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Highlighting or marking collections,folders, etc

Engaged ,
Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

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I appreciate that this is a long shot, that there's probably not a solution but I'm looking for a way to highlight or mark collections and folders in the left panel. By way of explanation, I have a plugin that creates notes in Bear and associates them with collections, folders, published folders, etc in Lightroom. This is working realy well; I can open notes associated with sources and the plugin adds backlinks in a note to a note's associated source but I'd like some way for sources to be flaggged in the UI so a user can see which of them have notes attached. I've considered colour labels but this is problematic because a) any given colour may be being used for other purposes; b) it would effectively exclude any other purpose for labels because a collection can have only one colour and c) adding colour labels can't be done programmatically.

 

So, any thoughts?

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Engaged ,
Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

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Answering my own question, and I really dsidn't expect this to work, it looks like emojis can be used in collection and folder names. This opens up a whole new box of tricks for collections

 

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Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

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Is that correct, that emojis can be used in folder names? I really didn't think the operating system would allow that.

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Engaged ,
Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

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It seems to be fine. Bearing in mind I've not used them much. I don't really see why the OS would be bothered by it, an emoji is just a Unicode value in the string. 

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Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

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It's probably of more use than the colour label, with a little up support. 

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Feb 15, 2024 Feb 15, 2024

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@dj_paige wrote:

Is that correct, that emojis can be used in folder names? I really didn't think the operating system would allow that.


 

I've seen it be the opposite…major OSs now support emojis, so it is more likely that emojis will work, and if they don't work in a certain app, it's probably because that app uses a custom text engine. For example, I am able to paste and type emojis into an app that's supposed to be a plain text editor. (That makes sense because people use emojis in text messages that don't allow any other kind of rich text formatting.) I think the reason it works is that emojis are part of the Unicode standard, so the OS sees and draws them the same way it would an non-Roman character set for another language.

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