Plugin Options Dialog

Rory Jaffe edited this page May 26, 2018 · 30 revisions

The Set options dialog is in Lightroom under File ⇢ Plug-in Extras ⇢ MIDI2LR ⇢ Set options. There are six main tabs: Paste Selections, Profiles, Library filter, Other settings, Series of commands, and Local adjustment presets. Changes made in this dialog will be discarded if you press the cancel button.

Note that Presets have been moved to their own, separate, dialog. This saves time opening dialogs and reduces overall dialog box size, which was an issue with small screens.

Paste selections

Paste Dialog

The Paste selections dialog allows you to specify which settings will be pasted using the Paste Selected Settings action. Only those settings with a check mark will be pasted. Others (blank or colored-in) will not. The clear all button unchecks all boxes, the set all button checks all boxes.

Checking Ask each time will cause the Paste selections dialog to pop up whenever executing a Paste Selected Settings action. This allows you to customize the selections for each paste. By design, changes made in the pop up will not be saved to disk, as this may represent temporary preferences. Only changes made in the Options dialog will be saved. If you want to save a set of settings for Paste selections, open it up in the Options dialog then press ok.


Profiles Dialog

The Profiles tab allows you to assign control-map profiles for the MIDI2LR app. Please review the wiki's Profiles page for more information on how the program will behave when Profiles are used. There are three types of profile changes:

  1. You press a button assigned to a profile action, such as Profile 1.
  2. You change to a different module or develop tool, either through an action on your MIDI controller, or directly in Lightroom.
  3. You change to a different develop panel by pressing a button or adjusting a value on your MIDI controller. Lightroom doesn't provide information about which panel is currently active, so the application will not be able to detect any changes you make directly in Lightroom.

All profile files need to be in the same directory. If you want to assign the file MIDI2LRProfA.xml to Profile 1, you would type MIDI2LRProfA.xml in the box to the right of Profile 1. The dialog box is aware of the .xml files in your current profile directory, and will assist in completing the file's name. You can always add a file name that isn't currently in the directory by ignoring the autocomplete suggestions, but will need to have the file in the proper location when using it later.

Selecting the Notify when profile changes checkbox will cause Lightroom to show a brief notification in part of its window when the profile changes.

Library filter

Paste Dialog

The Library filter tab allows you to assign predefined library filters for the MIDI2LR app. These are assigned just like presets are, and are triggered when you press a MIDI button mapped to that filter number. So, if your first filter is hide rejected, then a button assigned to Filter 1 will change the library filter to hide rejected.

Clearing filters

Just like with presets, clicking on a Selected filter box will clear that filter.

Other settings

Other Dialog

The Other settings tab, surprisingly enough, accesses other settings. Currently, there are settings for limits, a checkbox for show status and activity, reveal adjusted controls checkbox, tracking delay control, and shortcut key assignments. Note that the Stop Server option in the screenshot has been removed in version


Limits allows you to reduce the total range a control can be moved to allow for finer adjustments. For example, most people would not use the broad Temperature range (all the way to 50000 for digital negatives and HDR images), so restricting it is worthwhile. Control limits are complex, in part because different types of images have different parameter ranges, so we cannot set universal limits for all pictures. Rather we set specific limits for parameters based on the current control range.

Moving the sliders will change the minimum and maximum limits for each parameter. Fine changes can be made with the left and right arrow keys, coarser changes by holding the shift key down while using the arrow keys. If you accidentally make the minimum greater than the maximum, the program will simply swap the two when you save it. Reset to defaults sets the limits to the program defaults.

Note that the range for a given parameter varies according to what type of image you are working with, such as jpg, DNG, or HDR. Because range does vary, the limits dialog will sense the ranges applicable to the currently-selected photo and display that for adjustment. If no photo is selected or you are not in the Develop module, the limits options will be hidden, since the program will be unable to identify the appropriate range.

If you change to a different type of photo, only previously-set parameter limits that are still applicable will be used. To adjust other parameters, return to the limits section of the dialog. For example, an HDR photo has an exposure range of -10 to +10 and a Temperature range of 2000 to 50000, while a DNG has an exposure range of -5 to +5 and a Temperature range of 2000 to 50000. Since the range for Temperature is identical, adjusting the limits for a DNG will also adjust the limits for an HDR image. Conversely, adjusting the exposure range only affects the DNG range. If you switch to an HDR image, the exposure limits will change to whatever you have set up for HDR images, or -10 to +10 if no limits have been set for that mode.

More about limits for different types of files

I've poked around a little, and found that at least the following are available ranges, depending upon the quality of the file. Note that png, tiff, jpg and dng files all can have different ranges—the file extension only tells part of the story. Ranges I've found with some of my files:

Temperature 2000 50000 -100 100 -100 100 2000 50000
Tint -150 150 -100 100 -100 100 -150 150
Exposure -5 5 -4 4 -5 5 -10 10
Contrast -100 100 -50 100 -100 100 -100 100
Saturation -100 100 -100 100 -100 100 -100 100
Clarity -100 100 -100 100 -100 100 -100 100

For Temperature and Tint, DNGs will have one set of limits since all DNGs tested had the same range limits, PNG/TIFF/JPG files another since they all shared range limits different than that for DNGs. For Exposure, there are three sets of limits: one for HDR DNG files, one for DNG or high-bit depth PNG/TIFF/JPG files, and one for other PNG/TIFF/JPG files.

All files tested will share the same Contrast limit, because MIDI2LR only looks at the upper end of the range to see which limits should apply. I'm a bit surprised by contrast having a range change only at the lower end, but will not change the program's behavior unless this becomes a big issue, as I may then have to track down the behaviors for all of the possible controls.

Whenever you're in doubt about whether a particular type of image has the appropriate ranges set, just open up the Options dialog and take a look.

Show status and activity

If you enable the Show Status and Activity checkbox, each time you adjust a slider or knob, the name of the control and the current value will be temporarily displayed on the Lightroom Screen in a small overlay of the picture. If the control is being ignored because Pickup Mode is enabled and the control is too far from the current setting, the current setting will also be displayed, to the right of the control value. This makes it easier to see which direction the control has to be moved to enable pickup.

Reveal adjusted controls

Adobe made a mistake when adding the Transform panel. If Reveal adjusted controls is checked, when adjusting Transform controls, the Lens Corrections panel will open instead. Formerly, MIDI2LR always was set to reveal adjusted controls, but with this bug, LR's behavior can be annoying. One solution is to uncheck Reveal adjusted controls and check Show status and activity. This way, a translucent bezel will appear briefly over the photo after each develop value change and will help you track your adjustments.

Tracking Delay

This controls how long LR waits before committing changes you have made with MIDI2LR controls. The shorter the delay, the more history entries there will be, which may be a good thing or a bad thing. I recommend leaving it at the default setting unless you have particular issues with how history is being recorded. One reason to shorten it is if you are having trouble editing photos that are synced to Lightroom Mobile. Lightroom will "snap back" to the basic develop settings if you make a basic change and another change before the tracking delay expires. Separating the two actions in the history by having a shorter delay fixes that weird issue. The Default settings button will reset the tracking delay to the program's default.

Keyboard Shortcuts

This allows you to assign custom keyboard shortcuts to commands Key 1 through Key 40. In any module, you can display module shortcuts by going to the LR help menu. The Lightroom Queen has an excellent listing of shortcuts (for English keyboards).

Be aware that the program also detects the shift keys used to put the character in the box. So if you enter E, it will add a shift to the e. Use lower-case letters unless you intend to add the shift.

Function keys are entered in the box as f plus the number of the function, such as f3. Special keys are entered in the box as follows (don't enter the text in parentheses; it just indicates what the resulting key is named in OS X):

backspace (OSX delete) cursor down cursor left cursor right cursor up delete (OSX delete right) end escape home numpad 0 numpad 1 numpad 2 numpad 3 numpad 4 numpad 5 numpad 6 numpad 7 numpad 8 numpad 9 numpad add numpad decimal numpad divide numpad multiply numpad subtract page down page up return space tab

Series of commands

Series of commands dialog

In this dialog, you can set up a series of commands to execute with one button press. There are nine command sets you can program. In the app, these are located under the General tab of the command assignment dialog, as Series of Commands 1 through 9.

To set this up, first identify the command abbreviations you want to use. These are documented in the Commands wiki page. Then, in the dialog, in the slot number you want to use for this set, type in the list of commands, each separated by a space or comma. Extra spaces are ignored, so format this as you wish. Then, in the app, assign the same number to a button. For example, if you use slot 1 in the dialog, assign Series of commands 1 to a button.

Note that only commands that are for buttons are supported. Look for button on the Commands wiki page.

Local adjustment presets

Local adjustment presets dialog

In this dialog you can assign local adjustment presets to be applied with one button press. in the app, these are localted under the Local Adjustments tab of the command assignment dialog, as Local Adjustments Preset 1 through 8.

In the slot number you want to use for this preset, select the preest from the dropdown list. After saving your assignments by pressing OK in the options dialog, go to the app and assign the corresponding Local Adjustments Preset to a button. For example, if you use slot 1 in the dialog, assign Local adjustment presets 1 to a button.

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