Lightroom: Edit In External Editor does not work/function

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I can not send images from LR4 to any external editor via Photo>Edit In. My system is Mac OS 10.7.3. Using the Edit In command fails to open the external editor and no error message results. This occurs whether the images have the 2012 Process Version applied or not. My external editors are primarily PSE10 and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0. This is an important part of my workflow.

I have reinstalled PSE10 and updated to the newest version of Silver Efex Pro.
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JullieM

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I thought I would mention that this issue (or at least very closely related) is being reported by many users in the Adobe Forum, here:

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/971432...

I failed to mention earlier is that this issue did not exist with the LR4 Beta - I was able to send to a variety of external editors from there. I also trashed the LR preferences and tried running on a clean user account, both to no avail.
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Well, I may be talking to myself here but here is another (probably more related) thread at the Adobe forum where users are talking about this issue:

http://forums.adobe.com/message/42516...
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Andre Hilkens

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NIK plugins are not working anymore. LR4 with MAC 10.7.3 and complete collection of NIK.

It was still OK in the BETA version but the final release does not work. The plugin's still show up in " edit photo in xxxx" but nothing happens.

I tried to re-install the plugin but during installation it only sees the LR3 program but not LR4.

Only the export to HDR plugin works

I use the complete collection of the NIK plugin. Bought 3 months ago.
I use MAC 10.7.3

hope this can be fixed soon

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: NIK plugins are not working in Lightroom 4.
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Deborah Scally

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I have experienced the exact same thing--which is, somewhat of a relief, at least. Glad Adobe is fixing, soon!
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Edit in PSCS5 causes this error message:

Unexpected error performing command: bad argument #1 to 'lower' (string expected, got nil)

And searching through various threads and forums the best I can find is this thread (which is closed for comment) http://forums.adobe.com/message/42492... but reinstalling PS doesn't seem like a reasonable solution for a bug in LR4.
Any fixes coming?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: LR4 Edit in error "bad argument #1 to 'lower' (string expected, got nil)".
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Doug Woods

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Lightroom 4 does not support the latest NIK plugins that worked on the LR4 beta. When Can I expect a fix for this ridiculous problem? I have cancelled my order for LR4 since it is UNUSABLE in its current state.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Up-to-date NIK plugins not supported in LR4.
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Andre Hilkens

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What I do not understand is that it works in the Beta version. When i re-install the beta version all works fine.

Something went wrong on the way when preparing the final LR4 version I guess.

For sure the NIK plugins are supported in LR4. This is because NIK almost instantly updated their pug ins.

You can see this when installing an older version of a NIK plugin. in that case it will only see the LR3 version in the install window. After installing the latest plugin of NIK it sees LR3 + LR4 in the install window.

I also ordered the LR4 software. And indeed if they do not fix it then it is useless and I will return the box and ask for refund.

For sure it will not get that far. (I hope)

I'm running LR4 on a MAC pro with Lion 10.7.3

regards
andre
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi guys,

The team is investigating this issue to provide some guidance soon. Thanks for your patience and reporting this issue.
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chris.white3

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Any chance of an update as to when a fix will be available?
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Deb Howard

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I was on the phone today with tech support for 45 minutes trying to figure out the exact same problem with my elements 10. They said they have passed the information on to the engineers, gave me a case #, and said to keep checking it for information. Hope it happens quickly.
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Spinthma

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any updates??
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Michael Robert

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iIt's been sixteen days - is there a fix?
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MICHAEL KIRWAN

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Jeffrey, it's now March 26th, you have had my money and using it since the product was available. Given this issue and others I have had to revert back to LR3.6. I cannot use the product - so cannot use a product I have paid for. The public Beta was better than the released product.

The silence from Adobe is deafening so can our Chief Advocate tell us what is going on....

The workarounds - bad, can you imagine your IT department telling you you need to patch your registry - your CIO would be toast - yet this what you expect of paying customers.
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Mark Davidson

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A variant to this problem for me is that I can "edit in" PSCS5 as before but the file opens without any LR corrections applied. IOW just as it was imported.

My workaround is to export the files I wish to edit and then re-import them into LR.

Mac 10.6.8
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Ivan Sinigaglia

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For me too. Nothing working in Edit in (PS CS5, Nik, etc.). Version in Portuguese (editar em)
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David Cross

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I have this problem myself. Am anxiously awaiting the fix. How long will it take?

Mac 10.7.3
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Peter Broadbent

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I cannot use any external editor in lightroom 4, I receive an error dialog with the following message:

Unexpected error performing command:
bad argument #1to 'lower' (string expected, got nil)

This worked fine in LR 3, since the upgrade to 4 I have started receiving this error message

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Cannot use any external editor with Lightroom 4.
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Spinthma

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Waiting for the fix, no response from adobe??
cheers
my Observations I have made are these ...

There seems to be a missing component or even probably a 32bit compiled version for the 64 bit editions or some error in that component in the external plugin area of final LR4;
which can be healed with installing CS5 or PSE

/K
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Peter Broadbent

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I'd be happy if the bug fix was to give all LR users a free copy of CS5 :D
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Spinthma

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Would be great! best Idea and probalby would heal all the pain we all have due to inoperable LR;
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Karl
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Albert Leithold

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I have a slight variation to this problem as well. My challenge is no Nik Plug-ins are available from Edit-in within LR4.

Running MAC OSX 10.7.3 and 64-bit kernel. Installed LR4. Have downloaded recent versions of Nik Plug-in's that support LR4. Some (not all), like Color Efex Pro see PS5 and LR4 during install, but the LR4 Edit-in menu never shows the plug-in. When I go to uninstall the Nik plug-ins, again, all appear available to PS5, and only some of the uninstallers see LR4 as if they are installed. LR4 is unusable with all plug-ins for me.
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Additionally, I am running CS5 Extended concurrently with LR4 and still have the problem. I also have onOne Photoframe Pro 4.6 and it IS accessible via the plug-in manager from both CS5 and LR4. The problem for me is isolated to those products that should be accessible via Edit-in.
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I have a MAC - Snow Leopard, CS5, LR 4 - New NIK plug ins, - NiK plug ins are working perfect. But I can't take a DNG file With LR updates directly to CS5 -
These are brand new photos i just shot past weekend. I have tried to have CS5 open first. No help. So, to get the photo to CS5 with LR adjustments - i have to open them in any NIK plug in - create a .tiff file, then go to CS 5 - that's crazy. but, only way i can get the photo to CS5 - i even tried opening as a smart object no help.

Biggest problem - I have deleted photos - I mark them with an X - go to menu - Photos purge photos.. they are in my trash can
i REMOVE the related folder

next time i open LR 4

the photos are back again.. what is going on?????

and, the response time to the sliders, changing modules etc.. i have to run LR 4, with every other app down, email, safari, etc... Help.

Debi Anderson
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Peter Broadbent

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I have the OnOne plugins installed, previous to the LR4 upgrade, and they are still working for me as expected. But, these are accessible from the 'Plugin Extras' menu rather than the 'Edit in', so I presume that is still working...
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I'm having the same issue. I'm using the newest NIK Silver Effects plugin but get the following error message when I try to "Edit in": "Unexpected error performing command: bad argument #1 to 'lower' (string expected, got nil)." This is a clean installation for me on a new hard drive and I haven't installed PS yet.
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Brian Parkes

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I am also having this problem of an unavailable "edit-in" in LR4. None of my Nik plug-ins are available - nothing happens when I select this menu option. Mac 10.7.3 and SEFX 2.004, all the other plug-ins for my Nik suite are greyed out.

oh and the PSE10 work around doesn't work either.

I am annoyed with Adobe as I have been a LR user since the first Beta and this is the first glitch experienced - I feel cheated having paid for what I thought would be a brilliant improvement e.g. 2 -> 3. Grrr!
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Peter Corradetti

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If Adobe is aware of thousands of users with problems with Lightroom 4, why don't they just pull it from the download site so that others don't get frustrated with the buggy program? Adobe, be honest and admit there is a major issue with the final release of LR 4 and hold off any more downloads and purchases. By not admitting the problem and allowing buyers to purchase a defective product is not an honest thing to do.
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Same problem here. Windows 7 64-bit SP1, I have all Nik plugins but none is working, I get the same message "unexpected error performing command: bad argument #1 to 'lower' (string expected got nil)". It is not a Nik problem though, as any other external editor I had configured (Capture NX2 2.3.1 and FastStone MaxView 2.5) gives me the same error. Installing an evaluation version of PSE 10 solves the problem, all plug-ins can again be accessed through "Edit with" command, but if I uninstall PSE 10 the problem is back. Since I am told that LR 4 beta did not suffer from this problem, Adobe engineers may want to check differences between the installation procedures of LR 4 beta, LR 4 and PSE 10. Although bugs exist in any piece of software, I find shameful that such an evident bug was not found by Adobe before releasing its new major version of LR.
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Same problem. Edit in external editor does not work.

Error message: Unexpected error performing command: bad argument #1 to 'lower' (string exptecte, got nil)
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E Winn

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Same problem with PSE10
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Martin Damboldt

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After upgrade from Lightroom 3 to Lightroom 4, all of my Nik filters from the Nik Complete Edition are not working anymore. They are all still available in the menu, but when I select one of them, just nothing happens.

Btw. I'm running LR4 on MacOS Lion including latest updates and also the Nik filters are all latest patch level. According to Nik, they are compatible with LR4.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
after Update LR3 to LR4 - Nik filters are broken.
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LR4 release version does not start NIK- and Photoshop Elements Plugin for external edit.

I've upgraded with NIK to the latest versions.

Seems to be bug in LR4RC because the beta worked...

Edit: I just want to mention: I'm on a Mac w/Lion and the "edit in.." command is just doing nothing.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
LR4 bug in "edit in"....
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Add me to the growing list. Same problem.

"Unexpected error performing command:
bad argument #1to 'lower' (string expected, got nil) "

PC, Windows 7

Neither Nik or Topaz plug-ins will work. Come on Adobe. How long does it take?
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Eirik Østensjø

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Looks like I have the same problem.

Nothing happens as i choose "Edit in" to start Alien Skin Exposure 4.
No error messages.

I am using Mac OS 10.7.3