Sadly, it appears not to be working correctly in Photolab 3.1 on Windows:
I entered the keyword “parent>child” and photolab immediately changed it to “child<parent” (i can live with that).
But the search does not work for either the child or the parent. The only way to get search results is to type the “child” keyword and then select the “child<parent” keyword.
And just a thought…
It also would be great to be able to manage keyword relationships independently from the image. Like once adding multiple child keywords to a single parent keyword and then enter only the child keywords to images. Of course, these images should appear when searching for the parent keyword.
IHMO, I would recommend using a DAM such as IMatch which will always provide far advanced hierarchical keywords and many, many other features. I have found it possible to perform those functions there, and have the keywords appear and be searchable in PL once those are written back to the files. Given the effort required to create even a weak DAM, which is not the forte of DxO, I now join the group against wasting time and effort in DAM development.
Yes, indeed! (Another IMatch user here.) I do understand why DxO is doing this (perceived check mark product comparisons) but as you observe, the amount of work required for even a minimally functional DAM may be quite a bit more than they expect, unless they’re taking a really long term development view.
As much as I like and appreciate the efforts, so far the results leave some things to be desired.
I can only search for a keyword if I already know what it is. Having a list of keywords that have been used would help.
Is there a way to limit where the keyword search looks? I have a local drive that has the latest pictures and several network drives that contain all the older pictures.
When I hover over an existing keyword, the popup shows all the parental relationships. Can’t seem to be able to search one of the parent keywords.
Having to jump back and forth between PhotoLibrary to search and Customize to see what keywords are found in which image is getting old real fast.
I came through Lightroom, Aperture, then Lightroom again. The ability to do basic operations on meta-data was implicit to both products. I abandoned the next product I moved to after Lightroom and am now using PhotoLab 3 because it has half decent DAM functionality.
PhotoLab is not a cheap product and neither were its predecessors. I do not want to spend even more money on a separate photo manager. I agree creating a fully featured DAM is a big job, but that’s no reason to ignore it, especially given PL’s existing capability is a decent chunk of that already (hierarchical keywords are working great for me).
If PL is not to be considered a DAM then it should never have included keywords and projects and picks and ratings — they are a signal to me that it is trying to be a DAM. So far it’s doing better than “that other product” I was using that promised a DAM and have let users down consistently with a sub-par experience because… they were just checking a box. Still… the silver lining is after getting annoyed with them, I checked out PL which is MUCH better as an image processor.
Hi, i have the samme issue for hierarchical key words. Search not working on parent or child key word.
So… the hierarchical key words system in PL3.1 is simply not working ?
I am confused, why propose something new that doesn’t work ?
Thanks for your help
every program has this, doesn’t need to be DAM for those.
PL is not full DAM, they just started with PL2 including keywording and some other functionality, like other software trying to include “DAM like” as Luminar and AlienSkin to name those 2.
you’ve been Lr and Aperture user so you know the basic of a DAM and it is not too hard to create your own (on MAC as least with *finder), confusing for people starting for sure, but that’s it. once you’ve started the basic its a matter of saving copies to other hard drive for duplicate backup.
its main job is RAW processor and its doing a really good job, short of Staff so don’t task them all for building a DAM, which many software don’t even have.
I disagree. Photoshop doesn’t have them, but Bridge (Adobe’s DAM) does. Affinity Photo doesn’t have it either, but is a RAW processor. Aurora HDR can process RAW and it doesn’t have it.
To me, if the application shows you a grid of photos (other than in an “Open” dialog that disappears when you select a file) and lets you do anything to them in that grid, then it’s a DAM. Whether it’s a very good or usefully functional one depends on how much you can do.
Well… 2 you mention are pixel editor and the other hdr software, not doing picks and rating with that for sure. You need something for culling first before using them.
A DAM isn’t a picture browser, its more than that, showing images is only a start.
I agree it’s more than showing pictures. It includes things like… pick and reject.
Maybe we agree to disagree on the definition of DAM, but with keywords PhotoLab is definitely over the line on both our definitions. Whether it is “supposed to be a proper DAM” is something only the developers know. My personal belief is they want it to be a good DAM and in time it will become one.
For that reason, I am not going to write it off as something I shouldn’t expect. I do expect it and I will continue to campaign for improvements.
The search for hierarchical keywords unfortunately still does not work 2 years or 2 versions later !!!. But it should work according to the PL5 manual. I only use PhotoLab’s DAM.
I am using the Windows version of PL5.
I’m not sure what’s going on here. On the Mac version, doing what I would normally do, I don’t get a problem and Parent is searchable.
What I did…
Added the keyword Parent to the hierarchy list…
Added the keyword Child inside Parent…
Typed Child into the keywords field…
Selected the suggested Child < Parent…
Accepted the suggestion, which gave me this…
Then I went to the search field and started to type Parent…
Is that what you did? If not, can you give us a step by step list like I just did? We need to establish if this is a Windows only bug or whether you have stumbled across a different way of doing things that DxO hadn’t thought of.
Oh, and is this a RAW file with an XMP sidecar or something like a JPEG?
Before adding this to the list of Win and Mac differences, I gave it a try.
And it works halfway …
When I click on the keyword “child” to the list, the search finds both “child” and “parent” but if I add the keyword child by the text box it does not work.