Lightroom: Add Grid functions to Film Strip

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There are several features that only work in grid view -- for example, removing a keyword from several files. It would be ideal if the functionality available in Grid was also available in the Film Strip.
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Chris Cox

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Which product are you referring to?
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Alec Dann

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Lightroom 3.4
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Lee Jay

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I'd rather unify the grid and the filmstrip, keeping some of the best elements of each. For example, the filmstrip is available in all modules, the grid is multi-row, the filmstrip can host any size thumbs (no minimum), the grid can have much more metadata about the images.
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Thanks for your thoughts, Jay.

I'll try to keep a log of the stuff I find I can't do in filmstrip, but bulk meta data changes are one -- especially to keywords.

If I'm trying to select a large number of images, I find that filmstrip is easier to manage than Grid.
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Alec, have you tried going to Metadata menu > Enable Autosync? That will allow you to apply commands to multiple images selected in the filmstrip. Just be careful, because it kind of changes the rules we've become used to.
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Indeed (in my opinion) - having both a filmstrip and a grid, with different features and targeting considerations, makes the UI more complex than it needs to be. Coupled with a myriad of variations in targeting, depending on "stuff", I frequently get confused or make mistakes, even after years of experience. See also:

- Integrating library and develop modules: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
- Better multi-monitor support: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
- Simplify/unify targeting: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh....

There are some other Ideas along these lines too...
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Here's another one I ran into today: in Develop mode, I decided to reject a group of photos with the same problem as the one I was working on. LR would not let me reject the group. Had to be done one by one. Would be nice to have that functionality.
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Develop mode targets single photo unless auto-sync on (both metadata and develop settings). To reject multiple photos in develop mode, you have to use the context menu (or turn autosync on (dont forget to turn it off afterward), or switch to library grid to reject, then back to develop to continue editing, as Rikk Flohr mentioned below).

I would sooooo prefer an ultra simple and unified targeting scheme, and integrated lib-dev w/just-one-thumbnail-pane...), but until then, you just have to keep in mind:

- Module you are in.
- If library module, whether "target photo only" is on or off.
- Type of change being made.
- Whether auto-sync is on or not (an embarrassingly recent discovery: there is a separate auto-sync setting for library and develop modules - this was responsible for a lot of mistaken targeting in the past).
- Manner in which change is being initiated (keyboard vs. context menu vs......).
- If plugin, how multiple selection is being handled by plugin, and how that interacts with or supercedes related Lightroom settings (like autosync and "target photo only" in library module).
- filmstrip vs. grid.
- If grid, then which monitor.

These are off the top of my head - probably incomplete - I often forget one, make a mistake and correct immediately, or never correct, or discover later and then correct...

Rob
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The Keyboard Combination G-X-D would have done what you wanted-assuming you had selected them all first (which would have been the point of a mass reject in film strip).

G- Go to Library Grid Mode
X-Reject all selected
D-Return to develop mode right where you left off.