LIGHTROOM: Make the selection of multiple images behave as most people expect

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Hi There,

This may sound like a silly feature request, but would it be possible to make the selection of multiple images work the way it works in every other application?

For example:
- You’ve shift-selected multiple images
- Lightroom is giving you feedback that they’re all selected
- You assign keywords to the selected images
- You assign keywords to literally 1000s of images

But you then discover later that the keywords were only been applied to the first image in each selection set.

Because Lightroom is giving you feedback that multiple images are selected, is it not counter-intuitive that the keywords only get applied to the first image?

There are probably ‘pro’ reasons for this (BTW, I’m a pro who uses Lightroom intensively 3-4 times a year) but the shear amount of questions/posts/videos on this (135,000 search results for 'how to select multiple images in Lightroom') is probably a clue that Lightroom may have a usability issue in this area?

Hope that makes sense.

Cheers

Ben
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Rob Cole

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Photo targeting rules (and the many exceptions) are the hardest part about using Lightroom, in my opinion, but they are also pretty-well entrenched at this point (or so I think..).

So, +1 to the feature request (it's pretty-much-of-a duplicate by the way), but also: be prepared for improvement in this area to come:

* slowly, or
* never.

Just sayin'..
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"* slowly, or
* never."

Yep, I'm honestly not expecting much - Illustrator has always had truly mind-numbing usability issues and they will never get fixed if the last 10years is anything to go by!

But I thought it was time to post something because its so fundamental:
- If you want changes to apply to multiple images, select multiple images
- If you want changes to apply to one image, select one image

It's such an important usability pattern - which is why Lightroom uses it in most situations - just not in all situations.

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Fair enough..

Some people claim your request is full-filled by leaving auto-sync enabled.

While that falls short in many respects (I'd rather not try and recount them all if you'll permit/forgive), it's something to think about.

Rob
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Cheers Rob,

Yes, that dang auto-sync feature - it's off by default right?

I'm constantly switching between grid and loupe view when cataloguing (as I'm sure many people do) but the convenience of those bottom thumbs trip me up.

They look identical to other thumbs but behave in a non-intuitive way - they're evil twins!

Everyone loves an intuitive application, especially when we use so many across what used to be traditionally segmented disciplines (we routinely use video, audio editing 3d and design applications - not to mention all the front-end web development code we've learnt over the past few years).

Sometimes you just want an application to adhere to basic UI patterns - like selections.

Anyway, sorry for the rant, I look forward to running into this issue in another 3 months!

Cheers