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Displaying Metadata in Lightroom 4

Aug 14, 2012 7:54 AM

Tags: #metadata #lr4.1

I want to display the IPTC metadata in Lightroom 4 in the same way as in Bridge CS6 so that it only displays the fields I want to use - is this possible without having to install 3rd party software? I've tried the metadata pop-up menu selections but these either omit items I want to see or include many items which I don't use. I bought Lightroom because it was designed for photographers but I am discovering that there are a number of areas where it is not as flexible as Bridge.

 
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    Aug 14, 2012 8:19 AM   in reply to 1MickMick

    yep the metadata menu should have user configurated presets.... but it does not have that yet.

     
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:25 AM   in reply to 1MickMick

    I bought Lightroom because it was designed for photographers but I am discovering that there are a number of areas where it is not as flexible as Bridge.

    Lightroom was never designed to have all the features of Bridge. Lightroom was designed to be itself ... something different than most (all?) other photographic applications. While Lightroom WAS indeed designed for photographers, it does not have every feature you can imagine, and it certainly does not fit the needs of every photographer.

     
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    Aug 14, 2012 8:48 PM   in reply to 1MickMick

    You might try Jeffrey's Metadata-Viewer Preset Editor plug-in.  It is third party, but will do what I believe you want.

     
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    Aug 15, 2012 4:54 AM   in reply to 1MickMick

    I think that the speed of the LR catalogue is fantastic compared to Bridge so perhaps the developers will be able to spend some time overhauling metadata in time for LR 5??

     

    Near the top of the main forum page for Lightroom is a link for you to submit bugs and feature requests. If you choose to submit this feature request, please be specific about the metadata you would like to see. (In fact, for the benefit of those of us reading this thread, it would be a good idea to indicate what metadata you want to see in this thread as well)

     
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    Aug 15, 2012 4:23 PM   in reply to 1MickMick

    1MickMick wrote:

     

    the plugin is only a beta release but may revisit it once the final version appears.

     

    I recommend trying while it's in beta. The only reason it's in beta is due to recent enhancements that concerned dynamic acquisition of other plugin's metadata. If you're not using that feature, it's beta-ism shouldn't affect you. This is otherwise a mature plugin - very low risk.

     

    I "alpha" tested it, and only turned up one problem, which Jeffrey promptly fixed.

     

    If you want to develop your own metadata viewer presets without resorting to a 3rd party plugin or add-in, you can develop your own:

     

    Put in 'Metadata Field Lists' (you must create folder if not already existing) subfolder of "Lightroom Presets Folder" (see Preferences, Presets tab), a .lua file containing stuff like this:

     

    return {

      version   = 1, -- format this file is in (format version #1)

      title     = "Rob's Minimal",

      id        = "com.robcole.metadatafieldlist.minimal",

      type      = "MetadataFieldList",

      -- keep plugins alphabetical

      items = {

            --   A D O B E

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "File Info" },

            'com.adobe.filename',

            'com.adobe.folder',

            'com.adobe.dateTimeOriginal',

            'com.adobe.dateTimeDigitized.onlyIfUnique',

            'com.adobe.imageCroppedDimensions',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "Title & Caption" },

            'com.adobe.title',

            { 'com.adobe.caption', height_in_lines = 3 },

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "Shooting Info" },

            'com.adobe.exposureBiasValue',

            'com.adobe.flash',

            'com.adobe.software',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "Genre, Scene, & Location" },

            'com.adobe.intellectualGenre',

            'com.adobe.scene',

            'com.adobe.location',

            'com.adobe.city',

            'com.adobe.state',

            'com.adobe.country',

            'com.adobe.isoCountryCode',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.CustomMetadata.*',

            'com.robcole.dev.ChangeManager.*',

            'com.robcole.ChangeManager.*',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.RC_CustomMetadata.*',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.develop.DevAdjust.*',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            --   D E V   M E T A

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "RC Dev Meta" },

            'com.adobe.separator',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.lastUpdate',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.ProcessVersion',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "Camera Calibration" },

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.CameraProfile',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.ShadowTint',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.rgbColorMods',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "Basic" },

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.WhiteBalance',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.Temperature',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.Tint',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.Exposure',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.HighlightRecovery',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.FillLight',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.Shadows',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.Brightness',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.Contrast',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.Clarity',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.Vibrance',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.Saturation',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "Tone Curve" },

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.ToneCurveName',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.toneCurveParamMods',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.toneCurvePointMods',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "HSL / Color / B & W" },

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.colorType',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.colorMods',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "Split Toning" },

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.splitToning',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "Detail" },

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.Sharpness',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.SharpenRadius',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.SharpenDetail',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.SharpenEdgeMasking',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.LuminanceSmoothing',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.LuminanceNoiseReductionDetail ',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.LuminanceNoiseReductionContra st',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.ColorNoiseReduction',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.ColorNoiseReductionDetail',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "Lens Corrections" },

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.lensDistortion',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.lensVignetting',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.lensCa',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.perspective',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "Effects" },

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.postCropVignette',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.grain',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { "com.adobe.label", label = "Crop, Locals, & Retouch" },

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.retouched',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.redeye',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.gradients',

            'com.robcole.lightroom.metadata.DevMeta.brushes',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            {"com.adobe.label", label="RC Exif Meta" },

            'com.robcole.develop.ExifMeta.lastUpdate',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { 'com.adobe.label', label = 'SubIFD1' },

            'com.robcole.develop.ExifMeta.SubIFD1_BitsPerSample',

            'com.adobe.separator',

            { formatter = 'com.robcole.develop.ExifMeta.bigBlock', topLabel=true },

            --   N X   T O O

            'com.adobe.separator',

            -- { "com.adobe.label", label = "RC Nx Too" }, -- The label is automatic when * is used.

            'com.robcole.lightroom.NxToo.*',

     

      },

    }

     

    PS - Lemmeno if you want more details...

     

    Rob

     
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