Lightroom: Sort or rename in random order

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"Random" option in Sort menu
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Bill

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Rob Cole

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Dunno how many people would want random sort order (not me), but I'm hoping Adobe will provide hooks in the SDK to support plugin-powered sorting options. That way random sort order could be supported along with any other sort options that can be imagined...
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Define "random". The best you are going to get is pseudo-random of some sort; to what end?
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Rob Cole

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At the risk of speaking for Bill, I feel fairly confident in saying:

* pseudo-random would be fine (e.g. seeded by system time number)
* for fun / variety (same reason you have random feature in music players).

Rob
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Bill Kinney

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Rob,
Thanks for reading my mind...about the fun/variety. Mostly variety. Would like to be able to output slideshows, contact sheets & web galleries in random order instead of being stuck to a "timeline". (My images are imported and labelled in order that they were shot).
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I would like to see this option. I just imported several months worth of photos on my secondary LR workstation. I would like to have a random sort to revisit them and re-rate individual photos without having the context of the chronologically adjacent photos. ie: this "scene is nice" as opposed to "this specific shot is nice."
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Rob Cole

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My Lightroom has random sort order - yours can too.

Miscellaneous Lightroom Scripts (free, by me).
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Daniel Hoherd

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Very cool. Do you have these on Github? Would make it easier to upgrade and get new scripts, and to contribute.
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Rob Cole

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No - not on Github, but I'll cogitate on that.. - thanks.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Publish: Please add "random" as a renaming option.

I use the Lightroom Publish function to publish pictures and movies to NAS device. Various end-points (TVs, Blu-Rays, Phone, iPads) access this content using a file share connection that displays the pictures in an alpha sort. I'd like the content in random order (shuffle), but the best I can manage using file share is random naming.

I've simulated random file names using the file rename option of Lightroom Publish. In short, I pre-pend the time values of individual content in the file name (seconds, minutes, hours, Julian day of the year, etc.), but this isn't really random. It would be nice if the Rename option included the ability to add 1-6 place random alpha sequence.
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Harry Bennett-Snewin

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i agree a random sort order would be useful. when developing shots in a series it is useful to randomise the order as to see how they work in a different sequence and to see that my developing adjustments work in the context with every other shot in the series.