Lightroom: Cut, Copy & Paste files and folders - just like Explorer & Finder...

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Please support Cut, Copy and Paste of files and folders - via context menu and keyboard.

Drag n' drop is good, but can be fiddly, and some folks (like me) are more used to doing it with the keyboard (Ctrl X, C and V), like they do in their operating system.

Lightroom folders look very like Explorer/Finder, and it makes sense to provide the most basic features of it so that new users trying it out, as well as experienced users, can work as they expect to without having to go out to the operating system. Lightroom thus becomes even more all encompassing for the photographer.
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Lee Jay

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With LR, you don't need multiple copies of your images (you have virtual copies and snapshots for that), so what would be the point of the "copy" operation?
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Yes, with virtual copies there is little to no need for duplicating files to clutter up the system ... kind of goes against the grain of "simplifying" a RAW workflow.

The whole reason many users have explored options like Lr and Aperture is to keep the tedious aspects to a minimum.

I for one applaud any effort where I can accomplish my daily tasks without the creation of a duplicate or derivative file ... in this respect ... less is indeed much, much more.
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I know the benefits of virtual copies and completely agree that they should be encouraged.

But I'm sure there are cases where the user could have a valid reason for making a duplicate - perhaps with some processing of JPGs. In any case if the user wants to do it, why not allow him to? You could even allow it but put up a little window explaining that there is a better way.

I'm hoping the question of Copy doesn't detract from considering the benefits of the overall suggestion.
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I think using LR to copy files can be useful at times. My recent example:

In my LR3 catalog, I isolated various original files, raws & tiffs, across a range of folders, that I felt would be good candidates for testing LR4 beta. Naturally, I had to go outside of LR to actually copy the files & sidecars. It would have been much easier to have done so within LR3 (then remove the copies from the LR3 catalog).