This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: View the Embedded jpg saved in Nikon Raw's files 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.