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Import organize by date: YYYY\YYYY_MM_DD\Filename ?

Discussion in 'Lightroom General Discussion (ARCHIVE)' started by Witwald, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. Witwald

    Witwald New Member

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    It doesn't seem to be possible to organize the importing of files by date using the convention YYYY\YYYY_MM_DD\Filename. All that the Lightroom 2.' BETA seems to support is the YYYY\YYYY-MM-DD\Filename convention. I have a lot of files from previous downloads using that use the YYYY\YYYY_MM_DD\Filename convention. Is there a way to get Lightroom 2.' BETA to follow that convention? I can't seem to find one, which is a bit of a pity for me, as I have to resort to external-to-Lightroom methods.
     
  2. Victoria Bampton

    Victoria Bampton Lightroom Queen / Owner Staff Member Administrator Moderator Lightroom Guru

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    I'm not aware of a way to switch the _ for - in the Import folder naming, but you can double click on each of the folder names in the import dialog to rename them yourself, or rename the folders once they're in LR too.
     
  3. Witwald

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    Thanks for the handy tip about double-clicking the folder names in the import dialog. I didn't realise that if you did that you could rename them manually prior to importing the images. When done with a few days of picture taking at a time being imported, it's a reasonably convenient workaround for me.
     
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    This will not sovle the problem within LR v2.', but you can use ImageIngester to rename and back up your files. I actually prefer that route as it is very flexible in naming, converting and backing up files. Once the files are renmaed, backed up and converted to DNG, I just have LR import them as they are.

    --Ken
     
  5. AnitaD

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    You can use dashes instead of underscores in the Filename Template Editor. In the Import Photos dialog box, choose Edit from the File Naming Tempate menu, and then choose the tokens you want--YYYY, MM, DD, etc. In the example box, put dashes between the tokens.
     
  6. Victoria Bampton

    Victoria Bampton Lightroom Queen / Owner Staff Member Administrator Moderator Lightroom Guru

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    Nice to see you hear again Anita.

    Does that work in the folder names in the Import dialog too? I didn't think it did?
     
  7. Sverre

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    I also want the flexibility to change token. I like to have pictures from the same happening in one folder even if it spans over a few days. In Norway we use the token - to describe a span. If a happening spans just one day i like to use a foldername like "2''8.'4.'4 Birthday Erik" and if it spans a few day I like to use "2''8.'4.'1-'2 Skiing Hemsedal". Of course You can change this manually but I save a lot of work if Lightroom can automatically name folders like YYY.MM.DD.

    This should be an easy change?
     

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