Lightroom: Installing Niks Collection so it works

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So I have just installed the Niks collection and followed through with instructions on how to set up a preset for each application. When I go to - Photo > Edit in - I can see each of the presets that I have named but they are all greyed out. I also have GIMP in the same menu and that too is greyed out.

Then under manage plugins I have HDREfexPro2.lrplugin it is activated but then when I go to Export with Preset the HDREfex does not show up.

I have tried removing and reinstalling to no avail.

I would suspect that the preset issue and plugin issue are some how related but I can not for the life of me figure out how to resolve the problem. I am using LR 6.1.1 as a standalone (no CC)

Hope someone can point me in the right direction.


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Philippe Rouah

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My first suggestion would be to update your LR to the most recent version 6.5...
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simon lock

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Thanks for your responses.

I have the standalone version of Lightroom not the CC version - there is no interim upgrade path as best I can tell - one has to wait until Lightroom 7 is released.

I bought the standalone version because I was under the mistaken impression that one had to be tethered to the internet to use CC. As I now understand it one just has to plug in occasionally to keep the software active and in the long run using CC might work out about the same cost-wise as buying each subsequent upgrade.

But none of this explains why with the links in place all the Nik collection items are grayed out or in the case of HDREfexPro2 I get the message "Launching external application failed".

Hopefully there is an easy solution to get this all working properly.

Hope someone can walk me through a fix

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After choose a picture, in Lightroom under File-> Edit in where you can find HDR Pro2, after apply the effect which you like, the picture will be save in same folder of the original
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Does this help:

The issue is Store Presets with Catalog isn't taken into account by the installer.  I had to copy my .lrtemplate files from the User-library presets location to the Store-With-Catalog version of the location.  I didn't have to uninstall and reinstall as the support document suggests.

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Make sure the original file is online (e.g. not marked as missing or just the smart preview) as it'll need the original.
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Marieke Feenstra

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Please support my request for Adobe taking over the add-in Nik Collection