Lightroom: LR4 no longer allows dot at the end of a folder name (worked in LR3)

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If you right-click in the Folders area and say Create Folder Inside "Foo", you cannot create a folder called, say, "Bill T." It complains "This is not a legal folder name. Certain special characters are not permitted."

Actually, Adobe, it *is* legal on Mac OS X, and it used to be allowed in LR3. I created hundreds of these during the past few years. LR4 can still see them after importing the LR3 DB, but it won't let me continue with this naming scheme.

LR4 also can't create a directory with a dot at the end in the standard Import screen when you check "Into Subfolder". LR3 allowed this, too.

There's a workaround: you can say "Library > New Folder" and use the OS's file dialog to create the folder. LR4 is happy to believe the OS when it says it created the folder.
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Warren Young

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Posted 6 years ago

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Hi Warren,

This was an intentional change. It isn't about the database, but instead deals with OS support. While Mac does allow the "." character at the end of a folder name, Windows does not. We do have customers who work cross-platform, and we have others who migrate from one platform to the other. The list of "legal" characters allowed for folder names was altered to include characters valid on both Mac and Win operating systems, to alleviate transition problems between the two platforms.