This is Getting Silly: New “Metadata Viewer” Lightroom Plugin
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I really need to find a 12-step support group, or something, to help wean me off of Lightroom plugin development. I was already way behind on everything before Lightroom 3 came out, and then was inundated with email from that as I tried to get all my plugins upgraded. But then I took time out to indulge in some new development, which yielded my new PhotoSafe plugin, but left me even further behind on email and blog comments.

So yesterday I sit down with the intention to at least do a triage through my waiting mail, and at 10am I suddenly got the idea for a simple plugin that would solve a problem someone was asking about, and I thought “It's so simple, I'll just do it now and be done with it!” I thought I might be able to get it done in an hour, and get back to my mail.

So, that was 10 in the morning. Five minutes before midnight I was mostly finished, and I put it away for the day. I was so disgusted with myself for wasting the day that I forced myself to do a non-Lightroom post, something I want to do every day but I had not done all month. I did it, but just one pathetic little photo.

Anyway, since I built the plugin, here it is. It allows you to view all the metadata in an image:

Jeffrey's “Metadata Viewer“ Lightroom Plugin

It's sort of similar to my online image metadata viewer, but built into Lightroom.


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

Hi Jeffrey,
Nice plugin.
If you are bored again, or have an unholding need to develop something new, it’s maybe an idea to develop a “Lightroom 3 fastening” plugin?

Since I’ve upgraded to Lightroom, I have to restart the program every 15 minutes or so, because after some time (very short period!) it’s generating so much hard drive activity that I can’t use it anymore.
Switching from Library to Develop takes minutes! The same with going to another picture…

Very weird.


Sounds like it’s rebuilding previews for your catalog… let it sit overnight and it should be fine. I’ve heard of some rare bugs in this area… you might want to peruse Adobe’s Lr forum. —Jeffrey

— comment by aCCuReRaS on June 24th, 2010 at 3:20am JST (14 years ago) comment permalink

(somewhat offtopic) Tim O’Reilly has mentioned your name five times so far in his talk at the Velocity conference.

Not sure whether that’s good or bad… what was the context? 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Andrew Shieh in Sunnyvale on June 24th, 2010 at 3:35am JST (14 years ago) comment permalink

Works good! I’d never have thought that my 4-year-old camera knew what the temperature is in Celsius? (and its pretty accurate too… photos taken during a three hour shoot of a lunar eclipse while on a frozen lake in Wisconsin registered as -25C, only 1 degree from the weather report and 44C in the Las Vegas heat during August).

Although that just adds a TON of metadata that I now want to search by, or set up a Smart Collection for… Can you hear that rumble Jeffrey? That’s the sound of the oncoming tidal wave of feature requests (and hopefully donations).

— comment by JasonP on June 24th, 2010 at 8:15am JST (14 years ago) comment permalink

Definitely a good context! He was talking about his big picture ideas, and it sounded like many of them came from some conversation you and he had when you were writing your regex book.

— comment by Andrew Shieh in Sunnyvale on June 24th, 2010 at 9:11am JST (14 years ago) comment permalink
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