I recently needed to compress a bunch of photos from my Adobe Lightroom catalog into a zip file and couldn’t find an easy way to do it. So I threw together a quick export plug-in to do the work for me.
Rather than leave the plug-in sitting on my hard-drive, I thought I would take a few minutes to tidy it up and share it with the rest of you Adobe Lightroom users.
Of course, those few minutes turned into a couple of hours, mainly due to the fact that Windows does not have a real built in zip utility, so I had to add some extra bits (Apple got it right with built in zip support on the Mac).
It is pretty simple to use.
- Download, unzip and install the plug-in with Plug-in Manager.
- To zip up some photos, select them in the Library module and Export. Select ‘Export to Zip’ (by clicking on the banner).
- Specify the name and folder location where you want to save the zip file, specify your normal file export parameters and press Export.
You can download the plug-in from here and yes, its free.
Hopefully it will be of use to someone!
UPDATE July 3rd: Thanks to help from Matt (The Photo Geek), I have included Info-zip with the plugin for Windows users, so now no need to install 7-Zip!
UPDATE July 7th: Yes, it works on Mac and Windows, hit me in the comments if you get problems!
UPDATE August 21st: Fixed the bug where the temp directory information was included in the zip file and the file dialog defaulting to a '.txt' file on Macs.
You can find more of my Adobe Lightroom plug-ins here.