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Update File Naming For Better Support of Unique File Names

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The below feature requests are designed to allow lightroom to generate unique filenames for images from any number of cameras that all conform to the same naming convention and can be sorted chronologically by name both inside and outside of lightroo

The below feature requests are designed to allow lightroom to generate unique filenames for images from any number of cameras that all conform to the same naming convention and can be sorted chronologically by name both inside and outside of lightroom.
The specific feature requests to allow this to happen are:
1) Add a "centiseconds" field to the time strings that either uses those values from cameras that support it (like the Canon 5Dii). If a camera doesn't support this value, then lightroom should just pad the string with "00".
2) Add an always on "conflict" counter that defaults to "1" for every image, but would increment as much as necessary to deal with sets of files that would otherwise have conflicting names. This would use the same logic as the conflict number that currently exists and adds "-2", for filenames that would otherwise be duplicates. The difference is that the new one would be applied 100% of the time instead of just when a duplicate is detected. It should also be possible to setup this number to have one or more leading zeros.
To give an example of how this would work, I'll start with a set of example file names and demonstrate how lightroom currently handles them and then show a comparison of how they would work with the enhancements listed above.
Say you are shooting an event with two different camera and have synced up the clocks on each so their timestamps match up. In the current (3.2) version of lightroom, you could use the pattern:
img-{DateYYYYMMDD}-{Hour}{Minute}{Second}
and end up with something like this
img-20101207-201101.jpg
img-20101207-202213.jpg
img-20101207-202213-2.jpg
img-20101207-202213-3.jpg
img-20101207-203324.jpg
img-20101207-203324-2.jpg
Just adding the ability to have centi-seconds in cameras that support them (like the 5DmkII), you can eliminate a lot of the redundancy, but there will still be times when conflicts occur. Especially if you are using cameras that don't support that level of detail in the timestamp. So, if we add both the centi-seconds and the always on conflict number we can create this pattern:
img-{DateYYYYMMDD}-{Hour}{Minute}{Second}{SubSec}-{0Conflict#}
and we would end up with something more like this:
img-20101207-20110143-01.jpg
img-20101207-20221300-01.jpg
img-20101207-20221300-02.jpg
img-20101207-20221323-01.jpg
img-20101207-20332426-01.jpg
img-20101207-20332452-01.jpg
Most of the duplicate names have been eliminated by the subsecond part of the tiem stamp, but all filenames have the exact same pattern, regardless. This makes scanning images by name much simpler. Especially if you need to run an external process that looks at file names over them.
(Note: I'm use a number with a single leading zero padding in this case for the conflict number. It seems unlikely that a single digit would ever cease to be enough, but just in case having a zero padded version would be a nice option.)

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I would like to be able to rename a virtual copy and simultaneously make it be a true disk copy, and auto add to library.
We have the virtual copy thing covered and it is one of the great  things that makes Lightroom a great application which
has brought us new and amazing workflows.

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