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Jeffrey’s “Order Prints Locally” Lightroom Plugin

This plugin allows you to have photos printed at a local retailer for delivery or pickup. It exports images to LifePics.com, which has a network of over 20,000 retail outlets all over the world, many of which can have prints ready for pickup within an hour.

You can search for a local retailer via US ZIP code or Canadian Postal Code, or latitude and longitude worldwide.

This plugin works in Lightroom 5 (and older versions as far back as Lightroom 2, though some features depend on the version of Lightroom).

The same download works for both Windows and Mac. See the box to the upper right for the download link (in orange) and installation instructions.

Version History
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20141019.60 Windows Only: Add a one-time check for the POODLE security vulnerability, and alert the user if it exists.
20140923.59 Added the LrMD5, LrLocalization, LrSystemInfo, and LrMath packages to the {LUA} template token.
20140902.58 New build system
20140731.57 Registration fix for Lr5.6
20140729.56 Previous updates broke support on Lightroom 2
20140720.55 More Creative-Cloud support.
20140715.54

Fixed an issue with Creative-Cloud revalidation.

20140712.53

Lr5.5 and later Creative-Cloud installs can now revalidate themselves if needed.

20140710.52 Sigh, had a bug in the Creative-Cloud support.
20140708.51

Now supports Lr5.5+ Creative-Cloud Installs.

20140704.50 Sigh, introduced an error for some folks with the rebuild the other day.
20140630.49 Build-system update
20140613.48

Added date_diff() and raw_time_diff() functions to the special {LUA} token understood by the plugin.

20140605.47

Add a note to the Keyword options to highlight that only exportable keywords are considered

20140510.46 A missing 'automatic destination' could cause the plugin to crash.
20140509.45

Added new tokens to the template language the plugin understands: LrVersion, LrVersionMajor, LrVersionMinor, LrVersionRevision, LrVersionBuild, Location, CatalogName, CatalogPath, OperatingSystem, OS

Added new token filters: NS and LO

20140422.44

Fixed a bug in the "smoother revalidation" stuff recently added.

-- Fixed a sublocation-related bug in the new geo-privacy stuff. 20140416.43 deal with new privacy stuff -- The {Empty} template token wasn't working properly.

Make the revalidation process smoother, especially for folks using Lr5.4 and later.

20140204.42

Enable a new feature internal to Lr5 for large exports that keeps the CPU from running too far ahead of the upload. Prior to this, Lightroom would go ahead and peg the CPU to pre-render all the images even if they weren't being uploaded at nearly the same speed. Now Lightroom pauses the behind-the-scenes rendering if it has gotten too far ahead of the upload.

Added the “:EMBED” token filter to the template language.

20130926.41 Oops, fix a bug introduced in the previous update
20130925.40

Added a bunch of tokens to the preset templates supported: ExportFormat, ExportColorSpace, ExportBitDepth, ExportQuality, ExportSharpeningLevel, ExportSharpeningMedia, IpernityUrl, GoogleDriveUrl, and TumblrUrl.

The token-examples dialog had been broken. Also deprecated Folder and Path tokens in preference to FolderName and FolderPath tokens.

20130909.39

Work around a Lightroom bug concerning the determination of whether a photo is offline.

Moved the "Export with Smart Previews?" dialog section to a more-logical place in the order.

Made big updates to the "Export with Smart Previews?" section; you can now pick to be asked whether to export via Smart Previews, and can differentiate between when the Smart Previews are "good enough" for an export and when they are not.

Fixed the KW/KWE tables in template tokens; they had been broken when using load for the script.

20130701.37

Work around a bug that causes the export-related progress bar to not show up right away.

20130613.36 Better support for plugin revalidation.
20130611.35 Sigh, previous update for Lr5 broke things for the Lr5 beta.
20130611.34 Yet another Lr5 update
20130610.33 Better logging to try to understand catalog-write-access contention under Lighroom's hood
20130524.32 Apparently, a recent change broke things on Lr2, which some folks apparently still use.
20130520.31

Added the ability in Lr5 to export images even if the master image file is not available, so long as there's a smart preview available.

20130501.30 Update for Lr5
20130328.29 Fix for the registration system.
20130319.28

Fixed a possible plugin crash in Lr2 that might happen if the remote site's servers are failing.

20130220.27

Added support for some new template tokens: FlagStatus (requires Lr4.1 or later), and for Lr3 and later, a bunch of IPTC extended metadata: AdditionalModelInfo, CodeOfOrgShown, DigImageGUID, Event, ImageSupplierImageId, MinorModelAge, ModelAge, ModelReleaseID, ModelReleaseStatus, NameOfOrgShown, PersonShown, PlusVersion, PropertyReleaseID, PropertyReleaseStatus, and SourceType.

20130214.26 Small fix for Lr2
20130209.25 More build-system maintenance
20130206.24 Tweak for my registration system
20121014.22 Added a help dialog when encountering the mysterious 'handle in the wrong state' error.
20120821.21

Updates to the environment in the {LUA} token (in the template tokens in my plugins) to include photoTime() and currentTime(), and other changes to match the updated docs at that link.

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20120614.20 Very slow uploads in Lr4.1 could cause the new progress bar stuff to blow up.
20120608.19 Fix an "attempt to perform arithmetic on field" error.
20120526.18

Update to handle the Mac App Store version of Lightroom.

Tweak for Lr4.1RC2.

Enhanced the send-log dialog to hopefully make reports more meaningful to me, yielding, I hope, the ability to respond more sensibly to more reports.

Added to the template tokens supported by the plugin: {FullMasterFile}, {FullMasterFolder}, {FullExportedFile}, and {FullExportedFolder}.

20120330.18 Update to handle 4.1RC
20120309.17 Update to the debug logging to better track down timing issues that might arise.
20120301.16 Oops, broke new logins in the previous big update... doh! Sorry. Fixed.
20120229.15

Files that are offline are now detected before an export/publish begins, and if there are any, offers the option to abort the export, or just skip the offline ones. This is a lot more clear than the "dng_error_file_not_found" error you get from Lightroom if you follow through with an export attempt of an offline image.

More on the march toward Lr4, including upheaval in the code to handle Lightroom APIs being discontinued in Lr4.

Bumped up the minimum Lr3 version to Lr3.5, to ensure we've got those bug fixes. Lr2 and Lr4 are still supported, of course.

20120114.14 More tweaks for Lr4b
20120112.13

Update for Lr4 beta: explain in the plugin manager that the plugin can't be registered in the beta.

20111210.12

When doing a plugin upgrade, offer the ability to flush all the old copies of the plugin.

Had issues with the registration button sometimes not showing.

Added a system-clock check and reports to the user if the system clock is more than a minute out of date. An incorrect system clock can cause problems with various kinds of communication and authentication with some of my plugins, so I've just gone ahead and added this to every plugin.

20110712.11 Had a minor plugin-crashing boo-boo in the previous update.
20110711.10

More on the catalog-access errors that some are getting with Lr3.

Really long captions could cause a stack overflow.

20110703.9 For Lr2, fixes a 'must be called inside withReadAccessDo' error I'd recently introduced. For Lr3, tries to address a similar error that seems to pop up in rare cases.
20110623.8

There's a bug in Lightroom that causes it to sometimes include private keywords in exported copies. The plugin now detects these situations and alerts you to them, allowing you to avoid a privacy blunder.

20110301.7

The check-for-updates stuff didn't work properly... fixed.

Fixed a bug whereby one couldn't export via preset to an account different from the currently-logged in account.

20110113.6 Added {CroppedWidth} and {CroppedHeight} to the template tokens used by my plugins.
20101208.5 Update to handle a change in LifePics's API.
20100829.4 Made the revalidation process much simpler, doing away with the silly need for a revalidation file.
20100820.3

Discovered a bug in my plugin build system that caused horribly difficult-to-track-down errors in one plugin, so am pushing out rebuilt versions of all plugins just in case.

20100817.2

Added code to allow plugin revalidation after having been locked due to a bad Lightroom serial number.

20100809.1 Initial public release.

Comments so far....

trying to get this lifepics plug-in to activate. Won’t let me because it says using a invalid ser # which is not the case? Have other plug-in’s installed and working no problems says I must re-validate plug-ins?

plug-in is currently disabled.

must be a work around? hate to call Adobe and wait and wait and wait

If the plugin says you have an invalid serial number, you certainly do. Check Help > System Info to make sure you’ve got your personal Lr serial number actually installed, then restart Lightroom. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anonymous on November 4th, 2010 at 10:26am JST (4 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

What a superb plug-in concept.
I have been using another high volume online retail printer and find the interim Hard disk export then upload process burdensome.

I am in Ontario, Canada. I dunno if I will like Rexall printing but I am going to try it.

thnx Jeffrey

— comment by ROYREDDY on November 6th, 2010 at 10:41am JST (4 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

This plugin asks about the ZIP only in the First Time tab. I’d like to pick the order location at the time of each export — possible?

Not easily… the way the company has things set up, you have the location associated with your account, and they don’t allow an app to change the location, so you have to visit the web site to do so. Seems very kludgy to me. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alexy on April 2nd, 2012 at 3:58pm JST (2 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Just installed your “Order Prints Locally” plugin to give it a try. LR4 plug in manager tells me the plugin is installed properly but it doesn’t show up under my list of Publishing Services. I’ve shut down LR4 and restarted it after installing the plugin but still can’t see it from my library module. Please advise.

It’s not a Publish plugin, only traditional Export. Select the images and click the “Export” button in the lower left of Library. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark on August 31st, 2012 at 10:23am JST (2 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I read LifePics is all over the world – but I can see no affiliates in Europe – none of its countries – anywhere.. Did I overlook something..?
Or is it just lies and mean bluff of LifePics to let believe they have lab-partners in Europe when actually they don’t ? Or is it moor subtle..?

— comment by DonkeyPhotez on June 28th, 2014 at 9:45am JST (5 months, 21 days ago) comment permalink
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