I remember years ago, you could create different manual sorts by copying and renaming the Bridgesort or something. I came looking to see how that was, as I did once and forgot the procedure. I just want to save a sort in a species folder, so that for example only tiffs are selected, with a rating of 4 and keep the desired manualy sorted order. Then if I need to sort by filename or date, I wouldn't lose the specific manual sort.
A problem is that then the Bridgesort folder doesn't have those characters and is filtered out.
Your best bet would be to rename your saved order so that you have bug-001, bug-002, etc.
That's the only way I've ever figured out to save a custom sort that's reliable.
The catch is if you want the same image sorted a 2nd or more way. Than there's no hope.
My file names are as such Melanitta americana BLACK SCOTER 9019877 .NEF
The 10 digit numbers are unique and correlate with a database that has desired information about the file. They have no relation to the subject, created in order of shooting since I started. Relevant information is in the description, keywords, headline, location, etc.
Would it trash your database link if your rename would/could be:
Melanitta americana BLACK SCOTER 9019877-0001.NEF
Melanitta americana BLACK SCOTER 9019877-0002.NEF
It wouldn't affect the database. It would just be irrelevant to it. Now all I have to do for 9019877 is see if was published and how much it earned, plus many relationships to groups, Every number is unique and can't be changed..