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P: Add "Is Empty" and "Isn't Empty" to all attribute filters and Smart Collection filters

Participant ,
Apr 04, 2011 Apr 04, 2011

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Lightroom desperately needs additional filtering (and smart filtering) capabilities. Specifically I want to be able to find all images for which I haven't entered anything in certain metadata fields. It is important to ensure that every image has certain metadata fields completed before releasing those images into the wild, but it's not always easy to find those empty fields....

Only some fields in the Attribute filter or in Smart Collections currently have an available option to filter by "Is Empty" or "Isn't Empty". For example, I can search for Is or Isn't Empty in the "Caption" field, but not in the "Title" field.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 04, 2011 Apr 04, 2011

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Agreed.

And, if I may tack on: "Is" & "Isnt" would go nicely too (in case you know exactly what you want to include/exclude).

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LEGEND ,
Apr 04, 2011 Apr 04, 2011

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I agree with Rob's point: Testing for equality ("is" and "is not") is important for many fields, but most especially keywords. Just look at the postings on the forums about how much effort is expended and how much confusion arises when people try to get exact keyword match. It's more than a little surprising that a digital asset manager doesn't support exact match in its query language (smart collections).

This probably deserves a separate top-level topic.

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Participant ,
Apr 06, 2011 Apr 06, 2011

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This issue buts me in the butt at least once a week. I was just searching for some images that I hadn't completed the metadata entry and had to go through them one by one instead of being able to filter for them using "Is Empty". Please fix this!

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 15, 2011 Jun 15, 2011

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And matching and filtering on the contents of smart collections will help too. Now, to my knowledge, we can only use 'normal' collections as a collection source to filter on.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 16, 2011 Jun 16, 2011

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Joop - I'm not sure what you mean. Would you mind elaborating?

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LEGEND ,
Jun 16, 2011 Jun 16, 2011

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Joop - I'm not sure what you mean. Would you mind elaborating?

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 16, 2011 Jun 16, 2011

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If I have a smart collection A and creating a new smart collection B, it's not possible to select photos based of their existence in smart collection A.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 16, 2011 Jun 16, 2011

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If I have a smart collection A and creating a new smart collection B, it's not possible to select photos based of their existence in smart collection A.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 16, 2011 Jun 16, 2011

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Ah - gotya. Worthy of a separate 'Idea' me-thinks, lest it be lost in this one.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 16, 2011 Jun 16, 2011

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Ah - gotya. Worthy of a separate 'Idea' me-thinks, lest it be lost in this one.

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Participant ,
Jan 09, 2012 Jan 09, 2012

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Please tell me that this got fixed in LR4beta??

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 09, 2012 Jan 09, 2012

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Yes.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 09, 2012 Jan 09, 2012

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Yes.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 09, 2012 Jan 09, 2012

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Filter and search images by a saved or unsaved metadata property was added in Lightroom 4:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

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Participant ,
Jan 09, 2012 Jan 09, 2012

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While that's a very good thing, it's not even remotely the same as filtering by "Is Empty"

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Participant ,
Jan 09, 2012 Jan 09, 2012

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While that's a very good thing, it's not even remotely the same as filtering by "Is Empty"

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Participant ,
Jan 09, 2012 Jan 09, 2012

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Hmm, just tested it and no it doesn't. I think you're confusing this feature request with your comment below about how LR4beta now can filter by saved/unsaved metadata. That doesn't help me find empty captions or titles...

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Jan 09, 2012 Jan 09, 2012

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Hmm, just tested it and no it doesn't. I think you're confusing this feature request with your comment below about how LR4beta now can filter by saved/unsaved metadata. That doesn't help me find empty captions or titles...

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LEGEND ,
Jan 09, 2012 Jan 09, 2012

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Sean, I really think you should try John Ellis' AnyFilter.

He did an outstanding job - Is Empty and Isn't Empty are included...

Also, although a bit tacky, just searching for "contains" 'a e i o u' is an effective way to check empty vs. not empty, unless you don't use vowels in your metadata...

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LEGEND ,
Jan 09, 2012 Jan 09, 2012

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Sean, I really think you should try John Ellis' AnyFilter.

He did an outstanding job - Is Empty and Isn't Empty are included...

Also, although a bit tacky, just searching for "contains" 'a e i o u' is an effective way to check empty vs. not empty, unless you don't use vowels in your metadata...

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LEGEND ,
Jan 10, 2012 Jan 10, 2012

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Indeed - this should not be marked "Implemented".

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LEGEND ,
Jan 10, 2012 Jan 10, 2012

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Indeed - this should not be marked "Implemented".

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Participant ,
Jan 10, 2012 Jan 10, 2012

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"Doesn't Contain: a" definitely works to find an empty field. But it's not obvious and this should be fixed...

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Jan 10, 2012 Jan 10, 2012

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"Doesn't Contain: a" definitely works to find an empty field. But it's not obvious and this should be fixed...

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 10, 2012 Jan 10, 2012

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Sorry. I was replying way to late at night and working to fast to get things updated. Corrected status of topic.

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