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Alamy

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    http://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={9A5A1945-A1CC-4102-92D4-FC98264FAC74}&name=Stephen+de+Saulles
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    30 Apr 2014
  1. Hi Julie, Thank you for taking the time to answer. So, I think I am clear, you seem to be confirming what the manual describes, if the box saying "overwrite Alamy data" is ticked, what happens is that "all of the other fields are updated to match the data on Alamy", i.e. it is, contrary to the tick box title, the Lightroom data that is updated / overwritten. The only only thing I'm then not clear on is why the function isn't called "overwrite Lightroom data" in the plugin, as that is what happens if the box is ticked. Thanks again. Stephen
  2. Sorry to have to use this forum to ask about a Lightroom Plugin, but it seems the 'help' at Lightroom plugins is no longer alive, I have tickets from three weeks back unanswered, and I have seen people here do use the plugin, so fingers crossed I get a response here. I'm afraid I'm new to both Lightroom (I thought since Apple are killing Aperture, not much point starting to use Alamy with what will be dead soon), the Lightroom Plugin and Alamy, so probably out of my depth in all departments. anyhow, my question. In the PDF manual "Alamy Uploader PDF" there is a section dedicated to the "Fetch Alamy Metadata" export command, to quote, it says: "OVERWRITE ALAMY DATA When this is not selected, any Alamy-specific fields in Lightroom that have been set already will not be updated with metadata downloaded from Alamy. If it is ticked, all matching fields will be set with Alamy's data." This all seems a little back to front, telling the user what happens when it is not selected first, but ends saying if it is selected / ticked then "Matcing Fields will be set with Alamy's data", so as I understand that, it would be "Overwriting Lightroom Data" (With the existing Alamy data pulled down from the Alamy website) not as the name of the function suggests Overwriting Alamy Data. Can anyone confirm the name of the function is the reverse of what it actually does please? Thanks Stephen
  3. Interesting, "very Prompt" has not been my experience - 18 days and counting in my case to hear back from lightroom-plugins.com. In the install guide it said"Download the ZIP and extract it to your desktop. You should see a folder called “AlamyLoader”, containing the plug-in and folders called “Smart Collections LR2” and “Smart Collections LR3”. There was nothing called "Smart Collections LR3", so I queried this with the Author's ticket system, you get an immediate response to say it is on their system etc, log in to see the reply, but now two days into September and still no response. Sadly it all has a slight feel of abandonment - Lightroom is on 5.5 now, perhaps there was no need for any updating after LR3, It does seem like a clever system, and I think I sort of answered my own questions, despite there being no "Smart Collections LR3" as outlined in the instructions, they do seem to have loaded. My experience so far is that there is confusion, perhaps just mine, around how to handle the "Essential" vs "Main" keywords using the plugin, the other tool I've tried is "keyword perfect" which does separate those fields automatically, and I was hoping I could use the two in combination - perhaps someone has, and could describe their workflow, but it is not a LR plugin and so works on the jpeg file outside of LR, I was hoping I could then use the LR Alamy plugin to do the 'fine tuning' and manage uploads, but I couldn't seem to get it to see the keywords I've added in KeyworPerfect. So, it would seem that software doesn't really warrant the 'perfect' keyword, and the LR plugin could benefit with some improvements to UI too. Does anyone use anything else as a plugin? Or is it really a choice of 1 for Alamy? Thanks. Stephen
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