The Excire Search Lightroom plugin is a high-performance search engine that runs locally on your computer and does not require any cloud services. After installing the plugin and initializing your Lightroom catalog, you are ready to perform some useful search tasks.
To search by example, you select one or more reference images, and Excire Search will then automatically and quickly generate a Lightroom collection with images similar to the selected reference images.
To search by keyword you select a keyword, such as “beach,” and Excire Search will then automatically and quickly generate a Lightroom collection with images of beaches. Excire Search provides 125 well-structured keywords that will help you sort your photos.
To search for faces, you start the intuitive face-analysis interface. Here you may choose between various options such as one, two, or more faces. You can then refine the choices by choosing age group (Baby/Toddler, Child, Teenager, Adult, Elderly) and gender (Female, Male). You can further constrain the search to find only faces of people who smile.
The above search functions can also be used in combination to narrow the search down to the desired photos quickly. Besides providing efficient search results, Excire Search will let you better interact with your images and have fun: many customers have reported the joy of finding photos they thought had been lost in the complexity of their Lightroom catalog.
Excire Search Pro
The Excire Search Pro Lightroom plugin provides all the features of the Excire Search plugin plus an expanded keyword transfer function, ideal for professional photographic applications.
The search by keyword operationally is the same as Excire Search, but provides an extended set of approximately 500 keywords. While the 125 keywords are optimal for the average user, who wants to keep things simple, professional photographers and serious hobbyists work with larger catalogs and will benefit from more refined keywords.
The main difference between Excire Search and Excire Search Pro is the keyword-transfer function (formerly Excire Search TT): keywords automatically extracted by Excire can be transferred to the Lightroom catalog and then used in Lightroom as if they had been manually entered. The transfer can be done for single images or in batch mode. Professional photographers and serious hobbyists will find the transfer feature very beneficial, for example – when submitting images for a specific topic to an agency, client, building slideshows or putting together an album, just to name a few applications.
Which one should I get?
If you are a professional or prosumer photographer with a large collection, or if you need the keywords outside of Excire Search go for Excire Search Pro.
How to get started?
Then you only need to start the installation program, which will guide you through the installation process. Windows users only need to start the downloaded EXE file and follow the instructions provided by the installer.
Since the first initialization of a complete lightroom catalog may take some time, we recommend to run the initialization over night or in smaller batches. Note that the initialization of 10000 photos will take about one hour on a state-of-the-art computer. Initialization can be interrupted and continued at any time. Novel photos imported to your lightroom catalog must be initialized by starting the above initialization process.
4. General Settings
1. Fast Initialization: if this option is enabled, all photo edits made in Lightroom will be ignored for the sake of faster initialization. Moderate edits should not cause any problems. Note, however, that strong crops and color edits may change the dominant color and the image content: Excire has been taught that skies are blue and if you make them green, it may fail to recognize a landscape.
2. Prefer Smart Previews in initialization: During initialization smart previews will be preferred if you set this option. This can be useful if you have generated smart previews that are stored on your local SSD and if the access of your original photos is slower.
3. For stacks, only initialize the top photo: This option should be enabled if you are a timelapse photographer and need to handle photo stacks, which consists of many very similar images. Then only the top photo of a stack will be initialized.
Furthermore a user can select the keyword language, and, if necessary, the Excire Search shortcuts may be restored (only Mac OS X).