Controlled Vocabulary

The Controlled Vocabulary Keyword Catalog

for Adobe Lightroom 1.1+ (including ver. 2.x, 3.x 4.x 5.x 6.x & CC)

The Controlled Vocabulary Keyword Catalog or CVKC, can be imported into version 1.1 or later (in other words, the format has not changed over version 2, 3, 4, 5 etc. ) of Adobe Lightroom (Lightroom must be purchased separately) using a Text file formatted specifically for the Lightroom image database and saved with a unicode encoding. When installed, the the Keyword Tags panel will look like the image shown below.

Note, the text file format for keyword import/export is unchanged from LR 1.1x for all subsequent versions, so the CVKC will work just fine with version up to and including version 4.

The full version 3.x of the CVKC contains approximately 11,000 terms organized in a hierarchical structure. For detailed information on how to install the CVKC see the Lightroom support page. The CVKC-FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page covers other specific questions.

Following a suggestion from Eric Scouten's "Organize your Keywords with Category Headers" blog post, you can also download a special version of the CV Keyword Catalog, where all the terms have been moved to one sublevel below their normal position. To request a sample of the CVKC, which contains a portion of two of the more than 20 top level hierarchies available in the full version, simply send email using the address on the Contact page and indicate you'd like the Lightroom CVKC sample.

A few of the more than 30 top level hierarchies can be seen in this screen capture.

Information on how to download your copy of the CVKC will be sent to the email address you have provided, within 24 hours or less after payment is received*. Included in that message will be a URL, along with a username and password. Please store this information in a way that you can find later as you will need it to retrieve updates.


Subscription: You can concentrate on your keywording instead of creating and maintaining a keyword catalog with this"subscription"** to the Controlled Vocabulary Keyword Catalog. You will receive periodic update notifications and be granted password protected access to the download location. All updates to the CVKC contain a file with changes noted from the previous version, in case you wish to integrate the update with your personal copy of your keyword vocabulary list within Adobe Lightroom.


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