Lightroom: export history log

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Add an ability to export the history log from LR.

Options should be the same as in Photoshop.
Save log to Metadata, text file, both.
(Send History log to photoshop on export would be a nice option so I can edit in LR pass off to PS and keep all the history in one log file)
Log items to include - session only, concise, detailed.

For some clients providing a list showing what was edited on an image is mandatory. Currently I use a screen shot from LR and the History log in photoshop, it would be nice to have a text file from LR rather than using a screen shot.
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Walt Sorensen

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Lee Jay

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The history in LR is entirely different from the history in PS. The log of what has been edited in LR is the develop settings, not the history.
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Walt Sorensen

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It's still a history of changes made to an image. It maybe different that the history log in PS, but I would use it the same way I use the history log in PS; to catalog the work done on an image.
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Lee Jay

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I could create two renderings from the same raw image, that look totally different, and have exactly the same history - import only - without ever clearing the history. The history doesn't include defaults or details of presets or syncs. Therefore, it is not a record of what has been done to an image.
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I would use it the same way I use the history log in PS; to catalog the work done on an image.

For me it doesn't matter if "the history doesn't include defaults or details of presets or syncs." An export of the LR history log as it is currently is a sufficient list that would still meet my needs (and the needs of others).
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"it would be nice to have a text file from LR rather than using a screen shot."

I definitely agree, especially for educational purposes
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May I add another aspect that could support such an 'export' type file: I participate in many photo review events and some of the organisers require not only the original RAW file but also some basic meta data info such as date, camera, lens, aperture, exposure time, original size, corp size, ISO and flash settings displayed directly under the photograph and baked into the JPEG.

Without exception the question is always asked: what all was done in post processing? Hence a similar approach that is possible with e.g. the SIZE, i.e. original size vs. cropped size could be useful for at least the changes made in the BASIC tab of LR as well as the NOISE/SHARPENING adjustments.

This requirement would be definitively geared towards the educational purpose and not the business - commercial - legal field.     
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YES, please. As a teacher, I need to see that they've done certain things!! Or I won't let them use Lightroom
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If they export as JPEG with all metadata, then you can see what they've done by opening the JPEG in Photoshop. Go to 'File - File Info' and then choose 'Raw data'. It's not the same as the history because it only shows the final values (it won't show that they changed the exposure slider seven times before settling on the current value). I assume that fact is not important anyway. It's not a nice list, but the info is understandable if you teach Lightroom. It is actually XMP and looks like this:

<crs:ProcessVersion>10.0</crs:ProcessVersion>         
<crs:WhiteBalance>As Shot</crs:WhiteBalance>
<crs:Temperature>5300</crs:Temperature>
<crs:Tint>+11</crs:Tint>
<crs:Saturation>+4</crs:Saturation>
 <crs:Sharpness>25</crs:Sharpness>