TPG Elemental

We’re happy to announce that Matt Dawson’s TPG Elemental plugin is now available on the Photographer’s Toolbox.

The Elemental plugin integrates Photoshop Elements (PSE) with Lightroom, enabling external editing of images using a workflow similar to Lightroom’s native integration with Photoshop.  It allows images to be PhotoMerged, Opened as Layers or Smart Objects, and more in the Photoshop Elements Editor directly from Lightroom.

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Storyboarder v1.10 – produce Storyboards with exact width or height you require

Storyboarder is proving to be a popular plugin and we’ve had a number of requests from users who wish to create storyboards with either a fixed height or a fixed width.

Well, we’ve listened, and version 1.10 now adds these layout options.  Compared the the existing options which try to optimize the layout of the images to make best use of the space available, the new layout options have will maintain the order of the images (either from left to right for a fixed width storybaoard, or from top to bottom when the height is fixed).

We’d love to show some of your storyboards on this blog – let us know if you have any that you’d like to share.

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Do you use RedCart? And Lightroom? You’ll love LR/RedCart…

LR/RedCart is a new Lightroom plugin that greatly simplifies the process of getting your images onto your RedCart site.

The plugin will automatically export your images at the correct size, create thumbnails and the upload everything to the right place on the FTP server.

Users of Lightroom 3 will also be able to create a Publish service and organise galleries and categories directly from within Lightroom, publishing any changes whenever they’re ready.

Categories and Galleries in the LR/RedCart Publish Services

This plugin had been a long time in the making – it’s taken 4 months to find a show-stopping bug!  We extend our thanks to the RedCart developers for their relentless support.

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A handy new plugin – Zip Exporter

We’ve just released another handy new plugin – Zip Exporter.

Update:  Version 1.10 has just been released, and offers the option of uploading the Zip archive to an FTP server.

This plugin allows you to create a Zip archive of images and videos using Lightroom’s export feature. You may encrypt the archive using a password for extra security.

The plugin is released as donationware.

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Impact 1.60 – yes, can you finally have a transparent menu bar

Lots of users have asked for an update to Impact that allows them to have a transparent menu bar, but with the menu items themselves visible.

Version 1.60 addresses this request, and it’s probably most useful when the items are stacked vertically which causes the bar to be very tall.

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Storyboarder – a new Lightroom plugin

We’ve just released Storyboarder, a fun new plugin for creating a “storyboard” of images. This could be great for photographers who have a sequence of images that should be displayed together. Here’s an example:

There are loads of options for controlling the layout and colours – there are more examples in the quick guide.

Give it a go, and if you create any great storyboards then let us know so that we can post them here!

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Syncomatic 1.23

Version 1.23 of Syncomatic has just been released and now, as well as handling files with matching names, it can synchronise metadata and adjustments within stacks

When you add metadata like the title or keywords to a stack, Lightroom only updates the picture on the top of the stack – items lower down the stack are not updated. So if you do want all members of the stack to share similar metadata, you first have to expand the stack and select all the items. Then after adding the metadata, you would collapse the stack again. For some users, that is OK because they will only keep the best image and don’t want to annotate the rejects. But for others it’s pretty inefficient, for instance stock photographers or those who use stacks to gather frames intended for panorama stitching. For them the stacks-metadata problem is often a reason for not using the stacking feature.

Sync Stacks is intended to overcome that problem. It adds a menu command and:

  1. Loops through the selected pictures
  2. Finds images that are at the top of their stacks
  3. Copies their metadata to the rest of the stack

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Use your iPhone or iPad as an extra keyboard to control the Lightroom development slider

Photographer Tom Landskron had recently contacted us with a great tip for using our Keyboard Tamer plugin along with an iPhone to give an extra “keyboard” with access to the develop sliders.  Here are the gritty details:

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LR/PhotoDeck – Upload directly to your PhotoDeck account

We’ve just released a new plugin to allow you to upload directly to your PhotoDeck account.

PhotoDeck is a fanstastic image hosting service that allows independent photographers to create a full e-commerce platform.  In contrast to stock agencies and portals that sell contributed images for a hefty commission, PhotoDeck empowers a photographer to create his or her own online store to sell his work directly to photobuyers, keeping the relationship with the client. PhotoDeck takes no commission on sales that originate from the website.

With LR/PhotoDeck you can now upload directly to collections and galleries on your PhotoDeck account.  The plugin even keeps track of which images have already been uploaded so that you don’t inadvertently end up with multiple versions of an image on the server.

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Syncomatic 1.22 released

Version 1.22 of the Syncomatic plug-in has just been released.

Syncomatic’s original purpose was to tidy up metadata when you are faced with sets of pictures whose names match but whose metadata is out of sync. For instance you may have lots of TIFs or JPEGs which have been output from your raw files, but you then added keywords to the raw files. How do you then make 1234-edit.tif have the same keywords and other metadata as the original 1234.nef, make 1235-edit.tif the same as 1235.nef and so on? Syncomatic does that job.

It now does the same with adjustments.

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