What have I done? I can't add sublocation (or any other) EXIF data to multiple photos after selecting them in library grid view. This happened recently; before that it worked. Keywords work, however, as they always did.
I'm running Lightroom 4.1 on MacOsX 10.7.4. Don't remember doing any OS updates just before this happened. I have 4 GB of RAM, 639.5 GB actual HD (135 GB unused).
How exactly are you trying to do it? If you have multiple images selected, and NONE of them yet have the sublocation field filled in, then type the data into the "most selected" image and then use the Sync Metadata option to sync it to the rest.
Yes, it does work differently to keywords....
Here are my steps:
1) Select range of photos, in library grid view with the accepted selection tools.
2) Type new data into box marked sublocation. Some photos have existing data that needs revision, some don't have any data.
3) Hit return until box turns the background gray.
4) Check to see if all photos in the range have accepted the new data. They have not; only the 'most selected' image has changed.
5) Swear at program.
I will admit that I haven't tried using Sync Metadata, because this procedure has worked fine (just like with keywords) until yesterday. I have re-installed Lightroom with no change in behavior.
Try removing the Preference files to the desktop and see if new ones resolve the issue.
Sorry, my bad.....check to make sure you do NOT have "Show Metadata for Target Photo Only" checked in the Metadata menu. It should work then, but if it still doesn't then try to reset the Preferences file as per Geoff's suggestion.
Geoff, resetting the preference file didn't work. Jim, using Sync Metadata did work (but it involves more keystrokes than I had been using). Still don't know why the way I was doing the task worked in the past. One would think the help files would get it right, but then . . . Maybe it's a 4.1 thing, and I haven't done any keywording/metadata altering since that installation.