I believe that the problems are not fixed in RC2.
Uploading to Flickr is not working for me with LR RC2
Can't update this collection. An internal error has occurred: A semi colon character was expected.
I get this when attempting to publish to Flickr.
This works correctly with RC1 but not with RC2. Downgrading from RC2 to RC1 solves the problem and the Flickr Upload works again.
That's generally the reverse of what many people found.....RC1 broke the Flickr Publish service, and RC2 fixed it.
Thank you for this helpful thread (inc Peter for reminding me to be cautious).
I have just upgraded from 4.0 to RC2 and found that my Flickr publishing works as expected without having to install / re-instate or re-authorise a new publish service which potentially worried me – especially if the link between the images in LR and those at Flickr was broken leading to duplicates, loss of comments etc.
Apart from lots of my photos requiring re-publishing due to the point curve bug fix being applied by the scan done on RC2 installation …
All is well … For me.
I think that there are two problems here. In LR4 Flickr publishing was broken in that you could not update an existing stream. The workaround was to delete the publish service and create a new one. Then publishing worked correctly ... until RC2 came along that is. If you created a new publish service in LR4 you can't update with RC2. This behaviour has been noted in other forums. E.G. http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/cant_update_this_collection_semi_col on_expected
I really don't want to have to delete my Flickr Service and recreate it another time as it really messes up my Flickr account comments, favourites and stats.
I spoke too soon - and was not cautious enough!
I have successfully republished some of my photo sets (due to the point curve fix) but I am now getting the "Invalid at the top level of the document" errors.
My worst fears ... I'm not sure what is best ... live with it until the real (and hopefully tested release) or roll back to 4.0 from my backup and see what consequences fall out because what is now at Flickr is not strictly in sync with my LR 4.0 database.
Come on Adobe ... sort this out.
@Peter_McC: my point was that the problem that RC1 introduced was fixed in RC2, so the OP should be OK in going to RC2 if he hasn't yet hit a problem in RC1. I didn't know that some of you who developed a workaround for the RC1 problem are now having trouble in RC2. Guess I was one of the fortunate ones who didn't bother with trying a workaround, so everything now works OK in RC2 for me, and it should do for the OP.
@jim01403 Thanks. Yes, I understand that now. When Flickr problems were first mentioned I didn't realise that they were restricted to just that one. In actual fact when I first encountered the Flickr issue I understood it not to be a bug but a change in the authentication method which would remain. Having reestablished my flickr stream I am now gutted to see that Adobe are solving the issue by going back to the original authentication method.
I may be wrong in all of this but this is how it appears to me.
Currently RC1 is working for me so I will just wait to see what Adobe does next, before reestablishing my Flickr Photostream for the second time.
An update ...
I have discovered that RC2 publishing does seem to be working (for me) but Flickr or LR seems to be objecting ("Invalid at the top level of the document") to specific images possibly relating to the contents of the caption field.
I narrowed down the failure to just one image ... removed its caption... it published, I put the caption back on - "Invalid ..." error came back.
FYI and not sure if relevant - I sometimes put http links in my caption fields.
I would have come back with a more comprehensive test, but it now appears that LR will not communicate with Flickr at all, now saying it cannot contact the Flickr service, so I cannot investigate further yet.
I know a little off the wall here ... but is it conceivable that Flickr itself has locked me out due to "erroneous" or suspicious content? I have never had problems with LR talking to Flickr before today and publishing to SmugMug is still working fine.
This is getting more and more weird.
I can no longer publish to Flickr now as I am getting the following message:
I have not made any changes to LR4 RC1 but I did (1) remove an old version of LR 3.6 and (2) I installed the released version of Photoshop CS6.
I will try two things. (1) remove the caption information as it seems that can cause problems and (2) if that fails I'll reinstall LR4 RC1.
I wonder if something has changes at the Flickr end??
Well, I deleted the caption, which was just plain text, except for the fact that it had a return in it, and the publish worked fine. Thank you for pointing me in the direction of Captions. I will try the caption again without the return and see if it works.
It would appear that the error message has nothing to do with the actual problem!
btw. if you want to see my photostream, look here ... www.flickr.com/prmcc
Just thought I'd add that I'm no expert here, and it could be multiple problems and or some Flickr service issues at their end.
The error messages are definitely not helpful though.
I'm still investigating and will report anything else I find... but I'm glad you've had some sucess.
Nice shots by the way ... I'll have a better browse later.
I just installed the new 4.1 release yesterday. I had previously installed 4.1 RC 1, which broke my existing Flickr setup and recreating it resolved that issue. I never installed RC 2. I just tried to publish to Flickr with the final 4.1 release and I am now getting an error "a semi colon character was expected". The old Flickr setup still does not work at all. Has anybody had the same issue and worked around it? I am finding nothing thus far poking around looking for an answer.
Since you are monitoring this thread to an extent, can you say if re-authorising might solve the problems with carriage returns in the caption fields that has been reported by several users and raised as a problem by me?
http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom_4_1_rc 2_a_cr_or_lf_n_the_middle_of_a_caption_causes_failure_to_connect_to_fl ickr
Is this an acknowledged problem (at least on a windows machine) and is being worked on?
Many thanks for any advice.
My experience is that it has not solved the carriage return problem. I am running 4.1 and got the flickr publish to work again by reauthorising my RC1 Flickr service. It still doesn't like carriage returns and furthermore it appears that multiple spaces in the caption also cause the same error.
I haven't done much testing with this but I had to eliminate some instances of multiple spaces to get the publish to complete.