Batch Conversions: crops don't convert

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I am having an issue related to batch conversions of images.

I shoot in RAW (NEF) using the Adobe RGB color space. Often I post images from school and community events (swim meets, plays, etc.) on websites for participants and parents to see. Before posting them, I convert from Adobe RGB to sRGB and save them as JPEGs.

Here is a problem that I have encountered. Before converting the batch, I will adjust some of the images individually. Among other edits, I will crop and/or straighten some images, which I then save in their original NEF format.

When I then convert the entire batch (edited and un-edited images) to sRGB and JPEG, using the batch process, some edits that I made appear in the converted JPEG files, but the crop and straighten edits do not. In order for those edits to appear, I have to save the files with those edits individually by converting them to sRGB and saving them as JPEGs one at a time. This is time consuming and creates organization problems.

This does not make sense to me because all of the edits -- crop, straighten as well as LCH, curves, noise reduction, etc. -- appear as edit steps. Why should all edits except crop and straighten convert?

The batch I run is simple. I apply a saved adjustment that merely converts the color space from Adobe RGB to sRGB, and I have the process save the images as JPEGs. When I run the batch, I Replace settings rather than Append.

Any thoughts on why the crop and straighten edits are not appearing in the files converted?
 
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Any thoughts on why the crop and straighten edits are not appearing in the files converted?
I have never tried it but this doesn't surprise me. Unless all of the images were captured using the exact same focal length using a tripod, the crop and straighten edit steps would be accurate only for one image. That's because it's a common complaint that those two edit steps are relative rather than absolute.

EDIT: The more I think about this, I actually have no idea why those steps aren't applied. If you are batch processing a settings file that includes those two edit steps, it seems to me that they should be applied.
 
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Might that be because you replace the settings instead of appending them?
YES,that was the problem. I normally apply batch settings that affect things like white balance, etc., and so I want to replace those settings. I ran an experiment and determined that, for this type of batch process, I do, indeed, want to Append, rather than Replace the settings. Simple fix.

My goof!
 
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