Lightroom: Ability to sort images by aspect ratio/pixel dimensions

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How do I sort a mountain of images into say 1:1, 3:2, 4:5 and custom aspect ratios in Lightroom ? (Can only find a filter by orientation and cropped dimensions).

Is there a plugin that would even tack this information onto the filename ?

~ John
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Lightroom supports sort by aspect ratio natively - its on the 'Sort:" drop-down menu.

However, if you want to use aspect ratio as library filter or in smart collections you'll find its limited to "portrait", "landscape", and square.

DevMeta supports aspect-ratio metadata (quasi-numerically), which can be used in library filters and smart collections. Unfortunately, Lightroom lacks proper support for numeric data types in custom metadata, so although the data appears as numbers, its treated as text, making it somewhat crippled but still useable in smart collections.
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John lamont

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Thanks Rob, DevMeta might be the answer. Seems Lr could do with a little more horespower in the metadata dept, but glad Devs can add some secret sauce where necessary.
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You're welcome John. (btw - DevMeta also supports pixel dimensions (I missed that part on the first read)).

I agree that Lr could stand some robustening in the metadata department: exif metadata and develop adjustment metadata seem ripe... At a minimum, a bit more robustening of the SDK so the plugins can do it better...
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Plugged-in DevMeta this morning and so far is an excellent add-on. On limited testing for my purposes to gain confidence, but highly impressed so far. Stepping back it seems unbelievable that I cannot search for 4x5 images in my digital library in vanilla Lightroom.
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@John lamont - agree with "unbelievable that I cannot search for 4x5 images in my digital library in vanilla Lightroom" =)
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I made the topic a feature request for the Lightroom team to consider.
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Thanks Jeffrey.
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Brian Wiese

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Thank you Jeffrey! I would really appreciate having this feature in the library filter system (even for searching within collections as well)... I just went through my catalog and cropped dozens of images for various aspect ratios (1x1, 2x3, 4x5) that fit best -- but now finding them again is a PITA... I had to:

1) Visit every single image
2) Select "r" to resize and crop each image
3) Note the aspect ratio it is locked to
4) Clear out of the resize mode
5) Assign a color to the image or drag it to a named collection for each ratio

Now if I every change the aspect ratio, I'll have to move it around manually. It would be so awesome to have the "software" algorithms read the metadata and sort for me automatically!!! =)
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It would also be great to have the Aspect Ratio (e.g. 1x1, 2x3, 4x5) as a Export filename option... so the photographer or client can look over the image list and know which ones to grab for different frame destinations:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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ExportNamer may help.
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Then being able to sort by file size/pixel dimensions is also great... so I can know which images have the most number of pixels (higher print quality) compared to relatively how small of a crop I made:
http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...