Archive for January, 2009

New Export Plug-In and Develop Presets on Exchange

Prolific developer Jeffrey Friedl has released yet another tasty ‘export filter’ called “Run Any Command”. Jeffrey writes on his blog:

‘This plugin provides an “export filter” (but in the official Lightroom vernacular, it’s a “post-process action”). The point is that unlike a full export plugin (such as my “Export to Flickr” plugin), this filter (post-process action) can be used with any export from Lightroom. It can be used in conjunction with the standard “Files on Disk” export, in conjunction with one of my other plugins (e.g. “Export to Zenfolio”, “Export to PicasaWeb”), and/or in parallel with other third-party export filters (such as my “Metadata Wrangler” Metadata Wrangler or Tim Armes’ “LR2/Mogrify” for watermarking).’

Sean McCormack has released “LRB Dragan,” a set of free grunge type presets.

Lightroom 2 Language Selection

For those working with the new language versions of Lightroom, if you would like to switch languages just follow these instructions:

Windows

  • In Lightroom, visit Edit –> Preferences and click on the General tab
  • Select the desired language from the dropdown
  • Restart Lightroom

Macintosh
Lightroom follows the operating system language preference.  To change it:

  • Visit the Mac OS X System Preferences and select International
  • Select the desired language in the list and drag it to the top of the list
  • Restart Lightroom

Thanks again for everyone’s feedback on our new updates.

Camera Raw 5.3 and Lightroom 2.3 Available on Adobe Labs

Camera Raw 5.3 and Lightroom 2.3 Release Candidates are now available on Adobe Labs.(Camera Raw 5.3, Lightroom 2.3) The release includes new camera support for the following models:

  • Nikon D3X
  • Olympus E-30  

There are several bug fixes in this update :

  • In the Windows 64-bit version of Lightroom an sFTP upload process could cause Lightroom to crash
  • Slideshows could return to the first image randomly during playback
  • A memory leak could cause Lightroom to crash while attempting to process files with local adjustments
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files could process with artifacts in Lightroom 2.2
  • Lightroom 2.2 could cause disc burning to fail for Windows customers

Additional Languages
Lightroom 2.3 now provides language support for the following additional languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

The translation effort for these languages is over 90% complete in this release. We appreciate your feedback as we complete this work so that we can ensure that the final release provides a high quality update for all of these new languages. If you find a translation error or problem with these new language versions please report them here: Bug Report Form

Notes on the Additional Languages

  • Localized help is not yet available for these additional language versions
  • The new language versions cannot be installed simultaneously with the English/French/German 2.3 RC build

I’d like to thank everyone who contributed in the Adobe User to User forums to help us track down some of the bugs we corrected in this release.

Free Lightroom Presets for Download

The folks over at the Presetting Lightroom Flickr group have compiled a collection of 180+ Free Lightroom Presets with sample before and after images for anyone who’s interested. Included in the collection of links are Wonderland Lightroom Presets and Presets Heaven.

Pro Photography Show has a similarly expansive collection of links to free Lightroom presets. Collections range from authors Sean McCormack, Jack Davis, and Matt Kloskowski to Adobe’s Exchange community.

Sharing labels between Lightroom and Bridge

Several users have pointed out an issue where you assign a color label to an image in Lightroom and then view the same image in Bridge the label appears white instead of in the expected color.

The issue is Lightroom and Bridge assign labels as text and not as a specific color in the file metadata. The label text is associated with a specific color in Bridge’s preferences and Lightroom’s Color Label Set settings.

To make the labels you assign in Lightroom show up in the same colors in Bridge, go into Bridge preferences, choose “Labels,” and then change the text string for each to simply the color (“Red” for red, “Yellow” for yellow, “Green” for green, “Blue” for blue, and “Purple” for purple).

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Or if you prefer Bridge’s label naming better, go into Lightroom and select Metadata>Color Label Set>Edit and the text string from Bridge for each (“Select” for red, “Second” for yellow, “Approved” for green, “Review” for blue, and “To Do” for purple). You can then “Save Current Settings as New Preset” from the Preset pop-up.

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We’ll likely provide a “Bridge Defaults“ Color Label Set preset in a future version of Lightroom. [Via]

User Group Events

There are two user group events this evening, Wednesday, January 14th.

The Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley, CA are hosting Photoshop Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes, talking about Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4, starting at 7pm.

The Twin Cities Lightroom User Group will meet tonight at Easel Training in Saint Paul, MN, at 7pm. Topics include catalogs, backing-up & moving your data, and Lightroom/Photoshop interop. Engineers from the Lightroom & Photoshop teams will be on hand to help answer questions.

We hope to see you tonight or at future user group events.