LR: Smart collection / unable to save metadata changes for selected files

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In order to keep track of metadata changes, I created a Smart collection based on a filter rule (Status metadata - is - has changed). When selecting all pictures inside this Smart collection by means of Ctrl-A, and hitting Ctrl-S in order to save metadata changes, I see the pictures within the collection disappear one by one, untill all changes have been saved and it says 'No pictures selected in Smart collection'. Nice, and exactly as intended. However, I wouldn't be writing this if there weren't a problem. Within seconds after the last picture has gone from the Smart collection, I see part of them automatically and persistently return to the collection, this despite the fact that they haven't been touched again and hence their metadata not changed. Whatever I try, it is always the same set of pictures (51 JPG-files which all have the same title and caption) that reappears in the Smart collection after following the above procedure, and keeps automatically getting back the status 'Medata changed'.

Is this a known bug, that will be solved in a future update? And for the time being, is there a work-around, that enables me to reliably keep track of metadata changes?

FYI, I am using Lightroom 4.2 (Dutch localisation) for Mac, operating under OS X Lion 10.7.4.

Looking forward to any replies,

Simon M. Wellinga
Heerenveen, The Netherlands
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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LR 3 had some problems with falsely reporting that the metadata had changed. At least one cause, captions with newlines, was fixed in LR 4 (at least it was fixed for my catalog).

Do your titles or captions have newlines or non-ASCII characters in them?
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Hi John,

Thank you very much for the hint; my caption appeared to contain an unintentional tab, and removing it solved my problem!

Cheers,

Simon
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I use LR4.1 on Mac OS X. I created a folder to show me all images with metadata that needs saving. If I select all images in the folder and do a "Save Metadata to File" the image cound goes to zero as the images are updated on disk, but then a few seconds later, without me touching ANYTHING, the folder starts to fill up again!

I had 7 images that would constantly "reappear", I just did some keywording, and now I have over 100 images that "reappear". Very frustrating ... anyone got any ideas?

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LR4 won't save all metadata.
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Select images using metadata status and write metadata to disk. SOME of the images will continue to show in the filter. Repeated attempts to update do NOT update the filter.

Testing to see if the metadata HAS updated using Bridge appears to show that the image on disk HAS been updated, but the metadata status filter continues to show to show some images still needing updating.

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Lightroom? Unsaved metadata not updating filter.
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I just checked a set of 7 images that continue to reappear. These are part of a folder that contains 300 images. I looked at the metadata and NONE of the images contains a title or caption. Some have ratings, some have color labels, but no titles or captions. All 300 contain a variety of keywords, including the seven that indicate the metadata hasn't updated.

If it helps, I'm running Windows 7 Professional, and using LR4.1.