Excire Search Help

Excire Search: Pre-purchase questions about hardware, licenses, updates and supported image formats

Processor

Multi-core processor with 64-bit 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.

The Mac version is currently only available for Apple devices with Intel processor. Not compatible with devices with M1 processor.

Operating systemmacOS 10.14 (or newer) or Windows 10/11 (64-bit)
Lightroom (Classic)Version 6 (or newer)
Memory8GB RAM. However, for large catalogs (> 100,000 photos) we recommend 16GB or more
Hard disk375 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.

Note: Using this software does not require an active internet connection.

No, one license is always valid for both Windows and Mac.

On up to three computers, no matter if Windows or Mac.

Our updates contain bug fixes and minor to medium improvements of the existing functionalities (usage & algorithms). These updates are free of charge. Major changes/extensions or major revisions, so-called upgrades, will be charged. However, existing customers receive a significant discount.

There is a built-in update mechanism that automatically informs you when an update is available. Furthermore, we inform about updates on our website and in our newsletter. Therefore, we recommend subscribing to the latter.

No, our image analysis is performed exclusively locally on a customer’s computer. Neither images nor metadata are sent to a cloud or server. We take copyright and data protection very seriously and are, therefore 100% compliant with applicable regulations.

Excire Search supports all image formats that can be imported into Lightroom Classic. This includes JPG, TIFF, DNG, and various RAW formats.

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Excire Search: Questions about installation, registration and menu entries

To install, simply use the downloaded installers for the various platforms. These will guide you comfortably through the installation. After successful installation, you will find a new entry, “Excire Search” in your Lightroom add-on module manager. You can access this via the menu “File -> Add-on module manager”.

To uninstall Excire Search from your computer, proceed as follows:

Mac

Re-open the Excire Search installation disk image and double-click “Uninstall.“.
The latest installation disk image can be found here..

Windows

Open the Windows Control Panel and select“Programs”and then“Programs and Features.”Search forExcire Searchin the list of installed programs and select“Uninstall".

On macOS, the most common cause of a failed installation is that Excire Search was either manually moved after a previous installation, or Excire Search was copied from a backup program to another location.

In both cases, the subsequent update cannot be installed. The failed installation may also cause an error when subsequently launching Lightroom.

How to fix the problem is described here. .

During the installation, any location can be chosen on Windows for the installation. The default path is “C:\Program Files/Excire Search”. On Mac OSX, only the default path (“/Applications/Excire Search”) is possible. Excire Search consists of the Lightroom plugin (excire-search.lrplugin) and a background program. Both are located in the installation directory.

After installation, the program must not be moved to another location.

If the program has been moved, then a later uninstall cannot be done correctly. A later installation of a newer version after a move will result in only the Lightroom plugin being updated, but not the background program.

As a result, Excire Search no longer starts. The error message “Excire Search was not installed correctly. Please reinstall Excire Search.” Contrary to the error message, however, reinstalling does not fix the error.

Fixing the problem:

The problem can only be fixed by either moving Excire Search from its new location back to its default location or (Mac OSX only) deleting it here. This has to be done manually. Then the latest version (see announcements) can be reinstalled.

If you can’t remember where you moved Excire Search to, you can open Terminal on Mac OSX and copy the following command into it:

/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -dump | grep –only-matching “/.*/excire-search.app “

This should output the path to Excire Search. Any copies that are not in the original installation location (see above) must be deleted for the installation to work again. Alternatively, on both operating systems, you can, of course, use the file manager search (Windows Explorer / Finder).

You simply enter your license key in the “Excire Search” section in the Lightroom add-on module manager. You can access this via “File → Add-on module manager”.

To initialize your photos, go to “Libary → Add-on Module Options → “Initialize Photos…”in the menu. Please note that these entries are located under “Library” and not “File”.

In Lightroom, there are several entries called Additional Module Options. Excire Search can be found under “Library → Additional Module Options”..

Typically, Excire Search is registered as an add-on module in Lightroom during installation. In Lightroom’s Add-on Module Manager, Excire Search is in the list of add-on modules.

However, in rare cases, this fails. Also, when you update Lightroom, Excire Search may be removed from this list.

To manually add Excire Search as an add-on module in Lightroom, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Lightroom’s Add-on Module Manager(File → Add-on module manager),).
  2. Click on"add"(bottom left).
  3. Select the following folder:

Mac: „/Applications/Excire Search/excire-search.lrplugin“

Windows: „C:\Programme\Excire Search\excire-search.lrplugin“

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Excire Search: Questions about Excire databases and Lightroom Classic catalog

Our Excire Search database file is located in the same directory as the corresponding Lightroom catalog, has the same name, and ends with “Excire.excat”, e.g. a catalog “xxx .lrcat” has the Excire Search database “xxx Excire.excat”. Please note the space before the string “Excire”.

Excire Search stores the initialized photos’ data in a separate database, which is located next to the Lightroom catalog. A backup of this database is automatically performed before and during each significant initialization. The backup is also located next to the Lightroom catalog.

Excire Search stores the initialized photos’ data in a separate database, which is located next to the Lightroom catalog. A backup of this database is automatically performed before and during each significant initialization. The backup is also located next to the Lightroom catalog.

The Excire Search database and the backup both have the Lightroom catalog’s name, but also have the extensions “Excire.excat” and “Excire.excat.bak” respectively.

When performing a backup of the Lightroom catalog, it is copied to a separate backup folder. By default, this is a subfolder called “Backups”. However, the Excire Search database will not be copied. If such a backup is opened directly, Excire Search will not find its own database, as it expects the database to be next to the catalog.

In this case, Excire Search issues a corresponding message and creates a new, empty database next to the catalog backup. Therefore, we recommend copying the Excire Search database next to the Lightroom catalog backup before opening a backup directly.

Alternatively, to restore a Lightroom catalog, the backup can be copied to the catalog’s original directory, replacing the current catalog with the backed-up catalog.

Since the Excire Search database is already in that directory, it can now be used seamlessly with the restored catalog.

In rare cases, it may be necessary to reset the Excire Search database or restore from a backup.

Proceed as follows:

  1. Go to Lightroom’s Add-on Module Manager(File → Add-on module manager),and select “Excire Search.”
  2. Click on the“Reset or Restore Database…” button on the right-hand side..
  3. Select whether you want to reset the database or restore a backup (if one exists).

After resetting the Excire Search database, all photos must be reinitialized.

The Excire Search database is always located in the same folder as the Lightroom catalog. For example, if the folder with the Lightroom catalog is copied to a network drive and opened from another computer, Excire Search will also open the corresponding database.

However, using the database from multiple computers at the same time is not possible. Only using it one after the other works.

Note that storing the database, including the previews, on a network drive may impact performance.

However, one license may be used on up to three computers.

In addition to the Lightroom catalog, simply copy the Excire Search database file to the appropriate destination directory. The Excire Search database file is located in the same directory as the corresponding Lightroom catalog, has the same name, and ends with “Excire.excat”.

Searching across multiple catalogs is not possible because Lightroom strictly separates the catalogs. To search for all your photos, create a master catalog into which you import all your photos.

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Excire Search: Questions about functionality

To initialize your photos, go to Library → Add-on Module Options → “Initialize Photos…”..

The function“Reinitialize photos…”should be called whenever an image or several images have been edited significantly. Then the mathematical representations are recalculated to fit the current images. Especially if an image section or the image colors have been strongly altered.

In the case of the latter, however, you should first deactivate the“Fast initialization”option in the “Excire Search” section of the add-on module manager.

The duration of initialization depends on several factors. The number of images in the catalog, the number of processed images, the image resolution, and the storage location all affect the runtime. If necessary, the initialization can be interrupted at any time and resumed at a later time.

The “Excire Search – Initialize Photos” dialog also offers the selection option “Maximum CPU usage”. This selection is recommended if the computer is not used for other tasks besides initialization.

Furthermore, there is the by default activated function “Fast initialization” in the add-on module manager. This function has the effect that edited photos are not exported.

In addition, the runtime can be reduced by using an SSD hard disk.

An automatic initialization can be activated or deactivated in the plugin settings in the additional module manager.

Excire Search supports many image formats, including various RAW formats. However, some very new formats are not supported by Excire Search, although you can import these photos into Lightroom.

In these cases, Excire Search automatically performs an export during the initialization of these photos, creating a JPG in a temporary folder. This JPG is used for initialization and then deleted.

When searching, you have the option to disable the“Overwrite previous results”option. If this option is disabled, the search results will no longer be displayed in the “Excire Search” collection.

Instead, a new collection is created for each search. This allows you to keep the results from previous searches.

Alternatively, you can copy the photos from a results collection into a new collection to save the search results. Be sure to set the new collection’s sort order to“Custom Order”as well, so that the search results are sorted according to the search.

If Excire Search shows you an error that occurred, you can send us a bug report by clicking onin the “Log files” section..

You can also send us a bug report after an error has occurred by selecting “Excire Search” on the left side in the add-on module manager(File → Add-on module manager),scrolling down on the right side, and clicking on“Send bug report…”in thein the “Log files” section..

If you do not have access to the menu, you can find the log files under:

Mac: ~/Library/Logs/excire-search

Windows: %appdata%\Excire Search\Logs

 These are all files with the extension “.log”. Send them to support@excire.com with a brief description of the error.

On Mac OSX, the easiest way to find to the location of the log files is to select “Go to” → “Go to folder” from the Finder menu. On Windows, you can click in the address bar in Windows Explorer and type or copy the path there.

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It is a pity that we could not help you so far. You can send a request to our support team via our support email address. Please note that due to the large number of requests, it may take a little time for our team to respond to your request.

To tide you over, we would therefore like to refer you once again to our Tutorials and Trial versions point out. You can test the latter for 14 days free of charge.

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Excire Foto 2022 - Trial version

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 version 1.3 is not possible without a backup. We therefore recommend creating a backup before using Excire Foto 2022. How to do this is described in the following forum posts: LINK 1 and LINK 2

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Multiple databases
JPG, PNG & BMP
RAW formats
Load EXIF data
Load IPTC metadata
IPTC Manager & Editor
Load stars, ratings, label
Load keywords
Save metadata
Export photos
Share via Dropbox
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Find similar photos
Find by keyword
Find faces
Find people
Find similar photos with external photo
Find people with external photo
Show GPS data in Google Maps
Assign keywords
Create collections
Assign stars, flags & color labels and search for them

Languages & version​

Supported Languages German & English
Current version 2.1.1

Minimum System Requirements

CPU 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) and Windows 11 (64-bit)
Memory 8GB RAM. 16GB or more are recommended.
Storage The Excire databases use about 250 MB of disc space for 100.000 photos and additional 25GB for previews of highest quality in case that a preview is generated for each photo.

Excire Search 2022 - Trial version

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Languages

Supported Languages English & German

Minimum System Requirements

CPU 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) and Windows 11 (64-bit)
Memory 8GB RAM. 16GB or more are recommended.
Storage The Excire databases use about 250 MB of disc space for 100.000 photos and additional 25GB for previews of highest quality in case that a preview is generated for each photo.

Excire Search 2022

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Available for Windows and macOS and now brand new in the 2022 version with integrated duplicate finder!

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Languages & version​

Supported Languages German, English, French, Italian & Spanish
Current version 3.0.0

Minimum System Requirements

CPU 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) and Windows 11 (64-bit)
Lightroom (Classic) Version 6 (or newer)
Memory 8GB RAM. For huge catalogs (> 100.000 photos) we recommend 16GB or more.
Storage 375 MB available HD space for basic installation and further HD space for storage of image feature data, e.g. an Adobe Lightroom Catalogue of 100000 images requires about 800 MB of additional HD space.

Note: Using this software does not require an active internet connection.

Excire Analytics

Excire Analytics is an innovative extension for Excire Foto that provides valuable insights into your photographic work.

Use the numerous functions and settings of Excire Analytics to make better purchasing decisions for future photo equipment, learn from the evaluations and improve your photo skills.

Excire Analytics requires at least Excire Foto version 2.0 and can be activated by entering an activation code. Simply enter such a code in your Excire Foto version in the settings in the tab „Licence“. The corresponding functions will then be activated and the required components will be installed.

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Languages & version​

Supported Languages English & German
Current version 2.1.1

Minimum System Requirements

CPU 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) and Windows 11 (64-bit)
Memory 8GB RAM. 16GB or more are recommended.
Storage The Excire databases use about 250 MB of disc space for 100.000 photos and additional 25GB for previews of highest quality in case that a preview is 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 configuration options
  • support for PSD files
  • match accuracy for similarity searches is now adjustable
  • the maximum number of search results has been increased to 50.000
  • support for Windows network paths


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

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Languages & version​

Supported Languages English & German
Current version 2.1.1

Minimum System Requirements

CPU 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) and Windows 11 (64-bit)
Memory 8GB RAM. 16GB or more are recommended.
Storage The Excire databases use about 250 MB of disc space for 100.000 photos and additional 25GB for previews of highest quality in case that a preview is generated for each photo.