Lightroom: Use caption for Facebook description

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Community Beginner ,
May 18, 2011 May 18, 2011

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I think that in the Publishing Manager for Facebook the setting Facebook Title should be Facebook Caption due the nature of Facebook Gallery. At least could you please put the IPTC Caption as option for that setting.
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New Here ,
Oct 30, 2011 Oct 30, 2011

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Absolutely. Since Facebook uses the field as a "description", caption is a much better field to choose from.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 07, 2012 Mar 07, 2012

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For those using Lightroom 3 or 4, you can presently achieve the above (using IPTC Caption instead of IPTC Title) with a workaround as follows (*Note: this may change if Facebook/Lightroom integration changes due to updates):
- Right mouse click on the Facebook panel under Publish Services.
- Choose Edit Settings... from the pop-up menu.
- Under Facebook Title > Set Facebook Title Using and select: Leave Blank.

Now when you publish to Facebook, the process seems to automatically use the IPTC Caption. However, I found it also added the metadata value stored in Copyright to the end, which is kind of annoying if you do want use that attribute. (e.g. it would look like: "This is my house. Bob Builder").

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New Here ,
Oct 05, 2014 Oct 05, 2014

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+100! This is so frustrating!

3 years later and it still doesn't look like it's been fixed.

I hope it can be fixed in a simple update. At least give people the option as to where the caption will come from.

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New Here ,
Jan 14, 2016 Jan 14, 2016

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Can Lightroom please be updated to use the IPTC caption field in the Facebook uploader to caption photos (instead of the IPTC Title field)? Or at least provide the option. This would be a better mapping of the fields to use.

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New Here ,
Jan 14, 2016 Jan 14, 2016

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Currently the FB Publisher has a drop-down field that supports setting the Facebook "image title" (i.e. description) via one of "Filename", "IPTC Title", and "None". The correct IPTC field to use is Caption (a.k.a. "caption/abstract"). "Title" is intended as a shorthand reference, not the descriptive text. Worse, other services, such as Google Photos, use the correct field when auto-populating their captions, forcing us users of both services to have to do silly things, or use third party plugins in LR.

Since there's already a pulldown option for choosing, and you already support one IPTC field (the wrong one), why doesn't the FB Publisher to allow the user to select IPTC Caption as well?

Thanks!

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LEGEND ,
Jan 14, 2016 Jan 14, 2016

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I've found Lightroom's Facebook upload support to be shoddy, to say the least.

I've worked with the Facebook API before, and I've never found the API to be unreliable like Lightroom's upload feature is. I'd love to see improved Facebook support in the next Lightroom version, which I believe would be as simple as rewriting the API code to use the latest APIs (and possibly a better http library).

Additionally, Facebook's photo title field now tends to be called "description" on their website. I'd like to be able to tell Lightroom to populate the description with the photo's caption metadata field.

Thank you for your consideration!

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New Here ,
Jan 14, 2016 Jan 14, 2016

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Wow, this has been an open issue for 5 years? I can't see how it'd take more than an afternoon to fix this if you had the code in front of you...

Interesting workaround from FY, I'll try that out tonight 🙂

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New Here ,
Jul 19, 2016 Jul 19, 2016

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Please kindly add the feature that picks up the existing caption and adds it as facebook description when publishing the picture.

The idea is to concatenate IPTC Title + Caption and add it as Facebook Description field during publish action.

Thanks! 

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LEGEND ,
Jul 19, 2016 Jul 19, 2016

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You might consider this third-party Facebook plugin.  It provides lots of flexibility in how the Facebook description is set, including the use of LR's caption. The author has an excellent reputation for maintaining his plugins.

Before anyone complains, my suggestion isn't meant to diminish the desire to have Adobe fix this basic bug -- it's just a workaround for those tired of waiting years.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 03, 2016 Nov 03, 2016

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IPTC Caption should be added.

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New Here ,
Jan 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017

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I would also like this feature

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New Here ,
Sep 21, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

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I cannot believe Adobe has done nothing on this for 6 years. I have just switched from Aperture to Lightroom and get annoyed by this bug

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LEGEND ,
Sep 21, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

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See a previous post about working around the bug with a third-party plugin. (It's clear that Adobe doesn't intend to fix the problem.)

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New Here ,
Jan 19, 2018 Jan 19, 2018

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Can you add this feature, please? 

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