Author Archive: arahn

Fine Tuning Language

Lightroom 1.2 has support for four languages: English, French, German, and Japanese. With the 1.2 release, English, French, and German are packaged in the same installer. So how do you choose which language Lightroom uses? The answer depends on which operating system you use.

Note: The Japanese release of Lightroom 1.2 uses the same logic as the English, French, and German release, so you can use these same techniques described below with that release.


On windows, Lightroom bases its language choice off of the “Current Format” selection in the “Regional and Language Options” control panel. Simply select any of the “English”, “French” or “German” language options

If your primary language is not French, German or English, Lightroom on Windows will use English.

If you want to select one language in the “Regional and Language Options” control panel, but prefer to use Lightroom in English, this is possible… but it requires that you modify the Lightroom installation. So proceed with caution:

  1. Open “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.2” in Windows Explorer.
  2. Create a new folder called “Disabled Languages”
  3. Open the “Resources” folder.
  4. Move “fr” and “de” to the “Disabled Languages” folder.

Now Lightroom will be in English regardless of what language setting you make in the “Regional and Language Options” control panel. To revert this change, move the “fr” and “de” folder back into the Resources folder.

Note: On Windows XP, the control panel is called “Regional and Language Settings” (Microsoft renamed the control panel in Vista).


On a Macintosh computer, you can rank your preferred languages in order by using the International control panel. Drag the language you want to use to the top of the list. Then relaunch Lightroom: The user interface will be presented in that language.

If your primary language is not French, German, or English, Lightroom will scan down the list and use the first language that we support. For example, if your primary language is “Español”, but you also speak French, you can set Lightroom to use French by making sure “Français” appears second in the list of Languages in the International control panel.

If you want your operating system to be French or German, but prefer to use Lightroom in English, this is simple:

  1. Open the /Applications folder in the Finder
  2. Select “Adobe”
  3. Right click on “Adobe” and select “Get Info”
  4. Expand the “Languages” tab
  5. Uncheck “de” and “fr”

Now Lightroom will be in English regardless of what language setting you make in the International control panel. To restore the French and German functionality, follow the same steps, except this time check them back on.

Airtight Interactive Web Galleries

The authors of three excellent Flash-based web photo galleries, Airtight Interactive, have agreed to let us integrate with Lightroom!

Download Adobe Photoshop Lightgroom Web Gallery Templates for SimpleViewer, Postcard Viewer, and AutoViewer:

SimpleViewer :
PostcardViewer :
AutoViewer :

Unzip the archives, and save them into the “Web Galleries” directory in your Lightroom settings folder:

  • Mac OS X : /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Web Galleries
  • Windows XP : C:\Documents and Settings\[username]]\Application Data\Adobe\Lightroom\Web Galleries
  • Windows Vista : C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Web Galleries

Relaunch Lightroom. These should now be visible in the Web module. Enjoy!

Slideshow Tip #1

Did you know…. The margins for the slideshow are by default linked together. This way, if you adjust one, you adjust them all — thus keeping the photo centered for the show. If you want it off-center, simple uncheck the checkboxes next to the corresponding margin slider in the “Layout” panel.

Today’s tip: You can reposition your slide wherever you want by holding down the space bar and clicking on the photo. While you have the mouse button held down, you can drag the photo to a new location. The four margins automatically update to position your photo. If you have trouble getting the photo all the way to one edge, try turning on “Zoom to Fill Frame” under the Options panel.

Templates and Galleries

Some of you may have seen a post I put on John Nack’s blog a couple months ago about how Lightroom uses XML and XSLT to build an HTML template.

A few things changed in Lightroom between when I originally wrote that, and when we shipped 1.0. So it seems worthwhile to revisit that post and correct what’s changed. Most notably, we renamed some of the terms.

What used to be…. => …is now called
“Web Template” => “Web Gallery”
“Preset Browser” => “Template Browser”
“Preset” => “Template”
“WebTemplates” => “Web Galleries”

Also the folder to put new Web Galleries into has changed. On Mac, store them in <your home directory>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Web Galleries/. On Windows, put the gallery in C:\Documents and Settings\arahn.MN-IAGO\Application Data\Adobe\Lightroom\Web Galleries.

In the next couple of posts, I plan to show how to build a simple flash-based gallery using Flash 8 and the ActionScript programming language. So stay tuned!

How do you upload to .MAC (dot Mac) from the Lightroom Web Module?

One of the Lightroom Beta testers asked how to upload a web photo gallery from Lightroom to Apple’s dot Mac hosting service. For this question, I assume you’re using a Mac — or else why would you have a dot Mac account? I’ve had good luck with this technique:

First, make sure you are connected to the internet and mount your iDisk in the Finder by choosing Go -> iDisk -> My iDisk. This will mount the storage space for your dot Mac website on your computer.

Next, switch to Lightroom and prepare your web gallery in the web module. Then choose Export… Click on your computer name and locate the iDisk (it has a globe icon and will be named with your dot mac account username). Then select the “Sites” folder on your iDisk. Type the name for the gallery (I recommend a single word, and no spaces) and click “Save”.

Lightroom will generate the web photo gallery and save it to your dot Mac website. When the “Save Web Photo Gallery” task finishes your photo gallery is live on your website. The URL will be “http:” plus “//” plus your dot Mac username plus “/” plus the name for the gallery that you chose.

This is how I usually export web galleries to dot mac. For example, here are some pictures from a trip to see the ice on Lake Superior last month.