Lightroom: Change radial brush label for "Invert Mask" checkbox

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Bad: "Invert Mask"
Good: "Inside/Outside"

Make it simple, guys.
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Yeah, until you've memorizing which direction a non-inverted mask is, "invert mask" isn't very helpful. Here's what I use:

"$$$/AgDevelop/Localized/InvertMask=Adjust Inward"

put that in "..Program Files/.../Resources/{2-char-lang-ID}/TranslatedStrings.txt

and restart Lightroom.

Voila! (changed)
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Ah, but what do you do when you set the Invert Mask to default the other direction? Then your text is backwards...
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What is holding Adobe back from putting actual text in here to indicate direction? "Invert" is absolutely useless.
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With the radial tool, you draw a circle/ellipse and then apply settings. They are applied either inside the circle or outside of the circle. What am I missing here? EDIT: ok, I see you guys are discussing what the native direction is. I always think it should default to inside, but I think it is opposite that... which is why I was advocating an explicit label

[ ] outside

Which would imply that unchecked is normal "do these things inside the circle"
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In my Lr, box checked adjusts inward, box unchecked adjusts outward, so it's simple to have the label text match the polarity, which is what I do.

If I (or Adobe) ever changed the polarity of the checkbox (unlikely), then I'd change the text to match.
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... when you see a circle on a paper do you feel the circle is highlighting something inside the circle or everything outside of the circle ... their coin toss is wrong! haha. BTW, trying to find that text file on mac (haven't looked hard enough, just default prefs locations)
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Sean,

I get why you would have reversed the polarity, and I don't know why Adobe chose the opposite. I personally don't have a strong opinion about it.

I don't know the correct location for TranslatedStrings.txt on your Mac, but it's with the program files, so probably /Applications/Adobe/Lightroom or something like that.

Anyway, you should see Resources subfolder, and in that 2-char language subfolders. If your language is English (en), then you'll have to create the file yourself (it will already be created for the other languages).

You may need to do a 'Show Contents' on the Lr .app "file" (ctrl-click it for context menu), and go in to find..

Any luck?

Rob
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I did find it in the Lightroom package ("show package contents"). There was an en.lproj folder but adding the translatedstrings.txt file broke LR.
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Hmm - I've assumed it was done the same on Mac as in Windows, maybe it's not..

Anyway, you should be able to find the TranslatedStrings.txt file for other languages, no?

Maybe it's a .plist file on Mac (?)
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I'm assuming that LR doesn't like a single-entry translatedstrings file in the EN folder. I'm ok, I can deal with it as-is. Basically, when I write feedback in these Adobe pages, I'm hoping for a direct fix, not a workaround. (script, hack, etc). I know you have a bunch of solutions and I think they are great but they really should be rolled into the build not bolted on.
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Fair enough Sean.

PS - I'm sure Adobe understands you are asking for native solutions, despite me informing of workarounds for the mean time.

FWIW - Jeffrey Friedl has an online configurator which takes care of writing the "TranslatedStrings" file for you - dunno if it has support for the "Invert Mask" label, but even if not, it could at least get you started with a file that won't break Lr.

Rob out..
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Awesome, thanks for the help. Keep up the good work.
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While we are talking about ambiguous labels, this is another area:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/f7kwas3ydyh...

The manual lens corrections for distortion/vertical/horizontal... all of them. Scale is OK because it's been established that right is larger, left is smaller. But for the rest, there's zero indication. Need graphical indication..

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9al9npmojso...

Just another case of divergence between Photoshop and Lightroom when they are the same tools and should have the same source and usage...
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3 years. Still in top 5 annoying functions in LR. 2018. Please fix.