Lightroom: Going back and forward

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I find it confusing that vhen you look at your pictures – say you look at a picture in a folder containing 1000 photos, and you jump to another folder to see something else – but decide to go back – you have the back key (bottom) in the lower left. But it does not take you back to the picture you selected, just to the folder it is in. If your folders contains many pictures it can be time consuming to find the picture you just looked at. Maybe there is another way – otherwise it could be nice if the back key (bottom) took me back to picture I just saw, and not just to the folder containing it.
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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More generally, I'd like the back and forward buttons to restore the criteria that control which photos are being shown, in which mode. That is, they would track: the sources selected in the left-hand pane, the filters applied, the selection, and the mode (grid, loupe, map, etc.).

The undo button does that, but it's dangerous to use, since you can easily undo develop changes by accident.

This is one of the few things that I think the Photoshop Elements Organizer does better than LR.

The SDK has most of the hooks to implement a better back and forward in a plugin, but there are bugs in the required SDK functions.
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John R. Ellis wrote:

|> "The SDK has most of the hooks to implement a better back and forward in a plugin, but there are bugs in the required SDK functions".

Which bugs are you referring to? Plugins which take advantage of the presentFloatingDialog method could offer such back/forward buttons, if it would be worthwhile despite said bugs.

e.g. Gazoo
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I was referring to the bug in catalog:getActiveSources():

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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In my opinion, the easiest way to have selection remembered when changing sources is to use the OddJobs plugin (free by me) - it works in the background, so you can use the normal Lr back/forward buttons, and your previous selection will be restored when you change sources.

There are also plugins with "alternative" (smart) back/forward buttons, like AnySource, or a manual "restore previous selection" button like Gazoo and OttoMate.