To clarify, when you say, "When importing, it balks...", you're referring to importing into LR, correct? If so, I think you're out of luck. You don't say which platform you're on, but I'm guessing Mac (since it's difficult on Windows to get a "/" into a filename). On Mac, LR always treats "/" and ":" as illegal characters; go to Preferences > File Handling:
You can tell LR to treat more characters as invalid, but "/" and ":" are always invalid. (The same is true on Windows.)
The only way to get them to import into LR is to rename them.
John, thanks for your quick response. I was afraid of that! Yes, on the Mac. I can't believe that two major Adobe products, LR and ID can conflict like that. For my work, it makes using LR useless, and I just started importing...
In the window you embedded, the second line suggests that LR will replace a / or : with a dash , but it doesn't. Is this supposed to be a comment to the user telling us that we're supposed to do that? Really seems a strange way to communicate if that's the case. If not, it sure doesn't make the change on it's own. Am I wrong?
In the window you embedded, the second line suggests that LR will replace a / or : with a dash , but it doesn't.
The Help says, under Set Import Preferences:
I think the intent was that when you import pics and select Copy or Move, the illegal characters would be replaced with the "-". But that doesn't seem to happen in my tests -- I think that replacement functionality is just broken.