Yes-it is by design and not a bug. Grid works on all selected. Film Strip works on Active Image only. It has always been this way.
That's not exactly what I'm seeing, though close. Selecting photos in the Film Strip works on Active Image only if the Library View is in Loupe mode. Selecting photos in the Film Strip seems to work for all selected images if the Library View is in Grid mode.
If you are in Library and in Grid you can make changes to the metadata of all the selected images.
Any other view (or any other module for that matter) only the active image is affected (unless you are using Autosync)
How/where you select them is irrelevant.
I see now what you're saying. Why it would be designed to go against what would be normal expected behavior is a mystery. But now that I know, I can work around it. Thanks much for the information!
To me, it isn't.
The film strip can be hidden (many people don't even use it). It also shows a smaller subset of images (in general use) than is visible in a grid. It is more difficult to select large numbers (especially noncontiguous) of images in film strip. It is far easier to fix items with data not applied to thousands of items mistakenly applied-especially when unnoticed.
My experience is that fewer mistakes are made when things behave the way people normally expect. And it seems logical to expect that if you've selected an object, any action you take affects that object. We're accustomed to that. If it is designed to work differently, then it's logical it should do so consistently across views -- grid or loupe.
However I do see your point, and thanks for explaining it. I understand you to say that view matters, selection does not. My outlook is that treating selections consistently matters; view not so much. It seems possible it's simply a case of different perspectives.
It does help, however, to know there is a rationale, and see another viewpoint. Rikk, thanks for passing your thought along, and for the original information as well.