• Welcome to the Lightroom Queen Forums! We're a friendly bunch, so please feel free to register and join in the conversation. If you're not familiar with forums, you'll find step by step instructions on how to post your first thread under Help at the bottom of the page. You're also welcome to download our free Lightroom Quick Start eBooks and explore our other FAQ resources.
  • The May 2019 Lightroom updates are now available. There's a brand new slider called Texture, available across the whole family of apps. Lightroom Classic includes a new tool called Flat Field Correction. Lightroom (cloud-based service) has lots of big improvements including cloud trash, invitation-only web galleries, improved chromatic aberration removal and more. The Missing FAQ and Edit Like a Pro eBooks are already updated for the changes. You'll also notice the CC's have disappeared off the end of the names, so we've updated the forum names to match.

Windows 7 is trying to open .NEF files with Acrobat

kpowerphoto

New Member
Joined
Apr 11, 2013
Messages
1
Lightroom Experience
Beginner
Windows 7 is trying to open my .NEF files with Acrobat. When I attempt to change the program that opens .NEF files to LR 4.4 it doesn't accept the LR icon in the Adobe\Lightroom 4.4 folder. Should I be selecting a different exe file from the LR program?? Thanks for your help!
 

Denis de Gannes

Active Member
Joined
Oct 18, 2007
Messages
813
Location
Trinidad and Tobago
Lightroom Experience
Intermediate
Lightroom Version
Classic 7
Lightroom does not operate like other pixel editing programs like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, etc.For Lightroom to work with image files including raw files like Nikon .nef files you have to first import (register the files) within the Lightroom Catalog.

So from within the Library Module of Lightroom you have to go to the Menu > file> import and go to the location of the files. If the files are within a folder on your hard drive you can select those files and "add" them to the catalog. If the files are on a Compact Card you can select them and then "copy" to a particular folder on your hard drive which will perform this copy and add them to the catalog. It requires a different process than Photoshop which will just recognize image files within folders on your hard drive.

Have a look at this tutorial to achieve this process. Unfortunately Adobe has chosen to name the program Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, when it just does not perform with the same workflow as Photoshop.

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/getting-started-with-adobe-photoshop-lightroom-4/lightroom-4-importing-and-organizing-your-images/
 

Brad Snyder

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 20, 2007
Messages
6,293
Location
Port Deposit, Maryland USA
Lightroom Experience
Intermediate
Taking what Denis very correctly said, and adding a little more background, if you're interested:

... you appear to be attempting to 'Associate' an image file type with Lr as the Windows 'Open With' application, two things:

1) Lr is designed and intended to be 'associated' with files of the *.LRCAT type. That is its native data type.

2) Even though it's not the design case, some folks on some Windows systems are in fact able to associate image type files with Lightroom, wherein double clicking of an image file type, such as your NEF example, will start Lr and trigger an import action. This is not universal, for many cases, and for no obvious reasons, this doesn't seem to work for everybody, or even for the same people on different systems. I have personally seen it work on one of my systems and not on another. **Note as Dennis says, there will always be an *import* process, you just can't open, tweak, save, and close. Lr doesn't operate to that model.
 
Top