Lightroom Plugin Bug (Feature?) - a problem related to "replace an image"
I think this is new (as in last year or so) behavior, but I am not at all sure, maybe it always worked this way, but it presents a real problem for me.
When you update a photo's metadata in Lightroom, the Smugmug plugin only publishes the metadata, it does not send the original image again. I knew that, I am not exactly happy, but I understood it.
I THOUGHT that in the past if you marked it up-to-date, then marked it to republish, the "mark to republish" was absolute, and would send the image itself in addition to metadata. It does not.
This presents a challenge. Some of us (well, at least one of us) want the images we deliver via Smugmug (e.g. via Download Original) to actually have all the metadata inside of them, from copyrights to keywords. Which means if we do metadata updates, we need a way to re-transmit the image (not just the keywords) to Smugmug, since Smugmug does not (rightly so) touch the original image.
In the past, I would just "Mark To Republish" and I thought I was good. The only trick was you sometimes had to either tell it twice, or mark as up-to-date. But I just confirmed this morning that if you Mark To Republish it ONLY sends metadata unless the image has changed.
So Smugmug is checking the actual development settings, I think, and determining it does not need to be sent again.
Worse, I tried doing something simple -- click up one on tint, then down one on tint -- that did not do it either, it recognized it was unchanged.
Well I WANT it unchanged, but because of the way Smugmug works, I NEED it sent again so it is up to date with metadata.
And, before someone suggests - No, I cannot remove it from the collection and add it again, because that changes the URL's.
This means for some unknown amount of time, quite possibly forever, I've been delivering images to people with incorrect or incomplete metadata, despite my best efforts to upload them.
This whole LR/Smugmug synchronization thing is getting out of hand in complexity. I JUST WANT TO REPLACE AN IMAGE AND HAVE IT ALL REPLACED, EASILY, COMPLETELY.
Now I'm not only stymied on the SM server front with conflicting handling of things like date and time, but on the Plugin side, with no way to actually say "replace" apparently.
Am I the only one who just wants to replace an image, completely, simply?!?