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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Andre Ferrer

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Is there a proven fix for Snow Leopard users? Between this and the glacial performance of the Develop module on my iMac, I'm seriously contemplating moving back to LR3 for good.
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Marlene Schonbrun

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I notice Andre that you too have Snow Leopard, and assume you're still having the same problem of not being able to access the Edit in function. Although photography is more my hobby, I have lost patience with Adobe in not having a fix for this yet. I have added many new pictures to LR4 and would hate to have to go back to LR3 after all this.
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Marlene Schonbrun

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One more point. Have you tried the 4.1 solution yet?
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Andre Ferrer

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I haven't. I don't know if it's an "official" release (yet) as Help/Check For Updates in the LR GUI tells me the software is up-to-date.

As you indicated before, going back to LR3 would be rather difficult, especially in the backwards metadata sync. I'm hoping Adobe gets their act together a little bit and 4.1 not only fixes the external editing error but no longer breaks the Flickr publishing subroutine as some have indicated.
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Marlene Schonbrun

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This is for you Jeffrey Tranberry of Adobe....I don't understand why there is a Solved check mark next to my name when nothing has been solved yet. I'm still looking for a solution.
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Just to chime in, on my iMac (running Lion) I installed LR 4.0 first, and then PS Elements 10 several weeks later. In LR 4.0, I selected Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor.app as the external editor. In LR, choosing "Edit in..." does nothing. It doesn't start PSE, it doesn't yield an error message, it just does nothing. Hopefully LR 4.1 will take care of the problem if enough people complain.
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Allen McAvoy

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Adobe, I trust that you will get this fixed soon. But I also believe that you can't treat your customers like you have been by not communicating regularly with them.

So, here is a modest suggestion, I think Adobe should consider rebating back to those individuals who bought Lightroom 4 from the date of initial release (early March, wow, early March) to the date the fixed version is released (I'm guessing May at this point). The rebate could be the amount one who have paid for the the upgrade instead of the full program (i.e. for those customers that paid $149 give them a cash back, a credit back, or a credit to be used at Adobe in the amount of $70. This will match the upgrade price of $79. In case of those individuals who purchased the upgrade and not the full program give the same percentage discount so they get a cash back, a credit back, or a credit to be used at Adobe in the amount of $37).

This is a first step. I'm sure others have other ideas. I like your products wish is why I know you know that you will do the right thing for your customers. We don't like to complain! We just want what we purchased to work at you intended it. Thanks for listening Adobe.
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couldn't agree more...
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Marlene Schonbrun

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I just called Adobe to ask about the fix for the Edit in function to operate and learned that their engineers are working hard on the beta version of CS6, so that's where their attention is going. No surprises here since that's much more of an expensive product, which will bring them greater profits. The person I spoke with said there might be a fix by the middle of May. That would mean a wait of 2 months to use a function that is a necessity in my work flow.
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Ann Courtney

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4.1 seems to have fixed most things apart from the dreadful sluggishness. Perhaps the next update will help us with this issue?
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Marlene Schonbrun

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Do you have a PC or Mac, and if a Mac, which operating system do you use.
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james T Ormiston

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When are we going to see 4.1 out for general release? For goodness sake Adobe, when are you going to communicate with us and let us know what is happening, please....
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One other issue I've recently encountered in LR4 is that I can no longer update any collection after it is published to it's respective external sharing set (Flickr, Facebook, etc.). If I add new photos to a collection and try to re-post I get an error "Cannot update collection." I can add and post new collections but cannot update after publishing.
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Sill having issues:

1. When selecting to edit in a an external editor (for me CS5 ), it takes several minutes to open the file. It almost appears as if CS5 is hung but if you wait it eventually opens it up. This only happened the first time. Subsequent file open much faster.

If you close LR and restart it. The delay happens again on the first time editing a file.

2. Also some tone adjustments made in LR are not showing up in CS5.
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@ John Zawacki: I'm having the same issue, except that the file never opens in CS5...
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Scruffyme

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Here's another weird one - have been in the US with my laptop (WIN 7 X64 etc etc) and got my Nik editors to work as expected without setting up presets. Got back to Sydney and upgraded my Asus Tower to LR4 and could only get (wait for this) Silverefex Pro to launch as an editor. This same scenario also occurred on my husband's iMac - which has OSX 10.7.3 plus all recent OSX updates. Neither of us can get the other elements of the Nik Complete Collection Ultimate to work as external editors....I then tried RC1 for WIN and still no improvement. Both machines meet all the hardware and software requirements for Lightroom and CS. My WIN machine has CS4 and PS CS6 Public beta on it.
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After upgrading to LR4 from LR3, I cannot access PE9, nor my NIK programs. They all worked fine in LR3. Any thoughts?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Can't access 3rd party software after upgrade.
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David McDermott

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Adobe gave me LR 4.1, and it solved the problem
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james ormiston

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Why is this still showing as resolved when it plainly isn't resolved?
Would Adobe please at least give us some idea when we can expect 4.1 to come out and fix all the problems and get us all out of this horrible situation. I can't use my Nik silver Efecs etc as it doesn't work with LR4 and I do not want to introduce other problems by using 4.1RC.
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John Zawacki

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Going on a month since we have heard anything from Adobe.

Was hoping to upgrade from PS CS5 to PS CS6.
But after this experience.
No way am I going Adobe any more money on a new product.
Bought LR4 and it was like throwing money away.
Who knows what will be hiding in any new release.
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Rikk Flohr, Champion

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Download RC2 here: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/li...
Information here: http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjourn...

Users who were having this issue report it is fixed.

You may choose to wait for the final release or use this release candidate (which could end up being the final release).
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John Zawacki

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Release candidate was released a month ago. Downloaded immediately and I still have issues.
Takes 5 minutes ( yes - I timed it) to open Photoshop (CS5) the first time after opening LR4.1. Over all performance is very sluggish.
Tone adjustments do not show up in Photoshop.

Not reliable enough for production work.
3.6 had none of these problems.
Been posting for a month now.
So what did I pay for? A beta version?
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Dave Williamson

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I have to agree with John. The time taken to process jobs has effectively doubled for me. I haven't upgraded to 4.1 RC 1 or 2 because I'm waiting for everyone else to act as guinea pigs for Adobe and there's no end in sight. I'm willing to bet we get to RC 10 and people will still be finding problems. I've really been struggling with LR4 and, although I think PV2012 is a step in the right direction, there are far too many bugs and I've just (right now) decided to go back to 3.6, to stop further emails (I've had 495 from this forum since this problem began) and to reclaim lost time (I'm now often up editing until 2am). If anyone feels generous, please let me know when Adobe get a workable version.

Farewell, and thanks for all the fish!
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Dave Williamson

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OK, one final thing...I can't believe how many sycophantic Adobe fanboys there are trawling these forums. I've used LR since version 1.0 and it's been absolutely brilliant...until now. I give credit where credit is due and I've sent Adobe plenty of business in the form of recommendations to fellow photographers that have translated into sales. For goodness sake, this time Adobe has stuffed up big time - I wish people would stop evangelizing and apologizing on behalf of them for a bad product, a poor response to client complaints and atrocious PR.

There, I've got that off my chest.
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Rikk Flohr, Champion

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@Dave Williamson, In answer to your query: You are asked and you accept. What the criteria is for potential Champs is, I do not know. If I am guessing on this, I would say someone who has demonstrated knowledge in the product, a willingness to help others and fairly frequent participation-but that is only guess.
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"Release candidate was released a month ago."

No, Release Candidate 2 was released this week.
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Scruffyme

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Hi, I have loaded RC2, after uninstalling RC 1 to make sure of no-cross contamination. First the good news. Photomatix is back and my onone stuff is back. BUT I still have to go back in and set up presets for all of the Nik software. Machine is a WIN7, X64 which has CS 4.4 and also CS PS 6 Public beta loaded. Any thoughts on why this might still be happening?
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Have you tried reinstalling your Nik software to make sure the presets from them are installed correctly?
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Scruffyme

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Hey thanks for that forgot - one minor thing people may/will also need to do is to delete their lightroom preferences as the Nik presets that I set up in RC 2 wouldn't delete. Not a major drama but people need to watch this - I also ran registry clean after uninstalling the Nik software before reinstalling. So make a note of important prefs that are useful but not related to Nik stuff before going down this route...Now to look at the mac machine in my household.
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I agree with you. There is no excuse for Adobe. As long as people jump on bandwagons with all hype and no substance Adobe will continue to ignore it's customers. It's about time customers wake up and stop supporting crappy products and uncaring companies.
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Marlene Schonbrun

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I so agree.
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I'm also still having a problem editing in PSE10 through LR4. I can get other external editing products to work. I'm going to try reinstalling it to see if that makes a difference. By the way, what is RC?
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Lee Jay

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RC is "Release Candidate". They've released two of them now through the Adobe Labs.
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Emily Schiller

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I'm on two of these strings. How did you find out there was a RC 2?
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John Zawacki

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After installing RC2
Still have a 5 minute delay when I select edit with CS5.1 the first time after starting LR4.1. Subsequent edits work just fine. It's just the first time you select edit with.
If i exit LR and restart it I have to wait a another 5 minutes when I select edit with..

Also, I do not get the what to edit screen when I do an edit with on new files. It just opens up CS5.1
If I edit then save as and then edit again I get the what to edit screen. \

I do now see the LR tonal adjustment when I edit is CS5.1
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I've been following this thread for a while now. I have also had some problems with editing in applications like Nik Sivler Effex Pro. My problem had to do with memory. I was working on an old machine with only 2GB of RAM and no video card. Changing the bit depth of my screen helped some, but everything was still very slow. I recently bought a new machine with lots of RAM and a video card. Now everything seems to work well. I'm not suggesting this as a solution for everyone, but some of you may want to check the Task Manager to see how much of your memory is available for the application.
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John Zawacki

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Running with 8 GB and still have significant performance issues compared to LR3
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Stephen Chapman

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I still cannot activate External Editor PSE10 from LR4. Using OS 10.7.3. Reluctant to try RC2 which seems, from the threads, to have other problems. It seems strange to me that Adobe can release 2 updated programmes designed to work together which don't. This problem is labelled 'solved' but it isn't. Some seemed to have solved it by downloading a trial version of CS6! How weird is that.
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I agree, Stephen, that it's most irritating that Adobe says the problem is solved, when it isn't for everybody. I didn't download the trial version of CS5 or CS6, but did download LR4.1 and that solved the problem of now being able to Edit in Elements9 and Nik Software. However, I discovered that I can't e mail an image from LR4, as one is supposed to be able to do. I haven't had the chance to call Adobe to ask about this and no one on the forum has yet to respond to my query about it.
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I agree too. From LR4 I can open Elements 9 but no photo appears. I was doing fine with LR3 and now everything is amiss.
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Linnea Hansen

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I've searched various discussions, forums, etc. and tried ways to solve the problem

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PSE won't open to "edit in" from LR4 using latest Mac osx.
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Stephen Chapman

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LR4.1, as kindly suggested by Marlene, worked for me. Thank you too, Linnea, for your input - Steve Chapman
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In Lightroom 4.0 cercando di eseguire il comando MODIFICA IN (PSE 10.0) compare il seguente messaggio
UNEXPECTED ERROR PERFORMING COMMAND: BAD ARGUMENT #1 TO "LOWER" (STRING EXPECTED, GOT NIL). nella versione 3.6 funziona perfettamente

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BAD COMMAND.