Customizing the Lightroom Metadata Panel
The metadata panel in the LR Library module has several different optional views of the quite large metadata field set. The default set is organized to be OK for most people and exactly right for no one - at least it wasn't exactly right for me. I wanted fields that are viewable in different screen options and, invariably, I would be toggling back and forth to look at the fields.
I use JFriedl's plugins for export to my Facebook account, Twitter and here at Zenfolio. Each of these plugins add metadata fields that are viewable on the All Plugin Metadata option.
This All Plugin Metadata option has info that I want, like whether the photo has been uploaded to Zenfolio, has fields I usually don't need/want like the time and date of the upload but is also missing some that I want to know, like if the Title and Caption fields are filled and spelled correctly - which are crucial to having my photos named correctly on all the upload.
So I would always have to pull down different sets to see the title and caption fields.
After being needlessly frustrated by this, I went back and downloaded jfriedl's Metadata Viewer (Jeffrey's "Metadata-Viewer Preset Editor" Lightroom Plugin). This plugin (donationware) doesn't allow me to edit the metadata themselves but only to edit or create a new set that will be added to the dropdown list.
It is accessed through the Plugin Manager and has a simple click interface that allows you to edit old templates or create new ones.
Once I save the new template, I restart LR and voila
So now I see the set of information that is useful for me.
I no longer have to pick through all the fields on the upload plugins to be certain I have titled the current photos currectly, I can load multiple images without worrying about correct individual titles.
I can tell from one look if the file has been uploaded and I can also edit the title and caption fields that the upload plugins use.
His plugin is donationware and well worth the tiny amount for the time it saves on correcting or adding titles online.
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