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Create import keyword with date and time

Jim Leask

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How do I create a keyword on import that includes the import date and time?

I would like to automatically create a keyword for each import, so I can easily track each time I import photos from a card. I often import multiple cards or cards from different cameras, then want to go back to processes these batches.

I have a top level "Imports" tag, then after each import I am manually selecting all of the newly imported photos, then performing "Create keyword tag inside Imports", with an appropriate name. I would like to automate this.

On import, I would like to always add a new keyword based on the date and time, under my top level "Imports" tag so these are hidden away but easily accessible. For example, if I import now on April 6th 2019 at 9:26 AM, I would like the following tag:

Imports:Import20190306T0925

Can I do this?
 

Jim Leask

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You can create that keyword manually in the import dialog, under 'Apply during Import'. It is a purely manual operation however, so you will have to type the date yourself.
Yes, I know you can do that but it isn't any easier than just doing it all manually without messing with the import settings (that I'd forget to reset next time). I'm looking for something where I can put an expression in the keyword that gets filled in during the creating of the keyword. Something like:

Import:Import-%datetime%
 

PhilBurton

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If that were possible, I would have told you how to do it. Maybe it can be scripted, but the option does not exist in Lightroom itself.
Just a guess here, but what about John Beardsworth's Search and Replace plug-in?

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Import Time isn't available to plugins, so S&R can't do it.
 

Jim Leask

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Rats - simple scripting like this would be very useful. I wish LR would automatically track all imports, not just the latest, but having the ability to script a keyword (or other metadata perhaps) on import would allow us to do the job ourselves. Perhaps I should put in a feature request to Adobe.
 
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It is probably not a feature because the import date is a meaningless value to most people. If you really want to have the import date as a keyword you can achieve this manually to hundreds of photos in about 5 seconds upon import, provided you remember to do it.
 

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@MarkNicholas I guess I'll have to try to remember to do it. Seems that is the easiest way, but unfortunately I tend to omit details like that until about 1/2 second after I hit the import button. @LouieSherwin Thanks for the tip on TextExpander. I'll take a look and see if it help me.
 
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@MarkNicholas I guess I'll have to try to remember to do it. Seems that is the easiest way, but unfortunately I tend to omit details like that until about 1/2 second after I hit the import button. @LouieSherwin Thanks for the tip on TextExpander. I'll take a look and see if it help me.
You can still add it after you have imported.
 
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