Lightroom: "Copy 1" for Every Virtual Copy

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In Lightroom 3.x if I create a Virtual Copy of an image Lightroom assigns the same filename to the VC as the original file. One can tell it's a VC by the little flipped corner in the lower left of the image in the Grid module. Additional VCs are given an addition to the name to separate them. This is makes perfect sense to me. In Lightroom 4.1, however, every Virtual Copy created has the same 'name' - "Copy 1". As a filename that's practically useless. Yes, Lightroom has other means of separating images - folder location, flags, stars, colour labels, metatadata, keywords, but filenames - especially custom filenames are just as important.

Let's say I select 100 image from 10 different folders, each with a filename of {CaptureDate}-{Sequence}. That tells me in an instant when the images were taken, and I organize my folder structures by camera, location, and month/year. Now I create a new Standard Collection and I tell Lightroom to add selected images/ make new Virtual Copies. Now I have a collection of 100 images, all labeled 'Copy 1'. From a DAM perspective, that doesn't serve much purpose at all. Can you please revert to calling VCs by their filenames?

Thanks,
Mike.
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Are you sure? My LR 4.1 (64 Bit, Win7) creates virtual copies using the same name as the original file, and only the "copy name" is "Copy 1" ("Copy 2" etc. if more than one virtual copy is created for the same original file).

For instance, I have a file "20090614-IMG_0390.CR2". When I create a virtual copy, the metadata panel shows:
File name: 20090614-IMG_0390.CR2
Copy name: Copy 1

Did you by any chance look just at the "copy name" field?

P.S. If I remember correctly, LR 3.x did behave the same, i.e. the virtual copies get the same file name and the copy name starts with "Copy 1" (language dependent) for the *first* VC made.
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As far as I can tell, this is the same behaviour as Lr 3.
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Thanks for the reply. I went back into LR 4.1 and looked at the View Options for the Grid. Rather than displaying 'Filename', it was set to show 'Copy Name or File Base Name', which is the Default setting. I checked LR3 and the default is 'File Base Name' - 'Copy Name' is a separate option, which is why I never encountered it before. I changed it to 'File Name and Copy Name' and it's all good now.

Mike.
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In my copy of Lr4.1, 'File Name and Copy Name' is the default.
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The only thing that's changed that I can tell is the copy name is now also displayed in the info along with the filename. A small but much appreciated change.