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Sat, Mar 18, 2017 10:41 PM

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Lightroom: Organize module

Of course you can organize, move, rename folders, images and collections in the Library Module but wouldn't it be nice if, instead of having just the narrow panel of folders and collections, you had a nicely thought out, large, screen-sized interface that was built from the ground up to allow you to do all of those things.

For example, I actually find it easier if I have to move folders that are not next to each other in the panel by going to the Mac Finder, opening multiple windows, remembering what I've done and then going back to Lr and telling the catalog about my moves/changes.

Why not let you show multiple folder hierarchies etc. so you can organize sanely? I have not thought out all the details but I know there must be a better way than using one skinny list of folders. It might not take a new module maybe just some different view choices in the Library.

--Steve Gandy - stevegandy.com/photography

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3.3K Points

4 y ago

This idea may be interesting.
I never though about that... Perhaps because I have the folder organisation I need?
I don't change my folders a lot, and for sure if they are already known by the LR database, I will surely not make changes in the finder! This can bring a terrific mess in the LR DB. (Remember, if you use DB to change some external elements, never change these external elements outside the DB management)
When I create new folder it depend on why I do it. A brand new one to classify new pictures? Then the folder will be created by the App I use to develop my RAW's (and make a sync into LR to get these new folders/pictures) or they are simply generated by the LR import process.
It occur that some time, to make the organisation more easy, that I create new folders within LR, but I never thought on the solution you suggest.

Now, why not having this kind of suggestion you do? Perhaps I would find this evolution very useful?

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61K Points

4 y ago

The idea behind collections and smart collections is that they are like 'virtual folders', with the great advantage over real folders  that an image can be in as many virtual folders as you like. Organising images in real folders often fails, because images would often need to be in more than one folder. For example: if you have a folder 'Family' and a folder 'Vacation', where do you store images of your family on vacation?

That is why the recommended method is to simply store your images in dated folders (that Lightroom can generate automatically on import), and use collections and smart collections to organise them. And that is why I doubt very much that Adobe will spend time on a suggestion like this.

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3.3K Points

4 y ago

I like very much your exemple Johan! This is what I explain to my students. Keywords! and a good DB engine, that's the must

I must add one thing,
Key words and dynamic collections are the must in LR. I am essentially using both collection type to work on my pictures. However, it occurs regularly that after having been working a lot on key words, LR is slowing down drastically for a while, this must be related to DB reorganisation.
 

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4.8K Points

4 y ago

The extended folder organization should extend to the Collections as well. If you have complex groups of Collections, it would be nice to have a larger area to organize easily.