Lightroom 5.3: Enable / Disable Auto Sync not working - Win7 64

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I need to flag only the active image in Survey mode. When I flag/rate an image all selected images are flagged/rated regardless of whether Enable auto sync is enabled or disabled (Library) Metadata>Enable Auto sync.

Strangely the opposite happens in the develop module. Only the active image is adjusted regardless of whether Enable auto sync is enabled or disabled (Develop) Settings>Enable Auto sync.

I have also tried using the switches at the bottom of the Library / Develop modules RH panel. It appears these work independently for the different modules.

In short I can change the switches but the behaviour doesn't change I'm stuck with auto sync enabled in librbray mode and disable in develop mode.

I am running windows 7 Home premium. Exactly the same thing happens on my Laptop which is Windows 7 Professional.
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I can't reproduce it here, so to confirm:

You have multiple photos selected in Survey mode on the primary window, not secondary window. Auto Sync is disabled in the Library module, but when you press the P key, all of the photos are marked as flagged.

Are you doing anything different? If so, what?
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Ah Ah! It never occurred to me that there are 2 survey modes - one for each monitor.

With auto sync disabled:

In grid mode on my main monitor and survey mode on my secondary monitor. When I change prime image on the secondary monitor and press P it flags all selected.

If I change my main monitor to survey mode and the secondary monitor to Grid then it works as I expected..!

If I change to survey mode on both monitors it also works.

I'm no longer sure if this means LR is behaving badly or its documentation is confusing. I cannot find any explanation anywhere of this strange difference in behaviour depending on which monitor is in which mode; though now I understand it I can live with it.

Auto sync still does not work for me in the develop module.. I've checked the sync settings and tested it by applying an exposure change to the active photo.. there is no adjustment made to the other selected images.
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Lightroom doesn’t know which screen you’re looking at when you press a keyboard shortcut. For that reason, it always assumes that you’re looking at the Primary Display.

Grid view on the Primary monitor always applies to all selected photos, regardless of your auto sync setting. So, if you have multiple photos on Grid on the Primary, it applies to all of them, regardless of what you happen to be viewing on the Secondary Window.

There's some logic there, but it's tough to explain!

So on to your Develop issue. If you turn on Auto Sync in the Develop module (different to auto sync in the Library module), and you select multiple photos and make an adjustment, you're saying nothing happens?
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There are times when I feel like a time waster. To be certain I went back and checked.

When I slide the exposure slider the image and the filmstrip image reflect the changes.. but not the other selected images. (So I put the slider back and assumed it didn't work)

If I take my finger off the mouse and leaver the slider at the new position it does work.

Thanks Victoria you definitely have the knack of asking the right questions.
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You're welcome!
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So has ADOBE provided a fix for this problem????

Very frustrating guys, I use this software with expectation simple functions like this will work 110%!!
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Exactly what problem are you having Ross? This thread was solved.
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Hi

If i have selected a batch of images, say 200 or so, and I just want to bring the shadows back to zero or even reduce the exposure by a 2/3 stop, the adjustments dont apply to all of the images. I work mostly in Develop mode with auto sync active.

Ross
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That does sound frustrating. This thread's about a 5.3 issue, so it's likely to be ignored now... might I suggest starting a separate thread so it gets some attention. We'll also need to know your operating system, Lightroom version and exact steps to reproduce it, as I can't reproduce that behavior right now.
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Just quoting this...

(Victoria Bampton 1 year ago)

So on to your Develop issue. If you turn on Auto Sync in the Develop module (different to auto sync in the Library module), and you select multiple photos and make an adjustment, you're saying nothing happens?

YES!!! It's very frustrating!!