Lightroom: Report changed metadata to provide a way to display what has changed.

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I get this message quite often especially after editing in PS.  I think if I edit in PS from within LR then it should know what to do with the metadata anyway, but in any case it's kind of dumb to report a metadata conflict and not any way to see what the conflict is.
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dbur

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Venkatesh Penjuri, Official Rep

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Hi Dbur,

I am not seeing this conflict, the metadata is intact. Could you please attach the screenshot of the message you are seeing. Also I would like to know the Lr version you are working on? and the OS? 

Thank you,
Venkatesh
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I agree! I don't know which to choose, Import from File or Overwrite. Usually Import from File is correct, but I have to bring the image up in the develop window, click on one of the choices & see if the image changes for the better or worse & that's a pain. Yes, it should know where it was changed last & handle it without creating a confusing tag.
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Not sure how bringing it up in the developer helps.  Only metadata is changed but the developer actions that effect image appearance are all in your LR catalog.  Isn't that right?
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No. Depending on which choice I make Overwrite or Import it may change how image appears in Lightroom. If I made changes in another program the image file has changed, but the way Lr displays it does not show the change. Yes, if I printed it from a program other than Lr it would print the edited version of the file, but if I ignore the conflict tag in Lr & the image doesn't look right (because I edited it in Ps, but the changes aren't apparent yet because Lr hasn't updated the catalog with the change) & edit it Lr....again, then I'll have edits from Ps & edits from Lr doubling the edit made to the image, (ie if I increased exposure in Lr by 10 & also in Ps by 10, it would end up +20 & would be overexposed). I hope I explained that OK. It's sounds kind of confusing. Yes, Lr should know what changes were made in Ps & handle it without asking.
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This is not my experience.  If I make a change in PS it changes the actual image file, which then always shows up just fine in LR after being saved by PS.  LR always shows the changes made directly to the image by an external editor.  It just gets confused (and makes me confused) about what version of changed metadata is correct.  When you save it from PS it creates a new file.  When you open in in LR there is no history except 'edited in PS' so no adjustments will be applied.  When you export to PS to edit, all LR adjustments will be applied at that time so yes if you repeat some step in PS it will be doubled up.  But you will see that as you edit.  This is for a LR dng file edit.  If your file in LR is tiff (or other non-dng?) it will ask if you want the LR edits applied, or to edit original, or to create a copy.  If you edit the original it will come back into LR with the new edits and the LR history intact so LR settings will be applied in addition to PS edits.  Maybe that's what you are doing?  Sometime this is useful in certain situations, but is not my normal work flow.  Variants to this can be a bit complicated to describe so maybe we are saying the same things in different ways.  I guess the main point is sometimes LR gets confused about metadata and is not helpful to the user to figure out what is the problem.  I'm not sure the exact conditions that create this problem.
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This has been an issue for all LR versions since at least 4 as far as I can remember.  I am now on current release CC.  WIn10 64b.



If you mouse over the ! it says 'Metadata has conflict'.  If you click on the ! you get the dialog above.
Maybe you could add a button that says 'Show Conflicts'  ???
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You are right Dbur, it gets confusing at times, I understand your point. Thank you for bringing this up, we will look into this.

- Venkatesh