LIGHTROOM: Two bugs in Library Filter Functions / Smart Collections

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Adobe Lightroom 5.3

1. The Library Filter Functions "Contains Words" and "Starts With" are erroneous
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If a field contains the searched word (with length n) preceded by a string which ends with the first 1 to n-1 letters of that word followed by exactly one space, then this word is not found.

For instance,
if field "Caption" contains the string "first tree and some more text", then
Filter Text "Caption" "Contains Words" (or "Starts With") "tree" finds nothing,
if field "Caption" contains the string "t tree" or "tr tree" or "tre tree"), then
Filter Text "Caption" "Contains Words" (or "Starts With") "tree" finds nothing,
but
if field "Caption" contains the string "second tree" (or "t tree" -> two blanks), then
Filter Text "Caption" "Contains Words" (or "Starts With") "tree" finds the word.

The same is true for Smart Collections.

2. Library Filter functions are supposed to be case-insensitive
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This is not the case for umlauts: ä - Ä, ö - Ö, ü - Ü.

For instance, if
field "Caption" contains the string "über", then
Filter Text "Caption" "Contains" "ü" finds the word, but
Filter Text "Caption" "Contains" "Ü" finds nothing.

The same is true for Smart Collections.
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Posted 5 years ago

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1. Re the Contains Words bug, that's been present since at least version 3, and Adobe has acknowledged its presence (but it remains unfixed):

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

I don't think anyone was aware of the additional subtlety you've discovered, that "tree" won't match "tre tree".

2. Re text search not ignoring umlauts: A number of people have complained about this:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

A related bug is that LR does not ignore case for non-ASCII characters. In French, I'm told that these problems combine -- capital letters are typically not accented, so you might have variants of the same word with an accented lower-case letter and an unaccented upper-case letter.
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Thank you very much for this information. Added my votes already, will add some info later.
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Also, please add your votes (and additional information) to those existing threads.
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I'm adding the following as additional bug and a feature request, since it probably makes sense to put all this in one thread.

Bug report: if a file name ends with a string, the filter "Filename" "ends with" that string doesn't match that file. It appears that this is because LR incorporates the file extension into the "filename".

If you set a filter for "Filename" "ends with" "2", it will match "123452 File.jpg" but not "File 123452.jpg", which is very unintuitive, since the file name ends in 2 in the second case but not the first.

Feature request: allow quotes in the file name string, so you can search for "Filename" "contains" "-v 2" which would be very helpful to me and, I suspect, others.
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Re the "filename ends with": The general problem is that LR is treating filenames as sequences of punctuation-separated words. It was acknowledged by Adobe over three years ago:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

Please add your vote to that topic.

Re searching for quoted strings, Adobe acknowledged that lack of ability in this topic:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

As you know from past discussions, LR text searching is amazingly weak, starting with no "exact match".
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Thanks. I added my vote, not that I expect much to happen in response...

Becky Sowada helped me get some bugs smashed in previous versions of Lightroom. Given that she has filed this as a bug 3 years ago means, I suspect, "We're not going to do anything about that one."

Sigh