After downloading the Excire Search plug-in by using the download link included in the confirmation E-Mail, you need to first install Excire Search. As macOS user you first unzip the downloaded ZIP file and mount the corresponding disk image (DMG file).
Then you only need to start the installation program, which will guide you through the installation process. Windows users only need to start the downloaded EXE file and follow the instructions provided by the installer.
Before you can use Excire Search you need to initialize the photos in your Lightroom catalog. Therefore please start the corresponding user dialog box by using the menu entry „Initialize Photos“ under (Library→Plug-in Extras→Excire Search) or the shortcuts ⌥⌘N (macOS) and Ctrl+Alt+N (Windows)In the dialog box you can specify if you want to initialize the photos of your whole Lightroom catalog or only the photos in your current filmstrip. Furthermore, you may specify whether the whole CPU power should be used for initialization. Disabling this option will make is easier to use the computer for other tasks during initialization.
Since the first initialization of a complete lightroom catalog may take some time, we recommend to run the initialization over night or in smaller batches. Note that the initialization of 10000 photos will take about one hour on a state-of-the-art computer. Initialization can be interrupted and continued at any time. Novel photos imported to your lightroom catalog must be initialized by starting the above initialization process.
In the Excire Search section of the Lightroom Plug-in Manager a user can specify several parameters that affect the initialization process:
1. Fast Initialization if this option is enabled, all photo edits made in Lightroom will be ignored for the sake of faster initialization. Moderate edits should not cause any problems. Note, however, that strong crops and color edits may change the dominant color and the image content: Excire has been taught that skies are blue and if you make them green, it may fail to recognize a landscape.
2. Prefer Smart Previews in initialization: During initialization smart previews will be preferred if you set this option. This can be useful if you have generated smart previews that are stored on your local SSD and if the access of your original photos is slower.
3. For stacks, only initialize the top photo: This option should be enabled if you are a timelapse photographer and need to handle photo stacks, which consists of many very similar images. Then only the top photo of a stack will be initialized.
Furthermore, a user can set the keyword language, and if necessary, restore the keyboard shortcuts (macOS only).
Note for existing Excire Foto customers: Excire Foto users have to keep in mind for testing that the previous Excire database will be modified when the program is started for the first time. Thus a switch back to older versions is not possible without a backup. We therefore recommend creating a backup before using Excire Foto 2024. How to do this is described here.
Excire Search is the perfect solution for all Adobe Lightroom Classic users. The smart Lightroom plugin analyzes and tags photos automatically and extends Lightroom with powerful AI search functions. With just a few clicks, Excire Search finds exactly the photos you are looking for. This makes image management fun again and hours of image searching a thing of the past.
Available for Windows and macOS and now brand new in the 2022 version with integrated duplicate finder!
Excire’s flagship program boasts dazzling new features and enhanced AI technology. All-new tools offer AI-powered free-text search, GPS-search, and intelligent aesthetics assessment of individual photos. Additionally, AI upgrades ensure better results in facial recognition, similarity search, and automatic keywording.
Excire Foto 2024 retains all core features from Excire Foto 2022, and the Excire Analytics extension is now fully integrated into the new program.
Highlights of the 2024 version include:
Excire Foto 2022 is a powerful and innovative software designed for easy photo management and quick content-based browsing. Numerous smart features help you get organized and find the photos you are looking for.
These are the highlights of the new 2022 version:
We recommend Windows users to install the Microsoft Raw image extension: Download