My Recent Lightroom Plugin Activity over at the Photographer’s Toolbox
A little over a year ago I joined forces with Timothy Armes to distribute a number of my plugins via his Photographer’s Toolbox site. Since that time I’ve made one other post mentioning updates to my plugins but have generally remained quiet about updates here, and have only announced them on twitter. In hindsight that wasn’t the smartest approach as not everyone signs up to social networks or carefully monitors Tim’s site for updates. In future I’ll try to provide more regular updates here to summarise recent plugin activity.
New Plugins at the Photographer’s Toolbox
Since my last update two more of my plugins have been migrated across to the Photographer’s Toolbox and relaunched with updated names. They are TPG LR Backup, formerly known as Config Backup, and TPG Metadata Panels, formerly known as Metadata Panels . These naming changes mean existing users will need to manually remove the old version of the plugin when they first upgrade to the latest release of the rebranded plugin. Hopefully the new automatic upgrading feature users gain will make up for this inconvenience.
In addition to the new automatic updating feature TPG LR Backup includes the following improvements:
- Ability to automatically run backup and compression tasks at Lightroom startup.
- Improved support for Lightroom 3 users, especially on the Mac OS/X platform
- Numerous UI improvements.
- Integrated help that displays at first run, can be accessed from dialogs, and also from Lightroom’s Help menu
- Improved robustness and checks for invalid configuration attempts.
and TPG Metadata Panels now includes:
- Added or improved tagsets to be task focussed and only display relevant metadata for that task.
- Lightroom version awareness so newer IPTC Extension fields are available to Lightroom 3 users, and version specific tagsets only display on compatible systems.
- Removal of SDK documentation tagsets that were useful only to developers. Lightroom 3 SDK documentation improvements have made these redundant.
Updated Plugin at the Photographer’s Toolbox
The TPG Elemental plugin has received a few updates, and since the last post here has received the following improvements:
- [Lightroom 3 only] Each photo is now automatically saved before opening in Photoshop Elements (PSE), removing this previously manual step.
- Now supports PSE 10, and the Mac App Store (MAS) variants of PSE 9 and 10.
- Updated Lightroom and PSE version awareness better detects PSE versions installed at default locations.
- Plug-In Manager and configuration dialogs now indicate compatibility and potential limitations of the selected PSE editor, and suggests actions to resolve these limitations. User is able to override these checks if desired.
- A new configuration setting allows control over the channel bit depth used for an image, and a dialog explains the implications of this setting when first used.
- Help is now available via Lightroom’s Help menu.
- Various error handling and robustness improvements.
If any of these updates sound relevant to you then please head over to the Photographer’s Toolbox and download a copy to try out now! More features are currently under development so be sure to keep the automatic update feature active to receive new functionality as soon as it is available.
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