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:
- Destination folder now has a “Most Recently Used” (MRU) drop down list to help you quickly export files to your favourite folders. A delete button (the minus sign next to the drop down arrow) helps you clean up folders you no longer want kept in the list.
- A separate subfolder field has been added, similar to that found in the Export to Files Export Service.
- Windows Explorer or Finder can show the backed up files once the export completes.
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.
- Download the plugin: Latest version of Export Backup zip
- 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.
- Open Lightroom 2, then select the File\Plugin Manager menu option.
- Press the Add button, select the export-backup.lrplugin directory created in step 2, then press OK.
- 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.
- 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.
- Either manually enter or choose the base directory where the rendered files should be copied.
- 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.
- Select either Overwrite or Skip option, depending upon how you want to proceed if the same files already exist in the destination directory.
- 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.
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