Lightroom Classic: Questionable usefulness of the new "Has Edits" filter

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Great to see the addition of the 'Has Edits' filter to the library of Lr 7.2 Classic. However, I was disappointed when I tried it on my library.

During the catalogue upgrade from Lr 6 to Lr 7, I updated the Process Version on all images to the current Version 4. When the 'Has Edits' filter is applied, images that have had their process version updated are selected. Since this selects ALL my images since the upgrade to Lr 7, and only those images with actual develop settings that have been imported since the upgrade to Lr 7, the new 'Has Edits' filter is pretty well useless.

In Collections, a Smart Collection can be created with Develop->Has Adjustments, which only includes images with develop adjustments, as expected. Using the new Develop->Has Edits in a Smart Collection includes images with develop adjustments and with the updated process version.

The criteria for the Has Edits filter shouldn't include the images with an updated process version because over time, this will include more and more images as the process version is updated in the future.

I would like to know what the difference is between the Has Adjustments and Has Edits?
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Anthony Blackett

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john beardsworth

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I completely agree. One edit is enough to make an image "edited" - oh yeah? Hopefully this will change, quickly, and a potentially-useful feature will emerge.

Has Adjustments excludes crop, Has Edits doesn't.  Yes, "go figure".
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Anthony Blackett

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Two months have now gone by and we've had Version 7.3 and now 7.3.1 released with no action on this issue whatsoever! Not even an acknowledgement that it is a problem.

Should be fixed by now so that the 'Has Edits' filter can be useful.

If I come across as frustrated and annoyed, that's because I am!

Adobe's latest apology is about as hollow as Facebook's apology for its breach of trust. There seems to be a culture at the big end of town that these companies can just do as they please without any regard for their customers - take notice - no customers, no business.
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The problem is that everybody thinks that HIS little problem should get the highest priority, but that is not realistic. OK, so you don't like the new ‘has edits’ filter. I don’t think it's useful either. So don’t use it. Big deal. Don’t expect the whole team to drop what they are doing just to rewrite this feature because YOU don’t like it. Maybe they will change it some day, maybe they won't. Let’s hope they will. In the meantime stop whining. For almost every feature in Lightroom there will be some people who say it should have been done differently.
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'Has Edits' shouldn't be selecting photos that don't have edits. Pretty simple I would think!
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To add to this issue, hitting the "v" key to see the image in black & white, then hitting it again to get it back in color, sets the image to the "Has Edits" state. The workaround is to use Command Z if one chooses not to remain in the black & white mode, and show that it has not been edited.
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Ed, hitting the "v" key isn't just a black & white preview, it is an edit, as indicated by the adjustments icon shown in the thumbnail. Using undo is the only way to avoid this to see what it looks like as B&W. Alternatively, use the new preset preview feature to see what a B&W preset looks like without changing anything.

My issue is with the "update process version" which is not an adjustment (no adjustment icon is displayed) and therefore, images that have been updated to the new process version with no other adjustments should not be selected by the "Has Edit" filter. The only images that should be selected by this new filter are those displaying the adjustment icon.
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Thanks Anthony, maybe it was just wishful thinking that I could hit the "v" key to do a quick b&w look, and hit it again if I didn't like it... all without changing the editing state. I now do an undo, or look at the new preset preview feature. Yep, Adobe has forced me to change my ways. ;-)