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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How do I install the Smugmug plugin? Where does it go?



Install instructions are on each plugin’s page, at a link labeled ‘Install Instructions” in the immediate vicinity of the download link. —Jeffrey

— comment by Steven on July 4th, 2010 at 3:27pm JST (13 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I’m a big fan of your plugins! Thanks for your contributions.

My feedback on the LR3/Flickr plugin is that there doesn’t seem to be a way to ignore when you have exceeded your Group limit like in the previous version (LR2) of the plugin. In fact, the LR3 plugin will reverse the publication of the photo if the Flickr group’s limit has been exceeded, which is a bit annoying.

I appreciate how hard this new implementation is with publish services – keep up the good work!

Another Steve

This has been brought up before, and while I’ll be happy to revisit it once Lr3 issues settle down, my impression at the moment is that if you want the publish collection to continue even in the face of group failure, you’re using Publish wrong. If you don’t care whether a photo actually gets into a group, Publish is not what you should be using. —Jeffrey

— comment by Another Steve on July 5th, 2010 at 3:53am JST (13 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I have the Plugh in for LR2 – picasa e flickr, as you noted they don’t work anymore after my upgrade to LR3,.
“You can generate a new code with a 1-cent transaction at PayPal” – where can I generate the new code? Do I need to send the LR2 codes?

Thanks in advance, and yes than Voigtlander 125 Macro is really something…. different. 😉

A code is generated with a PayPal transaction to me, as you did to generate the Lr2 code. It’s all described on the registration page. —Jeffrey

— comment by Miguel on July 14th, 2010 at 3:29am JST (13 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink


Just wanted to say have loaded your smugmug plugin and it has really re-invigorated my need to get on and sort my catalog and my website! THe integration between the two – especially with the recent changes in smugmug – is brilliant!

Many thanks


— comment by e-Scape Photo on July 17th, 2010 at 7:11pm JST (13 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink


thanks for your plugins. Just a quick question, on the Flickr one is there a way you can publish each collection as a different photoset (with the same name that the collection)?


You can manually set them up that way, but it’s not automated yet. It’s on the todo list. —Jeffrey

— comment by Aser R. on July 25th, 2010 at 10:39pm JST (13 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I am (was) a user of the Smugmug plugin for Lightroom 2. I downloaded the zip file for Lightroom3 but cannot unzip it as it is reported as empty by Windows Vista 64 bit. ??

Perhaps try another browser to download. —Jeffrey

— comment by John Bauch on July 29th, 2010 at 2:22am JST (13 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks Jeffrey. All my fault, now working OK. John

— comment by John Bauch on July 30th, 2010 at 12:08am JST (13 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink


I’ve been using your “Export to Flickr” plugin for a while now, unregistered, to get the hang of it and whilst learning Lightroom.

I’m not a professional photographer, and what I do with Lightroom would barely reach ‘amateur’ status, but I’ve grown to love both the program and the plugin. Certainly, to do what I want (keep track of my photos, and have some of them on Flickr, with the minimum of fuss) both LR and EtF are proving invaluable.

I’ve just purchased LR3, so with it comes my donation/registration to your work., and my thanks.

There are things I could suggest ‘going forward’, but you seem to have most of the list prepared already! My only hope is one day ‘things’ (LR, Flickr, etc) settle down to the point that the initial setup/learning curve is not as steep! And it may also be nice (somehow) to see the ways in which other people are implementing all this to work for them.

Best of luck, and thanks


— comment by David on August 2nd, 2010 at 1:58pm JST (13 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink


For your Smugmug Plugin, regarding the “wrong format()” error, I think I may have stumbled on an instance where this is re-creatable, so maybe there is a workaround? I am noticing that it comes up when the plugin is trying to RE-upload a video file, at least in my usage within the Publish Services.

So if I set up a Publish Service to send up stuff from a folder, with 4+ stars, and I let it do its initial upload, and then I tag a photo for re-publish, it works fine. If I tag a video for re-publish, it fails, and I need to delete/re-publish it (or more correctly ‘set video to < 4 Stars, Publish, re-set video to 4 stars, Publish') in order to get it up there successfully.

Does this jive with your testing?

Thanks and keep up the great products!!

SmugMug tells me that they don’t support replacements for video. I’ll see whether I can add something to the plugin to avoid republishing videos. —Jeffrey

— comment by David D on August 5th, 2010 at 11:47am JST (13 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I tried out today and pretty impressed. This makes geotagging in LR quite simple.
Unfortunately I ran into a little issue for the second date I try to sync with my photo.
I got following error message:

“File at 3:40PM (Mon, Jul 26, 2010): _0010217.DNG
Tracklog has datapoints 47 minutes (2.802 seconds) earlier, at: 52.403188, 13.060522
and 4 hours (15.302 seconds) later, at: 52.403202, 13.062937
The two points are separated by 165 meters (180 yards).”

I am pretty sure I know the issue in general, but still this error message confuses.
The track is a bike tour, which is, despite a loop, nearly driving the same back. All photos on unique peaces of the track got their data attached properly. For all the rest it is clear you would have 2 points for each photo nearby, one for direction forward, one for back. BUT the timestamp should be easily identify the right point. Camera time is fine, all photos that got data succesfully attached are exactly at place from where I took the picture.
Would be great if you could give me some hint. (Mail would be fine)

Thx in advance


The plugin interpolates between tracklog points on either side of a photo time, but only if the distance from the photo time to the trackpoint time is within the “fuzziness” factor you select in the plugin. In your case, the tracklog has no points near the time you took the photo (the closest being 47 minutes away), so for all it knows you were riding in a subway and are 50km away, so it aborts. If you really want to allow that much fuzziness, set the fuzziness factor to an hour (3600 seconds). —Jeffrey

— comment by Andreas on August 19th, 2010 at 5:27am JST (13 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Every time I publish a picture to facebook, it adds my faceplate name down in the left hand corner of the picture. I am not able to find a way to turn it off, so now it appears on every picture. Any ideas?

Thanks you for publishing such a great Lightroom addin.


Sounds as if you have watermarking turned on, or perhaps are using the Lr/Mogrify plugin (though neither has anything specifically do to with my plugin). —Jeffrey

— comment by Johnny on October 23rd, 2010 at 11:11pm JST (13 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Get plug ins Jeffry! I use them for FB and Smugmug so far on LR2

Question: I see metatag that indicates which photos have been uploaded to Smugmug.
Is it possible to filter with LR to display which photos have NOT been uploaded?



Sure, by using the grid filter and selecting “Uploaded to SmugMug” then selecting “no” —Jeffrey

— comment by Andy on October 30th, 2010 at 3:26am JST (13 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink


For anyone else, I’ll give a tad more detail. Go to library view,
Turn on filter, click Metadata at the top of your screen, you will probably see Camera, Lens, Date, etc.
Add another column or change one of the existing ones to (hover or click on column headings) :
“Uploaded to SmugMug” Bingo! You can see which photos have been uploaded or not.

Very helpful. Also note there is another field called “Smugmug upload date”


— comment by Andy on October 31st, 2010 at 5:04am JST (13 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi there,
I’m in the Santa Cruz mountains. When lightroom’s export to facebook plugin broke for me, a friend suggested I try yours (I already had tree exporter and mogrify). It seems to work and that’s way nifty.
Is there a way to automatically back tag photos off lightroom? Go back and get the tags that other people put on the photos, and then add those to the photos lightroom catalogue?

No, sorry, that’s not part of the plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Larry Colen on October 31st, 2010 at 8:02pm JST (13 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
got an error message when trying to update picasaWeb plugin. But it was easy to get around this. I simply deactivated the plugin, did the update (which then succeeded) and finally reloaded and activated the plugin again.

— comment by Nick Burger on November 28th, 2010 at 9:55pm JST (13 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

One of my SmugMug collections shows a group of photos identified as “Modified Photos to Re-Publish”. I get no errors when I re-publish them; they just don’t move to the “Published Photos” group. I have tried removing a photo from the collection and then adding it again, but it ends up right back in the “Modified” group.

Thanks for any help.

This seems to be a Lightroom bug… I’ve got reports of it happening with Adobe’s plugins as well. It’s a mystery. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Bill on December 18th, 2010 at 7:33pm JST (13 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

The JF Facebook plug-in say’s it is missing, as if it is not installed or functioning properly… The JF Facebook icon under Publish Services also has a ? on top of the folder. I haven’t moved to location of the plug-in, but recently, on the phone with tech support, I believe we merged catalogs to solve a “missing file” problem. After we solved that, this happened. What can I do?

Thanks, Bill Kennedy
Brooklyn, NY

To the best of my knowledge, Adobe has not yet built publish-support into catalog import/export, so that doesn’t sound promising on that front, but the “missing” error is not related to a specific catalog, but the Lr install. I’m guessing you did move/delete the plugin folder by accident… just download again, and re-point Lr at it in the plugin manager. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bill kennedy on December 19th, 2010 at 7:38am JST (13 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

it seems like jf PicasaWeb and jf Snapshot on Export don’t combine. I get a lot of errors. After removing jf Snapshot on Export from the export service all goes well. A know error and is this going too be fixed?

Can you be a bit more descriptive than “don’t combine”? —Jeffrey

— comment by Bert-Jan on January 10th, 2011 at 2:53am JST (13 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Can someone point me to the directions for using the ‘Geoencode using Google Earth’ feature. It kind of works but I have not been able to zoom in on a location, building, viewpoint etc iin Google Earth and tell the plug-in to use this exact location for the Metadata.

Is there a trick here to scroll in GE and then designate that spot as the one whose Lat/Long ends up in the Metadata?



You pinpoint the location in Google Earth (panning and zooming as you like), then invoke “Geoencode using Google Earth” and the location in the center of the Earth viewpoint is imported as the location of the current image. The crosshairs mentioned in the dialog make pinpointing much easier, BTW. —Jeffrey

— comment by Paul on January 30th, 2011 at 8:07am JST (13 years ago) comment permalink

Is it at way of having your plugin to ignore the “waiting for republish” stuff?

Sometimes if i just change a keyword (and if i have made changes in flickr) everything that i have made on flickr gets reset’ed. An ignore-function like the delete-thing would have been great.

You can un-republish something via the Plugin-Extras dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anders Fredriksson on February 15th, 2011 at 7:16pm JST (13 years ago) comment permalink

I accidently deleted my facebook plug in, reinstalled it, but am unable to export images to facebook. I see it in the plug in manager of lr but not on the little “Export to” submenu as one of the publisher choice when I want to export. I hope you understand me message. What else do I need to do to enable it?

It sounds like you’ve got the built-in Adobe FB plugin active, and not my Facebook plugin. The Adobe one is Publish only. Reinstall mine, and you should be good to go. —Jeffrey

— comment by D on May 8th, 2011 at 1:21pm JST (12 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Guildford, UK.
I have LR3.4 and MWrangler 20110419.71. Having trouble setting the export filters. They used to export fields exactly as I wanted but now they won’t. The problem arose possibly when I did the update before the current one(?) Could that be?
I don’t want clients to see the Creation Date. Leaving it blank or putting today’s date would be fine. I do want them to see the location fields. But, having tried every combination of Remove/Preserve, I can get only one or the other, not both (as I want them) at the same time. The only way I can get both is when the Creation date shows the real date when it was taken (which I don’t want). All the other fields I want export fine. Is there a way of doing it, please?
Thanks, John

The create date seems to be stuffed in all kinds of places under various names. You’ve got to be sure to remove the entire IPTC block, the XMP “photoshop” block, and for good measure, the whole “Times and Dates” Exif section (and be sure to enable the “remove with prejudice” option at the top of the Exif sections). If you want to get rid of the image-export date as well, remove the XMP “xmp” section. I never really understand half this stuff anyway, so I go by trial and error, and this seems to do it. —Jeffrey

Update: I just pushed version 20110518.72, which now handles the “CreateDate” removal-with-prejudice specially, also removing “DateCreated” and similarly-named items. —Jeffrey

— comment by John Walmsley on May 18th, 2011 at 7:15pm JST (12 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink


I accidently erased the jf zenfolio plug in in LR3. The LR publishing manager shows the icon with a folder and a question mark. It says this plug in is not installed or functioning properly. I tried to reinstall the zip but am unable to. When I click on the zip it takes me to lr importing page. Please advise

Unzip the zip to create the “zenfolio-jfriedl.lrplugin” folder, then point to it via the “Add” button in the Plugin Manager. —Jeffrey

— comment by D on May 21st, 2011 at 3:42pm JST (12 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery

I used to have this plug in for lightroom 1.4 and I thought it was awesome, I know have lightroom 3.4 do you supply a plug in that is compatible with this version? I cant see anything on this site saying so the only one I have found is for version 2.0



I have a hard time guessing where you’re looking… all my plugins for Lr1 are available for Lr2 and Lr3 on my Lightroom Goodies page —Jeffrey

— comment by Louise on May 28th, 2011 at 1:14pm JST (12 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Love the LR Zenfolio upload plug in. Works very well so far.

One small issue is that I get your error message in the export dialogue that the quality level is too high @100. 92 seems OK. Zenfolio says highest possible. Photos seem fine. Is this a problem? If so how do I solve it?

Writing this in Palm Springs, CA (desert country).

Thanks for coming up with a great timesaver. I’ll definitely register :).


The message about the high quality setting should also be referring you where in the dialog to go to find out more info, and to disable the check so you can upload as you like. It’s a one-time roadblock to bring the info on this page to your attention. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jim Kesge on July 1st, 2011 at 5:44am JST (12 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I have trouble to delete pics from facebook with your and the original LR plug-inn.
When I try to delete i get this Message “couldn’t delete image: (#3) Application does not have the capability to make this API call.” After i close this message the next one is “deletePhotosFromPublishedCollection: did not call deletedCallback function”
The upload is normal. LR ( 3.4.1 ) runs on a Mac OS X 10.6.8

Can you help me?

Facebook yanked the ability for plugins to delete photos. Modern versions of my plugin don’t even try anymore. —Jeffrey

— comment by Henning on July 19th, 2011 at 12:45am JST (12 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I have LR3.4.1 installed. I’ve been trying for the last couple of hours to get my FB Groups to be visible (of which I am the admin). None of my groups show up. The FB Page shows up, but not the groups. I’ve re-authorized and checked my setting in Facebook also. Under application settings, there is a “Manage My Pages” link, under which the pages I have can be added/removed. There isn’t anything about groups. Is this feature no longer available?

It sounds like you did everything right, so it seems you’re being bit by the mysteries of Facebook. Their engineering docs often don’t match reality, and this seems to be one of those cases. You can try submitting a bug report to Facebook, but I wouldn’t hold your breath. —Jeffrey

— comment by Giselle on August 16th, 2011 at 6:52am JST (12 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I have used and loved your jf picasaWeb plug-in. Just upgraded so that I could publish more than 10 nex pix to new folder. However, I keep getting an error message, need to re-authenticate to picassaweb.

Your instructions tell me that I can do so at the top of the export box. but for the life of me I cannot find the export box to which you refer. If it is in the plug in registration/setup dialogue, there is no place for me to re-give my google password, which is what I assume I need to give. can you help straighten me out??

The export dialog is the one that pops up when you hit the “Export” button in the lower left of Library, or invoke “File > Export”. The new authentication does not involve you giving your Google credentials to the plugin (you log in via the browser), which is a nice benefit. —Jeffrey

— comment by Adair on August 25th, 2011 at 2:39pm JST (12 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I’m having trouble using the facebook plugin to post to my group/fan pages. I have uninstalled, reloaded, reauthorized, unauthorized, deleted saved authorizations, etc. and I still can’t get those albums to show up on the export page. Has this functionality been pulled from facebook, or am I missing something?

It simply doesn’t work for some people. It’s a FB thing. No idea why. I’ve asked FB, and they don’t respond. Not much more I can do. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Andrew on October 7th, 2011 at 12:54am JST (12 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hello! You’ve made the great work for your plugin export to flickr, thank you!

I have one question.
I need to export one foto many times without replacing in Flickr for demonstrating of various editing. How can i do it?

there is one similar comment:

but i didnt understand what i should do to cancel republishing as global option forever
(there there is second reason to cancel republishing – flick generates new link to photo and all photos posted earlier in blogs becames “unavailible” after republishing).

You can create virtual copies in Lightroom, and include each virtual copy in your publish service, or if you want a one-off approach, just export via the normal (non-Publish) export, make whatever develop changes you want, then export again, being sure to turn off the delete/replace options. —Jeffrey

— comment by jtsuken on November 14th, 2011 at 2:32am JST (12 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I like the twitter plugin but is it posable the the plugin ask for some twee text before sending the picture to twitter?

Uh, there’s an entire section of the export dialog for entering the tweet. —Jeffrey

— comment by René van Dam on December 14th, 2011 at 8:18pm JST (12 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I know but I want to enter different text for every photo I tweet. Now I have to open the export settings for every picture I tweed. I think it’s easier if the plug-in ask for the text before him sends the picture, whiteout having to change the plugin settings.

It’s not “plugin settings”, it’s the export dialog. It opens up to where it was last time, so you enter the text and press “Export”. Generally, once you set other things as you like (your login, the photo size, etc.), you’ll just enter the tweet text. —Jeffrey

— comment by René van Dam on December 14th, 2011 at 10:16pm JST (12 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I have been using your plug-in to upload pics from LR3 to Smugmug. Your plugin is a godsend – thank you for your hard work. The last half dozen times I have used it (the last 6 months or so), I keep getting error messages on my MacBook Pro that there is a Network Error of “timing out”. I am using a wireless connection when I try to upload, and eventually the attempts run out and the upload aborts When I first started using your plug-in, I did not encounter this issue. Any words of wisdom as to why this is happening? It does not seem to matter how few (as little as 10 images) I have selected, I still get this error message. It then seems to screw up the internet connection and I have to reboot to get internet service again. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

I’m not sure what to say… Lightroom is just a client of your networking, and if it’s flaky (for whatever unknown reason) Lightroom will have a tough time. It could also be SmugMug having issues, or your ISP, or anyone in between…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jo B. on December 24th, 2011 at 1:57am JST (12 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi. Have been using your uploader to Zenfoilo without problem until tonight. Went through the usual steps in your export dialog (after I had logged on to my zenfolio site), and when I clicked on “refresh list” button I got “cannot log onto zenfolio; invalid credentials”. I have changed my email address to the address listed above since my last upload, and suspect that’s the problem. At any rate, how do we fix the invalid credentials?

In the top section of the export dialog, log out of Zenfolio and then re-log back in. (Being logged in within the browser is not relevant) —Jeffrey

— comment by Wayne on December 24th, 2011 at 10:09am JST (12 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey! I am trying out your plugin for picasa web album uploading. My question is, is it possible for it to handle two picasa accounts? I want to upload professional photos to my account and family photos to my wife’s picasa account. So I was hoping I can have options on which account to upload.

Yes, if you’ve authenticated to two or more accounts, you’ll have a dropdown in the login area where you can just choose the account. Export presets also include the account, so you can make account-specific presets and invoke them directly from the File menu. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kaeru on January 1st, 2012 at 11:34pm JST (12 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I was just trying to publish some photos to my Zenfolio page and got the error

“Got an unexpected HTML reply from Zenfolio to my JSON request”

What do I do now?

After getting such an error, please send a log. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jeff Rose on January 17th, 2012 at 7:12am JST (12 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

I have both the Export to Kodak and Export to Facebook plugins. I absolutely love the plugins, thank you.
I shoot in Adobe RGB color space, and Lightroom’s Export to Hard Drive you can set the color space to sRGB when exporting so that the colors look proper. Any chance of adding the Color Space setting in your plugins? The photos look off when it gets exported as AdobeRGB to either Facebook and Kodak, I usually have to export to Hard Drive and then upload the JPG files, which defeats the benefit of having a plugin that will do that for me.

Again thank you for a great bunch of LR plug-ins.

The plugins force conversion to sRGB, which is why it doesn’t present the option to change it. You can see for yourself by choosing a non-temporary folder in the “Export Location” section, then inspect the files that are left behind after the export. They’ll all have sRGB profiles attached. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ed Walsh on February 6th, 2012 at 6:10am JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

Is the plugin supposed to delete photos from Zenfolio that I have deleted from my Catalog? For example, I uploaded ~250 photos via the Auto Archive @ Zenfolio preset I created, and then I deleted about half of them. I was hoping that if I re-ran Auto Archive @ Zenfolio that it would delete these 125 photos for me, but it didn’t. Am I doing something wrong?

If the deletion was part of a Zenfolio publish service, whether the deletion is reflected at Zenfolio is a subject of the publish-service settings, but otherwise, outside of a publish service, deletion in Lightroom is not reflected at Zenfolio at all. —Jeffrey

— comment by Stewart Anderson on February 20th, 2012 at 1:01am JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

Thanks for the quick reply. I will look at Publish services instead of the Auto Archive.

— comment by Stewart Anderson on February 20th, 2012 at 2:05am JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

I’m using the Smugmug Plugin and loving it. Quick question, what is the best way to control the order that my photos display in? If it’s a new album that I’m uploading, will it always follow the order shown in lightroom, and if I re-arrange the lightroom order and republish will it change smugmug?



Sort within an album is generally controlled at SmugMug, on a per-album basis with the gallery settings. The display sort in Lightroom is not reflected at SmugMug. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kevin on February 29th, 2012 at 2:25pm JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
to serve a big agency, I have to superscribe IPTC field #121 (local caption).
In Lightroom itself I can’t find it.
So I checked your “Metadata Preset Builder” – also unsuccessfully.
Have you any idea to make it visible?

Sorry, I don’t think Lightroom handles that field at all. You can probably use my metadata viewer to see it on a one-by-one basis, but I know of no way to write it. Sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Volker on March 7th, 2012 at 10:38pm JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

I’m just about to upgrade LT to v4. I understand the bit about needing to re-register the LR plugin, but what will happen with my Zenfolio published settings that were set up in LR3 (also do you know what will happen to any other Publish settings)?
Many thanks,

Lightroom’s catalog upgrade process should leave your publish settings alone, so everything should continue to work without interruption. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dayve on March 8th, 2012 at 12:15am JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

I’ve uploaded some images to Zenfolio using the Export to Zenfolio method (rather the Publish). The image metadata indicates it was uploaded to Zenfolio.

When I delete the image from Zenfolio, how to I erase the metadata in jf Zenfolio section of the images metadata?



After selecting the image(s), choose “clear” in the “File > Plugin Extras > Zenoflio Extras” dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Rob on March 8th, 2012 at 1:18am JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, great plugin…thanks for creating this!

Is there anyway to get the Lightroom (4) star ratings across to iPhoto as part of the export. I know other LR to iPhoto plugin can sync the rating also, but wasn’t sure if it was included in the metadata handled by your plugin?

Keep up the great work.

I’m not sure what plugin you’re referring to… I don’t know anything about iPhoto. —Jeffrey

— comment by LRGuyUK on March 11th, 2012 at 1:46am JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

I cant seem to locate a way to get camera actuations from my 5d mark I, Everything is for a pc and i am on a mac. Some are good for other model cameras but not mine. Do you have a way to do that? I did use your exif viewer and i didn’t see how many shutter activations i had anywhere.
By the way thanks for the metadata viewer for LR4, it took 2 days to get it all but now i could see what were my most used focal lengths. 🙂

Your camera may not encode the shutter actuations in the metadata. If you view a straight-out-of-camera JPG in the exif viewer and it doesn’t show up, it’s not there. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kevin on March 24th, 2012 at 8:50am JST (11 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

thank you thank you thank you!!!!!
your facebook permissions FAQ solved my problem with the adobe (and your) facebook plugin being unable to upload…. at least the error message from yours led me to the problem – the adobe one is useless!!! been tearing my hair out for almost a week, since it just seemed to start failing over night…

— comment by Nik Sargent on March 31st, 2012 at 7:27am JST (11 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I am trying to authorize my facebook account and it keeps saying “can’t save changes: select at least one album” at the bottom, but will not allow me to do anything. How can I get this working?

You’ve got to authorize first, then select an album. If you have no albums, make one. Then you can select it and save. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anonymous on April 11th, 2012 at 12:01pm JST (11 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I’m searching where I can make the donation for the new plugin for lr4. Where can I do this?

There’s a link on the registration page, thanks! —Jeffrey

— comment by Elizabeth Lee Cantrell on April 16th, 2012 at 1:00pm JST (11 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I’ve looked at the options, but am fairly certain there is no way to configure multiple accounts to send pics to. Is there a way to install a 2nd copy of the plugin that can be used to post to a different facebook account? I tried creating a separate lrplugin directory but when I active one, the other one is automatically disabled.

The one plugin can send to any number of accounts. For a normal Export, just log out and reauthenticate at the top of the dialog. For Publish, create one publish service per account. The key to choosing a different account when authenticating is to be sure you’re already logged in to Facebook to the target account in your default browser. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kory on April 22nd, 2012 at 7:40am JST (11 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

When I publish new photos to facebook, they post on my wall but are not posting in the news feed. Why is this happening? It used to work until last week. Then I upgraded to LR4 & updated the plug in & today when I posted photos it did not work again.

It may be related to the maximum permission you’ve given the plugin or the album… check your app/album privacy settings. —Jeffrey

— comment by Joe on April 23rd, 2012 at 9:01am JST (11 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Your Lightroom Picasa Web Exporter Plugin is really great! What i would like to do is to “Backup” all my images via the Exporter but also keep some Publish Folders for the best photos. But it seems that the information where the photo is uploaded to in the Metadata is only kept once – so that after using either one this information is overwritten. Am i correct? Couldn`t there be 2 tags one for export and one for publish?

The info in the metadata display is the most recent upload; the same image can be uploaded via multiple Publish Services to multiple accounts, so “Export vs. Publish” is just one subset of the multiple-destinations problem. You can always right-click the thumbnail in a Publish Service to access its url at PicacaWeb, so maybe make two publish services, one for all photos as a backup, and another (with perhaps different output settings) for the best photos. —Jeffrey

— comment by Berndt on April 25th, 2012 at 6:25am JST (11 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I’m attempting for export images using the Jeffrey’s Export-to-Zenfolio
Plug-In within Adobe Lightroom 3. I encountered an error message
stating:”Unexpected HTTP reply from
http://api.zenfolio.com/api/1.6/zfapi.asmx: The value of Caption is

I selected 52 images and only two images upload until I received the error
message and the export terminated.

Please advise.

That’s almost certainly a bug in the plugin. Make sure you’re using the most recent version, then when you next get it (likely you’ll get it with the same photo that caused it the first time), please send a log. —Jeffrey

— comment by CLC PhotoGraphics on May 8th, 2012 at 7:58am JST (11 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, thank you very much for your regex book!
It is brilliant!!

— comment by Dmytro on May 13th, 2012 at 3:02pm JST (11 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Yeffrey,

I’m using the LR plugin to publish photo albums to my Facebook Fanpage. I noticed that photos appear one by one in Facebook Timeline on iPhone and iPad (instead of the entire album). When viewing Facebook Timeline on PC and Mac I get the Album in Timeline (like it should be).

Do you have any idea how to solve this?

Here is an example: https://www.facebook.com/DutchYouthRegatta


I don’t know how to solve that, no. As far as I know, FB does not expose that kind of control to a plugin, so it’s probably something they do themselves based on upload time, or perhaps target gallery? —Jeffrey

— comment by Valentijn van Duijvendijk on May 21st, 2012 at 5:38pm JST (11 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Love your work. One question: Is it a conscious design decision that changes made directly to titles, descriptions, and keywords on my Flickr page aren’t copied back to my local Lightroom library the way reader comments are? I’d love the ability to sync changes made in Lightroom and on Flickr and vice versa, if that makes sense. As it stands I have to enter all my text edits in Lightroom or they get overwritten.


I suppose it’s a conscious design decision, but you’d have to ask Adobe. The idea, I believe, is that Lightroom is the master source for your image data… comments are brought in because they are the one thing you do not author yourself. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gene on June 3rd, 2012 at 5:32am JST (11 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Great plugin’s Jeffrey, thanks.
I am enjoying LR4’s Geomap feature but note that the location info does not transfer to flickr. Is this possible via the plugin’s (jfFlickr & Metadatawrangler)? Maybe I am missing something.



There are lots of settings in your Flickr account, Lightroom, and the plugin that all must align correctly for things to work, so make note of any messages or options in all three places… —Jeffrey

— comment by Philip Norton on June 17th, 2012 at 7:41pm JST (11 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks Jeffery,
Sometimes it is too easy to ask some-one else. I had flickr set up to load location data and had set the individual exif items in the Metadatawrangler but had missed the flickr; Geoencoding & Location tab 🙂
All good now.

— comment by Philip Norton on June 18th, 2012 at 5:23pm JST (11 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I noticed that some of my photos posted with your Lightroom 4 facebook plugin need approval before they appear in the album. Has someone figured out why that is? It does not happen in all albums. I guess it is another privacy feature, but I can’t figure out how to enable automatic add to album.

That should happen, as far as I know, only with the default album for the app, which is the album named for the app. If you upload to albums you create yourself, I’d think they would appear directly. Facebook can at times be mysterious in its ways, so YMMV… —Jeffrey

— comment by Andreas Guther on June 21st, 2012 at 10:48pm JST (11 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

When I try to reauthenticate it’s having trouble finding the facebook page. It shows a page not found in Internet Explorer. It attempts this numerous times opening a new browser window each time. This is the address in the URL that keeps popping up.


That URL should never appear in a browser… the system should be passing it to Lightroom. So, it looks as if Lightroom’s URL handler didn’t register correctly… try re-installing Lightroom, and hopefully it should work. —Jeffrey

— comment by Wordizbon on June 25th, 2012 at 12:14pm JST (11 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for making the Lightroom facebook export plugin. I like Export better than Publish because it’s easy to manage the presets and Export does not do automatic things Publish likes to do.

1) I am disappointed that the Wall Photos do not appear. Adobe Bridge and the default Lightroom 4 plugins manage to publish to the wall.

Perhaps this can help you overcome this. I found this in the facebook help pages. This may explain why wall photos do not appear in the export:

“Unlike other photo albums you create, you can choose an audience for individual photos in your Wall Photos and Mobile Uploads albums. Each time you post a new photo, you pick who sees that photo using the audience selector.”

2) This probably should go in a feature request part of your website but here it is:
Could you have a setting whereby IPTC Title, (Comment,) and Copyright all go into the facebook description. Facebook itself takes the Title and the Copyright, both. (If loaded without Lightroom 4.)

Thanks again for making the facebook export/publish better.

Facebook provides a much smaller interface to third-party apps like the plugin, so it offers no way for the plugin to specify permissions on a per-image basis. (You can set permissions on a per-album basis at FB, though.) As for the description, that’s configured in the Metadata Management section of the plugin, and you have full control. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lark on June 27th, 2012 at 7:38am JST (11 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I just purchased lightroom 4 and installed this plug in. (as well as the Picasaweb exporter)

I continue to get an error that keeps popping up.

Error Processing “D:\………………………………JPG

canReadFile: Error when lightroom attempts to precess a catalog master image file ” dng_error_bad_format” (the master iamge file is likely corrupt)

I did not have this error when i imported all my files manually.

I am using lightroom 4.1 , Windows 7 Home premium

Any help would be appreciated.

Writing from NY, USA

I don’t know what “this” plugin is meant o refer to, but if Lightroom can’t read the file, it can’t read the file. If it works when you try to import later, maybe something is holding the file open, or maybe it’s not yet been written completely? —Jeffrey

— comment by David on July 9th, 2012 at 10:19am JST (11 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey – trivial question for a man of your Ninja-calibre photo (and software) skills – but difficult to ascertain from Canada — where does my Japanese visitor (he’s around Nagoya) get machine prints from a CD? In North America the answer is “practically anywhere” – from department stores to Pharmacies – but for Japan? Doko ni desu ka? What the ubiquitous “go to” place?

Arigatou gozaimasu!

Any local photo shop should be able to handle it, but also camera stores probably have kiosks (and would certainly know where to go if they didn’t). I don’t know anything about Nagoya, but perhaps Bic Camera has a kiosk. —Jeffrey

— comment by Scott Blessley on July 19th, 2012 at 10:05am JST (11 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

New England, USA. Trying to upload 28 recent pictures to my Picassa page and each time I get this: Debug:1181: INTERNAL ERROR: corrupt collection settings. I remade the collection downloaded the lastest update and it still will not upload.

Yikes, you’ll probably have to delete and recreate the collection. I’ve never figured out why this data goes corrupt… the best I can guess is some obscure bug in Lightroom, but I really have no idea. It’s very rare. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Photobill7 on July 27th, 2012 at 3:04am JST (11 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffsan Konbanwa.

I’m an early user of your LR plugins and am very happy with them.
I checked your Metadata wrangler plugin for LR3 today because I hate that LR loses the nikon lens data (I like to check this particular metadata in ACDsee when sorting my pics) and Nikon ViewNX seems to be able to keep the lens data when developing NEF2JPG but somehow LR deletes it everytime, even with your metadata wrangler plugin. Any clue to resolve this? I read on the web that Nikon lens metadata is hidden in a proprietary data field but ACDsee can read and show it (both with NEF and JPG). I need this to sort pics taken with , say a 70-200VR vs 70-200VRII, or a 24-70 vs 35 1.4, etc. Thanks anyway for your effort and I love Kyoto (I went several times and it’s one of my best places in the world). I particularly love your nightscenes (Gion, parks, temples, streetscapes, riverside, …) Keep up the good work! btw I’m a japanese living in Belgium 😀

— comment by ryo on July 30th, 2012 at 9:59pm JST (11 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hello again Jeffsan

Actually I realised the EXIF data about the lens isn’t lost but ACDsee can’t show it once LR has developed the JPG file. With the EXIFtool, I can see at least four occurences of the lens data:
Lens model, Lens, Lens info, Lens ID, and twice in Lens Profile Setup, Lens profile Name if the matching lens profile has been selected in LR for correction.
So it seems the real issue is with ACDsee pro4, wich cannot show the EXIF data corresponding to the lens data. What a pity.

— comment by ryo on July 30th, 2012 at 11:26pm JST (11 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks a lot for the zenfolio tool. Will really help to expedite my process when working there.

Also are you on G+?

Yes, here. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gene Bowker on August 8th, 2012 at 12:27am JST (11 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I emailed you before checking this blog first. Forgive me: I understand your time is limited. I’m getting a “Debug:1181: timedOut” error message when updating my Flickr stream and from checking this blog it seems that my problem may be a corrupt Lightroom catalog. Yikes indeed! I’ll try to recreate the catalog but as there are 800+ photos linked to this publish service (and 15 ‘smart’ collections) I’ve got some work ahead of me. Love the plugin!

I don’t think that a networking error would come from a corrupted catalog (though it never hurts to check, via the “integrity check” option in the catalog-backup dialog). I’d think the networking error would come from a problem with your network (or Flickr’s, or somewhere in between). If it’s at your location, you might try the standard things like rebooting your router, but it could be something that you just let time clear up. Can’t guess from here, but timeouts are unlikely to be specifically related to Lightroom or the plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tim Lumsdaine on August 9th, 2012 at 8:42am JST (11 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

hello jeffrey,
im using your GPS injector-plugin and im verry happy with it. i just ran across one thing witch I dont know if its my fault or a bug (or a feature).
When I create an HDR with photomatix, i got back an 16Bit-TIFF file into lightroom. this file is quite huge (128MB) so i want to convert it into an DNG witch will be just 60MB. But during the export and then reimport of the TIFF file, all the jf Geocoding Support fields are not brought over into the DNG file. I checked Shadow GPS Injector, but this wont help.
Is there any workaround for this issue? I already tryed to Sync the Metadata after the reimport, but i only can sync the “speed” and “bearing” fields, not the actual position. thank you for your great work with the plugins!

I’m not familiar with how Lightroom does DNG conversions, but I’m going to guess that they treat it as “create a new DNG photo, then delete the old TIFF photo”, which means that as far as the plugin is concerned, they’re unrelated photos. The easiest way to solve this is to upgrade to Lr4 where location data is always native to Lightroom :-), but otherwise, you can always try re-applying your tracklog to the converted file, or selecting both the DNG and one of the geoencoded source files for the HDR, then in the plugin dialog import the location from the HDR file then geoencode (which ends up adding the location to the DNG). —Jeffrey

— comment by blitzdesigner on August 11th, 2012 at 11:47pm JST (11 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I know this is long, but I think you will find my questions worth your time.

I have more than 10k photos on Flickr and I want to load your plugin version flickr-20120728.281. I am worried that there will be sync issues with my on-line photos with your plugin. I used an earlier version of your Flickr plugin before (version of LR3) and I ended up disabling it. My vague memory is that it was something like either it was going to re-upload the photos, and/or I was going to lose all my data on views, and/or there was problem with multiple catalogs. I am sorry I don’t remember exactly why, but I was in a crunch so I switch to LR’s Flickr upload plugin. I am now using LR4 on Windows 7 (x64).

I would like to see your plugin description explain how your plugin handles photos that are already published. Are there are any ramifications for the image data on-line, will it try to re-upload the images or will it be able to compare the data with the images on-line and in my Catalogs without re-uploading? Any idea how long it will take if I have 10K images on-line (from several catalogs)?

As I write this I am thinking the problem I had before was related to my photos on Flickr upload came from several different catalogs. How does it deal with Flickr photos in my account that are not in the catalog I am working with? Will it try to delete them on Flickr so they are synchronized? Will it “tell” the current LR catalog that it is missing photos that are actually from other catalogs?

I use multiple catalogs to minimize the cpu load and keep the number of folders manageable when I am working in LR (e.g. photos of my son’s soccer games has thousands, and I have my work related images in different catalogs for each project. I just astounded myself by adding up the # of photos I have in all my catalogs (60,000). How do your Flickr (& Facebook) plugins integrate, work across multiple catalogs?

I would also like to know if I can prevent re-uploading images that were slightly modified on my computer, like changing a keyword globally. LR’s up-loader aggravates me when I want to upload new photos, but there are hundreds of “modified” photos in the upload queue before them that I really don’t need to change on Flickr. I also want to prevent photos from being deleted on Flickr if I do delete them on my computer (old soccer photos I don’t need anymore, but I want the players to still have access to the ones I put out there for them).


I’d like to know what metric you think this question is worth my time! 🙂

The plugin will never delete a photo at Flickr that it hasn’t previously had in the current catalog, so it’s safe for you to go ahead and do some testing in some out-of-the-way nook of your account. There is no cross-catalog integration at all. See the publish docs for info about “association” and “claiming”… it’s all quite fragile and may work perfectly or horribly, depending on many things including the phase of the moon. You can tell my plugin what kinds of changes should cause a republish, but this too is a kludgy area, and my plugin won’t actually republish metadata changes without a develop change, which can be its own kind of annoying. (You can manually push some metadata changes via the “File > Plugin Extras > Flickr Extras” dialog).

When it comes down to it, the plugin does what it does, so I suggest testing to decide whether it’s appropriate for you.—Jeffrey

— comment by E Mallory on August 20th, 2012 at 2:58am JST (11 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

thanks mate much appreciate your effort. i feel for you. i was thinking of making a plugin for my d3100 to tether to lightroom. its annoying how i cant get lightroom to see the d3100 for tethering. clearly making a plugin would have to be a drop and run affair or i could end up like you clearly feel.

hope everything sorts out for you and congrats and knowing the solution is not always in the scaling up of a service.

take care of you and your family first man you only get one go around at this life.

— comment by chris george on August 20th, 2012 at 5:17pm JST (11 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffery thanks so much for your wonderful work. I just downloaded my first plugin from you, Picassa Web for Lightroom. I learned of your work through David Marx. In 1970 I was stationed in Iwakuni with the First Marine Air Wing. We would often leave Iwakuni on Friday night and arrived in Kyoto in the morning. We usually stayed at a small inn called Racutoso ( spelling?) We even had our own drawer at a couple of local establishments for refreshments. We loved Kyoto. It is one of my favorite cities in the world. It is so beautiful and peaceful. Thanks again. Bob Kinkle

— comment by Bob Kinkle on August 27th, 2012 at 6:31am JST (11 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

do you plan/have some idea to introduce Amazon Glacier as Lightroom Plugin? 1GB for $0.01 is really cheap. Currently my workflow is to store offsite master files from camera on Amazon S3 (currently moving to Glacier using FastGlacier software). Then I have another set of photos – DNG from Lightroom which are already processed and I want to put them on a safe place (currently few hard drives in different locations).
Thank you Jeffrey!


Glacier doesn’t sound appealing to me for photo backup. It’s cheaper and faster to use something like CrashPlan to back up your whole machine, images and catalogs included. Unlimited storage is a flat rate $6/month if you pay in four year chunks, and you don’t have to wait five hours to recover a file. Other similar cloud-based backup services are popular as well. I use it as part of my multi-computer backup plan (along with 8TB of local RAID-6 storage via a Synology NAS). It’s on my todo list to write up a post about all this. Anyway, Glacier’s general-access API would make more sense when you need to send stuff to the same dataset from multiple places around the globe simultaneously, and perhaps to restore files to multiple places as well…. benefits that make a difference to the enterprise business, but seem irrelevant to the average Lightroom user. —Jeffrey

— comment by Boris on August 28th, 2012 at 3:25am JST (11 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink


Do you plan to develop a plugin to export to minus.com ?

Kind regards.

No, sorry, never heard of them. —Jeffrey

— comment by Frederic on August 31st, 2012 at 6:39am JST (11 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

I happily used your Geoencode plugin in LR3. Now I’ve switched to a new PC, with LR4. I imported my pictures and my old LR3 catalog into LR4, and everything seems fine – I can see my pictures, and all LR metadata. But somewhere along the road, the geoencode info generated by the plugin seems have got lost. I installed the latest version of the plugin (gps-20120821.187) in LR4, but it doesn’t find any geoencode data. When I select a picture that I had encoded in LR3 with the plugin (gps-20110719.154) , and select “view location in Google Maps” from the plugin menu, it says ” is not geoencoded”.

Did I do something wrong in the upgrade / migration process ? I thought that the plugin geoencode data was stored in the LR catalog, so moving this catalog to the new PC would give me ALL metadata on the new PC, including the GPS (shadow) information ?

Do you have any suggestions about how to recuperate the geoencode info on my new PC ? I’v got more than 1000 encoded pictures, so re-encoding them all would be quite a job (even if I would remember where all the pictures have been taken …).

Thanks in advance,
Ghent – Belgium

What you describe should have worked, and the Lr3 photos geoencoded via the plugin should have appeared natively geoencoded in Lr4 after first enabling the plugin in Lr4. Can you re-visit your Lr3 catalog in Lr3 to confirm the shadow data? —Jeffrey

— comment by Peter on September 6th, 2012 at 8:23am JST (11 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

From Australia
LR4: create a new gallery in a group in my Zenfolio a/c. through the LR plugin uploader.
Refresh list, nothing shows up.
Open Zenfolio, gallery is there.
Close LR, restart, still no new gallery showing.

Are you sure you created a new gallery and not a new group? That’s usually the problem when I get this kind of report. 😉 —Jeffrey

— comment by Howard on September 16th, 2012 at 9:16am JST (11 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I’m unable to fully install the Picassa export plugin. The Plugin shows as installed but disabled because of the error it gets when the script tries to run. The log is below.

**** Error 1

An error occurred while attempting to run one of the plug-in’s scripts.
Could not find namespace: LrPhotoPictureView (and when I look, I can’t see a file with this name)

I’ve seen this a few times, and am not sure whether it’s Lightroom needing a restart, or a bad download. Check this FAQ. BTW, there should be plenty of files in the plugin folder, but nothing named “LrPhotoPictureView”……. that’s an internal Lightroom API endpoint. —Jeffrey

— comment by Byron Dillard on September 23rd, 2012 at 10:04am JST (11 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

thanks for your great plugin! I’ve donated yesterday. 😉
One question. If I republish 14 images with 1024px width, flickr doesn’t generate the “Medium 800” size for some of them. For example:


Next one, in the same publish process too, flickr generate the “Medium 800” size:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/diwiesign/8062562069/ !?!?

Hopefully, do you have any hint for me. Thanks in advance!


That’s quite odd. Maybe they look at the file size? In any case, the plugin has no insight into how they process it after the fact. That first shot is breathtaking, by the way. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dirk on October 8th, 2012 at 11:50pm JST (11 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

The LR4 plugin for export to Zenfolio is not showing in the plugin manager though it does show in the plugin extras. Not sure what to do.

The name in the plugin manger is “jf Zenfolio”, so make sure you’re looking in the Js, not the Zs. —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris on October 9th, 2012 at 1:14am JST (11 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

The plug in always uploads the most recent upload to the very last image in the album. Is there a way somewhere to change that? I want it to make the latest upload be the very first image, but I also want to be able to move that image later if I need to, in order to group something in the album.


I don’t know what plugin you’re talking about, but uploads are always in the order you have the images in the library… you can set whatever order you like. Display at a photo-hosting site, on the other hand, is often dictated by their own rules (album sort settings, capture time, etc.); it changes quite a bit from site to site. —Jeffrey

— comment by Will on October 10th, 2012 at 7:11am JST (11 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Is there a way to force the list in Flickr group pools to refresh? I’m not sure when it creates the list, but it doesn’t check to update it very often. If I go on Flickr today and drop thirty groups from my list, they will all still show up in the list in the plugin, and if I add any new groups they do not show up in the list.


The “refresh” button next to the list of sets also refreshes the group-pool list. —Jeffrey

— comment by Fuad on October 26th, 2012 at 4:01am JST (11 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink


You write great LR plugins, thanks! I’ve been a fan and customer for many years.

My questions is this: I noticed that when I upload images to Facebook, the first one in my collection appears last and the last one appears first. I do use “User Order” to put them in the order I want to see them in LR and I would like them to appear in FB the same way as I see them in LR.

I don’t know of a way to reverse the order in LR when they are already in “user order”.

Is there something you could add to the plugin to reverse the upload order on an initial upload? (I often upload a couple of hundred to FB albums)


The plugin has no control over the order, something that also bothers Flickr uploads. It’s my understanding that the plugin is given them in the same order as shown in the Grid, and that Facebook keeps them in the order they arrive, so I’d think it should all be working as you like… (?) —Jeffrey

— comment by Jim on October 26th, 2012 at 2:24pm JST (11 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I want to make a new gallery in Zenfolio. I opened Lightroom and opened
published collections, but couldn’t figure out how to add new gallery here.
Then I opened Zenfolio, created a new gallery and uploaded one photo to it.
now I go to Lightroom and I still do not see this new gallery collection in
Lightroom Publish Collections. What am I doing wrong?

How do I add a new gallery to jfZenfolio where I already have published collections (galleries)?


Matthew Kraus

You can create a new gallery via the “Create Gallery” menu item in the publish-service context menu, and in the “Zenfolio Tools” section of the Publish/Export dialogs. And if you created it at Zenfolio, then click the “refresh” button next to the list of galleries and it’ll show up. —Jeffrey

— comment by Matthew Kraus on October 29th, 2012 at 4:06am JST (11 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I have just registered and made a donation for the
lightroom plug in. I downloaded the zip file as but when i
open the file it opens the import page to Lightroom and I cannot find any file
to import to Lightroom. The plug is not listed in the Plug in manager. Can you
help please.


It’d be nice if Lightroom let you install by clicking on the plugin, but that’s not how it works; install instructions are here. —Jeffrey

— comment by David on October 31st, 2012 at 2:13am JST (11 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

for some reason, the plugin no longer shows enabled. I click enable, yet when i go to export it is not giving me the smugmug option for export. I’m running LR3. This is driving me crazy. I’ve tried to delete and reinstall but to no avail.

I’m guessing that you’re mixing up Adobe’s plugin and mine… theirs is Publish only, while mine does both Publish and Export. —Jeffrey

— comment by Reny on November 22nd, 2012 at 9:59am JST (11 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I’m afraid I’m unable to get past the dreaded “missing destination cookies” error when trying to upload to my PicasaWeb. I followed your suggestions on backing and optimizing the catalog. I also tried creating another Picasa publish service as well as deleting all Picasa services and re-creating a new service. Do you have any other suggestions? Could it be I’m running LR3?


As the FAQ says, I still don’t know what causes this, so the best I can suggest is to delete and rebuild the collection. )-:—Jeffrey

— comment by Dennis on December 4th, 2012 at 5:56pm JST (11 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink


Just to add, I get the occasional ‘wrong handle’ error when uploading from LR 4.2. This usually happens when uploading many images, so I thought it might be an overload somewhere. It is not constant, though, like the previous poster, but does still occur.

Adobe tells me that they’ve fixed this bug in Lr4.3, so please give that a try… —Jeffrey

— comment by Dayve on December 13th, 2012 at 5:08pm JST (11 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I loaded Lightroom 4.3 and am now getting a bad server response consistatly when I try ot upload. Any ideas?

That’s unfortunate. After hitting the error, please send a log. Also unfortunately, I have a cold at the moment, so it’ll be a few days before I can dig into it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Warren on December 14th, 2012 at 8:23am JST (11 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Enjoy the plug-ins especially export to Flickr. Not sure if I missed an option or not but would it be possible to have the ability to tweet a lower resolution photo when exporting? Typically I upload high resolution photos to Flickr which exceed the file size restrictions of Twitter. It would be nice to have an option to resize the photo for twitter alone so the image could be included in my tweet.


It’s a common request, but unfortunately not easy to do with a plugin. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Craig on December 29th, 2012 at 4:10am JST (11 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I have a lot of your plugins, they’re great. Quick question. When I mark pictures to be republished in Lightroom they actually are replaced on SmugMug (which is ok and the expected behavior in my opinion), however in Facebook they are actually added generating duplicates. Why is that ? Am I missing something ? Thanks ! Celso.

As the Publish docs for Facebook clearly say, FB doesn’t allow image replacement. I recommend using Export instead of Publish for FB. —Jeffrey

— comment by Celso Diniz on January 3rd, 2013 at 3:38pm JST (11 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

trying to upload many pictures and videos to zenfolio, using your plugin (current version from 15.01.2013) within lightroom 4.3 but get failure “Unexpected HTTP reply from http://api.zenfolio.com/api/1.6/zfapi.asmx: The value of Title is incorrect!

any ideas/help?

thanks in advance!

I’m probably not encoding something correctly, or warning you if the title is too long, or the like. If you could send a log immediately after encountering the error, I’d appreciate it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Claudio on January 17th, 2013 at 5:16am JST (11 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

zenfolio-log.txt is empty:-( but last message i saw was “title is too long”. i have titles with max of 192 chars plus the path.

Please send the log (via the button) after getting the error so that I can try to reproduce the error on my side. —Jeffrey

— comment by Claudio on January 19th, 2013 at 4:04am JST (11 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Is there a way that the source code can be viewed for this plug in? When I open any of the lua files, I see a lot of garbled text. I’m using Mac OS X 10.8.2 with Lightroom 3 and I have just began to develop in Lightroom.

My (very old) Lr1 plugins have visible source (see links toward bottom of list here). The SDK from Adobe has modern examples. And 500px has open sourced their plugin, though I don’t know the quality. —Jeffrey

— comment by Steffan on February 9th, 2013 at 1:15am JST (11 years ago) comment permalink

Mike from UK: I have the same issue as Dennis., i.e “missing destination cookies.” But this only happens with any new collections I create. In fact the only album I can upload to is the one I first generated using the “create album at PicasaWeb” option in the Publishing Manager. I can’t even add a new album this way now because I get the “Internal Error: corrupt collection settings” message when attempting to save the settings. I use LR 3.6.
By the way Jeffry, I love the “Bummer” button when things go wrong. Helps keep things in perspective.

— comment by Mike on February 10th, 2013 at 4:42am JST (11 years ago) comment permalink

Jeffry, I found a workaround to the missing destination cookies problem that works for me:
1) Only ever create Albums using the tool “Create album at Picasaweb” (in publishing manager.)
2) Never use the “Create Album…” context menu option.
I use LR 3.6 and Windows 7 SP1.
By the way, in your response above, when you say “delete and rebuild the collection” I take it you mean ‘albums’ created within this PicasaWeb publishing service. That is, by ‘collection’, do you mean ‘album’, or am I missing something?
Mike (UK)

— comment by Mike on February 10th, 2013 at 5:44am JST (11 years ago) comment permalink

How do you set up to publish photos to a Facebook group page.
I do 12 day natural history trips (whale watching +). I have set up a group page.
Searcher Natural History – Photo Sharing.
I would like to publish direct from Lightroom. It dose not seen to let me set up a service that is not under my account.

I’m pretty sure they let you upload only to accounts you control, but sometimes not even that. See this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Charles Howell on March 7th, 2013 at 2:58am JST (11 years ago) comment permalink

I didn’t find a place on your site to suggest a new plugin that will be helpful before it comes out in LR5 or can extend that feature in that Adobe has not confirmed in over 1yr that they will have these new features.

Please email me if you are interested in creating a new plugin for LR4 relating to editing tools in the develop module. I have a host of features they are ignoring to reply to whether they are going to do them or not.

I think it’s Adobe’s policy to not comment on future plans, beyond a vague “we see value in the idea” kind of statement. I can’t say I blame them. Unfortunately, a plugin has no access to the image pipeline, so it can’t do anything to extend the develop tools. —Jeffrey

— comment by Derek Gold on March 7th, 2013 at 9:52am JST (11 years ago) comment permalink

I see the Zenfolio plug-in in my downloads. I click on it and it wisks itself somewhere, but for the life of me I don’t know where it is!! How do I get it from my downloads to the Lightroom Plug-in Manager on my MAC. Or how do I get to it wherever it is supposed to be. I sent my $20 donation and have my registration number and am anxious to get my images onto my Zenfolio website.

Please help!!

Thank you.


There are install instructions linked from every plugin page (linking here). Thanks for your kind gift(!) —Jeffrey

— comment by Pat on March 12th, 2013 at 10:08am JST (11 years ago) comment permalink

FYI – this worked for us too!

— comment by Mike on February 10th, 2013 at 5:44am JST (1 month, 6 days ago) — comment permalink

— comment by CM on March 16th, 2013 at 2:07pm JST (10 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Trying to authenticate to facebook with LR4 and the latest, registered plugin. I get the following error all the time and can no longer upload to facebook:

The website encountered an error while retrieving https://www.facebook.com/dialog/oauth?client_id=3b18d8dab56….. It may be down for maintenance or configured incorrectly.
Here are some suggestions:
Reload this webpage later.
HTTP Error 500 (Internal Server Error): An unexpected condition was encountered while the server was attempting to fulfill the request.

Looks like Facebook is having issues, or something on your system is diddling the web traffic between Lightroom and Facebook. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ken on March 28th, 2013 at 9:50am JST (10 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Perhaps, but it started with LR4 and the update to the plugin. Any suggestions on how to get around it?

Some of the networking in the Windows version of Lightroom 4.0 had “issues”, and they should have been resolved in subsequent updates.
Make sure you’re using 4.3 (or the 4.4 RC). Other than that, I’m at a loss. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ken on March 29th, 2013 at 8:12am JST (10 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I have been using your plugin for years and have never had any problems. I have made a gallery for the pictures to go into the Smugmug:Upload Destination. However, today, I don’t understand why when I try to export from Lightroom into my smugmug website, it pops me into a window that wants me to pick a” folder ” I have already designated that I want the export location to be in the FOLDER/Users/cyndibemel3/pictures/smugmug. Do I need to put something more into the Export Location info. (first box down ) ?
Please advise me ASAP!

Thanks so much,

I don’t know why it would have suddenly changed, but did that target folder perhaps disappear? —Jeffrey

— comment by Cbemel on April 2nd, 2013 at 3:59am JST (10 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Does your Zenfolio plug-in work for LR4.4 run by Windows 8. I am having problems installing it but maybe it is just me.

It should work fine anywhere Lr4 can run. See this FAQ on install issues. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sharon on April 23rd, 2013 at 7:57am JST (10 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

I use the LR to Zenfolio uploader everyday and couldn’t live without it. However, it has an annoying habit of not sending the first 1-4 images in a batch. I have to go back and manually upload the missing images. This doesn’t happen every time – maybe 50% of the time.

Using LR3. Any ideas on a fix?

I’ve never heard of that… that would be quite annoying. Next time it happens, send a log along with a note that details what photos didn’t show up. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tim in Australia on April 30th, 2013 at 9:43am JST (10 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I’m trying to use jf Run Any Command in conjunction with jf Flickr. The command I want to run is an OS X application, which is a .app file, which is actually a directory. If I specify the .app file, it fails because the plugin is prepending the ‘sh’ command. It complains, correctly, that it can’t execute a directory. What I want the plugin to do is simply run the .app file. The command line would not start with ‘sh’.

I tried the OS X ‘open’ command. It correctly runs the .app file, but it does so asynchronously. That means that Lightroom continues and exports the original JPEG. The post-process works, but it doesn’t complete until after the export.

Is there a way to cause the ‘sh’ command not to be prepended or to run .app synchronously? Thanks.

It might not be possible, depending on the app. You can run the app synchronously by drilling down directly to the executable (e.g. for Lightroom, it might be “/Applications/Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.app/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5“), but whether the executable will accept image filenames on the command line is up to the app, as is whether it will exit immediately after processing. —Jeffrey

— comment by Doug Kaye on May 1st, 2013 at 6:13am JST (10 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I have a question that is not answered above…..

How does this uploader track virtual copies? e.g. I have the original and 3 virtual copies all uploaded to Zenfolio. If I change one of the virtual copies, what maintains the realtionship between the virtual copy and the image on zenfolio so that the right image is updated?

Thank you…..


Virtual copies are all considered different photos as far as the plugin is concerned, with the caveat that the act of creating a virtual copy also replicates the “uploaded to…” data. I consider this a bug in Lightroom. If you create a virtual copy of a photo you’ve already uploaded, you should clear the upload data of the copy via “File > Plugin Extras > Zenfolio Extras”. —Jeffrey

— comment by ed matthews on May 5th, 2013 at 11:11am JST (10 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I have a question i cant seem to find the answer to. I have tried to trouble shoot this for hours over the last 2 days and still a no go. I am getting a “Couldn’t render image: AgNegative:renderToFile: dng_error_write_file” error on 2 photos for a gallery on smug mug using the latest version of lightroom 4. I have uploaded these photos via the plugin to other galleries and they have worked fine but it wont let me add them to one particular gallery for no apparent reason. Could you help me here?


That’s an internal Lightroom error… looks like the destination folder where the copy is being written lacks permission, or your disk is full, or other problem that results in the file not being written. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gustavo Castillo on May 6th, 2013 at 12:47am JST (10 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff – greetings from San Francisco. As a sidenote I really enjoyed your photos of the cherry blossoms in Kyoto. Amazing!

I just installed your plug-in for Picasaweb. It works great for publishing photos but I’m having trouble with Videos.

Initially I set the Video conversion to H.264 and tried every quality setting. On the picasaweb site I would see the file stubs but not the actual videos. By stubs I mean it almost looked like Picasaweb was still “thinking” about some sort of conversion. I had seen this when I used smugmug. I let it sit overnight but still no Videos that could be played…just the file names (pictures were fine).

I then changed the Video setting to “Original”, thinking that maybe picasaweb didn’t understand H.264. A similar (but not exactly the same) result ensued. I can see the file and some attributes of it (pixels, name, file size) but still can’t play the video on line.

Needless to say, even if this second method worked, it wouldn’t do me much help for larger files.. I really need to reduce to size to keep to picasaweb’s 100MB limit (that’s about 1 min of iphone 4s video). But i was just trying to troubleshoot.

I would totally appreciate your comments or those of others here.

I’m very grateful for your work to help us all.

I’ve not heard of this problem before… it doesn’t surprise me that they need to process a bit, but I’d think overnight would be plenty. Could it be that you need to do a hard reload in the browser? —Jeffrey

— comment by BartS on May 6th, 2013 at 10:35am JST (10 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey.
I’m now selling my old computer, that happened to be with your plug-in installed and I need to know what should I do to re-install it on my new Mac. Should I pay agian?

Best Regards
André Bittencourt from Brazil.
I am already a registered user of your amazing Zenfolio Plug-in for Lightroom.

If you have the same Lr serial on you new system, just use the same registration code. Or create a new code (with a $.01 transaction if you like). —Jeffrey

— comment by André Bittencourt on May 30th, 2013 at 3:00am JST (10 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

From Northern VA here:

I’ve just installed Lightroom 5 final release version. The PicasaWeb plugin automatically disables. I downloaded the latest version from your site here and then tried adding it in as a new plugin. I get the same error again and then it’s automatically disabled. The error reads:

An error occurred while reading the schema for the plug-in “jf PicasaWeb”. The plug-in will be disabled.

What can I do to get this enabled again?

Thank you.

It depends on why it’s not working… look to the upper- and lower-right sections of the plugin manager for diagnostics. It may be that you simply need to update to the latest version of the plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Scott on June 12th, 2013 at 8:06am JST (10 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I’ve been using your Facebook and Zenfolio plug-in’s for about a year now. Recently, my zenfolio EXPORTS are EXTREMELY slow (it took about 16 hours to export 100 photos). I tested my export to disk and it’s super fast. I tried to see if there were any reported issues with the zenfolio website.
Have you heard of anyone else having issues or any ideas?

Sounds like it might be a networking issue. Uploads to Zenfolio are not slow for me, so either we have different destination servers, or there’s some networking issue on your side (or between you and Zenfolio). Perhaps try the standard networking things (reboot your router, computer, etc.) and hope for the best? —Jeffrey

— comment by Donna on June 12th, 2013 at 9:51am JST (10 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

First, thank you so much for creating the lightroom preview extraction plugin. It has worked on several of my images. My question is about the ones where it gives me a super tiny thumbnail image at 160×160. I have my “previews” set to medium at 1440 so why would any of them be any smaller than that?


Lightroom generates a pyramid of sizes for different uses (thumbnails in the grid and in the navigator) even if you never “generate standard previews”, which makes the larger ones. —Jeffrey

— comment by Apryl on June 19th, 2013 at 2:16am JST (10 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks very much for any help. If I use LR5’s map module to geoencode my pictures and then publish them with jf Flickr, should they appear on my Flickr map? They don’t appear to be. I’ve made sure to uncheck “hide location” in the plug-in.

Thanks again.

It should all work when everything aligns properly, but you have to make sure your Flickr account is set up to allow geoencoded photos to show on the map, and that Lightroom and the plugin are set up to make sure the data gets to Flickr. Check your Flickr settings and the export settings carefully… —Jeffrey

— comment by Bill on July 8th, 2013 at 7:55am JST (10 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you for a strikingly good set of plugins.

I’m migrating from the Lr Flickr plugin, and didn’t see anything in the FAQ …

1 Smart sets seem to show photos already in the photostream as “new to upload” vs in manual sets “modified to update” Is this right?

2 If I put a photo into multiple sets, I hope only one copy is uploaded?

Thanks again

For #2, yes, photos get uploaded only once. For #1, I don’t actually remember (it’s been years since I worked on the migration code) so you may need to test (you can publish specific photos by holding down Alt/Opt before pressing the [Publish] button). —Jeffrey

— comment by Andrew Macpherson on July 23rd, 2013 at 9:20pm JST (10 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I’m new to Zenfolio as well as to your uploader… In LR4 I created an event and divided the event into different folders of the days events.
My question is.. Is there a way to have your uploader create a Group… with all of the individual Galleries …already separated, into Zenfolio automatically.
As it stands, it is uploading all 1200 photos to a gallery now…
It’d be nice to have it upload the events already separated

Thank you

You can probably do what you want via “automatic destinations”, as described on this post. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anthony on August 18th, 2013 at 2:50pm JST (10 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I would like to arrange the photo order in lightroom and then upload to smugmug. Will the photo order be maintained in smugmug?

They’ll be uploaded in the order presented in Grid, but whether SmugMug keeps that ordering depends on your gallery settings. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lance Levine on August 29th, 2013 at 5:17am JST (10 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Jefrey and others,
i am workingmon some wokflows with EyeFi Cards and Folder Watch.
My new Lightroom Gadget is a Surface Pro with a USB SSD aatached. My Wish is to get smart Previews automatically on every Import. Butninhave not found a way to do this with LR Presets. Do we have a way to do that with Folder Watch ?

Yes, if you upgrade to the new version of the plugin that I just pushed. 😉 —Jeffrey

— comment by Karsten Bott on September 1st, 2013 at 8:33pm JST (10 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Made my Day 🙂 Will test it now !

— comment by Karsten Bott on September 1st, 2013 at 11:24pm JST (10 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Would you consider developing a plugin that would manage backing up files in a LR catalog to an Amazon Glacier account?

I’d consider it, but it’s not on the todo list as of now… not a lot of requests for it as of yet. —Jeffrey

— comment by David Madison on September 7th, 2013 at 8:56am JST (10 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi! I’m uploading all my photos to flickr (as backup) using this plugin. But if I use the jf flickr publish service, i get a lot of erros uploading (can’t connect to flickr, etc). So now I’m using the “export” menu (right click the photos) and then export using jf flickr.
There is an option to upload [ All / Update / New ] photos, that is quite good, because I select only the “new” photos. The plugin seams to remember which ones were already uploaded.

My question is: If I need to uninstall and install again lightroom and jf plugin, how can I only upload “new” photos, since the jf flickr plugin probably forgot which were uploaded?

Hope you understand my question. Best regards!
The plugin keeps that data in the catalog, so it’ll remember. But it’s exactly the same network-wise to Export vs. Publish, so I can’t imagine that one would work for you while the other wouldn’t. —Jeffrey

— comment by Benny Danny on September 9th, 2013 at 6:48pm JST (10 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

i am still having trouble loading the most recent version of picasaweb as a plugin (having checked your FAQs). now the error message i get is: “the “nil” plug in is not installed or not functioning properly.”

i created a diagnostic file, which read: “An error occurred while attempting to load this plug-in.
The plug-in description script (Info.lua) is missing.”

any help would be appreciated.

Sounds like the plugin files were deleted or corrupted. Perhaps delete the whole thing and download/unzip from scratch… —Jeffrey

— comment by tony mischel on September 29th, 2013 at 8:33am JST (10 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey – I have just moved back to NZ after living in China for 5 years & am having trouble with your uploader – I get the message “Can’t upload: Zenfolio reports that the destination album no longer exists.” But, I can see it there.
I look forward to your reply.
Best regards

I’m guessing that you probably deleted and re-created (with the same name) the album at Zenfolio, but if you send a log after encountering the error, I can take a look. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kirsty on October 11th, 2013 at 9:52am JST (10 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I have your Facebook and Zenfolio plug-ins. They are both great. I just purchased a new computer and have installed Lightroom but when I try to access your plug-ins it says” this plug-in is not installed or functioning properly. How do I tell it where the plug-in is located. I don’t want to lose all of my publised collections? Thanks

The plugin manager has a section that shows where it’s located. But don’t worry about your data… it’s in the catalog, so you can safely completely delete the plugin from disk, download and unzip a new copy. If you put it in a different spot from before, you’ll have to point the plugin manager at it again. —Jeffrey

— comment by Denny Riffert on October 20th, 2013 at 1:56am JST (10 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi from Bath, UK

Using Flickr plugin. When I try to use the ‘Visit Photoset at Flickr’ option when right clicking on a published collection, get the response back can ‘t find URL – that regardless of whether the collection is smart or not, created post plugin installation or identified in the training phase.

Presumably the plugin knows the address of the Photoset to do updates – but I have scanned images that were exported from Lightroom and then imported into Flickr that I’d like to be able to get the plugin to recognise/take ownership of. I’d hope visiting the Photoset would help.

Can’t find any previous request/comment on this. Tried to get you to answer a similar question a month or so ago but it appears to have disappeared.



There were some technical reasons I didn’t address this early on (circa Lr3), but they seem to have passed and I just neglected to revisit it, sorry. I’ve just pushed a new version of the plugin that does it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Steve Chasey on November 13th, 2013 at 12:12am JST (10 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Tried the new plugin (.326) and yep, now works great. Next thing is how do I pull in the images not recorded in the JF Published Photoset so the I can bring into equilibrium the 2 Photosets? Happy to do it on a set by set basis.

Thanks again


See these docs —Jeffrey

— comment by Steve Chasey on November 14th, 2013 at 1:11am JST (10 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

from Vancouver, BC. Using LR 4.4 – Just moved to Windows 8 – all’s well but I am using pretty long file names when exporting to various photo sites and have just now run into the error message: “Couldn’t render image: file path was too long …” followed by the path of the temp folder and my long file name which normally included the image’s file name, caption and keyword list. I know that’s a lot of info but in the past there was no issue with all of these characters being exported. I’ve changed the temp file (which was a pretty long string itself) , to a shorter specific folder name on the root of C: drive but still get the same error. I think something has changed when I moved from Win7 to Win8. Any ideas?

The operating system has its own limits on filename length… perhaps one caption is just really long, or perhaps Win8 has a tighter limit. —Jeffrey

— comment by Doug Austin on November 15th, 2013 at 11:55pm JST (10 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, I just bought [registered] and downloaded the twitter plugin for Lightroom and although it appears in the plugin manager, I can actually add it as a usable plugin. What’s going on?


I’m not sure what you mean by “add it as a usable plugin”, but if you’re looking for it in the Publish area, it won’t be there… it’s Export only. Publish doesn’t really make sense for Twitter. —Jeffrey

— comment by Barry Robinson on December 3rd, 2013 at 8:47am JST (10 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I keep hearing of people uploading to facebook as png files for significantly better image quality. Is there any way to do this from your plugin? Does it make any difference? Do you have any recommendations for optimizing appearance of images in facebook?
Tom, From NJ USA

There’s no way to export PNG from Lightroom, so nothing on that front, but I’ve been working with an engineer at Facebook on tuning things so that they won’t recompress (which is the real quality killer). In the end we’ll hopefully have a way where you can control the quality loss, but unless they make a policy change, photos will never look good on Facebook. The site is just not indented to be used that way. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom Lozinski on December 4th, 2013 at 12:27am JST (10 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey. I am posting from Chicago, Illinois. Thanks so much for all the great work – it saves me so much time, each and every day. There is one thing I have been playing around with, and it occurred to me I might as well just ask you.

The issue is this. I use SmugVault on SmugMug for archiving my DNG files. This works really great, especially with the “entangle” feature on your plugin. Except for the situation where I start with a DNG file in Lightroom, then I open it in PS or some other app that results in a TIFF file being saved. Then I create the final JPEG from that TIFF – but I want all three files (the original DNG, the TIFF and the final JPEG) to be entangled on SmugMug so that the DNG and the TIFF go into the SmugVault, and the JPEG is visible. Right now the only way I know how to do this is to manually upload all three files. But it would be great if there were a way to automate this.

Any suggestions? Thanks so much in advance.



I don’t see an easy way to entangle all the versions, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jay Melnick on January 5th, 2014 at 2:56am JST (10 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Cal from Minnesota, This content is currently unavailable, this is the message I get when I click the visit album on facebook. I just can not get your plug in to work. Is it because I have a business page?

Thanks Cal.

It sounds as if you’re not logged in to the appropriate FB account in your browser, though it could also be other kinds of permission (or just FB flakieness) issues. Hard to tell from here. —Jeffrey

— comment by Calvin Juelfs on January 17th, 2014 at 5:43am JST (10 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, how are you, not tooo cold I hope. I am running into a problem with uploading to Flickr.
Here is what it says: attempt #1 error “timed out”, retrying now. on the top it says Network error contacting api Flickr.com and it also says this: Error during export, Unexpected reply from Flickr: Aborting export before any image was successfully uploaded.
Any idea what to do about this? The first problem was while trying to create a new album, the second one while trying to upload to a album. The funny thing is, even though it says its aborting, the pick is in my Photostream.

There’s a lot of back-and-forth interaction between the plugin and Flickr, and it sounds like network issues are causing errors for some of the later steps, which is why the photo ends up at Flickr even though the full sequence of steps couldn’t be completed. As to what’s causing the network problems, well, that’s notoriously difficult to figure out, but this FAQ has some ideas. —Jeffrey

— comment by Hugo on February 6th, 2014 at 11:25am JST (10 years ago) comment permalink

With the Google Plus uploader, is there a way to automatically split photos in to sub-folders or folders based on date in the same format as the auto-uploader?

If you mean the PicasaWeb plugin (G+ doesn’t offer an API for direct uploads), yes, see the “auto destinations” link near the album list in the Export Dialog, as seen in this old post about using the same thing with the Zenfolio uploader. —Jeffrey

— comment by David Craig on February 18th, 2014 at 6:54am JST (10 years ago) comment permalink

Has anyone else reported issues with tags not getting applied to uploaded photos with the flickr plugin? I will have it apply tags to an entire set, but about 1/3 of the photos uploaded will be uploaded without tags.

Are you sure that the tags are marked in Lightroom for export? To check, visit the Keyword List in Library, and then “Edit Keyword Tag” in the context menu for an individual keyword. Make sure “include on export” is checked. —Jeffrey

— comment by kaszeta on February 18th, 2014 at 11:39pm JST (10 years ago) comment permalink


Love the plugin and find it extremely useful. One question though, once I have created an album and uploaded photos to G+, because of a spelling error in the album name, I wanted to edit the album but I get a message saying “Sorry you can’t edit collection properties yet”

It mentions “yet”, does it take while before I cannot edit the details of the folder?

Ah, sorry, I see the confusion. “Yet” here refers to “until Adobe fixes some bugs in Lightroom”. If you correct the name at PicasaWeb, you can refresh the album list in the publish-service edit dialog, and when the plugin notices that an album has been renamed, a “forcefully rename current collection names to match current album names at PicasaWeb” option appears. —Jeffrey

— comment by Adam Stephenson on February 23rd, 2014 at 7:57pm JST (10 years ago) comment permalink

Plano, Texas
How can I rename a Gallery in the LightRoom Plug-in-Manager when called from your “Export to SmugMug” Lightroom Plugin? Without deleting the current Gallery and recreating and uploading?
Also, you plugin defaults the Shopping Cart setting in SmugMug to “On”. Is there a way, when creating a Gallery, to set the Shopping cart option to Off? If not, would you consider offering that option in a future upgrade?
Thanks for your answers,

If you change the name of an album at SmugMug and then refresh the album list in the Publish Service, it’ll offer the option to rename the collections to match the new names at SmugMug. The plugin doesn’t do anything with any shopping-cart setting, so I’m sure that’s inherited from your account new-album defaults. —Jeffrey

— comment by Larry Pollis on February 24th, 2014 at 7:13am JST (10 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for the great work on the Lightroom-Flickr plug in.

Unfortunately I am having a few issues with the publish function. Two problems seem to cause the plugin to crash:

(1) Downloading/ synchronising comments from Flickr. This normally starts after a few images have been uploaded and results in nothing happening/ the plug in crashing. The only way I can circumvent this is by restarting lightroom, as even cancelling and then restarting the plug in wont fix it as it goes straight back to uploading/ downloading comments crash. I don’t even have any comments on Flickr nor in Lightroom.

(2) When ever a video pops up to be uploaded (.mov), even smaller ones, the plug in tries uploading it but goes no where for hours, after which I normally have to restart Lightroom and remove the video file to proceed.

Widows 7
Lightroom 5
JF Plug in version 20140225.328
Internet connection 60Mb

Would really appreciate it you could let me know what I should do to fix this.

Many thanks,

Lightroom certainly shouldn’t be crashing in these situations, so I’m wondering whether something is odd with your system or catalog. Try checking the catalog’s integrity, and/or maybe trashing your Lr preference file. (For #2, the do-nothing-for-hours thing is almost certainly Lightroom turning your CPU into a space heater as it tries to render a video.) —Jeffrey

— comment by Nick on March 3rd, 2014 at 5:35am JST (10 years ago) comment permalink

Hi, Jeffrey
I live in Yokohama Japan and using “Export to Flickr” Plug-in .

When I tried to publish 159 lightroom pictures to flickr, it stopped and a dialogbox appeared.
In the dialogbox, written some html code. Eventually the message was “Server Connection Closed rw.api.flickr.com” .

I began to use your plug-in since I hit the simillar problem with Lightroom’s official plug-in.

I think this trouble is due to Flickr service, but if you can, please tell me how to avoid this error.

MacOSX Marvericks
Lightroom 5.4
JF Plug in version 201417.334
Flickr pro account

Thank you

Flickr is really flaky lately… I’ve not been able to upload reliably for months. I have 100 mbit fiber at home (I’m in Kyoto), but I get timeouts and dropped connections as well. —Jeffrey

— comment by Soogie on April 20th, 2014 at 12:02pm JST (9 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

Great work, and I’m loving using the Lightroom Flikr plugin.

I’m trying to find a complete feature list for Metadata Wrangler, because I’m really only interested in being able to do two things and I can’t find out if Wrangler can do these things (reading through all the FAQ / release notes but some are out of date so _appear_ to contradict themselves).

I also installed it and tried to do this, but may have just missed it. So, I’ll just ask outright:

Can Wrangler replace a tag with another (I’d like to replace full names with initials or just first names when I upload publicly)
Can Wrangler replace the exact coordinates with some inexact coordinates? I’d love to say a photo was taken “near here” but not give an exact address.

Sorry if this is asked already, I really did try to answer this myself, but it’s proved tricky!


No, Metadata Wrangler can’t do either… for the most part, it’s a filter that can strip out what you want, but won’t change it. You should be able to handle the first item within the Flickr plugin itself with some fancy {LUA} template code. The vague location is more tricky, and I’ve been wondering how to implement such a thing myself. At the moment the best I can suggest is to include the city name. —Jeffrey

— comment by Rob on April 28th, 2014 at 11:10pm JST (9 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Scott writing from Kabul, Afghanistan.
With the recent Heartbleed virus frenzy I had to change my Flickr password and now I have to re-authenticate with my new password. The option I can find is to delete those credentials. That makes me a bit nervous. Is it going to get rid of everything or just my password. Any help would be great.


The plugin doesn’t hold your password… just an authentication key. It’s not something that heartbleed would affect. If it works, fine, and if not, just re-authenticate. Logging out won’t delete any data in Lightroom. —Jeffrey

— comment by Scott on May 8th, 2014 at 12:04am JST (9 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Is there any chance you will support “RAW” file upload in your LR-Zenfolio plugin?

I love what you have so far, and would really enjoy RAW, or auto-heirarchy in the uploader

You mean “raw” (it’s a word meaning “unprocessed”, and not an acronym like “JPEG”), and yes, I plan to add support for it when Zenfolio does. Currently their API does not support it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Zack on June 13th, 2014 at 10:14am JST (9 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I’m on Lightroom 4 and for quite some time been using your Flickr uploader. Today I upgraded to version 20140617.343 and then uploaded three photos.

I noticed that the Lightroom Keyword Tags did not appear as Tags in Flickr. (I since entered them manually on Flickr.)

Is this a bug or should I have reviewed some settings after the upgrade? I don’t usually do that.

Thanks very much,

It’s likely that the keywords in question are not marked “include on export” in Lightroom. Right click on the keyword in the Keyword List in Library, and choose “Edit Keyword Tag”. —Jeffrey

— comment by Andrew Black on June 22nd, 2014 at 11:00pm JST (9 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

hi, this Jan from Germany

I like the Collection publisher. However my pictures are usually in a custom order. To view the exported pictures in that order the pictures need to be numbered in this specific custom order.
The Lr renaming allows a sequence but no useful named subfolders. Maybe I am missing something but I did not find a {Sequence} Tag or similar in the plugin.

Cheers and thanks for improving Lr

You can use the same naming templates as in other parts of Lightroom, but this approach does not fit the idea of “Publish”, which is an ongoing relationship. What do you want to happen when you later publish a new image that lies between two images that have already been published in sequence? —Jeffrey

— comment by Jan on July 11th, 2014 at 3:19am JST (9 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Being new to your plug-in for Lightroom I’m having a problem with the section marked ‘Google Drive: Folders in this Publish Service’.

I have no idea what to enter so that I can back up (and hopefully sync) my files between Lightroom and Google Drive.

Can yo offer any advice as it would be very welcome… 🙂


It should list your current folders along with checkboxes for “normal” and “smart”, referring to collections in Lightroom that will be created for you. Photos then added to those collections and published will find their way to the related Google Drive folder. See these docs for the similar section in a different Publish plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Richard Allen on August 8th, 2014 at 5:12am JST (9 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I have just upgraded to Lightroom 5 and re-registered all my plug-ins. My jf facebook plug in will not allow me to select the option include video files — it is light gray — even when there are video files selected. If I only choose one video file, it tells me it cannot export bc the video files are not selected, but it WON’T let me select that box.

I must be missing something obvious.

The plugin doesn’t support uploading video to Facebook because the way that Facebook allows video uploads doesn’t work with how Lightroom does uploads. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jamie Handy on August 18th, 2014 at 1:45am JST (9 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Please could you advise on the correct export settings from lightroom plug in to my Zenfolio site. I have downloaded a few pics, and they all look pixulated and not sharp

I’d guess that you need to make sure you’re uploading at a large-enough pixel size, and a high-enough JPEG quality. Check the “File Settings” and “Image Sizing” sections of the Publish/Export dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anesu on August 18th, 2014 at 3:24pm JST (9 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink


My question is more related on flickr process rather than your (great) plugin. I’m wondering if you know if a republish of a picture trigger an update by email to my followers. I mean, I’m often changing keywords, update some pictures etc, and I don’t want to spam them every week with pictures that already exist.


Sorry, but I don’t know. I suppose it’s easy enough to test, though. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sébastien on August 27th, 2014 at 11:15am JST (9 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hello again,
I am setting up a folder structure on Zenfolio identical to my computer setup in alphabetical order, but the plug-in lists the groups first, and then the folders. I’m organizing my family photos by year, and in some years there were so few photos there was no reason to group them into subfolders by event, but some years have many events, so I have split them up into subfolders. Is there a way to have the plug-in list folders and groups together in alphabetical order? Thanks!

No, unfortunately, Lightroom does what it does in this area, and gives plugins no say in the matter. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kamran on September 1st, 2014 at 12:48pm JST (9 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

One problem I have when using the Facebook plugin: When I upload photos, Facebook shows the date I uploaded as the date of the photo, rather than the date that the photo was taken. I have “include all metadata” set and other metadata (e.g. location) does seem to be making it to Facebook. What am I missing?


Facebook isn’t really about photography, so they ignore almost all metadata. However, I just took a look at their API docs again and was surprised to find that I can now set the photo’s date… they apparently added that since the last time I looked. I’ve added a section to the Export/Publish dialogs to let you indicate what date to use. It defaults to the current date, which is how it’s worked for years. (I think the date is official a timeline date and not the date of the photo, but I’m not sure. Their docs are not clear to me.) —Jeffrey

— comment by Jim Ancona on September 2nd, 2014 at 2:34am JST (9 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

What’s the difference between a normal (dumb) collection and a “smart” collection?

This is a generic Lightroom thing. A normal collection has whatever photos you manually add to it. A smart collection is rule based… you write the rule (e.g. “All five-star photos with such-and-such a keyword”) and Lightroom keeps the collection filled with matching images. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alin Steglinski on September 21st, 2014 at 6:14pm JST (9 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Is there a way to down-sync metadata changes from flickr to LR? perhaps even downsync the entire photo library & sets?

No. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alin Steglinski on September 21st, 2014 at 6:23pm JST (9 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Fro some reason, today, no folders are showing up in the Google Drive publish service. When I go to the service and reauthenticate, no folders are displaying.
Did recent update to Google Drive have an affect on this?

I’ve finally figured this out, I think. Google updated the API without updating the docs… I think I figured out what I need to do, and have just pushed version 20141019.42 with the fix. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark Tassoni on October 15th, 2014 at 6:44am JST (9 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi. I recently migrated from a Lightroom 5 normal license (bought once and use forever) to an Adobe CC license. It’s the same Lightroom 5, but it wouldn’t let me use my plugin and said it said “Registration code already used for a different Lightroom serial number”. What can I do?

Yeah, sorry about that, a switch to/from Creative Cloud invalidates prior registrations. You can generate a new registration code with a 1 cent transaction, if you like. Sorry for the hassles. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kolen on October 20th, 2014 at 10:03am JST (9 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Using LR5 and Picasa web albums. I want to add another Picasa account. How do I do this? Thanks

Log out from Picasaweb at the top of the Export dialog, then in your browser switch to whatever account you want to add, then launch the authentication from the top of the dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Don on October 23rd, 2014 at 12:45pm JST (9 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hello from Puyallup, WA! Love the plugin! Sure makes life easier 🙂 Thank you for not only creating it but for always making sure it has been updated to work with LR updates. Have a great weekend!

— comment by Shawn on November 9th, 2014 at 12:02am JST (9 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, great FB plugin… one question, when I have set the album to ‘only me’ and upload to a FB page I run… the album can be found in the page/album section by admin, but the privacy still does say ‘public’.

I don’t think it is actually public as no one commented or likes the album, this did only happen when I shared to the timeline.

Can you confirm though as I want to upload albums to a client fb page, where they will then need to cull some images and add captions before making it public.



The photo may be marked “public”, but the more-restrictive “only me” of the album overrides it. I guess. I don’t know why Facebook displays it that way, but I guess their idea might be that you can set the status for individual photos as you see fit, then remove the restriction from the album to make the individual photos as visible as each was indicated. I guess. —Jeffrey

— comment by Andy on November 10th, 2014 at 4:06pm JST (9 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey- Great pluggin for LR > Zenfolio. I do have a question. When I use the pluggin to upload JPG images to Zenfolio, I can’t figure out how to get the EXIF information to show. If I check the info on the uploaded photo, it shows the dimensions, original file size, and image type. Is there a way to attach the EXIF data to the exported JPG image?


It’s a two-part process… first you have to make sure that the data is include in what’s sent to Zenfolio, and then you have to configure Zenfolio to show what you want. The first part is in the “Metadata” section of the Export/Publish dialogs… if you choose (for example) “Copyright Only”, then everything else is not included in what’s sent to Zenfolio, so of course they can’t show anything even if you ask. You probably want to choose one of the “All” options. (If you have a need to selectively remove specific items, see my Metadata Wrangler plugin). —Jeffrey

— comment by David De La Vega on November 20th, 2014 at 2:35am JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I am running a MacBook Pro with Yosemite and Lightroom five. Today I just started getting an error message when uploading to send folio that wouldn’t allow me because of the server certificate not being recognized. I installed the update tried again and still no luck. Any thoughts on this.

Generally speaking, a server-certificate error is not one that should be ignored, especially if you’re using WiFi or public internet, because it’s what you’d see if someone were trying to hijack your connection. That being said, the last item of this FAQ used to apply when using Lightroom to contact SmugMug, so perhaps that’s what you’re seeing? —Jeffrey

— comment by Lawson James on December 1st, 2014 at 4:21am JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey, this is Matthew, in Washington, USA. Love the flickr plugin, thanks for your hard work. Would it be possible to build in an option to turn off automatic republishing? If develop edits are made, it automatically republishes. I’d like to turn that off at my option, and have an option to manually republish if desired. Currently I select the ones marked to republish and say “Mark as Up to date” but sometimes I forget. Thanks

Unfortunately, no. What you’re asking for sounds more like you want Export instead of Publish, but in any case, perhaps it’d be a good idea to get into the habit of selecting the new photos you want to publish, then holding down the option/alt key to turn the [Publish] button into [Publish Selected]. —Jeffrey

— comment by Matthew on December 2nd, 2014 at 4:20pm JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey!

Commenting from Laie, Hawaii.

Thanks for all the hard work you do on these. I will be donating in paypal for my first time.

I wanted to start using your SmugMug plugin, but I’m not sure it will solve my needs. I have been trying to republish only meta-data changes (not the actual pixel data), and saw that this was at one time possible with SmugMug’s own plugin as shown here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-k8trVmegw at 16:20. I can’t find that option anymore… i think it’s been removed from the plugin, sadly.

Then someone on a forum said your plugin can do it, but I see no option for it :*(

You can do it from the “File > Plugin Extras > SmugMug Extras” dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Daniel on December 22nd, 2014 at 5:19am JST (9 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Help! 🙁

That’s from right-clicking “Edit Gallery.” I can’t populate the hierarchy, because I keep getting this error.

Visit the Publishing Manager to edit the Publish Service. —Jeffrey

— comment by Daniel on December 22nd, 2014 at 5:51am JST (9 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, I’ve been using the picasaWeb plugin for several years now with LR 3. Two or three times in the past I’ve hit the “missing destination cookies” issues, but the instructions on this page have always fixed it. This time around I can’t seem to find a fix. I’ve updated to the latest version of the plugin. Removed the plugin from LR, exited LR, restarted LR, re-install the plugin, but still get the “missing destination cookies.” When I re-install it remembers I’ve paid, so not all metadata is being removed when I remove the plugin using LR’s plugin manager. The description of how to fix this in the FAQ above talks about possible catalog corruption. My catalog shows no other signs of corruption and LR’s integrity check before a backup doesn’t show any errors.

Any help on how to get over this would be appreciated.

— comment by Charles on January 3rd, 2015 at 1:20am JST (9 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hey, just searched all of the comments about the “missing destination cookies” and found a comment from Mike on February 10th, 2013 . I tried what he said (creating the album from within the plugin tool instead of a right-click/create in LR and it worked. I too am on LR 3. Fill free to not allow these two posts through since I found a solution.
Charles (USA)

— comment by Charles on January 3rd, 2015 at 1:28am JST (9 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

In the Metadata of LR5.7, I want to see both “Location shown” and “Location taken”, similar to Photo Mechanic 5. Is this possible?
Greetings from Germany
Hans Knodel

I think so, if “Location Created” is the same as “Location Taken”. If so, check out my metadata-viewer preset builder. —Jeffrey

— comment by knodel on January 25th, 2015 at 7:00pm JST (9 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

When I try to publish my galleries as of late I am unable to.

A lightroom dialogue box with Jeffrey’s Export-to-Zenfolio Plugin pops up with the following message:

Networking error when attempting http://up.zenfolio.com/johnmunnophotography/p961346/upload.ushx: The connection with the server was terminated abnormally

Sounds like they might be having “issues”, but do see the FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by John Munno on January 28th, 2015 at 11:27am JST (9 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Where do you paste the Facebook authentication code? I’ve scrolled through the plugin settings several times and can’t find any kind of text box where the code goes.

You shouldn’t need to paste in anything… it should all be handled automatically, but if for some reason it isn’t, the plugin should pop up a dialog a few seconds after you click on the “Authenticate at Facebook” button. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jackalope Maui on February 10th, 2015 at 5:08am JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

Having trouble re-registering my Flickr plugin (which is great BTW) after reinstalling Photoshop / Lightroom CC on a new computer. I can see your FAQ and can connect to your registration server (https://regex.info/). There is a Norton Firewall “Program Rule” that appears to allow full access to the correct version of Lightroom on my system drive. I also tried using a new activation code purchased via Paypal. I have installed and re-installed several of your plugins over the years and never had this problem before.

Sorry, my bad… I let my SSL cert expire. Working on it… —Jeffrey

— comment by Tim Lumley on February 15th, 2015 at 11:45pm JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

Just wondering if there’s a way to handle re-edits to photos that already exist on Flickr? So, I have images on Flickr (uploaded via your plugin) from a few years ago, but now want to apply some different develop settings to those same images, but upload them as ‘new’ images to Flickr. Any changes I make currently (even to a virtual copy) just overwrite the older version on the site (obviously, as you’d expect).
Any way around this?
Thanks, Matt (UK)

If they’re currently in a Publish Service, then putting them in a separate Publish Service will see new copies (with the perhaps-different settings of the new Publish Service) sent to Flickr. Or, in any case, doing a normal Export (File > Export) and in the destination section be sure to not choose the “replace” and “delete” options. —Jeffrey

— comment by Matt on February 17th, 2015 at 12:04am JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

I was getting the “Couldn’t render image: AgNegative:renderToFile: dng_error_write_file” error when exporting a handful of my images. Tried all sorts of things to fix it that did not work: fixing disk permissions, changing file mode, and rebooting/reloading various things. It turned out to be a bad character in the Caption field. Not sure which one (Jeffrey, might you have a good guess?). After clearing the caption on the offending photos they exported fine.

BTW, this was using the PicasaWeb plugin, but its likely it was the same thing with the gentleman who was doing a SmugMug export.

This surprises me… the dng_error errors are from deep within Lightroom, prior to any plugin getting access to the image. If you could restore the caption to one image, export it to its own catalog (“File > Export as Catalog”) being sure to include the raw file, then zip the result and email it to me (jfriedl@yahoo.com), I’d appreciate it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Steven Kishi on February 19th, 2015 at 3:44am JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

On the facebook publish plugin, since some albums go missing time time to time, is there a way to batch download the whole album and republish?

I don’t understand the question… what albums go missing from where? Download what from where to here? Republish what? (“Republish” is not a word normally used with Facebook, since that means making new copies. Facebook doesn’t allow images to be updated in place.) —Jeffrey

— comment by Butch on February 25th, 2015 at 7:41am JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

When trying to upgrade your Facebook plugin from within Plugin Manager I get a message that the current plugin is not installed in a location where Lightroom can write to it. My plugins are in the Lightroom root directory. Where should they be in order for an automatic update to work?

Brian from Spain

One never wants to put them in the app folder… that should be touched only by Adobe. As per the plugin install instructions, put them anywhere you control that you don’t mind leaving them… perhaps a “Lightroom Plugins” folder in your Documents folder or Home folder? —Jeffrey

— comment by Brian Davies on May 1st, 2015 at 3:05am JST (8 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I am using Lightroom 5.7 and your Plug in version 20150414.276. All was working fine until two days ago, when, after creating a new gallery under an existing group, I was unable to upload to this new gallery, receiving message, “unable to export: you have not chosen a destination folder”.

I have logged out of Zenfolio, logged back in, deleted the gallery, created the gallery again using your plug-in, saw in it the list to select, selected the destination, and still get the same message. I tried to chose other galleries (within the same group) from my list, where I have had no problem uploading to until two days ago, and still receive the same message, so I can’t upload to those galleries any more using the plug-in. No idea what is going on. I restarted the computer, tried again, still no luck. Any ideas what is going on?

Writing from Rochester, NY

The error “you have not chosen a destination folder” is Lightroom’s, from the “Export Location” section of the Export Dialog. It’s normally “temporary folder”, but I’m guessing that you somehow bumped it to “specific folder”. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mary on May 3rd, 2015 at 5:16am JST (8 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Colorado, USA
I can’t figure out how to get Google Drive to allow access by the plug-in application. Google Drive gives me a list of applications that can access the drive, but I can’t find any app in that list that seems to match Lightroom (I just upgraded to CC) or your plug-in. What do I need to do in Google Drive to make the connection work?

You don’t have to hunt for anything…. click the “Authenticate to Google Drive” in the plugin and it’ll lead you through it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike Bucher on May 3rd, 2015 at 8:11am JST (8 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi – is there a way to reorder the way the published albums appear in Lightroom under “Publish Services”? All the imported albums have been alphabetically ordered but I’d like them chronologically ordered.


Lightroom doesn’t allow the order to be set, so if you want them chronologically, you’ll have to lead with the date in a way that sorts alphabetically (e.g. YYYYMMDD). —Jeffrey

— comment by Matt P on May 5th, 2015 at 11:30am JST (8 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

“lightroom needs to configure your system for the $$$/xxx=jf Google Drive plug in.”
I have tried the reinstalling ans the command lien script. Neither fixes the problem.

The plug-in has been removed but the message remains!

I am running LR 6 on Windows 7 SP1

Please help.

Please see this FAQ —Jeffrey

— comment by Winston Mitchell on May 12th, 2015 at 4:17am JST (8 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I’ve been unable to upload anything to flickr for the last week via the jf Flickr plugin, nor by publishing locally through jf Collection Publisher and uploading via flickr’s FlickrUploadr. I strongly suspect the problem is with flickr: have you heard of anybody else with the same problems?

I’m running Mac OS X 10.10.3, and using Chrome as my main browser.

— comment by Tim L on May 12th, 2015 at 6:42am JST (8 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

It looks like it’s a universal issue: https://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157652586472111/page2/#reply72157652208503020

Yeah, it seems they’ve really been having issues. Their normal “down for maintenance” message to the plugin isn’t even working, so they end up sending garbage that the plugin isn’t prepared for and the result is a generic error message that doesn’t really point to the problem (Flickr) —Jeffrey

— comment by Tim L on May 12th, 2015 at 6:49am JST (8 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

‘lightroom.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Sorry, I guess the instructions weren’t explicit enough… I’ve updated them to highlight that you need to reference the “lightroom.exe” in your Lightroom install folder. Please reload the FAQ page to get the updated instructions. —Jeffrey

— comment by Winston Mitchell on May 12th, 2015 at 11:17am JST (8 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Followed the updated instruction…still wants to configure the system.

I’d really love to be able to fix it, but I’ll have to refer you to Adobe. Despite the error message referring to my plugin, it’s a Lightroom problem that a plugin can’t deal with. As best I understand it, during installation Lightroom tells Windows that if the system gets a web address that begins with “lightroom://” (rather than the more common “http://”), Windows should pass the request off to the Lightroom app to handle (rather than a web browser). The error message seems to indicate that something about this OS registration, or of Lightroom’s detection of its success, is not working out. Unfortunately, it’s not an area that I know anything about. If a full Lightroom deinstall/reinstall doesn’t fix it, I would worry about what else the install is breaking. It’s a hassle, I know, but you should reach out to Adobe customer service… —Jeffrey

— comment by Winston Mitchell on May 13th, 2015 at 8:38am JST (8 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I want to use the new Google photos. Should I use the Picasa Plugin or the Google drive plugin?
Difference? Advantages?

Thank you very much!

Nice greetings from Germany

I don’t know. I’m hoping that they’ll open up a Photos-specific API to make things clear, but until then I think it’s a matter of experimentation as to the pluses and minuses of each. I don’t actually use either plugin enough myself to have formed an opinion. —Jeffrey

— comment by Max on May 31st, 2015 at 2:59pm JST (8 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

With your folderwatch plug-in, is there a way to have it import from memory cards when they’re inserted/mounted?

Not specifically, no. If the folders just show up in the watched area, they’ll be checked, but the plugin wasn’t designed for this. Lightroom offers no hooks for the plugin to known when memory cards are inserted. —Jeffrey

— comment by Josh on June 7th, 2015 at 7:46am JST (8 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink


I am trying to post pictures directly to a business page. I have linked my Facebook account with the JF Facebook plug-in in Lightroom, but the only albums listed to post pictures to are personal albums. I cannot see my business page in the drop-down menu in the “Facebook Tools” section of the setup page, so how do I post directly to the business page without first having to post in a personal album? Help 🙂

Thank you in advance!

You should be able to do it if the permission-settings are appropriate, but see this FAQ for caveats. —Jeffrey

— comment by Krista on August 8th, 2015 at 4:29am JST (8 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

i recently receive the following error when uploading to Zenfolio… Zenfolio is stating that it has nothing to do on their end….

Unexpected HTTP reply from http://up.zenfolio.com/arnophotography/p1021530381/upload2.ushx: 503

This error keep coming up after about 4-5 image upload to zenfolio….

Please help….

It is on their side, but the right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing. The hand that has a clue is looking into it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Arno Nasshan on August 10th, 2015 at 6:48am JST (8 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff, thanks for your super helpful plugin! I have been using it for a couple of years but today ran into this issue and reading your answers to others did not help me much. I keep getting the same message after uploading 10 or so photos. Please help.
Unexpected HTTP reply from http://up.zenfolio.com/danisxxxx/p830614711/upload.ushx?replace=1121929309: 503

It’s an issue at Zenfolio. I’ve given them specific data to help them debug… hopefully something will come of that. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dani on August 10th, 2015 at 9:51am JST (8 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I keep getting the error “Create new album at PicasaWeb aborted: Unexpected HTTP status from Google: 500” when trying to create a new album. It’s been happening consistently for the last couple of days. Is anyone able to create new albums or has Google stopped supporting albums, at least through this tool? Very frustrating that this is not more reliable. Have you tried reaching out to the Google Photos product team, given their big push in this area? I’d have thought they would be keen to improve connectivity with Lightroom given it’s so heavily adopted by the pro and prosumer market.

Mac OS 10.10.5
Picasaweb export plugin for lightroom 20150612.281

It’s just back-end issues at Google leaking in an unsociable way to their 3rd-party API. With some of the logs I’ve seen the root source of the problem seems to be related to user authentication (perhaps one of their back-end servers is out of sync with another?), and in these cases I wonder whether deauthorizing then reauthorizing the plugin might resync things, but since no one (outside of Google, and perhaps inside as well) knows why these errors are happening, it’s just a guess. Probably there’s nothing we can do but wait. —Jeffrey

— comment by barney on August 25th, 2015 at 11:53pm JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

I just wanted to confirm that I am seeing the same issue as Winston Mitchell. I have Win 8.1 and am using Lightroom 6.1.1

I followed the command prompt instructions several times. But I have not uninstalled-reinstalled Lightroom. I suppose I could try that, but it would require re-downloading all of my updates. So far this is just an inconvenience. But I wanted to let you know about another user with the issue.

Is there, perhaps, any information that I could provide to you that might help? I may also take up your advice and contact Adobe about it.

Thanks again!


— comment by Paul Emberger on September 16th, 2015 at 10:28am JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Uninstalling and reinstalling solved my problem.

— comment by Winston Mitchell on September 17th, 2015 at 1:03pm JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff, why am I getting this message?????

Create new gallery at Zenfolio aborted: Unexpected HTTP reply from http://api.zenfolio.com/api/1.6/zfapi.asmx: Deprecated API version – upgrade required to at least version 1.7

Probably because you’re apparently using an ancient version of the plugin. Please upgrade.—Jeffrey

— comment by Rocco Leone on October 7th, 2015 at 11:38pm JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff. Just wanted you to know that the link to David Marx video tutorials is not working. Specifically the one mentioned in Picasa.

Thanks, it looks like he moved it to here. I’ve updated the link. —Jeffrey

— comment by Keir Briscoe on October 13th, 2015 at 7:48am JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I was exporting from LR to facebook and this came up:

Error reply from Facebook: (#17) User request limit reached

How do I make it go away so I can continue uploading?

Thanks for your hard work on the plugin

I’ve never seen this one, but it appears to be the per-user sliding-window limit. If you’re using Publish, perhaps the background fetching of comments is killing your access quota. Check out the “Importing Comments from Facebook” section and switch to “Manually”. —Jeffrey

— comment by Scott S. on October 28th, 2015 at 2:28pm JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
Yesterday I downloaded, installed and registered Metadata Preset Builder. It works great! Thanks for writing it.

One question: I had assumed that I would be able to add any Metadata field to my Custom Preset. For example, using “ExifTool GUI” I can see that there is a field named “VibrationReduction” and another named “ShutterCount” both of which I would like to add to my Custom Preset however, it appears that those fields as well as many others, cannot be added.

This is not a deal-breaker as I find the plug-in very useful but just wondered if there is something that I am missing that would allow me to add additional fields.

The Preset Builder lets you mix and match fields that Lightroom has been built to handle, but unfortunately can not extend the set beyond that. The best I can suggest for inspecting these kinds of fields is to use the User-Specified-Field option in my Data Explorer plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lee on November 2nd, 2015 at 5:52am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
Thanks for your quick reply and information. I will take a look at the link you supplied.

— comment by Lee on November 5th, 2015 at 12:36am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey:
Love Plugin export from LR to Zenfolio. Have LR4 and use keywords fields to describe the who and what of photo. Want to export that data along with photo to Zenfolio, having the keywords go into Zenfolio’s keywords field. Can’t seem to figure how or if I can do that. Can you help?

They should go automatically unless you’ve told Lightroom to strip metadata (see the “Metadata” section of the Export dialog), or the keywords are not marked “Include on export”. Right click on a keyword in the “Keyword List” panel and “Edit Keyword Tag”, and ensure “Include on Export” is enabled. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gussie on November 9th, 2015 at 9:52am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I’m testing your Picasa/Google Photo plugin, and I have a question as it’s the main reason I installed it:
I need to upload pictures to Google Photos using their feature that compress by itself the pictures and doesn’t use my Google Drive allowed data.
How can I do that with your plugin? When I manually upload files, Google Photo asks me if I prefer high quality picture that don’t use my allowed data (and compresses by itself) or original file.
Thanks for your help, and congrats! I already use the Flickr plugin, it’s wonderful!

Sadly, Google does not let third-party tools like my plugin to access any of these modern features, so it’s simply not possible unless you use whatever tools Google itself provides. The plugin is using the latest API they’ve made available, one that dates back to before Google Plus was unveiled. Yes, in the 4+ years since Google+ was released, they’ve still not provided an upload API, so I wouldn’t hold your breath for a Google Photos API any time soon. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Jean-Philippe on December 15th, 2015 at 5:56pm JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I am having Facebook problems with Lightroom CC 2015.3 on MacBook Pro. I have your plugin but get error “can’t upload to Facebook album named “OS X Photos”. Please make sure the app has permission etc (Settings/Apps/Adobe Photoshop Lightroom/Posts on my behalf) – well under the Lightroom App permissions, post audience is set to “Public” & the app can post on my behalf. So I’m not sure what more I can do?

Check the permissions for the album at FB… it’s likely set to something less visible than the “Public” that the app is set to. —Jeffrey

— comment by alan hassey on December 18th, 2015 at 2:44am JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I use a home computer with my main catalogue and a laptop a lot for underway. Can I swap Zenfolio plugin settings/configurations/ publish services between two computers?

The catalogs are nearly identical between computers.

It’s possible with some plugins.

Thanks, awesome plugin, I love it.

Some of the configuration is in the catalog itself, and some is in your preferences file. If you copy the catalog itself back and forth, you’ll have a good chance of getting it to work, but of course that’s only if everything else works with the catalog-copy scheme (e.g. folder layout and contents are the same). But it’s fraught with danger, having two copies of the same catalog “live”… if you forgot to copy from one to the other before using on the other, you’ll end up losing data. Lightroom isn’t really set up for multiple-computer use. —Jeffrey

— comment by Drew on December 28th, 2015 at 12:13am JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Dear Jeffery, is there a way to link a single flickr photo (published before I started using your flickr plugin) to a lightroom image?
I have used the automatic detect feature but it sometimes selects the wrong image.

You can associate manually via “File > Plugin Extras > Flickr Extras”. —Jeffrey

— comment by Marc Verdiesen on January 13th, 2016 at 4:09am JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Nice Plugin Jeffrey…Very straightforward..
I am still very surprised Adobe does not provide a canned plugin for this, but kudos to you… you seized the moment..

— comment by Jay Goodman on January 24th, 2016 at 11:57pm JST (8 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Sending appreciation from California! Is there a way to add all of my collections, 1,500k+, to the publisher plugin all at once? I can only do it one at a time. I’m on the latest CC lightroom release. Thank you so much for sharing this plugin. You rock.

Unfortunately, not yet, except with the “mirror” feature” of my Collection Publisher plugin.. I may eventually be able to migrate the feature to other plugins, but not yet. —Jeffrey

— comment by Andrew on February 25th, 2016 at 4:23am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
is there a way to synchronize the photos in my existing Flickr galleries back into LR ?
I have synchronized the folders / gallery names, and I can publish to them from LR, but I would also like to bring back in LR the photos sent to Flickr from other ways (iPhone..).

Also : no way to see my Flickr favorites in LR ?

Thanks !

Please see my answer at this comment about synchronization. You can see the Favorite counts for photos in a Publish Service (see the “Comments” section at the lower right of Library that appears when in a Publish Collection). —Jeffrey

— comment by Renaud on February 29th, 2016 at 6:47am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff. First of all thanks for your work 🙂

I’ve lightroom CC and I’m trying the google drive plugin, I’m unable to create a new collection. I simply cannot find the button. Is that an issue? Is there something I could do wrong?


Right-click on the Publish Service header and select “Edit Settings…”. —Jeffrey

— comment by Giuseppe Lanzi on March 17th, 2016 at 8:06pm JST (7 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

After your answer http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/faq#comment-55238 I get that I have to add the folder in Google Drive and only after that I have to refresh the list. Is that correct? Can I add the new folder directly from inside the plugin or not? In the settings I really didn’t find anything to do it.

Sorry if I misunderstand something


You are correct; currently, folders can’t be created from within the plugin, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Giuseppe Lanzi on April 30th, 2016 at 9:57pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I’m wondering if your Lightroom Facebook plugin allows the uploaded images to be updated. I typically use your G+ plugin and am familiar with how it works. I’m hoping your FB plugin will allow me to operate in a similar way, relative to updating images and reposting them to the same FB post. Please let me know. Thank you.

No, Facebook doesn’t allow updates. —Jeffrey

— comment by Rick Rajewski on May 1st, 2016 at 8:56am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink


I cannot use proximity search full catalog…. i have message :

“invalid font size attribute: tiny”

I use loghtroom 6

Merci beacoup

I’m really surprised that Lightroom is showing that error… it is (or was) indeed an error in the plugin, but one that Lightroom normally silently ignores. In any case, I’ve fixed it…. thanks for the report. —Jeffrey

— comment by palomar on May 7th, 2016 at 2:21am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey

first of all – thanks again for your great plugin – this safes my life 🙂

Just realized one thing: i have around 20k Photos im my catalog and doing export with your plugin on several occasions and also to several locations (using them for web page with full scale and thumbnales)

i realized that my LR catalogue was growing strongly last month. Finally up to 1.4GB. I got a hint from another blog that development history is one of the reasons. Checking this with a SQlite editor, i saw that the “export message” from your plugin was around 80% of my history (600k entries in total, 100k without plugin entries). So i deleted those via SQL command, and my catalog shrinked down to 350MB (vs 1.3GB)

So maybe it would be helpful for other users too if the entry in the history could be disabled in your plugin? (not sure if you or LR does control this)

Best regards and thanks again, Cheers Torsten

Lightroom gives plugins no control over this. It’d be very nice if we could selectively clear out history, but it’s not possible.
As I’ve written in the past, history data can indeed be huge. —Jeffrey

— comment by Torsten on May 16th, 2016 at 11:36pm JST (7 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I registered and went through the FAQ’s and can’t save my settings in the JF Facebook plugin. It tells me to “Make a selection in the “Facebook: Albums in this Publish Service” section. It seems like I need to login and customize every time. I don’t know exactly what this means.

Second question, is it possible to update/upload the date from the photo metadata to FB?

In order to create a Publish Service, Lightroom requires at least one collection in it. The plugin is telling you to pick at least one of your albums (in the “Facebook: Albums in this Publish Service” section of the dialog) to be represented in the Publish Service as a collection. About metadata, Facebook ignores all image metadata. It’s pretty ridiculous. —Jeffrey

— comment by Arthur J Hushen on June 7th, 2016 at 1:51am JST (7 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi! Using a few of your plugins and loving them!

I was wondering: when uploading to an existing Facebook album, is there anyway to autotag the location on photos? They are geoencoded and have the correct information, but I’m thinking of something akin to the facial recognition: put in a place and have Facebook automatically recognize that location and tag it in the photo.

Thanks! Keep up the awesome work!

I wish they’d just use the latitude and longitude and show that info, at a minimum. They do allow a third-party app like my plugin to specify a location, but not along the lines of “Statue of Liberty”, but as the ID of the location’s entry in FB’s huge database. That doesn’t do us much good in this situation. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Ryan B. on June 24th, 2016 at 4:12pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Would it be possible to make the name “Data Explorer” of the created collection set (containing the isolated collections sets and collections) free customizable? ie “_Data Explorer”

I do have a lot of collection and it needs some scrolling or filtering to find “Data Explorer”


Sounds like a good idea. In the latest release, look for the “options” link in the upper-right of the results dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bernd on July 6th, 2016 at 2:46am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I was trying to use the collection publisher on several collections that have some video files in them. With the ‘publish videos’ selection checked, the sync process stalls (but no errors are generated). With the checkbox un-checked I need to confirm for each (sub)collection that it’s okay to publish without the videos. Any suggestions?

The “stall” is, I’m sure, just Lightroom generating the video files. It can take a loooooooooong time, and Lightroom gives no clue as to the progress, so you don’t know whether it’ll be another 24 seconds, 24 minutes, 24 hours, or 24 days. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by John on July 14th, 2016 at 12:27am JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeff, since you already have a SSL certificate, can you please allow the plugin archives to be downloaded over HTTPS? I checked by nothing is served by https://regex.info/, i.e. paths present under the non-secured site are not available on the secure one.

Bonus points if the “auto-update” from Lightroom also uses https.


— comment by Iustin Pop on July 14th, 2016 at 2:53am JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

One question: Which settings should I use to upload Lightroom pictures to google photos using “high quality” instead of “original” file size? If this can be made to work, I will gladly donate for the full version of the plugin.

Google doesn’t allow for third-party apps like the plugin to do this. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom on July 15th, 2016 at 3:05am JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

I use the Export to Zenfolio plugin with LR 3.0.1 for quite some time, and depend on it for pushing out photos to my Zenfolio account. I normally use smart collections after making the galleries manually on Zenfolio due to the way I like to structure the groups by client, then a group for each shoot, and two galleries within that, one for edited and one for unedited images for a given client.

Every now and then a clerical error can occur and something needs to be renamed on the Zenfolio account’s galleries. This doesn’t break the ability to push up from Lightroom properly, but then the name of the smart collection in Lightroom may be different than the name on the Zenfolio side. For instance, a renaming due to a marriage or divorce. I do the rename on Zenfolio manually, but then I am at a loss to know how, or if, there is a way to force the associated smart collection(s) to rename on the LightRoom 3.0.1 side of things. I was hoping you could help enlighten me on this.

Thank you very much in advance and keep up the great work! I am a loyal fan.

In the “Zenfolio: Galleries in this Publish Service” section of the Publishing Manager, refresh the gallery list via the “refresh list” button under the list, then turn on the “forcefully rename…” option, then [Save] the settings. That should do it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Robert Greenfield on July 29th, 2016 at 3:53pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

In your PicasaWeb plugin, I’d like to be able to use {Caption} as a Watermark to put Lr’s caption text on the exported image. I’m doing this because Google finally retired Picasa Web Albums and Google Photos cannot display captions on images. Supposedly, Mogrify does this but I’m a longtime user of your plugins and would like to remain with you.

I appreciate the sentiment, but the Mogrify plugin is the way to go here. Lightroom doesn’t give a plugin any way to interact with Lightroom’s watermarking, so if you want anything extra, you have to use an external program, and that’s exactly what Lr/Mogrify does. —Jeffrey

— comment by Noel on August 6th, 2016 at 12:13pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

Thansk for all theses puglins. Im testing one for Google drive ans have a small issue;
i would like to use it to publish a dynamic collection. How can I do that?

I’m new with publishing services so I dont know if I do thinsg correctly but I could spot that with with Flickr for example (which is already integrated in LR), there is an option to publish collections.

is there any workaround for google drive to have something similar?


If you mean a “Smart Collection”, then sure, just click the “Smart” box instead of (or in addition to) the “Normal” box in the list of “Folders in this Publish Service” in the Publishing Manager. —Jeffrey

— comment by Liam on August 22nd, 2016 at 6:17am JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I have installed your plugin but I’m not quite sure what I can do with it without breaking the LR Flickr service I have been using so far or removing anything unintentionally from Flickr…

I have selected a few of my Flickr collections to be used by the jf service to test. Entries for them have been created below “jf Flickr”, but the folders are empty. What do I need to do in order to see the existing images for these collections in jf Flickr service?

It seems that once I selected the “smart” publish collection for a photoset, then there is no way back. Is that correct, or am I wrong? Can I simply delete the smart collection under jf-Flickr, or does that mean the photoset will be then removed on Flickr as well? Same for the normal collection (which is still empty in jf-Flickr in terms of images).

Sorry for asking all these stupid questions.

BTW, does your plugin also support moving images from one photoset to another? The LR service obviously doesn’t without deleting the original image from the source photoset (with faves and comments attached) and reposting as a new image to the destination photoset.

Thanks for your support!


You’ll find basic Publish docs here, but in short if you delete a Publish Service or a Publish Collection, nothing happens one way or the other at Flickr. If you remove images from a Publish Collection and publish the changes, settings in the “Delete Options” section of the Publish Service dictate whether images are affected at Flickr. Deleting from the “photostream” collection actually deletes the image at Flickr (if “delete at Flickr” is enabled), while deleting from any other collection merely affects the set/group membership for the image. —Jeffrey

— comment by Karsten on September 11th, 2016 at 8:51pm JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

After reinstalling all plugins, no matter what export plugin I use, I get the ‘LR needs to configure your system…..for the jf Facebook plugin’ referred to above.

I tried this “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7.1\lightroom.exe” -register with no luck.

Any ideas short of uninstalling LR which will mean a bunch of time to get it back teh way I want it.



This bug is an Adobe thing… your best bet is to contact them, but I suspect that they won’t be interested in supporting such an old version. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lew Lorton on September 14th, 2016 at 6:23am JST (7 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,

I could not upload to Facebook and it is giving me this error message “Couldn’t render image: AgNegative:renderToFile: dng_error_write_file”.

Please enlighten me what is causing this problem.

Thanks in advance,


That message is Lightroom’s (highly cryptic) way of saying that it can’t write the image file it’s preparing for the plugin. Perhaps you’ve run out of disk space. —Jeffrey

— comment by Joey Dela Paz on September 15th, 2016 at 12:03am JST (7 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the response. I found the solution to the issue. I hope this will be useful for those who will run with the same problem. I had run with the same problem before, but I remember LR had given me a different message. I think the message was “no temporary folder” or similar to that effect. What I did then was I created a folder with a LR Temp folder.

However, I thought it would be similar issue but different message. So i looked at the LR Temp folder, it was there but there were folders and photos there. So what I did was I deleted the LR Temp folder and then I created a new one. It worked.

Thanks again and your plug-in is really useful to me. I could not upload photos on FB without it.

Thanks again,


— comment by Joey Dela Paz on September 16th, 2016 at 11:21am JST (7 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I would like to know if you could help me with my issue,
I’ve installed the LR but I cant find the way to make the pictures go to my facebook page, they goes to my personal page instead.

Best Regards

Please see this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alvin on October 29th, 2016 at 4:21am JST (7 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I’ve had the “Lightroom needs to configure your system” error for some time, and I’d tried running the lightroom register command without any luck. I then tried running from an admin prompt and that worked, so that may well be worth mentioning in the FAQ.

Excellent plugin by the way!
Paul – London

— comment by Paul Walmsley on November 24th, 2016 at 8:50am JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

hi Jeffrey,

I recently changed my lightroom. Now the Paypal ID my 2014 made purchase no longer applies
What is the possibility?

As described here, a major upgrade of Lightroom invalidates previous registrations. Sorry for the hassles… you can make a new registration code with a 1-cent transaction, if you like. —Jeffrey

— comment by Walter Kalweit on December 29th, 2016 at 2:46am JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

First of all thank you for doing this. The folder watch plug-in has been of great help.

Here is my question to you:
Is there a way to have a lock on taking the images out of Lightroom for any unauthorized or I should say, low-level user?
The ideal situation for my workflow is for many to use the library to capture and organize, but only someone with a code can export, email or even show the photo in the finder folder.

I don’t know if it’s possible or if you are aware of something that already exists.
Keep up the good work
Thank you!

California, USA

This is not possible with Lightroom. To do this securely, you’d have to have an app that holds all the data about the image, including its pixels, in its own encrypted storage. It wouldn’t surprise me if such apps exist, but I don’t know of any. —Jeffrey

— comment by Albert on December 29th, 2016 at 9:45am JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi. Great plugins, and great to see you are discovering / have discovered the many joys of cycling. I’ve been a keen (obsessive) cyclist for 38 years now (since age of 12). My advice would be – try everything – MTB, road, racing, CycloX, cafe racing, time trials, riding on your own, riding in groups. Its all brilliant!

Anyway. Would it be possible to enhance this data explorer plugin so that I could, for instance, group by folder hierarchy, but display various stats for each group, eg number of each colour label, or average exposure.

This would enable me to find folders where I have labelled too many photos, for instance.

I’d love to try all the various forms of cycling, right after I invent a 48-hour day! 🙂 About the data-explorer plugin, I can’t think of a general way to do that…. you may just have to manually apply the plugin to whatever groupings you want, one by one. —Jeffrey

— comment by David Roberts on January 4th, 2017 at 7:59am JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

It would basically be a UI to specify the grouping (eg by folder, by aperture range “buckets”)
and to average/sum/count some other field (eg aperture, green labels) within that group. Ideally be able to choose multiple fields to ave/sum/count.

— comment by David Roberts on January 6th, 2017 at 6:30am JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I have been using the unlimited version of the Picasaweb plugin for Lightroom for over a year and have never had any issues. However, today, I was trying to upload some photos to my account and I keep getting a “Network Error: The connection with the server was terminated abnormally” message. I’ve tried logging out of my google account and logging in again, removing the plugin and reinstalling it, exiting lightroom itself and restarting my computer. But I am still getting the same error. Any thoughts?
Thanks for your help.

I’ve just updated with a workaround… it should be working again if you update to the latest version of the plugin —Jeffrey

— comment by Craig on January 29th, 2017 at 7:28am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey, I’m having a hard time re-assotiating already published images in the LR catalog. Everything I do causes the image to appear one more time in the album.

This is what I want: There are albums on my FB fan page. Images already have likes and comments, so I want to keep everything. For some reason (I really have no idea), the publish collections in LR are empty.

Situation: The images show a link to the correct image in the FB album. The help text says something about marking it for re-publish. But that does not work if the image is not in the publish service. Do you know a way to publish in a dry run? To get them into the publish service without uploading them?

Please tell me if I should have posted this somewhere else.


The only way to get already-published images in there is via the “populate..” checkbox seen here. Take extreme care, though, because Facebook does not allow images to be updated, so any re-publish is actually a “delete and send again” operation, destroying all likes and comments. If you want to keep track of all your FB images, perhaps it’s better to use a regular (not Publish) Smart Collection with “Uploaded to Facebook” as the rule. —Jeffrey

— comment by Daniel Bierstedt on February 4th, 2017 at 12:21am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I have been using the jf picasa web plugin for more than a year and i am happy with the way it is working. My LR and plugins are up to date. The new album created throws an error “insert not supported” followed by which the initializing is taking for ever. I am getting a missing destination cookies error when i tried to publish photos today. I have backed up my catalog and checked for integrity. I have also refreshed my list and nothing seems to help.

Is there something else need to be done?

Google is shutting down PicasaWeb, so many things don’t work anymore. The “missing destination cookies” error is unrelated, but not worth fixing because PicsaWeb won’t work anymore anyway. —Jeffrey

— comment by prav on February 15th, 2017 at 7:06pm JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Hello, the issue with the header: “Every time I start Lightroom, I get a message long the lines of “Lightroom needs to configure your system for the $$$/xxx=……. plug-in.”. “, should mention that it’s (sometimes?) necessary to run this as an Administrator, or it won’t have any effect.

Thanks for the plugins!

— comment by geir on February 24th, 2017 at 3:40am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Hi. I use your plug-ins for years and until the last Google Earth upgrade on my desktop, everything was fine. Since then impossible to get the location from Google Earth (same problem on my laptop) 🙁 I read here there is no solution but I’d like to ask two questions: 1 – to mitigate the issue I manually copy/paste locations from Google Earthe. Painful but this is the only solution. Therefore could you please update the plugin so that O is recognised as Ouest (West in French; my computers are in French). It would really be helpful. Today I have to change 1° 5’40.03″O by 1° 5’40.03″W so that the plugin understands it. 2 – Isn’t there another tool that could be used when Google Earth doesn’t work? Cheers.

I just pushed out an upgrade to the plugin that perhaps works… I couldn’t easily test it, so I’ll ask you to. 🙂 This Google Earth interface has become mostly irrelevant since Lightroom 4 came out with the Map Module five years ago, so that’s what I’d suggest to use. —Jeffrey

— comment by Greg on February 25th, 2017 at 10:53pm JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery from Tennessee in the USA. I have on occasion used your lightroom plugin for export to Flickr but find it to be more trouble than manual uploads, especially when trying to pick groups in the very small print they are displayed in the export window, sorry just my opinion. What I am wondering about is do you offer any type plugin for same that would during the upload also put the photo into different Flickr groups like barns, abandoned, city skyscapes, lighthouses, etc., picked automatically by keywording in the photo. I have a friend who did this by using some sort of spreadsheet he made to use along with your plugin. Unfortunately, he just told me about it and did not offer to help me do it with my photos. If you have such would you please direct me to it, because I want it and I’m sure others would too?

You can make a smart collection within the publish service that, for example, fills itself with images that have such-and-such a keyword, and also have “Uploaded to Flickr” of “yes”, and have the target of the smart collection be the group or groups appropriate for that keyword. Thus, after setting these up for the various groups you’re interested in, you need merely bring a photo to the Publish Service’s “photostream” collection and publish it, and the image will find itself in all the appropriate per-group collections as well that you can then publish. Or, to do it all in one step, instead of the “Uploaded to Flickr” thing, have the smart collections key off an additional keywords that you use to indicate “send this to Flickr”. Once you add that keywords, hitting Publish on the various Flickr collections (or invoking this) will take care of it in one step. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bobby Hicks on March 15th, 2017 at 5:02am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, question vis-a-vis the Google Drive plugin:
Are the “Keywords” from Lightroom uploaded? I tried to search for some in Google Photos after uploading photos to the Google Photos folder in Google Drive but none came up. Cheers! -Tim

Lightroom includes exportable keywords in the image unless you strip them out, but I don’t know whether Google Photos looks at them, but it sounds as if it doesn’t. —Jeffrey

— comment by Timothy Ryan on March 19th, 2017 at 11:49pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Writing from UK.
I am trying to download the EXIF viewer plugin – so useful – but winzip will not unzip any files with .lua extension and labels them as corrupt. What can I do, as I am stuck at step 1?

The “*lua” files are among those inside the ZIP file, so I’m guessing that your browser has unzipped the download for you. The folder that the *.lua files are in is the plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Victor Pace on April 16th, 2017 at 8:00pm JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey
I just Install your plugin, I show him in the plugin manager with the green light just next to, but not in publish panel on the left. (unable to configure my tumblr account.

I try to re install the plugin but nothing happen.

I’m working with the last LR version (cloud) on Mac OS X.

Thanks !

The Tumblr plugin is Export only, not Publish. You’ll find it via “File > Export…” —Jeffrey

— comment by Jean baptiste on April 20th, 2017 at 6:11pm JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey! This plugin is awesome, the built in FB one alway seems to get an authentication error when exporting. Just a quick question, is there a way to designate the temp folder where the exports are created before the upload? If not, where is this folder by default? I’m just concerned with storage space since my photos are on a different drive (HSS) than where my lightroom executes from (SSD).

You can have Lightroom write the files to whatever folder you want (it’s part of the dialog when you first set up a Publish Service), but in such a case the files will accumulate and remain there after the upload. That’s a feature if that’s what you desire. If not, use the “temporary folder” setting, in which case Lightroom will put the files into a folder it creates within your system temporary folder, wherever that happens to be, and will delete them the moment the plugin has finished uploading. —Jeffrey

— comment by Justin Jajalla on April 22nd, 2017 at 7:29am JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeff,

My question is about the lightroom plugin.
I have a master catalog with several smart galleries that gave me a lot of work to put them up and running.
I need to import this catalog in a new one, but when doing that all my Zenfolio Publish service did not went to the new catalog.
In that condition two things are important to notice: 1) I will have to re upload all images to zenfolio and 2) I will have to recreate every smart gallery.
So, my question is how to import all the work done in the master catalog zenfolio plugin to the new catalog.
Greetings from Rio – Brazil

The short answer is, you can’t. )-: Lightroom doesn’t include Publish information in its catalog import/export. —Jeffrey

— comment by Thales on May 5th, 2017 at 12:23pm JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I am modifying picture within Lightroom and I want to export the modified picture to Zenfolio using the plugin. (ie: cropped picture)
What configuration setting needs to be changed to allow for this?

Thanks very much.


By default the latest changes are sent out when you Publish, perhaps you changed the option. See this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Greg D on May 31st, 2017 at 11:12am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Received the following error message from Zenfolio when attempting to upload a video:

Target url: http://api.zenfolio.com/api/1.8/zfapi.asmx
Unix timestamp of call start: 1499375078.2881
Unix timestamp of call end: 1499375078.5224
HTTP Reply Date Field: Thu, 06 Jul 2017 21:04:38 GMT
HTTP Origin Field: WS002

I suspect that the same message also told you to contact Zenfolio support, and provide the context and other information surrounding the error. That’s what you should do. The plugin gives the kind of data you showed only when it seems to be an error on Zenfolio’s side. —Jeffrey

— comment by Doug Hawthorne on July 7th, 2017 at 6:08am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

j’ai installé JF geododing support mais pour le module JF Facebook j’ai le message en bas de la fenêtre de réglage : “Impossible d’enregistrer les modifications : le module externe JF Geocoding Support n’est pas installé ou ne fonctionne pas correctement” comment faire ? le module est pourtant installé . merci.

Please see this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by frizouille on September 8th, 2017 at 10:56pm JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

I should first thank you for all the effort you put into these plugins. excellent work. i am new to lightroom and photography in general so these really are useful.

OK so here is my question… I am publishing photos to flickr and then i change or add keywords later on. The image comes up as needing to be republished. When i republish the image the new keywords aren’t added. i have looked for a solution but i can’t seem to find anything. Is this a known bug or have i not setup something in the option menu?

I also had another question. after publishing a collection they also show up in the photostream as needing publishing. are we supposed to publish in both or just one? i have been doing both but not sure if that is the right thing to do.

Thanks for your time.

Both issues you’ve run into are related, and one sort of explains the other. The way that I shoehorned Flickr’s concept of organization into Lightroom’s completely-incompatible concept of organization is extremely kludgy, and is the result of a “lesser of two evils” balance. The end result is that no matter how many sets/groups/etc. that a photo is in, it need be published only once. You can publish it from any collection and it’ll show up in the “photostream” collection, so that collection is the sum of all the photos, just like on Flickr. To tidy up visual loose ends, you can do the publish operation on other collections where the photo is, and the plugin won’t actually re-upload the photo… it’ll just tell Lightroom to mark it as done. All very convenient. But the down side is that the plugin won’t re-upload metadata-only changes to Flickr… there has to be a pixel change for the plugin to re-upload. It can be very slight (e.g. adjust some inconsequential slider by 1 unit), but it has to be there. It’s frustrating. I could get around this issue if Adobe would only add one little data feature, but despite having asked since before Lr3, it’s been to no avail. So we’re stuck at this. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Bilal Yassine on September 26th, 2017 at 12:32pm JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey, first off I wanted to thank you for all your hard work and effort. I am trying to upload images out of my iMac with the OS Sierra from lightroom CC to our photo library on Zenfolio. I keep getting this error message.
Unexpected reply from Zenfolio: their system returned this error that the jf Zenfolio plugin doesn’t know how to handle: “50003: There is no such user.”
Target url: http://api.zenfolio.com/api/1.8/zfapi.asmx
Unix timestamp of call start: 1506719189.6266
Unix timestamp of call end: 1506719190.1189
HTTP Reply Date Field: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 21:06:26 GMT
HTTP Origin Field: ST10-B

This is an intermittent error at Zenfolio. Please report it to them. I’m hoping that if enough of their users report it, they’ll fix it —Jeffrey

— comment by Paul Todd on September 30th, 2017 at 6:11am JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hello, Jeffrey,
I hail from Houston, Texas. Recovering from the flood caused by Harvey. Just got back from a scuba dive trip to Wakatobi, with a side trip to Bali. Upgraded Lightroom to the new Lightroom Classic CC 2017. Lightroom said I need to upgrade the plug-in to Zenfolio. Can you tell me when that might be available?
Thanks for your time and effort,

It’s available now. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark Durka on October 19th, 2017 at 7:27am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hello if I “View Location At Google Maps” select only a single marker appears. What I make wrong?

This command (“View Location at Google Maps”), like most, works with one image at a time. For multiple images, choose “View selected locations as KML in Google Earth”. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jörg Benthin on October 22nd, 2017 at 5:56am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I am having the “Lightroom needs to configure your system for the facebook plug-in.” problem, and running “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom Classic CC\Lightroom.exe” -register threw no errors, but didn’t resolve it either. I am on a modest bandwidth connection. Any help other than re-installing?

I’m afraid I don’t know what’s actually happening here, so I can only parrot the steps that Adobe told me. Sorry. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Neil Waybright on October 24th, 2017 at 1:19am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, I just upgraded Lightroom to latest Classic CC version and also installed the 20171019.293 plugin version. Everithing works within the plugin but I’m facinge this issue: I’ve an old collection where I have a picture to be utpdate and a brand new one to be added. I right-clicked and marked as update the existing photo because I know that update is no supported, so now I just have to upload the new photo, however when publishing I got the well known “Unexpected HTTP status from Google: 400 Update is no longer supported” error. Might it be that the plugin is trying to update the old photo even if marked as updated and no longer listed in the list of photo to be updated? Is there any workaround for that?

Thanks in advance for any reply.

Google abandoned PicasaWeb. Things are broken with it and will only get worse, until one day it’ll just go dark. It’s best to move on to a different photo site. (Google offers no API to allow third parties like Lightroom to upload to Google Photos, so they’re not really interested in hosting stuff for real photographers, it seems.) ‐Jeffrey

— comment by Paolo on November 2nd, 2017 at 12:40am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Ok, I read some other comments (on the Adobe forums page) and noted that the folks who got to work used a cmd prompt that was started with “Run as Administrator” and when I did that the command

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

worked. Thanks for the great tool.

— comment by Neil Waybright on November 3rd, 2017 at 2:22pm JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Is there a way for the plugins to convert Lightroom keywords to hashtags in the body of the post? Similar to the Lightroom Instagram plugin?

I’m not sure what you mean by “the post”… I suppose you’re asking the question in the context of a specific plugin, but it’s difficult to guess which. With my plugins, where you can use my template tokens you can use something like {LUA=T=TBL() for k in pairs(KWE) do table.insert(T,"#"..k) end return table.concat(T,' ')} though if you have keywords with spaces you may want something more. —Jeffrey

— comment by Eric on December 5th, 2017 at 4:01pm JST (6 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Greetings from Minnesota!

I have organized and labeled thousands of pictures using Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery , and when I wanted to install the program on my new computer I was disappointed to learn it is not available. I was further disappointed to learn that my tagging of faces within the program will not transport to Lightroom. Do you know of a plugin that would solve my problem? If there isn’t one, could you create one? I don’t think I’m the only person who “trusted” Microsoft too much, and now fear redoing a large amount of work in labeling. Thanks!


I’m afraid I’ve never heard of that app, sorry. If you can figure out where MS LPG kept its data, perhaps you’ll be able to figure out how to transport it over. If you still have access to the original system, perhaps check out whether there’s a way to have MS LPG write its per-photo data back into the photos, and cross fingers that that’s somehow available to Lightroom? —Jeffrey

— comment by Anita on December 15th, 2017 at 6:30am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I have been using your LR to Facebook plugin with great success until today when it suddenly broke. I downloaded the update, deleted the older version, installed the latest version and I get the same error with the new version as I got with the old version. The error is “Can’t save changes the nil plugin is not installed or not functioning correctly.”
Any ideas how I can fix this?
Thanks for a great plugin! Please hurry and provide me a solution as I miss it a great deal.
It sounds as if you’ve deleted the plugin files out from under Lightroom. “Installing” a plugin in Lightroom is really just telling Lightroom where the plugin lives on your system… the plugin files must continue to be there for it to continue to work. —Jeffrey

— comment by David T. on January 11th, 2018 at 11:57am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Any update on this bug in your FAQs
I sometimes get “Assertion failed: packed” when using your plugins
permalink · Last Updated: Sat Jul 30 13:55:28 2016 UTC
This seems to be a bug in Lightroom. I’ve reached out to Adobe.

Just downloaded your plugin which looks great and is just what I need, but my first attempt to get around 20 photos already on Zenfolio recognised in Lightroom has failed with this message.
Thanks in anticipation.
Is this in the latest version of Lightroom? I haven’t heard about this error lately, so assume that they had fixed it…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sally Anderson on January 28th, 2018 at 8:47pm JST (6 years ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey,

Thanks so much for your plugins. I’ve used Smugmug & Zenfolio plugins for YEARS and they’re great.
I have a question about Zenfolio’s plugin recently. As I publish different collections a dialog box comes up with “Task Completed” and a progress bar underneath that shows complete but nothing happens and I have to force quit Lightroom every time to get rid of it which is getting very tedious…. Please help! I have updated to the most recent plugin and version of lightroom.

Thank you so much for any help!

I’m wondering whether there are Lightroom dialogs that are hidden behind other windows. Lightroom does this sometimes, inexplicably putting the dialog with focus behind the main window. Next time you run into this, hunt around/behind for another dialog. On a Mac, minimizing Lightroom then bringing it back is usually sufficient to get all the dialogs in front of the main window. —Jeffrey

— comment by Brie on February 6th, 2018 at 2:26am JST (6 years ago) comment permalink

I like how your product works but one thing I don’t like is it creates them under geocnoding section instead of LR GPS itself. Was this intentional or I am missing something? Is there a way to copy the coordinates and altitude to LR standard Exif fields so it can be saved into the photo and used in other softwares.

I’m not sure what you mean. The plugin writes to the standard Geoencoding fields, which Lightroom writes to exported copies if you ask it to (though Lr and plugin privacy options can keep that data out of exported copies). —Jeffrey

— comment by Ken on March 28th, 2018 at 9:18am JST (5 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I keep getting “Facebook login aborted: Assert @Debug:883” when I try to reauthenticate.

Please send a plugin log the next time you encounter this. Thanks. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ike on April 14th, 2018 at 1:56pm JST (5 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hello. I use the plugin to export from Lightroom to Facebook very frequently. However, one problem I sometimes face is the photo order in the export. When that happens, the photos in Facebook show in the opposite order of what they were in Lightroom (meaning, the last photos were exported first). It’s very annoying to correct the order manually in FB. What can I do to avoid that? Thanks.

I suppose you can flip the order in Lightroom (toggle the “A-Z” in the toolbar to “Z-A”) prior to publishing. —Jeffrey

— comment by Henrique on April 29th, 2018 at 9:29am JST (5 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I have been experiencing some problems with Google Photos almost one week. Your Google Drive plug-in works great and having no problem in publishing Google Drive. I can see files both online and copies of the uploaded files in my local Google Drive folder. However, I cannot see the in Google Photos. Not much help from Google Drive and Google Photos guys online help. What’s wrong, any idea?

Firuz Soyuer

I have no insight into Google Photos, sorry. Google finally released an API a few days ago, so that I can build a plugin for Google Photos, but so far the API has bugs that doesn’t allow me to proceed. But, it’s likely that we’ll be able to have a plugin for Google Photos soon enough, finally, after perhaps a dozen years since it was released…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Firuz Soyuer on May 3rd, 2018 at 11:08pm JST (5 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

All of a sudden my export to Facebook plugin will not let me save because it’s telling me to select at least one album, but it’s not showing me any to select. This happened after it said there was an authentication error and I went in to edit the settings.

I suspect that whatever authentication error you encountered left you unauthenticated, so please try re-authenticating. —Jeffrey

— comment by Samantha on May 4th, 2018 at 9:47am JST (5 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff, writing from Japan.

I’m uploading pictures to a Facebook album and having to approve them each time. I get a message in Facebook that says “The photos below were uploaded from another application, you’ll need to approve them.”

The album has Public permissions but your app doesn’t seem to have that broad of permissions. I followed your directions on the FAQ to change the app permissions but it would appear Facebook’s privacy settings may have changed and I can’t find the required settings anywhere. I actually can’t seem to find anything related to your plugin in Facebook. Any ideas?

I can no longer find it, too, nor info about any apps that I know I’ve got connected. Weird. Will investigate further… —Jeffrey

— comment by Ash on May 4th, 2018 at 5:28pm JST (5 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I am attempting to upload photos to my FB page and only 1:1 smart previews are available, as I am traveling and my external hard drive where my photos are stored is not with me. When the attempt is made, I get an error message that says, “Assert @Debug:978” and no photos are published.
This happened once before, and the photos published without incident once I was connected to my external hard drive.
Am I not able to publish with just 1:1 previews available, or is there something I might be missing?
Thanks for your answer in advance, and thank you for this wonderful plug-in!

You can never publish/export anywhere with Lightroom unless you have either or master originals, or smart previews. Nothing about 1:1 previews is relevant. Still, the plugin should be informing you gracefully, not crashing, so I’d appreciate it if you could send a plugin log the next time you encounter the crash. Thanks. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gavin on June 3rd, 2018 at 11:17am JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, Jeffrey! I live in Arlington, Texas and have been using your LR to Smugmug plugin for years and love it. I just recently updated my Lightroom 5 to version 5.7.1 on both my laptop and desktop computers. Having the same kind of problem on both. I have downloaded and installed your latest verion of your Smugmug exporter, unzipped it, and installed it with the Lightroom Plug-in mamager which shows it is installed and running. When I go to export photos, your exporter asks me to login. I place my Smugmug nickname in the nickname box and put by password in the password box. I click LOGIN and I get a huge window of text and the heading is that I got an unexpected HTML response from Smugmug. After I close this window, I get ERROR and that the login is aborted. I hope I have given you enough info. I have never had anything like this happen with your plugin before. BTW, the problem doesn’t hurt my Windows 10 tablet when the login crashes, but on my Windows 7 desktop it crashes the whole computer so badly that I have to shut it down with the master restart button on the front of the computer. Ouch! Ideas? Thanks! (Please pardon me if I have submitted this to the wrong place)

Yikes, I see now that they announced something a month ago that just took effect, disabling plugin access. I’ll dig in and try to get a new version out soon. —Jeffrey

— comment by Wayne on June 13th, 2018 at 10:59am JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi there! Writing to you from Philadelphia, PA (USA). When I export from LR to Zenfolio about 80% of the images, once in Zenfolio, fail to load. They just spin. I know it’s a plug in issue because when I upload images to Zenfolio from my desktop, there’s no issue. Please help!

Thanks so much.

When you experience that, can you contact Zenfolio to ask? Frame the question as “why is this photo spinning?”, and if there’s actually something related to the plugin, they’ll tell you. I don’t think it’s the plugin per se, but it could be related to the servers that they have for third-party apps like the plugin. (Their own apps could perhaps use different servers.) —Jeffrey

— comment by Julia on June 14th, 2018 at 8:20pm JST (5 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

In WA state. All of a sudden getting “Unexpected HTML reply from SmugMug” with long list of code that I must stop, when using plugin to update photos in Lightroom to Smugmug. Using latest version (Version 20180512.320), but previous version also threw error. Was all working good until trying today.

Yes, please see here —Jeffrey

— comment by Rod Smith on June 17th, 2018 at 7:01am JST (5 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,

I am having a question about Facebook export plugin, while i create a album, every time i export pictures to that album, the sorting was wrong, it suppose to the end of the album.

But it’s go wrong every single time, would you please let me know how to apply the sorting problem with me?
At least new exported photos always go to the end of the album.

Thanks for your time.

The plugin has no control over the sorting at Facebook. Facebook will do what it wants, which I suppose is to include them in uploaded order. —Jeffrey

— comment by Hei on June 17th, 2018 at 1:09pm JST (5 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I’ve used this plugin for years, and for the past few days it won’t upload, giving me an error “service is unavailable”. I have Lightroom and the plugin updated and a few images uploaded before it starts doing this. I have contacted Zenfolio twice, but have not received an answer. The following is additional info that pops up which I shared with Zenfolio.

Target url: http://up.zenfolio.com/gretchenwakeman/p425456852/upload2.ushx
Unix timestamp of call start: 1529881941.4695
Unix timestamp of call end: 1529881941.9334
HTTP Reply Date Field: Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:12:21 GMT

Any ideas on how to resolve this new issue?

They will probably reply to say “It’s not our problem; contact Jeffrey”, but I can assure you it is absolutely, unequivocally their problem. Their API endpoint is returning an HTML page meant for a web browser, not an API data reply, something that it should never do, under any circumstances, so by definition this is their problem, even if the plugin were sending junk (which of course it’s not). It has been their pattern for years for Support to blame the plugin and shoo people my way, even long after their engineers have confirmed the problem is theirs. It’s getting old, and I wish they would stop. In this case, I’ve sent them enough that they should be convinced that the problem is not mine, but I’ve gotten no reply. They just shoo you away to me, and consider “case closed”. Sigh. I don’t know what more I can do. I am as frustrated with Zenfolio as you are. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gretchen on June 25th, 2018 at 8:15am JST (5 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hello from England: have you seen this before when I publish something:
Couldn’t render image: openNegative: dng_error_bad_format

That’s Lightroom’s way of telling you that the master image file is corrupt… it can’t read it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Simon Bradford on July 3rd, 2018 at 12:18am JST (5 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi – I downloaded the Google Photos add-on (appreciating the limitations) as a quick solution to a problem (i.e. I quickly needed to get some pictures “published” to my Google library and the new Google Sync (piece of sh*t that it is) has been stuck on 917 of 58,345 photos for the past week. Anyway, when trying to authenticate the add-on to my Google account, it cannot login and get my details. It says loading albums list and then fails with cannot get login details from Google. I’ve tried lots of things like restarting, logging in and out of Google, manually pasting the code. No luck. The screen sequence is slightly different from what you’ve published when going through the authentication but I think it should still work the same.

Any ideas…?

Much appreciated,


It’s a new enough plugin that I wouldn’t put the blame past me. Could you send a plugin log after you try but fail to authenticate? Thanks. —Jeffrey

— comment by Greg Mason on July 7th, 2018 at 11:06am JST (5 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink


First Congratulations to everything you do.

If I am not mistaken I used to be able to create galleries in your export smugmug plugin for Lightroom classic, latest version.

I don’t see it anymore, or maybe it was never there to begin with.
Please let me know if I can create galleries from your plugin.
It got lost in the move to a new SmugMug API. It’ll come back once things calm down after the change. I’m currently working on a sporadic issue many folks are facing…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Carlos Eduardo Martinez on August 9th, 2018 at 4:31am JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffery, is there a way to keep the custom order of the LR gallery when uploading to Zenfolio? If so, how?

Sorry, no 🙁 —Jeffrey

— comment by koko on August 11th, 2018 at 8:08am JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I setting up my Zenfolio export settings and have a question. If I select “Custom Name” in the settings does the export pause for me to insert the custom name? Or do I name the images before export or after export in Zenfolio? Also if I rename an image in Zenfolio will that break the sync link when I modify and republish the image in Lightroom?

If the “Custom Name” refers to the “File Naming” part of the dialog, that’s Lightroom’s way of allowing you to set the filename of the copy uploaded, and at the same time you must enter something in the “Custom Text” box. It won’t come back to ask later. Renaming images at Zenfolio is fine, but those changes won’t be reflected in any way back to Lightroom. Name changes at Zenfolio will not disconnect the photo from Lightroom, so you will be able to successfully republish. —Jeffrey

— comment by Janerio Morgan on August 14th, 2018 at 10:19am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

As others have said, thanks for the Flickr publishing (and other) plugins. My apologies if I have missed a simple setting or this question has been answered previously.

I know that the plugin identifies metadata changes, and shows images selected to be republished. Is there any way to have these images republished automatically without further interaction. I know that some people, including me, may not want this to happen all the time so I can see that the default would be to require intervention. But given that I am adding keywords and titles to many images, an automatic republish facility would be welcome.

Many thanks

Southampton UK

The best I can suggest at the moment is the “Publish At” feature of my Bag-o-Goodies plugin. You can schedule it to publish at the end of the day, in case you forget to do it yourself before you go home. It’s not really a satisfying answer to your query, I know, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike Creighton on August 16th, 2018 at 7:20am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Is there a reason there is no answer to my post? Just wondering. It was posted three days ago.

I was over the Pacific at the time, and am just now emerging from jetlag. But truth be told, I get so many emails and comments that I literally can’t read them all, much less respond, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by janerio on August 17th, 2018 at 10:31am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I’m from Hawaii! I’ve been attempting to authenticate the newest plugin for smugmug, and am unable to do so. It does register it with smugmug, but lightroom is not recognizing it so the plugin authentication dialog never goes away. Uninstalled lightroom classic cc twice, tried this line in terminal C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom Classic CC\Lightroom.exe” -register Tried to revoke authentication withing smugmug a couple a times, and can see it registered again after running authentication dialog. But Lightroom is not closing the authentication warning. Using macbook pro and high sierra

Reinstalling Lightroom should fix it, hopefully. The problem you described indicates that Lightroom’s URL handler wasn’t registered with the system, something it should do during install. Hopefully. —Jeffrey

— comment by Thema on September 20th, 2018 at 4:11am JST (5 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hello ! Recently I notice my uploads on Flickr stay at 1080p even when I ask 2048p ?

Do you perhaps have the “don’t enlarge” option turned on in the sizing section, and are sending photos that are originally only 1,080 pixels wide? —Jeffrey

— comment by Jean-Pierre LABBE on September 26th, 2018 at 6:14pm JST (5 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hello I’m from Alexandria VA and just started using your geoencoding plug-in. So far it’s just what I’ve been looking for! I’m still figuring out all the features. Minor thing… I can’t figure out where to set the speed field to show MPH instead of KPH. Thanks!

Sorry, the field is defined as KPH. Few people use MPH anymore anyway, as the kilometer has been the international standard for well over 100 years. 😉 —Jeffrey

— comment by Ken Hargy on October 1st, 2018 at 1:08am JST (5 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I’m still on LR 5.7. When I recently decided to upgrade to LR &, the last “stand alone” version, I learned that even in LR 6 the map module will not work after 2018/11/30, which is rather soon. So I did not….
I don’t want the subscription…. Have you got any advice for people like me?
Best regards,
Gottfried, Austria

It depends what you used the map module for. My plugin can take the place of the map module for geoencoding and reverse geoencoding, and some other light things. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gottfried on October 14th, 2018 at 5:26pm JST (5 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

The plugin for Zenfolio loaded into Lightroom but now in the Lightroom Publishing Manager dialogue box and it won’t save changes because at the bottom of the box it says I’m “not logged in”. Logged into what? Thanks.

To Zenfolio. You authenticate to your Zenfolio account in the 2nd-from-top section of the dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jim Bunker on October 21st, 2018 at 1:01am JST (5 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink


I’ve been using your plugins for Picasaweb and now Google Photos for years — thank you! Now for the bug report. When I export from Lightroom to Google Photos using your plugin, all the exported files get renamed to today’s date — e.g. “2018-11-12.jpg” no matter what I do. Unchecking “rename files” in the plugin doesn’t change this; neither does checking rename files but selecting “Filename” as the option. Is this a plugin feature/bug, or something weird about my Lightroom installation? It didn’t happen with the old Picasaweb plugin, nor with the built-in “export to hard drive”.

Robin (upstate New York, USA)

Sounds weird, indeed. Perhaps send a plugin log the next time you encounter it, and I’ll take a look. —Jeffrey

— comment by Robin on November 13th, 2018 at 11:50am JST (5 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi – thanks for your useful plugins which I’ve been using for a while now. Thought I’d ask you as you may have more insight than most, but do you have any idea why (and how) Google have managed to balls up their Backup and Sync for Photos so badly that I had to install it?

It used to be silent and efficient in copying everything as soon as I imported it via Lightroom – it was on Google – and now it simply is not fit for purpose and never actually completes a scan, prepare, process and sync operation. Can take a full week.

Do you know anything about this debacle?

Thanks again…


I don’t, sorry. I’m not familiar with that product. —Jeffrey

— comment by Greg Mason on November 23rd, 2018 at 12:01pm JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink


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 (5 years, 3 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 (5 years, 3 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 (5 years, 2 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 (5 years, 2 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 (5 years, 2 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 (5 years, 1 month 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 (5 years, 1 month 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 (5 years, 1 month 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 (5 years, 1 month 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 (5 years 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 (5 years 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 (4 years, 11 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 (4 years, 8 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 (4 years, 8 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 (4 years, 8 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 (4 years, 7 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 (4 years, 6 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 (4 years, 6 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 (4 years, 6 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 (4 years, 5 months 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 (4 years, 5 months 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 (4 years, 4 months 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 (4 years, 4 months 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 (4 years, 3 months 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 (4 years, 1 month 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 (4 years 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 (3 years, 11 months 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 (3 years, 10 months 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 (3 years, 9 months 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 (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

A LR-catalog of mine and containing some 250K photos geo-encoded using your geoencode plugin from GPS tracklogs, has been augmented with keywords “geo.lat=…” and “geo.lon=…”. As far as I know, LR hasn’t produced them. I haven’t found anything in the plugin that allows me to configure it to create those keywords. Do you know or can you guess from where the geo-related keywords come? It’s a tedious work to remove them, so I want to prevent such keywords to be produced. I want the geo-data to remain i the EXIF metadata.
/Bror J – Sweden

Wow, no, I’ve never heard of that. My plugins certainly aren’t doing that. I can imagine that Flickr might create tags like that upon upload, but you’re speaking of keywords within Lightroom itself, correct? Do you have old backups that you can inspect to perhaps see about when they were added? That might give a clue…. —Jeffrey

— comment by JOHANSSON BROR on December 8th, 2020 at 12:23am JST (3 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey.

After a troublesome 2 days un and re installing Lightroom I need to reinstall all my plugins.
However, I’ve reinstalled your google photos LRplugin and registered with the Paypal donation. The transaction code given doesn’t work.

Please advise.



If you’ve not done a Lightroom major-version upgrade, you can use your prior registration codes. Otherwise, please see this warning about how PayPal is sometimes giving a bogus code on the confirmation screen (and so you should see the confirmation email for the proper code). —Jeffrey

— comment by John Davis on February 11th, 2021 at 3:21am JST (3 years ago) comment permalink

Hi, Jeffrey,
I’m using the current version of Metadata Wrangler on a PC.
Although, when exporting an image, I have set the watermark to ‘Italic’ (box is ticked), the output is not italicised. Never had this problem before over many years. I have re-installed the plug-in but still the problem persists. What do you recommend, please?
I have screenshots if that helps?
John Walmsley
Guildford, Surrey, UK

I’m afraid that I don’t understand the issue…. Metadata Wrangler has nothing to do with watermarks. —Jeffrey

— comment by John Walmsley on March 16th, 2021 at 5:45pm JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey
I love and use your plugins in Lightroom for years. I just have a quick question.
I’m using since a couple of weeks a Apple Mac Mini M1 with the Apple Silicon Chip.
Your plugins seems for work well, while Lightroom uses Rosetta 2. Will your Plugins also work, after Adobe releases the native Apple Silicon Chip version of Lightroom?

Thanks and keep up your awesome work.



I imagine so, because the plugins don’t use any binary command files on MacOS, though I don’t have an M1 Mac with which to test to be sure. —Jeffrey

— comment by Michael Blaser on April 6th, 2021 at 1:21am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff, When trying to upload I’m getting the following error “Sadly, it seems that Google has turned off access for this plugin for the rest of the day (where days ends at noon in London). It’s their service, and they can make the rules; there’s nothing we can do but wait. )-:”

its recently just started happening, what is the fix for this?

The short-term fix is to wait for noon in London. The long-term fix is to not use Google Photos. They have this inexplicable quota that limits how many times their API can be called, not by each user using the plugin (e.g. to avoid abuse), but by all users using the plugin. The only plausible reason that I can think this kind of restriction exists is to limit how popular any 3rd-party app can become. In my case, it’s 10,000 requests per day, with no way to ask for an increase. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alek on May 9th, 2021 at 11:40am JST (2 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi sir! The past three days, I am unable to upload anything to Zenfolio from LR using your plugin. Different machines, different networks, different states, doesn’t matter. I have a desktop and a laptop, both with no software changes or software installs. Neither will work. Was on a commercial fiber link, a home in Orlando, and now in Naples, all no good. Any thoughts? Thank you!
Zenfolio is in the midst of changing their backend service provider, and so perhaps there are some bumps in the road. I’ve just released a new version of the plugin that may be more robust with their new system, so please give it a try. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jonathan Givens on May 17th, 2021 at 7:42am JST (2 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,
I figured out what prevented me from registering the transaction, I with a “can not connect to server” error. My Norton Antivirus was blocking it. After suspending “Smart Firewall” and “Auto Protect” for 15 minutes, it worked without a problem.


— comment by Peter G Maier on July 12th, 2021 at 6:40am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffry,
I’m writing from the SW of Germany. By the way a nice region for cycling, I follow you on strava.
I use Collection Publisher as well as Folder Publisher since years, great functionality.
I have on issue with Folder Publisher: It starts to publish all selected folders/collection at once. My PC does not like more the 2 or 3 at once, otherwise the output is instable. It would be great to have an option to publish all selected folders one by one :-). Currently I do this manually 🙁
In German we say “chain (to the) right (side) and go” s.th. similar in English?

That’s the way Lightroom works… it publishes all you select at once. So yeah, if you want to do one by one, you have to do it manually. As for the cycling phrase, if there’s something similar in English, I don’t know it. Maybe the closest thing is “Just do it” 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Folke-Sören Olesen on July 15th, 2021 at 4:18am JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi. I sent you a previous note on this. Longtime (over 10 years) very happy user of the plugin. Since the last update in June, the caption field has not uploaded into the Smugmug equivalent field. This is very useful as I put descriptions on my photos in LR and like them in their Smugmug mirrors as well. Cheers.

Yeah, this is a bug at SmugMug. I reported it to them years ago, at which time they said they’d get to it soon (haha). —Jeffrey

— comment by Andew Gavin on October 28th, 2021 at 4:52am JST (2 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I’m trying to find away to use my phones location data (Google Location Data) to inject GPS data into my photo’s.. I have around 10 years of location data of which I’ve used the Google takeout feature to download but it’s in their own Google JSON format… converting to GPX format using the https://www.gpsvisualizer.com/ website did not work (Lightroom can’t read the file for some reason)… I found your plugin and hoping it can simply plug into Google Location data automatically if I grant access and allow me to easily add location data to my files? Is this something your plugin can do?

The plugin doesn’t handle Google’s format, but it should handle the GPX file, assuming the GPX file has timestamps with each data point. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jonathan on January 6th, 2022 at 2:28pm JST (2 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi there! Graham from Moss Beach, near San Francisco. I ran into the “missing destination cookies” error but discovered that the fix (for me) was quite a bit less involved than your solution. You see, I had imported Smart Collection settings into the jfFlickr plugin from elsewhere in my catalog but had never actually opened the settings to tell the plugin which flickr album to use. Once I did that, the export worked fine. If there’s a way to detect that the “album” field has not been set and maybe explain to the user that they need to pick or create a flickr album, that might save some heartache.

Just a thought! Take good care.

— comment by Graham Charles on January 21st, 2022 at 4:34am JST (2 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

From Lennox Head (east coast Australia).

Have just installed jf Flickr plugin.
Is there a way to sync photos already on my Flickr photostream with LrC via your publishing plugin?
Then I could easily see what is already posted to avoid duplication.

In theory it’s possible, and discussed in the plugin documentation, but in practice it’s very fragile and spotty, so take care. —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris on February 4th, 2022 at 9:29am JST (2 years ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey, excellent work, I have been using your plugins. I have lost the masters, is there a way to extract photos from Flickr to Lightroom in an organised efficient way? Thank you.

All the best,

David Novotny

I’m sorry to hear of your troubles. Unfortunately, no, I don’t know of a way to backfill Lightroom from Flickr. —Jeffrey

— comment by David Novotny on February 7th, 2022 at 4:03am JST (2 years ago) comment permalink

I have been using the Export to Google Drive Plugin with Lightroom 6.14 for some time.
Recently, attempts to upload files have resulted in the following error:
“Unexpected HTTP Status from Google. 500 Unknown Error. Unable to Export”
The first photo is uploaded to Google Drive, but no others. Even exporting just one file produces the error message although the single file is uploaded.

It’s almost certain that Google is simply having “issues” at the moment, and it will go away on its own. If it doesn’t go away, and seems to be limited to failing with just certain photos, sending the plugin log would be the best way for me to investigate. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bob Rae on February 9th, 2022 at 6:58pm JST (2 years ago) comment permalink

I’m a long-time user of jf Flickr from Menlo Park, CA. I just installed jf Google Drive and I have an issue where clicking “Publish” on a collection quickly publishes one of the images, then hangs indefinitely.

I’m running Lightroom Classic release 11.2, build 202201281441-a5b5f472.
The plugin file I installed had filename google-drive-20220224.72.zip.

I have 97213 photographs in my catalog, and 84 photos and videos in my jf Google Drive collection.

Possibly unrelated, but I noticed that when I created this jf Google Drive collection, actually two collections were created with the same name. I made the first of those two collections the target collection, and did not attempt to use the second collection.

The publish issue happens every single time. Each time I click the button, it publishes one image then the publish task hangs. I eventually click the cancel button, then find that the Publish button no longer works until I restart Lightroom.

I’ve just started seeing this myself, in a variety of plugins. I’ve reached out to Adobe for assistance… —Jeffrey

— comment by Dave W on February 28th, 2022 at 6:38am JST (2 years ago) comment permalink

Thank you so much for creating the Zenfolio Plug-in. I love it and use it everyday. However, I have a question. I can’t seem to figure out how to create Zenfolio “Groups” which are like folders. I have no trouble creating Galleries. I would appreciate you pointing me in the right direction.

Thank you!

In the same place you create galleries, change the “gallery” dropdown to “group”. —Jeffrey

— comment by Beth on March 3rd, 2022 at 7:24am JST (2 years ago) comment permalink
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