LRB Showcase is a Web Gallery Plugin for Lightroom 2 & 3, designed for showing a small number of images in a scrolling gallery. It displays large images which automatically resize to fit the screen size. Information about the gallery is visible by hovering over the bottom of the page. The gallery also features customisable logo via the Idenitiy Plate and logo positioning. The logo can link back to another page, acting as a handy back button. There is also a Contact Name option to trigger either another page or as an email contact.
The gallery is also compatible with Matthew Campagna’s Auto Index galleries. (http://lr.theturninggate.net). This means it can be used as the gallery with one of Matthew’s site plugins.
Mac: Double click on LRB_Exhibition.lrwebengine to install.
PC: In Lightroom Preferences (Edit>Preferences), click Presets. Click ‘Show Lightroom Presets Folder’. Open the folder. Look for a folder called ‘Web Galleries’. If it’s not there, create it and drop LRB_Exhibition.lrwebengine inside it. Restart Lightroom
A sample gallery can be viewed at http://lightroom-blog.com/gallery/lrbshowcase/
Download a quickstart guide here.
LRB Showcase is €10 plus VAT.
Until June 12th 23:59 MST, you can get a 20% discount automatically. Please note the download allows for 9 updates, after which you require a new purchase. This means you MUST save the download link somewhere safe. This means somewhere offsite, or even online, like a mail to self in Gmail for example.
When using a lot of Large or Xtra Large size images, you may get a ‘Scripting running slow’ message. This is because the gallery needs to calculate the width of all the images to be able to resize. For this to happen, all the images must load. If they’re big, or there’s a lot, or even if the machine is slow, the warning will appear. In fact, everything is okay, but the warning can be unsettling.
Why the option for different sizes? Well, because the images stretch, they can look pixelated if you use the small size and the viewer has a large screen. For general use the medium or large should be fine.
Will this become a Website plugin? No. That’s why it’s Auto Index compatible. I’ll probably add more SEO stuff in another version, but for now it is what it is.