I'm sorry if I am going to be less than professional, but I'm upset about Lightroom and wanted to vent. I've been using Lightroom since v1, and until 4.x I was able to move (not copy) files off memory cards by using import from filesystem on the SD card drive. I am well aware about that some/most users prefer copying from memory cards because they see risk in a move process and would like to format cards in their camera . I've read numerous discussions, no need to rehash. To make it short: I as well as a number of other users don't feel that way, let us move our files off cards.
So in 4.x both import from memory cards and file system has been combined, leaving me with no way to move pictures from a memory card to my harddisk and LR library. I thought representing my removable disk as a harddisk folder through symbolic link would do the trick, using the Windows command "mklink /d c:\sdcard k:", but the LR developers went through lengths to enforce their nanny rules to determine that c:\sdcard is really an card in disguise. I wish these developers would direct their investigative energy in providing face recognition instead.
So I wondered whether our frieds of Picasa also went though the policing effort to detect symbolic links to sd cards:
What, they let you delete files of the SD card explicitly after import? No big police action?
I expect you to respond that LR is a professional program while Picasa is not, and that some/most professionals don't do it that way. My expectation of a professional program is to let the user to do whatever the hell they want, not nanny them. They are the professionals, after all (Don't try this at home disclaimer included).
I hope this makes sense to you, except I bet there is a senior developer/architect in the LR developent team who feels very strongly about this and imposes his/her opinion on every user.