Lightroom: Plugin Exchange Browser

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I'd like to see Lightroom handle plugins more fluidly.

There are just too many users who are very reluctant to use them, or just won't, and yet for some types of functionality Adobe (and users) actually depends on them (e.g. export plugins to photo services).

One idea that might help:
- A linkage to Adobe exchange. After installing Lightroom, user has option to browse approved plugins and after the user approves selections, they are automatically downloaded and installed - ready to go.

There are some improvements in the SDK itself that would also help, but what I'm talking about now is essentially an improvement in the Lightroom Plugin Management - maybe add a button for plugin-manager to the preferences, which takes you to that improved plugin manager which now includes the approved plugin exchange browser...

This feature could also be used for presets - not just plugins.
Ditto for lens profiles, and DNG profiles - but now I'm getting off topic.

PS - auto-updating would be a nice complement...
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The smart-phone app stores shows the advantages to users of integrated browse and install of apps. I think one-click download, install, and upgrade would really benefit users.
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It would help if Adobe explained what an "approved plugin" is.

Also, the # of downloads on the exchange website would appear to be less than accurate since the files (if I am not mistaken) can be hosted on the developer's site.
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I believe that the number of downloads shown in the Exchange is simply the number of times users have clicked the download link on the Exchange. As you've observed, many developers host their own downloads.
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My guess: Its purposefully vague - avoiding lawsuits in case user has troubles. Download count is definitely not accurate...
PS - My plugins all come in source code format - so you can see exactly what's in them if you want.
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Yes, I was suggesting that the craven among, who believe there is some strength in numbers, might see that a plugin has been downloaded only 5 times and decide to pass it up where in truth it might have been downloaded countless times. Conversely, pressing the download link on Exchange doesn't event mean that it's been downloaded. Maybe the broader point is that data should mean something, and the number of downloads doesn't seem to mean much, so my suggestion would be either to make it mean something or to remove it.
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No argument here.
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Just saw your prior comment; after all this time, I think I owe you to try a plugin. Let me know if you end up doing anything with the other program I mentioned.
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I think you owe it to *yourself* to see if some of them may help fill some gaps.

I use many of them regularly, but I suppose none of them are absolutely necessary, yet many are quite useful...

(I thought you were going to switch to Nx2 or C1? ;-}
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Not before trying a plugin!
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Adobe has done a fair amount of work so 3rd parties can create plugins, and many 3rd parties have done a fair amount of work creating plugins. If you don't consider them as an option, you are not getting out of Lightroom all it can offer... - enjoy! -R.

PS - Beware: although sometimes they are just as good or better than a native solution would be, other times they are not a very satisfying substitute.