Lightroom: Softproofing before/after shows unexpected differences

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In Develop Before/After view, the default for the before image seems wrong. This became apparent to me while doing some soft proofing. In the case in point, the original image was in PV2010. I created a virtual copy and updated the vc to PV2012. After adjusting the image in the PV2012 environment, I turned on softproofing, created a proof copy and then selected the before/after view. It was immediately obvious that there was something amiss. Having spent a couple of hours trying to determine just what was going on, I finally determined that the before image was coming from the master copy and that the master copy was the PV2010 master copy and had absolutely no relationship, except for the raw data, with the copy I was trying to softproof.

After thinking about this for a while, I realized that, at least for softproofing, I never wanted the before image to be the master copy, but rather it be the initial state of the proof copy. I also believe that this also true for non-softproof virtual copies.
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Yes, I see that too.

Unlike normal VCs, where "before" is set to whatever was at the moment of its creation, the soft proof VCs have their "before" copied from their PARENT's "before".
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Yes, that must be true. However, in this case, the PARENT is the VC that was active at the time of soft proof, not the MASTER copy.

Alan