Lightroon: Issue using folder name criteria in smart collections / smart publish folders

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Lightroom 4.4 problem or bug: smart collection criteria

Hello, any help would be appreciated on the following issue.

I use the "Published Smart Folder" feature extensively. There seems to be a bug in the folder selection criteria.

The naming convention for my photo folders is "YYYY MM Title" where title can be any number of words.

Sometimes the same word appears in the Title part of multiple folders within the same month, and at that point Lightroom goes wrong.

Take for example the following two folders:

disk\2005\2005 04 Safari
disk\2005\2005 04 Safari Tanzania

I want to publish the photos rated *** or higher in two seperate folders. Should not be much of an issue, however:

The selection criteria
Rating [is equal to or greater than] *** +
Folder [contains all] 2005 04 Safari

will include pictures from both folders, which is correct.

The selection criteria
Rating [is equal to or greater than] *** +
Folder [starts with] 2005 04 Safari

also includes pictures from both folders, correct again.

The selection criteria
Rating [is equal to or greater than] *** +
Folder [ends with] 2005 04 Safari

also includes pictures from both folders, which is wrong. Obviously "disk\2005\2005 04 Safari Tanzania" doesn't end with "2005 04 Safari", but pictures from this folder are nevertheless included.

I can only accomplish my goal by adding

Folder [doesn't contain] Tanzania

to the criteria list.

There seems to be no way to single out one specific folder: there is no option to specify an "exact match", and the "ends with" (which should accomplish the same filter) is faulty, it behaves exactly as "begins with".

I don't want to go through the motion of manually checking whether or not I need to add further criteria. Any help or repair in this respect would be greatly appreciated.
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The "ends with" operator has been broken since at least LR 3. See these related topics:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

There are a number of long-standing bugs in the smart collection/filter text operators, and Adobe self-evidently has assigned these very low priority.

In addition, the lack of an exact-match operator is, in the opinion of many of us, a glaring ommission in LR's library functionality. For example:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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Thank you, John.

I didn't realise this was a 'known issue'.

I guess my particular folder naming convention invokes all the flaws, because 1) they have spaces in them and 2) month digits may trigger inclusion of entire years and 3) there is some overlap in the description following the month digit.

Especially the second issue yields surprising results.

[Folder] [Contains all] [2005 05]

will actually include all pictures in any folder with 2005 in its name, because "05" triggers "2005" unless a line item is added to exclude "01 02 03 04 06 ... 12", or "Contains words" is used (in which case it is not clear to me whether this means "Contains ALL of the following words" or "Contains ANY of the following words"

It would be nice to have at our disposal some common delimiters such as ; or " so that spaces don't act as an unjustified OR operand.

I adher to previous comments, thank you for posting the links.

Cheers, Menno
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As a workaround, you may find the Any Filter plugin helps. But it's not as convenient as having exact match in filters and smart collections.