FAQ for Jeffrey’s Plugins for Adobe Lightroom

This page covers the answer to common questions that I (Jeffrey Friedl, an American software guy and hobby photographer in Kyoto) get about my plugins for Adobe Lightroom. Most days, it seems, I spend more time answering emails than I do developing new features or fixing bugs, so this page is an attempt to become a bit more efficient all around.







  • I get “An error occurred while reading the schema for the plug-in. The plug-in will be disabled.” What's wrong?
    · Last Updated: Tue Jun 18 22:51:52 2013 UTC

    That's the general “something went wrong” message that Lightroom gives when it has trouble loading a plugin; that message does not contain information about what went wrong, so you have to look further for the cause.

    If you'd just upgraded a plugin, please first try restarting Lightroom. Lightroom won't recognize new files in an upgraded plugin until Lightroom is restarted; I try to limit the need for this, but sometimes it's unavoidable, sorry.

    Otherwise, check the upper-right and lower-right sections of the plugin manager for diagnostics.

    In the lower-right section, you have to save the diagnostics to a text file, then inspect the text file to see the error messages... only the first message matters. (Anything after that is a ripple effect that doesn't help point to the root cause.)

    If the diagnostics are not helpful, it could just be that your plugin install became corrupt (a file in the plugin got deleted somehow, or maybe the entire plugin was moved or deleted?), so perhaps it's easiest to simply delete all copies of the plugin from disk, replacing with the latest version from my site, perhaps re-adding the plugin via the plugin manager if the location on disk you choose for the latest download is not where it was before. In any case, all plugin data remains intact; you never loose any data by deleting the plugin and reinstalling.

  • Every time I start Lightroom, I get a message long the lines of “Lightroom needs to configure your system for the ..... plug-in.”.
    · Last Updated: Wed Apr 29 00:28:05 2015 UTC

    This is an issue with Lightroom's installer; the plugin does not need to be reinstalled.

    To fix it, either uninstall/reinstall the Lightroom application, or open a command window and run

        "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom Classic CC\Lightroom.exe" -register

    You may need to run this as an administrator to get it to “stick”. Do include the quote symbols shown on the line above; also, you may need to adjust the drive name and folder path to match the location of your Lightroom install.

  • I can't install the plugin... I get various errors when I try to install it in the Plugin Manager
    · Last Updated: Mon Apr 8 22:11:06 2013 UTC

    Did you follow bad advice and actually remove some modules from your Lightroom app? Don't do that. Reinstall Lightroom and try again.

    Next, check the upper-right section of the plugin manager.... are there any messages there that give a hint?

    If not, then look in the lower-right section of the plugin manager... are there any diagnostics? If so, save them to a file and look at the first one (Lightroom shows the last one in the dialog, but only the first one has any meaning). If the message is about the inability to load a file of some type, you likely have a corrupt download or corrupt unzip. Simply clicking on the download link on the plugin home page works fine for the vast majority of people, but some small percentage of people get a corrupt download. (I've heard of issues with Google Chrome not always downloading properly, and of issues on 64-bit Windows 7, though most users in either case have no troubles.) Try a different browser to do the download, or a different utility to unzip the zip file.

    If none of this helps, drop me a note with details, such as what the first message of the lower-right diagnostics are, that you indeed checked the upper-right section and found nothing, the versions involved (plugin and Lightroom), etc...

  • I had the plugin installed before, but suddenly it's missing... where did it go?
    · Last Updated: Mon Jul 5 23:26:36 2010 UTC

    Two possabilities come to mind: that you deleted the plugin from disk, or that your Lightroom Preferences file has started to go corrupt. For the latter, see this FAQ.

    If you deleted it from disk, just download and reinstall again, and try not to delete it this time :-).

    Part of the problem is that “installing” a plugin in Lightroom is really just letting Lightroom know where on disk the plugin resides, and Lightroom expects to find it there from then on; Lightroom doesn't make a copy for itself, or anything like that. (This applies to all Lightroom plugins, by the way, not just mine.)

    So, after downloading and unzipping the plugin, but before “installing” it into Lightroom's plugin manager, make move the *.lrplugin plugin folder to where you'd like to keep it on disk. Most anywhere is fine as far as Lightroom is concerned, but it's best if it's a place that Lightroom can write to (that is, don't pick a place that requires administrator privileges to install to if you're not going to be running Lightroom as an administrator), because then the plugin can't update itself, leading to this problem.

  • The “remove” button in the Plugin manager is grayed out, and I get an error when I try to upgrade.
    · Last Updated: Thu Mar 22 01:08:11 2012 UTC

    Lightroom provides for two ways to install/manage plugins.

    The original (Lightroom 1) way to manage plugins in Lightroom 1 was to place plugins into Lightroom's system plugin folder (mentioned on this now-obsolete page). You can still do that with modern versions of Lightroom, but management of plugins installed this way — adding, removing, upgrading — must be done manually, via the file system (e.g. via Explorer or Finder). The only way to remove such a plugin is to remove it from the special plugin folder.

    Since Lightroom 2, the normal way to install a Lightroom plugin is to place the plugin somewhere on your drive where you don't mind leaving it (perhaps in a “Lightroom Plugins” folder you create in your home folder), then point Lightroom at it via the plugin manager's “Add” button. Users with multiple machines often keep their plugins on a shared Dropbox folder.

  • I get an error when upgrading the plugin via the built-in “upgrade” button.
    · Last Updated: Sun May 30 05:44:45 2010 UTC

    Yeah, it happens sometimes, sorry. Lightroom doesn't provide an upgrade system for plugins, so had to develop something myself, and it's greatly limited by the plugin infrastructure. It seems to work for most cases, but it's not robust when faced with nonstandard machine setups.

    If you're on Windows, perhaps give a try to running Lightroom “as administrator” (from Explorer's right-click menu) for the upgrade.

    If in the end it doesn't work for you, please just do a normal manual install, as described on my Lightroom plugin install page. Before or after downloading/unzipping/installing the new copy of the plugin, you can safely delete any old copies you have on your local disk; all plugin settings and image data remains intact.

    If the plugin won't load after upgrading, please try restarting Lightroom. I try to limit the need for Lightroom restarts, but sometimes the way Lightroom loads plugins makes it required.


  • I sometimes get “Assertion failed: packed” when using your plugins
    · Last Updated: Sat Jul 30 13:55:28 2016 UTC

    This seems to be a bug in Lightroom. I've reached out to Adobe.

  • Why didn't you respond to my note about (insert something unrelated to my plugins, tangential, or something already answered on my site)?????
    · Last Updated: Sun Sep 5 04:55:01 2010 UTC

    Sorry, but due to some arm pain that limits my time on the computer, I've had to make a change in my priorities, and responding to emails and comments is now lower down on the list. Sorry.

  • What's the difference between your upload-to-xxxxxxx plugin and the one of the same name that comes with Lightroom?
    · Last Updated: Sun Sep 5 04:55:01 2010 UTC

    The plugins that come with Lightroom are very bare bones; my plugins are more complex, but have a lot more options, and also support normal (non-Publish) export as well. If your needs are very simple, the built-in plugins may be perfect for your needs. Give them a try.

  • Do you have a plugin for uploading to (insert name here)?
    · Last Updated: Sun May 30 05:31:22 2010 UTC

    If it's not listed on my Lightroom goodies page, then I haven't developed it, but that doesn't mean that someone else hasn't. Check out Adobe's Lightroom Exchange for lots of plugins and such.

  • I'm running into troubles with the plugin... is there a log or something I can send that might help you diagnose the problem?
    · Last Updated: Mon Jul 26 22:40:10 2010 UTC

    You can send the plugin log via the “Send to Jeffrey” button in the upper-right section of the plugin manager.

    Three important points to help me help you:

    1. Do not email logs; use the submission feature. I can work with them better that way.

    2. If you're reporting about a problem that you can reproduce, please first clear the log (via the button next to the “Send to Jeffrey” button, or by restarting Lightroom), and then do the minimum needed to reproduce the problem... the fewest actions with the fewest photos. The less activity in the log, the more likely I'll be able to zero in on the cause of the problem.

      Also consider enabling “Enhanced debug logging” prior to the test.

    3. Very Important: The send-log dialog offers a place to add a note to me. Please use it to describe why you're sending the log, even if you've already told me via email or a blog comment. I get a lot of logs, and I have a very hard time keeping things straight, so giving me the information I need to debug things along with the log greatly increases the chances that I will not let it slip through the cracks.

      Where appropriate, full and exact names of specific files, urls, etc., help a lot.

    There's also a separate, unrelated log kept by Lightroom, referenced in the lower-right section of the plugin manager. If it reports more than one diagnosis message, only the first is relevant: to access it, you have to save the messages to a file, then open the file to view. If I ask for these, please cut-n-paste them to an email or to the note box of the ”Send to Jeffrey“ dialog described above.

    If Lightroom is actually crashing, you can't use the “Send to Jeffrey” button to send it because the act of restarting Lightroom clears the log. In this case you have no choice but to find the log file, zip it up, and email it to me. The log file is kept in a “*-log.txt” file named for the plugin, in the system's temporary folder. (When Lightroom is running, you can see the location via the “Show” button next to the “Send to Jeffrey” button in the plugin manager.)

  • About your LR/Mogrify plugin, could you please...
    · Last Updated: Mon May 31 01:11:45 2010 UTC

    That's not my plugin... Lr/Mogrify was written by Tim Armes.

  • I can't find my downloaded plugins in OSX Lion
    · Last Updated: Tue Jul 19 02:51:53 2011 UTC

    If you had put them somewhere in your ~/Library folder tree, you'll find that OSX Lion now hides that folder. See this post for how to unhide that folder tree.

  • Why does the plugin sometimes fail with “The handle is in the wrong state for the requested operation”?
    · Last Updated: Mon Dec 3 08:57:20 2012 UTC

    This is a Windows-only Lightroom bug that affects Lr4.0, Lr4.1, and Lr4.2.

    I'm told that it has been fixed in Lr4.3, so please upgrade (see “Help > Check For Updates” in Lightroom).

  • In the Geoencoding Support plugin, the “Geoencode selected photos from Google Earth” feature doesn't work... it results in an “Can't get location from Google Earth” error.
    · Last Updated: Mon Aug 17 10:32:45 2015 UTC

    It's a mystery why this feature doesn't work for some folks running Windows. Unfortunately, the behind-the-scenes method the plugin uses to acquire Earth's current location is no longer officially supported by Google, so if what used to work no longer works, there's not much we can do.

    I've spent many hours trying to figure it out, without success. It works for most, but not for some. Frustrating.

  • Photos keep showing up in “Modified Photos to Re-Publish” even though I didn't change anything.
    · Last Updated: Sat Oct 29 03:07:16 2016 UTC

    This central feature of Publish has, unfortunately, never been reilable. I've submitted bug reports to Adobe for years, so far to no avail. Sometimes photos just spontaneously move from “Published” to “Modified Photos to Re-Publish”, regardless of the settings in “Metadata that Triggers a Republish” and regardless of what's actually been changed.

    If this bug strikes you, the best I can suggest is either:

    1. Just let the photos be republished if republishing doesn't hurt things.

      “Hurt things” could be that it takes up more time or CPU or bandwidth than you'd like.

      With Flickr, they don't allow videos to be republished, so you can't take this option in the first place.

    2. Quietly move the photos back to “Published”. Select the photos in “Modified Photos to Re-Publish” that you know haven't changed (or, at least, that you know you don't mind not republishing), right click, and “Mark as Up-to-Date”.

      This can be done in bulk with the Mark Selected Publish Collections As Up To Date fetaure of my Bag-o-Goodies plugin.

    One other thing to consider, if you just want to get some specific photos published without having to deal with others, is to select them and then hold down the Alt/Option key. That turns the [Publish] button into [Publish Selected], which then deals with just the selected photos.


  • When trying to authenticate my login, my browser says it doesn't know how to handle “lightroom://...” links; what's wrong?
    · Last Updated: Fri Jul 5 22:19:17 2013 UTC

    It looks like Lightroom's URL handler is not properly registered with your OS. A reinstall of Lightroom should handle it.

    To re-install, first try “Help > Check for Updates”, because you may as well make sure you're on the most recent version while you're at it. Otherwise, perhaps visit Adobe to download the latest version of Lightroom. (The “trial version” is just the normal retail version without a serial number, which, if you already have, remains active across the reinstall.)

    Older versions of Lightroom (e.g. Lr5's latest) are available separately: Mac · Windows.

    Creative-Cloud and Mac-App-Store users may need to reinstall differently, I don't know.

  • I keep getting “Security Error” when trying to upload.
    · Last Updated: Sun Jun 6 01:11:22 2010 UTC

    Nothing in Lightroom would generate this error natively... it's a problem outside of Lightroom and the plugin. I know of three possible reasons...

    1. The date on your computer is off. Secure networking doesn't work unless you have a reasonably accurate clock. Check carefully... I've had people complain to me that their clock was correct, when in fact it turned out to be exactly one day off, one month off, or one year off. I kid you not.

    2. You have some kind of security app prohibiting Lightroom from using the network (in general, or to the specific site the plugin is trying to upload to). Common examples are Little Snitch and Zone Defense. You might try disabling them temporarily to check, but going forward you should be able to add a Lightroom-specific exception.

      Please check carefully...I can't tell you how many times people have told me “I've disabled everything and I'm still getting the error!”, only to come back a day or a week later and say “aaah, I had forgotten about....”.

    3. Your operating system's security support is out of date.

      Zenfolio Users Nov 30, 2017:

      In particular, OSX (now called “MacOS”) didn't include some important security support until two years ago with OSX 10.11 (“El Capitan”), so Lightroom running on OSX 10.10 and prior won't work with secure web sites that enforce now-common minimum levels of security. For example, Zenfolio started requiring this level of security support in late Nov 2017. In order to upload to Zenfolio with Lightroom on a Mac, one must upgrade to OSX 10.11 (released in 2015) or later. Here's Zenfolio's note on the issue.

      (As an aside, many web browsers don't rely on the underlying operating system for their security support, so they can still be used to upload even without upgrading the operating system.)

      [SmugMug only] — if you get “securityError” with SmugMug, you need to install a particular SSL cert to work with SmugMug's API servers: Download the “Starfield Class 2 Certification Authority Root Certificate” from here, double-click to install, and restart Lightroom.

  • I keep running into networking errors (“Unexpected reply...”, “no reply...”, “timeout...”, etc.)
    · Last Updated: Thu Sep 27 22:48:01 2012 UTC

    It's almost certainly not specifically related to the plugin or even Lightroom, so there's not much I can do but to suggest the standard things:

    • If you're on Windows, be sure to disable “SSL 3.0”. See here for instructions.
    • Make sure you don't have some kind of security app interfering with Lightroom's networking. You may need to add exceptions with each major version of Lightroom.
    • Reboot your router / computer.
    • Make sure your system clock is set accurately.
    • It could be your ISP or the upload destination is having “issues”, so perhaps you just need to give it time. (Many upload services have different upload endpoints between their own web-based uploads and the 3rd-party API that plugins use, so it's possible their API could be having issues while their web-based tools continue to work, and vice-versa.)

    Larger uploads obviously increase the exposure to networking errors and timeouts, so consider at least testing with smaller uploads. One way to make a smaller upload is to use a lower JPEG quality setting. For example, as described here, a quality setting of 93 doesn't usually represent a perceptibly better image than a quality setting of, say, 77, but the resulting upload can be a good 4× larger(!)

    Another way to reduce the upload size is to lower the pixel-size of the upload in the Image Sizing section of the Export/Publish dialog.

    Also, do make sure you're using the latest version of Lightroom.



  • I get a “missing destination cookies” error when trying to publish.
    · Last Updated: Sun Oct 14 14:32:19 2012 UTC

    This rare error is caused, as best as I can tell, by an error in Lightroom that causes it to lose/forget important plugin data. I've never been able to track it down, but the end effect is that all the data the plugin saved about a particular Publish Collection has been ripped out from under the plugin, leaving it with no way to continue.

    The only way to recover is to delete the Publish Collection, then recreate it. The “Populate” feature of my Publish plugins can allow you to recreate it quickly and easily, though it's somewhat of a fragile processes.

    It's unknown what causes Lightroom to suddenly lose this catalog data, but it's possible that it's simply one manifestation of wider catalog corruption, so it's prudent to perform a backup and integrity check on the catalog. To do this, visit Lightroom > Catalog Settings... and at the bottom of the General tab, set “Back up catalog” to “When Lightroom next exits”, then exit Lightroom. That will cause the backup dialog to appear. Be sure to enable the “Test integrity before backing up” option. It doesn't hurt (and likely helps general Lightroom responsiveness) to also enable “Optimize catalog after backing up”).

    The automatic backup selection that you put to “When Lightroom next exits” will revert back to whatever it was before. If it had been “Never”, perhaps take this opportunity to set it to make occasional backups. It's also prudent to back up all the myriad of Lightroom's ancillary configuration and preset files, so consider Matt Dawson's LR Backup plugin.

  • I get a “corrupt collection settings” error when trying to publish.
    · Last Updated: Mon Sep 2 23:12:32 2013 UTC

    This is the same underlying problem as the “missing destination cookies” problem above, with the same frustrations and the same potential workarounds.

  • The SmugMug plugin won't let me set the image Caption and other “New SmugMug” things
    · Last Updated: Mon Sep 2 23:12:32 2013 UTC

    SmugMug has not yet updated its third-party API for their summer-2013 redesign, so there's not much I can do but wait. I hear that SmugMug's own plugin may already handle the new redesign, but their plugin's home page still documents things as of Lightroom 3 (circa a couple of years ago), so it's hard to tell.

  • I don't see Lightroom editing changes in the copies uploaded to online photo-hosting service...
    · Last Updated: Tue Aug 19 04:31:14 2014 UTC

    Check the “File Settings” section of the Export/Publish dialog, and ensure that “Image Format” is not set to “Original”. That's because “Original” does not mean “the same format as the original master image” as might seem obvious.... Adobe has inexplicably made “Original” mean "The original pixels from the master image file (without any Lightroom changes), but with new metadata from your catalog".

    I have no idea how this is useful or desired, but that's how it is. You probably want “Image Format” to be “JPEG”.

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I’ve been using your zenfolio plugin for years and I love it. There is one annoyance that I have never been able to resolve though. In the upload destination box, you have a “configure list appearance” link that I would find helpful since I have a lot of folders and the default “5-line inline list” is tough to use. I am able to switch to my preferred “original popup style” (after switching out and then back into the plugin). However, this selection never saves after exiting Lightroom and it’s not worth the hassle of changing it every time. What can you tell me about this?


Your selection should certainly be maintained across invocations. If it’s not, I worry that your Lr preferences file may be going corrupt. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Lee on November 25th, 2018 at 11:14pm JST (1 year, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery, Mike from Portland, Oregon, here.

Yesterday I upgraded your Geoencoding Plugin for Lightroom 8, after a year of inactivity on my part. Tried to use ‘Fill Elevation’ in the ‘Etc…’ tab, but got an error message that I’ve exceeded my daily access quota at Google’s elevation-API servers. First request in a year for 47 points. So this morning I requested a ‘Fill’ for a single point, but got the same message. Any thoughts on what’s going on?


Oops, I forgot to update that one after Google started charging for things. If it becomes too expensive, I’ll have to disable it, but for now I’ve released a version that should work. —Jeffrey

— comment by G Michael Golner on December 13th, 2018 at 4:51am JST (1 year, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I have been using your extremely helpful Metadata Wrangler for some years now – thank you very much for this great plugin! I mainly use it to publish my photos on my web site. Today I recognized that all exported images still contain the IPTC field “Date created”. Is there a way to remove this information during export without simultaneously also removing the keywords/categories and the description fields?

Thanks a lot!

Markus from Germany

I’ve just pushed out a new version of the plugin with a “Forcefully Remove Fields” section. You can put “Dates” in there to have all dates stripped, or “IPTC:DateCreated” just to remove that one field. —Jeffrey

— comment by Markus on December 30th, 2018 at 10:30pm JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I am from Sunnyvale Texas near Dallas.

I am having problems uploading to Zenfolio. I have re authenticated and refreshed the user data. I have the latest version of Lightroom and the latest version of the plug-in.

I get the following error:

Target url: http://api.zenfolio.com/api/1.8/zfapi.asmx
Unix timestamp of call start: 1546576035.6556
Unix timestamp of call end: 1546576036.0745
HTTP Reply Date Field: Fri, 04 Jan 2019 04:27:19 GMT
HTTP Origin Field: ST10-A

Please advise.

The message also suggested that you include that info when contacting Zenfolio support, no? That’s what’d I’d advise you to do. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dennis Hevron on January 4th, 2019 at 1:30pm JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

How can I maintain the folder structure I have in Lightroom when exporting to Zenfolio. I would like to have the same folder structure in Zenfolio. Is that possible and how can I achieve that?

Many thanks,

It’s more than 10 years old, but this post gives the gist how. —Jeffrey

— comment by Richard on January 11th, 2019 at 10:50pm JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I have tried to ask at least 2 times and have screwed up the query.

I use lightroom cc 8.1. I have jf collection publisher and jf photo safe.

I wish to delete a number of photos from 2 separate folders but I am unable to do this.

I am long time user but just coming back after a years illness and can’t figure out what is wrong. A “workflow delete options” folders is shown with a ? mark. Can’t find it, don’t know what it does. Please help.

It’s difficult to suggest anything, given so little information, but first of all, “Workflow Delete Options” is this plugin. If the photo you want to delete is included anywhere within the PhotoSafe plugin, you won’t be able to delete it…. that’s the whole point of that plugin. So first remove the photo from that plugin. Install Workflow Delete Options, and if it’s stopping the delete, it’ll present a dialog telling you why. —Jeffrey

— comment by Vincent L. Solomito on January 15th, 2019 at 5:47am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey.

I’m using the Geoencode plug in for bulk reverse encoding. For a while now (since having to switch to OpenStreetMap), I’m seeing the following error when I start the plug-in interface:

ReverseOpenStreetMap:342: attempt to index a null value

It takes a while before I can dismiss the dialog. After that, it all works fine. Hopefully an easy fix 🙂

(I’m using the latest version on Win 10 with Lightroom Classic 8 if that helps).

Thanks for the report… I’ve just pushed a fix. —Jeffrey

— comment by Richard Allen on January 22nd, 2019 at 7:39am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, greetings from a snowy little village near London.

First, thanks for all your work on the plugins. I’ve used your Picasa one since 2013 until Google Photos, and a little after that. It made life so much easier. I also have the Flickr one but not a big user there. After a couple of years playing around trying to decide where to publish my pictures I think I’ve finally settled on SmugMug and naturally you’re my first port of call when looking for the best way to upload.

Most of what I publish is high volume, quick turn over stuff for local sports clubs and charity events. The focus is more to make sure there is at least a picture or 2 of each kid, rather than publishing just the best pictures. As you can imagine Lightroom & a good plugin makes the workflow much quicker. Thing is, I can’t justify their portfolio subscription price (already paying for domain, Adobe and Smugmug Power subscription & I do the pics for free) so I need to put on the watermarks (sadly necessary) before uploading. This brings me to my actual question…

I’d like to double watermark my pictures. Is that a feature you would consider adding? If so, would you have any idea how long until that could be implemented?

The end result I’m after is an opaque, out the way, small logo as I used to do with your Picasa plugin, but then add a large central translucent watermark that can’t be cropped out and would spoil a print, but doesn’t ruin viewing the image.

The reason I’m asking about time is because I’d like to build my new site soon and keeping the same watermark settings would help with consistency. I realise this is your hobby & it’s a bit cheeky for me to even ask, but if this feature could appear in a few weeks, I’d wait. If not I’d get started right away with my alternate plan. I’m thinking the next easiest way would be to export to HDD adding one watermark, then export from that folder adding the second.

Once again, thanks for all your work & the time you’ve saved me. Hope you and the family are enjoying 2019 so far & continue to do so.


My plugins have never had any particular support for watermarks. Lightroom has some basic watermarking features, and my plugins don’t get in the way of that, but the Picasa plugin didn’t have anything extra. Perhaps you used Lr/Mogrify to add watermarks? —Jeffrey

— comment by Matthew on January 23rd, 2019 at 6:34am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

hi i am trying to use google photos plugin i have already install the plugin from plugin manager but i cant see it on publishing manager

i am using lightroom classic cc 7.3.1

any ideas please?


That plugin is not a Publish plugin. It’s an Export plugin. You’ll find it available in the “File > Export” dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by stelioc on January 24th, 2019 at 5:23am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey. I am testing your “folder publisher” plugin, but have one problem. Publishing (export) is also making some crazy copy on my system drive (AppData/Local/Temp/253AD67E-2E69-4013-8394-09DC3A9C6CA5 etc). I cannot publish everything as my system drive gets full. Am I missing something or why this is happening? Thx so much in advance.


Without more info, I don’t know what those files might be, so I can’t speculate about them. What kind of files? What’s in them? Lightroom certainly uses temporary files, but should clean up after itself. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dusan on February 8th, 2019 at 6:33am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi there. Yes, it is cleaning it…but ones I publish a lot of pictures, it is filling up my system drive and crash. Maybe it is LR issue and it is like that, so I need to use bigger system drive or lead that temp files to another drive (no idea how right now).

— comment by Dusan on March 13th, 2019 at 2:38am JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey
I use 2 plugins, Collections Publisher, and Snapshot on Export with very good result, thank you
But i want to change the location of the plugin folder.
How to do this ?
Thank you

Just move it on disk to where you want, and re-add it in the Plugin Manager, deleting the old one pointing to the old location. None of your data is stored in the plugin folder itself, so no worries about data loss. —Jeffrey

— comment by Robert Curbet on March 21st, 2019 at 4:26pm JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

re: “Can’t get location from Google Earth” error.
I’ve solved mine by installing 32-bit Earth on 64-bit LR 6.14 on 64-bit Win 10. Hope helps somebody else too.

— comment by Jakub on June 20th, 2019 at 10:02pm JST (1 year, 4 months ago) comment permalink

RE: I get a “missing destination cookies” error when trying to publish.
My catalog is now unmanageable and I decided to split it, so now I try to manage flickr from 2 catalogs via jflickr. I created a new catalog and a new jflickr publish service and attached the flickr images via the discovery feature—all fine. (You also have to export and import keywords to the new catalog.) Now I try to recreate the existing smart collection (albums). The plugin discovers all the albums on flickr and links them just fine but not the rules. If I rather export the smart collection from the old catalog and import it in the new I get a smart collection with the pics but it is not linked to the album on flickr, I have to edit each collection and manually link it to the album, or I get the “missing cookies” error. What would be nice is: create smart collection with links from flickr, with button in dialog to import rules from an lsrmcol file.

— comment by C Lombard on June 21st, 2019 at 7:11pm JST (1 year, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hello from the great state of Tennessee!!

Ok, so I’ve been using and loving your Lightroom Smugmug plugin for about 7 years now, and generally the LR updates that have forced new plugin updates have worked well for me. Till now….

I recently upgraded my copy of LR CC to Adobe’s latest version, 8.3.1, and then went through the process to download and install your latest plug-in, Version 20181108.344. Deleted the old plug-in from its folder, and installed the new one, and went through the setup process. So now all my current galleries and folders from Smugmug show up in the Publish Service location, but with no photos associated there from my catalog. Eek!

So, I went through what steps I could from the instructions and related FAQ’s, and have gotten hung up on two issues. I was able to reassociate the URL’s successfully, but in the SmugMug Plug-ins Extra dialog, there is no “Associate Images” button! Secondly, there is no “Populate newly added normal (non-smart) collections from your SmugMug account” option in the setup dialog after selecting all my published galleries. So, for now I’m stuck and don’t know how to fix? All galleries, as I remember, were set up as normal, but I can’t 100% say for sure. I see no Smart Collections that are referred back to my Smug Mug galleries or such.

I await your reply, and thanks!

About the first part, I’m confused why you’d have to go “through the setup process” if all you did was update Lightroom and/or the plugin. Doing either (or both) should leave all the SmugMug info in your catalog intact, so you shouldn’t have to do more than restart Lightroom after moving the new plugin files into place. About the second thing, yeah, sorry, those features fell by the wayside with the emergency API update I was forced into last year. I just looked into adding them back, but it seems there’s an issue with SmugMug documentation (or my brain), so I have to wait to hear back from them. Sorry for the hassles(!) —Jeffrey

— comment by Bryan Coleman on July 6th, 2019 at 1:32am JST (1 year, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, I really loved the Geoencoding Support Plugin you created. I only got a small problem with this. Currently the reverse geocoding is using openstreet map, and when I try to use it on photos in Japan. The prefecture part is reflected as region, for example. Photo took in Hiroshima Prefecture, the metadata field ‘State Province’ is filled by ‘Chyugoku Region ‘. But is there a way to configure it to show Prefectures instead of Regions. Thank you very much.

Yes, I’ve run into this myself…. it’s very strange. I think it’s some kind of unintentional data mistake. I’ve reached out to the OSM Japan mailing list to ask. —Jeffrey

— comment by Haruka Nanami on July 28th, 2019 at 12:51pm JST (1 year, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I’m getting the following error when trying to use the zenfolio upload plugin from lightroom. Any ideas?

Unexpected reply from Zenfolio. The plugin expected a data reply, but received a web page instead, so perhaps Zenfolio is having “issues” at the moment. For reference, in case there are any hints to the problem, the web page reply is:

Video codec is not supported by Zenfolio.

This smells like a bug on Zenfolio’s side that I’d like to report to them. I’d appreciate it if you could send a plugin log immediately after encountering this particular error. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lisa Stein on August 20th, 2019 at 3:12am JST (1 year, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, Jeffrey!

I’m looking for a way to copy some basic metadata for a selected photo to the clipboard (LRClassic CC on OSX). I’d like to copy Camera Brand and Modell, Lens, focal length, aperture, shutter and ISO.
I have been looking around thoroughly and haven’t found anything like that. But may be I’m missing the forrest for the trees or I’m to stupid to see how to automate any of the metadata-tools around.

Any hint would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards

I don’t know of anything….. except the “Copy to Clipboard” feature that I just added to my Bag-o-Goodies plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Markus on August 20th, 2019 at 6:04pm JST (1 year, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I’ve had two instances of making modifications to an image (once a substantative change, once just a caption typo fix), seeing it moved to “Modified photos to be republished” but then turning up on Flickr as new images.

Any ideas what might be causing this? Never saw this with the default plug-in.

It’s difficult to guess… could you send a plugin log the next time you run into this, being sure to include details on which image it is (perhaps with URLs of the two copies at Flickr)? —Jeffrey

— comment by Ian C on September 8th, 2019 at 6:48am JST (1 year, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi – From Michigan on the shore of Lake Michigan. I am using your Zenfolio plugin for LR. I am noticing the photos that get updated in LR do not get replaced in Zenfolio when republished. They just get added again. So I have to go back through my galleries in Zenfolio and delete the duplicates. I have the same problem with deletes. I flag a photo for removal in LR and say “yes” to remove from the Zenfolio publish service but it doesn’t get removed from Zenolfio. So again, I have to go back through my galleries and delete the photo in Zenfolio. Please help! Thank you.

It sounds as if somehow the version of the photo at Zenfolio is not at Zenfolio where the plugin thinks it is. You can test this by visiting a thumbnail of a published photo and choosing “View at Zenfolio” from the context menu. If it brings you to an actual photo at Zenfolio, but then a delete or a republish don’t work correctly, I’d appreciate to see the plugin log at the end. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jim C on September 25th, 2019 at 1:30am JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

I have installed the Google Photos export plugin, and it shows up in Plug-in Manager but it does not appear as a service that I can set up in Publishing Manager.

Correct, it’s an export-only plugin. Google’s API is, by their design, too weak to support publish. —Jeffrey

— comment by Niall Duffy on September 29th, 2019 at 11:16pm JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink

I’ve bought your flickr plugin since few weeks. I’ve got an current error when i publish a picture “?:0 attempt to index field ‘SmartCollectionInThe Air’ (a nil value)” .
I don’t magian to find the reason and after this error my LR catalog is unsynchronized. The picture is online but still to publish in flickr publishing service.
I’ve returned back to my last backup but i’ve loose my pictures on the others publishing services.
I’m using LR 8.4 and your last plugin version.
Best regards,

I’ve received a few reports about this error. I think it’s a problem in Lightroom, but I just don’t know enough yet to be sure. I’d appreciate a plugin log just after encountering the error…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jean-François on October 22nd, 2019 at 11:05pm JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Hope a LR 9 patch is in the works. Expect a new reg code and fee with a major version number upgrade.

All my currently-supported plugins should work in Lr9. Just make sure that you have the latest version… —Jeffrey

— comment by Morey Behrens on November 5th, 2019 at 2:24pm JST (11 months, 26 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, from time to time I got “@basic_utils line 460: no NewMediaItemResults:” error during big exports (300-800) photo. I am ready to provide more details, but do no know how to gather debug info in this case, have only screenshots.


The next time you encounter this, please send a plugin log and I’ll take a look. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alex on November 17th, 2019 at 9:48pm JST (11 months, 13 days ago) comment permalink

2 questions for you Whats the easiest way to enlarge images on export? I need to go from 586 dpi to 600dpi.
When trying to export tiffs my images are being named weird. on the Raw image side I have image 0001 to 0011 when export I am getting image names like 0001-4.tif 0002-10.tif 0003-3.tif the weird part is after the file naming goes to image 10 the – number at the end falls off and image 0010 is called 0010. File naming is not checked on the Lightroom Publishing Manager.

“DPI” is completely meaningless during a Lightroom export. You can choose a specific pixel size you want for your exported copies, a pixel value perhaps derived from an intended print operation at a particular DPI, but in the end, Lightroom deals with pixels and only pixels. As for the file naming, Lightroom will automatically add the “-1” (etc) suffix to avoid conflicts during the current export, so it must somehow think that there are multiple photos that would otherwise come out as “0001.tif”. Without more details it’s difficult to speculate further. Perhaps send a plugin log after running into this kind of renaming that doesn’t seem to make sense? —Jeffrey

— comment by chris on January 22nd, 2020 at 11:17pm JST (9 months, 9 days ago) comment permalink

Target url: http://api.zenfolio.com/api/1.8/zfapi.asmx
Unix timestamp of call start: 1580426449.6918
Unix timestamp of call end: 1580426449.9269
HTTP Reply Date Field: Thu, 30 Jan 2020 23:20:51 GMT
HTTP Origin Field: ST04-B

Unexpected reply from Zenfolio: their system returned this error that the jf Zenfolio plugin doesn’t know how to handle: “The value of Keywords is incorrect”

It might be an issue with Zenfolio, or perhaps with this plugin.

Additional information to pass along to Zenfolio support in case you contact them:

Any ideas?

This smells like a plugin error. Please send a plugin log just after encountering the error, and I’ll take a look, thanks. —Jeffrey

— comment by ken mann on January 31st, 2020 at 8:23am JST (9 months, 1 day ago) comment permalink

I downloaded and installed your Folder Publisher plug-in. It came in properly, because I can see it in Lightroom Plug-in Manager. But I cannot see how to run it. Looking at your screen shots, I think I should see it when I go to the Export dialog box — when I expand the Export To drop-down list, I can see some other plug-ins such as Nik HDR Efex Pro, but I do not see the Folder Publisher. What do I need to do next? (I should mention that I tried closing and restarting Lightroom but that didn’t work).

It’s a publish plugin; see the Publish Services section in the lower-left panel of the Library module. —Jeffrey

— comment by Don Poulton on April 3rd, 2020 at 12:30am JST (6 months, 28 days ago) comment permalink

Hi, I have problems with Folder Publisher Lightroom Plugin. I use Lightroom classic 9.
How can I reset the plugin? Remove the plugin doesn’t work.

It’s difficult to suggest anything without knowing more than “problems”. The plugin stores most of its data in the catalog, and some things in Lightroom’s preferences. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jo Schultz on May 8th, 2020 at 2:45am JST (5 months, 24 days ago) comment permalink

Hi, can the folder watch plugin do reverse GPS lookup (geocode) on imported images? Would be great to not have to do that manually in the Geoencoding Support plugin.

I feel your pain, but it’s not easy; one plugin can’t invoke another’s features, so to add that feature to Folder Watch, I’d have to essentially replicate the whole Geoencoding Support plugin into it. It’s not impossible, but not a can of worms I can tackle now. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Tore on May 16th, 2020 at 7:44pm JST (5 months, 16 days ago) comment permalink

Hi, Just stated using the Flickr uploader again after a long gap, photos uploaded okay but no GPS location. the info is all there on Lightroom??? Whats up???

Various settings control whether location info is sent. See the “Metadata” section, and “Flickr: Location Privacy” section. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alan Hilditch on June 8th, 2020 at 1:32am JST (4 months, 23 days ago) comment permalink
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