adam Shea on August 26th, 2008 at 1:52pm JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, sorry if I’m writing down here, but I didn’t find a contact on the blog. Is it possible to suggest you anothere online service that needs one of your export plugin? It’s Gallery2, an opensource gallery script without a working plugin for LR2 (a couple for LR1 seem to be discontinued). It could be possible to see an export solution for this software too?? Could be great! sorry if I’m asking too much however 🙂 and great job!

Gallery2 official website:

I can give you access to a server with gallery2 installed to make the plugin working if you need. Let me know!


— comment by drmauro on August 26th, 2008 at 10:48pm JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink


Firstly, thank you very much for you plugins. Secondly, did you read about Pixelpipe ( It sends your files to dozens of photo sites.

Apparently it uses Flick API (, so, I was thinking that a plugin would be great (and not too much work).


— comment by Marcos on August 26th, 2008 at 11:44pm JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I have a question about lightroom 2. I hope you don’t mind me posting this question here. I am trying to add captions to slideshows in LR2. I cannot seem to activate the “text template editor” . There is no triangle next to the ABC button as mentioned in the Module help. I am probably missing something simple but If you or anyone else have any suggestions it would be a big help. I apologize if this is not an appropriate site for posting this question. Actually if you know a good site for trouble shooting (discussion etc) I could ask there. By the way I love you smugmug plugin! Thanks, Dave

P.S. I hope you had a good trip to Vancouver. Its my home town.
P.P.S I am using a mac

— comment by Dave Martin on September 1st, 2008 at 4:34am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I’m using the newest Smugmug export plugin and I wondered why it seems to take so much longer then the version for LR1.4.1. I used to be able to upload 10 RAW files in about 5 minutes but now it takes about that long for each file. Nothing has changed other then upgrading to LR2 and getting the latest Export plugin (which I love btw). Any ideas? Has the export changed significantly with LR2?


— comment by Dave C on September 1st, 2008 at 8:37am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, I figured that slideshow problem out. There was not enough room in the toolbar pannel to display the text box (to the right of the ABC button) for the text overlay. sorry for posting here. Dave.

— comment by Dave Martin on September 2nd, 2008 at 4:16am JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

just want to say thank you very much.
this is really great, i love your flickr-plugin (and maybe the zenfolio-plugin soon)!

keep up the good work – i’m going to donate for sure!

greetings from munich,

— comment by Filip on September 19th, 2008 at 3:05am JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

do you plan to develop MobileMe plugin for both: MAC OS and Windows?


— comment by Tomek on September 19th, 2008 at 6:45am JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

A Text export plugin would be nice. Similar to what Photo Mechanic can do and with all the Tokens/Variables available.
A new line for each image. Something like


— comment by Thomas Geist on September 27th, 2008 at 12:00am JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Nice work – but ever thought about an Alamy ( plug in? If you could sort out their silly metadata fields, you would probably be able to charge for that one!!

— comment by Steve Davey on September 28th, 2008 at 6:57pm JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

do you have or are you planning to make a plugin that can create a simple viewer gallery?

No, no plans. There’s an entier module — the Web module — that already does that. —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris Burke on October 7th, 2008 at 1:56am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey,

First of all thats for all you efforts in this amazing plugin. It certainly saves time.

I do have some issues working with the plugin. But most are worked out by reloading the plugin. There is however a recent problem that I believe might be a facebook issue.

I am getting a

Error response from Facebook
Error uploading image : no photo id.

And then it aborts the pics i am trying to upload to face book.

Email me and i’ll send you the jpeg of the error and the error log.

Again thanks for all your efforts.

— comment by Sal on October 13th, 2008 at 12:21am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Add me to the list of people who would like to go from LR 2.0 to Apple’s mobileme. I’d gladly pay/donate for this. Thanks for all of your work so far and thanks for considering this request


— comment by Raymond Moreno on October 15th, 2008 at 1:00am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink


Thanks for the plug in for lightroom. I did download it, however I’m stock when trying to export my lightroom galleries to smug mug. Do you have any suggestions? or step by step procedures?


— comment by Lee on October 18th, 2008 at 1:58am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I just downloaded and installed your export to Picasa plug-in … worked like a charm. I’m kinda new to plug-ins so your installation instructions came in real handy. Thanks again!

One question that perhaps you may answer since you obviously know a lot about export plug-ins. Why isn’t there a built-in plug-in (or any that I can find for that matter) to export to Adobe’s Photoshop Express. I mean, Adobe is Adobe. You’d think this was a no brainer for the Adobe folks.

What’s your take and do intend to pick up the gauntlet, so to speak?

Thanks again,

Yeah, Adobe is Adobe, so I haven’t even thought about a plugin for Photoshop Express, thinking that they’d certainly provide one if they wanted one to exist. I dunno. Seems odd. —Jeffrey

— comment by Matthew on October 19th, 2008 at 6:33am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks Jeffrey,
Adobe works in mysterious ways. The only thing that I can think of is that they think of Lightroom as a “pro” product and Express as an amateur product so nether the twain shall meet (well … you know what I mean).

Keep up the good work, and thanks for sharing your excellent work with the Lightroom community.

– Matt

— comment by Matthew on October 20th, 2008 at 12:32am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I use your Flickr plugin all the time and love it. Thanks.

Most of my photos are of cosplayers. People dressing up in various anime customes.
It would save a ton of time if there was a Lightroom plug-in to directly upload photos to

Please consider this for a future plug-in.

Thank you in advance,

— comment by Greg on October 20th, 2008 at 7:02am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

First off: Thanks for the great work on the plug-ins.

Have you thought about making a plug-in to let users create their own custom metadata fields? For example, I have a portable weather station and would love to be able to add information about temperature, humidity, air pressure, etc to my images.

— comment by Even on October 20th, 2008 at 11:50pm JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

J, thanks so much for the FB plug, was working great until this last update. now i get:
+1.1: At line 15259: ?:16108: attempt to index field ‘?’ (a nil value)
I have an imac with the lastest OS and LR2 updates applied. Ps. why do these plugs expire?

— comment by coocooforcocoapuffs on October 29th, 2008 at 2:48pm JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

There is a wildly popular Russian facebook clone called Vkontakte.Ru – I wonder what are the chances of adapting a version of this plugin of yours to it?

How much of a clone is it? Is the programming API identical? I couldn’t find any docs… at least none that I could read… —Jeffrey

— comment by Michael Bravo on October 31st, 2008 at 7:52am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Do you know of a working Gallery2 plugin for lightroom 2.1? Would you be up for making one? 🙂

— comment by david on November 2nd, 2008 at 5:47pm JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I was wondering if you make simple export functions. I am looking for a way to export photos using a keyword to create a directory where that photo is stored. I know your tools are ultra advanced and I am just looking for something simple. Do you know of anything or have anything in the works?


— comment by Dave Alton on November 4th, 2008 at 3:24am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I second the request for a LR2.1 –> Gallery2 export plugin. Your other plugins are so darn good, it’s difficult to believe anyone could do it better.

— comment by Neil on November 4th, 2008 at 11:13pm JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I also like to thank you for your fantastic work, its so impressiv and helpful!

(and maby, if you don’t have other important things to do, you could think of an Export plugin for Ipernity (

again: thanks a lot for your great work!


— comment by Carsten on November 5th, 2008 at 7:46am JST (8 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I just had an idea. Would you be able to adapt one of your current Lightroom plugins to instead output to a text file? What I’m looking for is something along the lines of the script you use to put photos in your blog posts, with some photographic details below each photo.

Ideally it would provide a list of HTML image tags for the selected images, based on a manually-entered URL. (If it could be further integrated with Lightroom’s built-in FTP capabilities for uploading pictures, that would be even better, but it’s not strictly necessary.) So for example if you enter as the URL, all the HTML tags will be based on that address – e.g.

Using similar functionality to your other plugins, you could add options to export various kinds of metadata into the text file after each image tag: camera, focal length, aperture, and ISO, but also caption, copyright, location, and so on. This would allow people to pick and choose the info to present.

With all of this in a text file, it could be blogged using your WordPress plugin, or simply copied and pasted manually.

I don’t know how much work would be involved in making this, but it would be a wonderful tool for photographers.

— comment by Thorf on November 9th, 2008 at 2:34pm JST (8 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I have been having trouble uploading from lightroom 2.1 to smugmug. It is saying that it can not connect to host. Is this a issue i am having with the plugin or Smugmug?
Thank You

If you’re on Vista, it’s likely a Lightroom bug. I’ve heard a lot of reports of networking problems on Vista with LR2.1 )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Craig on November 15th, 2008 at 3:37am JST (8 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I love your flickr export plugin!

I am looking forward to a plugin for exporting to a mobile me gallery as well.

As far as I could tell when I looked, Apple doesn’t publish an API that would allow a mobile-me plugin. )-:   —Jeffrey

— comment by Eric Taylor on November 17th, 2008 at 2:06pm JST (8 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

I have 2 questions related to plugin development

1 .How to create dynamic content of the dialog – for example
one checkbox per one contact group created on server side?

2. What version of the lua compiler you use?
I try 5.1.4, 5.1.1 , 5.0.3 but Lightroom 2.0 do not accept my plugin code.

See the plugin-developer’s manual, 187 pages of information and examples. It’s part of the Lightroom SDK that you can download for free. —Jeffrey

— comment by Pavel on November 18th, 2008 at 8:00am JST (8 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I rely heavily on your plugins – I use the smugmug and the facebook plugins quite a bit. I’m hoping a costco photo center plugin is in your future plans… I’d be happy to contribute a shareware fee — you do all this work for free?

Thanks again, you’re a big help to my workflow.

— comment by Deborah Mundorff on November 24th, 2008 at 9:34am JST (8 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

You really do a great job with these LR plugins, what a great time saver.

Hoping you might consider adding one for


— comment by Joe P on December 7th, 2008 at 2:44pm JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I have been using your Picasa plug-in for some time now. Unbelievably, it looks like Microsoft may be “getting on the ball” lately. Their Windows Live Photos and the Live Services in general seem to be taking shape and becoming very useful for a change. The new Windows Live Photos offers 25gb for free and for premium members ($29 yearly) I believe it will be 50gb. This 50gb space is for storage of photos or any other type of file you want. They will be coming out with an online Office Suite (Word, Excel ect.) at the beginning of the year that is all included with the free service. Folders on you computer can be synced with this space as well (when they roll that part of the service out). It’s actually looking pretty cool. What I think would be amazingly cool is if you put together a Lightroom Export plug-in for the new Windows Live Photos. Kind of hard to ask after all of the great stuff you have done for us already.

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

— comment by Jorge on December 10th, 2008 at 6:35am JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Great tools Jeffrey. I love the Export to Picasa Web Album:

What about making a Export to SkyDrive (, which now have 25GB free ) !?

— comment by Henrik on December 10th, 2008 at 8:33pm JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you so much for the Zenfolio plug-in. Your works and talent are greatly appreciated. Merry Xmas.

— comment by Jack H on December 15th, 2008 at 1:08am JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Add me to the list of people who would like to export Photos from LR 2.0 to Apple’s mobileme. I’d gladly pay/donate for this. Thanks for your work (i use the flickr/picasa plugin too)

— comment by ningel on December 18th, 2008 at 8:28am JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Any chance of an export plugin that uploads to a WordPress blog?

— comment by Jon on December 21st, 2008 at 5:24am JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for these great plugins! What a pity there isn’t going to be a deviantART plugin…

Just because I don’t write it doesn’t mean that someone else can’t. You, perhaps? —Jeffrey

— comment by André on December 31st, 2008 at 8:32pm JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,
I’ve installed your uploader for smugmug and it works wonderfully! My problem, however, is how to bypass it. The way I use LR I have a group of folders for different sized exports sitting in a folder that I call LR Exports. Now that I’ve installed the Smugmug Uploader I don’t seem to be able to export except to Smugmug. When I click on LR’s export button I go to the export to smugmug page…. I’m sure I’m doing something very wrong that is very simple to fix…I just don’t see it.
Thanks for your help.
Happy New Year!

You an select other export destinations in the same way that you selected SmugMug in the first place. —Jeffrey

— comment by stephanie on January 4th, 2009 at 2:23am JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Are there any plans for an export plugin for


I can’t believe I did this, but I actually did make one: here. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom on January 4th, 2009 at 4:08pm JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Great job! The Picasa plugin is exactly what I needed.


— comment by Alex on January 5th, 2009 at 12:21am JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Any plans on a kodakgallery plugin?


No plans by me, but I can’t speak for others. Anyone’s allowed to write a plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Herbert on January 10th, 2009 at 1:01am JST (8 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

one more vote for a mobile me plugin… i would be eternally thankful 😉

I’d consider doing one, but last I checked they offered no API with which to build a third-party app. —Jeffrey

— comment by franz on January 12th, 2009 at 10:17pm JST (8 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Will there be a plugin for uploading to Google’s (i.e. Google Earth)?
Having recently visited some places where photos I took were much better than anything I found on Google Earth, I just might have to build a Panoramio plugin so I can send them some good imagery 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Joseph on January 13th, 2009 at 1:24pm JST (8 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

First, thank you for all your time and effort.

I am a consistant user of your Facebook plugin and am about to load the Flickr one.

I also use the plain export to file and the IStock export plugin. One of the things that I REALLY like about your tools is the “Uploaded to …” function (which I can then filter on in the library. I think that your tools can do be setup to do the same for other plugins (if I am understanding them correctly) this but I am not sure. Could you please point me in the correct direction to make this happen.

Thanks again.


— comment by David on January 15th, 2009 at 3:01am JST (8 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

First, thank you so much for your excellent Lightroom plugins – I can’t imagine life without them.

I have a quick question (and possibly a feature request) regarding the export plugins (Flickr and Smugmug specifically)

I noticed that after exporting a photo using your plugins, a custom metadata field is updated with “Uploaded to Smugmug” and “At Smugmug” with the URL. This is excellent, except that it seems the only way to edit these fields is to upload the photo using your plugin.

These fields would be very useful for better keeping track of what I’ve uploaded and to where, but I’d like to be able to add the information manually for photos that weren’t uploaded using your plugin. Is it possible to make the user-editable?

Alternatively, can I suggest a metadata plugin that does something similar, which would allow me to enter one or more URL’s to associate with a particular photo? (So I can keep track of photos on sites that there’s no export plugin for, such as DeviantArt as one example).

Thanks again for your great work.

The items under the “Plugin Extras” File menu allow you to do some of this. Currently, the Flickr plugin can do more, but if I can ever catch my breath development-wise, I’ll add more to both… —Jeffrey

— comment by Eric on January 24th, 2009 at 12:47am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

Could you make a plugin for Adorama? Or do you know of one for Lightroom 2? Thanks, Brenda

— comment by Brenda on January 31st, 2009 at 6:43am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

Having recently visited some places where photos I took were much better than anything I found on Google Earth, I just might have to build a Panoramio plugin so I can send them some good imagery 🙂 —Jeffrey

Please do so 🙂

I would appreciate it very much, just as I appreciate your wonderful Flickr-plugin. Thank you.

I just took a look, and it seems that Panoramio explicitly wants to make uploading a hassle so that the barrier to entry will (hopefully) keep the riffraff out. I’m certainly not going to go through an “export to disk then fire up a browser and upload the images one at a time” rigmarole, so I guess I and my shabby photos qualify as riffraff. No plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Teemu on February 1st, 2009 at 7:34pm JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

Just wanted to thank you for your generous effort Jeffrey, you make my life as a photographer so much easier.

— comment by Teco on February 13th, 2009 at 8:39pm JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

Any chance of an Export Plug-in to export directly to Kodak Gallery
I use PictureSync for Mac to do this now, but the Win version of PictureSync doesn’t do Kodak Gallery yet.

Thanks for some GREAT plug-ins by the way!!

Ed W.

Kodak is still in business? (I took a peek, and didn’t see any info about an upload API.) —Jeffrey

— comment by Ed Walsh on February 26th, 2009 at 11:46am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

Starting using the LR to Smugmug export, its an awesome addition to the workflow.

Thanks for your efforts.

— comment by Tim on March 4th, 2009 at 4:43am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I think I may have made this request a while ago via email. But I can’t find it in my email archive and I’m once again itching to see it implemented so I’ll mention it again. My apologies if it’s a dupe.

Can you fix the “associate images” function found under the flickr extras so that it tries to match title as well as timestamp? I occasionally have several versions of the same image on my flickr stream (color and B&W for example) which have an identical timestamp. The plug in correctly identifies the conflict in these cases but offers no way to resolve it. Matching titles in the event of a timestamp conflict would solve this. Alternatively some mechanism for doing this manually would be great.

Also if you could implement the same feature for Smugmug that would be fantastic 🙂

Many thanks again for your great plug ins and all the effort.

— comment by Eric on April 1st, 2009 at 7:38am JST (7 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I am running the Flickr export plugin 20090403.89 (although the problem occurred before).

I do not seem to get my copyright name on the uploaded picture unless I also select resize to fit as well as the Add copyright watermark checkbox.

Many thanks for a great plugin…

The built-in watermarking stuff (which is independent of the Flickr plugin) is pretty rudimentary, and if you have large originals, the watermark ends up being minuscule. For more control, you may want to invest in Tim Armes’ LR2/Mogrify plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike on April 5th, 2009 at 8:00pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

very good job ….!!!!

— comment by Lucas - ibiza on April 12th, 2009 at 8:32pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I am not sure if there would be enough demand to make it worth your while but have you considered a lightroom plugin for I currently use your facebook plugin and it is great. Thank you.

— comment by Jeremy Thomson on April 13th, 2009 at 2:26am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Any chance you might make an exporter to I really love using their galleries for critiqueing my photos. I figured you are familiar with the site. Thanks for the other awesome plugins!


— comment by Jake on April 17th, 2009 at 1:33am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I validated the wrong uploader. I wanted to validate flickr uploader, but did facebook, which I have never used. How can I correct this? flickr exporter is brilliant.

Just shoot me an email with your registration code, and I’ll take care of it. —Jeffrey

— comment by cashaw on April 20th, 2009 at 1:13pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

where do I find your email?

Well, it’s where one might expect to find it (on the About Me page linked from the head of my blog), but to save you the trip: —Jeffrey

— comment by cashaw on April 20th, 2009 at 1:19pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Another request for a plugin, this time for PBase – would it be on the cards at any point? Many thanks for your good work!
Cork, Ireland

Are they still actually used by anyone? Their front page has a 2007 copyright, and their “about” page hasn’t been updated in five years. If they can’t be bothered to update these, I doubt they’ll undertake the work required to create an API that I could have a plugin use to access their service. I’ll make a plugin if they make an API. —Jeffrey

— comment by stasber on May 3rd, 2009 at 7:08am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Was wonder what the chances are you would be making a plugin for JOOMEO Would love to to be able to post directly from LR2 to JOOMEO
the site:
the forum:

Thank you.


I’d never heard of them. I took a look at their API… it seems to be pretty limited, but at least they have one. I sent them some questions… we’ll see. —Jeffrey

— comment by JphiPhotos on May 4th, 2009 at 1:23am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks Jeffrey, you make a good point! I just went through their forum actually and found a couple of things (just before I was going to start a thread about a plugin for Lightroom). So there is a plugin for LR>PBase after all…

Adobe Lightroom PBase Export Plugin – PBasic v1.0

Useful PBase tools created by members of PBase
(last edited 2008/06 – before the above thread… obviously the admin is on top of it all 😉 )

— comment by stasber on May 5th, 2009 at 8:26am JST (7 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

a plugin for would be really great.

I think so, too. When I checked last year, they had no public API, but when I checked last week, I noticed an “API” link at the bottom of their home
page. Unfortunately, every time I try to access it, it hangs and times out. So, I guess they’re not quite ready for prime time. But when they are, I’ll definitely try to make a plugin for them, ’cause I have a lot of images of Kyoto that are better than those they have and I feel compelled to share them with the world 🙂 —Jeffrey

Update: I finally got through, and found that it was not an API for uploading. They still don’t want to provide tools for easy uploads. Apparently, they value dedication over quality. Sigh. —Jeffrey

— comment by Matthias Zirngibl on May 9th, 2009 at 9:04pm JST (7 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Something I’d like to see is an export to email that actually works in Windows, i.e., generates the desired size and jpg quality level for one or more images, then actually opens the email’s new message with the pictures attached. The export method I tried before didn’t open the email, just wrote out the files in a temp folder. Currently I’m using Windows Live Mail.

— comment by Carl Bickers on June 3rd, 2009 at 8:04am JST (7 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for a well-made plugin – power to the RegEx 🙂

One thing, though. I’m working on my own site in Rails and have implemented OAuth to upload photos from Lightroom and while I have a working plugin to do the upload, I’d really like to figure out how to authenticate it properly like you do and read the stories in some form so I get all that data through from Lightroom. Obviously you can’t give me your source code, but would you be able to adapt your SmugMug plugin for me? I’ll pay you whatever I can – starving student here, but keen to do it!


Vish, London, UK

Here, perhaps this will help 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Vish Vishvanath on June 3rd, 2009 at 5:54pm JST (7 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey.

thanks for all the efforts put into your plugin work.
I am using your Flickr and Geoencoding Plugins and they work just perfect. No idea how i ever got along without them.

Just registered both, hope the donation is fine for you,

cheers from Munich, Germany,


— comment by Denis Roschlau on June 10th, 2009 at 9:18pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Great Metadata plugin. I was wondering if the custom metadata that I set up within the plugin could be used to print titles from. That is. I am an artist and I need to print not only my images but also title, date, medium, dimensions (hxl), and price for each piece. Under the print menu it doesn’t give me a link to that customized data only to metadata I don’t need.. Extensis Portfolio permits that output to be created. Am I missing something in Lightroom or in your Plugin?
Thank you for your help.

Even without knowing which of my dozen-plus plugins you’re referring to, I’m afraid that the answer is not good news: plugin custom metadata is not at all visible to the Print module, as far as I know. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by David Bailin on June 13th, 2009 at 12:45am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

By any chance can you add to the flickr addon the ability to add the borders an text that you can add on the lightroom with the “Slideshow” panel?

Tim Armes has a plugin that does that: LR2/Mogrify. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gian Franco Oneto on June 15th, 2009 at 9:25am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Is it ridiculous to yearn for a plugin that would let LR import some video formats, and allow them as part of a library? Even just displaying the file name would be useful……

No, not ridiculous at all. When LR2 came out, there weren’t any SLRs with video mode (at least, I don’t think there were), but multi-media support was still a big request. In the intervening year, SLRs with video have popped out everywhere, so you know Adobe’s got to be thinking of something for LR3. Hopefully. Until then, I might be able to whip up a plugin of some sort… let me think about what I might be able to do… —Jeffrey

UPDATE: Here you go: New Lightroom Plugin: Video-Asset Management. —Jeffrey

— comment by mark on June 16th, 2009 at 11:00pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink


I am a registered user of your SmugMug upload plug in and it works great. Do you have an LR 2 plug in for Shutterfly? Didn’t see one listed on your site. Thanks and keep going!


I don’t have one for Shutterfly, but someone else might; check the Lightroom Exchange (there’s a button for it in the lower-left of the Plugin Manager). —Jeffrey

— comment by JSK on June 20th, 2009 at 12:35am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

You have the most amazing export plugins, it completely eliminated that extra step of converting to jpg, and then using various upload tools. I love it!

Andrew from NYC but living in UK

— comment by Andrew on June 23rd, 2009 at 2:35am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Is it possible to have a plugin that lets someone add custom metadata fields? For example, I want one that I can record the models name, and one where I can record the “photo id” that a stock site assigns each photo, and then be able to search on these.


I spent a couple of weeks writing exactly that kind of plugin, but at the very end ran into a bug in LR that made the whole thing usable. It’s very frustrating. I’m still trying to come up with a way around it…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jason Coutermarsh on June 28th, 2009 at 9:51am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

writing from Singapore, but moving back to France soon… 🙂
I love LR, and I love your export plugins – I use picasaweb right now because it offers 1Go free, and your plugin (for which I donated) makes it sooo easy. Thanks!

I just noticed your preview cache extractor tool. The one thing I am missing right now from LR2 is a screensaver for my family pictures. Right now I am using picasa2 screensaver, but it requires that I export the photos into a folder.
What I would love is a screensaver that can access the sqllite catalog and the preview cache and use the content of the preview cache for display. Ideally I could flag the photos in LR2, and the screensaver would select in the DB where the flag is set and there is a preview.
I would like to start coding this myself (the sqllite querying and image display is not too hard in c#), but I do not know how to open and read from the cache preview files. Did you find information about this somewhere, or did you reverse-engineer the file format?

let me know,


I’d recommend against this approach… if it comes on while Lightroom is running, it could corrupt the database. (Yes, even if you only read the SQL database, it could cause corruption.) I’ve heard that future versions of LR may use strong locking to enforce that others can’t read the DB while it has it open. LR can do a wonderful slideshow… why not just invoke that when you want to have something running with pretty pictures? Personally, I’ve never seen the point to screen savers for personal computers…. if you’re not using the screen, turn it off, no? —Jeffrey

— comment by Renaud Bruyeron on June 30th, 2009 at 12:20am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey,

Your work is truly awesome and much appreciated. I’d like to register (and in turn donate) for multiple plugins (namely Flickr, Facebook, and both GPS plugins). Is there an easy way to do this, or will I have to register each individually?


If you’d like to do one transaction to register multiple plugins, just drop me a note after registering one (letting me know the code), and I’ll take care of it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Meet Andrew on June 30th, 2009 at 8:07am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink


Thanks for nice plugins for Flickr and geotagging. Wanted to ask about one for panoramio, but you already answered to that question above. Hopefully panoramio will get more open in the future.

Yeah, it’s too bad. I exchanged email with someone (who had the same name as the founder) who apparently didn’t even know that one could geoencode photos with a GPS unit, or, in fact, any way other than doing it at Panoramio itself. I was shocked and dumbfounded they could be that insulated (or stupid), so I shut the door quietly and snuck away. —Jeffrey

— comment by Vilmis on July 1st, 2009 at 12:10pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Interesting. Today I uploaded one of pictures geoencoded with your LR plugin and panoramio took location from jpg without problems.

— comment by Vilmis on July 1st, 2009 at 5:53pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Any chance you will be writing a LR export plugin for Expono? (

Made one: here —Jeffrey

— comment by Joe Perrin on July 5th, 2009 at 4:49pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Thank God people like you exist, Jeffrey. Great work.

— comment by Woody on July 5th, 2009 at 10:28pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Love your SmugMug plugin! You’re a wiz programmer but how good a photographer are you? The reason I ask is that I and many others, would love to have more LR camera matching profiles for Olympus cameras. Adobe provides a lot of support for the big volume Canonikon crowd but little for Olympus. The Oly E-3 offers JPEGs in 5 picture modes, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait and Monotone. RAW is of course just RAW. LR offers a very good conversion of RAW to what appears to be Oly’s “Natural” or at least Adobe’s version of it. However there is no conversion offered to emulate the other picture modes as there is for the more popular Canons and Nikons. I’m not good enough to do this myself. Any chance of you having a go at it?

Sorry, I have neither an Olympus camera nor a clue about what goes into making a profile. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bob on July 7th, 2009 at 9:52am JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Bit of a stab in the dark here, but just wonder if anyone knows if there’s a plugin or plan for one in lightroom that would export the images to the format requred for cooliris to work? I think their using a “standard” RSS media feed:

— comment by Tom Coady on July 17th, 2009 at 7:13pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey. Fist of all thanks for your pluggins. I am a great fan and appreciate your work.
Here is a little “problem” I have with my workflow”that I think might be common and might me an idea for a pluggin if you ever need one…
I am experimenting with Panoramas (using Autopano) and HDR (Photomatix). My problem is that when I render a new image in any of these cases, most of the metadata from the original frames is not transferred to the new image… I understand things like lens or exposure might not be relevant, but others like date taken, keywords, GPS info, etc is very relevant and helpful (at least in my case). So I end up having to export my metadata to xmp and use a exiftool with a .bat file to copy certain fields form one of the “sources” to the new image… quite cumbersome. Would be great to have a way within lightroom to select a source, target, and fields to copy…

Anyway… not expecting you to do anything, but thought it might serve you as an idea…

Best Regards

— comment by Anonymous on July 23rd, 2009 at 10:05am JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi ET,
Just to try and give Jeffrey a break here is my attempt at answering your question. You dont say what version of Lightroom you are on but for V2 you can try the following
1) go to the library.
2) Click an image with the metadata you want copied.
3) Control click (for PC) the target image. (or shift select for many images)
4) Select “Sync Metatdata” on bottom right
5) You will then be presented with a panel from which you can select what data to copy.
6) Click Synchronize. (I believe the selction is sticky so only need to do the selcting once.

This is what I do for my HDR images.

Regards Mike

— comment by Mike Watson on July 23rd, 2009 at 4:21pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Thank Jeffery for a great set of plugins.
I have 1 question on the Flickr plugin. I have a large collection f pictures on flickr. Is there any way of connecticting you Flickr plugin/Lightroom to my existing pictures already on Flickr?

I’d like to be able to use your plugin without loosing comments & views (i.e. for update, find, etc). I looked but did not see any references in the threads.

MichaelB (USA, PA)

Select the photos in your library that might be on Flickr, then invoke Files > Plugin Extras > Flickr Extras and go from there. —Jeffrey

— comment by Michael on July 28th, 2009 at 5:32am JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

i’m using the mobile me galleries but there is the only possibilty to use aperture or iphoto to upload and on win nothing then html

it would be a big favor to have a export plug for galleries

cheers florian
keep up your tools are worth a lot for me

I’d like to make one, but I haven’t been able to find an API. I suppose that Apple is keeping things inside their walled kingdom. —Jeffrey

— comment by Florian on July 30th, 2009 at 10:05pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Quote :

> Are there any APIs available for uploading photos to MobileMe account?

There are, but you don’t want to use them. Apple once made a DotMacKit
framework that would upload anything to MobileMe, but it hasn’t been
updated in years, it’s horribly obsolete, the authors will most likely
never update it, and the source code isn’t available.

You’re best off using a library that supports HTTP PUT and doing this
manually, such as ConnectionKit or CURL.

Nick Zitzmann

so there is no api but …

Looks like someone did exactly that (“screen scraping”), and released a MobileMe plugin at the Lightroom Exchange. —Jeffrey, March 2010

— comment by Florian on July 30th, 2009 at 11:33pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

hooo, America, which part. I ma in central America, Hondurs, lots of turmoil.

I am occationally uploading images to stock sites. I am looking for a plugin for LR, where I can set quick and easy Category, Title, description, and keywords to each picture.

I stockphoto is giving away a program that helps you to do this for their website, but it doesn’t write it into the image. (DeepMeta)

I would like to quick apply all this info to all possible meta locations imaginable in the image or all images in a catalog or selected ones, so when i upload an image all this timeconsuming keywording is alredy done.

is there a way to do this?

Cheers, and enjoy your vaation.


— comment by Lisa Price on July 31st, 2009 at 12:12pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Thank you for producing all this amazing plug-ins.

I’m trying to use the Flickr upload plug-in and everytime I try to Export a file over 10MB (most of my files are) it gets rejected even though I’m asking to export at a quality less than 100% and reducing the pixels to 70dpi – surely this will reduce the files to about 1MB.
Seems Flickr sees the original file before your plug-in does its stuff. Is there anyway to sort this problem out without reducing the size of my photos one by one in CS3?

You can see in the log (if you can decypher it… it’s not meant for human consumption) the size of the image actually sent, and any error message returned from Flickr. —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris on July 31st, 2009 at 1:15pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink


Using your Geocoding plug-in in the UK, great plug in.

On my wish list is something that will auto download from Nikon Cameras to light room… Canon users get this fro free but for Nikon you need to buy Capture NX or Camera Control Pro…. Neither of which I want.

If you get some spare time 🙂 is it something you might consider?

What do you mean by “auto download”? —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris H on August 1st, 2009 at 7:39pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

rejected even though I’m asking to export at a quality less than 100% and reducing the pixels to 70dpi – surely this will reduce the files to about 1MB.

In case you weren’t aware, setting the DPI at 70 will do absolutely nothing to the physical pixel dimensions of your images (and therefore to the file size) unless you are also putting in resize dimensions in inches or centimeters at the same time. If you are exporting at full size (“Resize to Fit” unchecked OR defining a pixel dimension WITH it checked in the Export dialog) the DPI setting just gets saved into the image’s metadata in the event that someone actually prints the photo using a program that recognizes and follows the DPI setting.

Essentially, a 1000×1000 pixel photo at 70DPI will be the exact same file size as a 1000×1000 pixel photo at 10DPI… or 10,000DPI. It’s only when printed that you’ll see a difference.

— comment by JasonP on August 2nd, 2009 at 1:14am JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

This may be a stupid question, but I can’t find the answer/solution anywhere. I know that you can upload a gallery by FTP directly from the Web module, but is there a way to upload individual (or groups of) photos by FTP without creating a gallery? I just need to output the .jpg files directly to FTP. If there’s not a way, what are the chances of a plugin that does that?

There’s a basic FTP plugin distributed by Adobe as part of the Lightroom SDK. Download, unzip, and in “Sample Plugins” you’ll find ftp_upload.lrdevplugin which you can copy to where you like and install like any other plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris Liphart on August 2nd, 2009 at 12:06pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

If we add new Metadata field to the Lightroom does that metadata value gets stored in image XMP header ? Also do we have APIs to write such metadata to some external file ?

For export feature, how are the services on the Picasa, Facebook etc.. are written ? Are they webservices ?

We have an internal application which can import images through webservices, do you have any suggestions to me how to write the export plugin in such scenario ?


Mark, your note is missing words in a few key places, so I’m not really sure what you’re asking. Could you resend, via email, with a bit more verbosity? —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark on August 2nd, 2009 at 5:03pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I don’t know if it has already been suggested but I would find very valuable a plug-in that would convert my photo’s focal length to its 35mm equivalent. Either introducing manually the multiplying factor or with a database of camera models.


There’s already a “35mm Equiv. Focal Length” Exif (camera metadata) field, and Lightroom can display it if your camera writes it to your images. Check the “All” metadata-viewer preset, or build your own with something like my Metadata-Viewer Preset Builder plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Eduardo on August 9th, 2009 at 6:14am JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I know some others have a also mentioned this, but it really would be fantastic if you could make a windows live skydrive plugin since they have 25GB of free space.

Also an option for a registration code that works for all plugins on many computers would be very useful.

Thanks for the plugins.


I’ll add SkyDrive investigation to the todo list. One-registration-multiple plugins is available if you use the registration for one plugin then send it to me with your needs, and I’ll take care of it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Francis on August 13th, 2009 at 2:38am JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I am an avid user of your facebook export plugin. It is great. Thank you.

I am curious if you have any plans to do a photobox ( export plugin. I travel a lot with work (yacht captain) and I often use photobox to make photobooks of guests on their holiday on board. A plugin would make it that bit easier to do.

Thanks for all of the hard work.


PS. I am Canadian but currently writing from Greece.

I’ve not heard of Photobox, but I’ve added investigating it to my todo list. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jeremy Thomson on August 15th, 2009 at 2:20am JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink


Any chance to create a plugin for BuenaFoto? (

Thank you in advance!

— comment by Jorge on August 19th, 2009 at 3:08am JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff, thanks for your work here, you are clearly very talented. I am excited to buy these as soon as I can afford to upgrade to 2.0. Your type of features are what keep many of us so excited about our hobbies.

Jacksonville, FL

— comment by Stephen Smith on August 29th, 2009 at 9:32pm JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, Love the photobucket upload plugin. Any chance you might develop an plugin for uploading to snapfish? It would be really nice to upload directly to snapfish so you can easily order prints…


I don’t see anything on their site about an upload API, so it’s doubtful…. —Jeffrey

— comment by w0den on September 17th, 2009 at 4:21am JST (7 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for your hard work on these plugins. I’d like to add my support to a plugin – this is the only site I use for my commercial sales. Even better, why not make a simple FTP plugin so that users can upload single files (not web galleries) to virtually anywhere?

There’s an FTP plugin included in the Lightroom plugin SDK from Adobe…. —Jeffrey

— comment by John James on September 19th, 2009 at 10:57pm JST (7 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I have some problem loading flickr plugin. When I load flickr plugin it load succesfully but I didnt copy tht pluging in my lugin directory. I removed that plugin. and now I am trying to loading that plugin form the different directory, but it is not loading.

Lightroom’s plugin manager works by you telling it where the plugins are…. it doesn’t copy or move them… so if you move them away out from under the plugin manager after you’ve told it where they are, you’ll have to re-tell them of the new location. —Jeffrey

— comment by Muhammad on October 11th, 2009 at 11:19pm JST (7 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
It looks like september update of Panoramio brought some changes to their API. The proof is … iPhone application by Panoramio folks to upload pictures from camera roll or camera to Panoramio… Looks like typical “Hello world!” application to test API.
Here is the link:

What do you think? Does this mean that LR plug-in is closer than we think? 🙂
Thanks for your reply!

I don’t see anything on their site about a general upload API. They have proved themselves to be exceptionally clueless in the past so I don’t hold much hope now, but I’ll send a note asking. If you are a Panoramio member and want to send your photos to them from LR, please make your opinion known to them. —Jeffrey

— comment by Yan on October 21st, 2009 at 12:41pm JST (7 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

There’s an app for Panoramio for the iPhone now, maybe it’s possible to make a plugin for Lightroom now ? Perhaps they changed the API.

— comment by Lieven on October 22nd, 2009 at 12:27am JST (7 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I am working on plugin for light room .I faced a small issue please help me out to solve this.

The issue is I need to allow file formats like GIF,PNG,BMP but as in the sdks given by light room 2.0 that there are some restrictions regarding the allowfileformats.

It is given that JPEG ,PSD ,TIFF ,DNG ,ORIGINAL only these formats are allowed . Even Light-room itself doesn’t add other format files except the given.

So, Please tell me how should I allow other format files if so please tell me the solution so that i can clearly mention what file format should be supported.


Lightroom handles only the formats it handles, so if you want to handle something else (like GIF and PNG), you must convert it yourself, somehow, before presenting it to Lightoom. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kishore on November 9th, 2009 at 7:25pm JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I have been using the LR2 to Zenfolio plug-in for a while. I THOUGHT that Zenfolio had a problem receiving keywords uploaded w/images so just kept on truckin’. Well, just found a drop down regarding keywords in LR that contained “enter keywords”. Seemed logical to leave it alone. NOT – the drop-down also had “will export” as an option. Just tested 1 file and it did what it was supposed to do.
I have about 12,000 images uploaded. Any thoughts about how to export keywords after the fact without starting over updoading huge files again??
Thanks. Love your software!

Just added the ability to resend keywords and such… see the changelog for version .91 for more info. —Jeffrey

— comment by Charlie on November 18th, 2009 at 2:23am JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
Now that you use a mac, any chance of making a lightroom plugin for Plex media center?

I don’t know… what is “Plex media center”? —Jeffrey

— comment by Olukayode on November 22nd, 2009 at 10:13pm JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink


I noticed in the comments the discussion about Lightroom Screensaver.
I’m please to announce Lightroom Screensaver Addon –

If you like Jeffrey’s plugins, you probably will also like this one..


— comment by Nir Dremer on November 29th, 2009 at 7:59pm JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink


Love your plugins, they make a good program great.

Is it possible, via Lightroom or a plugin, to filter by exposure-bias? It seems it would be useful for a lot of photographers and it’s probably something right under my nose I can’t find. If it isn’t already available in Lightroom, is it something you could add to a plugin?

Chris Raezer

I went ahead and added it to Extended Search plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris Raezer on December 2nd, 2009 at 2:30pm JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for the plug ins, the Zenfolio one is a life saver for me, although I’d like to see a horizontal scrollbar on the import folder selection, as I have deeply nested folders in Zenfolio e.g. Sport > Season > Region > Event > Race, and have to count down the folders to find the one I want as I can’t see the actual folder in the display.

To come to my reason for leaving a comment, as a sports photographer my longest and most tedious part of the lightroom workflow is the keywording, titling and captioning phase. A lot of my images are of horseracing, and I now have keyword hierarchy’s with containers with hundred or thousands of keywords in them, which means an awful lot of scrolling to assign the name of a horse, owner, jockey, and trainer to everyone of between 500 and 1500 images for a shoot.

Would it be feasible to use the keyword import/export function and keyword sets to build a keywording plug in that allows a event photographer, to display a set of keywords for the particular race they are keywording at that moment, and assign a group of related keywords by the competitor number.
– I’d be looking for the ability to inport a series of new related keywords from a structured document – spreadsheet etc e.g Race 1, horse a (owner a, jockey a and trainer a), b, c, etc. Race 2, horse d, e, f etc,
– Then I’d like to filter to the imported keyword sets for a race, say Race 1.
– Then within race 1, I’d like to be able to hit 1 for selected images, and have horse a, owner a, jockey a and trainer a assigned, hit 2 and the appropriate keywords are assigned.
– then the imported keywords should add into the existing keyword hierarchy, within the appropiate category, e.g. horse.
– ideally the plug in would allow allow titles and captions to be built with the default keywords from an image, similar to the twitter update function in the Zenfolio plugin. e.g ” ridden by running in the at ”

Having those kind of capabilities would greatly speed up my workflow.

I’ve just pushed a new version of the plugin that allows you to configure a smaller font for the list, which hopefully will get your leaf names in view. About keywording, LR simply doesn’t allow plugins modify keywords (add or delete), so the whole idea is out until it does (which it may well in LR3, we’ll see). —Jeffrey

— comment by Stephen Wensley on December 3rd, 2009 at 12:24pm JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink


Thank you very much for adding exposure-bias to Extended Search! It is an amazing time-saver.


— comment by Chris Raezer on December 3rd, 2009 at 6:35pm JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink


I love your work and I have donated and purchased several times, great work!

Any chance you could make an export plugin to

hope so!

Didn’t see that they had a public API, so it’s unlikely, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by John Prosek on December 3rd, 2009 at 10:05pm JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

First I would like to thank you for putting up the image of Japan. We were there a few years ago, Ise/Nara/Kyoto etc. and seeing it again makes us want to go back soon.
Does the Config. Manager work with LR3 beta? I have looked for the translation string. txt file and don’t see one. If not, will you be rewriting it soon? Lastly, as of now, which plug-ins will work with 3beta.
Thank you again
Jonathan, Los Angeles

LR doesn’t have an English TranslationStrings.txt file by default, including LR3beta, so like other versions, you put your own there. I haven’t tried the Config Manager with LR3beta, but I would expect that it would work. Give it a try and let us know. As for my plugins, most work in LR3b, but it doesn’t hurt to try them for yourself. The new Publish stuff has been added to some, but that’s still pretty rough. The preview-cache-extraction plugin does not work in LR3b. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jonathan on December 19th, 2009 at 4:31am JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

thanks for all your hard work, these plugins are awesome!

— comment by Phillip on December 24th, 2009 at 5:01am JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for all your hard work over the past year. Kepp up the excellent work on the plugins.
Hope you had a good Christmas, looking forward to a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

— comment by Peter on December 31st, 2009 at 10:00pm JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

In a quandry. Still have Lightroom 1.4 but upgraded OS to Snow Leopard. When I try using the upload plugin that worked under Leopard to upload from LR to my Flickr account, the export button is grayed out. I understand that you are no longer upgrading the old plugin, and that the new one only works on Lightroom 2 and above. But can I nevertheless still use the old, reliable plugin under Snow Leopard? Is there a place to find a temporary workaround until I upgrade LR?

I’m not familiar with any problems about using LR1 on OSX10.6, and in any case, a grayed-out export button is more root-level than anything to do with a plugin… if you can’t export to disk (for whatever reason), you’ll need to address that before considering whether plugins do or don’t work. You might ask on the LR user-to-user forum at Adobe….. —Jeffrey

— comment by Steve Jacoby on January 18th, 2010 at 9:47am JST (7 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Is there a way to export from Lightroom using your plug-in onto a Facebook Page instead of my main account?

Sadly, no, Facebook doesn’t allow it, for reasons no one seems to know. —Jeffrey

— comment by Yuni on January 20th, 2010 at 6:19am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Do you have a plugin to export from lightroom 2 to my gmail account or my yahoo account? Thanks
Mark A. Brown

I don’t know of anything for Y!Mail, but there’s a LR2/GMail plugn. You might dig around on the Lightroom Exchange, Adobe’s central resource for plugins, for more. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark Brown on January 28th, 2010 at 2:45pm JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

How about an export plugin for PanOramio to get photos up on Google Earth. I’m doing it the long way at the moment.

I’d like to, but they don’t allow it. When I asked, the reply (from someone with the same name as the founder) implied that they knew nothing whatsoever about geoencoding. It was pretty shocking. He’s left now, so maybe there’s renewed hope. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bob on January 29th, 2010 at 12:51pm JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Thanks for your SmugMug plugin. I shoot a lot of HDR. Do you know of a plugin or a way to sort images in LR 2 to find the Exposure Bias of “0EV” in the EXIF data?

Thanks again Ron

My Extended Search plugin can do exactly that. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ron on February 5th, 2010 at 12:59am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, are you planning on building a plugin for Google Docs? Now that they allow all file types I see me sending lots of .DNGs their way. I’m working them manually for now unless you have or know of something.


Hadn’t thought of it, but I’ll check it out. If they use a similar API to Picasaweb, it should be easy enough… —Jeffrey

— comment by Blaine on February 5th, 2010 at 6:09am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

With LR3 FR being only a couple of months away now have you given any thought to users of your plug-ins being able to donate via PayPal for a number of plug-ins in one go rather than one at a time? Having now used several of your plug-ins over a period of time I’m now in a better postition to decide which one’s I’ll need when LR3 is released and paying for them in bulk would be far more convenient. Thanks.

There is no “paying for them” with my plugins, except for PayPal’s fee for the registration code (which can be had for 1 cent). If you’d like to register a bunch of plugins without the hassle of creating a bunch of registration code, just drop me a note. Now, if you want to send a gift, that’s always welcome, either at the same time as generating a registration code, or any time you just feel like it…. or both…. “Gift early, gift often” is the motto to live by 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Alan on February 5th, 2010 at 8:03pm JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Would it be possible to write a plug in that did what old Iview did. Create smart collections based on selecting a meta data field. I know this can be done one by one but not as a batch. I have lost all my smart collections and it will take a huge about of time going through and creating one for each of the photos which have the same title for example. I am sure I am not the only one.

Title xxxxx 20 photos
Title yyyyyy 350 photos
Title sssssss


Thanks for your time and thoughts


It seems odd (to me) to have 200+ photos with the same title, so I’m having difficult envisioning the use case for something like this, or why it’d be something generally useful, but in any case, a plugin has no access to collections (neither reading nor creating), so unfortunately not much it could do directly anyway. —Jeffrey

— comment by Darrell on February 15th, 2010 at 6:15am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Is there a way to extend the “DaysSince” calculation to other plugins? It works great for publishing my photos to flickr (for a 365 project), but I would like to have the same functionality to the blog plugin that I use.


If I did it in a plugin, so can someone else… just have to ask the plugin author. —Jeffrey

— comment by ToddM on February 16th, 2010 at 1:15am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

Can you please tell me if the light room plug-in for smugmug will work in LR 3.0

Thank You

Jorgen Rasmussen

I give details here, but in general, what worked in LR2 works fine in LR3b, but the new Publish stuff does not yet work. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jorgen Rasmussen on February 17th, 2010 at 6:09am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

what about a plugin to export from LR to 23hq?
They are using the same APi flickr, so it shouldn’t be abig issue.


— comment by Gereon on February 24th, 2010 at 2:13am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Just downloaded your Flickr and Facebook plugins. They are great. Wondering if there is any plugin from Lightroom to Blogger?

I haven’t written one, but other people do write plugins. Check this out —Jeffrey

— comment by Bonnie on February 25th, 2010 at 3:58am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

hello, i am curently trying your export from lightroom 2 to facebook plugin….i was wandering if you had one for lightroom 2 export to gallery 2? I am from Maryland, usa

I don’t have one, but I know I’ve seen one… check out Lightroom Exchange for one. —Jeffrey

— comment by nate on March 4th, 2010 at 1:25am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Do you know if it would be possible to make a more user friendly way (via a plugin) to add an image to a collection? I have about a dozen collections which support my website. When I develop an image I may want to add it to a choice of collections.

It would be nice to use a right click on the image in the develop module and then like “export” select “add to collection” and then get a fly out of collections available to add to.

At the moment you have to switch to Library module, set target collection and then add to target. Not very friendly if you want to add it to two or more.

Thanks as usual for all the great plugins. Mike

P.S. I know you have plenty of spare time to develop something like this ..! 🙂

In the public beta for LR3, collections are available in Develop, so that pretty much solves your problem if that feature lasts until the real LR3, which I’m sure it will. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike on March 14th, 2010 at 11:07pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I was having a heck of a time figuring out how to export to my SmugMug from Lightroom web module. Lucky for me I found your plugin! It is exactly what I needed; thank you so much for all the great details that make this plugin an easy joy to use. – Nancy

— comment by Nancy on March 21st, 2010 at 3:01pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I have a Lightroom 2 collection couple of hundred portraits each of which has both the label and the title as . I need the name in both places because I export the portraits as jpegs from Slideshow with the title at the bottom of each portrait. I then import the titled jpegs back into LR, sort them (using the label), and print them. The end result is a photo display directory which needs to be kept in alphabetical order by last name. This directory is dynamic, growing in unpredictable way from week to week.

Unfortunately, I can find no way to sort my images by last name while retaining the ability to also sort them by first name. Do any of your tools allow metadata to be changed using regular expressions. If so, perhaps I could reverse the First name – Last name order and write the result to another sortable field, if there is some way of making another field sortable–there aren’t that many choices of sort fields in LR2.

If I were willing to sacrifice First name sorting, I could go through all of the images manually and reverse the name order in the label field, but that would be a tedious chore. As a minimum, perhaps there is a way of editing the labels in place with regex editing. Is there?

I’m not sure I understand your workflow or the need to export, re-import, and print, and how printing helps you end up with a “photo display directory”. If you want to keep a folder of thumbnails with the name annotated on them, just export them directly, using LR2/Mogrify to add the text annotation on the way out? If you want to use a metadata field to derive the filename, perhaps give my “run any command” plugin a try… I just pushed a new version that supports the LUA token, which should allow you to craft pretty much anything you want. And for bulk modifications of metadata, check out LR/Transporter and Search & Replace. Those are the ones I know… there might be more… check out the “Lightroom Exchange” button in the Plugin Manager —Jeffrey

— comment by Stan Armstrong on March 27th, 2010 at 4:01am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, thanks for the quick, encouraging response. I have used LR/Transporter, but I haven’t had a lot of experience with it. I hope there is a simpler workflow to arrive at my intended result. Perhaps if I describe the end product of this project, a simpler path to my goal will suggest itself. I have constructed a photo display directory of members in a church. Physically, it is a four sided, free-standing display. Each of the four 40″ x 30″ panels has an array of 3″ x 4″ pictures fastened to it (with spaces left between to accommodate photos yet to be taken). The photos are arranged alphabetically by last name by families. Each photo has the subject’s name printed in a 1/4″ band of white across the bottom of the image. It is this way of displaying the names that has required my work flow. I could find no way in LR to produce the black name on white background labels other than by using the Slideshow module, exporting the labeled pictures as jpegs, and reimporting to catalog and print the results. I need to keep two collections within LR, one with and one without the name labels, since I need to continually revise the display with new images and occasional corrected names.

I don’t like having to do the export/import cycle, but there seems to be no way around it. Subjecting the images to the extra jpeg compression (even at 100% quality) degrades the images. Each one must be reedited, and, even then, the result is degraded from the original. I considered using the standard LR export facility, exporting tiffs, using an external program to create the labeled images, then importing back to LR for printing and cataloging. My initial search did not turn up a suitable program.

The print module supports the band-of-white-with-black-text thing directly (“Photo Info” in the “Overlays” section). Stuff the name as you want it printed somewhere (e.g. in the Caption or Title, but you can pick from a wide variety via the “Edit…” selection). —Jeffrey

— comment by Stan Armstrong on March 27th, 2010 at 9:58pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, Im sorry. I accidentally posted the last comment without editing or finishing it.

Let me return to the sorting problem with which I began in my original posting. As I make additions and corrections to the images on my display, I would like to be able to quickly located and arrange the images. Since I wanted the labels on each image to be , I put that information in the Title field for each picture. Then I discovered that LR would only sort images by the Label field, so I used LR/Transporter to copy the Title field to the Label field. The result is that I can sort by . This is better than nothing, but not what I really need, since the display itself is alphabetized by . So my original question was, is there a simple way of reversing the order of the names in the all of the Label fields?

— comment by Stan Armstrong on March 27th, 2010 at 10:08pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink


I use 3 of your plug-ins and absolutely love them. On the facebook plug-in, however, I was wondering if you would come up with an update, wherein the photos can be uploaded to my facebook fan page (and not my facebook profile). If there is already a way to do this, I haven’t figured it out yet, and your comments will be helpful.

All in all, you are doing some pretty amazing work and it has a tremendous positive impact on the workflow of photographers like me.

Cheers 🙂


For some reason, Facebook doesn’t allow that. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ashutosh Khandha on March 27th, 2010 at 10:52pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks, Jeffrey. I guess it’s time for me to do a more thorough reading of the available documentation. 🙁 I would like to have more control over the print size and font, the height of the bar, and the vertical placement of the text within it. Perhaps there is a template somewhere that will give me the access I would like. Still, avoiding the picture degradation due to the export/import cycle weighs more heavily.

That brings me back to my original question: Is there a way to use regular expressions to alter the text within text fields without going through export/import with its accompanying degradation.

The plugins mentioned in my original reply are what come to mind, short of writing your own plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Stan Armstrong on March 28th, 2010 at 4:01am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, thanks to you both parts of my problem are now solved. You pointed me back to the earlier plugins. LR2/Mogrify will let me format a bottom text title however I like. LR/Transporter lets me export the present label metadata, reverse the order of the names in a word processor, and re-import it to the associated LR images–exactly what I needed. I really must spend more time with existing documentation before I bother people. Thanks again for your patience in setting me on the right track.

— comment by Stan Armstrong on March 29th, 2010 at 4:29am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Do I have Lightroom set up wrong for export and then uploading these .jpeg files to a website? I use Photoshop to tweak one of the photos in a group that are Lightroom exported .jpeg files. When I go to upload all of the group of photos, I notice the one photoshop file out of the bunch uploads twice a s fast. Same thing occurs on 3 different browsers. . . Help me it’s taking hours and hours and I’m blowing my deadlines. . .


I’m not sure why you’re asking me, nor why one would tweak in Photoshop after exporting (I’d think you’d tweak before exporting), but it sounds as if you’re exporting very large files from Lightroom (full-size at quality=100?) but downsizing considerably in Photoshop. —Jeffrey

— comment by Garry on March 30th, 2010 at 8:17pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I had posted this question several days ago but it didn’t show up, so I’ll try again.
I’d like to get the Flickr exporter so got the trial. Can’t seem to figure out how to get it to mimic my normal posting workflow, which is the following:
select photos for export
start the export process and in the Export dialogue use a user preset which exports to a sub directory in the same folder the pics are in ..called “for web”, naming the exported files with a custom name and the original file number (the custom name being a 2 letter code for what i’m doing with it “fw” meaning “for web” so file name becomes fw-70422.jpg
size the exported photo to 640pixels on the long side at 72dpi and sharpen “for web” plus add my copyright watermark.
Normally I do all that first then select the images in that “for web” directory and right click to “send to flickr” and go through that set of dialogues.

Is there some way I can get the above to happen using the plugin or does the plugin only send the pic as it appears in LR at that time ..meaning do all the above plus ‘add to this catalogue’ and run your preset on those pics? Hope I’ve explained this clearly. Thanks! jj

You can have the export leave the files on your system after the plugin has uploaded them… just set the file location the same as you would with a normal files-on-disk export. When set to “temporary folder”, LR deletes the local copies after the plugin uploads them, but if you set it to something else, they’ll remain even after the upload. —Jeffrey

— comment by jjay on April 1st, 2010 at 3:28pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for the prompt reqly Jeffrey.
Sorry ..perhaps I’m just too new to this but still don’t understand what process to follow to use the plugin and still have the photos resized, renamed, sharpened and watermarked using the plugin.
Do I have to do all that stuff before invoking the plugin or can the plugin do that and if so how does one set that up?

They’re all part of the same dialog that comes up when you invoke an export, except watermarking in LR2, which can be enabled in the Export Dialog by enabling a separate plugin, Tim Armes’ LR2/Mogrify. —Jeffrey

— comment by jjay on April 7th, 2010 at 1:11pm JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Wonders whether an exif aware import plugin would be possible to enable deploy user defined development presets for something like lens dependent correction of chromatic aberration and vignetting as it seems this this will not be automated in LR3 judging from the implementation in Photoshop CS5.

Lightroom doesn’t have specific “import plugins” but it’s possible a plugin could be made that ships things off to Photoshop and runs some appropriate actions, but I’ve not played with the new Photoshop stuff yet, so don’t really know what it’s about. I do know that there’s a Lr option that makes default develop settings dependent on the ISO (and maybe camera/lens?)… not sure… not an area I’ve paid much attention, though I think I’d benefit from it because my camera needs luminance noise reduction at high ISO…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lars on April 21st, 2010 at 6:04am JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey!

question: I tried out the Proximity Search and Geoencoding plug-in and they are a great piece of art! What would be great (if possible at all), however, is the functionality to get a GPS code embedded in the image (an approximation) of the IPTC data Location/City/State/Country. These fields I usually populate, but searching for every image the exact location with the tools at hand would kill me with my image library.

Regards adn thanks for the good work,

You can do that via the “Interactive” tab. —Jeffrey

— comment by Frank Chr on April 23rd, 2010 at 4:03am JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

thanx for the plugins and I hope the donation option is working to keep you going.

— comment by dbuscher on May 2nd, 2010 at 1:08am JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

What about an archive plugin? Every few months, I do an “Export as Catalog” (excuse the spelling) to a DVD+R. I like to keep it in groups of whole months but it’s a bit fiddly to optimise so as to not waste DVD space. It would be ideal to be able to bridge a number of disks with say a complete year’s worth of catalogued photos. Perhaps you can come up with something smart.

— comment by Bob on May 3rd, 2010 at 5:55pm JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Do your filters only work for Lightroom, or also for Adobe Bridge?
Best wishes,

Lightroom only. Not much reason to use Bridge now that Lightroom is here. —Jeffrey

— comment by David Williams on May 5th, 2010 at 10:38pm JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi there,
about uploading geoencoded photos to Panoramio, I reckon the faster way to doing that is uploading from LR to PicasaWeb and from picasaWeb to Panoramio. Both sites now share the google account login and it is one click step (per picture) to make the transfer.

As much as I’d like to add value for others to Google Earth, I refuse to do so via Panoramio until they get a clue. I’d have thought that they would get one when Google bought them, but I’m still waiting. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lusca on May 7th, 2010 at 8:07am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi there,
Good to know that PicasaWeb and Panoramio now share the Google account login and it is now, at last, a one click step to transfer pictures. Only logical really. I asked them about that in the Panoramio forums, wondering why that wasn’t possible given that both PicasaWeb and Panoramio belong to Google, but they simply said it was impossible. I guess they implemented my idea, although I’m sure it wasn’t only mine.

— comment by David Williams on May 7th, 2010 at 7:19pm JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey said:
“Lightroom only. Not much reason to use Bridge now that Lightroom is here.”

Except that I have CS and Bridge, but not Lightroom.

If you’re a photographer, consider giving Lightroom a try… it’s much cheaper than Photoshop, and is what photographers need. I have Photoshop, but rarely use it for photos. —Jeffrey

— comment by David Williams on May 7th, 2010 at 7:20pm JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Lightroom may well be much cheaper than Photoshop, so would be more attractive to someone who had neither, but I already have Photoshop.

— comment by David Williams on May 7th, 2010 at 7:51pm JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for the excellent plugins for facebook and flickr, makes life so much easier.
Keep up the great work.


— comment by Rob Kelley on May 8th, 2010 at 5:44am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Didn’t see this mentioned, but I have a feeling you have already thought about this..
I recently started uploading a backlog of my stuff to Picasaweb.. And some of the pictures look like this:
You can probably see where I’m going with this 🙂 Uploading videos that are linked to your album through your Video plugin.

Picasaweb (and flickr, Facebook) supports videos, but I don’t know if their API supports video upload. Have you considered this? Or perhaps on your list? Wondering if I should take a peek at your code and attempt to do it myself (highly doubtful that I’ll succeed 🙂

Since Lr3 will support video, I’m sure I’ll have the plugins support video for services that allow it…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bjarni on May 10th, 2010 at 6:10am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

This question is related to the new Apple iPad and Adobe Lightroom. Just wondering if you have had thoughts or requests yet for creating an “export collections” plugin to quickly and easily get my Lightroom collections to an iPad. I have yet to get my iPad (i’m on a reservation list) but will be experimenting with this as soon as I can. I hope in my ignorance I am not overlooking something that is already available. If there isn’t I would love to communicate with you about this Jeffrey. This is something I would help financially support.

I found this blog the other day and posted a comment there… you know how rumors are. Time will only tell if they are true or not.

Jeffrey, thanks for all your work. I have supported you in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

Kindest Regards,


I will release a “Tree Publisher” Publish plugin when Lr3 comes out (it doesn’t work with the betas) that will be a perfect solution for a lot of people (in my case, for exporting to my iPhone). It’s like the built-in Hard Disk publish service, but allows you to mimic your folder tree hierarchy, or an arbitrary collection hierarchy, to disk. The real benefit here is the whole “Publish” idea, which allows you to set it up once and forget about it. As for Lightroom on an iPad, of course it’s natural to think about, but I’d think Adobe would prefer to get Lr3 out the door, and recharge the ole batteries a bit, before undertaking a project like that. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jim on May 10th, 2010 at 8:49pm JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

the plugin for the ipad would be sweet but the tree publisher sounds like it will do the trick for my iphone….

— comment by dbuscher on May 11th, 2010 at 2:13am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I know in the past you mentioned that you couldn’t create a plug-in for Fotki due to a lack of an API. I contacted them and they said that they have started a public API that is similar to Flickr. Here’s the link to the API:

I love, and have save a lot of time because of, several of your other plug-ins and would really like to see Fotki added to the stable… because exporting to disk, and using the online interface to upload just seems so primitive now.


Florida, USA

Thanks for the heads up…. I sent them a note asking for details… —Jeffrey

— comment by Jesse on May 13th, 2010 at 6:10am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Let start of by saying . “Your Export Plugins for LR are the bomb!” They are extremly useful and very well written pieces of code.
I have a feature request for them, but I don’t know if it is possible. Is there a way to pull the name of a Develop Preset and add it as a keyword when exporting to our favorite photosharing site? I asked this over at the LR3b forum and the person that replied said that having ‘native’ support for something like that might not happen, but could be possible via a plugin.

So, what do you think? Could this be something added as a feature to your ever growing library of Export Plugins?

Also, on a separate note. I have been having problems getting to this site from Chrome. I have to use IE Tab for Chrome in order to submit a comment…Just FYI.

Pacific Northwest, USA
Glenn ‘JPSnuffy’

A Lr3 plugin can inspect the current develop settings, and also the settings for all the develop presets, and it could try to match them up, but any little change to the photo after applying a preset and the connection is lost, so I don’t think it’d be very fruitful. About Chrome, could you be so kind as to drop me an email describing the problems. It seems to work fine for me… —Jeffrey

— comment by Glenn Higgs on June 4th, 2010 at 4:08am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I use some of your goodies and find the extremely helpful. Thanks for that!

In the future, I’d like to become a member of Fotolia and I’m wondering if you will develop an export plugin for Fotolia as well?

Tanks in advance and by the way – very nice pictures!

Best regards

Thomas (living in Switzerland)

My todo list is so long that I doubt I can fit another export provider on it, but if Fotolia is popular, I’m sure someone will build a plugin…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Thomas Schidek on June 4th, 2010 at 6:28pm JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I was wondering if there is a setting in your Facebook plugin that will allow me to upload photos to a managed page? I have tried going strait to the page that I manage and then exporting but it just shows my photo albums from my original page. I am running LR-3 beta rel2 on a Vista 64 HP laptop. I love your plugins, also have the zenfolio and flickr plugins. My Facebook managed page is; Dave Barksdale Photography. Thanks Jeffrey and keep up the good work

Nothing’s changed… just as it says in the note at the top of the FB-plugin page, and in the FAQ, FB doesn’t allow it. —Jeffrey

— comment by David on June 7th, 2010 at 12:42am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I just bought Lightroom 3, the official release. I have just installed it and needed to install your plug-in to SmugMug. It got a few errors as it was installing, but seems to be working. I notice that the version is still for beta 3.2. I am hopeful that you can send out a blast email when the real version 3 is ready.

I also think that I need to pay (register) again. I am perfectly willing to do so for a great product. I also need the geocoding plug-in for Lightroom 3. Do I have to register and pay for each separately or can I make my donation all at once?

You don’t have to pay for the plugins at all… only the PayPal fee to generate a registration code. But if you want to use one code for a bunch of plugins, use it to register one of them then email it to me with your needs. You can subscribe to the SmugMug update-log RSS fee on the plugin page… all updates get informed that way. —Jeffrey

— comment by Randy on June 9th, 2010 at 6:22am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Are both the Flickr and Facebook plugins ready for LR3 final released version? I just want to make sure before I upgrade and, yes, donate. I use these both in LR2 and they’ve been great! I donated previously as well. Keep up the great work!

The Lr3 versions are currently in beta, available here. —Jeffrey

— comment by Brendan on June 17th, 2010 at 9:16am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

From Belgium (Flanders)
Mr Jeffrey, I appreciate the plugins such as geocoding (i donated for)
But LR and plugins allways show the date and the time (for me the exact time is rarely important) This takes more space. Is there a possibility to just show the date in LR and so on, without the time ?
Second, is there a way to make LR revers sort the folders, last on top ? That seems more logic to me and avoids much scrolling.

I can’t possibly answer your date question without knowing the context… what time are you seeing that you don’t want to? There are many places where dates and times are shown, and most of them can be adjusted away. I don’t know of any way to sort folders, but both of these questions are perhaps more appropriate for Adobe (or the forums at Adobe) than for me. —Jeffrey

— comment by Paul on June 26th, 2010 at 12:16am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Quick idea for a new feature on the flickr plugin. I have a lot of sets, and it’s a pain to hunt for them in the list sometimes. It’d be nice if there was some kind of text search just for your set list, the way the new flickr site itself has it now when you go to “add to set”.

— comment by Andrew on July 1st, 2010 at 4:59am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Have you some news of the API of joomeo?

It would be great to have a export plugin for this site ! 😉

— comment by Emmanuel on July 2nd, 2010 at 12:33am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I’ve just read on this page that you’ve already been asked to develop a Lightroom plugin for Russian social network You replied that you couldn’t find any API info you could read. Actually, Vkontakte’s API is nicely documented, but only in Russian. Maybe if I translated the documentation related to uploading the photos, you could write a plugin to export the photos, or maybe even adapt a Facebook one?
Vkontakte is by far the largest social network in Russia with over 75 million users, and many photographers prefer to showcase their work there, so I guess many people will be thankful for you work.
Thank you for the hard work you are doing!

Now is not an opportune time to think about new plugins, with todo lists for my current plugins so long. Perhaps ask plugin developer Vladimir Vinogradsky, whose name gives a hit that perhaps he won’t need a translation….? —Jeffrey

— comment by Konstantin on July 2nd, 2010 at 6:45am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeff,

There is a web based digital picture frame service called Ceiva where one can drop their albumns and then their family members/friends with picture frames get daily updates to those frames from the albumns on the web. It looks like they’ve added support to drop images there from iphoto but for those of us on a PC, there isn’t a clean solution today. Is there any chance you’ve heard of Ceiva and have plans to build a plugin for it?

I don’t have any plan to make one, but it looks like there are a couple of Windows-related solutions there. —Jeffrey

— comment by Andrew on July 4th, 2010 at 1:42am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for all the great Lightroom plugins you have created! I’ve been using many of them in Lightroom 2 and will upgrade them to Lr3 as well.

I know you are probably extremely busy with plugins and everything else, but have you considered making a plugin for Pixelpipe?

— comment by Mikko on July 5th, 2010 at 4:15pm JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Both Flickr and Photobucket Plug-ins are working great for me…THANKS!

— comment by keri on July 14th, 2010 at 9:25pm JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Is it possible to include the facility to just rename the pictures already uploaded onto Smugmug using the settings as per your pkugin ? It would be really wonderful if there was some way to do this. Thanks for a wonderful product (Lightroom Plugin)

— comment by Riki on July 15th, 2010 at 5:28am JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Greetings from beautiful New Zealand. Admin issue with LR3 Smugmug plugin. I’m old and I bit thick. Did what you said about making a folder and stuff c:\users\Mal2\appdata\roaming\adobe\Lightroom\Plugins. BUT…. when I went to the “add” plugin window in LR3, there was no sign of Appdata.
The contents of the Mal2 folder started with contacts. Much frustration. Then I checked in LR3’s existing plugins and found there’s another folder that LR3 uses called c:programfiles\adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom3\…. then the plugin name. And it all worked. Just thought I’d pass all this on, in case there are other poor dumb buggers like me who became lost. Maybe you can update the instructions, or something.
I look forward to using the plugin — I’ve read such a lot of good things about your stuff.
Kind regards. Mal. W.

It sounds as if you’re talking about the Lr1 install instructions, prior to there being a Plugin Manager. From Lr2, you can place the plugins anywhere on your system you don’t mind leaving them. If you put them in the ProgramFiles location you mentioned, you can’t manage them with the Plugin Manager, so that’s not recommended. And for whatever reason in Microsoft’s infinite wisdom, the AppData folder is hidden by default, so if you want to navigate to it, you have to first unhide it in Explorer. —Jeffrey

— comment by M al. Walker on July 25th, 2010 at 1:27pm JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for your prompt reply. After I sent my email, I lurched around and found that the AppData folder was hidden — read only. Untick and there it was. Microsoft! Again, thanks.

— comment by M al. Walker on July 26th, 2010 at 8:16am JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I’m looking for a way to export the file name & caption fields from all the photos in a Lightroom catalogue to one text file. Any ideas?

Tim Armes’ LR/Transporter plugin should handle it with ease. —Jeffrey

— comment by Christine on July 26th, 2010 at 8:50pm JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Is there any chance of writing a plugin for Lightroom3 which would enable us to use the Publish facility in order to upload straight to our collections in Fotolibra??? Many thanks
Terry Bridle

I’ve never heard of Fotolibra so I don’t expect I’ll write one, but someone else might… —Jeffrey

— comment by Terry Bridle on August 7th, 2010 at 1:54am JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I love your Lightroom plugin for Smugmug, now I could really use one for Alamy photo a stock photo agency. They have a grueling upload process and could use your help.

Now how do I register and pay you for these plugins?

Brian Cook

I don’t have a plugin for Alamy, but someone else might… check the Lightroom Exchange (there’s a button in the lower-left of the plugin manager that brings you there). As for the plugins I do have, you can’t pay because they’re free. Details about registering, if you want to, are on the registration page. —Jeffrey

— comment by Brian Cook on August 15th, 2010 at 10:28pm JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Great work!!

Is it possible to get a plugins for in LR3 is a very famous website to share a trip with track-logs and photos.
You`ve already done the hard work (geotag i LR).
All we need now, is to have the possibility to log on. 🙂

Best regards frofid!!!
You`re welcome to visit my last trip in beautiful Norway.
Search for frofid

I’m sure it’s possible, but I don’t think it’ll be done by me… I’m already too far behind in supporting the plugins I have, and in writing the plugins already on my mind )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by frofid on August 17th, 2010 at 9:17am JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

How do you add additional photosets to the the Zenfolio publish list. I am new to this and I have been struggling to find the solution. It does not work like the flickr publish button where you can just right click and select create new photoset?

Would appreciate your help.

Thank you, Denzil

You can create Zenfolio galleries at Zenfolio (then “refresh list” in Publish), or use the Zenfolio Tools in the export dialog. It’s on the todo list to get this built into Publish. —Jeffrey

— comment by Denzil Ernstzen on August 18th, 2010 at 4:34am JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Love what you do, and I have 2 requests for you.

First, with the Flickr plugin, I would love to see a way of associating pictures with sets.

Second, a plug-in for publishing to might be worth while.

Cheers and keep up the great work,

I don’t understand the first question, sorry, could you be more specific? I don’t think ModelMayhem has a public API for a plugin to use. If they do, have them contact me. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike on August 19th, 2010 at 2:17am JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I’ll try to explain what I mean by assoicating pictures with sets in Flickr a little better.

Flickr supports organizing your photos. It does this through Collections and Sets. I have existing”Sets” for my macro photography, for portrait work, for hdr shots, and so on. It would be lovely to be able to associate the photos I’m uploading into the proper set without having to go to Flickr after the fact to get it done. Similar to what you’ve done for Facebook with Albums.

I’ll poke at MM and see what I can find.


My plugin already lets you do this, both in the export dialog and in Publish, and so what I don’t understand is how what’s there doesn’t fit what you want… —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike on August 19th, 2010 at 5:42am JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

I use your export plugin for facebook, flickr and smugmug and i like it well.

I want to know if you have intention to develop an export plugin for mobileme gallery

Thank you

There’s already one, so I don’t intend to make one myself. —Jeffrey

— comment by Erwann on August 28th, 2010 at 1:29am JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I wondered whether this is your sort of thing?: In lightroom you can get it to create a web gallery but only to show pictures.

It seems to me that the very common need is to display pictures like that but not as a photographer, rather as part of what one does in work etc.

Therefore surely many people would like a template in LR that not only created the image thumbnails and showed large when selected but which ALSO allowed for the main page (frame?) to hold the usual blurb about one’s business/services etc.

I.e. to have the thumbnails on the side next to the page’s blurb but when a thumb is selected it opens OVER the page’s blurb and of course when you close the bigger image you can see that page of text etc underneath again

I know I have seen this sort of thing done but I imagine it’s taken some serious webbuilding knowledge

Could you make a LR plug-in or template that lets you see the webpage blurb AND allows for thumbs to be shown large? I’d donate definitely for such a thing!

Sorry if it’s not your cup of tea


It’s not my cup of tea, but no need to be sorry. That’s would be a “web gallery plugin”, and although I don’t know anything about them, I know that there are a lot out there. Perhaps check the Lightroom Exchange (there’s a button to go there in the Plugin Manager), or maybe this site… —Jeffrey

— comment by Simon King on August 30th, 2010 at 12:52am JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

several users of would be really interested in an export plugin for There is a forum thread about it here:

Any chance of engineering one for that site? It is a great site for photo discussions and critique and would really benefit from a speedy export workflow from Lightroom.


I’ve talked to them on and off for a while, but they’ve not been too interested in doing it. It’s just as well because I’m too overwhelmed to do any more upload plugins. Others might, but I’ll bow out. —Jeffrey

— comment by Miles Escow on September 1st, 2010 at 7:02pm JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

With LR3.2 Adobe releases a publishing service for SmugMug as well. Did you have a chance to compare it with yours?

Do you plan to continue maintaing your plugin?

I plan to maintain my plugin, yes. The built-in one is currently pretty bare bones, which is fine if your needs are simple, but not if they’re not. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bernhard on September 6th, 2010 at 3:59pm JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

wonder if u work with export plug-in.. cant wait to hear you..

Never heard of them, so I guess that means “no”, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by krishna on September 24th, 2010 at 11:06pm JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I am having trouble with all of your LR plugins. Every time I unzip one I get a bunch of text files, some PNG files, LUA files, and two folders, i and Win. Opening the Win folder reveals an .exe file called unzip. No matter how I try to open this I get a small screen which pops up for a fraction of a second and then nothing. I never see a .lrplugin file. Any thoughts what my issue is? I am running Windows 7, 64 bit and have unzipped with Winzip and CAMunzip.


It sounds as if there’s something wrong with your unzip program… all that stuff you get (bunch of text files, PNG, LUA, and folders) should all be within an *.lrplugin folder, which itself is the plugin. Try a different unzipper. —Jeffrey

— comment by Harry on November 9th, 2010 at 7:02am JST (6 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Have you considered a plugin for geocoding using the gps4can iPhone app? ( If your plug could:
– emulate the decoding done by the gps4cam desktop app
– inject the GPS data into the EXIF as part of the import process
– this would mean being able to run a script during import and before the image data is actually copied/read (not sure this is possble)
– the image processing of the export photo would be tricky and would require code or a binary to call from LUA?

This would automate the geocoding process and make it possible all within LR. Of course this is an alternate method to using a tracklog. I like it because the GPS data is REAL not shadow data and it doesn’t require the time synchronisation with the camera.

Simon (Melbourne, Australia)

The whole “shadow data” stuff is a kluge to get around Lightroom limitations. Of course I’d like to be able to geoencode directly, but Lightroom doesn’t allow it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Simon Block on December 9th, 2010 at 11:47am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Opportunity: Snapfish has published an API.

Keep up the great work!

— comment by Richard Bronosky on December 13th, 2010 at 12:16pm JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffery, love what you do from Montana.

Would love to see a LR Plugin for exporting images to the US Copyright office. Would be excited to pay for this option. You do great work. Hope this idea lights your fire. Be well.

— comment by Daniel Cox on December 15th, 2010 at 1:18am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I wonder know if there’s any possibility to make an export plugin to the biggest social network ( I know, that such question was before, but I think that it has quite similiar API, so it won’t be a big problem. Hope to see this port soon. Thanks a lot from all Adobe LR russian users).

— comment by Anton on December 16th, 2010 at 9:28am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Are you, or can you build a MPIX export plugin for Lr?

Don’t expect one any time soon… mpix has made it clear that they do not want an uploader from Lightroom. No idea why. —Jeffrey

— comment by R. Mather on December 28th, 2010 at 6:40am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I use some of your plugins, like upload to Zenfolio, which I am very happy with. As I am not that content with Zenfolio I am switching to Photoshelter. Do you have/are planning a plugin for that also?



I’ve no plans to make one, but someone else already did —Jeffrey

— comment by Hans Knikman on January 8th, 2011 at 11:05pm JST (6 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

I would love to be able to use time as a selection criteria in smart collections

As in time of day? Best to submit a request to Adobe and hope for Lr4, but until then the best I can think of would be a plugin that sets a keyword or other smart-collection-visible item via the time. You’d have to be sure to run it on every photo you import, which makes it quite an unnatural hassle, but that’s the best I can imagine, given the limitations in Lightroom. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark Eaton on February 11th, 2011 at 9:06am JST (6 years ago) comment permalink

Why would it be necessary to to that, and run it on every photo you import? Isn’t Lightroom able to read the time in the EXIF?

The problem is getting the data you want into a place that the smart-collection rules can get a crack at it. —Jeffrey

— comment by David Williams on February 11th, 2011 at 4:10pm JST (6 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
Are you planning a plugin for popular online blogs such as Tumblr?
I know there’s a huge community of people out there who are biting their nails waiting for such a plugin.
You should definitely consider making one.

I have no plans to, but there are blog-related plugins out there… check out Lightroom Exchange. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dan on February 12th, 2011 at 10:07am JST (6 years ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffery, David from Melbourne Australia, I was wondering how you were doing and so went to your blog, glad to see all is well. And Thank you for sharing your sons story, such an example and inspiration. Never worry about being a proud dad, if you are blessed with being a dad, and giving it all you can then you have a right to be very proud, very blessed .Thank you for your plug ins and generosity.


— comment by David Simmonds on March 18th, 2011 at 6:18pm JST (5 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Any Plans on a plugin for Artspan?
Gary Wagner
California, USA

Not that I know of (I’ve never heard of them), but others might, I dunno… —Jeffrey

— comment by Gary Wagner on April 25th, 2011 at 1:55am JST (5 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Your plugins are incredibly awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They are getting more and more convenient!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for everything about LR3, adobe should pay you a lot of money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

— comment by barkleyc on April 27th, 2011 at 12:57am JST (5 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Any chance of a direct export lightroom plugin for If you’re not familiar with the photography site, check out the ‘’ page.

— comment by Tom on May 5th, 2011 at 12:25am JST (5 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

HI Jeffery,
I was enjoying the flickr for lightroom plugin until I started getting a message in lightroom from flickr saying “In order to use this sample plug-in you must obtain an API key from…” When I went to flickr I realized this is if I want to submit an AP, not register your AP. I have been surfing your blog and the web (for hours now) trying to figure out how to make this AP work and came accross your donation registration. I now have a registration (paypal transaction) number but cannot figure out how to actually register your AP through lightroom, or any programme, so that I can continue to use it. I would appreciate any help. I think your AP is brilliant.

It sounds like you’re using the example Flickr plugin that comes with the Lr2 programmer’s SDK, which is not really meant for photographer use. Rather, use the Adobe plugin built in to Lr3, or my plugin for Lr2 or Lr3 (linked from this page). —Jeffrey

— comment by on May 9th, 2011 at 3:34pm JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Any chance of an export to 500px (the website) any time soon? 🙂

I doubt it; they don’t seem to have an API. —Jeffrey

— comment by Brent on May 23rd, 2011 at 5:15pm JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Is it possible to add 2 text boxes below an image in the print module? I want to include my name below the print on the right side and the photo caption below the print on the left side. Identity plate will only allow me to use it once. Watermark and page info both go on the photo or in a border below it – and page info will only print in the middle. Is it possible to do what I’d like to do and/or is there a plugin for this?

I’m writing from northeastern Minnesota near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

I rarely use the print module, so I don’t really know. Perhaps try the Adobe forums, or maybe Victoria Bampton…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Melissa on May 24th, 2011 at 12:02am JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink
— comment by John on May 30th, 2011 at 8:43pm JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I notice you already stated that you were not planning on a PhotoShelter plugin, and that someone else already had.

I’d like to make two points about this:

1) I’ve used both yours and his plugins and you’r plugins are simply far superior. It would be such a boon to all Photoshelter user if you were to create one.

2) So why is it worth it to you? Namely because PhotoShelter owns the higher end Professional photographer market over Smugmug, Zenfolio, etc. So these are the people who make their actual living off of photography as opposed to enthusiasts and “free account” users. And in my opinion these type of people are far more likely to donate to you (and at higher amounts).

the above reasons are why I hope you consider a PS plugin soon for Lightroom (we win and you’ll win).

thanks, fingers crossed.

Gene Tewksbury
Big Sun Photography

— comment by Gene Tewksbury on June 12th, 2011 at 9:53am JST (5 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Are you planning on making a plugin for Your plugins are really useful. Thank you.

I’m not, no, sorry. Had never heard of them. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tracy Atwell on July 6th, 2011 at 9:14am JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

so…whats the outlook for a panoramio pluggin these days ??

Until Google invites a plugin with an API, zero. —Jeffrey

— comment by joz! on July 10th, 2011 at 11:49pm JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey, Do you Recommend any devices or iphone Apps to record GPS tracks?

Not really… I use the unit mentioned in this post, and so have no experience with other units or any iPhone apps. —Jeffrey

— comment by Laura on July 29th, 2011 at 11:40pm JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink


I “purchased” the Lr3 plugin for fb and smugmug and donated accordingly a few months back. Now Lr3 is prompting me to donate again? Does the plugin require you to “donate” every 90 days or something?


No one ever has to give me anything to use the plugins, so there’s no purchase involved, and no wink-wink quotes around “donate”. If the plugin suddenly became unregistered, it’s likely that your Lightroom preferences file has become corrupt, though it could also be that you’ve changed your Lightroom serial number, or you’re simply confused about what plugins you have and haven’t registered on that computer. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jean on August 9th, 2011 at 10:27am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks Jeffrey, nothing meant by the quotes, I look at my post again and realized it came off kinda snobbish lol. Your plugins have been invaluable to us, I will look into your suggestions as we did upgrade to Lr3 and were having issues with our serial. Keep up the great work, appreciate the quick response.

— comment by Jean on August 10th, 2011 at 9:24am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Have your, or are you planning to create a Google+ export / publish service plug in?

Thanks — Dan

Until Google releases an API for G+, the best I can suggest is my export-to-PicasaWeb plugin for Lightroom —Jeffrey

— comment by Califdan on August 29th, 2011 at 3:23am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I’ve noticed that 500px now has an API. Any chance of a plugin for them? Putting my money where my mouth is, I’d put down $30 for it.

It seems unlikely at this point because I can’t get an answer to the simplest of questions from the folks at 500px. —Jeffrey

— comment by Marius Strom on August 31st, 2011 at 4:00pm JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey
Is it possible to create a read-only plugin for LR3? The idea being that all pics could be searched by anyone using the same computer login account, but no develop settings or metadata could accidentally be altered.
Cheers, writing from UK.

Not possible that I know of. The best I can suggest is to block develop changes, take the images offline…. if you’ve built library previews, you’ll be able to see the images, but not make develop changes. As for protecting metadata changes, simply have them work off of a copy of the catalog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gary on September 12th, 2011 at 6:17pm JST (5 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Any chance of a Google Plus plugin? I know there is a PicasaWeb one but that has its limitations. Thanks!

Not until Google releases an API for G+…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Vister on September 12th, 2011 at 11:50pm JST (5 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Here is the Google Plus API!

Thanks, but at the moment it’s read-only access, so it can’t be used for posting pictures or anything. That’ll come soon, I’m sure. —Jeffrey

— comment by Vister on September 25th, 2011 at 9:31pm JST (5 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

There is now a preview of API for Windows Live / SkyDrive. I think it allows for uploading photos – 25GB of free storage, and nice looking web album. I hope you’ll consider writing a plugin for LR!


— comment by Michal on October 3rd, 2011 at 4:28pm JST (5 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Great plugins, especially Metadata Viewer.

Is there an easy way to transfer the Metadata Viewer presets I build on my iMac to my MacBook?

I have copied my plug in folder to the MB, but the actual preset doesn’t seem to copy with it.

Thanks again for all you have added to LR.

If you export the preset (which can be done only with the registered version), it becomes a file on disk that you can copy around. Many people use Dropbox to sync all their Lr presets among machines (by making ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom a link to a copy of the tree that has been made somewhere in your Dropbox folder. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dennis on October 13th, 2011 at 3:43am JST (5 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I am using your export plugin for lighroom2/zenfolio. I love the program. However, last night I tried to upload 48 photos. It was VERY slow, only 2 actually uploaded, and that took over 3 hours. The message at top was the same as always. Any thoughts?

There are so many variables… your computer, your images, your export settings, your network, the network between you and Zenfolio, Zenfolio…. it’s hard to guess where the issue might be. —Jeffrey

— comment by John R on October 14th, 2011 at 8:05pm JST (5 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

It’s awesome that you provide these wonderful plugins and your work is greatly appreciated! Any chance you’ll be developing a lightroom plugin for

See this post —Jeffrey

— comment by Adam on October 22nd, 2011 at 11:19pm JST (5 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

First off thanks for the helpful plugins, they have been very helpful to this novice LR user.
Do you by chance have one to upload photo’s to a Word Press blog?
Thanks, LN

I don’t, but Tim Armes does. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ellen on November 3rd, 2011 at 11:38am JST (5 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

First, good job in the plugins, they have become a big part of my photography life uploading to Flickr, FB, and Zenfolio.

Question/Request: Have you heard of They are fairly new in the Photo web hosting space. I’ve been trying them out for about a month or so. There have been a number of folks using this service who have requested a plugin for Razzi. I have even contact them about this and have even mentioned your name. I was wondering if you would consider creating a plugin for this site.

-Wesley Lee

Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be doing any new plugins in the near future… I’m already overwhelmed (trying to) keep up with the ones I’ve already got. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by wesley lee on November 16th, 2011 at 3:52pm JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I am very impressed with all the support you provide to the LR community, thank you. Now for my request for help; in the LR Print module, there is the option to add, limited as it is, some page info under page option box. I’m looking for a way to supplement this information with the complete edit changes used for the image being printed. I would like to incorporate this printed text information in a physical print for filing and archiving purposes. I have read how LR users make virtual copies of the image after editing in order to save the edit and some have recommended using the history menu as was to go back. Both of these methods rely on digital filing and archiving. If you know of a way to access the text based information of all the edit changes, like exposure, color temp, clarity, saturation, cropping, etc., sort of like an editing recipe, that could be added to the printed photo or page information that would be a great help to me, and hopefully others. Again, thank you for your commitment and dedication to the LR community and helping everyone.

I don’t know much about the print module, but I don’t think an easy workflow presents itself. A plugin can get the current develop settings, so I suppose it’s possible for a plugin to do that for an image and create a separate image with text describing the changes that you the print out, or something along those lines. Sounds kludgy, but you might investigate along those lines. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dave Stevens on November 17th, 2011 at 2:00am JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey, thanks for everything you do! I have a question/issue about the Lightroom to Facebook utility. When I post to to FB, it takes the caption from the first image and uses that as the title of the post. It does not grab the album name or description, but the caption of the first image. Is that a bug, or expected behavior? Thanks again! Tony

The plugin doesn’t do anything with FB posts… the plugin just uploads the image into the album. Facebook chooses to make a post out of it, and in doing so, it chooses what to use for the title, etc. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tony R on November 18th, 2011 at 5:47am JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I really like your awesome plugins and use them frequently. May I suggest another export plugin which I think is not yet part of your goodies? – “Set Rights Usage Terms” (not exactly what Metadata Wrangler does). Basically, I would like to have export presets to overwrite the metadata with different Rights Usage Terms / Copyright Notice, depending on the destination of the images from a particular export (online, client etc.). I hope that would be possible. Thanks!

— comment by Tom on November 23rd, 2011 at 6:57am JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I love your geoencoding plugin. I also enjoyed your long articles on jpeg quality, color spaces, and other photography topics. I spent all morning reading your posts, then made a donation via PayPal as a small token of my appreciation (and used the receipt to register the geo plugin). I live in Baltimore, MD, use Lightroom 3 and Nik software, and Canon equipment.

— comment by Colin Barnett on November 28th, 2011 at 12:01am JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Love the flickr, Facebook & Geoencoding Lightroom plugins! I like that you update them on a regular basis. Hope you’re making enough to continue this.

Of course, like a few people, I would love to see a deviantArt plugin! I guess some would probably like to see a 500px plugin, also, though the site is too busy to really be useful.

Keep up the great work!

— comment by John B. Kalla on November 28th, 2011 at 8:57am JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

From a Post earlier this year:
“Any chance of an export to 500px (the website) any time soon?
I doubt it; they don’t seem to have an API. —Jeffrey”

Just noting that they do now have an API with full documentation:
A LR plugin would be very cool. And probably easy since they have relatively few features compared to many of the other sites you do.

I discussed their API in this post. They now have their own plugin (which I helped write, though they may not realize it). —Jeffrey

— comment by Gene Tewksbury on December 7th, 2011 at 4:14pm JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Great plugins and great work!

I am looking for a way to export text file to Lightroom and I was wondering if you can stir me in the right direction.

When clients make selections on their gallery (I use ‘Client Response’ Lightroom gallery) I receive an e-mail with plain text contain all the file names of their favourite images. I then have to manually look for each image in Lightroom.

It would be great to have a plugin translating a plain text message to a selection in Lightroom.

Would you have something like that? Would you know where to find it?

Thank you and Happy Holidays

You might try Lr/Transporter, or just cut-n-paste the list of filenames into my extended-search plugin —Jeffrey

— comment by Motti on December 23rd, 2011 at 12:43am JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey –

Still amazed with your plug-ins; every time I think of some new, weird edge-case upload/export requirement, the options are there somewhere in the plug-in.

One thing I would like to be able to is “chain” plug-ins, that is, do serial exports of a given photo or photos. For example, export these five photos to Flickr and then to Facebook, all in the same session without having to go through the export dialogs again.

I’ve wanted to do that since day 1, even just different sizes of the same photo, but Lightroom doesn’t yet allow for it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dean on December 29th, 2011 at 9:30am JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I have very much enjoyed your various plug-ins, especially those for Publishing to Picasa and Facebook.

My wishes would be fulfilled if you were to turn your prodigious talents — in all of your spare time, of course — to doing the same for Tumblr.

It would be great to be able to publish to Tumblr either directly, or via the Tumblr queue, which spaces out one’s posts over a selectable fraction of the day, at a selectable posting frequency.

And a tie-in to a WordPress installation’s media archive would be similarly useful.

Do either of these things, and you have me as a customer yet again.

thanks Jeffrey, and Happy New Year to you and yours.

— comment by Michael Sebastian on December 31st, 2011 at 8:17am JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

your geotag plugin is awesome, I loved the write back!

Thanks for doing it and expect a gift from me. 🙂

— comment by Marcio on January 5th, 2012 at 10:02pm JST (5 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Lightroom 4B

seems to solve a lot of problems. It supports GPS!!!!!!!!
I just got this Info

Yes, I talk about that here —Jeffrey

— comment by Gottfried on January 11th, 2012 at 7:56am JST (5 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

I think different languages are not supportet at the moment. How is it possible to do that? The TranslatedStrings_.txt are always filled with the same content.

I’d love to provide translations, and many have kindly offered to translate various languages, but before they can do the translation, I have to build a system that would facilitate the translation, and that’s a lot of work that so far I’ve been able to avoid. —Jeffrey

— comment by Martin on January 26th, 2012 at 5:25pm JST (5 years ago) comment permalink

I wrote on here a couple of month ago but it didn’t appear on here.

Have you thought about a chromakey plug in. For event photographers it could be invaluable.

Lightroom doesn’t give plugins access to the render pipeline, so there’s not much prospect for that kind of thing. For that, you’ll need to go out to Photoshop for every image… I don’t see much opportunity for a plugin to ease things in this respect. —Jeffrey

— comment by Paul Rogers on February 8th, 2012 at 12:03am JST (5 years ago) comment permalink

How about a diptych export plugin? Set the overall width and space between the two photos and it exports a diptych. That would be hugely useful for blogging. I don’t know how you’d go about indicating which would be the second photo, perhaps it simply grabs the next photo on the filmstrip…?

— comment by brett maxwell on February 13th, 2012 at 8:27am JST (5 years ago) comment permalink


Just wanted to check if your plugins are compatible with Lightroom 4. Can’t seem to find that anywhere..



Each plugin page lists compatibility, and those that run in Lr4 have mentioned that for the last two months. —Jeffrey

— comment by Asif on March 6th, 2012 at 8:05pm JST (4 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, LR4 has a new Email function. Unfortunately it seem to rely only on its own internal Address book. Is there a possibility that a plugin could be written to access the address book of one or more of the more popular mail clients?

I doubt it, because I’ve not heard of any plugin interface to the email export. This would perhaps be good to ask about on the Adobe Lightroom user forum… —Jeffrey

— comment by Cletus Lee on March 11th, 2012 at 11:39am JST (4 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I’ve migrated from your tree publisher to folder publisher as I upgraded from LR 3.6 to 4.0. The setup went well, but I was wondering if there’s a way to skip re-publishing of all images that have been already published by tree publisher? I’m trying to avoid having folder publisher re-publish thousands of pictures, which will take forever. I’d rather select them all and say “mark these as up-to-date as far as publishing goes”, but I can’t find such an option. Do you think LR (or your plugin) offer something like that?


No, sorry, it’s not in there and it would be difficult… it’s not a simple matter of marking “done!”, but of computing what the exported filename would have been, then matching it up with what’s on disk, and depending on the nature of the images and the catalog’s history, it might not even be possible for a human to match things up properly in every case. It’s just a huge can of worms. I’m in the same boat (I have 98,000 images to republish), but I’ll just do it in batches overnight. —Jeffrey

— comment by Stan on March 11th, 2012 at 12:58pm JST (4 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Any input on the diptych idea? (4 comments up)

I got all my previous LR3 plugins working with LR4 and it wasn’t too difficult, thanks for everything!

Not much room for thought on my part these days… if I was overwhelmed before Lr4’s release (I was), it’s 10x worse now. Give it some time for things to settle down and we’ll take a look. —Jeffrey

— comment by brett maxwell on March 12th, 2012 at 3:16am JST (4 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

First of all, I love your plugins, and I like your “business model” of letting us choose how much to contribute. One price truly does not fit all.

What do you think about a YouTube export plugin? Now that LR4 supports videos better, it could be nice to be able to export videos directly.

I’ve heard talk of a YouTube uploader, but not sure what came of it. It may be that Google doesn’t allow it. I don’t know, sorry… —Jeffrey

— comment by Marcin on March 25th, 2012 at 6:46am JST (4 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I just discover your page and I just want to thanks for those plugin and add-on !

— comment by RSPhoto on March 25th, 2012 at 10:52pm JST (4 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Ok, say I have a set of smart collections set up in Flickr. I want to also do the same collections in Picasa and Facebook.

Do you have something that will copy the settings from one and to the others?

No, unfortunately, Lightroom doesn’t give the plugin access to the rules. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Tudor ApMadoc on April 2nd, 2012 at 7:06am JST (4 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Any chance of a 500px plugin in the works?

Not by me because the folks at 500px are horrible to work with, but they do now have a plugin, apparently. —Jeffrey

— comment by MStenhjem on April 18th, 2012 at 11:55am JST (4 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Get these error msgs trying to upload to flickr

Plug-in error log for plug-in at: /Users/Peter/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Lightroom PlugIns/flickr-jfriedl.lrplugin

**** Error 1

An error occurred while attempting to run one of the plug-in’s scripts.
LrPrefs: attempt to write complex table value to prefs key LoginCache4::50807374@N00

This is a Lightroom-only problem that seems to have recently popped up. I hope to look at it sometime, but I’m reticent to spend resources on such an old version so I’m not sure when it will happen… if you upgrade to Lr3 or Lr4, it won’t be a problem. —Jeffrey

— comment by Peter on April 25th, 2012 at 10:33am JST (4 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Just wondering if the Fotki API was anywhere closer to getting some development attention.

Take care,


Not from me, sorry, I’m way over capacity already. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Bill Minton on April 25th, 2012 at 9:53pm JST (4 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,

I’m just curious if you’ve encountered or ever thought of what I would like to do. I’m shooting with a Nikon DSLR which has a button with a little key (the protect button). What I’d like to do is use the button to quickly mark photos that I like when viewing on the camera screen. Then when I get back to my computer, I’d like to have that be reflected in my workflow, perhaps as a flagged file in Lightroom.

If I copy the files directly to my hard drive using Finder (on Mac), the icon in OSX has a little lock indicating a read-only file. But if I import using Lightroom (I’m on v4.1 RC2), the read-only flag is wiped.

So my solution is to directly copy only the files with the flag first, import those into Lightroom, then flag them all. Then import the rest of the files. But this is cumbersome and I was wondering if you had any ideas of making it smoother to use with Lightroom.

Thanks kindly, love your plug-ins.


I can’t think of much in Lightroom that would be helpful… a plugin couldn’t get at the images until they’re imported, though I suppose one could write a plugin that imported them in place, somehow figuring out their status and reflecting that in the image metadata. More fruitful, perhaps, would be to investigate some ExifTool incantation that you apply before import that sets metadata flags appropriate based upon file permissions… —Jeffrey

— comment by John on May 4th, 2012 at 5:37am JST (4 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I’m based in the UK and enjoy photography as a hobby, and occasionally manage to sell some images to the media or stock photography sites. I haven’t updated my website in ages, but I think LR4 is going to help get things going again.
I was wondering if you’d be willing to create a LR4 publish plug-in to enable uploading to the servers of Photographers Direct, a stock photography site ( It seems their system is crying out for a process that can take into account their fixed requirements and the options you can select for upload.
I hope you feel this would be sufficiently popular to create.

— comment by Charles on May 7th, 2012 at 1:49am JST (4 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I want to second John’s request for a way to transfer the “protect” status to LR, even though you said that there is not much in LR that would be helpful. I also use the protect key to mark photos in camera that I particularly like. Baltimore, MD.

— comment by Colin Barnett on May 7th, 2012 at 2:18am JST (4 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Having just moved several thousand photos into LR4 (CR2) and then converted them all to DNG, I realized that the date/time information on the creation date/time was incorrect for all of them. I can’t find any way of doing a mass conversion in LR (e.g., subtracting 23 hours). Any chance of a plug-in to edit metadata in bulk? Thank you for your consideration.

You can update the date/time in bulk by selecting them all in the Library Grid, then clicking on the icon to the right of the time in the Metadata panel. —Jeffrey

— comment by Charles Smith on May 9th, 2012 at 9:35am JST (4 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeff,

I have your plugin for Lightroom to Zenfolio and have a very basic question. I’m sorry to bother you with a trivial question.

While in Lightroom I can’t change my Zenfolio folder structure or names (that I know of). So I go to Zenfolio and change the structure and move the photos accordingly. So I have a two part question:

1) How do I do all this within Lightroom and then sync it to Zen?
2) After making things right within Zen how do I sync your Plug-in?

OK and mabye if you will allow 3) I’ve searched and can’t find a user’s guide other than what I find within Lightroom: File/Plug-in exra/Zenfolio Extra/Help

Thanks much

If you change the name at Zenfolio (which is how to do it at the moment), then in the plugin publish settings, after refreshing the album list, choose the “forcefully rename…” option before dismissing the dialog with “Save”. Publish is documented here, but otherwise, it’s hopefully self explaining. It’d be nice if there were complete docs, but this is just a hobby for me and they don’t seem to write themselves. 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Don Burch on May 14th, 2012 at 6:15am JST (4 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, we have spoken before, I am on a PC, using LR4 to upload to Zenfolio.
i keep getting this message
Plug-in error log for plug-in at: C:\Users\Admin\Downloads\zenfolio-20120330.184\zenfolio-jfriedl.lrplugin

**** Error 1

This plug-in’s post-processing task did not finish successfully.
Networking error when attempting The handle is in the wrong state for the requested operation

Can you help?
I have asked Zenfolio and they refer me back to you.
Kind regards,

I’ve heard of this before from PC users, and am not sure what it is, other than something with Windows. I’m pretty sure it’s not specific to Zenfolio or the plugin… some kinds of Windows/Lightroom thing. Unfortunately, I don’t know more yet. —Jeffrey

— comment by Matt Rowland on May 17th, 2012 at 12:04am JST (4 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Any thoughts on a Default Develop Settings Editor? Lightroom forces you to have an image open of the specific ISO, in order to work on sharpening/noise reduction, etc in order to save a preset. I’d love to be able to copy settings in a simple editor from other ISO’s from the same camera, once I start to develop a trend, and extrapolate sharpening/noise settings (manually would be fine) between ISO’s I haven’t used yet, then save them and have those settings be the default for when I finally develop a photo with that ISO. It would be helpful for reference as well, so you could easily check between ISO settings to see if any one setting is out of place, etc…

I sort of tackle this with my Bulk Develop plugin, but it’s a bit more generic than a full editor…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Michael Hawel on June 15th, 2012 at 7:36pm JST (4 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff — is a plugin to export to WordPress to blog about a photo down the road? Your stuff is top notch!



I’ve no plans to make one… there’s already Lr/Blog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Michael O'Connell on June 23rd, 2012 at 4:11am JST (4 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink


Firstly, thanks for your plugin – it’s saved me a lot of time! I’ve got one question which I can’t see how to do within LightRoom or your plugin and want to double check before wasting a lot of time!

I have a large number of photos within a directory hierarchy grouped under years, each directory has (one) sub-directory with photos in, e.g. 2005/Cherhill. I want an automatic way to upload each of these folders as galleries within SmugMug e.g. a Sub-Category (2005) and Gallery called Cherhill.

I can multi-select the directories but you can’t drag them to the Publish Service (close but no cigar!). Are you aware of any easy way to do this?



You might try uploading the images via normal Export, using an “auto destination” to shove them into the correct spots. Then, once that’s done, in the Publish dialog they’ll all be there, and you can select them and auto-populate them, and voila, there you go. —Jeffrey

— comment by Darren on July 2nd, 2012 at 4:41am JST (4 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

love your plugs, Thanks.
i changed the name of my FB page for my business. i can’t export to that page anymore. it keeps saying “Error reply from Facebook: (#240) Requires a valid user is specified” how do i update the plug in to see this change.

i have remove and reinstalled to facebook-20120614.210. help please.

Facebook seems to be having issues… other users of other apps have reported the same problem suddenly. We just have to wait, hoping they address it. —Jeffrey

— comment by scott stringham on July 2nd, 2012 at 12:42pm JST (4 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink


I have purchased a couple of different plugins from you over the years and have been very happy with them until recently.

I have not upgraded my version of Lightroom from v2, and for some reason my old plugin that used to work perfectly stopped work.

I went and downloaded the new version, and it will not work correctly either. Now I can’t upload photos unless I do it manually.

Can you tell me what version I need for Facebook and for Picasa, for Lightroom v2, and where I can get them?

Greg Burkhead

I recently added something to make uploads go more smoother, but it turns out that it’s not supported in Lr2.0 and Lr2.1. Well, that’s fine because anyone using Lr2 would presumably be using the free upgrade (via Help > Check for Updates) to the latest Lr2 release (2.7). The next version of these plugins will enforce that and tell the user that they should upgrade, instead of just crash. (If upgrading doesn’t solve the problem, please send a log; Lr2 is too thinly used to merit much testing, so it’s entirely possible I introduce Lr2-only bugs at times.) —Jeffrey

— comment by Greg Burkhead on July 3rd, 2012 at 10:15pm JST (4 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I really appreciate it if you made a export to Cosco photo center.

Thanks so much I really like your plug-ins

A quick search of Adobe’s Lightroom Exchange, via the “plug-in exchange” button in the lower left of the plugin manager, will be fruitful. —Jeffrey

— comment by Matthew Richey on July 4th, 2012 at 5:38am JST (4 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

any chance you could make a lightroom plugin for winkflash?

Unlikely, sorry, never heard of it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jamie Davis on July 15th, 2012 at 3:37am JST (4 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Is it possible to export/publish photos to Pinterest?

It wouldn’t surprise me, but I don’t know anything about Pinterest and have no plugin for it myself. —Jeffrey

— comment by Pieter on August 1st, 2012 at 9:31pm JST (4 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

As I sit in my house in South Louisiana, awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Issac, I was wondering if you had noted the announcement of Amazon Glacier. It is their low cost cloud storage solution.

Although I signed up, there doesn’t appear to be an easy way to interface with it. It seems like you have to code your own.

Are you aware of anyone starting to look at this to create an easy way to archive photos to the cloud for long term storage?


As I discussed here, from what I know of Glacier, I don’t think it’s good for average folks’ photo backup. Best of luck with the hurricane! —Jeffrey

— comment by Kevin Banes on August 28th, 2012 at 12:27pm JST (4 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I’m currently testing the LR Zenfolio plugin with LR4.1, what I would like to do is include a printer profile so that I can ensure that what I see on screen is what the customer gets, any ideas how I can do ths without using an action in PS4?

You certainly don’t want to send images to Zenfolio with color data based off a printer profile. I’m not sure what you want to accomplish, but that would not do it, unless “randomize the color” was the goal. This might help. —Jeffrey

— comment by Laurence J. Power on September 5th, 2012 at 12:06am JST (4 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I use and love the Facebook and Flickr plugins for Lightroom. Lately both of my son’s classes and sports teams are all using Shutterfly to share pictures. Any chance of making a plugin for that or do you know where I can get one?

— comment by Kevin Holt on September 9th, 2012 at 7:11am JST (4 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Just noticed you directed someone else to the plugin exchange on the plugin manager. Never noticed that before. I was able to find one for Shutterfly there. I bet yours would be better if you ever made one though.

— comment by Kevin Holt on September 9th, 2012 at 7:15am JST (4 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

been using the LR plug-in for flickr uploads for a long long time, and really love it!

In LR, I like to keep up with which photos are uploaded to Flickr: which works excellent when using the plugin. However, I have uploaded a few photos before starting to use your plug-in, or upload from mobile devices.
Is there any way that I can change the plug-in related meta data of such photos, i.e., set the flag to ‘uploaded to Flickr’, right in Light room?
Of course, I could re-upload all photos, but would lose comments, view counts etc in Flickr.


See the ‘Associate’ options in “File > Plugin Extras > Flickr Extras” —Jeffrey

— comment by dJ CampoVerde on October 7th, 2012 at 7:29am JST (4 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff, is there a plugin that allows to import photos from a Lightroom collection to an application called BookSmart by I use LR 3.6 and BookSmart 3.2.2

Thanks a lot.

a follower from Vancouver, BC

I don’t know, but it’s not something I would have paid attention to. FWIW, you can build Blurb books directly in Lr4. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alena on October 16th, 2012 at 10:31am JST (4 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

How do I save and easily reload my Keyword-based group assigment when I do an update to Lightroom. I find that it goes away and I have to rebuild the whole list again.

It’s all stored in your Lightroom preferences file… an upgrade should not affect that. Perhaps the file is getting corrupt? —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris Parfeniuk on October 23rd, 2012 at 1:02pm JST (4 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Do you have any plans to make an export to skydrive plugin. Skydrive has been built into windows 8 and is certainly a lot cheaper than the majority of the other similar services.

Cheers, Pete. UK

I have no plans for acquiring Windows 8, so no, no plans for a Skydrive plugin. But if Skydrive is like Dropbox, you should presumably just be able to export to a local folder and have it appear in the Sky? —Jeffrey

— comment by Pete on November 7th, 2012 at 3:16am JST (4 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Regarding Skydrive, it appears as though you can mount it as a network drive and even run something like FreeFileSync or even a batch file to sync whatever you’d need to.

— comment by Bill on November 8th, 2012 at 10:12pm JST (4 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

hi jeffrey,

i love your lightroom goodies, thank you so much for your great work – if you ever plan to create a export plugin for mediawiki i’ll be the first one to test it!

regards from austria


— comment by Manuel on November 17th, 2012 at 7:51pm JST (4 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

For some reason I thought you had released some sort of Lightroom work time tracker plugin, but I’m guessing not as I can’t find it on the list. Any chance you would be interested in creating a plugin to track how much average time is spent on a particular photo, directory, and/or collection?

I don’t know of such a plugin, but I’ve heard talk of it before. I don’t think the technology infrastructure is there to do it well, so I’d be surprised if someone’s actually built a plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by rubin110 on November 26th, 2012 at 5:43pm JST (4 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff, I’m from Australia, love your plug-ins and was just wondering if you know of, or would consider creating, a plug-in that allows you to caption photos with the age that a child/person was in that photo? You would select the photos containing that person, put in their birth date and it could then easily calculate their age in each photo from the photo creation date and then add it to each photo as a caption or title. Maybe it could even do it automatically for new photos based on a tag or collection. I can’t find any plug-in that comes close to doing this even though to me it seems like such an obvious yet handy feature that may be pretty easy to create yet quite popular. Thanks Jeff.

I see what you mean… it’s a good idea. I don’t know of anything, but I’ll give it some thought… —Jeffrey

— comment by Carlo on December 1st, 2012 at 11:31pm JST (4 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff – I really like Carlo’s ‘age’ plugin suggestion! — Michael

— comment by Michael J. O'Connell on December 2nd, 2012 at 7:31am JST (4 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff. Good work on making all this info available. Also, i use your PicasaWeb plugin which is very good.

I want to print all the photos i’ve taken this year using a layout similar to the one found in Google+ galleries.. the algorithm is discussed here:
Basically, I would like to collate numerous photos onto a single page, and publish a jpeg for each page.

I was hoping to develop a plugin for the Lightroom print module (a new Layout Style would be ideal), but it seems that the print module isn’t available from the SDK unfortunately. So i’m wonder if perhaps you might be able to give me some pointers on what might be the best workflow to achieve this goal.

thanks for any help!

The best you can do in Lightroom is to export copies of the photos and then launch some external app to somehow combine them into a single page. Lightroom, unfortunately, doesn’t offer general image-building hooks. —Jeffrey

— comment by john mansour on December 18th, 2012 at 2:26pm JST (4 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I’d like to be able to sort my images by multiple criteria, e.g. [File Name], then [File Type], then [Capture Date] … or whatever.

Then save the sort criteria as a “Preset”.


Sydney, NSW, Australia

Lightroom doesn’t give plugins access to the image sort. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Allen Darby on March 7th, 2013 at 8:51am JST (3 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

The lightroom preview recall plug in works great,,, thanks for the work on this will review the photographers page of yours for other plug ins,, thanks again ernie
United States Eastern

— comment by Ernie on March 18th, 2013 at 10:41am JST (3 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi J.

I am a long time user of your plug-ins for both facebook and flickr. I thank you for these tools which have worked flawlessly for years.

Leaving aside my photography personal interests I’m looking for a subtle watermarking/copyrighting system for many multiple images, today 2000 but over time many more. I realise that I cannot 100% ‘lock ‘ an image via a watermark or
IPTC, IPTC-IIM, XMP or even Exif. I can just make it difficult to infringe copyright. and that’s all I want to do. I was using the app. Watermark Image to place a tiny image and copyright notice on the photo – the commercial site that was displaying these images doesn’t like this ( no prizes for guessing who !)

I saw a reference to ‘ Jeffery Friedl that leverages Phil Harvey’s ExifTool ‘ on the internet, but the link is dead. The context suggested this might be a solution. I’ve also looked at tineye, picscout and digimarc. These are all overkill and way too expensive.

All suggestions welcome – I can’t see an obvious link on your site.


PS Here’s the link:

The link you refer to merely forgot the “http://” in front… it’s supposed to go to my online Exif viewer that allows image metadata to be inspected. I don’t understand your reference to watermarks, whether you like them or dislike them, but FWIW the standard for watermarking in Lightroom is this plugin. You also might consider my Creative Commons plugin if you want to go that route for some shots. —Jeffrey

— comment by richard on March 29th, 2013 at 8:24pm JST (3 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey!

Any chance you will be making a Dropbox publishing service?

I use most of your other publishing services and would prefer to stick with you rather than purchasing it from another developer.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Wasn’t planning on it… can’t you just export to your Dropbox folder? That’s what I do. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jeremiah on April 30th, 2013 at 12:41pm JST (3 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Of course. It’s what I currently do, but being able to see everything right from Lightroom and keep everything organized with the other published stuff would be nice. I do see how it may not be as potent of a plug-in as your others, however, since it is so easy to export to the Dropbox folder and all.
Anyway, I just thought I’d check since I love all of your other “goodies!”

Thank you!

You can keep everything organized within Lightroom by using my Collection Publisher plugin, or perhaps the Folder Publisher plugin, in either case setting the root of the output to somewhere in your Dropbox tree. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jeremiah on April 30th, 2013 at 5:06pm JST (3 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Any chance to develop an LR plug-in for ipernity? It seems like people are singing from flickr to ipernity because of the latest redesign of flickr that people really really do not like.

I’m thinking about it… depends on how many folks might use it. I’d not heard of Ipernity prior to this Flickr thing. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ken Ilio on May 27th, 2013 at 3:54am JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I would like to put in a vote for ipernity which I am considering a transition to since flickr has become bloated, slow and difficult to find out how or where photos were taken. Thanks

— comment by Chris on May 28th, 2013 at 1:52am JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffry: Have you ever developed a Lightroom export plug in for DotPhoto? I have the Picasa and Zenfolio plugs ins, and both work wonderfully. For reasons related to selling prints, I’m going to need to use Dotphoto for a couple of projects and there does not seem to be any direct Lr upload tool available.

No, sorry, this is the first I’ve heard of DotPhoto. —Jeffrey

— comment by Remo Nonaz on May 28th, 2013 at 8:36pm JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I would also like to see an export plugin for ipernity that operates in the same way the Flickr one does. Many of my contacts have jumped to ipernity in the last week, and I’ve also signed on there. I’d live to be able to push photos directly from Lightroom the way I always have with the Flickr plugin. Please consider. Not sure however if ipernity has any kind of api like FLickr does, or what it takes to even accomplish this. Thanks

— comment by Jeff on May 29th, 2013 at 2:47am JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Another request for an ipernity LR plug-in here. Like many other, I’m not a fan of where Flickr seems to be heading at the moment and ipernity seems to embody the values that Flickr once had.

— comment by Chris on May 29th, 2013 at 5:17am JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

And another request for an Ipernity plugin, it’s the only thing holding me back from abandoning Flickr.

— comment by TD on June 4th, 2013 at 4:01pm JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Another vote for an Ipernity Publish plug in here. Thanks for everything you do for the LR community.

— comment by Paul Parkinson on June 5th, 2013 at 4:11pm JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

first of all, thanks for that very usefull tool.

After installing them on Lightroon 4.4 it worfs fine for a couple of days. After interuppting an upload it doesnt work anymore. Get the msg “Lightroom couldn’t render a copy from the master….because it cant access the file. Perhaps it’s deleted or is on a disk that’s currently offline?”

Files are ok, accessable and drive isnt offline.

Plugin disabled an installt again. Problem still exists.

Did you have any idea to solve it?

Many thanks in advance.


I don’t know what plugin you’re referring to, but the error is coming from Lightroom proper, translated to the description you see by the plugin. Maybe it can’t access the file because another Lightroom thread or some other process has it open and locked? Are you perhaps using Metadata Wrangler or some other plugin that launches a separate program behind the scenes to do some work on an image? Perhaps that behind-the-scenes program is getting stuck and holding the image hostage. (?) —Jeffrey

— comment by Hermann on June 7th, 2013 at 12:01pm JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

May I chime in for the ipernity export plugin? 😉 I’m already using the PicasaWeb plugin, great tool BTW, and ipernity support is one of the missing links for me (manual export/upload right now). Happy to shell out some bucks for this one … thanks!

I’m workin’ on it…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Martin on June 8th, 2013 at 8:17pm JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, well, I should have waited but I upgraded to LR 5 today and bingo, none of the plugins work, so, are you working on these or will I loose them? Thanks for your reply.

They should would, if you have the latest versions. —Jeffrey

— comment by David on June 10th, 2013 at 4:08pm JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, thanks for the quick reply. Funny, I always keep them update but for some reason none of them are working. If I re-download them will it recognize my previous key?


Well, yes and no. Registration keys are tied to a Lr serial number, so if you’ve also changed your Lr serial number (due to an upgrade to Lr5, for example), you’ll need new keys to be registered. This is all described on the registration page; you can generate a new key with a $.01 transaction if you like. —Jeffrey

— comment by David Macias on June 10th, 2013 at 10:22pm JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

You have done a wonderful job with all these apps/plugins. I did not see what I’m looking for and maybe I just missed it.
I would like to write user selected Exif /Metadata information to the actual image (on top of) as text. This would happen during export.
This helps my clients and I know from our scouting photos what time of day, what focal length used etc.
Do you have anything like this ?
thanks very much, Larny

Check out Tim Armes’ Lr/Transporter plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Larny Mack on June 19th, 2013 at 7:49am JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Been wrestling with making an importable keyword list with hierarchy for Lightroom. Very awkward to do, requiring set up in a spreadsheet, and then formatting tabs and cr’s in a text editor. Would be nice to be able to start with the spreadsheet, and import directly to LR.

Don’t know if you’ve messed with this, or if there is much market, or for that matter the intrinsic value of the hierarchy once all is said and done.

Thanks for all the work you’ve done, I have several of your plugins installed including Zenfolio, Meta data wrangler, and Creative Commons. All are very useful and work well!

I don’t do much with keywords so I don’t have much insight here, but check out Tim Armes’ Keyword Master, whose name implies it might be of help here. —Jeffrey

— comment by Marc Sitkin on June 29th, 2013 at 9:39pm JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey – I upgraded from LR 4.4 to LR5, and let it upgrade my catalog. Now it seems ALL of my published photos are marked as “Modified Photos to Re-Publish”. This isn’t specific just to your plugins – it’s happening with jf-Facebook & jf-Picasaweb plugins (yours) and also the Smugmug plugin (not yours).

Any idea why this is happening, and is this expected behavior after a catalog upgrade? Thanks!

Not expected, and no idea why it might happen. Didn’t happen during my upgrade. You might try selecting them all (via the filmstrip, as per this bug) and remarking as up-to-date via the thumbnail context menu. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jim Reitz on July 2nd, 2013 at 2:26pm JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for the suggestion, Jeffrey. I went thru each published album and marked their photos as Up-To-Date. Worked fine. Still not sure of the root cause – but I suspect it may be related to re-building previews.

In fact – when first viewing some of the published albums, I could actually see the pictures switching from the “Published” to “Modified” panels one-by-one in real time! Presumably this happened as their preview was being built for the first time. Note that after updating this catalog to LR5, I did delete the existing huge previews folder (to clean up some space on my SSD drive). Not sure why re-building a preview would trigger Modified/Re-publish status?

It was probably a separate background task that recalculated the checksum for things that require a republish, and that it was happening at the same time as the previews is coincidental, I’d think. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jim Reitz on July 4th, 2013 at 6:02am JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery you may have already received this, first questionnot sure so here I go again.

Do you have an up load plug in to Zen Folio for C1 Pro 7 Phase 1 product. I hope so as I want to switch for the better raw processing but don’t want to lose the work flow ease that your plug in allows.

And one other question if I may Is there any way that the display for the up load destinations can be grouped , or organised so that the display can collapsed into its master folder or groups, as you can in Zen when in edit mode on the left hand side, instead of having every thing open in one long string. I hope that makes sense . Let me know if you need more info, may be some screen grabs would help.

Many Thanks


I do Lightroom development, so I don’t know anything about Phase 1 products, sorry. About the display collapsing, I very much wish Lightroom’s UI would allow me to do that, but it doesn’t. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by David Simmonds on July 4th, 2013 at 10:37am JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,

Great plugin! Appreciate all the work you’ve done.

Just returned from a couple weeks in Europe. Every day I downloaded my track logs from my Garmin to a folder on my laptop. I suspect your plugin will read through them all and find matching dates/times for each pic, but is there any “track log management” software that will help me condense the logs into one sane file? It will be interesting to catalog all 5,500 pics…



The plugin should be able to handle them all a once, but if you want to create one file, check out GPSBable. —Jeffrey

— comment by BobB on July 19th, 2013 at 5:23am JST (3 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi – love all the plugins. Do you know how easy it would be to make one that allows me to create a custom package with different size pages? I’m trying desperately to find a way of printing (for example) a 8×6 and a 10×8 and a 8×12 etc – with either single or multiple cells on each. Basically a way of selecting individual page sizes, rather than a global page setting.
Would be interested to hear if you know of a way to do this.
Thanks, Andy

Unfortunately, plugins have no access to Lightroom’s Print system, so I’ve no suggestions here, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Andy on July 24th, 2013 at 10:17pm JST (3 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, do you have a plug in that can show me my jpeg and RAW images?
I hate having to hover over images. All I now want to work with are my RAW files.
But I dare not risk losing anything that isn’t a RAW format file.

Thank you.

I don’t understand the question, but FWIW, you can set the Library Grid Filter to show only raw files, or only raw + non-JPEG, or whatever. See “File Type” in the Metadata section. BTW, “raw” is a word, not an acronym. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bohdan on July 28th, 2013 at 12:49pm JST (3 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, I’m a longtime fan and I have an idea/request for you: I have all of my photos (about 80,000) in one Lightroom catalog. At some point, for efficiency sake, I’d like to have more than one catalog but the main reason I see to not do that is because of the inability to search (for keywords, ratings, dates, file types, cameras, etc.) in more than one catalog at a time. I think it would be fantastic to be able to search multiple catalogs. Could create a plugin or app to do that?

The short answer is “no”. The long answer is that some outside tool that reads the catalog databases might be able to do it (when Lightroom is not running), but this is not an area that I venture into. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jim Starr on July 30th, 2013 at 5:24pm JST (3 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Just wanted to say thanks for the ipernity plugin. It’s been working fine. There’s still some areas of it I don’t understand, but for just posting to my stream, it’s works fine. –JS

— comment by Jeff on July 31st, 2013 at 2:35am JST (3 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

There are two new photo storage sites and I wonder if you have any plans to create a Lightroom plug in for either:

I particularly like because I can upload RAW files and all sort of video files.


This is the first I’ve heard of either, so it’s unlikely I’ll build a plugin for them any time soon, though others might(?). —Jeffrey

— comment by Bohdan on August 6th, 2013 at 8:22am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I’m writing from Rockville, Maryland, USA. Just updated to version 2013722.314 of your Lightroom Flickr plugin. I’m using Lightroom version 4.4, Windows 7 home premium. I apologize in advance if you have covered this issue in your blog; I wasn’t able to find it there.

Yesterday, after updating the jf Flickr plugin, for the first time in several weeks I used the jf Flickr plugin to upload some substantial photosets to my Flickr account. The uploads have been frequently interrupted, and I’m getting some strange error messages. Please see below – I’ve written a few of them out for you to check. Eventually, after quite a few clicks of the Publish button, the photosets are uploaded successfully, but it is a tedious process.

I contacted Flickr (Yahoo) support, sent them the error messages, and they tell me the problem is with the 3rd party plugin, and they can’t fix it and I should contact the developer. Here’s the excerpt from their response:

“I am very sorry for the trouble. Jeffrey’s “Export to Flickr” Lightroom Plugin is a 3rd-party application; we can’t offer any support for it. Please contact the developer of that application for help.”

I’ve also used the native Lightroom Flickr plugin, and it has the same upload interruption problems. The Lightroom version error suggests my computer has a network problem, though I’ve tested our Comcast service and all is well.

I am aware that your blog states that Flickr servers are flaky. I suspect that I am the victim of that problem, but I thought I would contact you just in case something else is going on. Thanks for your help.


A. Sample error messages using the JF plugin:

1) Flickr#314 +7352.1:[2A5F5358} @Flickr line 4466: unexpected result from setMeta

2) Empty reply from Flickr

3) Unexpected result from AddtoPhotset

B. Sample error message using the native Lightroom Flickr plugin:

1) Can’t update this collection. Could not contact the Flickr webservice. Please check your internet connection.

It’s probably just flakiness at Flickr (or, perhaps, at your ISP or with your router or security settings). Getting the same errors from both plugins implies it’s not a plugin-specific problem. The best I can suggest is at this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lawrence Ries on August 6th, 2013 at 9:57am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I use your plug in to export my photos to zenfolio. I notice that it doesn’t really work for video files. How would you suggest I upload video files to my zenfolio site? Also is there any way that you know of to export video from lightroom 3 directly to YouTube?
thanks so much,

Upgrading to Lr4 or later will get much better upload performance for large videos with my plugin. I don’t know about YouTube, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by laurie werner on August 14th, 2013 at 3:28am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey, I have lightroom 4 and it takes longer to export out from lightroom than uploading the same files onto my online server/ web site client galleries. Is there a way to expedieate a simple export? I did not have that problem with LR3. It takes 15 seconds or more to download a jpg and when exporting 300 or more images its painfully slow.

Thank you I appreciate the feedback.

There shouldn’t be anything specific about Lightroom that’s slowing things down, but be sure that you don’t have some kind of security app throttling Lightroom. (Lightroom 4 may appear to such things as a different app than Lightroom 3.) Also, some sites may reserve faster servers for their own uploaders than for third-party apps like plugins. Or, it could be that Lightroom is just slow… I dunno. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Javier on August 16th, 2013 at 1:03am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery,

I’m using 3 of your publish plugins – Flickr, Picassa and SmugMug. I have created a manual collection and use this in all 3 plugins as a Smart Publish Collection/Gallery, so that all services publish the same images. My collection has 12 images – all TIFF’s – as I edited the RAW file externally in Photoshop. If I re-edit an image in the collection in Photoshop it is not being marked for re-publish. Is this related to using smart collections?

That sounds like a Lightroom bug to me. I’ll report it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark Connell on August 19th, 2013 at 10:20pm JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

HI, I work as an event photographer. Is it possible to auto import into lightroom and have each import printed automatically. I just love the quality of the prints I get with when I apply the preset filters. Rgds, Proinsias

No, not as far as I know; I know of no way to hook any kind of automation into Lightroom’s print system. —Jeffrey

— comment by Proinsias on August 22nd, 2013 at 7:10am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

The RSS feed is no longer working properly (since one week)

regards from Germany


Thanks, I think I found the problem; it should be working now. —Jeffrey

— comment by Klaus on August 29th, 2013 at 4:56pm JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff, I’ve used your Zenfolio plug in for LR2 and LR3 and see it is a “must have” for my work flow, but I’m having difficulty finding a program that can open LUA files that seem to be all that’s used in the latest version for LR5.

I’ve downloaded your latest zenfolio plugin for LR5, and extracted the init.lua file but haven’t been able to open it. I’ve tried Notepad, File Finder, LUA for Windows and several others, but they all respond with “init.lua is an unrecognized format”.

Any suggestions? Please advise, thanks.


Plugins are installed in Lr5 the way they have been since Lr2… see the instructions here. —Jeffrey

— comment by Larry Headley on September 1st, 2013 at 6:31am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Yes, I’m following your instructions on installing plugins to LR5, but they don’t tell me how to open “info.lua”. My initial question was if you have any suggestions on how to open “lua” files; i.e. what file opener would you recommend.



I have no idea what you’re reading; Instructions for installing a Lightroom plugin would not say, in any way, to open any lua file with anything. —Jeffrey

— comment by Larry Headley on September 6th, 2013 at 10:00pm JST (3 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

I have been looking for an alternative to flickr, Smugmug etc. where I can have control over my own photos, without sending them to someone else. Trovebox/theopenphotoproject seems to have the right approach, as you can use their installation or install it own your own server, and they even have an app, so you can easily show the photos when you meet someone. However, there doesn’t seem to be a Lightroom plugin….

Have you looked into this platform/software? Would it be too presumptuous to ask you to look into their APIs at to see if it is feasible for you to create yet another plugin?

Best regards!

This is the first I’ve heard of them, so there’s apparently little demand as of yet. We’ll see whether they become popular enough in Lightroom’s userbase to garner more attention… —Jeffrey

— comment by Daggi Elehu on September 10th, 2013 at 5:03am JST (3 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hey, Jeffrey

Thanks so much for all you do for us LR users. I’m sure I’m missing something obvious, but how can I import my CSV file as a collection in LR5? It’s not showing as an option under plug-in extras.



I’m not sure exactly what you mean by “CSV file as a collection”, but your best bet is likely to use Lr/Transporter to set metadata from a CSV file, then create a smart collection that keys off that metadata. —Jeffrey

— comment by kelly on September 19th, 2013 at 10:26am JST (3 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
Larry, in Santa Cruz CA. I’ve been appreciating your lightroom plugins for several years.

Do you know of any plugins for expanding the color adjustments of photos in Lightroom? I tend to shoot in all sorts of crazy light, from dimly lit rooms for blues dancing, to using an IR modified camera. A lot of times, I’ll end up with one or both of the color sliders (usually temperature) pegged. My K-5 has amazing dynamic range, so I could certainly make use of a wider adjustment range. All that I’ve found so far is to adjust the color the best that I can, export the result, then do another pass on the exported file.

I might be able to get what I need by simply putting it through a filter where I tell it to dial up the various color ranges by some number of stops. For example, raise the green by a stop, lower the red bytwo stops, and the blue by half a stop.


My first gut instinct is that you’re doing something wrong, but I’m hard pressed to articulate what it might be. What you describe at the end sounds like the HSL panel in Develop… if that combined with Basic doesn’t work for you, perhaps look at a different camera profile (perhaps building your own with the X-Rite plugin?) —Jeffrey

— comment by Larry Colen on September 23rd, 2013 at 3:52pm JST (3 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

LOVE your Lightroom plugins for both Facebook and Flickr. Any thought of one for Fine Art America?

Thanks for all your good work!!


Have never heard of them, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jane on September 24th, 2013 at 5:15am JST (3 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hey, J.

I tend to get a lot of errors and whatnots that interrupt my publishing, usually when there are LOTS of images, which makes it really frustrating to wake up in the morning thinking something that should be done would be done, only to find that an error stopped the publish 20% of the way through.

Is there any way for your plug-ins to incorporate a feature where incomplete uploads will restart automatically? That would be ridiculously amazing.

The plugin does retry networking errors, but many errors simply can’t be overcome without intervention (e.g. if you need to reauthenticate to your account, or the upload destination doesn’t exist, etc.). I feel your frustration, though… I’ve been bit by the “wake up and it’s not done yet” think too. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jeremiah on September 26th, 2013 at 5:47pm JST (3 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, Jerry,
I’ve just upgraded LR4 > LR5.2. Unfortunately does not recognize .lrtemplate plugins e.g. Matt’s helpful “Big Sky” presets for LR 4 or the TLR Velvia presets. The program asks for .lrplugin.
Do you have any solution for this problem?
Best regards,

“.lrtemplate” are not plugins, they’re templates. You install them by placing them particular Lightroom-maintained folders. See the install instructions that came with each. —Jeffrey

— comment by Robert on September 27th, 2013 at 10:45pm JST (3 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

The LR 5.2 plugin manager does not “see” the mentioned plugins, but in the development module the existing presets are shown and seem to work …
Best regards,
Robert, Austria

Again, it sounds like you’re confusing plugins with develop presets. They are completely unrelated, save for having something to do with Lightroom. —Jeffrey

— comment by Robert NB on September 28th, 2013 at 5:23pm JST (3 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I’ve noticed an issue in LR5 when I am navigating around in the Library folders and then go to a publish service and then back to the Library. When I go back to the library and select different folders it’s as if my entire library is shown and I can no longer see the contents of individual folders. The only way to fix is to restart Lightroom. Have you seen this issue? It’s causing me great concern about the integrity of my catalog file.

There seem to be a number of bugs new (or newly prevalent) bugs along these lines, not just in Publish, but everywhere in Library. I don’t think it’s your catalog. I’m restarting Lightroom quite often these days. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Don on September 30th, 2013 at 12:00am JST (3 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Do you have a plugin or a suggested plugin for a simple way to add f-stop to metadata from a manual lens?

The only way you can do this now is to add the data to the master image file before importing it into Lightroom. I so very wish that I could update this stuff in Lightroom — it seems silly that I can’t — but that’s the way it is. I use ExifTool to inject reasonable lens data for my manual lenses prior to importing. —Jeffrey

— comment by Den on October 22nd, 2013 at 9:30pm JST (3 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

I use 3 of your publish plugins and find them very helpful. I have my working catalog on my Macbook which contains my current library of 2013 photos. My hard drive is nearly full so I ‘exported to catalog’ over my home network to my desktop pc which has a few terabytes of space which took about 6hrs. I then opened lightroom on the pc and ‘imported from another catalog’ and merged the photos to my archive. Everything went as I expected. However, despite having the same 3 publish plugins on my pc logged into the same accounts the transferred photos are not showing in the publish albums.

I looked through your other plugins to see if you had one for this scenario but couldn’t spot one.

Is what I want to do possible? Is there something I should have done before the transfer? I’d love to hear your thoughts

Many thanks


Lightroom does not support Publish with catalog import and export. What might work is to copy your laptop catalog to your desktop, open it there and then import your original desktop catalog without Publish into it. Another idea is to pick up with what you did, but set up each publish service anew and use the “claim” feature to repopulate them. But perhaps the best idea is to avail yourself of Lr5’s Smart Previews, so you don’t need to store the master images, but can still work with them effectively. (Especially if your desktop is a Mac, you can use the built-in OSX “back to my Mac” feature to mount the desktop drives on your laptop from anywhere in the world.) —Jeffrey

— comment by Paul Thompson on October 31st, 2013 at 8:02pm JST (3 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

It would be nice if the plugin could crop photo to a certain pre-defined focal lenght: to crop a photo shot with a 35mm lens to a 50mm or 75mm photo and be able to hover the cropped area over the photo before fixing it. Especially with nowadays hi-rez camera’s of 24+ megapixel the megapixel count after cropping is still high enough.

regards, MartinL

This isn’t something a plugin could do, but it sounds like a fine feature request for Adobe… —Jeffrey

— comment by MartinL on November 2nd, 2013 at 4:48pm JST (3 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff, thank you for all of your plugins. Weird behavior I wonder if you can explain. I’m using LR5, just installed your Photobucket plugin via Plugin Manager, but it doesn’t show up in the Publishing Manager. When I go to “Add” a new publish service, the drop-down doesn’t include your photobucket plugin but it does include your facebook plugin.

Any ideas?

That plugin is Export (File > Export) only… —Jeffrey

— comment by Pablo on November 3rd, 2013 at 11:34am JST (3 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Flickr photo-ID in LR. It appears that the last time someone asked was 2009. At least a couple versions of LR since then.

I’m a LR newbie, ready to transfer from Aperture. I’m at my last ‘deal-breaker.’ In Aperture, my 8,000 Flickr images have a field (not in standard IPTC) called Flickr ID. It was loaded by a 3rd party plug-in, nearly obsolete.

Here I see elaborate ways to get around not using the Flickr ID (aka Photo-ID) like sophisticated File Creation Date info schemes. For all of my uploaded Flickr photos its a 10/11 digit number that seems unique in the Flickr universe. In every URL I get that number as part of the path.

What am I missing? Why isn’t the photo-ID mentioned on any site that talks about LR and Flickr?

Am I missing some custom metadata fields in Lightroom? If I’m searching through tens of thousands of pictures on my Mac, it sure is easy to identify which pictures are uploaded.. and where.



It’s not talked about because, I suspect, normal photographers don’t care… it’s an “under the hood” kind of thing. In the 6? years I’ve been doing this, this is the first mention I recall of someone wanting the id directly. Unfortunately, I don’t see an easy way to import your data into the plugin. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by digitalFlack on November 4th, 2013 at 10:19am JST (3 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff, I am writing from Munich Germany. Your plugin add immense value to Lightroom.

I have a wish and have no ideas if it is in any way possible to write a plugin that would do this. I would love to be able to submit a group of filenames to Lightroom and have it find those picture files in my Lightroom library and create a Collection for them. The reason is that sometimes I unwisely take exported copies of pictures from various Lightroom folders and mingle into one folder on my computer. Then I realize that I would like to have that as a collection but it requires doing a search for each and dragging it into the collection.

The filenames could be submitted by pasting into a dialog box or letting Lightroom read a txt file. It would need to report unfound files and would be best if it could ignore the file extent since a catalog could have a combination of file types but the exported files may all be jpg (or whatever).

So, Santa. That’s my wish for Christmas. Thanks — even if it isn’t possible.


You can do exactly what you want with my extended-search plugin, and perhaps also with Tim Armis’ Lr/Transporter plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Herb Nestler on November 25th, 2013 at 5:17am JST (3 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Fantastic! You come through again. Don’t know how I missed that plugin. — Herb

— comment by Herb Nestler on November 26th, 2013 at 11:16pm JST (3 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey! First of all, thank you for all of your work to enhance the capabilities of Lightroom. I recently singed up for Zenfolio which I wouldn’t have done if it wasn’t for your plug-in. If they aren’t throwing some $$ your way, they should be! On that note I am wondering if you can help me with a feature that seems to be missing from Lightroom but that seems to be a no brainer.

It looks like the idea was submitted to Adobe about 10 months back by another person ( but I don’t imagine that it will be a high priority in their product backlog. I was wondering if you may be able to help with an addition to your Zenfolio plugin, other plugin or point me to a workaround that I am just not seeing.

Here’s my user story: As a user, I want the export dialog to prompt me for the custom text to be included in the filename so that my images are named in Zenfolio in a meaningful way.

I view it something like this, the export preset is set up with the file naming section to add custom text (as it allows you to do currently). If {Custom Text} is included in the file naming convention, a checkbox is presented that enables users to have the export/publishing dialog prompt them for the custom text that they want appended into the filename.

Thank you for taking time to review my request, I really appreciate your time and all that you have done for the Lightroom community.

It’s a completely reasonable request, but not something, unfortunately, that a plugin could help fulfill. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike on December 1st, 2013 at 4:00am JST (3 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey!

Using your plugin to export to Smugmug has been great!
For my site I like to make blog collages, not too many variations, just 2 vertical pictures next to one another with my logo on it (here’s a page with an example). I’m doing it using Fundy blog collage maker, but it’s a pain to export all the pics and then use Bridge and photoshop ( I can do it through the “print” option in LR and make my own templates besides the ones available, but the output/export is terrible. For some reason, even if you set it at 300 dpi, the quality is bad. I can also not add borders around it like I have in the example (the link above).

Is there a plugin you’ve made for this? Please tell me “yes”! And if not, can you make such a plugin? I wrote to Fundy and asked them. They said they get a lot of similar requests, but have no intention to make the plugin for Lightroom.

Thanks for your time!


Unfortunately, I don’t have any suggestions for you Anna. Lightroom is set up for one-by-one exports, so pairing up photos is not particularly straightforward (as you’ve found out). —Jeffrey

— comment by Anna on December 1st, 2013 at 7:30am JST (3 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Topic: Lightroom-5, Flickr & G+ plugins, getting ‘likes’ back to Lightroom database.

Is there a possibility to getting the stars and the +’s’ of Flickr and G+ linked to the photos back to the Lightroom Database?

Reason: I’m sometimes surprised by what people ‘like’. Now I have to go to Flickr or G+ to get that info.

Google offers no API access to that kind of info, so we’re stuck there. The number of Flickr “likes” is shown when viewing a Publish Service, in the lower-right section of Library in the same area where comments are shown. —Jeffrey

— comment by Paul van Oss on December 7th, 2013 at 5:55pm JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I’m from Australia and a Mac (OS X 10.6.8) user who has just downloaded Lightroom 4. I’ve been searching for a way to display all my pics that were taken when the camera was set to Tv or Av or the like with no luck. I think this is known as Shooting Mode?
Any suggestions?

Lightroom calls that “Exposure Program”, and you can see it on an image-by-image basis in the Metadata section if you use an appropriate metadata viewer preset. You can also filter and group such images via my Data Explorer plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Cathy on December 8th, 2013 at 11:36pm JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi would you be by any chance working on a plugin for Fine art America for LR 4 or 5.


No, and based on this I wouldn’t think anyone would. —Jeffrey

— comment by Frank Pali on December 12th, 2013 at 2:46am JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Looks like 5.3 officially fixes the bug with Published Collections:

“Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 5.3
…Incorrect photos are displayed after switching away from a Publish Collection…”

Downloading now!

— comment by Rick Estrada on December 13th, 2013 at 12:47am JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Really loving the features and flexibility of your plugins. Do you have plans for a 500px plugin?

The story of 500px and me is here —Jeffrey

— comment by Brian Xavier on December 15th, 2013 at 1:51pm JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Is it possible somehow to make a plugin for Lightroom 5, convert a video with Adobe Media Encoder CC? I just want more control on codec, bit depth, etc. Or create an XML which I can bring in Premiere Pro CC and start to cut?

No, I don’t think they offer any options for different rendering. Best to ask them, though. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lanti on December 19th, 2013 at 10:50pm JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, I apprciate your Metadata Viewer Plugin a lot (and also the Picasa export plugin !) Be asured your work is a great help for almost every LR user.

Obviously, you can readout the focus fields used in Nikon cameras. Is there a chance you may do a plugin that shows the autofocus positions as overlays to the photos, as it can be done in Nikon’s View NX Software?
(Obviously, the information is there, I wonder why Adobe don’t use them?)
I’d think such a feature for LR would be something many of us would be happy about!


Adobe probably doesn’t do this because the data is propitiatory to each maker/camera and perhaps not even published, and no matter how many cameras they’d support, folks not getting support would complain. It’s also not easy for a plugin to do this… it’d have to do some image processing in the background somehow to produce a composite image showing the overlay. It’s not impossible, but then it’d have the same problem that Adobe has, which is choosing what cameras to support. It’s not on my short list, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Michael on December 25th, 2013 at 6:46am JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I am using several of your Lightroom plugins and they are extremely useful. I have a large catalog of images of tropical marine species. Each images is tagged with metadata that identifies things like the species name, the common name, the genus, the phylum etc of the organisms in each image. One of the tings that Lightroom does not allow is multi-level sorting within a catalog based on any combination of metadata fields (i.e sort by phyllum, then within phyllum by genus and then within genus by species). This capability to do this was fast and easy in the legacy software ImageAXS that I kept using for many years before changing to Lightroom (the sort capabilities and the easy access to the MSaccess database files in ImageAXS were the reason I stayed with it so long despite its many other deficiencies).

My question to you is do you think you may ate some time develop a plugin that allows a multi-level sort capability based on metadata fields (ideally many possible fields like your Data-Explorer plugin)?

Also, I would like to see your Data-Explorer plug-in modified to allow selection sorting by “Title” “Headline” and “Caption” as well as the current options in the list for “Title length”, “Title line count” and the length and count options for Headline and Caption. Is this possible

The first part sounds like you’re describing Lightroom’s Library Filter (tap the “/” key while in Library). As for sorting, that’s quite different from filtering, and Lightroom doesn’t give plugins hooks to the persistent sort. I think a plugin can create a collection of photos and choose their initial placement to be whatever order it wants, but that’s pretty kludgy. I don’t know of a plugin that does it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Doug S on January 2nd, 2014 at 7:07am JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Doug,

I use an extensive keyword hierarchy to manage phylum, genus and more, right up to Kingdom for all species not just fish. I have common names in these tags too. This works quite well for me, even when filtering, as photos can be sent to inherit all parent tags.


— comment by Miles Escow on January 2nd, 2014 at 10:29pm JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink


Is there a plug-in that will add a sequential number (possibly file number) within the image area when exporting a group of images from LR?



You might try the Lr/Mogrify plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Peter on January 28th, 2014 at 7:50am JST (3 years ago) comment permalink

Great – thanks. This has a feature that will do what I need.


— comment by Peter on January 28th, 2014 at 1:06pm JST (3 years ago) comment permalink

Thanks for all the great work Jeffery! Writing from Cloudland Georgia, USA

I read through the comments and did not see how to perform the following. If I belong to different groups in FaceBook how do I export photos from LR5 to that particular group and not my Timeline? Probably a simple answer but I just seem to running in circles – Thanks again for all the hard work.

See this FAQ for potential reasons. —Jeffrey

— comment by Norman Peay on February 15th, 2014 at 9:30pm JST (3 years ago) comment permalink

I heard that you have an awesome Noise Reduction plugin but I don’t see it on the list. I was just wondering where I can find it at. Thanks!!

I’ve been getting requests about this suddenly, and the best I can guess is that it’s referring to my Bulk Develop Settings plugin, which allows you to set Lightroom’s built-in noise reduction on a per-camera per-ISO basis. —Jeffrey

— comment by Katrina on March 7th, 2014 at 9:19am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey
I’ve installed your Metadata Wrangler plugin which works really well with the exception of diplaying the captions on i-Pad. Occasionaly it works but mostly it doesn’t. There doesn’t seem to be a pattern and I’m wondering if you have any ideas. I’ve considered the length of the caption but there doesn’t appear to be a restriction on the number of characters nor any other logic that I can see.
Hoping you can help.
Linda K
(Hong Kong)
I’m not sure what you mean… what’s the relationship between Metadata wrangler and your iPad? Please drop me an email with details. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anonymous on March 15th, 2014 at 6:09pm JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink


Since including your flickr plugin I cannot open some of my catalogs, have you got any idea why?

Many thanks

It’s rare, but a really corrupt install can cause Lightroom to crash or hang on launch or when first opening certain dialogs. I’d suggest deleting the plugin files on disk and relaunching Lightroom to make sure that fixed it, then re-downloading (perhaps with a different browser) and re-adding the plugin to the Plugin Manager. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lee on March 29th, 2014 at 4:29am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey
First I want to thank for your great work on the Lightroom PlugIns. I use the Geocoding Support since years.
I’m looking for a plugin that can directly from the library upload photos to a Website with FTP with SSL. I’m aware of the plugin in the Lightroom SDK, but this don’t Support FTP with SSL on a IIS 8.0 webserver
Thanks a happy easter

Unfortunately we’re limited to whatever Adobe provides, and that doesn’t seem to include FTP over SSL yet. —Jeffrey

— comment by Michael on April 20th, 2014 at 8:27pm JST (2 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery, loving your work and I have been a user for a long time now.. keep it up. I ask this question simply because of your knowledge with LR.

My Auto tone ALWAYS over exposes by about 0.5 of a stop. Is there a way to edit or hack the Auto tone so that after its calculations you can force -0.5 with it?

kind regards

Not that I know of. Make sure you’re using the most recent Camera Calibration Profiles for your camera… IIRC there was an issue with some old profiles for some Nikon cameras, when used with some modern versions of Lightroom, caused a half-stop error in auto tone. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sam Hayward on April 27th, 2014 at 4:36pm JST (2 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I’m getting this error when trying to create a new gallery through the plugin–not sure where to even start to troubleshoot:

Create new gallery at Zenfolio aborted: Unexpected HTTP reply from 403

Also, after creating the gallery in Zenfolio and then trying to refresh the list in the plugin, the new gallery does not appear in the list of galleries in the plugin.

Zenfolio is likely having temporary “issues”. Perhaps try again later. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ryan on May 8th, 2014 at 5:40pm JST (2 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink


Just gotta say that I am a huge fan of your plugins. Started with Zenfoilio and now giving the Twitter and Picasa plugins a try. Your tools make Lightroom the center of all my photography work. Keep up the awesome work!

— comment by Paul Brady Photography on May 24th, 2014 at 5:11am JST (2 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I love your plugins! Thank you for this!
Now I have the issue, that sometimes after a few LR-starts your plugins are gone. I have to go to plugin manager (? – sorry, I am using the german Version 5.4 on Mac; only your plugins) and to reinstall them.

I am using one catalog on an external hard drive and I am saving everything to this catalog, because I am using it on 2 Macs.

How can I fix this issue to lost my customized plugins?


It sounds as if your Lightroom preferences file is going corrupt. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gunther on June 10th, 2014 at 1:11am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Nice work – all of it!

Now then, a question and perhaps a challenge…

Is there a way of having a plug-in for lightroom that can read numbers, i.e. character recognition that will read competitor numbers on vests etc in sports events photos and that will then write those numbers automatically into the key words data?

I would find that extremely useful.

Thank you
Kindest regards

I wouldn’t be surprised if such programs exist… you don’t really need a plugin; you could apply them to the photos before importing, so the data is right there in Lightroom right away. —Jeffrey

— comment by Glenn Curley on June 26th, 2014 at 4:41pm JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Trying to export from LR4.3 to flickr. Worked last week, today I get an error dialog that reads:

“Error during export. SSL is required. Aborting export before any image is successfully exported.”

Is this you, LR, or something with Microsoft?

None of the above…. it’s you not updating the plugin in a long time. 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Ron on July 1st, 2014 at 3:12am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

“it’s you not updating the plugin in a long time. ”

D’oh! My bad, thanks for the help! (as I am wiping egg of f of my face)

Once I updated, everything works perfectly.

— comment by Ron on July 2nd, 2014 at 1:04am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

“Folder Publisher” vs. “Collection Publisher”?
Hi, Jeffrey,
I want to export full size .jpegs to a HDD to view them on TV (Windows Media Center for viewing the names, too). So far I have a year/travel/day folder hierarchy but no collections, yet (private use, only). Would you recomend to create collections first and export them, using “Collection Publisher” or export the existing folders using “Folder Publisher”?
Robert, Austria

It depends on what organization you want on disk. Folder Publisher preserves the folder hierarchy of the originals. Collection publisher, on the other hand, merely exports to whatever collection hierarchy you create within the Publish Service. (Many folks want to replicate their non-Publish collection hierarchy, but unfortunately, Lightroom doesn’t allow for that.) —Jeffrey

— comment by Robert on July 2nd, 2014 at 4:07pm JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I recently upgraded to iPhone 5 and have the following problem:
I like the BW filters a lot. they are applied inside the phone, kinda like xmp settings
However, when I copy the file to my lightroom library, that setting is “lost”
It must be there in the source file though because there are ways in which the file is displayed correctly.

Has this problem occurred to you yet? Do you plan yet another ingenious hack for that?

I don’t, sorry, this is not an area I’ve done anything with. I suppose your best bet is to contact Adobe and file it as a bug or feature request… —Jeffrey

— comment by Gernot on July 4th, 2014 at 4:20am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey, I’ve been trying out Folder Publisher on Lightroom 4.4, and overall it’s working really well. I did notice one small problem today though. I use folders to organize my images, and in some cases I have duplicate filenames, but in different folders. When I export I get a “-2” appended on the end of the duplicate files, and I imagine I’d get a -3 if there were multiple dupes. Since they’re going to different folders though it really shouldn’t matter, but I have a feeling Lightroom assumes they’re going to the same one so its trying to cover its butt.

Do you know of any way around that? I tried enabling Enhanced File Renaming, in case it would override LR, but I still got the -2 versions. I realize I could rename the source images to ensure they’re unique across the entire catalog, but it’s kind of annoying since Lightroom normally lets me have these “dupes”, as long as they’re in different folders.

The Enhanced file renaming should do it, if you use tokens that refer to the original master file, instead of the exported copy (which, I also surmise, is Lightroom covering its butt). —Jeffrey

— comment by Colin on July 4th, 2014 at 4:50am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Any chance you will be building an export to pinterest plugin?

Unlikely, sorry. I don’t know anything about them, and a quick look at their developers’ site doesn’t show an API that a plugin could use. —Jeffrey

— comment by Raquita on July 15th, 2014 at 4:07pm JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Publish Service request for (a client gallery service). I know you get a lot of these, but if I don’t ask….
You do a fantastic service to the lightroom community, thankyou for your plugins.

— comment by Paul on July 30th, 2014 at 10:17am JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I would love a plug-in that would take all selected files in a collection and write their full path locations to a file I specify.

Why would I like this?

I would like to back up the original files to the cloud. Sometimes I want to select a group around a “keeper” photo. By writing a list of all files I can then hand that to arq or other program which will copy them up to Glacier for long-term, cheap storage.

I don’t want to simply export the file. I can do that. I want the untouched originals so having the full path-name to the file is required.

I can’t think this would be too hard but it might be.

Thanks for thinking about this. I can’t believe I’m the only person on the planet who would want such a tool.

Best regards,


I think that Lr/Transporter can do that. —Jeffrey

— comment by Adam Bridge on August 1st, 2014 at 1:17am JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,
i’m on LR 5.2 and i use your export and publish Picasaweb plugin.
i use LR watermark option to put signature on my photos. Some photos are light, some are dark. So I create 2 kinds of watermarks : black signature to use on my light photos, and white signature to use on my dark photos.
To do that with your export & publish Picasaweb plugin, i try the following thing : i modify the plugin by chosing white signature, then i select only dark photos and then i click on publish. But all photos have been published, even those i didn’t select.
how can i export and publish light photos with dark signature and dark photos with white signature ?
and more, could it be possible to export & publish all my photos with the correct signature (white signature on dark photos, and opposite) with only one operation ?
best regards,
FMB, France.

You can publish only selected photos by holding down the Option/Alt key, which changes the [Publish] button to a [Publish Selected] button. You might also consider creating two publish services that are identical except for the watermark settings. You might also look at Lr/Mogrify and request some kind of keyword-based selection of watermarking(?) —Jeffrey

— comment by FMB on August 2nd, 2014 at 11:29pm JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey—I just downloaded the latest version of your Lightroom GPS plugin. I geotagged all photos—no problems, it went smoothly and locations show up in Lightroom. So I exported a batch of photos to upload to Flickr. I made certain to select “export location data” in Lightroom’s export dialog.

Now I’m slowly going insane trying to figure out why Flickr refuses to read the location data ni my photos??? When I view the EXIF data **inside Flickr**, I can plainly see the location data. Yet Flickr ignores it. The data looks like this (as seen in my browser in Flickr):

GPS Latitude Ref – North
GPS Latitude – 39 deg 36' 48.49"
GPS Longitude Ref – West
GPS Longitude – 79 deg 57' 48.03"

I’ve been scouring info on the web for an hour and still haven’t a solution. Any ideas?

See “import EXIF location data” and “Who will be able to see your stuff on a map” on your Flickr privacy-settings page. After making adjustments, you may need to resend the geo metadata via the plugin’s “File > Plugin Extras > Flickr Extras” dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Scott Wilkinson on August 4th, 2014 at 3:54am JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi – Ian from the UK but currently in Belgium.

Do yo have any plans for creating a publish service to FotoLibra. It would greatly facilitate loading images and potentially tracking which images have been uploaded, viewed etc


Sorry, I’ve no plans for such a plugin. &madsh;Jeffrey

— comment by Ian on August 6th, 2014 at 4:09pm JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

You wrote a lot of Plugins =)
Could you write just a smal Plugin to avoid the delete Dialog’s?
I have my Photos on a NAS and every time I delete a Photo,
LR ask me 2 times if I really want to delte this Photo permenantly.
It would be realy grate like this;
1) Backpsace => remove it from the Library without asking
2) Delete => delete it from the Folder without asking (optional with one Dialog)

I feel your pain (I have to suffer through the same dialogs), but this is not something Adobe lets a plugin modify. —Jeffrey

— comment by Andy on August 9th, 2014 at 6:39am JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffry, I keyworded many thousands of images with a program called Image Info Toolkit. I used a hierarchy in that program, and I’ve created a similar hierarchy inLR 5.6. My problem is I wanted to index all those older photos with LR to help me find images easier. When I add any of the images which were already key worded, LR takes all those keywords and adds them to my keyword list, duplicating many keywords I already have in my list. So if I import an image which was Animal>mammal>carnivore>bear>brown bear, grizzly bear, Ursus arctos LR will add mammal carnivore, brown bear, grizzly bear, Ursus arctos to my general keyword list, but I already have all those in LR in a hierarchy. Is there any way to prevent LR from adding all those keywords? It takes a lot of time to go through the list and delete all the added keywords. Have already contacted Rob Cole with the same question, and sent him one of the images keyworded with IIT.

I don’t do a lot with keywords, so I don’t have any insight here. Rob Cole probably knows a lot more, as would Tim Armis (he of the Keyword Master plugin). You also might consider Tim’s Lr/Transporter plugin as an alternate way to bring the kewords in. —Jeffrey

— comment by Steve on August 10th, 2014 at 1:25am JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, I’m using your jf Folder and Collection Publisher… GREAT STUFF!!! You make my life beter!

Is there a way to add a post process to this publish services.
One I like to use for and export and auto import to iPhone. So instead to show me in finder (Mac), like the default HD export does, I add the iPhone app.
Thank you for your answers.

If there’s a command-line tool that does what you want, you can invoke it after the export via my Run any Command plugin —Jeffrey

— comment by DIDE on September 1st, 2014 at 5:58pm JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for the great plug-ins and the referral to Mogrify. That’s a great tool. Appreciate all the hard work.

— comment by Joe on September 11th, 2014 at 3:53am JST (2 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffery,

When I click on a photo that I have put in a smart collection using your plugin, LR tells me that it is in the Flickr photostream, but not which Smart Collection it’s in. Is there anyway for me to determine which Smart Collection a photo is in other than clicking on the Smart Collection I think it may be in?

Many thanks.

Lightroom doesn’t make it easy, but my Data Explorer plugin can tell you…. I added “Collection Membership” to the search items just last week, actually, ’cause I was having the same problem. —Jeffrey

— comment by LeRoi Mines on October 4th, 2014 at 1:32am JST (2 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

thanks for the great plugins you create, i bought and use several of them (expecially the GPS geoencoding one, my photo workflow would be impossible without it!).

I was wondering if it would be possible to publish a plugin that can show the AF grid and the AF point used overlayed in each photo, as does Canon software Image Browser.

thank you again for your amazing work

Emiliano, from Turin, Italy but living in Barcelona, Spain

That already exists, here. —Jeffrey

— comment by Emiliano on October 21st, 2014 at 11:37pm JST (2 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Any thoughts on a plug-in to connect to the newly announced unlimited photo storage for Amazon Prime users on Amazon CloudDrive?

Looks like their own apps have access and they didn’t mention an API but it would a nice option to connect directly to this from LR.

There still appears to be no API for the underlying Cloud Drive, and without that it’s not even up for consideration. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Collin Ong on November 5th, 2014 at 6:30am JST (2 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Howdy Jeffery!

Amazon just announced “unlimited” photo storage for prime users.


Then I read that certain RAW formats are supported which makes a bit more interesting.

Is a LR plugin for the service a possibility?


— comment by Joe Smith on November 5th, 2014 at 7:00am JST (2 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi. Now that Amazon offers unlimited storage for photos can we hope to see a publish/export plugin for Amazon Cloud?

Not from me until they provide an official API, which apparently doesn’t exist (yet?) —Jeffrey

— comment by Anonymous on November 6th, 2014 at 12:59am JST (2 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Do you have a plugin for Phanfare?

No, I don’t, but Phanfare themselves say they have one on their home page, so you might ask them. —Jeffrey

— comment by Stephanie on November 28th, 2014 at 2:29pm JST (2 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Unfortunately they use to in Lightroom 4 and have never updated it. Now that Lightroom has updated, Phanfare has deleted the plugin altogether :/ I might have to look into switching to SmugMug if I cannot find a plugin.

— comment by Stephanie on November 29th, 2014 at 2:08pm JST (2 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,

I am searching for days for a solution, to apply, automatically, presets on auto-imported images based on their Camera Info. For example, I created a preset, which applies to images taken with Nikkor 70-300 f4.5-f5.6 lens, 1/320 shutter speed, aperture of 5.6 and ISO of 640. I would love if Lightroom could apply this preset, only on images with this info, and to apply other presets to the other images. Right now, everything I’ve found, only applies ONE preset to ALL imported images, no mater their characteristics. If there exists Smart Collections, then why doesn’t exists Smart Presets also???

Can you help me? I checked out your Folder Watch plugin, which is great for importing and exporting, but sadly, only applies one General Preset…

Thank You,

The closest thing I can suggest is my Bulk Develop Settings plugin. It doesn’t look at nearly as much as you want, though. I think the problem with what you’re asking is that for most folks, it would require building and maintaining literally thousands of individual presets, which is a lot of work…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Zolti on December 1st, 2014 at 5:50am JST (2 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff, 2 years ago I posted the below idea and just wondering if you have been able to give it any thought. Having 2 kids now this would be an awesome feature for myself and I believe it would be so popular among the many photo-taking parents out there.

…. wondering if you would consider creating, a plug-in that allows you to caption photos with the age that a child/person was in that photo? You would select the photos containing that person, put in their birth date and it could then easily calculate their age in each photo from the photo creation date and then add it to each photo as a caption or title. Maybe it could even do it automatically for new photos based on a tag or collection….
— comment by Carlo on December 1st, 2012 at 11:31pm JST (2 years ago)

I see what you mean… it’s a good idea. I don’t know of anything, but I’ll give it some thought… —Jeffrey

Jeff – I really like Carlo’s ‘age’ plugin suggestion! — Michael
— comment by Michael J. O’Connell on December 2nd, 2012 at 7:31am JST (2 years ago) —

Your comment prompted me to rethink things in light of modern Lightroom, and I’ve been able to come up with a nice solution, my People Support plugin. Thanks for the prompting! —Jeffrey

— comment by Carlo on December 15th, 2014 at 2:52pm JST (2 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Do you have a plugin to upload to 500px, or can you recommend one from another author?

All the best for Christmas,

See this. —Jeffrey

— comment by Paul Szilard on December 21st, 2014 at 9:32pm JST (2 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff, American here. Any idea if you’ll make a plugin for publishing to


Unlikely any time soon… I’ve not even heard of them, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anonymous on January 6th, 2015 at 3:55pm JST (2 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey –
Appreciate all of your awesome plugins. I have used Folder-Status on and off (more off than on ). Since I have not consistently updated the folder-status, I now need a way to figure out which folders DO and DON’T have any flagged photos in them so I know I need to review the folder or update the Folder-Status.

Let me know if you have any suggestions on how to handle. I have well over 200 folders per year (by date) and about 8 years to review.

Thanks – jcsnyc

I’d just select all photos in the library and invoke the dialog… every folder with photos will be shown and you can just scroll the list to inspect it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jonathan on January 18th, 2015 at 2:53am JST (2 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Any plans to release a Costco Export plugin? They seem to do decent work with color matching.

Frank from Durham, NC, US

I’ve no plans for one; there’s already one here. —Jeffrey

— comment by Frank White on January 19th, 2015 at 2:56am JST (2 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Upon updating my Lightroom plugins a window popped up, titled “Fix The “POODLE” internet vulnerability for Lightroom”, containing this message.

“Warning Jeffrey’s Lightroom Plugins has detected that your lightroom install is vulnerable to the “POODLE” Internet security vulnerability.

Until fixed, Lightroom interaction with the Internet (image uploads, plugin updates, etc.) will likely fail.

General Info:
Official alert from the US Government
Lyman’s discussion

How to fix:
This is easily fixed for Lightroom by disabling “SSL 3” in your Internet Options.
Have Jeffrey’s Lightroom plugin fix this for you now: fix now
How to fix manually: see instructions

Note: this dialog will not be shown again.


I just need to know if this is real, or if it is just some kind of click bate, “fix now”, and “this dialog will not be shown again.

Thomas P. Johnson

It’s real. You can see in the version history that it was added… I kept getting support requests because many websites won’t work with POODLE-suffering machines. —Jeffrey

— comment by Thomas P Johnson on January 28th, 2015 at 3:02am JST (2 years ago) comment permalink

Any chance you can write an export plugin for Piwigo? The one that’s out there now really blows…

Probably not any time soon, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Carlos Echenique on February 10th, 2015 at 4:10pm JST (2 years ago) comment permalink


I use several of your wonderful plugins regularly, but none more than the Zenfolio one. However, there seems to be an anomaly – what we used to call an “Incomplete Instance” in my programming days – god forbid we should have a “bug” :-).

In the SZ plug-in set up, under “Metadata that Triggers Republish” the only items that I have checked are Caption, Exportable Keywords, and Title. However, when a change a label, say from none to blue, the image moves from the “Published” section of the Publish Service to the “Modified Photos to Re-Publish” section. Then, upon actually publishing the image does indeed get reloaded into Zenfolio (I checked the “Date Modified” value on the image in ZF). This does not seem like the expected behavior. Is this something that can be fixed?
(running version 20141211.271)

Thanks — Dan

It’s something that Adobe could fix if they wanted, but so far it hasn’t risen high enough on the priority list. The stuff-that-triggers-republish stuff has been buggy since day one. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Califdan on March 1st, 2015 at 11:54am JST (2 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff–I was wondering if the new on mac offers new or better opportunities for bringing faces to Lightoom similar to your Picasa plugin? Somehow I keep wanting to believe that Photos faces would work better than Picasa–or maybe it is just that I don’t like the Picasa interface. Anyway, just wondering if this is something that could be on the horizon. Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

Russ writing from Washington DC–and jealous that you live in Kyoto! i went to Kyoto Gai Dai for a year and miss it very much!

Now that Lightroom 6 and it’s face-recognition features are available, I don’t foresee spending much effort to integrate with outside tools… —Jeffrey

— comment by Russ Morales on April 21st, 2015 at 5:21am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink


have you checked your plugins with the new LightRoom CC? Do they work? Any issues you know of? I understand that I will probably have to re-register them, but that is not a big deal.

I cannot do my photo workflow without your plugging, they are so great!

thanks for all you do.

Modern versions of all my plugins should work fie on Lr6. ‐Jeffrey

— comment by T.J. Powell on April 22nd, 2015 at 5:06am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Previously, we needed new registration keys for new major releasees of LR. Is this also the case with LR 6?
Yeah, sorry for the hassles. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bernhard on April 22nd, 2015 at 9:53pm JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Love your work Jeffrey. Just wish your plugins were open source so I could learn from them

Have you heard anything from Rob Cole? I’ve been unable to access his website the past week or two to update his plugins to lightroom 6 compatible versions

I haven’t chatted with him lately, no, so I don’t know. FWIW, I’ve sent an email… —Jeffrey

— comment by Hman on April 23rd, 2015 at 6:16pm JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi! but, what happens with LR pluging for exporting (and publish) to INSTAGRAM? Is there any big complication about? Thank you! 🙂

I believe that they explicitly disallow uploads except from mobile devices. They don’t allow uploads from something like Lightroom. —Jeffrey

— comment by willy on April 29th, 2015 at 4:48am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

There is API available for Cloud Drive –

Any thought on publish/export plugin for Amazon Cloud? There is still 3 months free trial and I can confirm that storing jpegs and raw files is using Unlimited pool. However videos use 5GB pool, so I would probbaly just store lightroom catalog file + only photos.

Best regards,

It’s on my list to investigate… just need to find the time. —Jeffrey

— comment by Rafal on May 15th, 2015 at 9:02pm JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Google has an uploader for its new Photos service, and it will upload raw files directly from my Lightroom folder hierarchy. Unfortunately, though, it makes a jpg copy of the original (unedited) image. Seems like exporting from within Lightroom might be necessary to get the edited versions of the photos to Photos. Any chance you would consider making a plugin to do this? (Or, can the Google Drive plugin be configured to do this?)


I dug around yesterday and couldn’t find an API for the new service. They never did make one for Google Plus, but I’d sort of expect one (eventually) here… —Jeffrey

— comment by John Pane on May 30th, 2015 at 4:42am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Love your lightroom Plugins, they work well. Just a thought, I tried using your export to Google Drive Plugin to see if I could get it to work on the new Google Photos site but alas I couldnt. Do you have any plans for a workaround?

One hopes Google will release an API for Photos… waiting for that. —Jeffrey

— comment by George on June 1st, 2015 at 1:51pm JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey! I just learned that my Olympus camera records the focus distance, but Lightroom doesn’t extract or display it. Would it be possible to create a plugin that extracts the focus distance from a RAW file and adds it to the metadata in Lightroom, so that using something like your Metadata Presets plugin a user could display the focus distance? I am assuming that if Lightroom doesn’t do it for Olympus images, it likely doesn’t do it for images from other manufacturers’ cameras as well, so this could be a useful plugin for a lot of people. FWIW, in an Olympus image the information is saved as a “Focus Distance” item in the “ExifAux” section, and is reported in metres (e.g. 3.17).

Lightroom used to display this (in Lightroom 1), but I think Adobe was asked to remove it by some camera manufactures because the data is so very unreliable to the point of being almost random. But if you want to check it out, one way is with my Data Explorer plugin… select “User-Specified Master-File Data Field” and fill in something like “Focus Distance” and it may well work. You can also inspect images one at a time with my Metadata Viewer plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Richard Drdul on June 2nd, 2015 at 2:02am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks, Jeffrey! Your Data Explorer plugin does indeed report the “FocusDistance” (leave out the space between the two words) for images, and your Metadata Viewer plugin reports it as well. FWIW, I have found that on my Olympus 12-40mm lens, the reported focus distance at wider angles and closer distances is quite accurate, but I can believe that in other circumstances and with other lenses it’s not a meaningful number. All the best!

— comment by Richard Drdul on June 3rd, 2015 at 12:22am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery
Can you confirm if your plug-in will solve my problem? I wanting a automated Lightroom image “in and out” solution. Images will come into Lightroom automatically, thats fine. Once in Lightroom I would like them to possibly have a adjustment made to them and then exported automatically back out to a separate finished folder. Will your plug-in provide my solution?

If you’re speaking of my Folder Watch plugin, then it sounds like it can do what you want, but the devil is in the details. Why not just give it a try; it’s free. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kit on June 18th, 2015 at 8:50pm JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffery, I have downloaded & donated the Lightroom Enfuse Plugin. I have added it to my LR 5 app and have used it successfully…Problem is, that when I close out my Lightroom and shutdown my computer, the next time I go to use the Enfuse plugin, it’s no longed listed as available….I then need to completely redo the “ADD” plugin procedure..this happens every time I close LR5…I’m on a Mac running OS 10.9.5..I keep the plugin in a folder in my “Documents” folder…When I initially downloaded the plugin it did not arrive as a “.zip” file…Wondering if I need to try downloading it again..I have a valid serial number as well..Thanks for your help…

I’m in Ohio, USA

That’s not my plugin, but the problem is likely related to a corrupt Lightroom preferences file. See this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tim Barret on July 9th, 2015 at 4:11am JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery
Just wondering if you have ever considered an export to Instagram?


I looked into it, but they don’t allow it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Scott Vinnicombe on July 11th, 2015 at 9:07am JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey,

Have you had any reports of your plug-ins mysteriously disappearing from Lightroom 6? I went to process a bunch of photos last night and upload via your FB plug-in and my export preset through a ‘nil’ error. I checked the plug-in manager and all of my non-default plugins, including your FB and Twitter plug-ins, were gone.

I added them back via the plug-in manager and they loaded fine, but it looks like along the way some of the saved settings (like the auto-create gallery setting I had) were lost 🙁


It sounds like your Lightroom Preferences file got deleted, or started to go corrupt. You can perhaps try to restore from backup, or clear it out to start over with a fresh (non-corrupt) copy… —Jeffrey

— comment by Neil on July 12th, 2015 at 1:48am JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hello, what happened to your Lens Type/Metadata editing plugin? I’ve installed it on one of my other LR machines but I do not see it any more… Did you merged it with another one? I have a Vivitar macro lens that was made 30 years ago and of course there is no LensInfo/LensType record so I’d like to add it.


I’ve never released such a plugin. I wrote one years ago that I had to abandon at the very end because of an insurmountable problem with Lightroom’s plugin infrastructure. )-: You might be thinking of a general “extra metadata” plugin that Rob Cole had put out, but he and his site seem to have fallen off the face of the earth, so it’s no longer available. You might consider using keywords to mark what photos were taken with the lens. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ollivier Robert on August 9th, 2015 at 12:31am JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi – I saw some previous discussions regarding amazon prime unlimited photo service, and the possibility of a plugin to support. There was some discussion on API availability.

I happened upon this today – may be old news to you, but ….

That looks like it, thanks. The todo list is already overwhelming, but I’ll throw it on there. —Jeffrey

— comment by Paul Peard on August 25th, 2015 at 7:08pm JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

A suggestion for lightroom : the possibility to search by the day of the week (sunday, monday …)
Thank for your nice plugins!

You can do this with my Data Explorer plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mario Groleau on September 9th, 2015 at 11:11pm JST (1 year, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I regularly photograph race events, all the runners wear big bold bib numbers, is there anything available or is it possible somehow adapting face recognition to recognise numbers. It would help people to search through 3000 shots in a gallery just to find one or two of themselves if I could tag at least a large percentage of shots

If I were to face this problem, I’d look for a standalone OCR solution that inspected the images prior to import into Lightroom, populating some metadata field or other that Lightroom would then be able to access after import. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kevin Day on September 24th, 2015 at 3:27am JST (1 year, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Do you have a plugin that will get rid of dust from old photos/ slide scans (like digital “ICE” did back in the day?) Thanks!

No, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Todd on September 27th, 2015 at 2:08pm JST (1 year, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,

Do you know of any plugins to directly export to OS X Photos?

I don’t, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jeff K on September 28th, 2015 at 11:04am JST (1 year, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,

I’m a huge fan of your plugins, especially the geoencoding one!
I have an idea for a very simple but extremely helpful plugin. I constantly get annoyed by how slow it is to start a slideshow with all my catalog pictures in lightroom, since, for whichever reason, it wants to scan all my 85000 pictures before starting. Once the slideshow starts,I tipically only watch a couple of hundred of pictures.
So I was thinking, and realized that if there was a filter that randomly selects, let’s say’, 10% of all pictures of the catalog, I could start the slideshow with these selected pictures, and it would start 10 times faster than before, with the same result.
To implement that “randomness”, one could use the least significant digits of the file size in bytes, e.g., for 10% of the pics just take the pictures whose file size in bytes ends with “1”.
Do you think this “random filter” could be implemented in a future version of one of your plugins? If not, I would highly appreciate some pointers on how to create a filter plugin myself.

Thanks so much and keep up the good work!

Check out “Random Distribution Into Buckets“, which I’ve just added to my Data Explorer plugin. I think it’ll do what you want. —Jeffrey

— comment by SlideshowFreak on November 9th, 2015 at 1:16am JST (1 year, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Do you have a utility to upload photos from Lightroom to Panoramio. I tried to install the Picasa Web uploader and to copy from there to Panoramio – but it was not a very good solution 🙁

Stein (from Kongsberg, Norway)

No, they don’t provide a third-party API. If they had one, I’d build a plugin and flood them with high-quality, relevant, revealing, accurately-located photos. They don’t have one and have rebuffed my requests for one. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Stein Arne Jensen on November 11th, 2015 at 11:39pm JST (1 year, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,
I am an iPhoto refugee and still learning LR. When LR imported my 500+ iPhoto “events” and 30K+ photos, it created a Collection Set for each event with the event’s iPhoto name, and within that a Collection named “Event Photos”. This means I now have 500+ Collections named “Event Photos”, so when I right-click a photo and go see what Collection it’s in, it says “Event Photos”. Not very useful unless I go to that Collection to see which Collection Set it’s in. Manual renaming is certainly possible, but very tedious.
Do you have a plugin that could rename all Collections named “Event Photos” to the name of the enclosing Collection Set? Others migrating over from iPhoto would doubtlessly benefit from such a plugin, as well!

Wow, that really sounds painful. Try this.   Do heed the warning about backing up your catalog; you’ll be the first to try the plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jan on November 12th, 2015 at 3:08pm JST (1 year, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Do you have any plans for a plug-in to upload to Fine Art America? Thanks.

I don’t, no, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Don Fahnestock on November 30th, 2015 at 1:20am JST (1 year, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for taking your time to develop these tool, simply fantastic! I’m an editor with a team of photographers and looking for a workflow/tool that will automatically apply the shooters’ credits in the copyright section of ITPC upon import based on the camera serial number, do you offer something that can do this or suggest otherwise?


One could write a custom plugin that does this, but I don’t know of a way to do it otherwise, sorry. For copyright, though, I figure you’d just fill in the copyright in the Exif via the camera menus, so it’s already there before import… —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark on December 25th, 2015 at 9:53am JST (1 year, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi (from Alabama). I recently installed your plugin for exporting to Facebook and I cannot authenticate my account. I get the screen saying authentication has succeeded, return to lightroom. However, when I do, there is a screen on lightroom saying “Network error contacting” and is attempting error “cannotConnectToHost”. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Sounds like you’ve got some kind of security app diddling Lightroom’s network connection. See this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jon on January 7th, 2016 at 6:24am JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink

do you have a LR plugin to export photos to MAC photos?

I don’t, no, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sue on January 7th, 2016 at 10:34am JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Just an FYI for those who want to export to instagram.

Instagram is a mobile phone based ap as far as I can see. The most straightforward way to post on instagram in a lightroom environment is to use the lightroom mobile ap. Lightroom mobile has a share feature that makes the connection with instagram.

Hope you-all find this useful,


— comment by Ken Fife on January 12th, 2016 at 9:16pm JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey. I have been using your Lightroom plugin for a few years. Works great. I have an idea/suggestion:

Problem: thousands of images. Poor visibility into my digital past
Solution: Jeff’s new plugin that randomly dishes up an old image from my whole library to spur thought about some post processing. Just for fun button

Thanks you!

— comment by Anonymous on January 16th, 2016 at 8:19am JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I am writing from Wake Forest, NC, USA. I have an idea for a plugin that I’d like to share. In the “import from another catalog” feature I have a simple problem: I need to merge raw images from one (or more) hard drives into a single location. Normally, (as a Mac user) I would just use rsync to merge files from disk A (vacation/travel/event images) into disk M (main photo collection).

However, b/c the images in disk A are known to a LR catalog, I used the “import from another catalog” feature to merge the catalogs. So now my “master” catalog knows about those new images and that the images are (still) in disk A. But I really want those images included into disk M. Not too bad to drag-n-drop some folders in LR; however, if the YY/MM/DD folder already exists in the Master catalog, then it is very labor intensive. I think an rsync front end within LR would solve this problem. (Or have I missed something in the merge feature?)

What do you think?


A great idea, but not one that a plugin can handle because Lightroom does not allow a plugin to move or update a catalog image. I’ve asked for the ability over the years, but so far to no avail. —Jeffrey

— comment by Steve on January 19th, 2016 at 3:50am JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

They are two interesting cloud storage solutions for photographers: Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage

Do you plan to develop some plug ins for any of those or similar?

Thank you very much for your work

Best regards

— comment by Luis Muñoz García on January 30th, 2016 at 7:37pm JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

Just found it!:

HOWTO Lightroom sync with s3 windows/macos


— comment by Luis Muñoz García on January 31st, 2016 at 2:04am JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

From Lightroom Is it possible to publish to the same Gallery in Zenfolio from different LR Catalogs?

Sure, just point a Publish Collection in each catalog at the Gallery. You can even have multiple Publish Collections in the same catalog, each in its own Publish Service, pointing to the same gallery. One might do this in order to set up different kinds of upload sizes (e.g. one Publish Service for general smallish uploads, and another for the occasional full-resolution upload). —Jeffrey

— comment by Keri on February 4th, 2016 at 6:22am JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

Hello – Just found your Blog. I wonder if you can help. I am trying to find a smart collection plugin to specify a search range for a specific date for a range of years e.g. show me photos taken on July 6th in every year from 2001 to 2016?

Thanks for your time.

Best Regards

Mick M

You can use the normal Library Grid Filter to isolate images to the years you want, then use my Data Explorer Plugin “Date Range” criteria to choose the date you want. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mick on February 29th, 2016 at 8:06pm JST (11 months, 19 days ago) comment permalink

Many Thanks Jeffery. Seems to be exactly what I was after. Do you have a “Donate” facility on your web site?
Regards Mick M

I do, thanks. It’s on this page. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mick on March 1st, 2016 at 6:58pm JST (11 months, 18 days ago) comment permalink

I have bought a Lumix DMC LX 100 my Program Adobe Photoshop Light Room 3 Version 3.6 Camera RAW 6.6 can not convert pictures into dng format and so I can not import RAW+JPG pictures into LightRoom .Can I get some hints from you. If so many thanks. Christian

Both the camera and your software are ancient. You can either stick with what you have and make do with JPG only, or spend a few bucks to upgrade to a modern version of Lightroom. —Jeffrey

— comment by Christian on March 1st, 2016 at 10:21pm JST (11 months, 18 days ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffery,

I was wondering if you’d ever considered designing (if its possible) a squarespace export/publish plugin. I know there is a significant community out there that would love to see one.


This is the first I’ve heard of squarespace, so it’s not something on my radar, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ethan Parrish on March 6th, 2016 at 2:47am JST (11 months, 14 days ago) comment permalink


I”m one of your very satisfied clients and I have a question :
WHat about the end of picasa ?
Will the Ligthroom picasa web album plugin run with Google Photo ?
Thank you for your work and answer !


Google Photos doesn’t yet have an API for third-party uploads. When they do, I’ll make a plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jean Louis ALAUX on March 11th, 2016 at 12:41am JST (11 months, 9 days ago) comment permalink

I wonder if you work with other providers for a publishing service. I have moved away from Zenfolio and will really really really miss using your publishing service. If they are interested in providing a plugin, shall I put them in touch with you?

Great work, and I will miss using your plugin. Did I say I would really miss it? 😉

My hands are pretty full with what I’ve got now; I doubt I’ll be writing plugins for new services in the near term. —Jeffrey

— comment by Doug P on March 24th, 2016 at 2:18am JST (10 months, 27 days ago) comment permalink

My sugestion is make a plug-in interface with Amazon Cloud Drive to get in and out from Lighrroom and Worpress.

— comment by fernando de m lisboa jr on March 27th, 2016 at 1:03am JST (10 months, 24 days ago) comment permalink


Is Your plugin supporting upload to Amazon Cloud Drive? I started using it and wouldn’t like to install additional plugins, as I’m more than happy with Yours 🙂

Thanks in advance for Your answer.



I don’t have an Amazon plugin at the moment, sorry. I’d like to, if I had time to build one, but this is doubtful in the near term. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jacek B on May 2nd, 2016 at 7:35pm JST (9 months, 17 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
do You concern developing plug in which exports files directly to Onedrive?
best regards

No, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kamil on May 6th, 2016 at 9:20pm JST (9 months, 13 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
since a few years now I use many of your plugins very intensively. They are all great work and save me a lot of time. So first of all thanks a lot for all of them !
I work a lot with many different collections which help me organizing all my stuff. However I maintain a number of them and I run more and more into the question what do I have in one collection and how does this differ from a another collection. In other words I was wondering if there is a plugin available for Lightroom which can compare the content of 2 collections just on a filename basis. I think a diff tool for Lightroom collections is missing as I did not find any out there in the web or even a workaround to compare 2 Lightroom collections.
I feel such a plugin to compare Lightroom collections could be of some help for other people as well.
What I could imagine is to output the differences in filenames of the collecttions and perhaps a small icon sized image to show kind of a hint what this filename is about in a side by side list view.
Are you aware of a plugin to compare collections ?
Would this be an idea for a new plugin from you ?
Again, thank you a lot for the plugins so far and please keep up the great work on them !

I’ve added a “Compare Two Collections/Folders” feature to my Bag-of-Goodies plugin. &madsh;Jeffrey

— comment by Heiko on May 25th, 2016 at 6:32am JST (8 months, 26 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
Is there any plug in to do ‘log’ – history of the photo use etc, I do stock photo to a few companies and would like to keep the record in LR which one is sold to who, or the name of magazines. As a solution, not only one little box is enough because the same photos can be sold many times. Currently using extinct ‘Bento’ to do it, but it’s hustle to transfer the images to the software.
Hope someone made one like that.

I’m not familiar with anything along these lines, but Lightroom does offer a “large caption” metadata view that might help. —Jeffrey

— comment by Miz on May 31st, 2016 at 7:10am JST (8 months, 20 days ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, Do you have or do you know of a plugin that automates the process of transferring photos between machines, i.e. transfers photos with all relevant edits, keywords, etc from a laptop used “on location” to a desktop machine.


I’d just use the standard “Export as Catalog” and then “Import from Another Catalog” features. Publish data doesn’t transfer, so avoid using Publish on the laptop. Otherwise, it sounds like it’s exactly what you need. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jerry Cagle on June 26th, 2016 at 4:42am JST (7 months, 24 days ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,
Maybe someone suggested it already, and I’ve read the todo list is already long, but how about a plugin to “queue” HDR and/or Panorama fusion tasks ?
For those who do a lot of such tasks, queueing them to let them be handled overnight would be nice.
An option would be to even allow not-yet-carried-out results of queued tasks to be queued themselves into another fusion…
Thanks for your plugins

That’d be nice, but Lightroom has no plugin hooks for such a thing. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Surlezi on June 27th, 2016 at 11:32pm JST (7 months, 22 days ago) comment permalink

I print a lot of images from Lightroom and wondered if there is a tool that will allow me to filter the view in Library to see which images have been printed, Or for LR to auto add printed images to a smart collection

No, this is not possible, as far as I know, without Adobe explicitly adding the feature to Lightroom. —Jeffrey

— comment by Amit Ghelani on June 28th, 2016 at 2:58am JST (7 months, 22 days ago) comment permalink

“I print a lot of images from Lightroom and wondered if there is a tool that will allow me to filter the view in Library to see which images have been printed, Or for LR to auto add printed images to a smart collection

No, this is not possible, as far as I know, without Adobe explicitly adding the feature to Lightroom. —Jeffrey”

Actually, there was a plugin that would do this (filter for printed images and create a collection) but it is no longer available. It was Rob Cole’s SQLiteroom.

Accessing the Lightroom DB directly would be great if you could rely on it, but you can’t… sometimes it simply doesn’t work, depending on the specific system you’re on (due to differing file-locking properties of the file system, I suppose). I’ve asked Adobe for proper access, but to no avail. —Jeffrey

— comment by Thomas River on July 11th, 2016 at 7:38am JST (7 months, 9 days ago) comment permalink


Is there a way I can edit my existing folders in Zenfolio publish to see and add photos from Keywords?
Or do I need to delete the folders and re instate them with smart folders in a publish set?



I’m not quite sure what you’re asking, but if you want photos automatically included/excluded based upon data like keywords, then yeah, you need to use smart publish collections. For each target album at Zenfolio you can have both a regular collection and a smart collection at the same time, if you like. —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris on July 13th, 2016 at 4:35am JST (7 months, 7 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

I recently received yet another update from this thread:

For 5 years customers have been complaining about Lightroom not indexing keyword synonyms. It seems to me that a simple plug-in could solve this. Just search the synonyms of all keywords in a photo, and then add these keywords to the photo as non-exporting keywords grouped under a “Synonyms” heading, and with a synonym pointing back to the original keyword.

Of course, with your knowledge of Lightroom, you might have a better solution.

My solution is not perfect, but it might add enough functionality to Lightroom to be worth the effort.

I’m not a big keyword guy, but there’s a “Keyword Master” plugin whose name makes me think it might be able to do this, or if not, it’d be appropriate to add there. Perhaps contact that plugin’s developer? —Jeffrey

— comment by Alan Harper on July 15th, 2016 at 1:16am JST (7 months, 5 days ago) comment permalink

I have a request/suggestion.
I have been using the Picasa plugin for years and created many smart albums (incidentally, all of the form “label color is read and capture date is in the range “). Recently, Google removed the last vestiges of Picasa (and thus the ability to share an album with a Google+ circle), which breaks how I share images with my older relatives. I am now moving everything to SmugMug.

It would be great if there were a tool that would let me effectively port my smart-album definitions from fjPicasaWeb to jfSmugMug. Is that possible?

No, sorry, because there’s a lot under the hood that wouldn’t transfer (the internal reference at PicasaWeb needs to become an internal reference for SmugMug, for example). Sorry. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Alex on August 9th, 2016 at 4:07am JST (6 months, 11 days ago) comment permalink

From South Carolina Lowcountry in the US, happy registered user of your plugins for Smugmug, Facebook and Piicasaweb, wondering whether you are considering a Lightroom plugin for Shutterfly share sites.

Not on my radar, especially since others have made one (such as this —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom Rhyne on August 11th, 2016 at 9:19am JST (6 months, 9 days ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, I really appreciate your work. For the low cost of a few donations I’ve managed to greatly simply my life using your plugins.

Now the “ask”!… I have searched everywhere to find a simple solution for tracking physical prints of an image (dimensions, media, number in that print run, and where prints are). My work around is to use John Beardsworth’s simple “Big Note” plugin (

In previous comments (above) people asked for automated systems. My “ask” is much simpler; a totally manual approach would be fine — just a simple plugin that provides some fields user can fill in.

Is this something you’d be interested in working on?


Your question prompted this: Adding Your Own Custom Photo-Metadata Fields to Lightroom. —Jeffrey

— comment by Rob on August 13th, 2016 at 3:32am JST (6 months, 7 days ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, any Lightroom CC plugin which allows one to increase the rather limiting max. duration of 20 seconds per slide? We’re playing whole collections through TVs as a sort of digital photo frame, and 20 seconds is simply way too short and hectic for this process. Thanks and best, Joachim

20 seconds as a max seems ridiculously brief. It’s not something a pluign could influence, but I’ve reached out to Adobe to ask why there’s a limit at all. —Jeffrey

— comment by Joachim on August 15th, 2016 at 11:47pm JST (6 months, 4 days ago) comment permalink

One tool that would be very helpful is the ability to choose an external editor on the fly. I have three programs that use the external editor preference as a means of launching from Lightroom, but LR has space for only one , apart from Photoshop. It would be useful to be able to invoke the program on one’s choice .

The best that I can suggest is this plugin —Jeffrey

— comment by Jim Lewis on August 23rd, 2016 at 2:42am JST (5 months, 28 days ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey-
Thank you for taking the time to develop great plugins. I was wondering if there is a way to have +/- change the sliders by 1 instead of 5 in the develop module. Everywhere I have looked says it isn’t possible on windows. I understand this is possible on Mac. I know that I can move the Tint, Contrast, or other sliders with the mouse, but I am looking at using a Shuttle Pro which will let me keymap. Thanks in advance from California.

Sorry, this is not an area that I know anything about. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris on August 27th, 2016 at 3:40pm JST (5 months, 24 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff.
Been a long time user of your LR plugin. in using the latest version fo both LR CC and your plug in for Facebook.
One thing bothering me is i cant select include video files. Ive not needed to before but i want to upload some and see no way of doing it with your plug in.
Any help would be appreciated.


Unfortunately, the way Facebook does video uploads is incompatible with how Lightroom’s publish infrastructure works. Fortunately, your comment prompted me to look at it again, and I came up with a workaround. 😉 I just updated the plugin to support video uploads, and perhaps it’ll actually work. —Jeffrey

— comment by dave on August 29th, 2016 at 2:06am JST (5 months, 22 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey!

I’m a developer by trade, and I’m looking into developing a lightroom plugin that works with Google Calendar’s API. I understand there are tons of ways to develop plugins for Lightroom, but what’s your preferred language?

And lastly, can you point me to a good resource for those looking to start?

Thank you!

Lightroom plugins must be written in Lua. The best place to start is with the documentation and sample plugins here —Jeffrey

— comment by Alfred on September 20th, 2016 at 8:02am JST (5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Loving your data explorer plugin as usual. I have a possible bug. I’ve used it to grab all files in a collection set that have the Instructions field. I have isolated a combined couple of results into a collection. When I come to delete that collection made by the plugin, it is taking an incredibly long time and actually hanging the application so i have to do a force quit. Nothing else is running and I’m not using LR for anything else in the meantime. Do you have any ideas as to why this might be?

Also, do you suggest running the plugin on Folders instead of Collections or is there no real difference?


These collections are just normal Lightroom collections (created and populated by the plugin, but still normal collections), so if you’re having issues, I’d do an integrity check and if that goes well, optimize the catalog. Once the collection is created, the plugin has nothing to do with it. Using collections vs. folders as the source shouldn’t really matter… they’re just different slices of the same kind of database access. —Jeffrey

— comment by mootl on September 26th, 2016 at 4:41pm JST (4 months, 23 days ago) comment permalink

Ok, thanks. I guess I have a lot of pictures because LR keeps crashing after I run the plugin. I’m running the plugin to find metadata field Instructions on 30K images because I’m trying to see if the field is filled (ie not blank) and if those that are filled are in the correct format. The issue is that it lists every single line for every picture (other than blanks) which then seems to crash everything. Not sure, but is there a way to look for just blanks? and/or is there a way to tell it what kind of format to match for? eg: ****-****-****?
Thanks again!

Holy cow, yes, that’s probably 100× what Lightroom’s dialog system can handle (and when it can’t handle it, it’s not graceful, as you’ve discovered). It looks like you’d want to use the “Template Token” item, with a value of

{LUA=Instructions:match("^%d%d%d%d%-%d%d%d%d%-%d%d%d%d$") and "okay" or "bad"}

which uses some Lua programming to figure out what you want. —Jeffrey

— comment by moo on September 27th, 2016 at 4:46pm JST (4 months, 22 days ago) comment permalink

One other thing- I love the “Isolate Combined Checked Items”. Is it possible to add a “Check All” to combine all the results (or just under all the results) ? Thanks!

“Check all” would end up just making a collection out of all the selected photos, which you can do already without any plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by moo on September 27th, 2016 at 11:54pm JST (4 months, 22 days ago) comment permalink

Well actually, if I’m running the plugin on a collection set and grabbing many images lines from the plug-in but i want to exclude a few (blank) for example, I can’t do this without selecting hundreds of lines one by one. Check all would allow me to uncheck a few or one while grabbing all the rest. Since the metadata field in question is not part of standard search from inside LR, there is no other way (I think) to access those images.

Fair enough… just added it. —Jeffrey

— comment by moo on September 29th, 2016 at 1:20am JST (4 months, 21 days ago) comment permalink

Terrific, thank you Jeffrey- And also for the token- That’s transformed my use of the tool for that query. I’m going to try to figure out a way for it to return that plus blanks separately. I don’t suppose you have a plugin that can take the query you are making in explorer and transform it into a smart collection? Sometimes, I don’t really need to see the individual results in the dialog but need to return the output of say “bad” into an album directly.

To separate out blank entries would be something along the lines of

{LUA=Instructions:match("^%d%d%d%d%-%d%d%d%d%-%d%d%d%d$") and "okay" or (Instructions:match("^%s*$") and "blank" or "bad")}

Sadly, there’s no way to turn these queries into Smart Collections. You can always add a particular keyword to sets of photos that match, and use that keyword in a Smart Collection, but it’s a manual thing to keep it updated. —Jeffrey

— comment by moo on September 29th, 2016 at 8:56pm JST (4 months, 20 days ago) comment permalink

Hi, Jeff

I purchase your ‘Folder-Status Dialog’ plugin. I really like it.

I tried to create a custom app shortcut on Mac running El Captian 10.11.6 using Lightroom 2015.7

I actually used Shift Command D, as you have, but it doesn’t work? I just wondered if you knew of any problems with keyboard shortcuts and my version of OSX & Lightroom. Probably not the right area to write this…sorry.

Are you perhaps missing the three spaces before the command name, when registering the keyboard shortcut? Lightroom adds three spaces before every plugin-extra menu item. You need to have exactly    Folder-Status Dialog…, which includes three leading spaces and three trailing periods. —Jeffrey

— comment by Laurence Baker on September 30th, 2016 at 8:25am JST (4 months, 20 days ago) comment permalink

Yeah, I would also love to see a Squarespace export plugin for Lightroom. I’m not sure if you would make it up on orders, but I have seen the question a few others times by people that are looking for this. 🙂

— comment by Matt on October 10th, 2016 at 12:41am JST (4 months, 10 days ago) comment permalink

I bought several Your plugins and love it!

I wonder if is any way to force Your Facebook plugin to publish whenever a new photo appears in publish service
A have Smart collection with flagged photos
I want to auto publish right after flagging.

I would be perfect if exist way to trigger publish all function from Your bag o goodies plugin.
Or assign it to shortcut so i could set a bot triggering this shortcut

Thansk for any help

P.S. Sorry for any language mismatch, i’m from Poland 🙂

I don’t have anything like that, sorry. Lightroom doesn’t provide “triggers” to plugins, so any plugin doing this kind of thing would create a burden on the CPU as it has to check over and over looking for changes (and in this case, “looking for changes” means walking through every photo of every publish collection to query its status). So for now, you’ll have to visit the collection and press “Publish” yourself, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Grzegorz Ebert on October 11th, 2016 at 7:24pm JST (4 months, 8 days ago) comment permalink


I’d love to see a plugin or an extension of the Facebook plugin which would export to Facebook with the correct settings to be accepted as a 360 degree panorama. From my understanding this means rewriting a couple of EXIF fields and cropping to a range of aspect ratios.


From what I can figure out, what metadata seems to work, and how, is dependent on how the image has been created. Not sure what exactly to do when we don’t know the particulars of the image. Will leave this sit for a while and see how things develop. —Jeffrey

— comment by Patrick Keogh on October 16th, 2016 at 10:43am JST (4 months, 4 days ago) comment permalink

Thanks for all your hard work. I’ve found many amazing tools on your website and learned a lot from them. How can I donate?

That’s very kind, thanks. The “register” button here is ostensibly for my plugins, but it’s actually just a general PayPal gift button. —Jeffrey

— comment by wtrmn on October 20th, 2016 at 3:27am JST (4 months ago) comment permalink

US – Seattle, WA

Hey Jeff,
Long time user of your plugins. Was running a new install of LR6.0 on Windows 10 for a while with much success, but after the 6.7 update, the application seems to randomly startup with all the settings reset, including the listing of plugins.

Additionally, the plugins are now giving me the following error message when trying to manually “Check for Updates.” The plugins are located in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom\Plugins:

“The plugin does not seem to be installed in a location where Lightroom can write to it.”

This seems to only have started happening after the 6.7 update. Any idea what could be happening?

The “all settings reset, including the list of plugins” is a classic symptom of your Lightroom Preferences becoming corrupt. You should reset them. As for the second issue, it looks like you put plugins into the Lightroom app tree, which is a no-no. Perhaps before the 6.7 update the final “Plugins” folder was writable by you, but the update (which should have repopulatd the whole thing) created a folder you can’t write. Try making a “Lightroom Plugins” in your “Documents” folder, for example, and they’ll live there happily across Lightroom updates and reinstalls. —Jeffrey

— comment by Josh on October 20th, 2016 at 5:01pm JST (3 months, 30 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey-

I’ve been using your Flickr plugin for a long time, and I recently started adding videos. I typically have a main album for a period of time (like “2016-[daughtername]”) and then smaller albums with single-day events in them (“2016-[daughtername] Birthday Party”). This makes it easier for me to share just a subset of photos, and easier for family to find relevant items. But, when I put a video into more than one album (e.g. the “main” publish collection/album and additionally a single-day publish collection) I get the following error: “Cant continue: a previously uploaded video is included in the Publish operation..”.

I don’t want to upload duplicate videos, and I don’t want to replace the original video. I just want to update the metadata for a video so that it appears in more than one album. Am I doing something wrong?



Flickr doesn’t let videos be republished, so videos are not really appropriate for Publish, I guess. If you right click on it in the “to be republished” section, then “Mark as Up-To-Date”, it should allow things to continue. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dave on October 21st, 2016 at 5:18am JST (3 months, 30 days ago) comment permalink

Regarding FB panoramas:

This article seems to summarise the requirements and provide the relevant metadata for several formats.

Either the plugin could choose the correct use case or use a dialogue for the user to choose which use case to apply.

— comment by Patrick Keogh on November 13th, 2016 at 12:05am JST (3 months, 7 days ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey, writing from Italy.
Thank you, you are great!! I have a specific request for you. I was a Picasa user, I liked very much the face recognition there and love to export face frame images and use them as bricks for nice mosaics…
Do you know if this is technically feasible in Lightroom? Have you ever thinked about working on a plugin performing this task similarly to Picasa?
Thank you!

It technically possible, but difficult to the point that I don’t think I could do it. And it would be quite slow. It’s probably not something I’d work on, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Manuel on November 18th, 2016 at 2:55am JST (3 months, 2 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Do you have a plugin that enables the recreation/duplication of a collection structure. Let’s say i have a collection like this: Jeffrey>Decades>Years>Seasons>Months. (collection sets) and then collections inside at the end. I want to recreate for Mark> . is there a way i don’t have to spend two days just creating collection sets and folders and collections? This would be super helpful!
Thank you

No, sorry, I don’t know of a way to automate that. —Jeffrey

— comment by mark on November 25th, 2016 at 4:53pm JST (2 months, 24 days ago) comment permalink


I am testing the Folder Publisher plugin. Is there any way to mark a NEW photo as published. The reason is that I have done it manually in the past. So all my photos show up as to be published. I would like to mark them as published so that only as of now the new photos get picked up.

No, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by TerraWan on December 27th, 2016 at 5:19pm JST (1 month, 23 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

Do you know of a simple way to play/publish collections on a TV probably using Plex in a slideshow
Thank you

I’ve heard of Plex but I’m not familiar with it specifically. If you have something that can display files on the TV, and that something can read your disk (or get copies of your disk, such as via Dropbox), then a Publish Service to write to that part of your disk would do the trick. Collection Publisher is probably the most likely candidate for Publish. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kelvin on December 31st, 2016 at 5:50pm JST (1 month, 19 days ago) comment permalink

Hello, I’m from Mogi Guaçu, São Paulo, Brazil.
After using the Lightroom Face Detection: Imagine a situation where there are 3 people in a photo, two in the foreground and one in the background. Using the crop I leave out the third person, but then a small problem. The face detector keeps the information of the cut person in the photo! Is there any way that this person will be ignored, since she was cut off from the photo? Do you know any features or plugins? Thanks!

I never thought about that… it sounds like a privacy nightmare waiting to happen. Please report it to Adobe. In the mean time, I added Cropped-out-but-Exportable People to my data-explore plugin, so you can at least search for them. Good catch. —Jeffrey

— comment by Valter Segundo on January 3rd, 2017 at 3:09am JST (1 month, 17 days ago) comment permalink

Dear Jeffrey, thank you so much for all these great Lightroom tools! Question: Does any of your plugins allow (or if not, would it be possible for you to develop such a plugin) keeping comments PER FOLDER in the LR database? e.g. I’d like to comment for each of my projects (i.e. each of my folders) what stars mean, what color flags mean etc., as this may vary from project to project depending on kind of project.
The requirement would be:
Select a folder, right-click on it (or choose hotkey, menu item) and a simple text entry field pops up that lets you enter comments. If htere are comments already, they are shown in that dialog for editing. The dialog has a Save button and a Cancel button. Notes are saved either in the LR database itself (as you do with the “Fodler Status” plugin, or in a text file in the corresponding folder on disc. But rather in the catalog, as then it is always available, even if the disk that stores the raw photos is not connected.
As I have some experience with Lua scripting (NoteCase Pro outliner – I am the main plugin developer for that software) I may be able to write that plugin by myself. However, some initial guidance from you would be great. Please let me know. 🙂
Regards, Daniel

You can do this with my Folder Status plugin, as it allows text fields. It’s a bit kludgy though because Lightroom doesn’t allow a plugin to tie data to a folder except via the folder path. This would mean that you lose all info about a folder if it’s renamed or moved, but the plugin goes to some lengths to avoid that. It’s mostly successful, but still kludgy. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Daniel Hertrich on January 4th, 2017 at 12:52am JST (1 month, 16 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey! I’m writing from Emerald, Victoria, Australia, within an Aussie temperate forest 🙂

Thank you for all the hard work you have done over the years on your lightroom goodies! I’ve used more than one of them at various times and they have been a great help!

One thing that has bugged me a lot lately, with which I was wondering if you could possibly help, is in the batching of HDR mergers of several sets of images. I do a lot of 360 panoramic photography, and most of the time I create each sub-exposure for stitching from an HDR bracketed series. Panoramas can have huge a huge dynamic range, so I find a seven shot AEB sequence is useful for capturing that.

If I go to a location and do, say, five panoramic shots, I’m left with 40 AEB sets to merge and usually the settings for each set (ghost protection etc) are the same for each. It’s a pain to have to manually select each set and click to merge them, then click OK in the dialogue which appears, over and over.

Given that the settings within each merge stay the same, would there be any way to easily batch this? Each AEB sequence could easily be collected into stacks using the auto stack by time feature.

Thank you for considering my query!

Kind regards,

Unfortunately, Lightroom offers plugin no access to the merge stuff. —Jeffrey

— comment by Neil Creek on January 14th, 2017 at 11:59am JST (1 month, 6 days ago) comment permalink

The LR add-on “Show Focus Points” is an excellent add-on that is no longer supported. It is extremely useful when analyzing images to determine how to improve capture technique. Do you have interest in it and may you be convinced to create an add-on to analyze AF performance?

Second question: have you considered writing a primer (maybe even a book) on how to take up the hobby of writing LR add-ons? I might want to try it but don’t know how to get started.

I’m not a fan of a “show focus points” thing because I fear it will be trusted. The focus point merely tells what part of the sensor was active in choosing focus, but says nothing about what subject it was focusing on…. the camera and/or subject may well have moved between focus and shutter release. As for plugin writing, it’s sort of self selecting… you need enough programming experience to judge whether you have enough programming experience to do it. I don’t think it would be a good way to learn programming. (I realize that this is as useful an answer as “Be born and raised in Japan” is to the question of how best to learn Japanese, sorry.) —Jeffrey

— comment by David Clark, San Diego on January 25th, 2017 at 12:48am JST (3 weeks, 5 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,

love the plugins you are making available. I am trying to use the Folder Publisher plugin and am on day 2 of the evaluation. I am trying to copy roughly 70,000 images as tiffs to a NAS location. After approximately 7,000 images I get a pop up error within Lightroom “Can’t update this collection” “Can’t move ‘C:\Users\Andrew\AppData\LocalTemp\C3BF….: it doesn’t seem to exist”. This message repeats with any further attempt.

Is this a potential bug or will this clear after making a donation for this plug in? (Windows 10, LR6.8)

Thanks for your help.


No, registration won’t fix that error. The error comes about because Lightroom told the plugin that it rendered the image for the plugin to then move to where you configured, but the rendered file wasn’t actually there. I recently got a hint about a potential Lightroom bug that’s on my list to investigate, but maybe you could email me with your own findings: look at the filename of the image that causes the error, and see whether there are any images elsewhere in your library with that name, perhaps differing only in letter case. This might be a Lightroom bug that I’d like to report to Adobe if I can track down. —Jeffrey

— comment by AndrewG on January 31st, 2017 at 12:13pm JST (2 weeks, 6 days ago) comment permalink

Have you given any consideration of support for ZenPhoto?

thanks for what you do!

No, I’ve never heard of them. —Jeffrey

— comment by Loyd Craft on February 6th, 2017 at 4:42am JST (2 weeks ago) comment permalink

I have Lightroom cc 6.5

Do you have a plugin or solution for the Nikon D500 without upgrading to LR 6.7 ?

Thanks !

I perhaps don’t understand the question, but if you’re looking to get raw photos from an unsupported camera into an old version of Lightroom, you can usually use Adobe’s free DNG converter to make DNGs that you then import. —Jeffrey

— comment by WeBr on February 7th, 2017 at 5:30am JST (1 week, 6 days ago) comment permalink

Hello, Wondering if you can offer some advice. I have posted to the Google Photos forum without any replies.

I’m on LR version 6.8 and using plugin jf PicasaWeb

Up until yesterday it was publishing to my google photos account without issue. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the plugin. I have also removed LR preferences and reset.

Here is the screen shot of the error :
Unexpected HTTP status from Google: 501
Update is no longer supported

Thank you for any help in this issue, as I am unable to publish. I would gladly contribute to the plugin, if I can get it to work for me.

Lots of folks are getting this. I think the error message is pretty self evident… Google is shutting PicasaWeb down. But who really knows besides those in the black hole of Google? It’s still working for me at the moment, but many folks are seeing this error. —Jeffrey

— comment by Deborah Hinter on February 8th, 2017 at 12:12pm JST (1 week, 5 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
Big fan of your Facebook and Zenfolio plugins.

Do you have a plugin or other recommendation for exporting to multiple sizes at once? I have presets, but it’s a little cumbersome to run many export presets for the same photo set.

It looks like Rob Cole’s Export Manager might do this, but unfortunately it’s no longer available.

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to do properly, given the limitations of Lightroom’s plugin infrastructure. A plugin can do a vanilla render, but a plugin doesn’t have the ability to invoke a preset or otherwise do anything more than a vanilla render (e.g. it can’t do a render that involves another plugin, for example). If one just needs multiple sizes of the same image, it’s possible a plugin could make reduced copies of whatever image had been produced by Lightroom, but then you just have these copies sitting around on disk…. that’s fine if that’s all you want, but if you wanted them uploaded by a plugin, you’re out of luck. Adobe could make it all so easy by allowing a plugin to invoke an export preset. Until then, it’s just a huge can of worms that’s not worth the trouble trying to address, I think. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Nathan Carter on February 14th, 2017 at 4:04am JST (6 days ago) comment permalink
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