LOIGHTROOM: Better Sticky Defaults for IMPORT

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Could we have a more definitive way to establish personal defaults for IMPORT.

When I import from my camera card, I normally start in the Folder sub-panel of Library and do a right-click "Create a new folder inside ..." and then after that is completed I select the folder just created and right click again and "Import to this folder ..."

This brings up IMPORT with my destination already visually established AND the folder already created within my folder structure and then all I need to do is quickly verify my options and click IMPORT in the lower right corner.

But for the life of me, I couldn't get my options to be sticky ... e.g. preview resolution, destination, etc. I'd set them, do the IMPORT as above, finish it and when I'd go back in they wouldn't have been left the way I set them. But I knew that sometimes this DID happen.

Turns out that if you invoke IMPORT via the button in the lower left corner of Library and complete the sequence (rather than import to this folder via a right-click) ... then options set from that initiation point are sticky and are rembered the next time you go in.

My question is: could we not have a more specific way of saving the defaults on the screen so no matter how you entered IMPORT, you can establish your default and 'lock' it.

jc
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Jim Camelford

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Rob Cole

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Do you save import settings as import preset? If so, then you only have to pick import preset each time you import.

(please forgive if you already know about import presets, but I saw no mention in your previous posts about this).
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Jim Camelford

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Hi Rob, always nice to have the feedback; and I do understand PRESETs.

The PRESET method doesn't seem to work well for what I want to setup ... I am trying to make IMPORTing very obvious for the people I teach ... and I have been teaching them (in Library) to create a folder in their structure (e.g. right-click "Create folder within ...") and then after to select that, right-click and "Import to this folder ..."

I like it because it's very visible and they work right within their folder tree....but if you try to setup a preset that they select after entering from this path, any folder recorded within the preset overrides the one you selected/right-clicked on in the way in ... so while that does get the options set according to the preset, it sends you back to the drawing board again vis-a-vis choosing the destination.

Hence my suggestion to be able to setup a default that doesn't include the target destination.
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Gotcha - I thought stripping the import destination stuff from the preset would do the trick, but it switches to a factory default instead if you do that - hmm... - definitely room for improvement, especially if you're using the "Import to this folder" method of setting import destination, in which case you basically *can't* use import presets - not good.
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Jim Camelford

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Too bad ... thought you had a 'neat' solution, there.

So, we should let the 'bug' / 'new feature request' incident stand - in that we'd like to be able to better setup and establish a default for IMPORT without having to go through a dummy IMPORT just so the last done settings stick (since they don't stick if you go via the "Import to this Folder" route ...)

'nuff said ?

Thanks for the input. Cheers till next time.
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Timothy Austen

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Default import preset needed.