Lightroom: More naming options on import

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Lightroom is a great program, but there's one aspect of the program where I'm unwilling to give up my prior workflow, and that's copying files from a memory card to my hard disk. The directory naming and file naming options are extremely limited compared to my preferred tool, Download Pro (from Breeze Systems). DL Pro is capable of pulling a ton of data from the EXIF and using it in either the folder or file names. For example, I can import into folders based on shooting date, not current computer date. I can incorporate the camera model, and even serial number if desired, into folder or file names. I can mix dates and custom text in a folder name, where Lightroom forces me to choose one of the other. Here's a list of elements that can be incorporated into file and folder names:

http://www.breezesys.com/Downloader/h...

It includes multiple, customizable date formats based on SHOOTING INFO, not import date, multiple time formats, camera folder, file-name and file number data, ISO, camera model, free text, and more.

For example, I can upload images into a folder named 2011\Grand_Canyon\2011-10-04-7D\, which I don't believe I can do in LR at all, and certainly not by pulling info out of the EXIF. And I can rename files into that directory as, for example, Grand_Canyon_1301_400.CR2 (where 1301 is the original camera sequence number and 400 is the ISO) or Grand_Canyon_0001_7D_111004_111532.CR2 (showing date and time shot, as well as a unique sequence number).

About the only thing DL Pro lacks is the ability to have multiple custom text strings and the ability to save a copy on import.

If LR3.6, or LR4 added full featured naming capability similar to DL Pro, I could do 99.9% of my processing in LR and PS, and be a happy camper.
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Bob Meyer

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Jim Burgess

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Couldn't agree more. This is an area where Lightroom has been lacking since the beginning. When compared to DLPro (which I haven't used for years) and especially PhotoMechanic (which I do use occasionally), Lightroom's equivalent feature set is severely limited. The ability to use tokens that represent an image's metadata during the import process and elsewhere would add a great deal of power to the DAM features of the product.
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Someone published a list of {Keywords} that you can use in the import re-naming preset to get at various EXIF data. A lot of it is there, but it isn't exposed through the UI, apparently.

Check the old user forums. I think that's where I saw it..
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Thanks for the hot tip John. Hopefully somebody will post that link when they find it.
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Hello!
Did you check the "Additional" entry from the Filename Template Editor?
It lets you specify a text string using the creation (capture) date and time, or Exif data: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Lightroom...
Or do you want all the options of the editor to be available at import time?

On the same topic: I found this script to add keywords to filenames: http://cva.stanford.edu/people/davidb...

John Beardworth also has a search and replace plug-in that could do the job: http://www.beardsworth.co.uk/complex-...

There is also a way to hack the maximum number of 99.999 sequence: http://www.focalpress.com/Content.asp...
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Rob Cole

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Another clever idea to go through an IPTC field for search & replace file re-naming (using JB's plugin) - I like it!
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Thanks, I'll have to go look at those links. It does seem it would be simpler to adjust the filenames on import, rather than later, but I'll have to look at the template editor in more detail.
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But it appears none of the above "solutions" addresses options for folder naming during import, one of the functions other software provides.

In fact, LR itself used to allow modifying the folder name during import by letting you add text to the specified date format. But this went away when they implemented the more advanced import screen.

In general, having native functionality in an application allows for more thorough and more useful capabilities than hacks, workarounds with additional software, and plug-ins that are restricted by the SDK.
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I agree completely. The ability to customise the path based on metadata or even a custom entered field is essential which is why I also use Downloader Pro. Unfortunately I'm moving to a mac for my field work and can't get DL Pro for the Mac so have to have to fall back to a very poor alternative - LR3 import dialog!
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I can only support this.. I am considering LR4, but also have the problem that I am using Downloader Pro, with it's great naming flexibility. Even in a version several years old!

This is my current setting:

{Y}{m}{D}_{J}_{T8}_{r4}
Like this:
20120420_Luminale_D300_5154.nef

Where I get prompted everytime to enter {J}... which is the job name.

Easy, unique and flexible. there are around 10 tokens for the camera model... and I create a folder mucho more easily (for me at least) than with LR4...

I realize that this is a specialized tool, but I cannot remembering this having changed in LR since the earlier versions..