As far as I know (and read around), there's no way to search multi-word keywords in the keywords list panel using the "Filter Keywords" box. i.e. If I want to search for the "Great Blue Heron" keyword in a large animal keywords list I have, Lightroom will OR the three words instead of AND'ing them like Aperture does more intuitively. Adding quotes like "Great Blue Heron" doesn't work either. Again this is to filter a large keyword lists through the "Filter Keywords" box in the Keywords List panel.
Am I missing something? Is it possible to AND multi-word keywords?
You're not missing anything, but Adobe/Lightroom is (IMO).
I abandoned multi-word keywords long ago when I realized they weren't being handled "properly" in Lightroom, nor consistently in other programs. Truth is: there is value in treating them as being OR'd (like Lightroom does) and there is value in treating them as AND'd (like Aperture does).
And I can think of two simple solutions so we could have our OR-cake and eat our AND-cake too:
1. Allow the use of quotes as delimiter.
2. Use something besides a space as separator.
Not sure why this wasn't fixed in v1.0.1
+1 vote - fix this...
PS - I've already submitted this feature request on the official form, but I encourage others to do the same. - Sometimes the wheel has to be beyond squeaking - nearly falling off and the stagecoach about to crash, before it gets any oil.
PPS - Just realized I really don't care anymore, since I'm not using multi-word keywords - even if Lightroom gets it right, the other softwares that consume exported images may very well not... - So just forget this post altogether....... Maybe next decade.......
Just out of curiosity, do you have a feel for how well, and especially how consistently, other softwares deal with spaces in keywords? It seems if there are any standards written up about it, "nobody" is following them. Does "Controlled Vocabulary" have spaces? Are spaces expected when users look for stock photography?.......
I mean I converted all my keywords to space-less a long time ago and have not regretted it (yet). Have you considered doing the same, or do you need spaces...?
as far as I know spaces are also contained and allowed in controlled vocabularies (e.g. for the "official" names of animals 'little panda' for example and plants). I'm using spaces for names very often. As a prof. photographer I need to write captions for all of my images before sending them to my agency with WHEN/WHAT/WHERE/WHO etc. So when shooting persons very often or regular (e.g. politicians or athletes) I started years ago to create keywords and hierarchies for them. So it is much easier and more comfortable to assign them later.
Please check out PhotoMechanic or IMatch. These progs doesn't have any problems with spaces in keywords and keyword searches...
BTW: when using a space in a search I expect that the default behaviour of such a space is a locical AND.
Thanks for the education Lars.
Even defaulting to a logical AND is less than optimal in my mind. Then you lose the advantages of OR-ing.
I wish the great standards committee in the sky would settle on some "best practice" way of handling it that either specifies a separator other than the space character or requires quotes be respected as delimiter.
Not sure what else to say...
I would support this.
I have a collection of photos from the local drama group. one of the keywords I apply is the name of the play which could have a number of words. (it is in a hierarchical category of alphabetical list fo the play names under "Play"
I also keyword the names of each actor in the photo. I would want this to be treated as a phrase when searching - we have several people called John so if LR did and OR search it would retrieve the wrong people.
Ideally proper boolean support would do the trick (i.e. support for use of OR, AND, NOT etc)