After returning from a trip, I used Adobe Lightroom Downloader to download 5,000 photos from Creative Cloud so that I could erase them from my iPad. However, instead of sorting into dated folders as I have set up in preferences, they downloaded into a single folder. To try to get them into dated folders, I then exported then into a new catalog, but that didn't work either. They're still just in a single folder. Short of manually creating dozens of dated folders and manually moving the files into them, is there anyway to get Lightroom to put these into dated folders like everything else in my catalog?
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Can't figure out how to edit this post, but I'm using a Mac Mini and an iPad Pro with Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Downloader, and Creative Cloud. All software is totally up to date.
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You had no reason or need to use the "Downloader"!
You only needed to set Preferences for a Folder/Date location, and ALL the Cloud files will download automatically to your Classic Catalog and hard-drive, with Classic Sync turned 'on'.
Having used the downloader you will need further advice on including these files in the Classic catalog.
Can you give more details about your catalog and the location of your image files?
My catalog is on my Mac hard drive, and all of my photos are on an external hard drive. They're in folders by year, and within each are subfolders with year-month-day. Every photo (except for the import from CC) is in a dated subfolder. The imported/downloaded photos from CC are all in single folder with no subfolders at all.
Considering the actions of the Adobe Downloader App - https://helpx.adobe.com/au/lightroom-cc/kb/download-lightroom-photos.html
I wonder why your Cloud files downloaded in one single folder!
Are the photos downloaded from the Cloud already showing (imported) in the Classic Catalog?
Using the folder panel in the Catalog, and a 'Date' filter you can select files by date and manually move them into new 'dated' folders, but that is very time intensive. REARRANGE FOLDERS AS DATED (RHC)
If indeed you did also see XMP sidecar files (the download included editing metadata), then you next move might be to-
1) [Remove] the 'Cloud' files from your Lr-Classic Catalog (Do NOT delete)
2) Import the 'Cloud' files to your Classic Catalog Using [COPY] and a Date based Import Destination (YYYYMMDD).
You could use [MOVE] for the import but a [COPY] and delete the single source folder at a later time might guard against loss of files.
It looks like the files on the iPad are also just in one folder.
The iPad is something else again, that I cannot help with.
Mobile versions of Lightroom do not use "Folders". Image storage is determined by Adobe in the Cloud.
Please post again, maybe in the "Lightroom" forum for others to provide some answers.