So, while I've very much enjoyed the new features in LR5, I've been struggling with a few bugs that seem to keep popping up again and again. I'm not sure that anyone has reported these exact bugs yet, though, so I'm wondering if this is happening to anybody else or if there's just something odd going on with my install.
Everytime I start up LR5, things like flagging, rating and keywording work fine in both the library and develop module. When a single photo is selected, these settings are applied to that photo. When multiple photos are selected with auto-sync on, the settings are applied to each photo properly. So far, so good.
But at some random point during every session, LR5 spontaneously starts going haywire and develops a few odd and extremely aggravating behaviors. Here are a few examples:
Other background information:
I hope I explained these bugs well enough. The problem is so perplexing -and seems to occur so randomly- that at first I actually gave LR5 the benefit of the doubt and just chocked it up to one-off glitches that would probably not happen again. I'd restart LR5 and everything would work properly... that is, until it would happen all over again. As it stands now, I end up having to restart Lightroom at least twice in a one or two hour editing session. So, suffice to say, these bugs are occurring quite frequently.
Furthermore, in one instance I overwrote every rating and every flag/reject setting on over 1000 photos when LR5 decided to apply my flag and rating from a single photo to the entire collection in which it was contained. Undo had no idea that LR5 applied these settings to every other photo, so it obviously couldn't undo the operation. THAT was a seriously demoralizing instance of the bugs... one which I'm very nervous about repeating as I continue to develop more photos in my backlog.
I suppose that what is baffling me is that I haven't really seen anybody discuss this particular type of bug in LR5. GIven that the bug either A) makes rating, flagging, keywording impossible until LR5 is restarted, or B) overwrites every rating, flag setting or keyword in the current folder... I would think this would be on the LR5 "hot issue" list by now. That's why I'm beginning to think it might be a series of problems occuring mostly just on my install for some reason.
Anyone else notice these problems?
Well, I can't help but notice that nobody really had any insight into this problem. But, for any future users that might run into this issue and come to the forums looking for an answer, I DID manage to figure this one out. Well, actually Adobe figured it out!
Take a look at this page:
This is a Lightroom 5 tech support article by Adobe titled "Lightoom 5 crashes when you rate, label, or flag your images". When I found this article, I was at once both hopeful and skeptical. On one hand, it was the only problem description that seemed to vaguely fit the full range of bugs I was experiencing with LR5 (as described above). On the other hand, Lightroom wasn't "crashing" exactly... it was just sort of not working properly. Maybe the issue is one of semantics? To me, "crashing" involves the program spontaneously erroring out and shutting down, but I suppose that it could just as easily mean that the software just stops functioning properly.
Anyhow, if you do what the Adobe team suggests in this article, which involves updating your ui.dll file with a new version that they provide, it will clean up the entire issue. I only wish that I had found this article earlier before obliterating tons of ratings and flags when the buggy behavior would flare up. Anyhow, at least it's fixed now!
Hope this can be of some help to other LR5 users as time goes on...
I've been having a similar problem. I've flagged and rated the same set of images 3 times now, and every time I bring them up again, the ratings are gone and I have to start over. With 700+ images in this photoshoot, I'd like to get to actually editing the photos! I will try the fix mentioned by JG-Coleman - hopefully that will solve this as well. All these glitches make the program very difficult to learn. Wondering if it's worth the trouble.
and I am experiencing these kinds of problems on a sporatic basis. The latest was two days ago when I would press 8 and get a message "Setting filter to green" but it wouldn't change the flag color or come up when I filtered by green. I tried this several times without success. Then I restarted Lightroom and it worked fine. I have experienced quite a numbe of situations where Lightroom stopped behaving as I have come to expect and restarting it was the only way I have found to get it to return to normal behavior.
I am assuming the the ui.dll that is linked to above is included in version 5.3. Am I correct?
I'm having the same issue.
I did a DOS file compare between the file contained in the patch and the one installed on my system (Ver 5.3). The dates and files size are different. The date one on the file on my system is newer. Unfortunately it matches the date I did the upgrade to 5.3 thus I can't tell if the file in the patch is newer or older than that supplied with the upgrade. I don't won't to apply the patch until I find out if it relates to our version of LR.
I'm on Windows 7 x64 and LR 5.3 and also have the issues described in the original post, aside from item 3 which I have not experienced. I am also unwilling to apply the patched ui.dll described above, since the article at the provided link is not dated and does not describe which version of LR5 it can be applied to, and the description of the issue ("Lightoom 5 crashes when you rate, label, or flag your image") does not give enough detail to know whether it applies to this issue. In my case and the ones described above, LR continues to run, but the rating mechanism is broken. I don't know if that qualifies as "crashes". I did download the ui.dll file and it is different (in size) from the one included with LR5.3, but until Adobe provides more specifics in the article, I'm unwilling to install it. This problem has been around since at least July 2013, so it should be time for an official fix.
Upon starting LR this morning I was greeted with a message indicating an upgrde to V5.4 is availalbe. I have DLed the upgrade and will apply it later today. Let's hope this issue has been fixed.
It appears that it is not. Last night I was putting some photos in my target collection using the the "b". When I went to the collection there photos weren't there. There was one photo there that I didn't want in that collection so I deleted it. Then I went and put the photos I did want in the collection into the collection by pressing the "b" key. When I went back to the collection none of the photos I wanted there were there and the one I had deleted was back.
I tried this again with the same results. Then I closed and reopened Lightroom and it functioned correctly again.