Lightroom 6.2.1: Library Sync Does Not Work

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Using the Sync button to mass update keywords does not work. I have 1,000 + photos selected and am trying to remove one keyword from all of them.

Steps:
1. Highlight all of the photos
2. remove the keyword in question
3. Click Sync button
4. Ensure keywords item is checked
5. Click Synchronize button

Result: The photo that had the keyword manually removed is updated. None of the remaining photos have been updated even though Lightroom indicates performing the steps through the action indicator in the upper left corner of the screen.

Lightroom 6.2.1
iMac (27-inch, Late 2013), 3.5 GHz Intel Core i7, 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4096 MB

Everything was working fine until the latest update to 6.2.1

The issues with system slowness, feature removal, etc....I concur with all of the uproar. You've had a great product, industry leader and all. Pull back and think about the impacts of the changes that you're making before you implement them. This might be minor to Adobe, but to my workflow, it's major! Please fix this.
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Ron Kochanowski

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Ron Kochanowski

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Additional note, it seems that adding a new keyword to the listing works fine. Removing keywords using Sync does not.
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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"I have 1,000 + photos selected and am trying to remove one keyword from all of them."

Note that you can remove a keyword from many photos at once without using Sync. In Library mode, select all the desired photos. Then in the Keyword List panel on the right, uncheck the keyword. Alternatively, delete the keyword from the Keywording panel.
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Ron Kochanowski

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Thanks for this reminder, John! That worked!!

Doesn't fix the issue with Sync not updating. But it does provide a needed reminder, we all get into our workflows (habits/ruts) and forget that there might be another way to skin a cat.

Thanks again.
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Benjamin Warde, Employee

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Hi Ron,

I'm a little confused by your comment that "Everything was working fine until the latest update to 6.2.1." This is the way that Metadata Sync has always worked for keywords - you can use it to add keywords, or to remove all keywords, but not to remove individual keywords.

Nor is it necessary to use it for that purpose. If you have a keyword applied to multiple photos, and you wish to remove that keyword from all photos, simply perform your steps 1 and 2 that you describe above, and it's done. There's no need to sync. (Note that you do need to be in grid view, if you're in loupe view then the keyword will only be removed from the photo you're currently viewing, rather than from all selected photos.)

Let me know if you have any questions.

-Ben
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Ron Kochanowski

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Hi Ben,

Well, I guess that I'm the confused one. Not the first time for that. But still, the Sync function works to "add keywords, or to remove all keywords, but not to remove individual keywords" still doesn't make much sense to me. Syncing the keywords implies that whatever keywords are on the current photo will be imposed on the rest of the photos that are selected. Whether those keywords need to be added or removed in mass or individually shouldn't matter. Syncing is syncing.

As John had noted earlier, the checkbox function of the Keyword List accomplishes what I was attempting with the Metadata Sync function.

I still consider it to be a problem that the Sync function doesn't not do what the word implies.

As far as how I've always used the program....well, I'm now understanding that I need to go back and verify 10 years of metadata updates, and probably correct a lot of keyword entries.
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Benjamin Warde, Employee

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Hi Ron,

I certainly understand your point. Probably the keyword field shouldn't be a part of the sync dialog at all, since it is fundamentally different from the other fields. (The other fields all hold single values, whereas the keyword field holds multiple values, some of which may be applied to only some of the currently selected photos, which complicates the whole "syncing" thing.) I suspect it was included primarily for people who wanted to use it as part of metadata presets, and that it was designed the way it was to minimize the chance of accidental deletion of data.

Thanks,
Ben
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Syncing of folder is definitively broken since Lightroom 6.2(.1): when sync should add photos (which have been manually added to some sub-folders of the folder in question), then they are not imported! They are detected as being new like "10 photos to import", but when the actual import should take place they are NOT imported ("not found").

I have tracked down this issue to sub-folders: when photos are located in subfolders they cannot be imported (I think the problem also exists in the new "Import" dialog).

Reproducible on Mac OS X 10.9 and 10.11, with Lightroom 6.2.1 (purchased, not rented).
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Benjamin Warde, Employee

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Unrelated.

Please reference the new conversation here: Folder sync bug in 6.2