Lightroom: Two simple fixes to make Lightroom easier to use

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Hi Folks,

I have been a professional photographer with a local council for 23 years and have embraced the digital age with Canon and Adobe and have recently purchased Light-Room for both home use and the office at work. Sadly a couple of really frustrating things have led me back to using Bridge for all my work.

Number one is the inability to slide the left hand side tab with the volume folder structure out past a certain point. We have long folder names and it's really annoying that I can't see all the folder name when working in folder view. In Bridge you can slide it out to where you want. Please fix this and get more customers. Second thing is the dark colors of the panels. I'm mildly dyslexic and white type and dark grey or black is really hard for me to read. Once again, in Bridge this is adjustable with simple sliders in the preferences panel. Can you include that adjustment in the next version. I will by more versions for my staff its these things are fixed.

Neil Price
City Photographer
Wellington City Council
New Zealand
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Lee Jay

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The first one is easily fixable using Jeffrey's Lightroom configuration tool. I have mine adjusted from the current maximum of 450 to 900, and I have a condensed font selected. The upshot is I have about 3 times more space than standard.
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Honestly, we've reached the limit of what you can do with a structure of folders. The future belongs to metadata, and letting the computer do the heavy lifting of slicing across a set of data.

There is a reason the folder interface is so minimalist in Lightroom: the target audience is not expect to spend too much time there.
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His point applies exactly the same to collections and collection sets - you could have a deep nested set and not be able to see them all.
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Lee Jay makes a good point.
Also, there may be a good reason (external to Lightroom) to have an elaborate folder structure.

Lightroom stipulating what my maximum folder nesting level should be? No, thanks.