Requesting a more robust Preset Manager

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Why must I create a fake preset in the Develop module in order to create a folder to organize/move other presets (from the User Presets folder after an import) to, then can only right-click one preset at a time to move it to that folder? I mean, really? This is just silly. I have many, many presets and this is frustrating at minimum and a possible show-stopper as more competition comes out.

Then, on my second computer, I'd have to do the same thing all over again, just to add insult to injury.

I see that frustration in all areas of preset management has been an issue for many, for a long time - years and years in fact. Adobe, please implement a full-on preset manager. It's long overdue.
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Andre Goulet

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Robert Cullen

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May I suggest the useful (free) Plugin from John Ellis-
http://www.johnrellis.com/lightroom/fixpresets.htm

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Andre Goulet

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Thanks, but it doesn't solve this problem for Classic 2019.
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Why? Doesn't the plugin work in Classic 8.3?
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Andre Goulet

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Well, it loads, but when I do the folder setup that I want, then go to the plugin and run the Groups feature, it does nothing. I presume that means that there was an internal change to 8.3 or Camera Raw or both that changes the way or location that this software uses folders, yet again. Even if it did work, my point to Adobe is that they seriously need to build a full-featured preset manager. In fact, FixPresets shows just how easily it could have been fixed with at least prior versions.

xml files should make this both trivial and super fast. And if they think it will break other things, then they need to rethink their design overall as this is a very old issue that has carried over for many versions, with a great many user complaints.

So, no excuses for this, no matter what type of techno babble they want to throw at us. It's obviously low priority for them as it doesn't sell software. However, frustrations like this could easily make us move as competition in this space increases, if only because it makes us not like the software, or the company.

Same for embedded previews. My last import took 3 days to finish dealing with that. Granted, it was a very large import, but... 3 days?!?
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Andre Goulet

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At least I can create one fake preset to get the folder name I want, then import right into that folder. Then, rinse and repeat. Changing computers will be a bugger though, with hundreds of folders of presets. I do commercial photography and save presets on a per client basis, so I can maintain a look across multiple shoots for them, so the preset folders and contents add up fast, and having a handful of favourites is of no use to me.

Adobe can be blamed for me not buying a new computer though, saving me money but costing Apple! The process is too painful to switch until my computer is on its dying breath and I have no choice. lol

Anyway, at minimum, why not have an "export preset" function that saves both the presets and the structure, then enable us to import them as-is?
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I'm releasing a new version of Fix Presets later tonight that fixes compatibility issues with LR 8.3 caused by the Lightroom name change.
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Andre Goulet

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Ahhhh, thank you! You’re a God! :)
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The new version (1.8) is available from here: http://www.johnrellis.com/lightroom/fixpresets.htm. You can contact me directly at the support email address on that Web page if you have any issues.
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Andre Goulet

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Thank you John! I appreciate your efforts on fixing this glaring problem. I know how much work programming is.
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Tony Ellis

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We need "BASIC" folder structure functionality found in even the most basic applications since 1999. Adding, Deleting, Renaming, Sorting that works and is SIMPLE. So easy to do but it seems like either developers are not actual users of the software or they are focusing on more unnecessary features without improving what their core users really need. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Problem when importing presets in Lightroom CC.

I have two problems in Lightroom CC : In my point of view, the way to import presets is totaly messy, I can't choose where to import my presets and when I discover that my presets were imported in the wrong file; I can only delete one preset a time, I can't do a quick selection and delete them all! It's a lost of time! 
The second problem I have is that I can't open pictures as layers on photshop whereas we could do so in the old version.
I love this program but there ar some little tings like that which anoise me a lot, hope they'll be fixed soon.
Thanks !