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NIK plugins are not working in LR 4

Mar 6, 2012 6:24 AM

Tags: #lightroom #4 #nik #nik_plugin

I have been using the BETA version for some time and I did not see this problem until I installed the released version of LR 4

 

The problem is that I cannot edit the images using my plugis from NIK software. ( I bought the complete collection about 3 months ago)

In the Beta version it was still OK.

 

Only the export plugin works (HDR from nik)

 

Also when I try to install the plugin again it only shows that it is compatible with LR3.

I just bought LR4 (since it worked in the BETA version)

 

Hope they will fix this soon. I also sent a message to NIK software.

 

anyone else has seen this problem

 

regards

Andre

 

I use MAC OS-X 10.7.3

NIK plugins are the latest versions available.

 
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    Mar 6, 2012 7:38 AM   in reply to Andrehilkens

    Hi,

     

    Someone reported the following error message when launching Color Efex from LR 4 : "unexpected error performing command: bad argument #1 to 'lower' (string expected got nil)". Obviously a bad pointer passed to some function. Not sure whether he is using the latest vesion of Color Efex (currently checking this). No problem when running Color Efex from LR 3.6 on the same system.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 7:50 AM   in reply to Andrehilkens

    Silver Efex Pro works fine in LR4, for which I'm thankful.

     

    Win 7, 64-bit.

     

    Hal

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 9:43 AM   in reply to Andrehilkens

    I can confirm Silver Efex Pro 2 won't start here under LR4 and OS X 10.7.3

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 10:37 AM   in reply to wolfB1958

    I am experiencing the same with LR4 on OS 10.7.3.  Using the Photo>Edit In command fails to open any of my external editors (Photoshop Elements 8 & 10, Nik Silver Efex and Dfine, Pixelmator, and a few others).

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 11:53 AM   in reply to Andrehilkens

    I experience exactly the same issue - but on Win7 32 bit. Uninstaling Lightroom, NIK plugins didn't help at all.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 11:56 AM   in reply to Samoreen

    I get the same "unexpected error performing command: bad argument #1 to 'lower' (string expected got nil)" message when trying to "edit in".

    No matter if it's Nik Software plugins (the latest versions) or DXO Filmpack (the latest version).

     

    All of these plugins worked well in LR4 beta.

     

    Windows 7 64-bit.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 12:30 PM   in reply to 4Lithium
     
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    Mar 6, 2012 12:51 PM   in reply to hsbn

    updated with new plugin,

    and host application (LR4) was now detected but still

    no start of the Plugin, Mac OS X 10.7.3

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    Karl

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 12:59 PM   in reply to Tron777

    Same problem here with PC

    Windows 7  64 bit

    Same error occurs after updating with newest NIK software updates.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 1:08 PM   in reply to hsbn

    Still doesn't work with these versions.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 1:11 PM   in reply to lukaav

    What does NIK say, surely its their job.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 1:17 PM   in reply to Andrehilkens

    Probably yes, but none of my plugins work, even non-NIK, all of them worked fine in beta.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 1:23 PM   in reply to lukaav

    IF Adboe has made some changes in their Plugin-Interface for the final version - I see some responsilbity too on their side.

    what has changed in this area form LR4 Beta to LR4???

    cheers

    /

    Karl

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 1:24 PM   in reply to lukaav

    Still same problem as everyone else.  I uninstalled all of NIK software, downloaded the latest updates on all software, reinstalled..............same error. 

    I sent a request to NIK tech support via email but have not received an answer as yet.

    Will post if they respond with a solution.

    Anyone contact Adobe with reference to this?  I heard they worked with the Beta edition but I just went from LR3 to LR4.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 1:42 PM   in reply to Andrehilkens

    Just checked Topaz Fusion, doesn't work either.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 1:44 PM   in reply to Andrehilkens

    Windows 7 32-Bit

     

    Just tried both Silver Efex Pro 2 and Viveza 2, latest versions, and both worked for me.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 1:48 PM   in reply to Andrehilkens

    exactly the same behavior on my Mac Pro OS X 10.7.3

    /Karl

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 2:16 PM   in reply to Tron777

    Found this:

    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/971643?tstart=0

     

    Oh well, I will try to d/l trial of Photoshop then and see if it helps.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 2:23 PM   in reply to lukaav

    Hope there will be a slightly easier way than this. With my connection I will avoid this as long as possible.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 2:36 PM   in reply to Andrehilkens

    Same problem here. Windows 7 64-bit SP1, I have all Nik plugins but none is working, I get the same message "unexpected error performing command: bad argument #1 to 'lower' (string expected got nil)". I think it is not a Nik problem though, as any other external editor I had configured (Capture NX2 2.3.1 and FastStone MaxView 2.5) gives me the same error. More probably an Adobe problem, hope it gets solved quickly :-)

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 3:35 PM   in reply to sarki64

    Installing the trial of Photoshop CS5 indeed cured the problem for me.

     

    So it is not a problem of NIK Software (or the other developers), just the Adobe's.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 4:04 PM   in reply to lukaav

    Nik plugins (Color Efex 3 and Silver Efex 2), OnOne plugins (PerfectSuite) and Topaz Labs plugins (Full suite) all exhibit the same error for me, as well on Windows 7 SP1, 64Bit. Error messaging is -- "unexpected error performing command: bad argument #1 to 'lower' (string expected got nil)".

     

    No Photoshop versions installed, only LR4 at this point.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 4:25 PM   in reply to Lord Secret

    I just checked my NIK plugins.  They are working fine.

     

    I did eliminate some initial crashing issues.  So hopefully all will find a simple fix to their own issues.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 4:54 PM   in reply to Andrehilkens

    I just got off phone with NIK tech support.  They logged on to my computer and reinstalled everything again.  They said it appears that it is an Adobe issue and it seems to be the case.  I don't know what all he did, but he was all over my computer and checked installation, etc.  Was very thorough. 

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 5:12 PM   in reply to calsteve@pacbell.net

    Was Nik able to correct the problem?

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 9:44 PM   in reply to ymc226

    ymc226:  NO, they said it was an Adobe issue as far as they could tell.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 11:06 PM   in reply to Lord Secret

    Just another data point:  Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0 plug-in works for me... Win 7 Pro x64, with CS5 installed.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 11:17 PM   in reply to Michael Rainwater

    Windows 7 64-bit SP1 machine here.

    Yesterday, as most of you here, I had this error message with any

    external editor, and I posted a message in this forum. At night, before

    going to bed, I installed an evaluation version of Photoshop Elements

    10. This morning I opened Lightroom and, TADA!, plugins work fine! So

    definitely it is an Adobe problem, LR must be missing some piece of

    software that PSE has; note that I did not open PSE at all after

    installing it yesterday night, so it has added the missing part during

    installation.

    Hope this helps Adobe engineers to solve the problem.

     

     

    Il 07/03/2012 08:06, Michael Rainwater ha scritto:

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          Re: NIK plugins are not working in LR 4

     

    created by Michael Rainwater

    <http://forums.adobe.com/people/WeberPoint> in /Photoshop Lightroom/ -

    View the full discussion

    <http://forums.adobe.com/message/4250222#4250222

     

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 11:32 PM   in reply to Andrehilkens

    Fixed!

    under Mac OS X 10.7.3

    had no other adobe product installed then Lightroom;

    after upgrade to LR4 Nik Plugins did not work anymore.

    then I installed a Demo Adobe CS5

    now the Nik Plugins work again;

    I think during the installation of CS5 the Plugin-definition area is touched and so repaird

    it's not a NIK Software but an Adobe Problem

     

    cheers

    /

    Karl

     
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    Mar 7, 2012 12:39 AM   in reply to sarki64

    Hi,

    sarki64 wrote:

     

    This morning I opened Lightroom and, TADA!, plugins work fine! So

    definitely it is an Adobe problem, LR must be missing some piece of

    software that PSE has;

     

    What you did just changed the memory layout for Lightroom and other programs. See this thread. The bug is obviously in Lightroom in any case but this kind of dangling pointer problem may or may not cause a crash depending on the random value stored in the pointer. Kind of a lottery. I don't think that PSE has anything to do with the problem.

     
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    Mar 7, 2012 12:50 AM   in reply to Samoreen

    I think LR4 install is something incomplete;

    as described simply installing CS5 fixed that problem

    the plugin interface seems to be a common component shared among the adobe apps

    this (re-install, complete install) component and not the programs PSE, CS5, ... did the repair

     
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    Mar 7, 2012 12:51 AM   in reply to Samoreen

    Il 07/03/2012 09:40, Samoreen ha scritto:

    What you did just changed the memory layout for Lightroom and other

    programs. See this thread

    <http://forums.adobe.com/thread/971643?tstart=0>. The bug is obviously

    in Lightroom in any case but this kind of dangling pointer problem may

    or may not cause a crash depending on the random value stored in the

    pointer. Kind of a lottery. I don't think that PSE has anything to do

    with the problem.

     

     

    Thank for your reply Samoreen. The interested thing is that changes

    introduced by the installation of PSE only persist as long as you keep

    it on your machine. I tried uninstalling PSE and the error in LR is back

    again.

     
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    Mar 7, 2012 2:23 AM   in reply to sarki64

    sarki64 wrote:

     

    The interested thing is that changes introduced by the installation of PSE only persist as long as you keep it on your machine. I tried uninstalling PSE and the error in LR is back again.

     

    This is consistent with what I explained. Installing PSE changes the way the memory is organized because some additional programs are loaded in memory upon startup. So LR is loaded at another address which may or may not have consequences on the way the bug manifests itself.

     

    This is just my opinion as a former developer. Maybe I'm wrong and maybe installing PSE or PS changes something else in the Common Files | Adobe folder (a missing file as you suggested) but I doubt. In that case, the problem would hit every user.

     
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    Mar 7, 2012 3:46 AM   in reply to Samoreen

    It is interesting to me that for sarki64, installing PSE10 solved the issue.  I uninstalled and reinstalled PSE10 and the problem persists for me.

     
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    Mar 7, 2012 7:02 AM   in reply to Julie McLeod

    I just got off the phone with Adobe support.  They said it is an issue with NIK and not LR4.  I suggested they read the forums out there

    and see what the public is seeing on this issue.  They, again, said it is not LR4 and that if I wanted to call tech support with NIK and then

    call Adobe support, they would have a conversation with them!

     

    I give up!

     
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    Mar 7, 2012 7:35 AM   in reply to Andrehilkens

    I used LR 3 and upgraded to LR4 on Widows 7 (64 bits). I had no issue launching Nick soft (I did not update to their yesterday's editions. I have the previous ones). I was affraid that this stops running when I delete LR3. But I did it anyway (for the fun), and it does work with no problem.

     
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