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Installing a plugin in Lightroom Classic

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Jun 03, 2020

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Back in the olden days you'd find a plugin online, adobe, download it, open File/Plugin Manager and add it. Now we have the CC app that seems to run constantly, the Adobe exchange where plugins are found and apparently extensions, though I'm not sure if those are supposed to be the same thing or something different, and the plugin gets installed into your Exchange. OK, now you sync your exchange and then..... I have no idea. It's not on my computer, it's not in the Plugin Manager and it's nowhere to be found in the CC app. In fact I can't see where any plugin is supposed to be in the CC app. Exchange says it's aquired but where? I follow the "Where to Find it" button but it's not where it says it is. I click on "Install Issues?" and it tells me to download some .zxp file that needs some other files from the app store to open. Really? Then there's some "Extension Install Utility" that I chase down only to find it to be offered for sale. Really? I love progress and all but why do engineers have to take ten steps back for every half step forward?

Is there a magical place where plugins are downloaded to so that I can find through the plugin manager?

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Installing a plugin in Lightroom Classic

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Back in the olden days you'd find a plugin online, adobe, download it, open File/Plugin Manager and add it. Now we have the CC app that seems to run constantly, the Adobe exchange where plugins are found and apparently extensions, though I'm not sure if those are supposed to be the same thing or something different, and the plugin gets installed into your Exchange. OK, now you sync your exchange and then..... I have no idea. It's not on my computer, it's not in the Plugin Manager and it's nowhere to be found in the CC app. In fact I can't see where any plugin is supposed to be in the CC app. Exchange says it's aquired but where? I follow the "Where to Find it" button but it's not where it says it is. I click on "Install Issues?" and it tells me to download some .zxp file that needs some other files from the app store to open. Really? Then there's some "Extension Install Utility" that I chase down only to find it to be offered for sale. Really? I love progress and all but why do engineers have to take ten steps back for every half step forward?

Is there a magical place where plugins are downloaded to so that I can find through the plugin manager?

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Adobe never really made the "new" Exchange work for LR plugins -- it's an undocumented mess for developers and a horrible experience for users. As a result, most plugin authors don't use it.  I tried to figure it out for my plugins and got zero support from Adobe. It's still the case that you obtain most LR plugins from outside the Exchange, download them as a .zip, unzip them to get a .lrplugin, put that .lrplugin in a convenient folder, then do File > Plug-in Manager to add that plugin. So you might google for the plugin you want outside of Exchange and see if you can't download it the old-fashioned way (that works).

 

Sometimes LR plugins you get on the Exchange get automatically installed into the Modules subfolder where LR stores its other presets. To find that other folder, in LR do Preferences > Presets > Show All other Lightroom Presets, which will select the "Lightroom" folder in Finder / File Explorer.  Inside that folder will be Modules (it may get created only after the Creative Cloud desktop app has successfully downloaded the plugin).

 

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I was told there is a plugin for Topz DeNoise that works with Lightroom.  YouTube  https://youtu.be/dh5jLisYFTU

BUT I have Lightroom Classic and cant figure out if it should work and is not an option.  

 

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Yes, you can buy Topaz Denoise for $59.99 https://topazlabs.com/denoise-ai-2/

Yes, It can be added as an External Editor to Lightroom, in the same way that many other editors can be added (eg. the NIK Collection)

Your Youtube link demonstrates the method to add Topaz Denoise, or any, External Editor to the Lightroom-Classic [Edit-in] list of External Editors. So, although many programs are often referred to as a "Plugin", they are really "External Editors".

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 9.4, Lightroom 3.4, Photoshop 2020 (21.2.1), Nikon DSLR, Windows-10.

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