Bridge: ACR discards work when moving to Photoshop

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Choosing Open a Copy in Adobe Camera Raw (from Bridge) closes the camera raw dialogue box without applying metadata or changes (and without asking whether I want to).

So, the 70+ photos I just finished working on lost all of their settings because I decided to take the next one on my list into Photoshop. That was several hours of work.
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James Monaco

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Eric Chan, Camera Raw Engineer

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As the "Open" button's tooltip explains, using "Open Copy" does not save image metadata. To save image metadata, click Done instead.
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James Monaco

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Mrrm, I think I might not have described this properly; I do know that opening a copy of an image does not apply that image's metadata, and this behaviour makes quite a lot of sense.

Let's re-create what I was doing:
1) Open up about 300 photos from camera raw. The whole list of 'em pops up on the left.
2) Start going through the images, rating them for later and applying adjustments
3) Do this for nearly a third of the images in the list
4) Spot an image you want to do more with in Photoshop and click Open a Copy
5) Watch all of your adjustments get discarded
6) Weep bitterly and stop working for the night.

So, yes, it makes very good sense that any adjustments made to an image are not applied to it when it is opened as a copy in Photoshop--in fact, I would be alarmed to see the original get changed if I had explicitly asked for it to be a copy.

But to close ACR and discard all of my changes to all of my images--70 of which I had *not* asked for copies of--without asking me if that's what I wanted to do or gicing me the option to apply my work up to that point...That's a problem, not a feature.