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Easy, automatic, hassle-free import that “just works”

What frustrates me in most current raw processors (even more than their slowness) is super-contrived import procedure. The biggest selling point for me would be:

  1. I just insert the memory card and new photos get “magically” copied on disk or added to respective catalog (if there’s such thing in catalog in Photo Raw). I even agree to do some initial setup for it to work. E.g. configuring how a card should be recognized (by a volume label or some hidden file stored on it).
  2. I copy photos to some directory (maybe a catalog should have default dir where all it’s currently-in-process files are expected to be found) and they just appear in catalog. No “auto-import directory must be initially empty”, no nonsense.

Maybe this will require having some “background helper” program (that lives in a system tray but does not consume too much system resources). Thank you.

6 comments on “Easy, automatic, hassle-free import that “just works””

  1. On June 29, 2016 at 4:14 am John Murphy wrote:

    decent enough idea, ut there’s a LOT better ones that would make a bigger difference

  2. On June 29, 2016 at 8:19 am Geren Mortensen wrote:

    There used to be a program for Windows called Backup and Burn that was brilliant at this. You inserted the card, and it copied files to a predetermined directory structure on up to two drives (one could be a DVD-burner).

    Something like this would dovetail perfectly into Browse’s current “no import necessary” operation — the “import” function simply gets the image files where you want them, and optionally makes a backup for you.

  3. On June 30, 2016 at 9:35 am Jeanne Girard wrote:

    That would be so much easier that having to revert to the old method of drop and drag, or copy and paste

  4. On June 30, 2016 at 12:15 pm Ted Johnston wrote:

    LR tried this a while back and it blew up on them.

    Photographers are a varied group with varied needs. Sure, have a configurable import routine that optionally could run in an automated fashion if you always want the same thing to happen.

    But DON’T take away the flexibility of the LR import to make it easy for newbies or you will alienate those coming from LR.

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