May I suggest you let us know which iteration of Lr you are using: Lr Classic CC or Lr Creative Cloud (Lr CC) and the version # thereof?
Latest version of Lr CC.
The reason I asked the version is so I could test like versions:
Lr CC does not have sort options listed in Preferences. It has:
tabs with no mention of 'sort' on any of them.
There is a 'sort order' list (bottom near left) that has:
but NO 'custom sort'
May I suggest that some of the videos/tutorials you refer to are for using Lr Classic CC?
As I noted in my OP, the custom sort option shows up for albums, but not for folders.
Yes, some of the videos and tutorials were for Lr Classic or earlier versions - that's the reason I posted here. I can't find anything for the current version other than the help menu, which says to do exactly what the videos and tutorials tell me to do.
I can't believe that the capacity to arrange images in a preferred order is something that would have dropped in any version. I presume that I have encountered a bug - what I was hoping for was that either I am missing something basic that more experienced users take for granted, or that someone has found a fix for this particular bug.
Lr CC has no sort order(s) other than:
at this time.
Please be aware that it's version # is ONLY 1.1
That's not correct. If you create an album, an option to Custom Sort shows up between Star Rating and Reverse Order when you view the images in that album. If you view any of the options under My Photos (All Photos, Recently Added, or By Date) or a Folder created under the Albums heading, the custom sort option isn't there. That's fine, and similar to earlier versions where you couldn't sort folders which contained sub-folders. You had to go to the sub-folder level to custom sort - now you can only custom sort within an album.
The problem is not that the option doesn't exist (it would be crazy for Adobe not to provide a custom-sort option, version 1.1 notwithstanding) - the issue is that the option isn't working, at least not for me. I would like to know if it's working as expected for anyone else, or if anyone else has found a way to make it work.
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I think you'll find that you cannot set a Custom Order in LRCC, but choosing that as a sort order will display any Custom Order which has been set elsewhere. At this time you can set a Custom Order on the synced collection in LR Classic, or in the synced album in LR Web, and it looks as though it should be possible in the LRCC for iOS app as well (but I've figured that out yet).
Thanks Jim, I had noted that selecting Custom Sort changes the order and assumed that there was some way to control the nature of that change.
I didn't know about LrWeb, thanks for that. Custom sort works as expected there, and it makes sense if an album is to be shared that the order can be set before the link is sent. However, the new custom sort is not reflected in the LrCC app when I go back to that, even if I refresh LrWeb after changing the order and even if I close and re-open the program.
What I was hoping to be able to do eventually is to save my edited images from lightroom in a particular order so that I can then access the saved jpegs for use in a photobook, with the order of those jpegs set in Lr - though it occurs to me now that that won't work even if I could create the custom sort I'm looking for since the order will just revert to the standard date or name order once I've saved the edited images to my HD. Still, it would be good to be able to work on the images in my preferred order. Do you know of a way in which the order set in LrWeb can be reflected in the LrCC app?
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It should happen automatically....it takes about 20 seconds for a change in the order in LR Web to change in LRCC on my system. Just make sure that you've not got syncing paused in LRCC, and that you've still got Custom Order selected (it doesn't show what order's selected until you click on the sort order icon).
LRWeb is worth investigating, it's a little gem. I use it to create special "shares" (very like Spark) to add text to the images to "tell the story", then share that to family and friends. A bit more interesting that just sending a link to the album.
Yes, got it now! I just had to click reverse order in LrCC - it does indeed update, I was just getting confused by seeing the order back to front.
Thanks so much. Agreed, LrWeb looks excellent and potentially very useful. Thanks again!