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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Brian D Kilpatrick

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Success with version 4.1 on my Imac.

I posted above that the fix did not work but I installed and uninstalled CS5 a second time and choose to uninstall the preferences as well. ( I am not sure what changed)

The second install and removal has worked for my computer and it now will edit properly.

The information from Paul is very essential as I don't think people quite understand the external editing system.

Other than Photoshop, the rest of the external editors are supported as Presets. You can create them and name them yourself or some of the installers from third party software will create them when the installer is run.

I just created a preset for Graphic Converter and it works. In theory you should be able to pass an image from LR4 to any external editor capable of supporting the format of the graphic you are exporting.

Of course some presets will not make sense as you can do a better job of editing in LR4.

On my Imac with 8 gb ram and Lion LR4 seems to be running a bit faster, other than the first startup. I have not restarted the computer yet.
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Allen McAvoy

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I get that Adobe may not have all hardware and all software configurations at hand, but I'm wondering why consumers who simply want to buy an Adobe product are now being treated like guinea pigs to fix a problem that should have been solved weeks ago. At this stage, I think the solution is to pick a few trusted users how use diverse hardware and software and let them go to town on testing the product and when all the bugs are worked out release it. This current approach leads to more and more people getting frustrated.
Adobe, I hope you realize how poorly you've handled this whole thing. I'm going to wait, the downloading, installing, uninstalling, downloading, installing, uninstalling process leaves me feeling like I'm stuck on a roller coaster.
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We're following along. What Paul and others note about how the "Edit in" menu works is true; that context (right-click) menu is built from the presets you set up in the Preferences dialog. For those of you who have had options seem to disappear from that list, do you recall ever setting them from the preferences dialog in the first place, or did they automatically show up when you installed the other software (i.e. Nik plugins)?
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JullieM

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@Julie Kmoch

Please advise whether we are supposed to uninstall the CS5 trial before using the 4.1 RC? If we don't, how do we know if a subsequent fix is actually a result of the 4.1 RC and not just a continuation of the band-aid fix of the CS5 trial install?
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Fabrizio Giuffrida

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I am not an Adobe developer Jullie, but yes, I think you have to uninstall CS5, and Elements if you use it, in order to see if the RC works for you, just as I have to remove the JustMe06 registry patch.
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Hi Fabrizio. Thanks for the input. I did receive a reply on Twitter from Jeff Tranberry saying he'd recommend uninstalling the CS5 trial. I guess I'll have to uninstall the CS6 beta as well. I won't bother uninstalling my several versions of Photoshop Elements first because they did nothing to solve the initial Edit In problem anyway.
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Greetings,

Unofficial Registry patch removal (for windows Vista/Win7 32 and 64 bit users)

With the official patch looking like it is comming out soon, those who have tried the unofficial registry patch can safely remove it to make know whether or not the official patch works for them.

There are a few ways to remove it but here is what I feel is the safest and most fail proof way.

1) Open Notepad
2) Copy and past everything between the ******'s (not including the *****'s) into Notepad
*****************************************************
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\Photoshop.exe]

****************************************************

3) Now go File--> Save As
4) In "File Type" Select "All Files"
5) Name it "RemovePhotoshop.reg" and save it to the desktop or another place where you can remember where it is.
6) Close notepad and double-click the file you just made
7) When it both asks if you trust the source (you made it) and after when it says it will "add" the information to the registry click "yes" (it will actualy remove the key not add it).

Reinstalling the Unofficial Patch - if needed (for windows Vista/Win7 32 and 64 bit users)

If the Official Patch does not work for you (remember it is still in RC stage - just a bit above Beta) the unofficial patch can be put in place again by the following instructions (almost the same as above)

1) Open Notepad
2) Copy and past everything between the ******'s (not including the *****'s) into Notepad
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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\Photoshop.exe]

"Path"="C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop CS5\\"

@="C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop CS5\\Photoshop.exe"

****************************************************

3) Now go File--> Save As
4) In "File Type" Select "All Files"
5) Name it "LightroomPhotoshopPatch.reg" and save it to the desktop or another place where you can remember where it is.
6) Close notepad and double-click the file you just made
7) When it both asks if you trust the source (you made it) and after when it says it will "add" the information to the registry click "yes"

Hope the official works well for all and hope this was helpful

PS I just noticed the message "due to volume only the last 15 responses are displayed." As this may be needed for refrence by some having this issue and trying the RC, is there some way to keep it from dissappearing? - Thanks
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Julie

In the past the NIK presets were set automatically when the Nik programs were installed. They set up automatically on LR4 Beta when I first installed it. This is the first time I have set them up manually.
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I still can not edit in Photoshop Elements and my trial for PS 5.6 is expired and already removed. What am I doing wrong? Do I need Camera Raw 6.7? I am on an Imac. This is so frustrating and I am new to a mac and these Adobe programs. I am very frustrated now.......Please Adobe just give me LR 3 please! I have spent alot of money for a program not to work for me.
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I am trying to use PhotoElements to edit in LR 4.1.......I think in the middle of trying all the flipping fixes, it has through off all of my settings. Can someone please help me? I have a new Mac and I just purchased LR4 and Photoshop Elements Premeire 10 just 2 weeks ago. I do not have another LR version to fall back on. Is there an order that I am suppose to install them? Can someon from ADOBE help me or give me LR3 or just plain refund my money? I am very aggrevated at this point. I should have just stuck with Aperture.
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Try this when setting up your Edit In preset: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

Select the Editor application and not the Photoshop Elements alias.
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@ Julie Kmoch

Unlike Ian Marks, plugins never showed automatically in LR on my Windows 7 64-bit machine. Both in LR 3 and in LR 4 (I did not try the beta) I had to set up the options in the Edit menu manually, and I assume this is the normal behaviour; this makes sense as it is the same procedure I followed when I used software other than LR: if you want to use an external editor, you have to configure the option in the menu. I use all Nik plugins and Nikon Capture NX2. I don't know how it works on Mac, maybe it is different.

@ everybody

We all hate this situation, but I am certain developers hate it too. It should not have happened but it did, now let's try to cooperate and solve the situation all together. Those who are computer savvy or who simply have some time to spend on trying the release candidate can give their contribution. I cannot do it right now, as I have to finish some editing work before, but in the weekend I will install the RC and post here my comments.
All the others, please be patient, complaining only brings us nowhere. It is important to read carefully previous messages here: I see people asking questions that have been answered over and over, and then feeling frustrated by what they see as lack of answers. In a forum you cannot expect to receive personal answers all the time, it does not work as a personal mail; don't get stuck just on this page, read the previous ones and you may find the answers you need.
And, no, I am not an Adobe employee. :-)

Peace
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Fabrizio Giuffrida

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EDIT - Seems I talked too quickly, it seems there is no way of reading older posts as "Due to volume, only the 15 most recent replies are being displayed ". :-(
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@Fabrizio: Some of us are professional photographers and this issue is causing us grief in terms of time and money. Telling us to go easy on Adobe is not helping.
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Probably learning from this is not to switch too fast if you a running well with the current version; But I understand that if business fails this makes no fun at all;
cheers
/K
I am since LR2 on the train, started with Nik Plugins at LR3 and now run into that dilemma too;
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I must agree with Dave.
I spent 10 years in software development before becoming a full time professional photographer. I would have lost my job over something like this.
Adobe dropped the ball on this one big time. The fact remains that Adobe made no attempt to let the people that purchased this product that there were problems.
Initial "fixes" where awkward and time consuming.
Lost time is lost revenue. Mess withe peoples income and they have every right to get upset.
All we got was an oops - sorry. Then use this beta until we get it right.
Not a good way to conduct business.
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@John Zawacki: I, too, came from 10 years in software development before turning to photography and I would have lost my job if I stuffed up like Adobe just has. I think it's fine that software companies respond to users' requests for improvements - what worries me is the trend I see of software companies using end users to do their testing for free. It's sort of like "the software is proprietary but the testing is open source".

In another problem/thread on this site ("Lightroom: LR 4 user interface, and Develop slider response very sluggish"), the official response from Adobe was this: "Please install and give it a try. If these performance problems persist, post back and let us know." I'm gobsmacked!! That's a good indication that Adobe has problems attracting and retaining good software testers. I know that software testing is incredibly boring work but I'm sure there are plenty of unemployed people out there that would jump at the chance to give it a go.
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Is anyone experiencing a slow down of your computer since installing LR4? Both LR3 and LR 4 seem really sluggish.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Do you have 4.0 or 4.1 rc from labs.adobe.com installed?
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Since I started this thread, I thought I'd complete the circle with my successful experience installing the 4.1 RC.

I am a Mac OS 10.7.3 user who found it necessary to install the CS5 trial in order to make LR4's 'Edit In' work properly. Before installing the RC, I uninstalled the CS5 trial and its preferences. The original LR4 install was overwritten by the install of the RC and 'Edit In' now operates as expected. I did not have to set up any of the external editors (Photoshop Elements, Nik, Topaz, etc....) again - the RC found them, presumably from the preferences I'd previously set in LR4.

Thank you to the Lightroom team for fixing this.
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james thomson

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The release canditae fixed the problem on my windows 7 x 64 system.
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Peter Corradetti

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The RC for LR 4 works. All Edit in - apps work. Nik, Topaz, onOne. I am running WIndows 7 64 bit, Intel i7 CPU and 12 Gigs of ram. The RC runs fast with no problems so far. I do not have Photoshop installed, just Lightroom 4 RC.

Lets hope they come out with the final fixed version soon.
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I should have made it clear - I installed and run Adobe Lighroom 4.1 RC
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Julie Kmoch, Sr. Development Manager

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Thanks to those of you who have confirmed the fix worked. I'm going to contact a few of you individually to see if I can better understand why you might still be having trouble.
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Dave Williamson

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You mean you're still not certain whether it's fixed or not?
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Julie Kmoch, Sr. Development Manager

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We definitely fixed the bug that we saw and are very puzzled by the comments of people who say it's not working for them. I want to get to the bottom of that.
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See my post below - Ted Jez
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Hi Julie,

I suggest that Adobe makes some documentation about the issue of the "Edit In". If you look in the "Lightroom Help" (F1) and search for "Edit In" you don't get a clear help-page.

People are constantly asking if they need to uninstall or install things. A clear sign of lack of information.

The 4.1.beta release came without information about what changed in this release (and how to use it).
I never have seen something like this.
I admit I'm a new client of Adobe. I'm used to Linux openness and documentation in releases, bugs, versions.

To address the plug-ins manually is at this moment something that doesn't work very intuitive.
Document it. (Try the rename function, tsss).
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Antti Barck

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Thank you for the 4.1RC. It fixed the "Edit In" problem in my Macbook Air. =)
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Martin Damboldt

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The LR 4.1RC fixes all my external editor issues!
Additional the performance issues I had are all gone!

Everything is running fine now on my iMac.

Thanks for the fixes!!!!
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The LR 4.1RC fixes all my external editor issues!
Everything is running fine now on my MacMini.
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Mr Ted J Jez

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I have the Lightroom trial - I downloaded Lightroom 4.1 to see if the "edit in" was corrected. Worked for the NIK filters but I could not "edit in" CS4.

I had previously downloaded CS5trial to try and fix the problem and I thought that might be a problem so I uninstalled the CS5 trial. Rebooted the computer - still cannot edit in CS4.

Running windows 7 - 64bit

Anyone else having a problem with "edit in" to CS4??
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Mr. Ted, can you give us some more detail? Does Photoshop CS4 not show up in your "Edit in" list, not launch at all, or not launch with the correct image?
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Thank you for your quick response.

I finally uninstalled CS4 and tried to reinstall (from original disk) - kept saying I had errors - I closed the Virus program - after 3rd try installed with one error. I think it was "common color" or something like that.

I have not spent a lot of time on the program yet but:

Now "edit in" works for CS4 and my NIK programs from Lightroom 4.1.

I feel confident enough now to complete the purchase of Lightroom 4 and even if there are other problems I am confident that Adobe will fix them.
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I am also trying to use PhotoElements 10 to edit in LR 4.1and its still not working on my MacBook. Opens a new version of Elements each time I try with no picture file. Bitterly disappointed and frustrated with Adobe. Thinking of asking for my money back (software not fit for purpose) and moving to Apple Aperture.
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Hi Nigel, can you tell me how you have your Edit In preset set up? Did you select the Photoshop Elements alias or the Photoshop Elements Editor application?

See below for more info:

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

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Hi Jeffrey, thanks - have re-associated with the application rather than the alias and its working :) Nigel
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Official Response
Note: If you're setting Photoshop Elements up as an External Editor, make sure you choose the "Photoshop Elements Editor" not the alias for Photoshop Elements (which launches the welcome screen):

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LR4.1 RC solved the edit problem on my Windows 7 SP1 64-bit machine. All plugins are working great now. Before installing I had canceled the registry entry suggested by JustMe06, and I don't have Photoshop nor Elements, so I am certain the solution comes from LR4.1. Good job!
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Just as a sidenote regarding Nick Plug-Ins being installed automatically as External Editor Presets:

IIRC, the Nick installer puts External Editor Presets into the default LR presets folder. If you have "Store Presets with Catalog" checked, you won't be able to see the Nick software as external editors without setting up your own presets.

Beat
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As of RC 4.1 last night I cannot edit in an external editor. It launches Photoshop, but nothing opens up. This is only with my 5D3 raw files. Other files are loading up just fine. (Windows7, 64-bit)
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Beat Gossweiler

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Do you have ACR 6.7RC installed? If not, you'd have to render using LR, as ACR 6.6 does not support the 5DMkIII.

Beat
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AHHHH good point! HAH... I'll go grab that. No I hadn't installed it. I thought it was different.