LR 4.1 - Import to subfolder under date - YYYY/Month/ShootName/ ?

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In LR 2.4 and earlier (I never upgraded to 3.x) I would always import into the following folder structure:


As of 4.1 I can no longer figure out how to do this. In the File Renaming section, adding a '\' to the name does not create a sub directory; instead it adds a "-" to the name. The the Destination section, the "Into Subfolder" option creates the subfolder above the date organization resulting in


Is there a way to support my old organization scheme with 4.1?

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Andrew Broome

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Dan Santillo

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Don't know if this will help, but create a text file called TranslatedStrings.txt in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4\Resources\en and put the following lines in it:
"$$$/AgImportDialog/ShootArrangement_1/Label=By date: 17-12-05"

This allowed me to use the British date format as a folder to import into which, for some reason, wasn't included. You might able to use this file to do what you want.

I use that to import to "E:/WIP/23-04-12" and then rename it to "E:/WIP/23-04-12 - Shoot Name" in the Library module.

Here is some more information on that file:
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"For some reason" is because it's not good practice and results in non-chronological sorting of folders.

In LR1-2 it was possible to edit the destination folder in the import dialog. Since LR3 that has no longer been possible. So get the pictures into LR and rename in the Library.
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It seems rather silly this now has to be done as 2 steps (create sub directory + move files after import) because the old way allowed users to create a directory structure was determined to be "not good practice".

Let me organize my files how I want to. Its been working fine for the past decade. If I want the vendor to make all my decisions for me I'd might as well use an Apple product