Using Any Tag
Filter By Keyword
(Commands for committing locations)
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Work more efficiently with keywords and synonyms, including those containing spaces:
Any Tag is designed for very fast keyboard entry of keywords:
For example, to tag a photo with the keyword “Carolyn Ellis Gottschalk”, you might type “c el <tab> or “ellis c <tab>” or even “c <tab>” (if you had recently used “Carolyn Ellis Gottschalk”). Any Tag doesn't suffer the long-standing Lightroom Windows bug where auto-complete of keywords gets tripped up by spaces (e.g. with 25 keywords all starting with “Mt. ”).
Any Tag can also “commit” the country, state/province, and city fields that Lightroom automatically adds to photos when they have GPS coordinates. Any Tag turns those suggestions (gray font) into permanent values (white font), making them easier to edit and saving them in your photo's metadata.Download and Install
Any Tag requires Lightroom 3 or higher.
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The first time you invoke Any Tag, it will load the keywords from the catalog. Due to Lightroom limitations, this could take many minutes for very large keyword lists (especially on Windows), but the next time you invoke the plugin, it will start very quickly. If the initial load takes more than a few seconds, Any Tag will ask if you want to use a faster, manual method for initially loading the keywords, using the Metadata > Export Keywords command – Any Tag will walk you through the steps. (And if you encounter problems using the manual method, see this support note.)
Any Tag continually, unobtrusively reloads the keywords in background. But if you change or delete keywords outside of Any Tag, you’ll need to do Reload keywords if you want Any Tag to see the changes immediately.Entering Keywords
With Any Tag, you can select keywords and synonyms with just a few keystrokes, seeing all matching keywords, their ancestors, and their notes as you type. Hit Tab to select the first matching keyword, or click on any matching keyword to select that keyword.
As you type a word, say “jo”, Any Tag will show all keywords containing a word starting with “jo”. For example, “jo” would match “John Rolfe Ellis” and “Bob Jones” but not “Mojo Motors”. If you type multiple words, then the matching keywords will match each of your words. For example, “jo el” would match “John Rolfe Ellis” and “Elsworth Johnson” but not “Joe Seldon”.
If no keywords match, your words will be shown in red.
Any Tag shows the most recently used matching keywords first. So as you tag a batch of photos, it’s usually sufficient to type just the first one or two letters to call up the desired keyword.
If the matching keywords or their ancestors are getting truncated, you can resize the Any Tag window to see more.Filter By Keyword
With the Filter By Keyword command, you can quickly filter your photos by one or more keywords, without laboriously scrolling in the Filter Bar. Unlike Lightroom’s text search or smart collections, the photos’ keywords always match exactly, regardless if they contain spaces.
With the Tag command, you can quickly apply existing and new keywords to photos, without accidentally creating keywords when you mistype.
With the Notes command, you can attach descriptive notes to keywords. For example, you might provide more information about the people, places, or events the keywords represent.
The notes are kept in a comma-separated-values (CSV) text file in your catalog folder, any tag notes.csv. Many, many programs can read such files (such as Microsoft Word and Excel), so you don’t need to worry about your notes getting locked into a proprietary plugin or catalog database.
Use the Import button to import notes from another CSV file or from a .xml file exported from Photoshop Elements via its Save Keyword Tags To File command.
If you rename a keyword or change its location in the hierarchy, Any Tag will keep its note attached to it. But if you delete a keyword (or in very rare cases, rename a keyword), Any Tag will warn you that its note is “orphaned” and export all such orphaned notes to a separate file. You can edit the orphan file and reimport it with the Import button.
When a photo has GPS coordinates, Lightroom automatically fills in the location fields Country, Country Code, State/Province, City, and Sublocation with suggested values (reverse geo-encoding). These suggested values appear in gray font and are difficult to edit—you must first "commit" the fields by clicking on their labels in the Library Metadata panel, one field at a time, one photo a time. Though the suggested values appear in exported photos, they don't get written to the photo's metadata, and they're not visible to plugins.
Many users have complained about this poor design. The best solution is to use the Geoencoding Support plugin or the Geosetter program. But if you want to stick with Lightroom's geo-encoding, Any Tag can make your life easier.
The Commit Locations command turns the suggested location values into permanent values that can be edited and saved to metadata. Select one or more photos and do File > Plug-in Extras > Any Tag > Commit Locations.
The Find Uncommitted Locations command finds photos that have uncommitted location fields. Select one or more photos and do File > Plug-in Extras > Any Tag > Find Uncommitted Locations. The photos with uncommitted fields will appear in the top-level collection Uncommitted Locations.
The Commit Locations command is not very fast, processing about one raw photo per second. Lightroom doesn't provide plugins with a method for accessing uncommitted field values directly, so Any Tag must export the photos to tiny thumbnails and then extract the values from them. But you can have more than one Commit command running at a time.
These commands are free to use and don't require a license after the 30-day trial ends.Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows: You can use the standard menu keystrokes to invoke Any Tag commands. For example, ALT+L opens the Library menu, U opens the Plug-in Extras submenu, and K invokes the Any Tag Filter By Keyword com command. In addition, ALT-N and ALT-P move to the next and previous photos in the Tag command.
To reassign a different final keystroke to an Any Tag menu item, edit the file n class="CodeFont">Info.lua in the plugin folder. Move the “&” in front of the desired letter in the menu command’s name, changing the name itself if necessary.
Mac OS: You can use the standard mechanism for assigning application shortcuts to plugin menu commands. In System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Application Shortcuts, select Adobe Lightroom. Click "+" to add a new shortcut, in Menu Title type the name of the menu command preceded by three spaces. For example, if you wanted to assign a key to the Any Tag > Tag command, type "<space><space><space>Tag". In Keyboard Shortcut type the desired key or key combination.
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