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Quick guide

Usage

Running the plug-in require only 2 steps:
  1. Select the images in Lightroom you want the plug-in to work on
  2. Choose Menu -> Library -> Plug-in Extra -> Find Similar File names
    Choose "Find similar file names"

Result

The result of the search for images is stored in 3 Collections in Lightroom, see screenshot below

  1. Source files
    This collections holds all images you selected as input for the search operation.
  2. All_files_found
    This collections stores all the images found, inclusive the selected images.
  3. Different_from_Source
    The difference between the 2 collections = all images found exclusive the selected ones themselves.
Lightroom plug-in find similar files - three collections

Typical workflow removing all files found except for the selected originals

Below I describe a typical workflow you could use to find and delete all derivative files. Of course, you can do also other things to these files.

Step 1 - Select the original photos

In this first step you select all original photos whose derivative file you want to find.
The Metadata filter can help to give you more information on these photos.

Lightroom plug-in find similar files - originals

Step 2 - run the Find similar files plugin

In this step you search for all photos in your Lightroom catalog which have a similar name as the originals you choose.
Menu => Library => Plug-in Extra => Find Similar File names => "Find similar file names".

The result of the search is stored in three collections:

  • Source files
    This collections holds all images you selected as input for the search operation.
  • All_files_found
    This collections stores all the images found, inclusive the selected images.
  • Different_from_Source
    The difference between the 2 collections = all images found exclusive the selected ones themselves.

Step 3 - analyze the search results

In this step you analyze all photos found. Again the metadata filter can help a lot. Apart from the first column "File type" you can choose for the other colums other information that can help.

First the "All_files_found" contains all photos found, both the originals and the derivative.

My this example it is easy to see that the derivative files are JPEG files.

Lightroom plug-in find similar files - analyse search results

Most interesting of course are the photos in "Different_from_Source" collection for these contain the files you wanted to find.

Lightroom plug-in find similar files -

Step 4 - mark as "rejected" all photos for removal or deletion

Review all photos you found and mark as "Rejected", by pressing the X key, all photos which you want to delete or remove from your Lightroom catalog.

Lightroom plug-in find similar files - mark for deletionStep 5 - Deleting of photos marked as "Rejected"

In a Smart collection it is not possible to delete photos. For this we first go to "Catalog" panel and select the "All Photographs".

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Next we select "Delete all rejected photos" from the "Photo" menu.

Lightroom plug-in find similar files -

Now all "rejected" photos will appear, catalog wide!
This gives you also the change to check whether other photos you previously marked as rejected should also be deleted or removed.

Lightroom plug-in find similar files -
Press cancel if you want to do a little more checking...
And again use the "Metadata" filters to help you.

Pricing and Payment

You may download and try the plugin for free, subject to its trial limitations. To unlock the full functionality you will need to purchase a copy.

Payments may be made via Credit Card or PayPal, and are securely processed via our payment partner - Paddle.

€5.00

Note that VAT will be added for European customers.

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UK £4.47
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