Lightroom Smugmug Publisher: Pull newest comment from web into caption field

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Have the SmugMug Publishing service optionally pull the newest remote web comment for a published picture into the local lightroom pictures's CAPTION field. Currently it pulls the comments from the smugmug site into the Lightroom catalog so this should not be extremely hard to implement.

This option would be nice for families digitizing their old photos. Multiple family members could add comments to the picture on the SmugMug website and the newest comment would then be pulled into the caption during the next publish.

The ability to toggle this on/off should probably be done for each "collection" in the publisher. (So you don't have captions changed on galleries that you don't want.) There is a possibility for abuse, but you would just make the smugmug gallery with this turned on password protected.

Currently a family member must have either the smugmug password OR create a new account and have it approved as a "family" so they can edit the caption. This would solve that problem. I have seen multiple people on Smugmug forums ask about family accounts for this purpose so it is a fairly common need.
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Keith Morris

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Tom Rohrer

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This is a problem I'm trying to solve as well.

I would like to give other family members the ability to add tags to photos. That way we could add names, locations and dates to hundreds of photos that have been scanned and dont have any useful metadata associated with them.

SM already provides a nice way to filter by tags and to even combine tags in a search. You can then browse the results like it is a new album.
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I wonder how hard it would be to write a plugin that parses selected pictures in the local Lightroom library, grabs the newest comment and puts it into caption or keyword.

If you had such a plugin you would use the normal Smugmug Publish and it would pull all comments back. Then you would run this theoretical "copy comment to caption" plugin and the problem is solved.

I'll take a look at plugin development and see if I can throw somethign together.

Maybe I'll parse the comment and look for trigger lines such as "caption:" and "keyword:" at the start of lines. If a comment didn't have either word starting any line then nothing would not get added to the metadata? This would require people adding comments to type "caption:" and/or "keyword:" at the begining of any line they wanted to add as metadata but would solve several other problems such as accidently adding a "real" comment as a caption.

===EXAMPLE OF COMMENT====
This line won't get added to anything the next two will.
caption: This line will get added to the caption
keyword: idea; plugin; brainstorm; concept
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NOTE: This new "add a flag line to comment lines" could also apply to my original idea. If Lightroom added the functionality it could parse the newest comment... see if the flag line is there... if not ignore... otherwise update the metadata. This would just be "invisible" if it was part of the original publish service. Unless someone "knew" how to use it then it would never happen. Of course I guess it could be abused.
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Sounds like a good plan Keith. Let me know if you want some help testing it.