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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Peter Windeck

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Add one more: Mac OS X 10.6.8; LR 4 and no external editor with Nik-Software. Installation of PSE 10-trial brings no solution!

Make your job adobe!!!
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Jean-Bruno CLEDAT

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Same issue as the entire community... a big frustration to discover that the official release of LR4 does not launch external editors (Nik..) after several weeks of beta testing....
A very short term fix is mandatory !
Thanks
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Bill Green

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Ditto
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Ann Courtney

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And another disappointed Mac user - I'm going back to LR3 until I hear that there is a proper fix.
I don't expect to have to buy yet another piece of Software or crib a "fix" from a member of the public - no disrespect meant to those who have worked hard to find their own fix but I don't have that skill.
These are 2 big Companies involved, who take a lot of money from us - get your acts together please!
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Timo Kirschberger

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Same issue here. Nothing works – PS Elements, NIK products, Snapseed, zilch.
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Michael Greenley

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Can someone running Mac who has installed the CS5 trial and got it to work please post a screen shot of their user/library/preferences folder, com.adobe section, contents...maybe there is a "com.adobe.**something**.plist" file being added that is making it work.
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Installing the CS5 trial version worked for me. (Prior to installing LR4, I had PSE10 installed. Uninstalling and reinstalling it did not correct the problem with LR4 so I resorted to the CS5 trial install). Here is my prefs list as it relates to Adobe (in 2 parts):

[url=https://skitch.com/juliem2011/8jb9g/p...]

[url=https://skitch.com/juliem2011/8jb9c/p...]
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JullieM

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Sorry, I thought those URLs would generate thumbnails but I guess not. You'll have to click through, I'm afraid, but they will be nice and legible.
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karls-mac-pro:Preferences Karl$ ls -lt *adobe*plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 56936 11 Mär 21:35 com.adobe.Lightroom4.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 152 9 Mär 11:12 com.adobe.Photoshop.plist
-rw-r--r-- 1 Karl staff 235 9 Mär 11:10 com.adobe.CSXSPreferences.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 512 9 Mär 11:09 com.adobe.mediabrowser.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 57 9 Mär 11:03 com.adobe.CSXS.2.5.plist
-rw-r--r-- 1 Karl staff 334 9 Mär 11:01 com.adobe.crashreporter.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 157 7 Mär 07:39 com.adobe.downloadassistant.AdobeDownloadAssistant.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 118 6 Mär 19:35 com.adobe.Lightroom4.LSSharedFileList.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 49929 6 Mär 19:31 com.adobe.Lightroom3.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 30193 17 Jul 2011 com.adobe.Reader.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 124 14 Jul 2011 com.adobe.ARM.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 118 14 Jun 2010 com.adobe.Lightroom3.LSSharedFileList.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 36865 9 Jun 2010 com.adobe.Lightroom2.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 29737 26 Mai 2010 com.adobe.Lightroom3Beta.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 31401 8 Nov 2009 com.adobe.Reader_x86_9.0.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl wheel 118 7 Nov 2009 com.adobe.Lightroom3Beta.LSSharedFileList.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl wheel 118 15 Sep 2009 com.adobe.Lightroom2.LSSharedFileList.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 514 12 Jul 2009 com.adobe.air.ApplicationInstaller.plist
-rw------- 1 Karl staff 126 1 Jul 2009 com.adobe.acrobat.90.sh.plist
karls-mac-pro:Preferences Karl$
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Thanks JullieM & Karl...doesn't look like there is anything extra...bummer. Thanks for the quick response though. It's much appreciated
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Maybe it is the data in the plist itself. The KB article did not mention any other check Lr does so I have kind of run out of ideas to try and fool it. Unless it looks for the physical installed files

The last one I can think of (if someone has the time lol) is to:
1) install Trial CS5 copy the plist file and move it in a safe directory somewhere. 2) Then uninstall CS5 and verify the problem retuns.
3) Then go back in and paste the saved Plist file back where it should be (without installing CS5) in the library
4) Check and see if that did the trick.

However there could be a flaw to this reasoning. Because Mac has a much more friendly Resigistry it could be that the data in the plist files themselves are changed as needed, when needed, for programs to pass information to each other. I think this is indicated in the above list where some Plist files are listed as being "rw" possibly meaning Read/Write access?

Unfortuanly if this is the case not much anyone can do except wait for adobe. Can only wait and see what next week brings, but hopefully they havent shipped the physical disks yet as it would be unfortuatly no advantage to have the flawed DVD except for the nice box and DVD holder.
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I have installed the trial version of CS5 on my MAC 10.7.3 and indeed the NIK plugins work in LR4.
Then I saved the plist file that was created to the desktop (copy) so I had an additional copy.

Then I removed the CS5 trial version throug the un-installer.
After the un-istall (with the un-installer app) the plist file was still in the library so I thought this is good.

Then I started LR4 but the plugins did not work anymore. So this means there is more required then just this plist file I guess, unless I did something wrong.

regard
Andre
PS. This is the text inside the plist file.
File is called - com.adobe.Photoshop.plist

This is the text that is inside the file
bplist00”_uiLanguageKey CS5.1_"NSDisabledCharacterPaletteMenuItem_oldPaletteFontTypeKey CS5.1Uen_GB %Jhno q
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I'm also having this issue.

LR 4 and the newest versions of the Nik Software suite. Using the "Edit in" command does nothing, Lightroom doesn't even try to launch them.

(I'm running Mac OSX Lion)
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One more to count:

Mac OSX 10.7.3, LR 4, PSE 9, Nik Silver Efex Pro, Noise Ninja
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JullieM

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Well, this bug is now tied for first place in terms of most commonly reported with 55 votes:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

A dubious honor for those of us suffering from it, to be sure. But, if you haven't already, please go to that index page and click on the star so your "vote" is counted. Maybe Adobe will take more notice of our ever-growing group if we stay on top of the list. ;-)
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Michael Watson

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Just for information : On my Windows 7 64 bit system an uninstall of Photoshop Elements 6 and re install of same fixed the problem.
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Marlene Schonbrun

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I went to the link that you provided but did not locate the "vote" you're referring to. I'd like to participate but need some advice as to where to find this. Thanks.
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Alex Zapassoff

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I am having the same problem on my IMac.... Lightroom 4 gives no response whatsoever to attempts to use Elements10 as external editor.
Since Lightroom 3 is working just fine on the same machine, the problem is obviously in Lightroom 4 ! When is Adobe going to fix this?!
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Peter Corradetti

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Lightroom 4 error in Edit in. None of my plugs in work, reports error. Also when I installed LR 4 the LR 4 Beta was deleted and uninstalled, I do not have Photoshop. I am running a Windows computer with Windows 7 64 bit OS. This problem has affected thousands of users from what I can see. When are you going to correct the bug?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
LR 4 Edit in Bug.
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My new LR 4 does not open my plug-ins. The previous version - LR 3 - still opens them. What is the problem?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
LR4 and plug-ins.
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This worked with PSE10 on my windows 7 machine. Go to regedit, then to
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\

(add) PhotoshopElementsEditor.exe

(Default) C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 10\PhotoshopElementsEditor.exe

(Path) C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 10

Good Luck!
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Thanks JustMe06.
The registry patch worked for me on Win7.
I can now access my Topaz Labs Plugins and PaintShop Pro.

Wonder how long it will take Adobe to issue a fix, now that the cause has been identified.
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I can confirm on OSX Lion that installing Photoshop CS 5 does allow Lightroom to use "Edit in" apps again. So that's a valid (but not great) work around until they get this fixed.
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That's correct, having a copy of Photoshop CS5 installed (the free trial on Adobe.com will work) is a workaround - not a great one - but yes, it should work.
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I'm having the same problem with inability to edit with Silver efex pro 2.0 after installing LR4. It did work previously with LR4 beta on my Windows 7 64bit computer. Tried uninstalling and re-installing both programs to no avail.
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Nope wont work. Code modules obviously changed from Lr4 Beta and Lr4 and one module appears to contain an error. (mistakes do happen on occasion)

Fortunatly on windows machines like yours it is not too bad. For the present time you need to do one of the following 3 things:

1 - Wait for Adobe official patch
or
2 - Download and install CS5 trial or elements trial
or
3 - Use the notepad registry patch mentioned above
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I think we now have enough evidence that this is a bug ;)

The joys of being an early adopter I guess.

Sad that there is no official response nor fix from Adobe.
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I suppose I had a premonition when I decided to keep LR3 installed after I downloaded the "improved?" LR4 version.
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I'm on MAC with Lion and have the same problem not being able to edit in Elements 10 from Lightroom 4. Not an option to revert to the beta version as I loose my catalogue information. Hope Adobe get this major bug fixed quickly.
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Gary Norris

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Waiting for bug fix before I upgrade.
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Smart move judging from this thread. I can be added to the growing list of Mac users unable to edit using any plug-ins. They're aren't in my menu and I don't get any error messages. Nothing happens at all.
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Downloading either Photoshop Elements 10 or Photoshop CS5,,,full or trial versions finally got the LR4 External Edit function working for me. I'm running Windows 7. Hope this helps
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I have installed the trial version of CS5 on my MAC 10.7.3 and indeed the NIK plugins work in LR4.
Then I saved the plist file that was created to the desktop (copy) so I had an additional copy.

Then I removed the CS5 trial version throug the un-installer.
After the un-istall (with the un-installer app) the plist file was still in the library so I thought this is good.

Then I started LR4 but the plugins did not work anymore. So this means there is more required then just this plist file I guess, unless I did something wrong.

It means that the patch on a MAC does not work.

regard
Andre
PS. This is the text inside the plist file.
File is called - com.adobe.Photoshop.plist

This is the text that is inside the file:

bplist00”_uiLanguageKey CS5.1_"NSDisabledCharacterPaletteMenuItem_oldPaletteFontTypeKey CS5.1Uen_GB %Jhnoq
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Lightroom 4 ist als Testversion installiert. Wenn ich versuche aus Lightroom 4 einen der Nik Filter oder Photoshop elements 9 zu öffnen, bekomme ich folgende Fehlermeldung:
Unexpected error performing command:bad argumet # 1 to 'lower'(string expected.got.nil).
In Lightroom 3 funktioniert alles reibungslos. Als Betriebssystem ist Windows vista installiert.
Liegt es an der Testversion oder ist das ein anderer Fehler?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom 4: External editors not working.
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Hallo Silvia, handelt es sich bei der Testversion um die Lightroom 4 Beta? Die Problem mit den externen Plugins ist erst mit der Vollversion von Lightroom 4 ein Issue geworden.
Kann das leider nicht nachvollziehen da bei mir alles auf dem Mac läuft

cheers
/Karl
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Hallo Karl,
Es handelt sich nicht um die Beta Version, sondern um die Vollversion mit Testzeitraum. Habe auch schon probiert einen Nik Filter zu deinstallieren und neu zu installieren, hat aber leider auch nicht funktioniert.

Gruß und danke für die Nachfrage.
Silvia
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Spinthma

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Unter Windows hast Du die chance die registry zu patchen;
sie hier : http://forums.adobe.com/message/42579...

nach HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE suchen,
ich hoffe Du kommst damit klar ...
cheers
/Karl
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Das Problem ist mit der neuen Version von LR4. Meine plug-ins funktionierten Problemlos mit LR3 und LR4 Beta. Ich hoffe dass Adobe so schnell wie moeglich das Problem beseitigt.