Save Converted File to Current Working Directory


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rht
Save Converted File to Current Working Directory

First, thank you for LightZone. I wish the developers continued success in 2015.

 

For my workflow, I copy a particular RAW file into a unique directory. When I enter that directory LZ automatically defaults to saving the _lzn-jpg file into that same directory -- for obvious reasons. However, when I save a converted image (eg, ..._lzn.tif) LZ never offers the current directory as an option -- I have to use the "Select Directory" dialog box to navigate to the current working directory.

 

If I set a Preference to "Original Directory" LZ appears to expand the variable into an absolute path. Therefore, whenever I save a converted image, LZ defaults to the directory where I had saved the last converted image -- in my workflow this is never the desired location.

 

Is it possible to set a default that will save a converted image to the Current Working Directory -- $(pwd) to use a bashism?

 

I am using 4.1.0~beta9 on a derivative of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (precise).

 

Thanks,

Robert

 

rht
Re: Save Converted File to Current Working Directory

Is there any chance of an option to save a converted file to the current working directory (or same directory as the _lzn.jpg file)?

Robert

 

SFA
Robert,

Robert,

One slight concern you may want to consider, as things stand, is that using LZ in a batch process  - say to copy and paste settings form one image to a number of others - results in the jpg edit and thumbnail files as usual but without the _lzn name addendum. They are just .jpgs

Now in some ways htat is quite useful becuase you know the files. if edit files, have been created by a batch edit rather than an individual edit.

 

On the other hand if you are dropping Converted files, as jpgs, into the same folder ... it may not be so good for the workflow unless you  are very careful about checking names and making sure you allow LZ to add a sequence number rather than overwrite ... but that not great if you already have a converted file and then run another edit or batch process and ..... well, it can get messy.

 

All of which means that if anyone looks into it they may think that there is a bit more work to giving a proper, reliable and "safe" solution to the requirement.

 

For a number of reasons I can to the conclusion that keeping the converted files in an associated but seperate folder was a better approach. It also meant I avoided adding edits to them when not paying proper attention from time to time ...  ;)

 

I think that observations holds irrespective of the standards or lack of standards for consistent naming conventions.

 

All just my opinion of course.

 

Grant

 

 

rht
Grant

Grant,

You are, of course, correct.  But my workflow is such that I want the source file, the jpg, and the converted TIFF, all to be saved into the source directory.

I do not ask that this option be the default, simply that it be possible.  At the moment it is not.

BTW, the converted files cannot be kept in "an associated but separate folder".  They can only be kept in the folder last designated -- in a dynamic situation this is either useless or dangerous.

Your observations may be correct for your workflow, but not for mine. I would simply like to be able to put my workflow into practice.

Robert

 

SFA
Robert,

Robert,

 

I'm not trying to deny you your wish, just pointing out the potential risks  - maybe more for the benefit of other readers than for yourself in this case. But I thought I should do so just in case on or two of the nuances of LZ's operation was not evident.

 

However I'm not sure what you are see on your screens. Whenever I use Convert (single files version from Edit or the potential Batch version from the Browser view) or Send (the "social media" focused method) from either edit or browser I get a window defualts to the "last used" folder but that allows me to specify or browse to a different folder if I choose to.

LZ has always offered that function and I am not aware of any changes planned or implementesd. I have just checked the Version 4.1 beta 11 on Windows 7 - I don't have the 4.1 release ready on the machine I am currently using - and it is just as it has been for a long time.

 

I'm wondering now what you might be seeing that is different to what I am seeing. Which version ar you running

 

Or am I misunderstanding something completely?

 

 

Grant

 

 

rht
Grant

The details of my OS and LZ version are in my original post.

 

The Save To dialog box does NOT default to "Folder Last  Used", it defaults to "Folder Last Saved To".  The folder "Last Used" is the current working directory, which is where I want the file to be saved.

 

In my workflow the "Folder Last Saved To"  is the folder where I saved my last converted image to, which is many levels of directory away from my current working directory; it may even be on a different hard drive.  It is a source of much annoyance that I cannot select "Current Working Directory" or "Keep With _lzn.jpg" or "Keep With Source File" -- I have to navigate many levels of directory to choose the one I want.

 

I do not ask that "Keep With JPG" (or "Keep With Source File") be the default choice, but I do ask for a method of setting it as default if *I* choose to do so.

 

Assuming that everyone must use the workflow chosen by the developers is a Windowism that has no place in such a superb application as LZ.

 

To replicate my frustration, create five subdirectories and place one RAW file in each. Then, seriatim, open each RAW file, Save as _lzn.jpg, and Convert to (say) TIFF.  You will find this easy to do, at first, but try editing one of the files for an hour or so then hitting Convert -- are each of your trios of RAW, JPEG, and TIFFs in their own individual directories?  The RAWs and JPEGs will be, but I'm not so sure that all the TIFFs will be in their correct directories.

 

Thanks,

Robert

 

SFA
Good luck Robert.

Good luck Robert.

Bert_photo
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How do I save a finished jpeg to a specified folder,not the working folder,which is on a different HDD,and make this the default action?By the way,thanks for a great program.Only had it 1 day,and I almost have it figured out.