Disclaimer: I was not able to follow all of that.
That said, consider TreeSync Publisher (a free plugin I wrote) which supports exporting into folders which match collection set tree - collections in said tree can be smart..
So for example, you could set up a collection set:
* Jewelry Company (set):
* Rings (smart coll)
* Bracelets (smart coll)
Then point TreeSync Publisher to said collection set and export (or publish) - you'll get export tree:
Jewelry Company (folder)
i.e. exported folder tree will match "source" (mirrored) collection set tree.
Jeffrey Friedl also has a publish service plugin which may serve your needs: Collection Publisher.
Let me know outside the forum if you need help with any of my plugin(s).
Thanks Rob and FilmGrain,
I already had JF's Collection publisher installed so I tried that. It seemed to work well but it doesn't load the folders into the Albums on my iPad. It loads them all into Photos separated into years. So really, this doesn't help either.
I tried using the Folder Publisher but the folders wouldn't show up in my Pictures folder on my computer. I'm not sure why this is, but they would when I used the Collection Publisher.
Have you contacted Jeffrey Friedl about this?
He is a nice and helpful (but very busy) guy - if you ask on his blog (or privately) perhaps he'll help.
You can always try 'TreeSync Publisher', but at this point it's seeming like the problem is on the iPad ("portfolio" software?), or your method of transferring exported files to it, assuming photos are being exported in a proper hierarchy, with proper metadata...