I believe that in Lightroom, the only place you can keep a text note or comment is in the ITPC data. This allows some minimal entry but I don't think there is an customization of the names in the fields.
I think it would be helpful to know who I printed photos for, or other info regarding price charged, size, date of transaction, etc.
Would appreciate your input as to how you handle this task and keep it organized and retrievable.
Thu 27-Dec-12 06:34 AM | edited Thu 27-Dec-12 11:31 AM by Antero52
Adobe has published an interface kit for the database of LR, which some photographer/programmers have used to extend the metadata handling capability. For starters, you can check if Rob Cole (www.robcole.com) has something for you. If not, you can search the net for "lightroom metadata plugin", plus any additional search delimiters you can think of.
Thanks for your input. I looked at the websites that you referenced. The robcole product looked interesting but I got concerned when I started to read his instructions about customizing the product. It seemed very techy and I do not want to have to dig into the details that much. I would just like to be lead through the process and press buttons as required. I also did not see any updates since 2011 and that could mean that he is no longer actively working on these plugins. Or, he did it perfectly to begin with.
The Johnrellis products seem to be more for filtering or keyword related.
The John Beardsworth product is pretty simple. No bells and whistles but it could be workable.
Another concern is that lightroom comes out with a new version and it does not support the added iptc fields. My data disappears and it may be hard to get it back.
I could always use an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of the things I need but it would be great if LR could get something integrated. I see a lot of users who are requesting this feature.
Thanks for your help. Hopefully, some other Nikonians may have additional sugggestions.
> >I looked at that one and it could be useful. I might be going >off on the wrong track as my main goal is to keep a record of >which pictures have been printed and who got them. > I use Qimage to manage all my printers. Once its interface is learned it's a time saver for printer setup plus you can recall every print job ever executed by date & time or job name complete with file names and printer settings.
That is interesting. I never looked into that option. I have been using Lightroom to print and have had very good results. I would have to think real hard before moving to another program to do my printing. I do like the traceability that you have mentioned. I looked quickly at the website and noticed that it is not Mac compatible. I am Mac based.
I'm going to keep researching and hopefully will get more suggestions from my fellow Nikonians.