Lightroom: Basic functions--flagging, rating, adding to collections--to multiple images doesn't work

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In Library mode, Select multiple images and then take an action, such as adding to Quick Collection or rating or flagging, does not work. Also, changes made to an image in LR3, such as rating or flagging, are not transferred to LR4.

I need to sort and organize several thousand photos. Can't use LR4 in the current form. Waste of time.
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Carol Krauss

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Becky Sowada, Adobe Employee

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In Library mode, be sure you're in grid view when working with multiple images.

Regarding changes not transferring - can you say more about your workflow? Did you make changes in Lightroom 3, then upgrade that Lightroom 3 catalog into Lightroom 4 and the changes weren't there?
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I don't like using grid view because it never displays a whole image on the screen, so I usually use the single view. I'll see if it makes a difference.

I made changes in LR3, then when I opened the same catalog in LR4, they weren't recorded. Do I have to take another step of upgrading??? Where do I find that clue?
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Becky Sowada, Adobe Employee

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If you made the changes in Lightroom 3, then opened (and upgraded) the catalog in Lightroom 4, the initial upgrade should bring the changes across.

However, if you go back to the catalog in Lightroom 3 after upgrading, that opens the pre-upgraded catalog in Lightroom 3. This is no longer the same catalog as what Lightroom 4 is using, so changes made in Lightroom 3 at this point wouldn't be seen by Lightroom 4.

If I have misunderstood, let me know.
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Ok, I understand that. How do you "upgrade", if you did what you describe in para 2.
Editorial comment--Why is LR4 designed that way? Seems to be creating problems that don't need to exist.
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Becky Sowada, Adobe Employee

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To get the changes from Lightroom 3 made after you upgraded the catalog to Lightroom 4:

1. Open the original pre-upgrade catalog in Lightroom 3.
2. Select the images you've changed in Library grid.
3. From the Metadata menu, choose "Save metadata to file"
4. Quit Lightroom 3 and open the upgraded catalog in Lightroom 4.
5. Select the same images in Library grid.
6. From the Metadata menu, choose "Read metadata from file".

Note that if you've made changes to the same image in both Lightroom 3 and Lightroom 4, reading metadata from file will take the Lightroom 3 changes.

Lightroom treats each catalog as a separate entity - this isn't new in Lightroom 4, it has always been this way. When you upgrade a catalog, you essentially create a new version of the catalog, which Lightroom considers distinct from the old version of the catalog. I know it seems confusing, but for our customers who regularly use multiple catalogs in their workflow, this separateness has benefits.

Hope that helps,
Becky