LR Mobile - be able to set default "new collection" name format to YYYY-MM-DD for all new collections

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When I click the + for a new collection in LR Mobile, the collection title defaults to MM/DD/YY and the time.  That was great, at first, because I usually use new collections as a temporary way to sync stuff to my desktop from a day trip so I almost never care to write a "real" collection title.

However, now that I've used this for a year or so I have only created 9 collections - and they're already frustratingly "out of order" when viewed on the desktop - sorted by the full month number apparently (see screenshot - the 1/* months are first while 12/* months are last):



On the phone, they seem sorted simply by leading character (the 1/* are immediately followed by the 12/*, and then the 3's etc...):



So they don't match, which is annoying.  You should fix that first - use the same sorting algorithm on both platforms.

But I'd go farther to say that *neither* sort strategy is correct.  Collections should be able to be sorted by date the content was created, and that doesn't seem to be available as a Collection panel sort choice (I tried to see where to "sort by date" - assuming it would have nothing to do with the name of the collection and don't see it - only by "name" or by "kind").  So I propose that all collections should be automatically named when created so that they can simply be sorted by name and the order of collections will be preserved.

Therefore I ask that the default name presented by LR Mobile dialog after pressing the "+" to add a new collection be set to start with YYYY/MM/DD (or just YYYYMMDD with no separator) instead of the current mm/dd/yy. 

I'd also be fine with just being able to set the default myself, but I looked for a setting to control the default collection naming pattern but couldn't spot it.  I originally assumed that this was something I could tweak (think of European users who would naturally want to see names like YYYYDDMM instead or our messed up US date format :) !).  It's really too much trouble to keep changing the name every time, just to preserve sortability farther down the road - I'd probably skip using the feature if I had to do that (clearly I already don't use it much, given I've only made 9 collections in 2 years!!!)
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I do not think Adobe is going to add this functionality soon. Collections are mostly used for grouping images together other then you do. If you want to see all images made on a particular day than there are sevaral options today: You can make a smart collection 'made today' or 'this week' for example. You can browse the folders and you can use the library filter (column 'date') and pick the date you want. 
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Are smart collections now able to be synced?  I thought I'd heard they were not able to.

And I admit I do not make much use of Collections at all, either in mobile or desktop.  The only reason I was even creating collections here is because they seemed to be the defining unit of "syncabilty" back to the mothership (I don't want to sync *everything* the phone takes, and it seemed like I could create a collection and add photos to it to control the sync). 

This seems like a pretty trivial change though, since they're already using the date/time for the default collection name - it just wasn't completely thought out logically for later sorting.  And if no one is really using them anyway, then it shouldn't upset anyone if they swapped :).  Thanks for the comment.
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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Brent, let's just check a couple of details:

1. Are you just using these collections to include them in sync? If so, that's not necessary any more, as all photos get added to the Lightroom Photos collection selected at the top, and anything in the Lightroom Photos collection gets synced.

2. Are you using these collections to separate the photos down by date? If so, in the Lightroom Photos collection, switch it to Segmented Mode and you can segment by year, month, week or day. Once you're back on the desktop, you can use Metadata filters to segment by date too.
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Hi Victoria, thanks for the double checking on my intent; I like what you've proposed and I think this certainly helps me eliminate the frustration with the strange naming/sorting mismatches going on with collection. To answer specifically:

1: Yes, I only ever created a folder on mobile to enable sync. Your comment just taught me that I'd only have to add the images I choose to the top "Lightroom Photos" collection and skip the whole step of creating other collections.  I had never noticed that the "add photo" actually shows up even when you haven't created a collection on the phone, and also hadn't paid any attention to that "Lighroom Photos" up at the top either.

2: I didn't really use the collections once they're synced - only to double check to make sure the image files had actually been added to the correct folders on disk. And on the Desktop, I import to folders by-date so I usually just use the Folder tree to navigate around and not Collections.  Rare exceptions are if I wanted to build a multi-day view "album" for a trip.  When looking for stuff in the whole desktop library, I do use the metadata/keyword/flag filter bars or course.

Segmenting the "LR Photos" collection is how it was set, but only to year - I would never have thought to press and hold to shift it to month or day.  That's really cool!

Thanks again for your redirect on this; I think it will definitely improve my workflow and might cause me to use LRmobile more than I currently do.
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You're welcome. I'll leave the feature request open, but it'll hopefully save you some frustration in the meantime.