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Excire Search 2 + Excire Foto - power duo for Lightroom users

Excire Foto + Excire Search 2

The Lightroom-Plugin Excire Search 2 brings Excire Excire's AI technology to Adobe Lightroom Classic Nevertheless, many Lightroom users like to use the standalone Excire Fotoimage management software Excire Foto. Learn about the advantages of using Excire Search 2 in combination with Excire Foto in this blog post.

Why Excire Search 2 + Excire Foto?

What are the advantages of using the Lightroom plugin Excire Search 2 AND the image management software Excire Foto 2022? Both Excire programs work with artificial Intelligence to automatically analyze and tag images. Also, AI-based search features such as keyword search, similar photo search, face search and people search are available in both Excire Foto and Excire Search 2.

With Excire Foto, however, you scroll through large image datasets without loading delays to quickly review and select your images. In no time, you rate and mark the photos you want to keep or delete.

With the help of AI functions, you select the images to be processed in Lightroom or sort out portrait photos with closed eyes, bad photos and duplicates.

KI gestützte Stichwortsuche mit Excire Foto

Excire Foto's user interface is intuitive and comfortable, making image selection and search fun and fast.

Use Excire Foto to select the best photos from a shoot and import only those into Lightroom. This way, you don't unnecessarily bloat the Lightroom catalog and ensure better performance. In Lightroom, you can also automatically analyze and tag your photos with Excire Search 2 and use AI-powered image search.

Note: Excire Foto and Excire Search 2 are independent programs, each using their own databases. Photos must be imported or added in both programs

For example, if photos were selected in Excire Foto and are to be edited in Lightroom, they must be exported and imported in Lightroom. The same applies the other way around. Automatic analysis and tagging are also done separately in each program.

However, metadata such as ratings, tags, and keywords can be exchanged between Excire Foto and Excire Search 2/Lightroom.

Excire Foto as image management for the "best-of" archive

Excire Foto als Bildverwaltung für das Best-of Fotoarchiv

Another approach is to select and tag your images in Lightroom using Excire Search 2 and then use Excire Foto as image manager for your processed images.

To do this, let Excire Search 2 automatically tag the photos in Lightroom, and here you use the Excire AI search functions as well as Lightroom's rating functions to create selections and collections of the photos that you then finalize in Lightroom.

You export these best and edited photos and add them to Excire Foto. In this way, you build a powerful image database of your best images in Excire Foto, in which you have quick access to the desired photos at any time via the AI search functions.

Tip: If you create a separate export folder for your edited images, you can easily add new images to Excire Foto using the "Synchronize folder" option.

Useful extensions for Excire Foto

Erweiterung Excire Analytics

Another benefit of using Excire Foto its extensibility. Currently, there is the extension Excire Analyticswhich provides revealing insights into your photographic work as it evaluates your photo archive and visualizes the results in meaningful graphics.

With Excire Analytics you can gain valuable insights into your photographic work and learn where Optimierungsmöglichkeiten there is a need for optimization. More extensions are planned for the future.

Learn more about Excire Analytics here.

With the combination of Excire Search 2 and Excire Foto 2022 Adobe Lightroom users can use the full power of both programs and manage large amounts of images easily and quickly.

The Bundle Excire Search 2 + Excire Foto 2022 is available here.

Excire Search 2024 - Trial

Language & version

Supported languages
German, English, French, Italian and Spanish
Current version

4.0.0

Minimum system requirements

Processor
Multicore processor with 64-bit and AVX support Older AMD processors like AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T and AMD Phenom(tm) II X (also known as AMD Athlon II X4 640) are not supported. Intel Core 2 Duo processors are not supported.
Operating system
macOS 10.14 (or newer) or Windows 10 (64-bit) or Windows 11 (64bit)
Memory
8GB RAM. However, for large catalogs (> 100,000 photos) we recommend 16GB or more
Hard disk
375 MB of free hard disk space for the base installation and additional memory for image signatures. For example, an Adobe Lightroom catalog of 100,000 images requires about another 800 MB of additional memory.

Excire Search 2024

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 2024 version with integrated duplicate finder!

Language & version

Supported languages
German, English, French, Italian and Spanish
Current version

4.0.0

Minimum system requirements

Processor
Multicore processor with 64-bit and AVX support Older AMD processors like AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T and AMD Phenom(tm) II X (also known as AMD Athlon II X4 640) are not supported. Intel Core 2 Duo processors are not supported.
Operating system
macOS 10.14 (or newer) or Windows 10 (64-bit) or Windows 11 (64bit)
Lightroom (Classic)
Version 6 (or newer)
Memory
8GB RAM. However, for large catalogs (> 100,000 photos) we recommend 16GB or more
Hard disk
375 MB of free hard disk space for the base installation and additional memory for image signatures. For example, an Adobe Lightroom catalog of 100,000 images requires about another 800 MB of additional memory.

Excire Search 2022 - Trial

Language & version

Supported languages
German, English, French, Italian and Spanish
Current version
3.1.1

Minimum system requirements

Processor
Multicore processor with 64-bit and AVX support Older AMD processors like AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T and AMD Phenom(tm) II X (also known as AMD Athlon II X4 640) are not supported. Intel Core 2 Duo processors are not supported.
Operating system
macOS 10.14 (or newer) or Windows 10 (64-bit) or Windows 11 (64bit)
Memory
8GB RAM. However, for large catalogs (> 100,000 photos) we recommend 16GB or more
Hard disk
375 MB of free hard disk space for the base installation and additional memory for image signatures. For example, an Adobe Lightroom catalog of 100,000 images requires about another 800 MB of additional memory.

Excire Foto 2024 - Trial

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.

Language & version

Supported languages
German & English
Current version

3.1.1

Minimum system requirements

Processor
Multi-core processor with 64-bit and AVX support Older AMD Prozessoren like AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T und AMD Phenom(tm) II X (also known as AMD Athlon II X4 640) are not supported. Intel Core 2 Duo processors are not supported.
Operating system
macOS 10.14 (or newer) or Windows 10 (64-bit) or Windows 11 (64bit)
Memory
Min. 8GB RAM. However, 16GB or more are recommended
Hard disk
The Excire Foto databases will take up approx. 250MB for 100,000 photos, and the previews approx. 25GB if highest-quality previews are generated for each photo.

Excire Search 2022

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!

Language & version

Supported languages
German, English, French, Italian and Spanish
Current version
3.1.1

Minimum system requirements

Processor
Multicore processor with 64-bit and AVX support Older AMD processors like AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T and AMD Phenom(tm) II X (also known as AMD Athlon II X4 640) are not supported. Intel Core 2 Duo processors are not supported.
Operating system
macOS 10.14 (or newer) or Windows 10 (64-bit) or Windows 11 (64bit)
Lightroom (Classic)
Version 6 (or newer)
Memory
8GB RAM. However, for large catalogs (> 100,000 photos) we recommend 16GB or more
Hard disk
375 MB of free hard disk space for the base installation and additional memory for image signatures. For example, an Adobe Lightroom catalog of 100,000 images requires about another 800 MB of additional memory.

Excire Foto 2024

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:

  • X-prompt AI for powerful free-text image search
  • X-tetics AI for instant evaluation of photos
  • GPS-based search and editable GPS coordinates
  • Intuitive slideshow maker for professional photo displays
  • New status labels for folders and collections
  • Improved AI-search performance thanks to revamped AI models

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Language & version

Supported languages
German & English
Current version

3.1.1

Minimum system requirements

Processor
Multi-core processor with 64-bit and AVX support Older AMD Prozessoren like AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T und AMD Phenom(tm) II X (also known as AMD Athlon II X4 640) are not supported. Intel Core 2 Duo processors are not supported.
Operating system
macOS 10.14 (or newer) or Windows 10 (64-bit) or Windows 11 (64bit)
Memory
Min. 8GB RAM. However, 16GB or more are recommended
Hard disk
The Excire Foto databases will take up approx. 250MB for 100,000 photos, and the previews approx. 25GB if highest-quality previews are generated for each photo.

Excire Foto 2022

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:

  • Duplicate finder with numerous setting options
  • Support of PSD files
  • match accuracy for similarity searches is now adjustable
  • the maximum number of search results has been increased to 50,000
  • Support of Windows network paths


We recommend Windows users to install the Microsoft Raw image extension: Download

Language & version

Supported languages
German & English
Current version

2.2.4

Minimum system requirements

Processor
Multi-core processor with 64-bit and AVX support Older AMD Prozessoren like AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T und AMD Phenom(tm) II X (also known as AMD Athlon II X4 640) are not supported. Intel Core 2 Duo processors are not supported.
Operating system
macOS 10.14 (or newer) or Windows 10 (64-bit) or Windows 11 (64bit)
Memory
Min. 8GB RAM. However, 16GB or more are recommended
Hard disk
The Excire Foto databases will take up approx. 250MB for 100,000 photos, and the previews approx. 25GB if highest-quality previews are generated for each photo.