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Author: John Beardsworth

Syncomatic synchronises Library metadata and Develop adjustments

  • between pairs of files whose names are identical (or have a suffix like -edit)
  • between pairs of files whose capture times are identical - new in Syncomatic 2.0
  • from the top item of a stack to the other stacked items

Examples of where to use Syncomatic

Outsourced keywording

Outsourced keywording is one reason for using Syncomatic. Imagine you have a large number of JPEGs which someone else has keyworded and added IPTC titles, ratings and other metadata. You now want to apply that metadata to your raw files. It would take a long time to do this manually. You'd select 1234.jpg and 1234.nef (or any other type of raw file) and use the Sync Metadata button, but you'd then have to do it for 1235.jpg, 1236.jpg and so on. Syncomatic does this automatically.

Unsupported raw files

Another possible application is when you have a new camera which has a raw file type which Lightroom doesn’t yet support. What you might do is shoot Raw+JPEG, import the JPEG files, and add your metadata and adjustments. Once Lightroom supports the camera, you can import the raw files and use Syncomatic to update them.

Lightroom Mobile

A newer use is with Lightroom Mobile if you are travelling with the iPad and want to import new images. LrM version 1 won't let you import raw files directly, but if you shoot raw+JPEG you can import the JPEGs into Lightroom Mobile, apply star ratings and flags, even make adjustments. When you return to your computer, you can import the raw files into Lightroom and LrM automatically imports the JPEGs with the metadata. Syncomatic's capture time option allows you to sync the metadata from the JPEGs to the raw files.

Lightroom Versions

Syncomatic works on Lightroom 2 or later.

Payment and Updates

The trial version operates on up to 10 images at a time. Purchasing the plugin will give you a registration code that will remove this restriction. All future updates are free.

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 $9.56
UK £6.32
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