Lightroom: Give us the option to view the Embedded JPEGs in NEF raw files

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I need to view the embedded JPEG in my Nikon NEF files. I have 80,000+ photos as NEF files, and most have been edited in Nikon's Capture NX [2] NEF RAW editor. That means the embedded JPEG shows the exact edits I made in Capture NX. When I view them in Lightroom 5.3 all that shows up is the preview version Lightroom created on it's own. If I've used Lightroom to edit the file then fine, show your preview, etc. But for NEF RAW files that were never edited in Lightroom, please give me the option to view the embedded JPEG. There is no way I'm generating a JPEG for, or re-editing 80,000+ existing photos in Lightroom.

One of the main reasons I just bought Lightroom 5.3 was as a catalog program. As I've used it it's become more apparent that with my 80,000+ existing photos, it's pretty useless because the preview image shown doesn't reflect the actual state of the image in the NEF file - which can easily be fixed by you using the embedded JPEG image. Simple things like cropping aren't shown, as well as any lighting, color, etc. effects - some are in black & white and show up as a color image. When I edit in Capture NX it updates the embedded JPEG with all the edits, so the embedded JPEG is exactly what my NEF RAW image looks like. In fact, once edited with Capture NX, the embedded JPEG becomes a full size, high quality JPEG that can be quickly extracted and used, for example by Photo Mechanic.

Again, if I've edited the NEF in Lightroom, then please use your generated preview image, etc. But for existing photos never edited in Lightroom, for God's sake let me view the embedded JPEG. You briefly use the embedded JPEG when I'm doing an import and then throw it away once you generate your own preview. So there's nothing stopping you from using the embedded JPEG, it's just a choice on your part. Give me the choice please, they're my photos, let me view them the way I want, one that perfectly reflects the state of the NEF file.
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Good idea, in the mean time, consider NxToo (plugin written by me) - it will extract jpegs from NEFs and add them to Lightroom (with correct ICC Profile and metadata assigned).

Recommended workflow:
* Stack embedded jpegs over NEFs for exporting, slideshows, viewing, ... - i.e. those are *the* edited versions of your photos until the *raws* are edited in Lightroom.
* Then if you want to redo in Lightroom, edit the raw and stack it over the jpeg (or delete the jpeg).

PS - works out OK, but if you assign metadata to top of stack it won't be assigned to underling, so unless you're more careful when assigning metadata than I know how to be, you'll need to manual sync one at a time or use a plugin like RelativeAntics (another plugin written by me) for syncing en masse.

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if Adobe implemented it is fantastics. But where is the link for this Plugin?
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Unfortunately, Rob's plugins are no longer available.

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