Metadata Panel Data Entry Efficiency
One of the things that has always bugged me about Bridge is the way the metadata entry is engineered. Even in Bridge CS3, if you select an image, make the Description field active, and enter new text, you have to press Enter to commit, select the next image, and then re-target the Description field all over again to enter more text for the next image.
Here’s how to work more efficiently. In Figure 2 is a library grid view of images taken at a model casting. I tend to shoot these castings with the camera tethered to the computer and update the Title field with each model’s name and model agency as I go along. In Figure 2, the Title field is currently active, and I’ve entered the model’s details. Instead of hitting Enter to commit this data entry, however, I can use the Command key (Mac) or Ctrl key (PC) plus the right-arrow or left-arrow key to progress to the next or previous image, respectively. This step commits the text entry and progresses to the next photo. It also keeps the metadata field active so that I can carry on typing information for the next photo.
Figure 2 If you use the Command key (Mac) or Ctrl key (PC) plus the right-arrow or left-arrow key to navigate between photos, highlighted fields in the Metadata panel will remain targeted and you’re ready to edit the same metadata field for the next photo.
It’s said that Lightroom 1.1 now makes the metadata entry more efficient and offers an easier way to update the metadata. But I believe that this "new" behavior has been there all along in version 1.0 anyway. Or maybe it’s now more stable than it was before? Whatever the case, I missed this feature the first time around!