I don’t use Plex so can’t comment to that specifically; but Infuse uses a global sort setting (located in … settings) that offers
“Date” (newest releases first)
and perhaps one other I’m forgetting.
There is no per-folder / per category sort option, as far as I know. (This might not be true for custom playlists — Infuse respects a manual sort order that is somewhat tedious to create, but is better than nothing).
Personally, the problem I have is I want to sort movies by “Filename” since that setting actually sorts by containing folder name instead of the actual filename used to query TMDB.
Matrix ,The (1999) 4K HDR 27gb
The Matrix (1999) 4K HDR.mkv
TMDB search recognition chokes if leading articles are omitted or moved to the back as I do in my folder names (for file management purposes and my own sanity).
Sorting by File(Folder)name lets you arrange your library so that movies that are clearly part of the same series can be shown together, and chronologically:
My Folder names (title portion only):
Bourne 1 - The Bourne Identity
Bourne 2 - The Bourne Ultimatum
Bourne 3 - The Bourne Supremacy
Bourne 4 - The Bourne Legacy
Bourne 5 - Jason Bourne
Sort by Title and the movies are listed in this order: 1,4,3,2 … and 5 won’t be found till you get to the Js.
Jurassic Park 3 won’t be sorted with the rest of the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World moves — it will be in the Ls (for “The Lost World - Jurassic Park 3”). And “Dominion” will precede “Fallen Kingdom”.
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” will be isolated from the rest of the Indiana Jones movies when sorting by Title. Etc.
Unfortunately, Infuse does not do the same with TV folders — Infuse actually sorts by TV episode filenames in this case. That means if I sort by filename, when I browse my TV shows, every show that begins with “The” is alphabetized under T (for “The”) instead of the first letter of the first significant word in the title (ex: “The Boys” should be found in the Bs and “The Expanse” should be found in the Es.
The only way to properly sort TV shows is to sort by Title.
Sadly, you can’t sort TV one way and Movies another way.
@james - can you accommodate this, pretty please!?