A few users of LR/GMail have recently reported problems with the plugin no longer connecting to Google’s servers.
Fear not, I’ve been working like a madman to find a solution. The latest version of LR/GMail now uses an entirely new way of connecting to the server that should solve these issues, and a number of other ones too.
Now, you may be wondering why people would use a plugin to send emails rather than using the built-in support that’s been available since Lightroom 4. Well, LR/GMail provides a number of niceties you don’t otherwise get:
The plugin also accesses your contact list to provide auto-completion of your contacts as you add them to the To, Cc and Bcc fields.
The plugin stores information on which images have been sent via LR/GMail (so that you can filter them).
The plugin stores a list of recipients to whom each photos has been sent (accesssed from Lightroom’s metadata panel). This gives you tracabilty for future reference.
Following a slight reorganisation the Photographer’s Toolbox is now officially part of my software development company Arctic Whiteness.
This change will have no affect on existing or new users other than the fact that payments are now invoiced in Euros rather than UK Pounds, and you’ll be send to Arctic Whiteness’s PayPal page for payment processing.
We sometimes have comments from users who are unable to download the latest version of their plugins from within Lightroom. Often the download is very slow, other times it fails half way through. The problem principally affects users who are located out of Europe (where our server is located).
This distance-related problem also manifests itself when asking the Enfuse plugin to download our copy of the Enfuse binary application.
To solve these problems we’ve now experimenting with an infrastructure change that should provide you all with more reliable plugin updates. As we move forwards plugins will be stored on a global “Content Delivery Network” hosted by Amazon, which is a fancy way of saying that the files in question will be stored much closer to your physical location, and should thus be much quicker – and more reliable – to download.
Since this represents a major change for us we’ll be rolling out the changes slowly. We’re going to start with LR/Enfuse to ensure that all’s well, and new versions of our other plugins will be updated over time.
We’d love to hear from users of LR/Enfuse who had experienced these problems before to know if this solves the issue for them….
Hot on the heals of version 2.00 of Keyboard Tamer I’ve just released version 2.11 which adds support for adjusting the development sliders for images under Process Version 2012.
I have to thank Peter Karlsson from Svarteld for driving the recent updates to Keyboard Tamer, and this screenshot is a reminder as to why this is such a useful plugin, not only for users of non-US keyboards, but also for all Mac users, as we’ll see below….
Lightroom doesn’t provide any keyboard shortcuts for the development sliders, and so Keyboard Tamer does something slightly tricky to solve this issue. By creating menu items to adjust the various development sliders Mac users can use the System Preferences to assign keyboard shortcuts!
However, that’s not the best of it. The really great thing is that these shortcuts work everywhere – from every module. No more switching to the Develop module to make a quick change to an image!
Thanks for that inspiring screenshot Peter!
I’ve also improved things for Windows users. By default those menu items will no longer be visible in the menu, so you won’t have to be bothered be something that serves you much less purpose that it would to a Mac user…
Some of you have pointed out that Keyboard Tamer wasn’t working under LR3. You’re right, that slipped me by! Sorry about that.
I’ve just released an update to address LR 4 compatibility. Notice that you’ll now either be asked for your admin password (on Mac) or else be asked to run as an administrator (on Windows). There’s no need to panic, it’s just that Keyboard Tamer works by making changes to some of Lightroom’s own files (after backing up the originals), and under Lightroom 4 access to these files is now protected by default.