Photo list importer (LR plug-in)

Do you get lists of selected photos from clients? The challenge is how to transform that list into a selection of photos in Lightroom, without manually copy and pasting them.
This powerful plug-in reads a list of photo file names from a text file or from the clipboard and collects them into a collection called “LRS_Photo_List” for further processing.

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Description

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Do you get lists of selected photos from clients? How to get that selection of photos into Lightroom, without manually copy and pasting the names?

This powerful plug-in reads a list of photo file names from a text file or the clipboard and collects them into a collection called “LRS_Photo_List” for further processing.

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What’s in it for me?

Save time and reduce mistakes by turning a list of photo file names from your clients into a collection in Lightroom for further processing!

If you have clients that send you a list of their choice photos, this plug-in will transform that list in a Lightroom Collection called “LRS_Photo_List” for further processing.

Perhaps you are wedding photographer. After the shoot you publish the photos on your website and have your clients pick those they like. They might send you an e-mail with the names of the photos they choose. Just copy the list with file names from the e-mail, past them into this plug-in and they are ready for further procession in a Collection called “LRS_Photo_List“.

Another application is to find all photos in your Lightroom catalog with a similar name like the list provided, see explanation below.

Finally, because the search mechanism used is identical to that of the Smart Collection, you can even create a list for example of clients names, or other parts of your file names, see samples below.

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Specification

This plug-in has:

  • 2 input modes
    Location of your file list: file or clipboard
  • 2 search mechanisms
    Full path or (part of) file name only
  • 2 file / clipboard layouts
    All file names on a different line or multiple file names on a line
  • 2 filter mechanisms (optionally)
    These filters can be used optionally

Default settings are provided to keep it simple!

2 input modes

This plug-in can read from:

  • Text file
  • Clipboard.

2 search mechanisms

This plug-in can search in 2 different search modes.

  • Full file path and file name search mode
    This search mode can be used if your list of file names contains the full path and file name of the photo as stored in your Lightroom catalog.
    Samples:
    E:Photos200572005_07_20 ArenaDAH_20120720_0350.JPG
    VolumesPicturesIcelandIceland winter 2003DAH_icelnd001.jpg
    Be careful with commas!
    The plug-in treats commas as a separating character, meaning that the plug-in reads a line until it finds a comma. If you path or file name contains commas, you should enclose your path or file name with double quotes.
  • (Part of) file name only search mode
    Only the file name or part of the file name, see samples below.

Working with clients and uploading the images to a website they can choose from, the full path and file name in your Lightroom catalog can not be used. For this situation the (Part of) file name only search mode is created.
The “File name only search mode” searches exact the same as with smart collection.

2 file / clipboard layouts

This plug-in can read file names in 2 modes:

  • One file name on each line
    Default this plug-in reads the first file name from each line. The first file name contains all the characters until the first comma on a line.
    When your file or path name contains commas, you should enclose them with double commas!
    Other information may follow the comma, yet this is not processed.

    Sample file or clipboard
    Image 003,
    Image 024,
    Image 029,
    Image 030,
    Image 031,
    Image 037,
    Image 038
  • Multiple file names on a line
    In this mode one line may contain multiple file names on a line, when separated by commas.

    Sample file or clipboard
    Image 003, Image 024,Image 029,Image 030,
    Image 031,Image 037,Image 038,

2 filter mechanisms (optionally)

When the file names are not unique in your catalog or when you supply a filter:

  • Filter by (part of) the folder / map / directory name
  • filter or (part of) a collection name

These filter are based on Lightroom Smart collections and work exactly the same. Normally only a part is already sufficient.
Samples:

Sample file name
Search rule Search mechanism
Result
E:Photos200572005_07_20 ArenaDAH_20120720_0350.JPG Full file name path This specific photo
DAH_20130112_9349.CR2 Contains all File name only Any DAH_20130112_9349.CR2 in your catalog
DAH_20130112_9349 Contains all File name only
  • DAH_20130112_9349.CR2
  • DAH_20130112_9349.JPG,
  • DAH_20130112_9349.TIFF,
  • DAH_20130112_9349.TIFF,
  • DAH_20130112_9349.DNG
  • DAH_20130112_9349_master.TIFF
  • DAH_20130112_9349_web.JPG
  • DAH_20130112_9349_master_BW.TIFF
  • ….
DAH 20130112 9349
with spaces instead of underscore
Contains all File name only Find all images that have -AND- DAH -AND- 20130112 -AND- 9349 in their name
DAH 20130112 9349
with spaces instead of underscore
Contains File name only Find all images that have -EITHER- DAH -EITHER- 20130112 -EITHER- 9349 in their name
This can be a lot of images.
In my case all images that I shoot start with “DAH”, so all these images will be found.
DAH 20130112 9349 Start with File name only All images that start with all this file name.
In my case no images are found, because all my images have underscores.
DAH_201301 Start with File name only Finds all photos made by me (DAH) and shot in Janari 2013
02.CR2 End with File name only All images are found that end with “02.CR2” like:
DAH_20120603_6602.CR2
ESH_20110801_2402.CR2
….
Amazon Contains File name only Will find all photos that have “Amazon” in it.
So when you are working for clients and you have the client name in your file name, you can search for it.
Amazon_2010
Amazon_2011
Contains File name only All photos made for Amazon in 2010 or 2011.

For more information on the search rules in Lightroom like contains all, see the Lightroom help.
For more information see our forum.

Default settings:

  • Read from file
  • File name only – contains all
    So without the full path of directories or maps
  • One file name on each different line
  • Folder name – contains all
    Only active together when some folder name is specified
  • Collection name – contains all
    Only active together when some folder name is specified

A valid file list is:

  • Any regular text file
  • With full path mode, file names that contain comma’s should be surround by double quotes.

This plug-in can read CSV files, however only the first columns is used.

Result

The result of the import is stored in 1 Collections in Lightroom:”LRS_Photo_List

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Quick guide

Running the plug-in require only 2 steps:

  • Select the images in Lightroom you want the plug-in to work on
  • Choose Menu -> Library -> Plug-in Extra -> Photo list importer
    Choose “Photo list importer”

Optionally you can view the log file for processing details

  1. Choose Menu -> Library -> Plug-in Extra -> Photo list importer
  2. Choose “View log file”

Misc

Translations: English.
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I was inspired writing this plug-in by a question I got during a training workshop and by the SQLiteRoom plug-in from Rob Cole.

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