Lightroom: Photo Import in random order makes my work flow inefficient

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In the past, photos where imported either in the order of the file name, or in the order of the capture time. Both optimised my workflow, because I could start working on the initial imported photos while the rest was still importing.

The current behaviour in Lightroom CC makes this impossible. I always have to wait until all photos are imported before I can start edit the initial ones.

Could you please allow to import the photos in a given order again?
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Yes, Filename order please ...
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So what is the problem setting the sort order in Import window?
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Filename should be the default, not capture time
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Set it to File-name, do an import, In my system (LR-CC2015.5 Win-10) the "File-name" option  remains as set even if Lr is closed and re-opened.
I see it as a 'sticky', change it once it becomes the default.
Do you see something different, that it resets to 'Capture Time' ?
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The problem is not how the photos are sorted in the import dialog. Here the order is correct, the problem is how the photos are actually imported.

E.g. after an event I have 2000 raw photos. When I start importing them, Lightroom does not start with the first photo from the import dialog. Instead, the photos are imported in random order. Because I convert all photos on import into DNG format and also apply some default processing, the import takes some time.

If Lightroom would start with the first photo, I could start working on the first imported one while the rest is imported in the background. But because of the random importing order, I have to wait until all photos are imported and converted.
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Others have reported that if they import by selecting a particular folder in the Files section of the Source panel in the Import window, rather than importing from the Devices section, LR imports in the order shown in the Import window:

Since the issue does not happen with my CC 2015.7 / OS X 10.11.5, I can't verify this myself.  You might give it a try.

Also, please do Help > System Info and report the exact version of LR you're running, along with the version of Mac or Windows.
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