Am I misinterpeting the "Add photo captions" checkbox in the Auto layout preset editor? It seems like no caption text is added, just a blank caption box.
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to select "automatically add caption from <...> (EXIF metadata, any field)"? So I could automatically add all my images and their respective titles or locations instead of blank boxes.
I meant IPTC.
1) The images are pretty "complete" metadata wise. They have titles, captions, GPS information, location names, keywords, author information, copyright... -> would be great if I could choose WHAT will get written to the caption. And no, the "IPTC:Caption" does not get written to the caption in a book.
2) Page template? You mean Page layout? Yes it does have text and the captions themselves (the textboxes) are added, only the content in the boxes is missing.
No, not at the moment. It's Title or Caption. It would be useful to know which other data you'd be inclined to include a book - I was thinking Filename, Capture Time, possibly keywords as a starting point for custom text. Anything else?
The most useful ones at the moment for myself would be filename, comments and naturally keywords. I'm thinking proof-books here and filename would be critical for that. My 9-5 job uses the comments field to store scanned barcode data which if we could extract and caption onto PDF pages would be of several uses to us.
But I would think any field or better yet, any combination of fields should be able to be pulled from both the EXIF and IPTC data and auto captioned.
Is telling you enough to pass it along to the powers that be or should I use another channel for such a request? Thanks for your help Vic.
Hopping on the Joe bandwagon and also returning to my original question: this would be perfect: add caption from <...> (IPTC metadata, any field).
Especially interesting are the fields Joe named, but also Location! I'm a heavy geotagger and the "best" first caption for the image is always the location "Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA". After I have these captions I can always make the more fitting/better e.g. "My first kiss" or something like that. The title and caption fields are correct as far as IPTC goes, but personally I rarely use them - only for fine art prints, there I actually I have a "title".
So if I had one free wish: Any IPTC field. Otherwise location would be great.
As a possible workaround, John Beardsworth's Search Replace Transfer plug-in http://photographers-toolbox.com/products/jbeardsworth/findreplace/ would allow you to transfer that data to the Title or Caption field. I'm not 100% sure about it's beta compatibility, but it's sure to be updated for the final release if it's not working right now.
In the Lightroom 4.1 release, available now, Filename has been added to the list of fields you can use for Book text. To get Lightroom 4.1, go to the Help menu in Lightroom and select Check for Updates, then follow the prompts. Or, you can download Lightroom 4.1 from adobe.com.