Lightroom: import from list?

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Is their anyway you can construct an import from list feature. I have clients send me lists with file names that they need batched out. These can be in the hundreds. Sorting them out one by one is a painful process. It would help if we could create smart collections from database lists
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You can't select a list to import, but if the photos are already in the catalog, you can use the LR/Transporter plug-in to select photos from a text file. http://www.photographers-toolbox.com/...
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LR Transporter will take your text file list, match the listed filenames with photos in your catalog, and either mark the listed images or give them a color label or star rating.
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You can often paste a list into a smart collection's criterion.
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Do you use the star ratings for another purpose? Or color labels?

And how is your csv set up?
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Go to Library menu > Plug-in Extras > Mark Photos with LR/Transporter

That will get you this dialog:



Follow the instructions in the dialog.

Go to Metadata Filter bar. One of the options listed will be 'Marked by LR/Transporter'. That will allow you to filter just the marked photos.
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I figured it out, thanks for all your help, much appreciated :)
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I wondering whether anyone is using LRTransporter with LR4?

I want to import metadata (Title, caption, keywords) from files into the Lightroom catalog, unfortunately I keep getting an error message:

22/7/12 9:51:06.720 PM Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4:
Oops! An untagged string (*** -[__NSCFString substringToIndex:]: Range or index out of bounds) got thrown far enough that we display it to the user. This shouldn't happen.

Is there any other way to import metadata into LR4 on a per image basis?
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What's the encoding of the text file?
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Hi John,

I used LRTransporter to export the metadata in the form below, before trying to import that file again (for testing purposes). The keywords are just random words in a test catalog at this point.

The encoding is a tab delimited ascii file in the form, each line ends with a carriage return:

Path1 Title1 Caption1 Keywords1
/Volumes/MAC1/Selects/JAPAN/061021-5D-4164-Japan-Tokyo-Edit.jpg Modern Glass Panel Building, Tokyo Japan this is a captions 2 adf, adsfs, asdf, erth, sdfsd
/Volumes/MAC1/Selects/JAPAN/061021-5D-4164-Japan-Tokyo.jpg Glass Panel Building, Tokyo Japan this is a caption 1 aa, asdf, sdfg, sdv

Actually just once the first time I tried to import it seemed to run to completion (but didn't change any metadata) but from then on I get the error message (mentioned above) immediately on any attempt to import, i.e. before any import file has been chosen.

However the import format is flexible I could change it if I could find something that could work.

Any advice appreciated.
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I think there's some issue with the text files having to be UTF-8, so maybe play around / check the documentation, but you'll probably have to contact Tim.
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Thanks, will try that.

Only thing is, this error is occurring before the import file is selected (so format is probably not the issue).

Anyway the input file is just the same file that LRTransporter exports

It exports us-ascii a subset of UTF-8 so it should be irrelevant.

The author has been uncontactable, so I am wondering whether support for LRTransporter has been dropped.

Hence looking now at other alternatives.