Lightroom: Clear "In sub folder" check box at new import

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The LR import keeps fooling me. Once I've chosen to import into a subfolder, the next time I import the checkbox is still checked, thus creating un unwanted sub-folder into the newly chosen folder,

So could you please clear the "Into sub-folder" checkbox at each new import to prevent this from happening ?
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Not trying to be critical at all Hans, but recent posts seem to be workflow issues and/or ideas to help prevent you from making mistakes.

Maybe others in the community will feel differently, but as a long-time Lr user, I personally don't have issues with most of these.  It seems to me, being a little more deliberate when selecting options is the proper route to take.

With regards to this specific idea, the fact that Lr retains previous settings in multiple spots - Import, Export, etc. - is actually a big time-saver for me.  My Lr workflow is very consistent and repeatable, so having my last selections "remembered" is preferred.  My vote would be to leave this feature as-is.
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Hans, have you looked into setting up Import presets?
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Yes, Tom, my issues may be workflow related, but keep in mind I have been working with LR-like software for many years now and never came across a piece of software with so little attention for the management aspects of keeping a photo library. The photo edit functionality is great, but in my view file handling and management is weak. The import presets give me only so much solutions. E.g. it does not solve the problem of collapsed structure for the source. Having that expanded to a workable level is not saved in the preset apparently. Nor is it possible to exclude sources. I never had to deal with that sort of things in other software.

So, yes, I will have to get used to doing a lot more repeating tasks than before. 
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With regards to this specific idea, the fact that Lr retains previous settings in multiple spots - Import, Export, etc. - is actually a big time-saver for me.  My Lr workflow is very consistent and repeatable, so having my last selections "remembered" is preferred.  My vote would be to leave this feature as-is.
Agreed ... many times I return to the office from a shoot and must import several cards (as many as a dozen or more cards on some jobs) having Lr remember my last import settings surely streamlines the process.

Ditto for Export as processing orders for clients simply right-clicking and selecting 'Export with previous' is a huge time saver.

Hans ... if Lr file management is weak, how is it that those of us who have been using Lr for many years have little if no issue accessing the images we wish easily?

As I've mentioned to you before, Lr isn't necessarily wrong in how it does things from a management perspective. Just different.
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OK, guys, it's probably me. Coming from Aperture I find it very confusing, but I'll get used to it. As for remembering the last import settings: I have not found that to be happening. Today, e.g., I had to import from several sources into the same target folder and at each import I had to drill down to the target folder. I would expect the last folder, used for import, to remain selected and having focus. Instead it presents me with all my drives and a high level folder overview of the drive used to hold the catalog.Using a preset I could get it to position itself on the root folder for my images, but that's about it. 

So, there will be a lot for me to get used to and it will surely take me some time before I will have the grips on LR. Anyway thanks for taking the trouble to give me feedback
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Yeah, I think the "Coming from Aperture..." part of your statement sums up most of your issues.

Switching from one app to another is difficult, no matter what the apps are.  Breaking away from the processes you've developed in the old and dealing with the nuances and learning curve of the new  takes time, effort, & patience.

I think you'd get better responses here by posting questions about things you're struggling with in Lr, rather than ideas for changing the program quite yet.

For example, I didn't respond to one of your other ideas about abandoning 1 letter keyboard shortcuts, but long time users would probably have a heart attack on the spot if Adobe did that.  I know I would!

You're probably better off looking for help on the problem you're having, rather than suggesting a program change that may get the rest of the community to immediately dismiss what you're saying.

Just my two cents...

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Are you running the latest CC2015.6.1 (or LR6.6.1)? There was a bug in 2015.6/6.6 which prevented the last-used destination folder being shown, which has been (almost) fully fixed in the 2015.6.1/LR6.6.1 update. 

In any event, you should see the last-used/selected destination folder revealed in the "TO" box top right of the import dialog.
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You are right. I completely missed that. An excuse for that may be that it is well hidden......
Thanks for the tip