Update to Excire Search 2

General information about the installation of Excire Search 2

The installation of Excire Search 2 works as with all previous versions as well. All you have to do is run the downloaded installer and follow the individual instructions.

New customers as usual, new customers are asked after starting Lightroom Classic whether they want to enter their license key including email address or whether they want to test the version first. After that, a Lightroom catalog must first be initialized initializes .

Existing customers, those who have purchased Excire Search 2 as an upgrade and are already using a previous version of Excire Search will be prompted to enter their new license key when they start Lightroom Classic. After that, a gradual update begins, which is necessary because the structure of our Excire database has changed.

Update to Excire Search 2

The update steps in detail

  1. If a user has already transferred Excire keywords to their Lightroom catalog and thus an Excire keyword hierarchy exists in Lightroom, this must first be updated, since some keywords have been renamed and the Excire stitchworth hierarchy restructured was. Depending on the size of a Lightroom catalog and depending on the amount of keywords this can take a little time.
  2. The next step is to update an existing Excire database to the new format. The corresponding status can be tracked in the status display (top left in Lightroom Classic). Again, the larger a catalog is, the longer it takes.
  3. Finally, the Update of Excire Search database entries, so that the individual photos are gradually analyzed and new keywords are saved. If keywords have already been transferred for photos, this step is also performed automatically for the new keywords.
    This update step can be interrupted and continued at any time. The latter is done by means of the normal initialization dialog. Even after canceling this step, existing customers will always have a functional Excire database to search in. However, the new functions are only available for the photos that have already been analyzed again.


We recommend that existing customers who have a smaller Lightroom catalog (< 100,000 photos) simply select the "Create new database" option in step 3. and initialize their Lightroom catalog overnight. The step-by-step update of entries in an Excire database is mainly intended for users with very large catalogs that took several days to initialize.

Basically, when using Smart Previews, we recommend activating the "Prefer Smart Previews" option in the "Excire Search" section of the add-on module manager. Since this shortens the loading times of the photos, it also significantly shortens the initialization of all photos.

Example calculation: A Lightroom catalog with about 30,000 photos and Smart Previews, both stored on a local SSD, takes only 1 hour 10min to initialize on a 2018 MacBook Pro (2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 including Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz and 16GB RAM). A catalog with 100,000 photos would thus be initialized in about 4 hours.

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