Prior to exporting to a Dropbox share, you must first login to Dropbox. Authentication is managed via the native Dropbox iOS app. Please install the Dropbox app if you haven’t already done so. An Internet connection and Dropbox account are required to configure the Export to Dropbox service in Photosmith.
Once you have authenticated with Dropbox, you will have the following options in the Export to Dropbox sidebar configuration drawer:
Destination: The folder to which you want to export your photo(s) and/or sidecar XMP metadata file. You may either type a folder name in the text box, which will be created if it doesn't exist, or tap the circle to the right of the text box to browse through your existing Dropbox folders.
Export Photo: Check this box to export the photo(s) to Dropbox. Photosmith can resize the photo depending on your needs.
Create XMP Sidecar: An XMP sidecar file is a small text file containing metadata specific to each photo you’re exporting. This can be useful if you don’t need to transfer the photo, but only the metadata associated. Please see the workflows section for more information about specific workflows in which this is a very useful feature.
Tap the Send Photos button to begin the export to Dropbox process. Export to Dropbox will continue to run in the background, and you may continue to use Photosmith while the export is in progress.
If XMP sidecar files already exist in a specific Dropbox folder, they will be overwritten — this helps ensure the most recent metadata is always exported.
Note: Pick and Reject flag information cannot be stored in XMP sidecar files - this is discussed in more detail in Section 3.2.4.
Using XMP Sidecar files with Lightroom
XMP sidecar files created by third-party programs like Photosmith can be read by Lightroom, but there exist a few caveats:
- The camera raw file and XMP sidecar must have the same filenames (with different extensions). For example: IMG_1234.cr2 and IMG_1234.xmp
- Lightroom will only associate XMP sidecar files with camera raw files; JPG files will not work. This is a known limitation with Lightroom.
- You must manually and explicitly tell Lightroom to “read” the metadata contained in the XMP sidecar file, once the XMP files have been placed in the same directory as the camera raw photos. To do so, in Lightroom, select Metadata from the menu bar, then select “Read Metadata from File”
Remember: Lightroom will not associate XMP sidecar metadata files with any other photo file format than camera raw. XMP sidecars exported for JPG and TIFF files will be ignored by Lightroom.