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Lightroom Classic: Save To File doesn't clear IPTC fields

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LEGEND ,
Feb 04, 2020 Feb 04, 2020

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If you set Title, Caption, and Copyright to be non-blank strings and then later clear those fields and do Metadata > Save Metadata To File, the corresponding IPTC fields in the file will contain the previous strings rather than be empty.

1. Select a JPEG and in the Metadata > Default panel set Title, Caption, and Copyright to be "XXX". 

2. Do Metadata > Save Metadata To File.

3. In the Metadata > Default panel, delete the contents of the Title, Caption, and Copyright fields.

4. Do Metadata > Save Metadata To File.

5. Do "exiftool -iptc:objectname -iptc:caption-abstract -iptc:copyrightnotice file.jpg" and see that IPTC:Caption-Abstract those fields still contains "XXX".

6. In LR, do Edit In > Edit In Adobe Photoshop > Edit Original. 

7. In Photoshop, do File > File Info and observe those three IPTC fields still contain "XXX".

See here for the original report:
https://www.lightroomqueen.com/community/threads/caption-description-metadata-fields.39512/#post-126...

Tested in LR 9.1 / Mac OS 10.14.6
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Explorer ,
Feb 04, 2020 Feb 04, 2020

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Insted of clearing the fields only, try putting a space and resave.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 04, 2020 Feb 04, 2020

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"try putting a space and resave"

Unfortunately, that doesn't work. LR always trims leading and trailing spaces from metadata fields, so when you enter one or more spaces, that has the same effect as simply clearing the field.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 05, 2020 Feb 05, 2020

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Maybe as a workaround use a dash character?

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LEGEND ,
Feb 05, 2020 Feb 05, 2020

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The bug is present in LR 8.2.1 but not in LR 5. (It's too painful to try to test intervening versions.)

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 05, 2020 Feb 05, 2020

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Hi John,

Thanks for reporting this. We have been able to reproduce the issue and have logged a bug for the same.

Thanks,
Smit
Lightroom Classic Team
Smit
Lightroom Classic team

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 18, 2020 Aug 18, 2020

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Updates to Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic, and the Lightroom Ecosystem were released yesterday evening and contain a fix for this issue.  Please install the appropriate update and see if it solves this problem. 

Thank you for your patience.
Rikk Flohr - Customer Advocacy: Adobe Photography Products

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LEGEND ,
Aug 20, 2020 Aug 20, 2020

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I just tested the bug recipe, and the bug no longer occurs in LR 9.4.  Thanks.

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Engaged ,
Sep 03, 2020 Sep 03, 2020

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I;m still seeing this in LrC9.4 on windows 10

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LEGEND ,
Sep 18, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

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Paul wrote, "I'm still seeing this in LrC9.4 on windows 10"

 

I tested the bug recipe on my LR 9.4 / Windows 10 configuration, and the bug no longer occurred for me.

 

Can you provide the exact steps you are doing, the type of file you're using, and the first ten lines from Help > System Info?  A screen recording uploaded to Youtube or Dropbox would be even better.

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