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TypePad

In order to post to TypePad you'll need to allow LR/Blog to do so. This is done in such a way that you don't need to type your password into the plugin:

  1. Log onto TypePad in your default web browser
  2. Press the 'Authenticate with TypePad' button
  3. Your browser will be sent to a TypePad page when you are asked to give LR/Blog permission to access your account on your behalf. Do this, and you'll be given a number.
  4. Go back to Lightroom and enter this number.

Once you're authenticated the plugin will remember this, even if you restart Lightroom, until you purposely log out.

Next, choose the blog that you wish to upload to (if you have access to more than one).

Finally, note that TypePad is unusual is that it doesn't offer media library where you can find your uploaded images. If they're not referenced by a post then they're effectively lost. For this reason you must create (or amend) a post when uploading to TypePad, and that post must reference the images that you're uploading.

Posting

You can create a post directly from within LR/Blog. This allows you to prepare the blog entry by inserting all of the exported images into the post. You can then refine the post online once the export has finished.

Templates

The HTML code used to embed the images is defined by one or more templates. These templates are added to the post's contents; the first template is used for the first photo, the second for the second photo, and so on. Once the last template has been used the cycle starts again with the first template.

Most of the time a single template is sufficient, in which case it is used for each of the photos exported. However multiple templates allow you to far more flexibilty if you wish to have more control over your layout. For example, you may use multiple templates to correctly format the output when you're exporting exactly 3 photos that you wish to be placed in a particular way; you would then save this as a preset and use it when appropriate.

The pull down preset menu above the template text allows you to save different templates and recall them quickly.

Tokens

The templates that you create wouldn't be useful if they could display your images, IPTC or EXIF metadata or other image specifiy information. For this reason you will use tokens that are replaced by LR/Blog as the images are exported. The token system will be very familiar to anyone using LR2/Mogrify to annotate their images or LR/Transporter for exporting metadata from Lightroom.

The {img} token will probably me the most useful - it's replaced by the HTML necessary to display your photo in the blog post.

Displaying smaller versions of an image

Although the plugin only uploads the image at the size which you have specified, TypePad itself allows you to generate different sized versions of an image in order to display them in a post. For this you need to use a special URL to access the image, and also specify how it should be resized.

LR/Blog makes things easier for you by allowing you to use special parameters with both the {img} and {url} tokens that generate the right output. For example:

{img[wi,500]}

This will display the image with its width scaled to 500. The scaling option are:

  • wi - This mode scales the image such that the width is the size specified in the spec, and the height is scaled to maintain the image's aspect ratio.
  • hi - his mode scales the image such that the height is the size specified in the spec, and the width is scaled to maintain the image's aspect ratio.
  • pi - This mode takes the largest dimension (either width or height) and scales the image so that dimension is the size specified in the spec. The other dimension is scaled to maintain the image's aspect ratio.
  • si - This mode results in a square image whose width and height are both the size specified in the spec. If the original image isn't square, the image is cropped across its longest dimension, showing only the central portion which fits inside the square.

You can read more about this on the TypePad site.

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.

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