4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 25, 2012 9:50 AM by Brett N RSS

    Can LR3 External Editor Run on Multiple Selected Images?

    StaciELP

      I'm using LR3.6. Haven't upgraded to 4.1 yet.  I created a PS droplet that I want to use in my LR Externa Editor.  Everything works fine as far as calling the droplet from LR.  However, when I select multiple images in LR, then go to external editor and select "Edit In <droplet name>", wait for the "What do Edit" dialogue box, select "Edit a copy with LR adjustments" and hit "edit", it only takes the very first highlighted image in the selection into PS to run the droplet/actions.  Even if I just choose the droplet name as an external editor preset (instead of the "Edit in" option), it still only applies to the first image in the highlighed selection.

       

      On occassions I get lucky and get it to work for multiple images but I can never get it to work again.  For instace, I tried it from the Library module (instead of the develop module) and it worked  flawlessly.  On the next set of images,  I could not get it to work again.

       

      Any ideas?  I really need to be able to run this over night.  By the way, I know that I can use the droplet on Export, but I really want to round trip my images from LR to PS and back into LR without having to Export, run droplet and reimport.

       

       

      Thanks

       

      Staci

        • 1. Re: Can LR3 External Editor Run on Multiple Selected Images?
          Brett N Adobe Employee

          Could you share your droplet with use to test? Send it to bnemecek [AT] Adobe [DOT] com.

          • 2. Re: Can LR3 External Editor Run on Multiple Selected Images?
            Brett N Adobe Employee

            Thanks for sending the Droplet for testing. From what I could tell, everything is working on my side. As you mention, this behavior appears to be intermittent (sometimes works, sometimes not). This suggests there is something going on beyond the droplet, LR, or PS. Most likely, it has something to do with the files you are trying to edit themselves. Are you working with all files from a single camera, or at least a single file type? If not, try testing with all the files in the same format, from the same camera and see if you run into more success.

             

            If the files are all essentially the same, try running LR, the droplet, and Photoshop in this workflow from a new user account, in a new Lightrom catalog.

            • 3. Re: Can LR3 External Editor Run on Multiple Selected Images?
              StaciELP Community Member

              Hi, Brett.

               

              Thanks for taking a look. Yes. I'm working with raw files (.CR2).  I'm working with files from two different cameras but they're both 5DMIIs and all the files are raw. The problem has happened across multiple catalogs.  I actually create a new catalog for each event/session/job, and I've had the same problem while working in different catalogs.  I'll continue to play around with it. 

               

              Let me just ask...did you do a "select all" of all the images (or at least multiple images) in the catalog, and edit in an external editor? 

               

              Again, thanks. I'll continue to play with it.  I really appreciate you looking into it.

              • 4. Re: Can LR3 External Editor Run on Multiple Selected Images?
                Brett N Adobe Employee

                If this happens across multiple catalogs, but it used to work universally, then the next thing to look at is your user account. Try running from a new user account and see if the behavior persists.

                 

                And as a note, I first tested with just a single file to verify things were working correctly. After that succeeded, I didn't do a select all, but just a small group, like 5 or 6. The process worked the same, all files were processed.