Lightroom: Confusing and inconsistent locations for various plugins

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Would it be possible to change the interface so all of the plugins show up in one list, instead of spread around all over the menu system? Other programs do this very neatly.
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The plug-in developer chooses which menu to put the plug-in into, depending on what it does, so it might be worth talking to the developer of any messy plug-ins and find out their logic on the placement.
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If that is factually true, then giving them that option is poor interface design. I know nobody cares anymore about Aperture, but if you take a look at the very similar function in that program, when you invoke "Edit In" from the menu, all of the various plugins from the exact same plugin manufacturers show up all in one place, even the very latest ones. I have found at least three different places that plugins show up in Lightroom, and there seems to be no real logic behind where they are.
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Which plug-ins specifically Douglas?

File menu is usually used for Export type functions.
Library menu is usually used for Metadata update functions.

External editors can go under the Edit in menu, but they're just presets, not plug-ins.
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If you'd like to check my facts, you'll find it on page 36 of the SDK documentation http://wwwimages.adobe.com/content/da...
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I do not question that somehow, developers can choose where they want their plugins to show up in the menus. So you have provided me with the "how" of plugins showing up in various different menu areas. But I question the "why". The easiest way I have of explaining my frustration with this is to provide you with screen captures. First, here is a screen capture from Aperture.


Notice that all of the installed plugins show up in one handy menu.

Next are four screen grabs from the four different areas in the menus that plugins show up in Lightroom.



I suggest that this is confusing for the user, and that it would be much nicer to have all the plugins gathered into one menu choice rather than having to hunt around through the menus for them. The user does not need to know "why" the developer chose to put them somewhere.
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I'm with you. So your issue isn't with plug-ins in general, but specifically with the multiple ways that external editors can be accessed. Metadata plug-ins wouldn't make sense to be in the Edit In menus, but I agree on the external editors.
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That is correct. I do like the way Lightroom groups plugins from one manufacturer under one heading, although in many cases, not all of the plugins from that developer show up under a particular heading. I'm just arguing for a way to access the plugins that is more user friendly than the current setup. Trying to remember which menu item that a a plugin is in wastes time and is frustrating.