Lightroom 4: Preset does not apply the settings from time to time

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When I apply a preset in Lightroom 4 on an image too fast before it loads completely in developer module, the preset does not apply any settings but appears in history. This happened in 4 Beta and also happens in stable version of Lightroom 4 on Win 64bit.
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Petr Diviš

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Becky Sowada, Adobe Employee

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Is it possible that the preset you're applying is trying to apply process version 2010 changes to an image that is Process Version 2012?
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Petr Diviš

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I am not 100% sure, but I update the presets frequently during editing. But I think that the presets were imported from version 3.6.

When I step back in history and reapply the preset again, it works. It is just annoying.
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Becky Sowada, Adobe Employee

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If the presets came from Lightroom 3.6, then they would be using process version 2010. And in applying a PV2010 preset to a PV2012 image, Lightroom will try to match the settings, but because the processing is so different, sometimes it just doesn't. As you work more with PV2012, you'll probably want to rebuild your favorite presets to achieve the same results with the new process version (I went that route, because I liked what I could do with the new processing.)
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J Chin

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This happens to me on freshly imported images as well as old one. It happens with my own "set exposure +0.33" preset (which I've edited the file to ensure it does NOT have the PV specified in it. This preset was from LR3 and never had an issue with it (and still don't on my XPSP3 machine running LR3.6 using same preset file).

The way around it, go move a slider (any one in Develop) or change the crop; then apply the same preset again it works fine.
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J Chin

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NOTE: it happened in LR4 release and now LR4.1rc2 also.
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Rob Cole

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If you load "set exposure +0.33" into a text editor, and change "Exposure" to "Exposure2012", then restart Lightroom, you won't have that problem (on PV2012 photos). This modified preset will not work on legacy photos (PV2003/10).

I think Lightroom (4rc2) still has problems sometimes assigning presets when there is a process version mismatch. In your case, applying a legacy setting "Exposure" to PV2012 photos, which have no "Exposure" setting (it has been replaced in PV2012 by the "Exposure2012" setting).