When Lightroom isn't quite good enough or fast enough ... re-write it?

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I needed a different view of my Lightroom images, so I wrote an app for it. Would love to continue development with help from Adobe (since I used their catalog!).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc0Syj...

(There's more than is shown in the video. For now, the really interesting stuff is what I don't show!).
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Richard McGrath

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The key I imagine is to look at how LR deals with previews. As cataloging and minor photo manipulation goes, LR cannot be beaten, but as you say, not that fast nor in my opinion is it very quick to add meta data and ingest.

Tried and tested workflows for this would be to add Photo Mechanic as an ingest and tagging stage, then share XMP between the two. By then having shared colour tags from PM to LR, setting up smart collections to deal with tagged and required images is a really slick way to work

Many many events, PJ's and sports shooters use this method.
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Richard McGrath

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I took a quick look at Photo Mechanic. It doesn't appear to read Lightroom XMP image rotation data (I rotate an image in Lightroom, save to XMP, and it doesn't show up in Photo Mechanic). It also doesn't allow me to rotate an image by a few degrees left or right, only in 90 degree increments.

The app I wrote will do arbitrary image rotations by writing the same XMP metadata that Lightroom does. Having said that, image rotation and metadata editing isn't the primary goal of the application.

It's primary purpose is an aspect of image manipulation that isn't covered by any of the apps or utilities currently on the market.
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Yeah, PM reads XMP including all IPTC and EXIF data, ratings and colour flags. I have tested it on image rotation and you are correct. However, the beauty of PM is in the speed of ingest, the ability to ingest multiple cards at once, adding IPTC, metadata and tagging, then taking your 300 images down to 50 and only having them highlight in LR. It's a huge time saver. Agreed, it doesn't have the catlogs and filtering capability of LR, but together makes for a very quick workflow
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Perhaps you could be more specific. It wasn't clear to me from the video exactly what you are driving at...
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For now, I just want to see if Adobe has any interest in sponsoring development of a new type of photographer's utility. The application isn't designed to be an image editor or even a viewer, although it will do a few things like image rotation that I found to be too slow with Lightroom.