Lightroom: Language selector and Keyboard shortcuts

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I have ordered LR3 English for my Mac OSX 10.6.8 Swiss German. After installation I got a German version of LR and there is no way to change that, asside from using a third party app. In PS CS5 I do not have this problem. Could you please implement that in the next update?

What would also be very important is, that I can change the keyboard shortcuts in LR, since some of them (e.g. "zoom in") are not available on the Mac ext. Keyborad for Swiss-German.
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You can change language very easily under
Edit/Preferences/General

Bearbeiten/Voreinstellungen/Sprache

And have a search for Keyboard Tamer.
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Rik Icci

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Thank for your proposal but this could work in Windows-PC's but does not work in Mac. What you wrote does not exist in the Mac version. I also had contacted Adobe support. They told me to use an extra app to change the language, because since OSX 10.6 there is no more way to change the language in the system, as it was before.

Keyboard Tamer I have already found and tested. It works well- but I will have to purchase a key to use it. I find this should not be the case and therefore is should be included in LR, as e.g. in PSCS.
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You can change the language of your mac in Snow Leopard: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2490#l6
Lightroom will follow the change.
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Hi

Thank you. I know that trick, but I do not want to change the system language. Before doing that I would prefer to use the free apple app.
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Right click on the program.
"Show package content"
->contents
edit within the info.plist file to "de"
de
(you might change the file permissions)

there you go
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Hi didi

Thank you for your way to go. Could you explain if I have to change the sentece DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0/EN ?
As you see EN is shown, as I would like to use LR, why should I change to "de"?

Looking forward to your answer.
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Oh sorry, it should read en in your case. I forgot you wanted german-english, not the other way round.

the Part to change you will find later in the text:

string > en < /string
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Hi
thank you again. In my case, I find exactly this text as written by you: string>en</string - but as you can see in my starting text, LR3 starts in German. It seems that I have to live with that. What I found strange (or stupid) is that I had to !! choose the language, when ordering LR 3 - that makes absolutley no sense to me - but any way.
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Lightroom 4 Beta: Mac version now includes a language selection option via preferences:

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

Thank you very much - I hope that will be also the case in the final version. Do you have any informations if one could also change the keyboard shortcuts - because a lot of the standard shortcuts do not work on non US-keyoards.
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Keyboard Tamer plug-in will allow you to edit keyboard shortcuts, although I'm not 100% sure it's fully compatible with the beta yet. http://photographers-toolbox.com/prod...

Alternatively, you can also find the TranslatedStrings.txt file, open it in a text editor and edit the shortcuts manually. It would be great to have customizable keyboard shortcuts, but those are the workarounds in the meantime. If you need more info on TranslatedStrings, tell me you OS version.
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Thanks Rik, let us know how it goes with LR 4. And thanks Victoria for chimming in with additional info.
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Hi Victoria

Thank you for your comment. I use the Keyboard Tamer plug-in in LR3 and it works fine - I suppose I will have to pay again for the LR4 version.
I am on Mac OSX 10.6.8 and would be happy to know how to change manually the shortcuts with a text editor. I would be grateful if you have a step by step instruction.
Thank you in advance.
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No problem, let me copy and paste from the draft of my next book:

Some of the shortcuts don’t work with my language version or non-English keyboard—can I fix it?
If you’re using the English version of Lightroom with another language’s keyboard, some of the keyboard shortcuts might not work. You can change those shortcuts using the same TranslatedStrings.txt file that we used in the Import chapter to create custom dated folder templates.
The TranslatedStrings.txt file contains all of the translations for its language—and also includes the shortcuts. This isn’t officially supported by Adobe, but you can edit the file to reassign the shortcuts, and many users have done so without issue.
If you’re using another language, the TranslatedStrings.txt file will already be in your language’s project folder, for example ‘fr.lproj’ for French, and you’ll need to edit that file. If you’re editing an existing file, obviously back it up first! The locations of the language project files are:
Windows—C: \ Program Files \ Adobe \ Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 \ Resources \
Mac—Macintosh HD / Applications / Adobe Lightroom 4.app / Contents / Resources /
To access the Mac folder, right-click on the app and select ‘Show Package Contents.’
If you’re using the English version of Lightroom, the file and folder may not exist, but you can just create a plain text file called TranslatedStrings.txt inside a ‘en’ (Windows) or ‘en.lproj’ (Mac) folder. If you’re using another language, the file will already be in your language’s project folder, for example ‘fr.lproj’ for French, and you’ll need to edit that file. If you’re editing an existing file, obviously back it up first!
The file is long, so you’ll probably need to use your text editor’s search function to find the shortcut that you need to change. For example, to change the Decrease Rating shortcut from [ to ; you’d find the line that says “$$$/LibraryMenus/MenuShortcut/DecreaseRating=[“ and change it to “$$$/LibraryMenus/MenuShortcut/DecreaseRating=;”. It comes into effect next time you start Lightroom.
Once you’re happy with the result, don’t forget to back up your new TranslatedStrings.txt file, as it will be replaced each time you update Lightroom. If you have any problems, delete the file if you’re using the English version, or restore the backup of the other language version.
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Hi Victoria

Thank you very much for this helpful explanation. Which text editor do you would you recommend (OSX 10.6.8) for doing this task as easy as possible?
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Here's an updated version of those instructions: http://members.lightroomqueen.com/ind...

Rik, my apologies for missing your note. TextWrangler on the Mac is a great free plain text editor.