Lightroom Classic: Need batch Auto Level capability similar to the new Auto Tone (December. 2017 update)

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Auto level batch apply to in bulk to photos, each with unique orientations. Allow as a setting upon import. Ideally, I want to be able to apply the new Auto Tone (December 2017 release) and auto level upon import.
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Is there a reason you can't create a Preset with the Auto Settings , Transform, and Process Version checked. 

Create an image and apply AutoTone, Level, and then save the the preset with the above boxes checked.  Then, in your Import dialog, apply the Preset on import.  I did a quick test and it seems to work ok here. 
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Rick. After I posted the response (below) I tried to set up a preset that had these three checked. However, after saving the preset and testing, the Auto Settings did not get applied. I verified and the Auto Settings check box would not stay checked after saving the preset. I tried re-saving, renaming, changing other check boxes. All worked, except the Auto Settings check box. Since it is in a separate field from all other options, does that mean that the check box is only temporary and not “saveable”? If not, and in the import dialogue the Apply During Import panel only allows you to choose one preset to add, how do I add both Auto Settings and the Transform preset?
Will this option work?:
A) right click on Auto Settings in the Lightroom General Presets and select “Apply on Import”
B) in import dialogue Apply During Import panel select the new Transform preset that I created

Can the Transform preset be incorporated into the Default Settings? Or does the Default Settings bake in the specific transform/level orientation of the file used when establishing the Default Settings?

I feel like I’m 90% of the way to where I want to be.....
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When I tried to use auto level upon import or batch setting (Auto Sync), all the images adjusted according to the first image imported or the “most selected” image in the batch.

Are you saying that using a preset rather than Auto Sync, each file is reviewed and leveled independently?
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It should...
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OK. I tried this and the rotation is working. However, the "Constrain Crop" function is not being applied. It was chosen/selected when I created the Preset. So, if I can figure that out, I'll be VERY happy!
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Rikk - Thanks!

With combination of your input and that of Jon Ellis, I'm a very happy camper. In addition to Auto Settings, Transform and Process Version checked in the preset, I also checked the Transform Adjustments box as well. Evidently this makes the Transform function apply the Constrain Crop when it is checked in the Transform panel of the Develop Module. 

Now I can confidently leveraging the newly engineered Auto Settings in combination of this just-learned ability to apply Transform Adjustments along with Lens Correction features (charm ab & profile correct) during the import of images. 

Then by utilizing J. Friedl's Bulk Develop Settings plug-in for Lum/Color Noise Reduction and Sharpening Mask for Camera/ISO-specific Default Develop Settings,  I will now have a superior workflow starting point for each import.

I think that I will sleep like a baby tonight!!
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"When I tried to use auto level upon import or batch setting (Auto Sync), all the images adjusted according to the first image imported or the “most selected” image in the batch."

This is a very confusing, obscure area of LR.  To eliminate confusion over terminology, try these exact steps:

1. Select several photos that haven't had Transform > Level applied or synced before.

2. Go to Develop.

3. In the Transform panel, select Level.

4. At the of the right column, make sure auto sync is off:



5. Click Sync..., then Check None, then check Transform, then uncheck Upright Transforms and Transform Adjustments. It should look exactly like:



6. Click Synchronize.

This will adjust each of the selected photos as if you had gone into Develop for each individually and clicked Transform > Level, i.e. getting their own auto level settings.  

If you accidentally check Upright Transforms, that copies the particular transformations from the current photo, overriding the automatically calculation you want done on each photo.  If you check Transform Adjustments, that copies the additional manual adjustments from the panel (Vertical, Horizontal, Rotate, etc.). 

A similar admonition applies to creating presets or doing Photo > Develop Settings > Copy/Paste Settings.

Finally, note that turning Auto Sync on:



has the effect of copying not only the Level setting but also the actual transformations of the current photo, as you may have been observing.