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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Ivan Sinigaglia

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Now everything is working fine - Nik and CS5.1 (Win7) - after applying this adobe correction: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/401/kb401629...
Thanks a lot.
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james thomson

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That's really disappointing. The same bug in Lightroom 3 and they didn't make sure it wasn't present in Lightroom 4.
Even worse they know how to fix it, but haven't yet released a patch.
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Aaron Hockley

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I'm seeing this problem not only with Nik software, but also with Athentech's Perfectly Clear plugin.
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AiDon

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Yes I also installed LR4 and my NIK filters in a clean install on my backup laptop which is a Win 64 Dual Core machine with 500gb hard drive and none of the filters worked from LR4 until I installed (not started) a copy of PSE 10.

With any external editor including NoiseNinja, Fusion Express from Topaz.

Definately a bug ...
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John Marrocco

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Adobe's correction is useless to those of us who don't use photoshop................
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Deborah Scally

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Adobe says they should have the prob fixed in a couple of weeks. The CS5 can be downloaded and installed as a trial for 30 days. You don't have to use the program at all, just install it. That is what I did.
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JullieM

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Tom Hogarty (LR Product Manager) made the following post yesterday with an update of sorts on the status of this problem (and others):

http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjourn...
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Do you 1) Have a Mac and 2) Use Photoshop Elements through LR4. My question is now that you've installed the trial version of CS5, and you say you don't have to use it, what did you gain by doing this?
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JullieM

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Marlene, I can't really answer about the technical details that make this work. But, I and many others can attest that it does work. Something in the install of CS5 sets up LR4 so that the Edit In function can work properly. Yes, I am using a Mac (OS 10.7.3).
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Thomas Jackson

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Unfortunately, the "Hot Issues" blog JulieM points do doesn't suggest Adobe is rushing to fix this. Compare the first issue--"Point Tone Curve Migration"--which is listed as a "high severity bug." As for "'Edit In' Workflow for External Editors/Plug Ins," it is a "bug" whose solution "will be included in our next update." If I'm reading this right, this is a pretty disappointing level of concern at Adobe.
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Philippe Fierens

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indeed this is very bad news and disappointing ;(
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Stefan Georgiev

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agree...
we should have our money back.
but that's adobe.....
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JullieM

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@Thomas Jackson

Yes, exactly. :-(
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david broderick

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I also have this problem on OSX Lion.

I am unable to load any Topaz plugins via Topaz Fusion Express 2, although they still work fine on Lightroom 3.

I bought Lightroom 4 on release day and I would appreciate an urgent fix!!
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Dave Williamson

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Also adding my voice to the list. I have all the external editing functionality I need in CS4 so I hope Adobe doesn't force users like me to upgrade to CS5, 5.5 or 6.
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Richard Blake

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Adobe's response is so far very disappointing and inaccurate. Uhhh, hello? Elements is a 3rd party application? My guess is a 3rd party would have fixed this problem by now even if fewer customers were affected. Guess what Adobe, I am not going to buy CS5 just to have a workaround to this problem. I'll go back to LR3 and talk smack about you at every opportunity.
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Also adding my voice to the list. Nik Software here.
It's a pure shame that Adobe isn't able to fix that problem sooner.
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Spinthma

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Fixing the issue starts a larger worklow in their development envrionment, a new branch of code, discussion what to put in and what not, Develompent, and then testing and testing;

I am also eager to get the fix, but this needs time till a release can be delivered to the public;

cheers
/Karl
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I can't really agree with you. In Beta it worked fine.
As fast as they broke it for the released version, so fast they should be able to fix it.
Looks like they didn't even test the released version.
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Spinthma

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It's not a question if they are able to ...
I think are additional errors in that release as adobe announced;
so they will fix and test not only for this issue ...

But this is clear - the quality checking process in this release was the weakest of the dev-chain ; And I wish that Nik would plan something like LR which would give Adobe enough pressure in such situatltions.

In fact I love LR; a very very good piece of software but I would also be more delighted to see a solid solution for the customers sake - SOOOOON
cheers

Carl r.
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Installed LR 4 today tried to edit picture in portrait professional. Received following message. "Unexpected error performing command: bad argument #1 to lower( string expected, got nil.

Any solutions?

Dewayne
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Hallo zusammen,

habe das Upgrade von LR3 auf LR4 durchgeführt, seitdem funktionieren die NIK Software PlugIns nicht mehr. Auch nach Installation der neuesten NIK Updates, die in der Installations Routine (LR 4) zwar erkannt haben, liesen sich die PlugIns nach wie vor nicht öffnen.

Darauf hin habe ich sämtliche NIK PluIns von meinem Rechner mit sämtlichen Einstellungen deinstalliert und im Anschluss erneut installiert. Auch diese Vorgehensweise brachte keinen Erfolg.

Als letzte Möglichkeit deinstallierte und installierte LR 4 erneut. OHNE ERFOLG!

Kann mir jemand einen Ratschlag geben? Was mache ich falsch!

Langsam bekomme ich das Gefühl, dass Adobe Ihre LR4 Version zwar von Beta auf final gesetzt hat, die Version aber immer noch sehr fehlerbehaftet ist zumal ich gestern sämtliche -in LR4- PreSets nicht mehr abspeichern konnte.

LR4 hat mir bereits 9 Stunden Zeit und Nerven geraubt :-(
Gestern 4 Stunden für nichts
Heute 5 Stunden für nichts

Als Fotograf habe ich eigentlich besseres zu tun.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
NIK Plugins funktionieren nicht unter Lightroom 4.
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@Rene

Keine Sorge, nichts falsch gemacht, aber wohl doch Zeit nutzlos verschwendet, denn es ist ein Bug.
Ich nehme an, du bist (wie ich) Mac-User, denn die Windows-Leute bekommen eine Fehlermeldung.
Einziger Workaround (für manche): Testversion von CS5 installieren.
Ich habe zum Glück noch LR3 zum editieren in Silver Efex...
Ist schon ein Knaller, was sich Adobe da erlaubt...
Habe beschlossen, statt meinen Mac mit nutzlosen Programmen voll zu pflastern, auf den Bugfix zu warten (spart Zeit und Neven).

Cheerio, Claus

P.S. Sorry folks for posting in German, but I had to illuminate my fellow-countryman about what goes on.
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Rene Conzen

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Hallo Claus,

danke für die schnelle Antwort. Dann werde ich mich wohl noch ein wenig gedulden müssen, bis sich Adobe bewegt.

LG

René
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Aber Leute warum so enttaeuscht? Es war doch nur $79 fuer LR4 update.
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Philippe Fierens

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same issues here, edit in *nik software program from LR4 doesn't work at all even with latest niksoftware update.

adobe please fix this asap.
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jpschultis

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You advertise compatiblity with Nik Software, yet many Nik plug-ins do not work with Lightroom 4. You say it is their problem not yours. Fine, so stop advertising compatibility because they can't fix it. False and unethical claims about Lightroom. Long-time customer no longer trusts Adobe, I will be warning a large group of on-line contacts and move to APPLE!

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
False Claims about Lightroom Compatibility with Nik Software.
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Hank Bernstein

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I installed LR4 on my Mac, 10.7.3 and now none of my Nik Software works when going to the "edit in" function. Adobe, I do not want Photoshop CS5 and therefore, installing it as a work around is not reasonable or fair. Please fix the problem or do the right thing and return customers upgrade purchase price.
I also find that LR4 is sluggish compared to my LR3 (which stills functions well with my third party software).
This product was not ready for public release based on all the negative information currently on these forums.
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Bug: German Version "Bearbeiten mit" (editing with) > Photoshop Elements Editor 9 nothing happens...

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Editing with>Photoshop Elements 9 Editor will not work.
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Interesting the state of this issue is still 'acknowledged' but 'in progress'?
So nothing has been done to solve the issue yet??
cheers

/Karl R.
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JullieM

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I am also anxiously awaiting this to move to "in progress". ;-)
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Pour changer , un message en français...
Windows 7 64 bits , CS5 et Nick Softawre , tout fonctionne parfaitement avec LR4 pour moi.
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Paul

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"We are testing a solution for this problem and it will be included in our next update."

When will that be? Can you tell us anything about that Adobe?
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We are going to escalate a release candidate of 4.1 to make a build available with this fix as soon as possible. My goal is to make this happen within the next two weeks, but there are a couple of other issues we want to take care of at the same time, and we need to make sure they are sufficiently tested before we post the build.

My apologies that this slipped through.
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Hey we know how to fix this now, but you can't have the fix because there are other problems that we haven't solved yet. What's wrong with this picture?
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Dave Williamson

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It's a bit driving your new car home and you notice that it's only got three wheels. When you take it back to the car yard, they fit a bicycle wheel and tell you to bring it back in two week's time because the factory's run out of cup holders.
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Julie, I clearly understand that it's Adobe's decision, but I think that it would be better to release something like 4.0.1 as it was done for 3.4 when bugs were found and fixed in 3.4.1.
Because otherwise Lightroom and CameraRaw versions will be out of sync again...
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Since some of us were forced to do the rather long and voluminous download of CS5 just to straighten the kink that Lightroom 4 has put into our lives, I believe the correct thing (besides making the fix to Lr4 available ASAP) would be for Adobe to allow us to keep CS5 as compensation.

I don't know about others, but in my case this has taken quite a few hours out of my life!
I rather think that my time is as valuable as Adobe time!
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I agree.
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Julie Kmoch, Sr. Development Manager

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As others have noted, a possible workaround to use until then is to install the trial version of Photoshop CS5 from http://www.adobe.com/downloads/. I realize this is a bit heavy but if you need a faster solution this might be an option for you.
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Julie, is there a similar work-around for PSE 10? I know you all are working very hard to resolve these issues. :)
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Same workaround works for elements.
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Pamela Schafer

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Oh, Jeffrey! Thank you for such a quick response! I have been in the position of your team and I appreciate all the efforts you are making :)
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I'm confused. How is downloading Photoshop CS5 a work-around for getting to PSE 10 from LR4?