Lightroom: How about another filename mask for importing to a folder? (i.e Date format using underscores YYYY_MM_DD)

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My pictures are stored in folders by date. The format I've used for years is yyyy_mm_dd which is a pretty common thing to use. The use of '_' instead of '-' (underscore instead of dash) is preferred since references to items with a dash in any programming environment are problematic for some, but the underscore is never a problem.

Lightroom provides several choices for naming of folders during an import, but leaves out any date format that uses underscores. Currently I have to select the dash version and after my import, find and rename each folder that was just imported.

How about adding one more date format for folder names, ie YYYY_MM_DD?
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Rob Cole

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Seems a folder naming template could be used, like for filenames so people could choose their own date separator and such - maybe they'd prefer a julian day instead of month-day, or some custom-text...

I import into an inbox then distribute after post-processing into final folder(s), so this is not an issue for me personally, but I can see that it would be an issue if you like to import directly into a final destination.
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A simple choice of date-separator character along with the existing selection of formats, except remove the no-separator versions and add Julian-day variations would cover the request.

A more generalized template, which would also be good, would have the added complication of needing to localize all the template placeholders which would also need to be spelled out, since MM, DD, YYYY, JJJ, Camera, Owner, etc, only make sense in English. The beauty of the current selection is that it uses the numbers of the current date so no localization is needed, or at least it is valid for locales that use 0-9 as date numbers. Not sure what happens for Japanese or Arabic.
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I'm not sure if you agree with my suggestion or not. I'm leaning towards "yes" but the latter half of you response "does not compute" with my orig. idea.
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Fair 'nuff...
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I would like a general template due to flexibility. I am guessing that Adobe localizes the strings for filename templates and would also want to do it for folder-name templates so using MM, DD, DDD, YY, YYYY that make sense to English-speakers, would change to MM, DD, DDD, AA, AAA for Spanish-speakers, and MM, TT, TTT, JJ, JJJJ for German-speakers, etc, and if any of their supported languages used the same initial letter for Month or Day or Year then they'd be stuck, and so I'd guess they'd use more localizable tokens that would have the entire word spelled out like happens in Filename templates, and that might be too complicated for them to bother with--or I'm trying to guess why they didn't just do it to start with, rather than go with something so simple as they did.

As far as underscores being common date separators, just like dashes are, I've never seen underscores in a date, only dashes and periods and slashes. To me underscores replace white-space and other non-representable characters, while dashes join otherwise independent tokens into one meta-token, a hyphenated word, or a date, for example. Dashes also are in arithmetic expressions and dash prefixes are on parameters in various operating systems, but those always have a preceding whitespace character so embedded dashes aren't a problem. In my foldernames I put underscores between the date and the shoot-name-words but leave dashes in the date.
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It's not so much the use of underscores in a 'date' as it is the usage of them in a file/folder name. That's the rub.
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I haven't had problems with dashes in a folder-name other than web encoding (in which case there is often a problem with underscores too, since both need to be encoded/decoded) in a long time. But regardless, it certainly seems like a small thing to simply add your desired format, or allow user to specify separator explicitly (or even use a full template approach like for filenames). On the other hand, it might be worth having a plan 'B' ;-} Personally, I'm hoping Adobe will support file & folder renaming in the SDK so users can migrate folder (and file) naming conventions using plugin assistance. I rename my folders & files every few years whether I need to or not ;-}
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You may be interested in another related 'Idea': Import Actions. Assuming Adobe adds the ability to change a foldername via SDK, it would be a trivial bit to add support for your preferred naming convention.