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Mon, Apr 4, 2011 7:56 PM

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Lightroom: Add "Is Empty" and "Isn't Empty" to all attribute filters and Smart Collection filters

Lightroom desperately needs additional filtering (and smart filtering) capabilities. Specifically I want to be able to find all images for which I haven't entered anything in certain metadata fields. It is important to ensure that every image has certain metadata fields completed before releasing those images into the wild, but it's not always easy to find those empty fields....

Only some fields in the Attribute filter or in Smart Collections currently have an available option to filter by "Is Empty" or "Isn't Empty". For example, I can search for Is or Isn't Empty in the "Caption" field, but not in the "Title" field.

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76.3K Points

10 years ago

Agreed.

And, if I may tack on: "Is" & "Isnt" would go nicely too (in case you know exactly what you want to include/exclude).

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10 years ago

I agree with Rob's point: Testing for equality ("is" and "is not") is important for many fields, but most especially keywords. Just look at the postings on the forums about how much effort is expended and how much confusion arises when people try to get exact keyword match. It's more than a little surprising that a digital asset manager doesn't support exact match in its query language (smart collections).

This probably deserves a separate top-level topic.

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10 years ago

This issue buts me in the butt at least once a week. I was just searching for some images that I hadn't completed the metadata entry and had to go through them one by one instead of being able to filter for them using "Is Empty". Please fix this!

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9 years ago

And matching and filtering on the contents of smart collections will help too. Now, to my knowledge, we can only use 'normal' collections as a collection source to filter on.

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Joop - I'm not sure what you mean. Would you mind elaborating?

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If I have a smart collection A and creating a new smart collection B, it's not possible to select photos based of their existence in smart collection A.

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Ah - gotya. Worthy of a separate 'Idea' me-thinks, lest it be lost in this one.

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9 years ago

Please tell me that this got fixed in LR4beta??

Adobe Administrator

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Yes.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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Hmm, just tested it and no it doesn't. I think you're confusing this feature request with your comment below about how LR4beta now can filter by saved/unsaved metadata. That doesn't help me find empty captions or titles...

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Indeed - this should not be marked "Implemented".

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Sorry. I was replying way to late at night and working to fast to get things updated. Corrected status of topic.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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9 years ago

Filter and search images by a saved or unsaved metadata property was added in Lightroom 4:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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While that's a very good thing, it's not even remotely the same as filtering by "Is Empty"

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Sean, I really think you should try John Ellis' AnyFilter.

He did an outstanding job - Is Empty and Isn't Empty are included...

Also, although a bit tacky, just searching for "contains" 'a e i o u' is an effective way to check empty vs. not empty, unless you don't use vowels in your metadata...

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"Doesn't Contain: a" definitely works to find an empty field. But it's not obvious and this should be fixed...

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8 years ago

In LR5 beta they added "additional search criteria" to smart collections, which included some is empty, but not for title as memory serves.

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5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Find pictures that have an empty title field.

In LR5, you can easily filter all pictures that have an empty caption field. However, the same option is missing for the title field. It would be great to add this feature allowing to find all pictures that have an empty title field. It would also make the handling more consistent.

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294 Points

5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Title search criteria needs additional filtering.

When creating a smart collection you can search by Title, but you can't search for "are empty" or "aren't empty" like you can with other fields. Please add this functionality as it helps me to determine if an image is ready for publication.

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72 Points

4 years ago

This would be really useful. Also seems easy. Should be available for all fields where it makes sense.

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4 years ago

For a company that claims to listen to its customers, the lack of response to this request is staggering. SIX YEARS ago this was requested, and it has still not been implemented. Come on Adobe, lets cut down on some of the fancy new features, and concentrate on enhancing basic usability issues that seem to have been around for ever!

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49 votes.... Including mine, FWIW.

To work around it, use Contains / a e i o u

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I've used that method for a while, and it works in most cases. However I have a few images taken on motorways such as the M1 here in the UK. If I use that as a Keyword, it is not picked up

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4 years ago

I created this feature request so many years ago. I'm shocked that this (and many more seemingly simple requests) hasn't been fixed. However I started using the "Any Filter" plugin a couple of years ago and it makes complex searches so simple. I highly recommend it...

http://www.johnrellis.com/lightroom/anyfilter.htm

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I've also bought that plug-in too (I checked, almost 5 years ago!)

But I didn't use it often enough to familiarise myself with it, so I've not used it much. Need to try a tutorial and see if I can get back into it

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4 years ago

The code is already there for some other parameters - just copy & paste it in for the rest!!

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72 Points

4 years ago

How do you do this? Are you talking about writing a plugin?

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3 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled make Title parameter options for smart collections the same as for Description.

so we can tell if there are any empty titles.