Lightroom: Option to remove custom metadata and preferences when uninstalling plugin.

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Presently, custom (plugin) metadata will stay in a catalog "forever". Normally, this is a good thing, since one can uninstall a plugin, then re-install without data loss. But there are 2 times when its not good:

1. User wants to permanently uninstall a plugin and the notion that the old metadata will forever be hanging around in their catalog is unsettling.
2. Plugin author wants to test a virgin plugin installation.

Ditto for plugin preferences, which are not stored in the catalog, but as presently implemented, will also persist "forever" on the user's machine. Note: many plugin authors are adding the capability to clear their own preferences, but still...

There is also a pleasant side-effect of this FR/Idea - since users are prompted whether to save or clear upon uninstall, they know the data *will* be saved if they say so...

Note: the amount of custom metadata stored in a catalog is generally relatively miniscule and does not interfere with catalog performance one iota. Its mostly a psychological thing for users (feels untidy carrying unused info in their catalog), but that doesn't mean its not real.
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Rob Cole

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Posted 7 years ago

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Better yet, how about the option to display a list of custom metadata fields grouped by plugin, and select groups of fields to delete. I'm sure most LR users are like me, and have installed and uninstalled various plugins, so an option to remove the data when uninstalling is too late for us. We need the ability to remove the data after the fact.
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Rob Cole

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The Pretend plugin helps with this, but it's not a panacea...
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@Rob: Thanks for the suggestion. I found your Pretend plugin earlier today, but it wouldn't run on my Mac (10.8.3 with LR 4.3). I got a message in the Plugin manager along the lines of "this plugin is malfunctioning," so I uninstalled it. I see you do your development work on Windows, so maybe there's something different about Mac OS X that the plugin can't handle. In any event, it would be nice if Adobe gave us a way to maintain our catalogs so you could spend your time developing other plugins. :-)
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Hi Drdul,

This plugin works fine on my Mac - probably an installation issue. Please contact me directly to report problem: I'd really like this plugin to work on all platforms, or at least be able to make it clear what are the system requirements/expectations...

Thanks in advance,
Rob
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Pretend @v3.0 is now a panacea (it will thoroughly remove all preferences and catalog data associated with any plugin).