Lightroom: Compare different photos in the develop module

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It might be quite useful to compare two photos in the develop module. something like the before\after view.
now with the soft proof virtual copy it makes even more sense (compare the original final with the proof to try and get them closer)
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If one uses the second-monitor feature, there is a Compare view in the Develop module. However, it does not display RGB values and is therefore of not much use, at least for me, but it may be enough for some people. I would like to be able to mouse over to various points on the reference photo and see the RGB values and then go back to developing the photo under development just by moving the mouse over.

Since the reference photo and the photo being developed may be quite different, there is no need for a simultaneous readout of equivalent points as in the Before&After view. For example, I may have two very different photos of the same person but I would like to make the skin color look the same in both photos.
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But you can do it already in LR4. Use split screen before/after view (kb shortcut Y).


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How does the Before&After view solve the problem? That's the same photo on the left and right. The original poster wanted to compare to a copy and I want to compare to a totally different photo.

I want a reference photo (photo A) on the left and a different photo (photo B) that I am developing on the right. I mouse over to the left and look at some RGB values on photo A. Then I mouse over to the right and try to develop photo B so it has the same density background (for example) as photo A. If I can't achieve a pleasing photo with this constraint, then I mouse back over to the left and look at what tone curve I used before to give me ideas on what to do with photo B. This is the kind of capability I am looking for.

There is a Compare view in the Develop module on the second monitor, but it does not display RGB values. RGB values (numbers under the histogram) appear only for the Loupe and Before&After views in the Develop module.