Tim Armes has just released an update to his LR/Transporter Lightroom plug-in. This is hot off the press – it’s not even documented yet.
The new feature is for Lightroom 2 only. Many online ordering cart systems will provide a text file with a list of the files that the customer has chosen. Particularly for large orders like weddings, it can take a long time to manually select all of the images in Lightroom ready for ordering – but no more! LR/Transporter will now read that text file and mark the files for you.
Download LR/Transporter http://www.photographers-toolbox.com/products/lrtransporter.php A trial version is available to see how it works, and it’s well worth a donation to unlock it.
Installation instructions are here: http://www.timothyarmes.com/lrtransporter.php?sec=install
As with any plug-in that modifies the catalog, make sure your backups are current.
Open your catalog and select the files from the wedding in question.
Go to Library menu > Plug-in Extras > Mark Images using LR/Transporter
In the dialog, navigate to the text file containing the list. It just needs to be a basic text file, with 1 filename per line, and nothing else. (It’s also possible to use CSV files using the Import Metadata using LR/Transporter).
Choose the options you want – the examples below show which filenames will be matched as you change the dropdown lists.
Press OK, and the matching images will be marked.
To find and filter those images, select the Metadata filters from the Filter Bar and select Marked by LR/Transporter in one column. Your options will be Yes or No – yes being the ones that matched the text list.