Lightroom – two questions

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spacemarine
Apr 16, 2007
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hey folks,

im enjoying LR’s ability to allow changes w/o commitment fears, and unlimited undo. but thinking of the future im wondering:

1) if switching machines or platforms, can users bring their LR library w/ changes in tact? im thinking yes, based on some posts like this one: http://tinyurl.com/2erumd.

2) im not clear on where the nondestructive changes are stored — as XMP metadata in the DNG (in sidecar for non-DNG), or in a proprietary LR db? meaning, does using LR tie users to this proprietary product line?

thanks!
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JM
John McWilliams
Apr 16, 2007
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hey folks,

im enjoying LR’s ability to allow changes w/o commitment fears, and unlimited undo. but thinking of the future im wondering:
1) if switching machines or platforms, can users bring their LR library w/ changes in tact? im thinking yes, based on some posts like this one: http://tinyurl.com/2erumd.

Dunno; I don’t go to tinyurls. But, yes, you can switch to Mac, or port from Mac to Windows.
2) im not clear on where the nondestructive changes are stored — as XMP metadata in the DNG (in sidecar for non-DNG), or in a proprietary LR db? meaning, does using LR tie users to this proprietary product line?

It- they, all the edits, keywords, etc. are stored in the database as well as the file folders themselves. So, you are not tied to LR per se, but while the metadata is transferrable, most likely the edits will be applied only in PS.


John McWilliams
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spacemarine
Apr 17, 2007
On Apr 16, 12:00 pm, John McWilliams wrote:
Dunno; I don’t go to tinyurls.

what do you have against tinyurl? im guessing a fear of malicious programs running on your pc (activeX) via URLs hidden behind tinyurl.com’s shorthand, but no decent browser will allow any unknown programs to run on your machine w/o you giving specific permission for it to do so. further, any hacker or troublemaker could easily hide such programs behind safe-looking bogus urls (ie, if i registered "www.myCoolPhotoSite.com")… since you cant possibly distinguish all Good from Bad sites by sight, the advantages of tinyurl.com use (no clipping, no cutting & pasting) outweigh the disadvantages (fear of unknown urls).

It- they, all the edits, keywords, etc. are stored in the database as well as the file folders themselves. So, you are not tied to LR per se, but while the metadata is transferrable, most likely the edits will be applied only in PS.

in the db.. ok. somewhat disappointing — if the db is damaged, or if only the DNGs are archived, it would be preferable to host the changes in the files themselves. especially since DNGs should be capable of storing XMP meta data.

hmm, im looking in my "file folders", but i dont see anything other than my DNGs. where would it be stored if not in the DNGs? i *thought* i had read .XMP files would be used only for when working w/ RAW instead of DNG.

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JM
John McWilliams
Apr 17, 2007
wrote:
On Apr 16, 12:00 pm, John McWilliams wrote:

It- they, all the edits, keywords, etc. are stored in the database as well as the file folders themselves. So, you are not tied to LR per se, but while the metadata is transferrable, most likely the edits will be applied only in PS.

in the db.. ok. somewhat disappointing — if the db is damaged, or if only the DNGs are archived, it would be preferable to host the changes in the files themselves. especially since DNGs should be capable of storing XMP meta data.

The db is backed up automatically; the metadata is stored with the individual files in the case of RAW; in the file for the other supported formats.
hmm, im looking in my "file folders", but i dont see anything other than my DNGs. where would it be stored if not in the DNGs? i *thought* i had read .XMP files would be used only for when working w/ RAW instead of DNG.

It is inside the DNG itself, and yes, sidecar .xmps are used only for RAW files.


John McWilliams
JM
John McWilliams
Apr 17, 2007
wrote:
On Apr 16, 12:00 pm, John McWilliams wrote:
Dunno; I don’t go to tinyurls.

what do you have against tinyurl? im guessing a fear of malicious programs running on your pc (activeX) via URLs hidden behind tinyurl.com’s shorthand, but no decent browser will allow any unknown programs to run on your machine w/o you giving specific permission for it to do so. further, any hacker or troublemaker could easily hide such programs behind safe-looking bogus urls (ie, if i registered "www.myCoolPhotoSite.com")… since you cant possibly distinguish all Good from Bad sites by sight, the advantages of tinyurl.com use (no clipping, no cutting & pasting) outweigh the disadvantages (fear of unknown urls).

Not for me; it’s not fear, it’s experience. Usually not worth seeing, and sometimes a hoax.

I have zero fear of any virus until there’s something more than proof of concept for Macs.

Are you that invested in tinyurls??


John McWilliams
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spacemarine
Apr 17, 2007
On Apr 16, 6:00 pm, John McWilliams wrote:
Are you that invested in tinyurls??

only in that i think theyre efficient and make sense. they prevent urls from being clipped by many popular email clients, and well as usenet groups — basically anything that wraps at 80 chars tends to have issues w/ lengthy urls. not for everyone, of course, but for enough* that i have a button on my browser that converts long urls into…well, tiny ones.

*even in my outlook-to-outlook exchanges, they get clipped. guess its our babel.

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spacemarine
Apr 17, 2007
On Apr 16, 5:51 pm, John McWilliams wrote:
It is inside the DNG itself, and yes, sidecar .xmps are used only for RAW files.

ok, that sounds good then — the XMP changes & metadata are stored *in* the DNG, as well as in LR’s db. tho that begs the question — if changes are in the DNG, what purpose do they also server in the db? using the db for keywords and camera metadata i could see, for searching & cataloging, but im not sure what use the changes would be (yet).

i read on their site "Where Lightroom contains additional enhancements to raw processing, the enhancements you make will be recognized when the photo file is opened in Camera Raw." so i did a test w/ adobe bridge, opening a DNG to see if showed my changes — no dice. i believe i had installed the required updated ACR engine in AB, so im not sure why it didnt work… ill have to mess with it further.

curious if youve tried this and if so, it worked?

thanks,
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spacemarine
Apr 17, 2007
On Apr 17, 12:00 am, wrote:
believe i had installed the required updated ACR engine in AB, so im not sure why it didnt work… ill have to mess with it further.

ah… theres a checkbox for writing the changes to XMP in-file. not sure if its checked or unchecked by default, but mine was unchecked. i also had to go back and select the images, and use the "Metadata->XMP-
Export XMP Metadata to File" command on my previously edited images.
not sure if this will be required going forward w/ newly imported files (since i have now checked the box).

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JM
John McWilliams
Apr 19, 2007
wrote:
On Apr 16, 5:51 pm, John McWilliams wrote:
It is inside the DNG itself, and yes, sidecar .xmps are used only for RAW files.

ok, that sounds good then — the XMP changes & metadata are stored *in* the DNG, as well as in LR’s db. tho that begs the question — if changes are in the DNG, what purpose do they also server in the db? using the db for keywords and camera metadata i could see, for searching & cataloging, but im not sure what use the changes would be (yet).

i read on their site "Where Lightroom contains additional enhancements to raw processing, the enhancements you make will be recognized when the photo file is opened in Camera Raw." so i did a test w/ adobe bridge, opening a DNG to see if showed my changes — no dice. i believe i had installed the required updated ACR engine in AB, so im not sure why it didnt work… ill have to mess with it further.
curious if youve tried this and if so, it worked?

Yes, it works, but I’ve tried it only with CS3.

Having the metadata in the database is where it gets put by default, and is faster than writing out changes to the files each time. That’s why I don’t automatically write the changes to the files, but only when I plan to move a folder.


John McWilliams
JM
John McWilliams
Apr 19, 2007
wrote:
On Apr 16, 6:00 pm, John McWilliams wrote:
Are you that invested in tinyurls??

only in that i think theyre efficient and make sense. they prevent urls from being clipped by many popular email clients, and well as usenet groups — basically anything that wraps at 80 chars tends to have issues w/ lengthy urls. not for everyone, of course, but for enough* that i have a button on my browser that converts long urls into…well, tiny ones.

*even in my outlook-to-outlook exchanges, they get clipped. guess its our babel.

I don’t mind them when from a friend, but a good newsreader doesn’t break the "real url", when enclosed in < >.

Many folks on usenet ignore them as they’ve been used for mischief, and can be a waste of time.


john mcwilliams
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spacemarine
Apr 19, 2007
On Apr 19, 12:00 pm, John McWilliams wrote:
Having the metadata in the database is where it gets put by default, and is faster than writing out changes to the files each time. That’s why I don’t automatically write the changes to the files, but only when I plan to move a folder.

i see.. thats a good point. so if auto-backups protect your LR db from data loss (to an extent), then manual metadata export may only be useful when drastic environment changes are expected. interesting.

however, db backups wouldnt help if after a day of work you lost your db right now, and your last backup was yesterday. wouldnt a swell future LR feature be "Export to XMP when idle" ?

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JM
John McWilliams
Apr 19, 2007
wrote:
On Apr 19, 12:00 pm, John McWilliams wrote:
Having the metadata in the database is where it gets put by default, and is faster than writing out changes to the files each time. That’s why I don’t automatically write the changes to the files, but only when I plan to move a folder.

i see.. thats a good point. so if auto-backups protect your LR db from data loss (to an extent), then manual metadata export may only be useful when drastic environment changes are expected. interesting.
however, db backups wouldnt help if after a day of work you lost your db right now, and your last backup was yesterday. wouldnt a swell future LR feature be "Export to XMP when idle" ?

Yeah, but who defines what’s idle?? 😉 In any event, choose the folder you worked on, and run the Export on that.


John McWilliams

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