Lightroom: LR4: auto-assigned placenames not written to XMP on export?

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When placing a DNG raw file photo to the Map, I get the GPS coordinates into metadata. Lightroom also populates the IPTC fields for ISO Country Code, Country and State/province with names, but written in a grey-coloured, italic typeface.

When exporting to JPG, the GPS coordinates are included in EXIF, but the placenames are gone from metadata all together.

If I enter the placenames manually, they export to both IPTC and XMP tags.

I'm not _entirely_ certain that this is a problem, but I do wonder why the automatically assigned placenames are not included on export?

- But if the behaviour is by design, how do I make the placenames stick?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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"Remove Location Info" is checked by default. Have you tried to uncheck this and export:

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Lee Jay

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"But if the behaviour is by design, how do I make the placenames stick? "

You have to select the field label to "commit" the place name.
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@ Jeffrey:
Thanks for the suggestion.
When "Remove Location Info" is ticked, the GPS coordinates disappear from EXIF too, but I double checked anyway. :-)

One solution seems to be as Lee Jay suggests, that the placenames have to be manually "committed" to the individual images.

If this is the only way to make the placenames stick, this functionality is less brilliant than it seems. In fact, I think entering the placenames manually on multiple images in the Library module will be faster than committing single images in the Map module.

I think there should be an option to select multiple images and commit in bulk.
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Actually, you don't have to commit them (which can be very cumbersome for many tagged photos).

If you have "Export reverse geocoding suggestions whenever address fields are empty" active in the catalog settings (and don't have "Remove Location Info" checked in the Export dialog), they will get exported.

Beat