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P: Filename Template Editor change import file name using copy and paste

Community Beginner ,
Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

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Dear Adobe Lightroom Support Team,

I am an avid user of your Adobe Lightroom software. I am writing to suggest a potential improvement that, in my opinion, could significantly enhance the user experience.

This is regarding the filename template editor within the export dialog. Currently, it seems there is no capability to change or import the filename using copy and paste. However, such a feature would be extremely beneficial, especially when users want to create multiple export presets with complex filenames. The ability to directly paste names via copy and paste would simplify the process and improve user-friendliness.

In my workflow, I regularly encounter the issue of having to manually input desired, often complex, filenames, which is not only time-consuming but also prone to errors. Integrating a copy and paste functionality would make this process much more efficient and error-free.

I hope you will consider this suggestion and look forward to a positive development in future updates of Adobe Lightroom. Thank you for your continuous efforts in enhancing the software for your users.

Please feel free to contact me for any further clarification. Looking forward to your response.

Best regards,
MGD

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 20, 2023 Jul 20, 2023

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I'd like to be able to use differnt filename patterns for each external editor. Currently there is a single pattern used by all external editors.

 

Having specific filename patterns for each editor would allow folks to track what tool created the new file when we invoke differnt tools.

 

Here's my use case.

 

In my workflow I start with Lightroom. Depending on the image, I may also use various tools from Topaz, Luminar Neo, Dxo, etc. I want to keep track of which tool created the next file in my workflow. Right now I see filenames similar to this when I use Topaz Denoise AI and Luminar Neo for example:

  1. _M6A1234.dng
  2. _M6A1234-Edit.tif
  3. _M6A1234-Edit-Edit.tif

 

It would be great if this was automatically handled during the invocation of the tool and we'd end up with different names like this:

  1. _M6A1234.dng
  2. _M6A1234-TopazDN.tif
  3. _M6A1234-TopazDN-NEO.tif
  4. etc.

 

All you would have to do is add a field to each external editor group for "Filename Template". Users would just use the same input dialogue you already use for filename template and could use custom text like "Filename" - <tooltext>. That way each external editor invocation just keeps appending <tooltext> to each iteration of the file in the workflow.

 

If there is no Filename Template entry for a specific tool, use the default one that you already have set to "Filename" - Edit.

 

With this capability each external editor vendor could create unique text when they install their plugins. I think it would really be seen as a great improvement over the "Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit" filename that makes it impossible to keep track of what went in to that image. This of course would be easy for users if the vendors buy in and do this. Your users would "automatically" inherit this capability without having to do it themselves (have to reinstall the plugin, but that's easy enough).

 

Obviously can't speak for everyone, but I don't always remember every step or process my images in the exact same sequence. With this added capability to Lightroom, folks could open their Stacks and easily see the tools used on every image.

 

I inlcuded mock-up screen for you!

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

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Sehr geehrtes Adobe Lightroom Support-Team,

Ich bin ein begeisterter Nutzer Ihrer Adobe Lightroom-Software. Mit diesem Schreiben möchte ich eine mögliche Verbesserung vorschlagen, die meiner Meinung nach die Benutzererfahrung deutlich steigern könnte.

Es geht um den Dateinamen-Vorlageneditor innerhalb des Export-Dialogs. Aktuell scheint es nicht möglich zu sein, den Dateinamen durch Kopieren und Einfügen (Copy & Paste) zu verändern oder zu importieren. Diese Funktion wäre jedoch äußerst hilfreich, insbesondere wenn Nutzer mehrfache Export-Presets mit komplexen Dateinamen anlegen möchten. Die Möglichkeit, Namen direkt per Copy & Paste einzufügen, würde den Prozess erheblich vereinfachen und die Benutzerfreundlichkeit verbessern.

In meinem Arbeitsablauf stoße ich regelmäßig auf das Problem, dass ich die gewünschten, oft komplizierten Dateinamen manuell eingeben muss, was nicht nur zeitaufwendig ist, sondern auch Raum für Fehler lässt. Die Integration einer Copy & Paste-Funktion würde diesen Prozess wesentlich effizienter und fehlerfreier gestalten.

Ich hoffe, dass Sie diese Anregung in Betracht ziehen und freue mich auf eine positive Entwicklung in zukünftigen Updates von Adobe Lightroom. Vielen Dank für Ihre stetigen Bemühungen, die Software für Ihre Nutzer zu verbessern.

Für Rückfragen stehe ich gerne zur Verfügung. Ich freue mich auf Ihre Rückmeldung.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen, 
MGD

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LEGEND ,
Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

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Dec 21, 2023 Dec 21, 2023

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excellent idea. would love to see it and i have suggested it before, as well. just found your post again.

my crude workaround is to rename the file in the Metadata sub-panel in library after each return from an external editor

jc

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