Lightroom Classic 7.3/Camera Raw: Constrain Crop not saving in preset

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I posted this on the adobe.com forums, but it may get more traction here....

Since updating to LR 7.3, all my presets were imported and can be used. But none of them allow the Constrain Crop option under Transform to be set by default.

Even if I apply my preset, click Constrain Crop and "Update with current settings" on the preset, it still doesn't re-apply.

Running Windows 10 64bit.
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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The underlying cause is that the new preset implementation, shared with Adobe Camera Raw, ignores the Constrain Crop setting in presets. This is most likely because ACR doesn't expose that setting in its user interface for some reason, and even though ACR will correctly display a LR-edited photo with the setting, ACR won't save the setting in a .xmp file.

Steps to reproduce:

1. Open a raw image in Develop.

2. In the Transform panel, click Auto and Constrain Crop.

3. In the Presets panel, create a preset, click Check None, then check Transform. Save the preset.

4. In the Presets panel, right-click the preset and do Show In Finder. 

5. Edit the preset's .xmp file and observe that the following line is incorrectly missing:

   crs:CropConstrainToWarp="1"
6. In the text editor, add that line above the other settings lines. 

7. Restart LR.

8. Apply the preset to another raw photo. Observe in the Transform panel that Constrain Crop is incorrectly unchecked. 

9. In the Transform panel, again check Constrain Crop.

10. Do Photo > Edit In > Open As Smart Object In Photoshop. Observe that the Constrain Crop setting has been observed in ACR's rendering.

11. In the ACR window, do Save Settings to save the photo's settings in a .xmp file.

12. Open the saved .xmp file in a text editor and observe that it is incorrectly missing the CropConstrainToWarp setting.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Thanks. I've asked engineering to take a look at this?
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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I’ll be releasing a work-around script in the next few days — stay tuned.
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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Unfortunately, a bug in LR prevents the work-around script from working. However, I'll post a workaround recipe below.
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Damian Vines

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Still no fix? This is ridiculous 
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David Santora

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I know there was an update a few days ago and I thought so it's definitely going to be there, there's just no way they could let this go again... They just don't care. It's got to be such a simple fix. At this point I've marked it as an internal joke at Adobe. They're probably trying to see how long they can let it go. Either way I have a fix in my workflow that takes about three seconds and I've decided to quit carrying, it's not worth it.
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David Santora

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A crazy thought here Jeffrey... instead of having them take a look at it, why don't we get them to actually fix it? Whoa, right?!? I know... it took me a few months to really kind of come to this thought myself. Anyway, there you go. I expect that should clear up the issue they were having by just looking at the problem. I look forward to the fix in the next update.
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ariel martini

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8 months to fix a simple bug. Why am I paying for this?