Lightroom 4.1: Creating library filter presets from "visible on map" - official feature?

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I don't know whether or not this is common (or specialist?) knowledge, but I just found out that you can save the state of the map module in "Visible On Map" mode as a library filter preset.

It caught my eye that the libary filter preset name in the film strip changes to "Custom Filter" when activating "Visible On Map" mode. And I noticed before that the filter presets contain a GPS section (a bounding box rectangle).

I simply started with "Filters Off", and then navigated to different places in the map with "Visible On Map" active, saving each place as a library filter preset. And it seems that these presets indeed store the respective visible map area, because when they are invoced in the library (grid view), they show exactly the photos visible on the respective areas. Also, the GPS coordinates in the lrtemplate files seem to match.

So it seems that the metadata section "map location -> current map location" is more than it says because each preset actually stores its own map location, and does not just filter for the current one.

Finally, my actual question is: Is this an official feature, or just a trick that may no longer function in later LR releases? Will this be documented (it does not seem to be currently documented)?

P.S.: I known that the same can be achieved using the "Saved Location" feature directly in the map module (with "visible on map" active). But the library filter preset has the advantage that it is independend of the map module and also can be used e.g. in the develop module.
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