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Unable to set GPS info for images from recent map search

Community Beginner ,
May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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Seems like the Map module is more finicky than the others.
I have some photos selected in the filmstrip, that came from a Smart Collection.
I did a search in the GPS address bar, and a yellow box with a dot was placed on the map at the found location. I right click on that box and select "Add GPS coordinates to selected photos" and nothing happens.

(If I drag all the selected images and let them go over the yellow box, that works, but I'm assuming that's not very precise and if later I drag more images to "near" that yellow box I won't get the same exact GPS location, which would not be good.)

 

I know I have successfully done this before with images that I selected via a Library filter, but this is the first time using images from a Smart Collection.

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Enthusiast , May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

You neglected to say which version of LrC you are using. 

However, I've duplicated with just a selected image and not in a Smart Collection.

  1. In MAP, seach for a location.
  2. Search Result flag appears on the map
  3. Right-click the icon and select 'Add GPS Coordinates to Selected Photos'
  4. Nothing happens. Coordinates do not appear in the right hand panel. GPS icon does not appear on the photo.
  5. Drag the photo to the Search Result Flag and GPS coordinates appear in the right hand panel and GPS icon appears on t
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Community Beginner ,
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I should mention that I selected the images in the filmstrip before right-clicking on the yellow box on the map. I didn't mention that above..

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May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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You neglected to say which version of LrC you are using. 

However, I've duplicated with just a selected image and not in a Smart Collection.

  1. In MAP, seach for a location.
  2. Search Result flag appears on the map
  3. Right-click the icon and select 'Add GPS Coordinates to Selected Photos'
  4. Nothing happens. Coordinates do not appear in the right hand panel. GPS icon does not appear on the photo.
  5. Drag the photo to the Search Result Flag and GPS coordinates appear in the right hand panel and GPS icon appears on the photo.

I suspect you have found a bug.

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LEGEND ,
May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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I observe the same symptoms -- definitely a bug. Please post a bug report in the official Adobe feedback forum, where Adobe wants all bug reports and feature suggestions: 

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/send-bug-report-feature-request-adobe/

Be sure to include the first ten lines of the menu command Help > System Info.  Provide all the details, rather than linking back to this thread -- experience shows that Adobe developers tend not to follow the links.

 

 

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LEGEND ,
May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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Also, note that the workaround of dragging photos from the filmstrip to the flag icon on the map won't necessarily assign the precise location of the search result.  I first dragged a photo to a spot above the black dot in the icon, and then to a spot below the black dot, and even though the map showed a single flag with the number 2, the photos were assigned slightly different coordinates:

 

74°41'42.6032" S 164°5'46.433" E

74°41'43.086" S 164°5'46.471" E

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Explorer ,
Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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I am unable to add GPS coordinates to either a single photo or multiple selected photos.  I've tried right clicking on the search result icon on the map and using "Add GPS Coordinates to Selected Photos" as well as dragging the photo or photos from the film strip to the location on the map.  Nothing happens.

 

I also noticed that when I hover my mouse pointer over the search result icon on the map a small black box pops up above the search result icon with a spinning "in process" designation.  I am able to access Google Maps without any trouble, and the Map module's map display and location search are working.

 

Current LR (12.1), MacOS Monterrey 12.6.

 

Does the Map module simply not work any more, or is there a step in the process that I'm missing?  Looking at this forum, people seem to have reported problems for several years, but I know this worked at some point in the past.

 

Thank you,

Don

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Explorer ,
Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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Updating my own reply - this is strange - it's working now.

 

I restarted Lightroom and tried adding GPS coordinates - still not working.  Then I tried again and left LR running untouched in the Map module for a few minutes and... voila... the coordinates eventually showed up in the in the image metadata.

 

I can now add GPS coordinates to one or more images by right clicking or dragging - and it works immediately.  

 

This might have been a transient problem - either locally or in the back-end processes for the map module.

 

Regards,

Don

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LEGEND ,
Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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"This might have been a transient problem - either locally or in the back-end processes for the map module."

 

Once you right-click a search-result pin and try to do Add GPS Coordinates To Selected Photos, that appears to put the Map module into a wedged state until you restart LR.

 

Also,  as mentioned already, when you exit LR from the Map module, the next time you start LR, the Map module will often be flaky.

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LEGEND ,
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The Map module works for most people most of the time, but it is often flaky (as evidenced by the many reports in the forums), and Adobe hasn't addressed any of these issues in many years. For all practical purposes, the Map module is no longer supported. 

 

There are a number of misbehaviors with dragging photos to the map and right-clicking Add GPS Coordinates To Selected Photos, which Adobe has declared "as designed".  See here for a partial list:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/lightroom-classic-discussions/dragging-the-map-pin-of-an-unselected-p...


No self-respecting product manager would consider these "as designed", but the I think the product team has management incentives to keep its bug counts low.

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LEGEND ,
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"I've tried right clicking on the search result icon on the map and using "Add GPS Coordinates to Selected Photos..."

 

I too observe that right-clicking a search-result pin and doing Add GPS Coordinates To Selected Photos doesn't work.

 

"...as well as dragging the photo or photos from the film strip to the location on the map."

 

In my LR 12.1 / Mac OS 12.6.1, dragging a photo to the search-result pin works, provided I haven't tried to right-click a search-result pin previously in that session.  So try restarting LR from the Library module, doing the search, then dragging the photo(s) to the search-result pin without right-clicking it.

 

"when I hover my mouse pointer over the search result icon on the map a small black box pops up above the search result icon with a spinning "in process" designation."

 

I observe that too -- I think LR is trying to display the photos already assigned to that pin, not noticing that the pin is a search-result pin rather than an orange "photos assigned here" pin.

 

 

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