The Lightroom Export Plug-in for Meetup.com

Download and instal the Plug-in

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Authorize the plugin with Meetup.

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Select images, right-click and export.

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LightUp, the LR Export Plug-in for Meetup.com

This Plugin is Packed with Cool Stuff It'll blow your mind.


Stuff you asked for.

  • Export one or more images directly from LR into a Meetup.com Album
  • Automatically posts a "Comment" on the image, with customized message that includes EXIF data values.
  • Optionally Import Meetup.com data into your image's EXIF info (Event address, city, state, zip, etc.)
  • Optionally Add New Keywords to LR based on Meetup.com data (group name, event name, address, city, state, etc.)
  • Compatible with 3rd Party presets.
  • Takes advantage of newer, faster Meetup.com APIs!

Stuff that bugged me.

  • Much faster login speed in version 1.0.7.
  • Fixed the EXIF Comment postings for LR5
  • Reformatted the Meetup.com image page URL for faster browser loads
  • Removed unusable video panel for Lightroom 5
  • Using the tokens with an unknown (ahem, film) camera results in a "no exif data" message rather than "UNKNOWN".
  • Will only make two failed attempts at logging in, and then will stop trying (no more loops)


Screenshots

LightUp displays all of your Meetup Groups and Events
Commonly used groups appear at the top!

  1. List of all Meetup Groups you have joined.
  2. List of Photo Albums, listed in order of creation date.
  3. The location details for the event of that album.

Automatically sync your image metadata with the Meetup.com Database!
Stop typing city and state names as keywords. Stop updating the "Event" EXIF data manually. Let LightUp do it for you.


Automatically post a comment that includes selected EXIF info.
Show your students and fellow photo club members any/all info you feel is important


Meetup Group Information is Cached
Lightning-fast Plugin Startup for each upload session


Works with both Export and Export with Previous
Speed up your image sharing workflow


Sixty+ EXIF and Lightroom Metadata values available for posting.
From exposure settings and lens info, to GPS and Portrait Subject/Model data.

Lightup, the LR Export Plug-in for Meetup.com

Quick Start Guide

Quick start too quick? Got stuck? Need more details? No problem! See the Full Installation Instructions

Step 1
Download

  • Download the free version of LightUp (you can register later).
  • Unzip the archive and place the plug-in contents somewhere safe on your hard drive.
  • Start Lightroom.

Step 2
Instal

  • In Lightroom, click on "File", then select "Plug-in Manager ...". Click "Add".
  • Select the plug-in, then click the "Add Plug-in" button.
  • Verify that the "MeetUp Event Album" on the list says "Installed and running".

Step 3
Export

  • Pick an image.
  • Right-click and select "Export ..."
  • Select "Meetup Event Album" for Export To
  • Authenticate with meetup, and export your image!


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Finding a Home

This is one of the hardest parts of installing the plug-in, where to put it? You aren't required to put it in any one specific place. Consider putting it in a location that is always available (not a shared or network drive, for example), and somewhere that doesn't get trashed. I installed mine in a special directory just for 3rd-party Lightroom Plug-ins.


Using the Plug-ins Manager

Once you found your permanent location for LightUp and have unzipped the archive, open Lightroom.

Right-click on any photo and choose "Export" about halfway down the menu, and then "Export ..." from the flyout menu.


This opens the typical Lightroom Export Dialog Window.

Click the button at the bottom-left that says "Plug-in Manager ..."


Lightroom will now open a new window called the "Lightroom Plug-in Manager". This page will show you all of the plug-ins you have installed, and their status.

Again, look down at the bottom left. Click the button that says "Add". You will be prompted to locate the LightUp Plug-in (wherever you happened to save it). Remember: your plug-in needs to be on your hard drive somewhere that it won't be deleted or moved -- or it will stop working!


Before going on to the next step, make SURE you are logged in to Meetup.com with your default web browser. This step is kind of a big deal, that's why I'm using really big text.


Configuration

To configure the Plug-in, start your first export session. Right-click on any photo and choose "Export" about halfway down the menu, and then "Export ..." from the flyout menu. This brings up the Lightroom Export menu. Notice that the "Export To:" drop down now includes "Meetup Event Album" as an option.


Authenticating with Meetup

Before using the plug-in with Meetup.com, you have to give it "permission" to post images on your account. Otherwise, it might posts images to my account. We may not go to the same meetups.

The first time you select "Meetup Event Album" from the "Export To:" option box, you will see that the "Login" button is available. Click that button, and Lightroom will ask permission to contact Meetup.com on your behalf. Click the button that says "View authentication page on Meetup"


LightUp for Lightroom will now open your default web browser, and take you to a special web page on Meetup.com. You can verify you are on Meetup by looking at the URL. LightUp for Lightroom is an approved application at meetup.com.

You can see LightUp listed under the Meetup Application Directory at http://www.meetup.com/meetup_api/apps/

Click "Allow" to continue.


CAUTION: This step includes a Lightroom Popup that might get "lost" under other windows. When you receive your app auth code from Meetup.com, minimize or close the Meetup.com window.

Meetup registers LightUp for Lightroom with your account and provides you a special key. Meanwhile, LightUp has opened another box on Lightroom with a special empty box.

Copy this string of numbers from Meetup and paste it into the special dialog box provided by Lightroom.

Note: This small window may pop-up behind your web browser! Minimize windows to find it.

Did I mention that this little window pop-up from Lightroom might end up under your web browser? Close Meetup.com if you can't find where to paste the auth code!


Please note, the screenshots provide a look at version 1.0.4.4. The version you are installing may vary slightly.

Refreshing the Group List

After you authenticate with Meetup, the plug-in's first task is to grab and save a list of your meetup groups. Since this list is Cached to make LightUp for Lightroom faster, you will need to press the "Refresh Groups" button each time you join or leave a meetup group.


Exporting Images to Event Albums


Please note, the screenshots provide a look at version 1.0.4.4. The version you are installing may vary slightly.

Selecting a Meetup Album

Right click on an image (or group of images), and select "Export", then "Export ...". When the Lightroom Dialog box appears, select "Meetup Event Album" from the "Export To:" drop down list. Your list of groups will appear in the "Groups" box.

Click on the desired group and wait a few moments for the list of events to populate, it won't take long. Once it populates with events and albums, select one.

The "Export" button at the bottom of the Export Dialog box becomes available. You can now export your image to this Meetup.com Album!


Posting Metadata and EXIF Info


Please note, the screenshots provide a look at version 1.0.4.4. The version you are installing may vary slightly.

Sharing Metadata

LightUp for Lightroom provides a unique (and cool) feature for photographers. It allows you to post select EXIF and Lightroom metadata as a comment on your photo. For photography instructors, or people interested in getting feedback, this is valuable information that people often request.

"Tokens" represent metadata information available in Lightroom. These are both EXIF image information and metadata you provided Lightroom about the image. Placing the tokens in the "Current Pattern" window update the "Example" below the box.

Select one of the "Tokens" from the three drop down boxes, and then press the "Add Token" button. This populates the large textbox with the tokens you selected. The "Example:" displays how your image comment will look when posted.


After each image is posted, LightUp will automatically create the first comment with the EXIF and Lightroom Metadata as you configured it.


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Thank you to everyone who has downloaded my plug-in over the past 4 years, and provided awesome feedback. The plug-in remains free with an image upload limit, just like previous versions.

Donate $20 and I'll send you my personal thank you, and a copy with no restrictions.

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Lightroom 4 Lightroom 5 Lightroom 5 Lightroom 6 Lightroom 6
Donation FREE FREE $20 $10! FREE $20
System Mac Mac / Win Mac / Win Mac / Win Mac / Win
Full-Resolution Uploads          
Multi-Image Uploading          
List Meetup Groups and Events          
Customizable Comment Posting          
25 Basic EXIF tags for Comments          
45 Advanced Metadata tags          
8 Model / Portrait Meta tags          
New GPS EXIF tags          
Duplicate Upload Checking          
Automatically Update Image EXIF Data (Address, State, City, etc) from Meetup.com Event Location          
Automatically Add Lightroom Keywords from Meetup Data (Location, Event and Group Name, etc)          
Automatically Add Lightroom Keywords For Camera Data (Camera make, Lens, etc)          
Share your Camera and Exposure Info in an Image Comment with NEW PRESETS!          
Meetup.com URL to your image is saved in LR Metadata          
Automatically add EXIF "Title" as meetup.com photo "Caption"          
Uploads per Export 10 Images 10 Images Unlimited 10 Images Unlimited
Ads Joe's Ads Joe's Ads None! Joe's Ads None!
Current Version 1.0.4.4 1.0.5.1 1.0.5.1 1.0.7.0 1.0.7.0
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LightUp Version History Change Log


Version Details
1.0.7

Version 7 is the biggest set of new features to date! (Note: Some features only available on the registered version)

  • Completely rewrote the login process to significantly speed up first-time-user logins (and for users whith multiple Meetup.com accounts)
  • Plugin now checks to make sure you're not uploading duplicates by mistake.
  • EXIF "State/Province" is optionally updated, set to the Meetup.com event "Venue" 2-letter state code.
  • EXIF "City" is optionally updated, set to the Meetup.com event "Venue" city name.
  • EXIF "Location" is optionally updated, set to the Meetup.com event "Venue" street address. Note: this is different than the LightUp Metadata "Location Name". This optional "Location" metadata updates EXIF data, the "Location Name" is specifically for the plugin metadata.
  • EXIF "Event" is optionally updated, set to the name of the Meetup.com event name
  • All options for Metadata and EXIF options now include help. Be not confused; click questionmarks.
  • Token options for the comments have been divided out into 6 logical categories rather than 3 confusing ones.
  • When posting EXIF data as a comment, there are new "Presets", so you don't have to make your own comment token string.
  • An example display window shows what "Location" and meetup event info has been gathered from Meetup.com's database
  • "Location Name" can optionally be added to the image metadata (equal to Meetup.com event "Venue" name)
  • "Posted EXIF" (a true/false flag) is added as LightUp Metadata to indicate if you posted a comment on the image with EXIF info.
  • "Photo Url" is automatically added as LightUp Metadata to the image after upload
  • "Meetup Event Name" is automatcially added as LightUp Metadata to the image after upload
  • "Meetup Group Name" is automatically added as LightUp Metadata to the image after upload
  • If your image has an EXIF "Title", you can optionally make that the Meetup.com image "Caption" (limited to 255 characters)
  • When posting EXIF data as a meetup.com comment, you can now optionally add "titles". For example, "EF50mm f/1.4" can now read "Lens: EF50mm f/1.4"
  • When posting EXIF data as a meetup.com comment, you can now optionally skip "Unknown" values (great for people shooting film or specialty lenses that have no EXIF data)
  • The option "Get More Albums" does not display if there are no more to get.
  • Plugin no longer tests for updates. Updates will be emailed to users and posted on http://lightupplugin.com
  • Plugin Info url now points to new home: http://lightupplugin.com
  • The "Contact" button has been removed and replaced with "About" button. Feel free to contact me via the http://lightupplugin.com web site.
1.0.6.1

Fixed an issue with version numbers that significantly angered one user

1.0.6

Added Additional GPS options for meetup image comments.

1.0.5.1

Final build for legacy Lightroom 5 Users

  • Fixed issues for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows compatibility.
  • Fixed issue with event names being blank for some users.
  • Fixed issue with "smart quotes" in group names and event names
1.0.4

Final build for legacy Lightroom 4 Users.

1.0.4

Build for Lightroom 5 Users

  • Compatible with "Export with Pervious ..." in Lightroom 5
  • Much faster plug-in load time: Your Meetup Group list is now cached to reduce API calls, No longer authenticates each time you open the exporter
  • Hides unneeded EXIF data (exposure value if EV=0, for example)
  • Removed the annoying dialog box after exports complete
  • Reformatted the Meetup.com image page URL for faster browser loads
  • Removed unusable video panel for Lightroom 5
  • Using the tokens with an unknown (ahem, film) camera results in a "no exif data" message rather than "UNKNOWN".
  • Will only make two failed attempts at logging in, and then will stop trying (no more loops)
1.0.3

Added LR3 Support and better instructions for API
Added EXIF as "tokens" rather than groups of checkboxes. Many new EXIF parameters added.

1.0.2

Fixed bug that caused assertion errors, added "albums" not just "events", display number of photos in each album.

1.0.1

Added "Check for Updates", "Contact", "Donate" buttons

1.0.0

first public release

0.16

saving all settings as preferences

0.15

ignored "The" when sorting group names

0.14

added "LightUp" section with "check for updages" button

0.13

resorted the meetup groups by name

0.12

resorted the events by date

0.11

added a test button so users can see they are "logged in" to meetup

0.6 - 0.10

added checkbox options on the camera settings section

0.5

added custom camera settings to the message text,  added "label", "caption", and "URL" to the message

0.4

added spooling off a custom message at the bottom of the image

0.3

added dropdown for groups,  added dropdown for events based on groups

0.2

added "get api key" button for quick access

0.2

added "get api key" button for quick access

0.1

first initial build with actual photo uploaded to the meetup.com beta site using api key