Lightroom – writing an XML-export plugin/action

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spacemarine
Apr 26, 2007
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well, i think im sold on LR. ive looked at the alternatives, and it seems to be the best combo of features i need (except for the lack of rich in-program web sharpening. the photoshop droplet hack works for now). only one piece is missing, and i have a complete workflow.

i dont use a commercial photo sharing site, i use my own…i like it (http://www.semi-suave.com), and i like my search capabilities — i have 5k images, each w/ unique tags & captions, all of which can be searched very quickly via to an in-memory XML catalog sitting on the web server. its a roll-yer-own solution, and theyre fading out.. but it works well. the only thing left to make the workflow from LR to web seamless is updating my XML catalog.

to this end, im interested in writing a LR export action/plugin that, for a given selection, outputs the file, camera, keywords & caption data to an XML file (alongside the web JPGs). from there my automated processes can copy the .JPGs to the website, pick up the .XML and integrate it into the master XML catalog.

sounds like fun. anybody know a good place to start?

thanks,
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Roberto
Apr 27, 2007
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well, i think im sold on LR. ive looked at the alternatives, and it seems to be the best combo of features i need (except for the lack of rich in-program web sharpening. the photoshop droplet hack works for now). only one piece is missing, and i have a complete workflow.
i dont use a commercial photo sharing site, i use my own…i like it (http://www.semi-suave.com), and i like my search capabilities — i have 5k images, each w/ unique tags & captions, all of which can be searched very quickly via to an in-memory XML catalog sitting on the web server. its a roll-yer-own solution, and theyre fading out.. but it works well. the only thing left to make the workflow from LR to web seamless is updating my XML catalog.

to this end, im interested in writing a LR export action/plugin that, for a given selection, outputs the file, camera, keywords & caption data to an XML file (alongside the web JPGs). from there my automated processes can copy the .JPGs to the website, pick up the .XML and integrate it into the master XML catalog.

sounds like fun. anybody know a good place to start?

thanks,
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Can’t at least right now. Adobe is still several months away from releasing the LR SDK which would tell you how to do that if it is even possible. It looks like Modules is what that will be covering but who knows until they get it done. It could also be pushed back depending on what they are doing with the LR 1.1 update that should be out in the next few months.

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spacemarine
Apr 28, 2007
On Apr 26, 2:41 pm, wrote:
sounds like fun. anybody know a good place to start?

well, i learned that the SDK is not out yet, so really nothing can be done.

however, by instructing LR to embed all relevant metadata into the web JPGs via XMP, it is very possible to write code to extract it, which i am now using for my website’s import process. i based my C# class off of these articles:

http://www.shahine.com/omar/ReadingXMPMetadataFromAJPEGUsing C.aspx

http://tinyurl.com/2wjgta

…..for anyone thats interested i will likely post my code on my site at some point.

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