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860 Points

Sat, May 28, 2011 11:49 AM

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Lightroom: A better search/find in the library module (Library Filter)

I have used for many years iView, and then Expression Media to catalog my files, and I must say that even today I did not find nothing better from this point of view (on Mac).

As the actual one is very limited, it will be very nice to implant some more powerful search/find function in the LR Library module.

Something that allow to make very precise researches like, for example:
"Find all the tif or pdf files with a weight > 1 000 000 bytes, a resolution of 300 dpi, an Adobe RGB profile and 16 bits of depth..."



It will be very nice too to have the possibility to personalize more the info on the preview module (for example somebody could be interested to see the weight in MB of each file, of the embedded color profile, or the resolution, or the depth of the file):

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356 Points

7 y ago

I like the base idea of this request that a better search is needed. I think this feature request could be tightened up and more focused to alleviate confusion. It seems as though two separate topics are being requested here.

My 2¢; Best full featured open search I have seen is Windows 7 folder search bar, it is simple, quick to type a search string into, and extremely powerful when paired with a knowledge of nearly never ending commands that can be passed into it.

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I hope, even if Adobe implements a search UI "confined to an iddy-biddy space" that there is also an option to use a full-sized dialog box, with all options presented.., instead of the "rubik's cube" UI design which has become so popular (e.g. Windows search facility)

I guess I'm just old-fashioned...

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60 Points

6 y ago

It would be very nice if we could search by exposure level (Not exposure Bias), by histogram.

Right now, I have a thousand images to edit, and I wanted to seach only the under-exposed, so I could apply the right adjustments at once. The same for over-exposed. (And/or for pictures that look-alike. As google does with the image search)

I've searched google but couldnt find any plugin that does it. Neither anyone talking about it... :(

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102.7K Points

The Data Explorer plugin can search by camera EV (exposure value) and effective camera EV (after LR adjustments have been included):

http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-good...

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1.3K Points

4 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Please provide more filter options.

It has been stated before here: LR is very (too) limited when it comes to working with metadata. One of my main problems is, LR does not provide nearly enough ways to filter my images. If I e.g. want to check all images for which no lens correction has been applied, there is no other way than manually go through all my RAW images to see if the checkbox is checked or not. My rule: as soon as I start repeating in an app, there is functionality missing. That is typically a computer's job, not mine.

So please provide extensive filter possibilities to select images based on all metadata fields and all develop functions

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222 Points

4 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled file size search.

LR CC does not allow for file size search based on MB (only on mega pixels). LR displays megabyte file size for each photo in the Library view (exif/iptc) but does not provide this as a search attribute. It would be MOST CONVENIENT to simply be able to create a smart collection such as : filesize(MB) > xMB which would return all photos greater than xMB in physical storage space size thus allowing for culling by size if desired.

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Two plugins can search and sort by file size (rather than pixel size): Data Explorer and Any Filter.

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250 Points

3 y ago

Lightroom really needs better native search functionality in the Library module. I'm familiar with, and have used, the AnyFilter plug-in, but that's a work-around in my opinion.

If I understand correctly, there's a SQLite database that underlies what we see as the LR catalog. SQL is a powerful database engine, but Lightroom doesn't make it easy to perform moderately complex searches that implement AND and OR in the queries.

I do a lot of ad hoc searches for specific images that my editorial stock clients request. Sometimes I don't want to see all of my photos that have particular keywords, or words in the caption field. Here's an example from a series of queries I needed to do yesterday:

Find images that include "xxxxxx" in the caption, that are in a folder named "Gardens," that were made in the months of October, November, December, January, February, or March. There were 27 separate "xxxxxx" queries. I have "Gardens" folders under master folders for each year going back to 1995.

I'll probably never need to do that exact same search again and the next complex search will have different criteria.

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I agree that Any Filter is much less convenient than having expanded search capabilities built-in. For some uses, the Data Explorer plugin is more convenient (but still not as easy as having the features built-in).

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250 Points

3 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Filter by specific aspect ratios.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Filter by specific aspect ratios.Why is there no way to filter by specific aspect ratio (4:3, 3:2, 16:9, etc) in Lightroom like there is in Bridge?

There is a filter called "Aspect Ratio" which filters only by "Portrait", "Landscape" and "Square" options. Except for the square option, these are not aspect ratios, they are image orientation.

Could this feature be added in a future release?

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Lightroom: Search or Filter by Pixel Dimensions, Long Edge Dimension & Aspect Rat....

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154 Points

3 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Filter by crop aspect ratio.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Is there a way to sort by crop aspect ratio? Can I sort by 1:1, 2:3, 4....In bridge there is a very easy filter option under aspect ratio that allows one to sort by crop or file aspect ratio. Examples 1:1, 2:3, 3:4, 5:7, 4:5, panoramic...etc.

It behooves me why there is no option under "aspect ratio" only giving me portrait, landscape, and square. To me that sounds more like orientation rather than aspect ratio.

There should be an option to filter in both the "Library Filter" under metadata, and under Smart Collections.

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Lightroom: Search or Filter by Pixel Dimensions, Long Edge Dimension & Aspect Rat....

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124 Points

3 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Filtering on crop ratio.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Filtering on crop ratio: please add more options.When in the library view I filter on ratio, I currently only get the options for portrait, square or landscape. To select photos for specific prints I'd really like to be able to select the "standard" ratios of 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/7 etc. as well, whether portrait or landscape. Better still, any custom ratio I entered should be able to be selected as well, but that is just perfection... ;-)

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Lightroom: Search or Filter by Pixel Dimensions, Long Edge Dimension & Aspect Rat....

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2 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled smart collections can find ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, but not....

... exposure compensation? It would be nice to be able to collect bracketed shots with specific ECs so they could be bulk-edited.

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82 Points

2 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Finding photos by time in Lightroom Classic..

Lightroom Classic.  Finding by time.  One cannot search for photo by time: hours, mins, seconds. Photos are of course  sortable by time, but I need to go in and out of LIghtroom putting photos in  Powerpoint and Photoshop pages where the photo is  captioned by  time.  To go back to Lightroom from Powerpoint  and Photoshop I have to scroll through Lightroom to find the  particular times I'm looking  for, rather than  simply do a search.
David

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While waiting for this to be implemented, the Any Filter and Data Explorer plugins can do this.

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766 Points

1 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Search catalog history.

Would also be a great wonder of limitless value to be able to search a catalog's History log for current collection photos containing a certain character string as part of a smart collection toggle.  For strings such as "Exported to -" or "Crop Ratio set at" could make for some very practical smart collection that need further touching up, weeding out, or nuking w/o recycle type. :)  ** sigh **

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Lightroom Classic: Badge to indicate which photos have been exported.

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442 Points

5 m ago

The metadata filter in Lightroom is awesome, however, it is very limited in the metadata one can use.  

Please expand the metadata filters to include all metadata in a catalog.  Ie, if I have metadata in an image, I should be able to filter based on it, rather than just the default options that are in the list today.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Lightroom metadata filters don't have enough options

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What metadata can you not use to filter?

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442 Points

The list is large, recently i struggled with File size, whether a photo is stacked or not, label colors, QuickTime keywords like the LivePhoto one that's in all iphone live photos.  

There's a relatively exhaustive list here:

https://johnrellis.com/lightroom/anyfilter-criteria.htm

I purchased this plugin and am using it but it's kind of clunky, slow and not well integrated with lightroom (no fault of the author).  Lightrooms LIbrary filter feature should just have everything accesible.

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I am not especially knowledgable about LR.  A friend told me recently that file size is not something you can access in LR.  So is that really metadata?