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What is the "Photo list importer" plug-in

Do you get lists of selected photos from clients? The challenge is how to transform that list into a selection of photos in Lightroom, without manually copy and pasting them.
This powerful plug-in reads a list of photo file names from a text file or from the clipboard and collects them into a collection called "LRS_Photo_List" for further processing.
Your clients do not have to type the full photo name when using the Folder or Collection filtering. So 108, 123.. for example would be sufficient in combination with (part of) the folder of collection name.

Another application might be searching for photos in Lightroom with a similar file name. For more information, see section "How does "Photo list importer" work?".

Finally, because the search mechanism used is identical to that of the Smart Collection, you can even create a list for example of clients names, or other parts of your file names, see samples below.

Contents

Youtube demo
What's in it for me
Screenshots
How does "Photo list importer" work?
Search results
Configuration settings

YouTube demo

Youtube demo of older version. Explains the functionality. See screenshot below for the new, extra options.


What's in it for me?

This plugin turns a list of (partial) photo file names into a collection in Lightroom for further processing.

If you have clients that send you a list of their choice photos, this plug-in will transform that list in a Lightroom Collection called "LRS_Photo_List" for further processing.

Perhaps you are wedding photographer. After the shoot you publish the photos on your website and have your clients pick those they like. They might send you an e-mail with the names of the photos they choose. Just copy the list with file names from the e-mail, past them into this plug-in and they are ready for further procession in a Collection called "LRS_Photo_List".

Another application is to find all photos in your Lightroom catalog with a similar name like the list provided, see explanation below.

Screenshots

Main screen

How does "Photo list importer" work?

This plug-in has:
  • 2 input modes
    • from file
    • from clipboard
  • 2 search mechanisms
    • Full path
    • (part of) file name only
  • 2 file / clipboard layouts
    • 1 file name per line (for CSV files)
    • multiple file names per line
  • 2 filter mechanisms (optionally)
    • Filter on Folder name filter (part of is sufficient)
    • Filter on Collection name
Default settings are provided to keep it simple!

2 input modes

This plug-in can read from:

  • Text file
  • Clipboard.

2 search mechanisms

This plug-in can search in 2 different search modes.

  1. Full file path and file name search mode
    This search mode can be used if your list of file names contains the full path and file name of the photo as stored in your Lightroom catalog.
    Samples:
    E:\Photos\2005\07\2005_07_20 Arena\DAH_20120720_0350.JPG
    \Volumes\Pictures\Iceland\Iceland winter 2003\DAH_icelnd001.jpg

    Be careful with commas!
    The plug-in treats commas as a separating character, meaning that the plug-in reads a line until it finds a comma. If you path or file name contains commas, you should put double quotes around it.
  2. (Part of) file name only search mode
    Only the file name or part of the file name, see samples below.
Working with clients and uploading the images to a website they can choose from, the full path and file name in your Lightroom catalog can not be used. For this situation the (Part of) file name only search mode is created.
The "File name only search mode" searches exact the same as with smart collection.

2 file / clipboard layouts

This plug-in can read file names in 2 modes:
  • One file name on each line
    Default this plug-in reads the first file name from each line. The first file name contains all the characters until the first comma on a line.
    When your file or path name contains commas, you should enclose them with double commas!
    Other information may follow the comma, yet this is not processed.

    Sample file or clipboard
    Image 003,
    Image 024,
    Image 029,
    Image 030,
    Image 031,
    Image 037,
    Image 038

  • Multiple file names on a line
    In this mode one line may contain multiple file names on a line, when separated by commas.

    Sample file or clipboard
    Image 003, Image 024,Image 029,Image 030,
    Image 031,Image 037,Image 038,

2 filter mechanisms (optionally)

Client friendly option
This option allows your clients to supply only a small part of the file name, making it very easy for them.
For example, if you shot a wedding of John and Mary and all the photos the couple can select from are in one Folder of Collection, then instead of DAH_20130112_0001 your customers only have to write down for example "0001". Normally there would be many photos with "0001" in the name, but when you supply the the name of the folder or collection, then only the right photos are selected.

When the file names are not unique in your catalog or when you supply a filter:

  • Filter by (part of) the folder / map / directory name
  • filter or (part of) a Regular collection name (not Smart)
These filter are based on Lightroom Smart collections and work exactly the same. Normally only a part is already sufficient.

Samples:

Sample file name Search rule Search mechanism Result
E:\Photos\2005\07\2005_07_20 Arena\DAH_20120720_0350.JPG - Full file name path This specific photo
DAH_20130112_9349.CR2 Contains all File name only Any DAH_20130112_9349.CR2 in your catalog
DAH_20130112_9349 Contains all File name only
  • DAH_20130112_9349.CR2
  • DAH_20130112_9349.JPG,
  • DAH_20130112_9349.TIFF,
  • DAH_20130112_9349.TIFF,
  • DAH_20130112_9349.DNG
  • DAH_20130112_9349_master.TIFF
  • DAH_20130112_9349_web.JPG
  • DAH_20130112_9349_master_BW.TIFF
  • ....
DAH 20130112 9349
with spaces instead of underscore
Contains all File name only Find all images that have -AND- DAH -AND- 20130112 -AND- 9349 in their name
DAH 20130112 9349
with spaces instead of underscore
Contains File name only Find all images that have -EITHER- DAH -EITHER- 20130112 -EITHER- 9349 in their name
This can be a lot of images.
In my case all images that I shoot start with "DAH", so all these images will be found.
DAH 20130112 9349 Start with File name only All images that start with all this file name.
In my case no images are found, because all my images have underscores.
DAH_201301 Start with File name only Finds all photos made by me (DAH) and shot in Janari 2013
02.CR2 End with File name only All images are found that end with "02.CR2" like:
DAH_20120603_6602.CR2
ESH_20110801_2402.CR2
....
Amazon Contains File name only Will find all photos that have "Amazon" in it.
So when you are working for clients and you have the client name in your file name, you can search for it.
Amazon_2010
Amazon_2011
Contains File name only All photos made for Amazon in 2010 or 2011.
For more information on the search rules in Lightroom like contains all, see the Lightroom help.

Sample without folder name filtering

Below the situation when a user searches throughout the Lightroom catalog for photos contain the numbers given in their name.
The search is catalog wide because no extra (part of) folder name or collection name is specified.

Option Value
Input 9126, 9146, 9167, 9174, 9177, 9183, 9184
Choices All default
Output

Input # found Photos found Folder name
9126 1 ADH_20160519_9126.JPG 2016_05_19 Antwerpen
9146 2 ADH_20160519_9146.JPG
DAH_20080814_9146.JPG
2016_05_19 Antwerpen
2008_08_14 Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse
9167 2 ADH_20160519_9167.JPG
DAH_20121208_9167.CR2
2016_05_19 Antwerpen
2012_12_08 Ossenwaard winter
9174 3 ADH_20160519_9174.JPG
DAH_20121208_9174.CR2
DAH_20080814_9174.JPG
2016_05_19 Antwerpen
2012_12_08 Ossenwaard winter
2008_08_14 Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse
9177 3 ADH_20160519_9177.JPG
DAH_20121208_9177.CR2
DAH_20080814_9177.JPG
2016_05_19 Antwerpen
2012_12_08 Ossenwaard winter
2008_08_14 Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse
9183 2 ADH_20160519_9183.JPG
DAH_20121208_9183.CR2
2016_05_19 Antwerpen
2012_12_08 Ossenwaard winter
9184 3 ADH_20160519_9184.JPG
DAH_20121208_9184.CR2
DAH_20080814_9184.JPG
2016_05_19 Antwerpen
2012_12_08 Ossenwaard winter
2008_08_14 Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse

Sample with folder name filtering

In this sample the same numbers are supplied however only photos stored in a folder containing "Antwerpen" should be found.
As you can see below only photos stored in a folder contain the name Antwerpen are found: 2014_10_15 and 2016_05_19.

Of course the same holds true when using a Collection name instead of a folder name.
As said, only regular collection names are allowed. Lightroom does not support searching in a Smart collection.

Option Value
Input 9126, 9146, 9167, 9174, 9177, 9183, 9184
Choices All default
Output

Input # found Photos found Folder name
9126 1 ADH_20160519_9126.JPG 2016_05_19 Antwerpen
9146 1 ADH_20160519_9146.JPG 2016_05_19 Antwerpen
9167 1 ADH_20160519_9167.JPG 2016_05_19 Antwerpen
9174 1 ADH_20160519_9174.JPG 2016_05_19 Antwerpen
9177 1 ADH_20160519_9177.JPG 2016_05_19 Antwerpen
9183 1 ADH_20160519_9183.JPG 2016_05_19 Antwerpen
9184 1 ADH_20141015_9184.JPG 2014_10_15 Antwerpen

For more information on the search rules in Lightroom like contains all, see the Lightroom help.


For more information see our forum.

Default settings

  • Read from file
  • File name only - contains all
    So without the full path of directories or maps
  • One file name on each different line
  • Folder name - contains all
    Only active together when some folder name is specified
  • Collection name - contains all
    Only active together when some folder name is specified

A valid file list is

  • Any regular text file
  • File or path names that contain comma's should be surround by double quotes.
This plug-in can read CSV files, however only the first columns is used.

Search results

The result of the import is stored in 1 Collections in Lightroom:"LRS_Photo_List"

Also a report is created showing the search results. By default this report is opened after running the plug-in. In the configuration you can disable this.

Lightroomstatistics Photo list importer search results

Configuration settings

On the configuration panel of the plug-in you can specify your default settings.
You can find the configuration panel via the Plug-in manger (menu File -> Plug-in manager) and choose the "Photo list importer" plug-in and open the "Configuration" tab.

Set your default values

On the configuration panel of the plug-in you can specify your default settings.
You can find the configuration panel via the Plug-in manger (menu File -> Plug-in manager) and choose the "Photo list importer" plug-in and open the "Configuration" tab.

Input mode

Choose whether you want to import from

  1. File
  2. Clipboard

Skip first line

This option is special for importing CSV (Comma Seperated values) files. In these files often the first row contains the column name.
When reading from the clipboard you probably always should uncheck this option.

Choose file name type

The plug-in has 2 modes on searching for file names in the Lightroom catalog:

  1. (Part of) the file name without the extension like JPG, CR2, NEF, etc
  2. Full file name with the full path.
    This option is very fast, yet is only usable when you know the full path of the photos. Clients will probably not know this.

Folder name

It is possible to enter (part of) the folder name to narrow down where the photos are searched for.
Especially when the customer only gives part of a file name, many photos may be found throughout the catalog. However all the selected photos probably are stored in one folder.

Collection name

It is possible to enter (part of) a regular collection name to narrow down where the photos are searched for.
Especially when the customer only gives part of a file name, many photos may be found throughout the catalog. However all the selected photos probably are stored in one collection.
BTW, Lightroom has not the functionality to search in a smart collection.

Report settings

These settings control the layout and behavior of the report.

Full width

When "on" the full width of your screen / browser will be used, when "off" the width is set to 1024 pixels.
Default: full width.

Scrollable tables

When selecting this option each table will have the height of the next setting.
Advantage is that if there are many tables, the report will not be so long and it is easier to navigate. Of course all the information is there.
If the table is bigger than the specified height, a scroll bar appears and you can scroll through it.
When off the scroll bar disappears and all rows are shown.

Lightroom plug-in - Preset Viewer - scrollable table

Table height in pixels

If you selected the option "Scrollable tables", this option determines the height of a table.
Play around and see what height best fits your screen.

Use online HTML Javascript and CSS

This options determines whether the plugin uses the embedded JavaScript and CSS files or downloads them from the internet.
Advantage of the embedded files is stability and loading speed. Further you do not need a internet connection to show the page properly.
Disadvantage of local files is that when you copy the report to a different computer, the required Javascript and CSS file will not be found and the layout will be poor.

Javascript enbled in report (Better looking, but slower with large reports)

The plugin used JQuery and the Datatables Javascript libraries. With these the reports looks much better, however, on very large reports these libraries take some time and you might run into a warning that the script is running to long.
Disabling the these Javascript libraries increases the time for the browser to render the report much.

Show results upon finish

This setting controls whether the plug-in automatically opens the report upon finishing in your browser, or not.

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 £4.33
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