I don't mind starting with a sort by name or time added. But then I'd like to move a few around. I'm going to make a web gallery, and somtimes want to tweak the order of presentation. is this possible?
You can establish a user sort order by dragging and dropping images in the Grid view (or in the filmstrip), but the following is important:
When dragging images to sort, the sort order will change to "User Order" automatically.
Yes, you can establish a user sort order from a folder view (within the restrictions described). But - depending on your folder structure - there is often a need to include images from more than one folder in a Web Gallery or Slide Show. Also, when you base on a folder, the number of images in the folder could increase as you do more imports, whereas the content of a collection remains stable unless you add/delete to/from the collection.
Manual or "user sort" apparently won't work on Smart Collections either, at least not for me. I wonder whether any of this will be changed in LR 4.
True, and this won't change with LR4.