Smart Gallery features / Star Ratings

sarasphotossarasphotos Major grinsAugsburg, GermanyRegistered Users Posts: 2,777 Major grins
edited July 30, 2018 in SmugMug Feature Requests
Hi, I've already voted on the official feature requests page, but I though I'd mention my wishes here as well.

Smart Gallery enhancements:
  • separate the points: "Include my unlisted/password protected galleries."
    For example I use unlisted galleries for content in my home page carousel and I'd love to have these galleries excluded from Smart Gallery search - but I want password protected galleries included in the search.
  • in Gallery Settings the ability to exclude a gallery from Smart Gallery search (this would solve my first problem)
  • and I'll cast another vote for adding folders to selection criteria
  • I'd like to be able to hide a photo in a smart gallery without it hiding in the original gallery
  • have SM recognize Lightroom's ratings so photo rating could be an additional smart gallery criteria
Thanks and have a good day!



  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyRegistered Users Posts: 2,777 Major grins

    AFAIK none of these points have ever been incorporated into the smart gallery feature list. Right now the point that's pressing for me is the last one. It would save me a lot of work if SM could read the rating from the EXIF data and let me use that as a criterion for Smart Galleries.

    @leftquark: on a scale of 1 to 10, what are the chances of this feature being added in the foreseeable future?

    Cheers, Sara

  • leftquarkleftquark Former SmugMug Product Team Registered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 3,744 Many Grins
    edited July 31, 2018

    Hi Sara,
    We'd love to be able to put some attention on Smart Galleries but our focus is elsewhere right now. It's certainly important to us to be able to help you organize your photos as easily as possible, so it's very possible we'd work on this one day. In the near future, though, we're working on some other things.

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  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyRegistered Users Posts: 2,777 Major grins

    Thanks, Aaron for the quick response, even though it was not the one I'd hoped for. :/

  • ccampbellccampbell Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 4 Big grins
    FWIW, I map the Lightroom star ratings to keywords manually. I have a Lightroom Smart Collection defined to include all photos which are four star, but which don't have the keyword 4star. I go to that collection before I sync, and add 4star as a keyword, and then at Smugmug define a Smart Gallery using the keyword 4star. I do the same for 5star. I prefer using the Smugmug Smart Gallery for any collection that might span multiple galleries (for example, 5star photos wherever they are) to avoid uploading multiple copies of the same photo.

    I realize it might be hard to get Smugmug to recognize the Lightroom ratings, but it would be nice if the sync plugin offered an automatic mapping of ratings and flags to keywords specified by the user, along the lines of what I am doing already.
  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyRegistered Users Posts: 2,777 Major grins

    @ccampbell Thanks for the suggestion. I'm aware I could do this but this is exactly what I'm hoping to avoid - me having to jump through hoops as opposed to SM filtering the existing EXIF data.

  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyRegistered Users Posts: 2,777 Major grins

    @leftquark that the Lightroom Plugin-API issue is off the table for me, I can shift my attention to another sorely-needed missing feature. What are the chances of this feature getting bumped in priority between now and say.... the day hell freezes over.... o:)

  • kusikusi CHRegistered Users Posts: 9 Big grins

    I also use keywords "star1" - "star5" to apply my ratings to photos on SM, as previously mentioned in a comment. My used photo management software is Digikam extended by the ability to automatically add the rating keyword based on the regular rating functionality offered in Digikam

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