Lightroom external editor of metadata?

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There are two things I often want to do in Lightroom, that I can't figure out how to do:

1) Open a raw file or dng in Photoshop's Camera Raw editor

2) Open a raw or dng file in a metadata editor (like PhotoLinker)

Is there something I am missing? The options for "External editor" are as psd or tiff, and I want to edit the file. The only way I have found to do this is to go to the original in the Finder, and then open it from there. Am I missing something?


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Alan, I'm interested - what is it specifically in the camera raw dialog that you're missing in Lightroom?

Either way, try John Beardsworth's Open Directly plug-in
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Hi Victoria

Well, I am still unfamiliar with LR's user interface, so that is prob. the major problem.

I don't really like the user interface of either that much. When I start on a photo, usually I want to set the color and the white and dark points before I do anything else. I find that much easier than screwing around with exposure, brightness, contrast and black point. So my major points are:

a) I wish I could easily set the color as a percentage between the camera's detected white point and daylight (which means approximately moving between "local white" and "film white"). It would be so nice to have a slider in this axis. Neither does this for me.

b) I wish I could easily set the black and white points with the response curve without having to search for it, and allowing it to keep its "S" shape. What I end up doing is setting the response curve to linear, sliding the black and white points, and then putting a little curve back in. I can barely read the histogram in Lightroom, and find it easy to read in Camera Raw Editor.

c) I find that when I apply graduated filters, I can't find them again in LR, and while I do also lose them in Camera Raw, it happens less often. Both could use a way to see all the graduated filters, and know whether there are any by just looking at the image.

d) Camera Raw allows editing the metadata of various file types that LR does not (but I'm not using that yet).

Keep up the good work. And thanks for the tip.