Setting up the Lightroom Publisher

The downloaded zip file includes a Lightroom Publisher plugin called TTG-CE2-Publisher.lrplugin.

To install this file within Lightroom:

1. First move the plugin to a convenient location on your PC. This should be somewhere that the plugin will remain, as LR will read from this location after installation.

2. Launch Lightroom and from the File menu choose Plug-in Manager.

3. The left-hand side of the the Plug-in Manager includes a list of plugins.

4. Click 'Add', select the location of the plugin on your drive and click 'Add Plug-in'

5. Click 'Done'. The plug-in should now be installed.

The Plug-in Manager, after installation of TTG CE2 Publisher:

Setting up a Publisher instance:

On the left-hand side of Lightroom's Library module is a list of Publish Services. You should now see a new item 'TTG CE2 Publisher'. Double-click this item to bring up the Publisher settings:

The following needs to be set:

1. API URL. This is the URL to your publisher as uploaded on your server. If, for example you uploaded the publisher to the top level of 'yoursite.com', then the API URL would look like http://yoursite.com/publisher/api/. Please note that this must begin with http: (or https: if your site runs on SSL) and end with /publisher/api/.

2. API Key. This is the key set in publisher/config.php.

3. After setting the above, click 'Check Authentication' to check that Lightroom can locate your server and authenticate. The publisher provides error messages as needed that should help you resolve any issues.

Optional Publisher Settings

4. Checking 'Show albums in browser after publishing' will launch an album in your web browser after each publish completes.

5. Optionally, change the top-level galleries folder name. It is recommended to leave this as 'galleries' unless you have a specific need for it to be otherwise. To use another directory, the corresponding directory must exist on the server and be granted write access. If this setting is changed after photos have been published then the original galleries folder will need to be renamed on the server to prevent the Lightroom albums from becoming out-of-synch with the server.

6. 'Preserve capitalization in album slugs' allows slugs with capital letters.

7. The 'Push metadata without updating existing albums' option allows for much faster updates to galleries for photos that have already been published. The only time that you should need to disable this option is after altering the appearance of a photo (rather than updating metadata) or setting an album to use a new template with different sizes to the already-published photos.

8. The Metadata section controls the metadata that is embedded within photos. For most uses it is recommended to set this to Copyright Only. Thumbnail images are only ever published with the copyright information, and stripped of all other embedded metadata, irrespective of how this is set.

9. Watermarks controls the watermarks for all photos published through TTG Publisher. For this to take effect on already-published photos, make sure that 'Push metadata without updating existing albums' is unselected before re-publishing photos that require the new watermark.

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