Export Backup Plugin for Lightroom 2 Updated (Version 20090208.003)


My Export Backup plugin for Lightroom 2 (in Adobe speak, a post-process action) has been updated today.  The new version contains some usability updates:

With this release I now have all of the main features I need for my own purposes.  Please leave a comment if you have suggestions for other features that should be added.


  1. Download the plugin: Latest version of Export Backup zip
  2. Copy the file where you want the plugin to permanently reside, then unzip the file.  This should create a sub-directory called export-backup.lrplugin.
  3. Open Lightroom 2, then select the File\Plugin Manager menu option.
  4. Press the Add button, select the export-backup.lrplugin directory created in step 2, then press OK.
  5. The plugin is now installed and enabled.  Press Done.


Next time you export files you will notice an Export Backup entry in the Export dialog’s Post-Process Actions list.  

Export Backup Location Dialog SectionTo use this feature:

  1. Select the Export Backup entry, then press the Insert button.  Note: The Insert button will remain inactive if you select the wrong Export Backup entry.  This will add an Export Backup Location section near the end of the Export dialog.
  2. Either manually enter or choose the base directory where the rendered files should be copied. 
  3. If desired, specify a subfolder to be appended to the folder name.  This is typically used to enter the album/collection name or any other folder name that changes from export to export.
  4. Select either Overwrite or Skip option, depending upon how you want to proceed if the same files already exist in the destination directory.
  5. Continue with your file export as usual.

When you export your files to Flickr, Gallery 2 or whatever photo hosting service you use, you will now also have a local copy of the rendered output for your own records. 

I hope you find this plugin useful and feel free to share your experiences or suggestions in the comments section below.

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 12:58 am by Matt · Permalink
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