I know i'm not alone. LR4 is now telling me it cannot update (Re-Publish) images successfully uploaded only an hour before via the native Lightroom publishing service.
Here's the plug-in diagnostic:
Plug-in error log for plug-in at: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.1\Flickr.lrplugin
**** Error 1
This plug-in’s post-processing task did not finish successfully.
Could not contact the Flickr web service. Please check your Internet connection.
There are a couple of other discussions of the same issue on this forum, dating back to 2010, and, as far as I can see, no resolution to date.
Am I wrong?
I know there's the other guy's plugin, but everyone with the same problem reports no change if they switch to that. I'm signed in without problems to Flickr via both IE and FF, and the Flickr Uploadr connects just fine. I'm at work, and am hardly in a position to be tweaking modem packet-handling, (not that I'd be inclined to anyway!)
Flickr is hardly obscure - it's the biggest, most successful photo-sharing service on the web. Is there a solution I haven't spotted? If not, surely a solution is overdue?
Maybe yoy have a cariage return in caption.
You know, Stéphane, I do!
And what do you know? - I just removed 2 paragraphs of description from the caption box on the first 3 photos due to be re-published and they've uploaded without a hitch - and there they are on Flickr with one paltry line of description - but as soon as LR4 hits the other photos with full, paragraphed captions it crashes and informs me there's no link to Flickr.
You were right - Thank you.
So, we can't write full length (paragraph) descriptions in LR4 and upload/publish them to Flickr.
Dear Adobe, could we get this bug fixed, please? I like being able to do all my tagging and captioning in LR on the original RAWs and publishing/uploading resized jpegs straight to Flickr, but it's painful that it's all now falling in a hole because of this bug.
Dear Adobe, could we get this bug fixed, please?
Yes - and before too many people waste time chasing down non-existent connection problems based on the LR error message. I would hate to see people launching into changing their router / OS / Firewall configurations because of a simple cariage return in a caption! Not good.
Is there a solution I haven't spotted?
Did you say you tried Jeffrey Friedl's Flickr plugin and it has the same problem? If so, is Jeffrey aware of the problem? If so, what did he say about it?...
I've installed the Friedl plugin, but the problem is I have 50 images I'm looking to republish - specifically only to update the captions - whereas the new plugin will naturally want me to republish (all over again) the entire set of photos.
I've just tried republishing 3 of them all over again with full captions via the Friedl plugin and it worked fine - looks like I'll have to delete the original lot if I want to have fully-captioned versions and use the Freidl plug-in from now on!
Think I'll just fiddle with the captions of the originals online, and use the Friedl plug-in for future uploads.
Dear Adobe - could the bug in the original, native publishing service be fixed, please? As Alan states above, we currently potentially have people wandering around playing with systems registeries and modem packet-handling and firewalls because the software is making incorrect reports of connection status, when, in fact, the Adobe Flickr plug-in simply can't handle multiple-paragraphs in captions!
And if you've found this, Dear Reader, because the LR4 (or LRx) Flickr publishing service is telling you you can't connect to Flickr - don't tweak anything! First check if you have entered captions on your photos that contain paragraphs - i.e. carriage or hard-returns so that they appear broken into readable chunks just as this post does - because that's probably the problem. Simplify - to one line - a caption on the next photo or two due to be uploaded to check, and, if that works, and you want to have full captions, try the Friedl plugin!
Thanks to all for your help.
All of my publish plugins allow one to "mark new photos as published" to handle just this sort of thing (note: it's often more complicated than simply "marking", under the hood).
I dunno if JF's Flickr plugin has such a feature, but if not, you may want to request it. I have no idea about doability Flickr-wise.