Lightroom 1.4 has been pulled

March 17, 2008

Due to 3 unforeseen bugs, the 1.4 download has been pulled. Don’t worry, your image data should be perfectly safe.

http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2008/03/important_lightroom_14_and_cam.html

1.4 users may wish to revert to 1.3.1 until these issues are fixed – instructions here: http://www.adobeforums.com/webx/.59b4affd


Lightroom 1.4 & ACR 4.4 Released

March 14, 2008

It’s that time of year again!

Lightroom Windows: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloa…jsp?ftpID=3892
Lightroom Mac: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloa…jsp?ftpID=3891

ACR Windows: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloa…jsp?ftpID=3896
ACR Mac: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloa…jsp?ftpID=3895

Mainly a camera support release this time round (Canon 450d, Nikon D60 etc).

The LR release has also improved compatibility with Leopard print drivers.

All cameras have been updated to ACR 4.4 which offers better rendering at the ends of the temp/tint scales.

Grayscale conversion noise has been greatly improved in this release.

Overall it’s a nice solid stable release, so time to get downloading!

Those using export plugins may need to download updated versions of the plugins.


Lightroom Mogrify Plugin

January 1, 2008

Timothy Armes has just released version 2.0 of his Lightroom/Mogrify export plugin.

Quoting from Tim’s website, he says:

“The plugin provides an easy to use interface onto several of Mogrify’s features, such as advanced resizing options, sharpening after resize, colourspace conversion, overlaying graphical watermarks and putting borders around your images. To improve your workflow options, the plugin also offers an FTP option.

I’d heard about it a few weeks ago, but didn’t have time to install at the time. The installation of ImageMagick for OS X can look a little complicated to start with, but was actually way easier than it sounded. If you’ve never heard of MacPorts, just use the prebuilt binary. It also works on Windows, although it’s largely been tested on Mac OS.

Biggest benefit for me will be the ICC conversion, watermarking and borders automatically being applied on export, without tying up Photoshop with a droplet.

Here’s one I made quickly earlier when I was experimenting with some of the options…

Mogrify Test

This is one plug-in I’d highly recommend taking a close look at, and definitely worth a donation for Tim’s hard work.


Lightroom 1.3.1 Released!

December 7, 2007

It’s official, Lightroom 1.3.1 has been released. It’s a minor update, fixing a few small bugs, and improving compatibility with Mac OS 10.5.

 

Quoting Tom Hogarty’s blog:

The update will provide corrections for the following issues:
-The Lightroom 1.3 Print Module could previously cause the application to crash on either OS X 10.5 or 10.5.1 during template usage.
-On Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.5.1, the import process from a card reader or other device into Lightroom could fail to import all or a portion of the selected images.
-A decrease in Develop slider responsiveness introduced in Lightroom 1.3 has been corrected.
-The Lightroom 1.3 Develop module could cause the application to crash if adjustments were made in quick succession.
-Compressed raw files from the Nikon D100 were read incorrectly in Lightroom 1.3.
-A possible artifact in raw file support for the Olympus E-3 has been corrected.
-The Lightroom FTP Plug-in provided as sample code with the Export SDK did not function properly if the password was not saved with the selected FTP preset.
-Editing or creating a new FTP preset immediately prior to using the FTP plug-in provided as sample code with the Export SDK would cause the FTP process to fail.
-Using the Export as Previous option did not work with the FTP plug-in provided as sample code with the Export SDK. Per my earlier post, the Finder in Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.5.1 can crash when viewing files that contain Lightroom XMP Snapshot data created in the develop module. This is an error in how the Finder reads metadata and will require an operating system update to solve. The error can be reduced for additional files going forward by modifying the Lightroom preference to *not* save Develop settings within JPEG, TIFF or PSD files. (Preferences: Catalog Settings: Metadata)

Download locations:

Mac: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3810
Win: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3815

As usual, please make sure you back up before updating.


Selecting images

November 20, 2007

Just a quick tip tonight.  Kai accidentally deleted a series of images, instead of the one she intended.  She later commented: “That is the one thing that frustrates me about Lightroom. When you click on a picture that is highlighted in the group – the whole group stays highlighted.”

The solution – if you select the image by clicking on the IMAGE, they all stay selected. If you select the image by clicking on the GREY bit surrounding it, it deselects the others.


What’s new in Lightroom 1.3?

November 16, 2007

Lightroom 1.3 and ACR 4.3 have now been released! As usual, there’s a range of bug fixes and improvements behind the scenes, but here’s some of the important ones:

New cameras: Canon 1Ds Mark III, Canon Powershot G9, Nikon D3, Nikon D300, Olympus E-3, Olympus SP-560 UZ and Panasonic DMC-L10.

The Canon sRAW and Fuji compressed RAF formats are also now supported.

Leopard compatibility – the Print Module is now working again in 10.5.0 but can cause crashes in the new 10.5.1 release. Workaround for the moment – close the Preview panel, and don’t touch the ‘2-Up Greeting Card’ or ‘Triptych’ presets, as these consistently trigger a crash on Intel Macs. Avoiding the presets appears to prevent the crashes – normal controls appear to be ok.

Import from Device should now be working correctly again.

Noise reduction has improved further, fixing artifacts in edge transitions.

The previous performance hit when ‘Automatically write metadata to XMP’ is turned on has been greatly improved, so it feels much faster.

Web Module has been given some attention and the Airtight Galleries (AutoViewer, Postcard Viewer and SimpleViewer) are now automatically included.

Minor UI adjustments include the Temperature and Blacks sliders which now move by more logical increments when you float over the slider and use the arrow keys to make adjustments. Temperature now moves in increments of 50, and Blacks moves in 1’s instead of 5’s.

The Export SDK (software development kit) has been released, which will enable third parties to build fully integrated ‘plug-ins’. These will initially be limited to Export only, allowing automatic FTP transfer, links with image sharing websites, direct communication with other programs, and so forth. There’s more information at http://www.labs.adobe.com/. Developers can post plug-ins or links to their plug-ins at http://www.adobe.com/go/lightroom_exchange

The Import dialog now has a dropdown menu for your preview rendering… you can now choose ‘Minimal’ (thumbnails), ‘Standard’ (normal previews), or ‘1:1’ (full size for zooming in).
Import Previews

Rendering previews on import has also changed slightly – it now imports and THEN renders the previews, so you can carry on with your next import while it’s working. Previously you had to wait for the import to complete.

By far the biggest change is Export. It has a brand new dialog!

New Export Dialog

Export presets have been extended and can be grouped into folders just like presets in the main modules.

There’s a new section at the top, which will allow third parties to add their own export options, such as export to FTP.

And the most obvious change is the resizing options. ‘Constrain Maximum Size’ is gone, and has been replaced by a dropdown box of choices. You do still have the option of using Pixels, Inches or Centimetres in your measurements, and it now automatically converts your measurements when you flick between units.

This section has also gained a ‘Don’t Enlarge’ checkbox – this will prevent small images from being upsized, whilst still downsizing images which are too large to fit your chosen dimensions.

So the new export options…

Width & Height

This behaves the same as the previous Lightroom releases, and like Fit Image and Image Processor in Photoshop. It fits the image within a bounding box in their current orientation.

It is width/height sensitive – settings of 400 wide by 600 high will give a 400×600 vertical image, but only a 400×267 horizontal image. To create images of up to 400×600 of either orientation, you’d have to enter a square bounding box of 600×600.

Width and Height

Dimensions

Dimensions works slightly differently. It still fits your image within a bounding box, but it’s a little more intelligent. It takes into account the rotation of the image, and it will make the image as big as it can within your bounding box, even if it has to turn the bounding box round to do so.

It is not width/height sensitive – settings of 400 wide by 600 high will give a 400×600 image, whether it’s vertical or horizontal. If your image is a different ratio, it will still make it as big as it can within those boundries. To create images of up to 400×600, you simply enter 400×600.

Dimensions

Longest Edge & Shortest Edge

These do exactly as the names suggest.

A setting of 10 inches long would give images of varying crops such as 3×10, 5×10, 7×10, 8×10, 10×10.

Longest Edge

A setting of 5 inches along the shortest edge would give varying crops such as 5×5, 5×8, 5×10, 5×12.

Shortest Edge

Bear in mind that these measurements do still fall within the ACR limits to 10,000 pixels, so if your image will fall outside of this range according to the measurements you’ve set, Lightroom will simply make the image as big as it can.

A Final Reminder

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that this release is as free of bugs as possible, it is inevitable that such a large group of users will find minor bugs. There hasn’t been time to add all of the new features that have been requested, but keep the requests going via the Adobe Feature Request / Bug Report page.

As usual, please make sure you have full backups before upgrading to the new release.

Have fun!


How to run Photoshop Actions from Lightroom using Droplets

November 7, 2007

Lightroom is not designed to be a file browser, so it doesn’t work quite like Bridge, but this doesn’t mean it’s not possible to still link the two. The workaround involves creating a droplet in Photoshop from an existing action, and then telling Lightroom to run the droplet once it’s exported the images.

To Create a Droplet

1. In Photoshop, you need to have already created an action, and if you are going to run this on jpegs, it must include a Save As to set the jpeg compression. (When running the Save As while recording the action, just hit Ok without changing the file name or location, and choose your compression rate).

2. Go to File > Automate > Create Droplet and this dialog will appear:
Create Droplet

3. Save your droplet somewhere safe with a logical name, and make sure you’ve set the save location to Save and Close, and tick the ‘override save location’ box. Click Ok to create your droplet.

 

Add the Droplet to Lightroom

4. Open Lightroom, select a file, and go to Export. At the bottom of the dialog you will see ‘After Export’ dropdown. Click ‘Go to Export Actions Folder’ and drop a shortcut to your droplet in the folder which appears. Close the Export dialog box.

Export Actions

 

5. When you reopen the Export dialog box to export your images from Lightroom, your droplet will appear in that ‘After Export’ dropdown.

6. Export your images from Lightroom, with your new droplet selected, and once the images have finished exporting, they will automatically run your action.

You can also use droplets to save to another location – you don’t have to save over the top. See how many droplet ideas you can come up with!

This information was previously published on my main website at http://www.photoshopservices.co.uk/lightroom/droplets.htm