Lightroom 5: problems with GeoTagging and Committing

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I am using LR5 and enabled reverse geocoding. The images that have the GPS coordinates automatically get the city, state and country. They are in italic gray. When selecting Metadata->Save Metadata to File it is actually NOT written to the file. In order for this to work I first need to click on the label for City and select the city, click on the label for State/Province to select the State/Province, click on the label for Country and select the country, click on the label ISO Country Code and select the ISO Country Code and THEN select "Save Metadata to File". This is extremely inefficient

We need a one-click solution so that we can commit ALL the reverse GeoTag information for ALL THE SELECTED IMAGES.
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Yes, this is a real problem and makes the reverse geocoding almost useless for anything more than a few images.
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Hi,First of all, I do NOT want to have these auto data written to my files, without my probation.
I found them to be often inaccurate (this depends of where you take the photo actually). there is nothing worse than a machine deciding for the user.
On the other hand even if not accurate they are clearly helpful.

One first good step would be that if a user validate (or commit), a child item of the location then all parents should be committed.
In this logic :Country is parent of Region which is parent of city which is parent of place.

so if reverse geocoding finds :
country :FRANCE
Region : Ile de France
City : Paris
Place : Eiffel tower

If you commit effeil tower then , Paris, Ile de france, France should be committed as well.
But say you were near the eiffel tower but not on it: Then you would just need to commit the city and type a new place.

And you should be able to do that on a selection of photos (provided they have the same Locations or at least the same location item you are committing)

regards
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I've switched this to an 'feature request' for internal purposes - it's currently working as expected, but I agree there should be a way of manually committing all of the selected photos in one go.
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I now have many thousands of images with uncommitted geolocation information. The current design of Lr makes it so time consuming to commit this information that I fear I will never be able to catch up.

I think Babar_e has it right. You should be able to commit the geolocation information on the images that are selected. But, I would not constrain it to images that share the same Location.
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Yes, please fix!
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Doesn't this plugin get it? -

http://regex.info/blog/2008-10-29/979
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Thanks Rob - I just tested it and it seems to work fine. I would appreciate if Adobe could fix LR, but meanwhile I'll use the plugin from Jeffrey Friedl.
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Just spent a whole afternoon trying to rename files with GPS location data, would not work, now I know why,@ Adobe PLEASE FIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Same is true for me. Pease fix it asap- I really need a way to print the location (e.g. city) on my pictures when exporting them. Thanks.
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When buying LR, I though that I will be available to replace all programs I had with one. The map function was really the thing that decide my bought.
But as it is, it's useless!
How can the product manager think that the user should click on each metadata field for each photo? Try that for 30 000 photos (that's just 4 weeks of vacations photos)
And even this cheaply done function is buggy, sometime a selection of photos on the same location display these geo metadata (and can committed) and sometimes not!
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Even if there is no committing function, the reverse-geoencoded data (italic, light-gray) should be included in the export.
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"Even if there is no committing function, the reverse-geoencoded data (italic, light-gray) should be included in the export."

There is an option that lets you do that: Catalog Settings > Export Address Suggestions Whenever Address Fields Are Empty.
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John,
Has this been added lately ... or did I just miss this ?!?
Data is added to the IPTC data block.
Thanks
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It was definitely in LR 5 (under an obscure name, "reverse geo-encoding"). It's not in the LR 4 Help, but that doesn't mean much, given LR's lax approach to documentation.
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Its still not added. For example, if u want to put geodata in a photobook it only recognizes comitted values. There is a workaround for exported pictures as described above and also search recognises uncommitted values, but the book module doesnt. A fix would be very much welcomed.
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rearranging

Please reference the new conversation here: Lightroom: Can't use uncommitted location values in Book module
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There are two plugins for working around this deficiency in LR: 

- The Geoencoding Support plugin is the best solution for those who spend a lot of time tagging their photos with locations: http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-good... 

- For those who wish to stick with LR's geoencoding, my Any Tag plugin now has commands for finding and committing the locations automatically added by LR (in gray font):http://www.johnrellis.com/lightroom/a... It isn't necessary to buy a license to use these commands.

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