Lightroom: Unable to 'sort by colour label' or sort by 'rating' functions properly.

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LR4 is not allowing me to use the 'sort by colour label' or sort by 'rating' functions properly.

In all previous versions, I could colour my finished edits in say red, click on the 'sort by colour' and all those red-labelled images would be blocked together, making exports etc. simple.

However, this bug is not pushing all the coloured images together (see image).

I have also tried to rate the images by star ratings and that doesn't work either... 5 star rated images are not grouped together.

In short, you simply cannot sort your images using the previous LR 'Sort' functions at all...

I've checked to ensure there are no ticks on sort by dates etc.

Any idea when a fix for this will come out? I've now switched back to LR3 as a result of this bug.

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Richard Barry

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Posted 8 years ago

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Benjamin Warde, Employee

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Hi Richard,

No, it is not officially a bug. LRuser24 is correct when s/he states that stacking has precedence over sorting. Or, to put it another way, sorting does not break up stacks. Stacks are always kept together, and their place in the sort order is based on the top image in the stack. This was true in Lightroom 3 as well, when sorting by aspect ratio, capture time, labels names, file format, pick, position in folder, rating, touch count, touch time, extension, or file name. Only color label was an exception, and that was unintentional. The inconsistency caused a variety of problems, and thus the bug was fixed for Lightroom 4.

We're are sensitive to making changes, since we're well aware that even bugs can find a place in people's workflow, and we appreciate this feedback. I would suggest, as others in the thread have already mentioned, that filters can probably fill this gap for you.