(Paddy is Windows only. On MAC, try Knobroom at http://www.knobroom.com/)
Adobe Lightrom is missing the ability to map keys as the user likes. PADDY solves that problem, and speeds up your workflow.
"Your software is great, I use it with the BCF200 and it saves me at least 50% in editing time!"
A wedding photographer
Paddy is Donationware. You have to donate at least 1 cent to use Paddy after the 50 day trial period
Example for Function mapping to keys
Midi controller fast editing
Paddy brings you
Have a look at the user guide here
(This is a module directory. Installation instructions are here)
You will need to register Paddy after 50 days of use via a minimum donation of 1 cent on PayPal. See here for details
Paddy radically improves the workflow in Lightroom by allowing you to assign any adjustment setting - including moving the sliders and applying a preset - to keyboard keys, your number keypad, external keypads, a MIDI controller or a MIDI keyboard. This gives you all editing (and some other) tools of Lightroom at the push of one button. You do not need the mouse any more to get to presets or to adjust the sliders. Paddy also has a full scripting engine for most functions in Lightroom.
Paddy supports several external keyboards natively, including the Xkey Professional 58 key external keyboard used in some expensive commercial solutions. Paddy also supports the Behringer BCF200 and BCR2000 Midi controllers natively, and any other Midi controller if you are willing to work a bit. You can also map Lightroom functions to notes and chords on a Midi keyboard.
Paddy is free (the hardware is not, obviously) but requires a 1 cent donation on PayPal after 50 days of use to register.
How does Paddy work?
A more detailed instruction is in the Wiki (link above left). Paddy was written in AutoHotKey, which allows to intercept keystrokes from keyboard and execute certain actions. You configure the keys you want to perform certain actions, and that's it. Windows only, unfortunately, since AHK is windows only.
Better to ask what are not. In essence, if it's something you do in the develop module, you can map it and script it, including moving the sliders. You can map presets, and even add your own macros. Paddy brings you Development Brush Presets (including size of the brush) and Relative Presets that move sliders a specific amount (as opposed to a target setting). In addition, some functionality was programmed to speed up editing, like
and many others.
Paddy is for Development work and does not map anything in the print, web, and slideshow modules. In addition, I did not (yet) implement anything for keywording - you need to use your keyboard there anyways for new keywords, and the old ones are easily accessible with keystrokes
Paddy's functions - including moving LR sliders - can be mapped to 127 CC commands from a MIDI controller. Get a $100 (used) Midi controller and connect the physical world to your digital picture editing workflow in a whole new way. Video of the experimental version is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQXXQbRlU4I. This is fully implemented and working now.
Download the installer, which installs all necessary files and the LR plugin. Start the LR plugin. Experiment or read the user guide on the Wiki.
Please go to the bulletin board here
The original version is by Dorfl. That's not my real name, obviously. If you want to know where the name comes from, read Terry Pratchett. A small script by Gordon McKinney inspired me to do this.
Since I started, we got a great core community of developers going
This is a hobby . I am not a professional software developer, nor am I a professional photographer. Paddy is licensed under CC BSD , which means it comes with no guarantees that it works or be maintained, for bugfix, and upgrades. Whether Paddy will work in future versions of Lightroom depends largely on whether I buy them. If you are a professional whose business depends on some LR workflow solution, you might want to consider a professional solution with guaranteed support, training etc. There are great products out there that I admire and that also support Photoshop and other software, plus Apple as a platform - none of which I will ever do as far as I can tell at this point.
Adobe, the Adobe logo, Lightroom and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.
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Lightroom sliders on IPAD!
Paddy assigns sliders to a BCF2000 Midi controller
Paddy assigns keys to the XKeys keyboard
User can assign camera Profiles to keys
Mapping the keyboard
Developing a script for LR
Mapping the Genovation 682 External keyboard
Mapping any key to any Function
Define additional macros and map them to hotkeys