I predicted that the Lightroom project would devolve into a horrendous sequence of upgrade mission-creep, and I was right. It’s not Adobe’s fault, by any means, but the getting ready to start has been incredibly time-consuming:
- Order the new LaCie Double Triple 1TB storage.
- Consolidate my camera downloads onto the 1TB from the various places I had stowed them while deciding what to buy.
- Discover the 1TB unit will not communicate through its 800 FW port. Ask LaCie to ship replacement first, they ignore/decline, but send SRO promptly.
- Tediously back up the 1TB to some LaCie bricks – 400 FW to USB is very slow.
- Make some DVDs for extra insurance.
- Send 1TB to LaCie.
- Take G5 in for runaway fan, instability, random instances of powering down during processor-heavy activity (read: open ACR file in DNGConverter and Photoshop). Diagnosis is not the fan; the G5 needs a new motherboard and/or logic board. Verify and accelerate daily back-ups while limping along temporarily.
- Copy all the files back to the replacement 1TB from the bricks. More tedium.
- Install LR 1.4.1 upgrade, which has been issued, retracted, reissued during this timeframe. Upgrade went smoothly.
- Create new catalog. Trivial.
- Import my starting list of keywords from Excel-generated tab-delimited list. I listed about 400 keywords before I decided that I had a workable structure. At this point, I think it will be easier to add new ones in Lightroom. Uploading keywords was straightforward.*
- Relabel the top-level keyword hierarchy words to begin with special characters for forced sorting.
So there it sits. Between now and Thursday, I probably won’t actually do much importing of folders and keywording. Anyway, it might be a good idea to let some early adopters work through any potential kinks in 1.4.1.
In the meantime, as I was doing all the copying between drives and hunting stuff down for the Moab Photo Symposium, I found today’s picture.
*For what it might be worth, here is my
starting list*> of keywords in an Excel file. The logic is strictly matched to my own typical mental search pattern. Feedback always welcome, especially in the next few days, before I get fully committed to this list.
*Updated 2011.01.05: new list here: Right Click to Save (.txt format)