LIGHTROOM - IPTC improvements, backup folder issues?

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Here are my three most wanted capabilities.

1. The ability to perform multi-level sorts using any metadata fields including IPTC

2. The ability to display ANY specific metadata filed including IPTC fields under the thumbnail in grid view.

The two NEEDS are related. I have images that must be displayed on the web in a specific sort order since I am displaying hierarchies of marine species by phyllum, genus, species etc. Manual sorting is VERY tedious because there is no ability to sort automatically on the relevant IPTC fields AND the relevant fields can not be displayed in grid view so the IPTC data must be extracted, sorted in Excel and then the manual sort must be done by filename (very time consuming). These two features were available in a now defunct 20year old software called ImageAXS that I used extensively so I guess all software development is not forward progress.

3. This is the simplest of the three. I, like many users who have large image and video bases (over 80,000 images, and over 20,000 video clips) must use multiple Lightroom catalogs because a single very large catalog still runs much slower on even my 6 core high powered machine. The problem is that, every time I save a catalog I MUST change the backup folder setting in the save dialog because the saved folders do not have the specific catalog title in their name so if I save to a single folder it is almost impossible to easily find the latest backup for a specific catalog. Tow possible fixes seem likely to be easy to implement. First, and my preference, add a setting to the catalog settingss that specifies the backup folder for that specific catalog (can default to standard backup folder if no user entry). Second, add a name slug to the backup folder. Instead of "2016-01-10 1424" generate "wrasses 2016-01-10-1424" or "main 2016-01-10-1424" with the name prefix coming from a short title slug entered in catalog settings.

OK, that's it. Now back to manual sorting of 20,000 images in 60 web folders that I anticipate will take weeks, and which I could do in an hour or two if my first two suggestions were implemented
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Douglas Segar

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