Photoshop Elements: Photo Downloader on OS X uses wrong [shot date] for JPEG files

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I'm downloading photos&videos from a Canon Powershot into Photoshop Elements Organizer 10 on OS X. I want the files to be copied into subfolders named after the [shot date], which worked fine when I used PSE8 on Windows.

With PSE10 on OS X the subfolder names seem to be somewhat random for JPEG files: "1913 03 15", "1969 12 31", "1970 02 03", "1970 02 09", "1975 10 04", ... "2026 01 17". The AVI files are all correctly stored in a subfolder named "2011 11 05".

Interestingly, the dates displayed for each photo in the organizer is correct, it is just the subfolder name that is not created correctly.
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I am having exact the same problem with PSE10 (configured for German language) on 2 machines both running Windows 7 - x64 (German).

Photodownloader.exe
File Version: 7.0.0.24632
Product Version: 7.0.0.221240

I am selecting the desired subfolder name format from the combobox as 'Aufnahmedatum(jjjj mm tt)' but the folders created are named jjjj tt mm.

Example:
Aufnahmedatum (shot date): 23. November 2011
Subfolder name created: 2011 23 11

All worked fine on PSE8 und PSE9.

A fix ist urgently needed.
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Import from a camera card in Photoshop Elements 10 has "lost" the European date format - "yyyy mm dd". This was present in previous versions, but has now disappea5red. Please support the rest of the world. Also renaming the folder to the correct format each time is a pain - and often fails

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Photoshop Elements: PSE 10 import - no longer supports European Date Format - yyyy mm dd.
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Dear Sirs, I selected the sub folder name for a new folder in following format: Aufnahmedatum (jjjj mm tt). The problem is, that a new subfolder is created in the format jjjj tt mm! It worked with Elemts 9 and earlier releases well. I use Windows XP (German) and Photoshop Elements 10 (German).

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Photoshop Elements: Wrong name format for a new sub-folder.
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Have just upgraded to Photoshop Elements 10 and was dismayed when uploading photos into the catalog that the automatic folder location default choices were restricted to variations of yyy dd mm ( American date format ). Why is there no option for yyyy mm dd which is far more useful as the folders naturally display in chronological order ? I am sure it used to have this option in Elements 9.

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Photoshop Elements: Why is there no option for yyyy mm dd which is far more useful as the folders naturally display in chronological order?.
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In PE10, the photo downloader import settings -> create subfolder(s) by "shot date (yyyy mm dd)" results in a folder with the day and month the wrong way round e.g. yyyy dd mm.

This feature worked in versions 7 and 9.

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Photoshop Elements: Photo downloader subfolder created with wrong date format..
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Bonjour , un buggue très gênant sur PSE 10
Le téléchargement des images à partir d'une carte mémoire ne respecte pas la date française AAAAMMJJ mais inverse les mois et les jours....gros soucis dans le classement...Je trouve celà inadmissible pour un produit Adobe.Je précise que je suis professeur de photo à l'université de CAEN (14) et utilisatrice de pse depuis la version 4 et CS depuis la version 3.....je fais travailler les étudiants avec vos produits donc ils les achètent.......Merci de nous trouver une solution rapide par une MAJ.

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Photoshop Elements: downloaded dates displayed in wrong order.
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Translated from French:

Hello, a very annoying buggy on PES 10
Download images from a memory card does not meet the date YYYYMMDD French but reverse the months and days .... big problems in the ranking ... I find it unacceptable for a product that I said Adobe.Je am a professor of photo to the University of Caen (14) and user of PSE since version 4 and CS since version 3 ..... I work with your students so they buy products ...... . Please find a quick solution by MAJ.
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I am having the problem with Win7/64(may not be exactly the same as the OP).

I seem to be able to switch the error on or off by changing the date format in the General Preferences.

If the format is DD/MM/YYYY then the folder is named YYYY DD MM

If the format is MM/DD/YYYY then the folder is named YYYY MM DD

The create sub folder name options also vary depending on the date format.

I'm in the UK so this may be a regional thing.

Brian
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Quick question from the product team. If you use an external card reader instead of hooking the camera directly up to the computer, do the dates get represented correctly?
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SWQ

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NO!
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I use the Mac internal card reader.
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Little Pale Face

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Hi,

I'm sorry, but all my tests were done using a card reader and not connecting the camera.

I was trying with the same card each time. I would import the photos, see the results and then delete them from catalog and disk (using PSE of course) and then set up the next test.

I am willing to try further tests if you would like me to.

Brian
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Arnold Lengauer

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Therre is no difference between import direct from the cam or import from the card reader!

Arnold
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Ken

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I simply want Organizer to list the option of a YYYYMMDD format, regardless of the source of the incoming images or the operating system's preferences.

Ken
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I agree with Ken. So far as I'm concerned, providing a YYYYMMDD option means getting back to the facility I've had from all previous versions of Elements that I've used (which is most of them).

It's been suggested that the folder names used by Elements don't matter, since Elements hides this folder interface. But I do sometimes use these folders directly- for example when a friend emails me a set of photos, rather than power up Elements (which takes quite a long time, probably because I have quite a lot of pictures (over 50,000)) I drag and drop these into (roughly) the right folder in "Pictures". Then these pop us as new-found pictures when next I'm in Elements, and I can then give the extra time to classify the new pictures (not least, with the name of the person who took them).
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The problem is that there are options in the loader program to denote the name of the desired subfolder. In either option JJJJ MM DD or JJJJ DD MM the result is always JJJJ DD MM.
For any programmer this bug should be easy to fix.
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Photo Loader Program in Photoshop Elements Release 10 has an error.
Instead of loading into a folder with name JJJJ MM DD it screws the name into JJJJ DD MM. Fix badly needed

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Photo Loader messes up date format in folder name.
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Hello,
I also URGENTLY ask for a fix of the problem. The guys on the hotline have no idea of this obvious bug and asked me time consuming "workarounds" with pagelong instructions which did not help a bit except amking changes on my Win7 system.

Since years I used to let the organizer create a folder jj mm dd which is 2 characters shorter than the provided, but unfunctional jjjj mm dd. Years ago I asked Adobe to include jjmmdd (without spaces in the folder name). This would be much better if you let a program make webpages from a folder. These spaces always translate in badly readable html%20folder%20names.

So I ask Adobe for a solution to make the folder names that the organizer creates USER DEFINEABLE FOLDER NAMES, as it has been done in version 10 with the file names of the photos. This seems to work well.

This folder name bug makes me feel really frustrated, because it creates a lot of work - I must change EVERY new folder on every day when I make a photo by hand. This should be fixed very soon, and NOT in a year with version 11 for more $$$.

Greetings mcmusic77
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When I import photos from my card reader and rename, PSE10 is numbering them with the most recent getting the lowest sequence number and oldest one the highest. This didn't happen with PSE8. Can this be fixed?

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PSE10 is assigning file names with numbers in backward sequence!.
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Is anybody from Adobe listening?
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Hi,

I'm not Adobe just a user but have you tried the workaround of temporarily changing the date format in Preferences -> General to MM/DD/YYYY before you do the download and then changing it back again afterwards? I seem to get different options and it then creates the correct folder name.

Adobe very rarely issue any patches for their systems (only ACR) so you may have a long wait for a proper fix [hope they prove me wrong on that].

Brian
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Really surprised that Adobe can allow this bug to go unfixed.

Is Photoshop Organiser 10 only intended for the US Market?

Please Adobe, release a bug fix for the European market!
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Astonishing - a case of 'new, but not necessarily better'. Please, Adobe, listen to what we are all saying and do something.

As a fiddly workaround I've just tried this:

In the Photo downloader window select the 'Create Subfolders' dropdown, and click on 'Custom Groups (Advanced)' - In 'Group Name' dropdown select 'Shot Date (yyyy mm dd)' - Move the little blue slider above to the far left. Your folders will be correctly named.

But, Adobe, we shouldn't have to be doing this!
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Just to add to my last post - you have to do the procedure new for each download. What a fiddle!
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Many thanks for the hint - much appreciated.
This works corectly if all are shot on the same day, otherwise you have to fiddle around jogging the pointer to the right to get the folders split by date, but not by time (far left = all in one folder, named after the short date of the first photo; far right = many folders, named after shot date and time of each photo)
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David - thanks for the suggestion - it worked for me.

I have a couple of observations to add:

- At first, I didn't think that you needed to touch the slider as it seemed to be automatically set to create a folder per day. I uploaded pictures taken on 2 days and it was set to 2 initially. However, I've just uploaded some more pictures that I took yesterday (155 pics) and it was set to 66 folders oddly - not quite sure how it worked that one out!

- if I have lots of pictures to upload, the "Custom Groups (Advanced)" option initially doesn't appear in the dropdown list. Instead there is an option called "<Creating Custom Groups...&gt" which doesn't do anything, but I believe is an indication that PSE is analysing the timestamps of the pictures to work out what the groups can be. Waiting a few seconds, this option changes to "Custom Groups (Advanced)"!
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come on Adobe - sort it out. Give us back (yyyy mm dd) as an option for create subfolder(s) during download.
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I noticed the Elemenst 10 import function does not create subfolders in the form
yyyy mm dd. Although I selected this option the created subfolder always looks like yyyy dd mm
It worked with PSE version 6 and 8 before without any problem.

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Import photos from camera doesn't create subfolders in the form yyyy mm dd..