Lightroom: Ability to export as progressive JPEGs

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Most of my photos are exported to be viewed via web. I'd love to save them progressive so that my audience is getting a better visual feedback during loading the images. Is there an option for doing that?
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Kai Scherrer

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Rob Cole

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Answering your question: Not natively. Lr/Mogrify can do it though.

For maximum quality, export as tif, then have mogrify convert to progressive jpeg.

PS - If you approve changing this to a feature request (Idea) the human behind the curtain will convert it.
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Done.
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Rob Cole

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Thanks John.

Note: this technique can also be used for exporting pngs...

Rob
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Kai Scherrer

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Thanks for changing this to feature request. Unfortunatly mogrify (from imagemagick package) is deleting my exif/iptc/xmp metadata on doing the conversion. Native support for progressive jpegs is therefore highly appreciated :-)
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There are two plugins that preserve metadata when exporting in progressive jpeg format:

1. Flavio's JPEG Optimizer (see post below).
2. My Exportant plugin (free).

I understand you'd prefer native support, but either of the above-mentioned plugins can do the job now..
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You can use jpegtran to transcode a JPEG to progressive without losing quality or metadata.

The commandline would be: jpegtran.exe -copy all -optimize -progressive input.jpg input.jpg (You could leave out "-optimize", but since you want to publish them on the web you probably want the smallest file possible)

If you need to do this frequently from Lightroom you might be interested to give my JPEG Optimizer plugin a shot.
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Rob Cole

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Hi Flavio,

It seems progressive jpegs are always optimized, so same result whether including -optimize or not.

Anyway, thanks for offering and informing us of your plugin :-).

Rob
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Wow 4 years later and still no option in the export settings box for progressive jpgs. 
Progressive jpgs are a standard for responsive websites! Why is there still no option for this??? 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Progressive jpegs export from lightroom.

Hello Adobe, we are in the era of responsive layout and quick viewing yet there is still no option in the export options box for progressive jpgs. You have options for srgb, quality, format and size, but no progressive option! 

Please add this feature as it is making my websites and other people's websites who I send jpegs to, slower at loading / displaying content. Progressive allows for progressive loading of image in stages hence the word progressive. 

Progressive jpgs are a standard for responsive websites! Why is there still no option for this???  

Please please please. 
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Adam Piasecki

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hello Adobe, please, this is insane you can't provide progressive jpeg exports. How long do we need to wait yet???!!