Lightroom: Auto import without moving to a destination folder

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May I propose a feature request for Lightroom to modify the behaviour of the 'Auto Import' function to make it more flexible.

I have a large library of photographs which spans a hierarchical folder structure that pre-dates Lightroom (i.e. I had organised all of my photos into folders before I got Lightroom, and I want to keep that arrangement). I would like to be able to 'watch' a particular parent folder and have Lightroom automatically add any picture files which appear in there (or in any subfolders) to the library, in the same way that I can do using the 'Synchronize Folder' function. Currently the 'Auto Import' function of Lightroom purports to watch a folder and automatically add files to the library, but it insists on me specifying a destination folder for it to move them to. I don't want to move them anywhere. For example, if I scan images, work them in Photoshop and then save them in a location on my file system, I then have to remember to go into Lightroom, remember which folder I put the images in, and synchronise this in Lightroom to bring the new images into the library.

The feature I request above would allow me (or any of my family who may not be familiar with Lightroom) to deposit photos onto the file system as I have always done, safe in the knowledge that they will automatically find their way into Lightroom and that my Lightroom library will always be up to date.

Thanks for listening.
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Stuart Howard

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Rob Cole

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Good idea.

In the mean time, you'll need a plugin if you're serious about having it work the way you want. Consider:

* Jeffrey Friedl's "Folder Watch"
* my Ottomanic Importer

(not hard to find using internet search)

FWIW - native functionality is really geared toward tethering, where you're shooting into a single folder, and want them moved immediately..

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I have the exact same issue as Stuart. I would really like to have an auto-sync option. Non-pro software like Picasa does this automatically and very efficiently. I'm trying to switch to Lightroom but feeling frustrated about the forced import vs sync.