rado_zezulak's profile

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208 Points

Sun, May 10, 2020 1:22 AM

Lightroom Desktop: Search function - title and caption

I'm having a hard time using search in Lightroom CC, as it doesn't return any results when searching for information stored in title and caption field. I thought that these were the most basic database functionalities.

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12.4K Points

1 y ago

Worse yet is the Windows search facility. It is only able to find a file IF you already know the first part of the name, and not able to find based on an internal part of a file name. That's just search on file name! I would like to have search ability accessing metadata information. I did find a search program for file names that can look anywhere within the name and, if a document file, content. That does not help me with photo files very much, but it does make it possible to locate images for which I know one or more parts of the name, not requiring the very first part. It is called Lookeen, is from Germany, small lifetime license charge.

Anybody out there know whether the search facility in Bridge, Photoshop, or Lightroom just leverages on the Windows search?

I sure would like to be able to search including XMP metadata!

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530 Points

1 y ago

My searches in Lightroom CC Desktop on a Windows 10 machine return both titles and captions that fall within the search strings. I may have misunderstood the issue here but “Search” works for me.

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12.4K Points

1 y ago

Tom Hunsinger, et al: My curiosity was raised, so I went into Bridge and did an Advanced search. I discovered that Bridge is leveraging on Windows Search, but IS able to get past the first word only issue.  I have a large number of images of birds, perhaps a couple of hundred thousand of them. I tried first an Advanced search for the word "cormorant" but didn't remove the second condition of "Photoshop file" from the search, I had not noticed that the Search process took that second condition as an "OR"  and not "AND" so the PC ran for hours, called out every image until I realized what was going on and canceled.

I Started a new Advanced search, this time using only the word "cormorant" and let 'er rip. It is now several hours into the second pass, but seemed to be getting close to the end.

Right after writing that sentence, Bridge crashed and sent a crash report!

I tried prior to doing these two steps to make the same search using that third party software Lookeen. The result was that the search took one and a half MINUTES to complete, and found all the same files.

Neither one is capable of examining XMP metadata so far as I have been able to determine. 

Windows 7 64, 32 gigs RAM, 4 gigs on NVIDIA card, plenty of empty space on 2 TB data drive.

I did have PS CC 2020 running, plus Chrome with a number of open Tabs.

For other reasons I am reluctant to switch to Windows 10...

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208 Points

1 y ago

I have since found out that the search for titles and captions in the cloud version works into a degree and returns info stored in metadata (IPTC), but there is a slight problem. It doesn't support wildcards as most database programs do. So one can't just type the beginning of a string and then see what comes up. I have to type the entire word exactly as it is defined (or alphanumeric string). It will also return results if the original expression was made up of more words separated by spaces and I search for one of those words.Better then nothing I guess, but it's still an issue because I don't necessarily remember exact names of what I'm searching for. Foreign names for example. 

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62 Points

7 m ago

I'm happy with the title/caption search even though it gets some getting used to. HOWEVER, a bug came up in the very first usage. My search results would not go away no matter what I did. The screen refreshed to show the current folder I was in.....and the searrch field was empty.....but the G view (even when I went to F view and back) remained on the 2 photos that were the result of my first search. I finally had to quit ... and then it hung trying to quit.