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Syncomatic - Sync 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

Running Sync Stacks

Select the pictures including some which are in stacks and choose the menu command Library > Plug-In Extras > Sync Stacks. You are then presented with the dialog box which allows you to fine tune which metadata should be synchronized.

Sync Stacks will normally copy all IPTC metadata.

Sync Stacks can also copy Develop adjustments. It may be what you want to do, but be careful with this feature.

When you are have ticked the appropriate check boxes, click OK. Otherwise, click Cancel.


Stacking and Collections

Syncomatic's Sync Stacks command works only on stacking created in folders, not on collection-level stacking. This is because until Lightroom 4 you could only create stacks in folders but when that changed Adobe never added code to detect the new collection-level stacking. You can launch Sync Stacks when you are are working in a collection, but Sync Stacks is still only detecting folder-level stacks.

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.


Note that VAT will be added for European customers.


US $10.24
UK £7.79
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