Lightroom: Ability to arrange imported folders into date modified

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The ability to arrange imported folders into date modified - therefore when importing with a file naming convention that includes a date, you have your files in date order. Seem too logical?
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Seems extremely counter intuitive, especially as the destination field of LR 4 import panel has the ability to import, naming files with a date format. Does it not seem odd not to respect that once in LR?
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Does no-one look at this anymore? Any suggestions? Adobe? Why add date modification tags to an import function when you can;t actually vie your files in date order?
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I am not sure what you are asking for or what advantage it might have.
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ok, well currently I cannot view my imported images in date order, meaning i'm in a bit of a mess as I have jan, feb and march in a 2013 folder in LR 4 displaying as: At the top is Feb, Jan then March. Can they not be viewed From Jan, then Feb then March and so on until the year is out. When I was working on Feb images It was really tricky to find my folders as I would always look for them at the bottom of my list. It shows them in date order within their folders, as in Feb1st, then the 3rd, then the 7th, 9th, 10th 11th etc, but not the month. Adobe support say it osn;t possible to view folders in date order, yet my finder is in date order showing them modified by date. As far as advantage, well we want to know where our latest stuff is, jan, feb, march, april, march, ah march 3rd i need. When this is viewed alphabetically it's a real pain and not very intuitive.
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A screenshot to make it easy to explain
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January = 01
February = 02
March = 03

They will always be in order if you use the Number Not the Month name in your folder schema (not to mention your OS can sort them too)

Or you could select the 2013 Top-level folder and then set your sort on the Tool Bar to Date Captured, or Date Added,
or,
You could use the Library Filter.
or
You could create a smart collection...

The entire point of Lightroom is to be able to abandon Ancient Practices of folder-file-based organization and replace it with something much more powerful
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if it can distinguish that Feb 11th is before 24th and 27th, can it not have Jan before Feb?
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Or you could select the 2013 Top-level folder and then set your sort on the Tool Bar to Date Captured, or Date Added,

LR doesn't have this in the options on mac.

I understand the point of LR, I have many smart folders that reveal particular images for particular ends, but BASE functionality says I shuld be able to sort by date (captured) Yes, Captured, sorry not modified, that infers I want them moved if I edit them in LR.
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Also, i'm in the UK. My date convention would like to be, for March:
2013/19-03, instead it's the US format of 2013/03-19

this isn't any good to me hence I went for

2013/March 19
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I dont want too many folders, I already have smart folders and filters to sort ceratin metadata, adding extra folders just to sort inadequate importing rules is going to make my workflow more complicated
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It would also be nice to add a custom metadata field on import. I could then manipulate the naming convention as it comes in, for example:
(YYYY) / (NikonD3) (Month) (DD)

(YYYY) / (NikonD3)-(Month)-(DD) etc etc , as in Nikon Transfer
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Hi Rick, where do i find this?

Or you could select the 2013 Top-level folder and then set your sort on the Tool Bar to Date Captured, or Date Added,
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Mac does have the option. If you cannot see it, hit the [T] key to activate your tool bar and get the sorting options.
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Ah, I know, but that only affects the images, not the folders to the left. I work via dates. It just seems very odd that you cannot sort via date captured in folder views, when my OS folders are set to date modified and the dates within folders are in order.
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I used to ingest via Nikon transfer and just get LR to pick up the imported folder, ie not move or change it, just add. But it was another app i had to launch prior to any PP in LR. ie, Extra steps in workflow. I could add custom metadata to the ingested folder schema and have LR just pick it up, it would then stay in captured date form.

Or, edit LR code base in order to catch months, for example
Jan=1, Feb=2, Mar=3, April =4 etc etc
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Can anyone else shed some light on why LR can import images in folders that preserve the capture date, ie, Jan, Feb , March, April. Not alphabetically
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You need to consider abandoning a folder-based approach. Your words: "well currently I cannot view my imported images in date order," If you do what I said, you can - even in your folders have random-unsorted names.
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Ok, although does that not mean that the interface will be far more cluttered with extra folders? I understand generating smart folders or creating filters. In fact my workflow i'm very pleased with, each camera has a different catalog, i then publish original files (i work in RAW) into shared published catalogs. Portfolio, Different clients, Stock Libraries etc. I then push original files through adding keywords, they then filter into specific folders based in criteria given to the smart query.

Are you suggesting creating smart folders for each day, months, year? Would that not be more work than it's worth if I coud just imprt to replicate that action.

Thanks
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I do love using smart folders, really helps workflow and seeing captured files in date order isn't a deal breaker but thought it would be a simple thing to have (copying my finder properties)

The more I add keywords (thus moving files into smart folders) the more I don't rely on using the folders to view files. 'last import' and 'all photographs' listed by capture time seems to deal with what I need.