How to batch rename files ?

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How to batch rename files ?

Post by dunno » 2014 Aug 12, 06:01

I want to rename the following files,
B_G_S4E1
B_G_S4E2
B_G_S4E3 etc.
TO
BG S4E01

How do I do that?, and yes I have read the manuals, I just cannot interpret nikos' explanations, Plus the dialogue menu's help and preview didn't help me at all.

I tried these mass rename tokens
BG S4E$#
"BG S4E$#"
BGS4E"$#"
BGS4E $ #
BGS4E$##
BGS4E $##
BGS4E"$##"

and nothing useful popped up in the preview pane, I just don't get it.
I grasped Fast Stone Image Viewer's mass rename in a heartbeat, but I just don't understand X2's. Maybe I need more rum....

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Re: How to batch rename files ?

Post by nikos » 2014 Aug 12, 07:45

assuming that you want all your files to have the same name and only differ in the number, use this template

BG S4E$01

try the PREVIEW button before you commit the rename

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Re: How to batch rename files ?

Post by dunno » 2014 Aug 12, 08:52

aha, now I get it, In X2 # means substitute or place first actual number of series so its $01, hmm other programs use the # tag as the actual indicator for sequential renaming only, that was my mistake.

I did use the preview pane and nothing I put there worked so I ditched it.

I renamed them manually, it took less time than trying to figure it out.

NIkos, out of interest, do you have luddites that you test your program on, specifically the GUI, or does your test circle only have folks fluent in code ?

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Re: How to batch rename files ?

Post by nikos » 2014 Aug 12, 09:54

there are no specific testers, I try it first on me then on whoever is willing to go through the beta testing

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Re: How to batch rename files ?

Post by dunno » 2014 Aug 12, 10:54

I detest apple products for many reasons, but I do congratulate Steve Jobs for forcing simplicity, conformity, and ease of use upon your industry.

Might I suggest that you read up on his design philosophy for a GUI's interface across different vendors and applications ?.

In my profession ALL the primary instrumentation across different OEM's is standard, which means that I can operate a machine of similar capabilities irrespective of manufacturer. That is the beauty of standardisation. Granted lawsuits and loss of life was the driving factor in standardising, but nothing like loss of life to focus management eh ?.

One of the reasosn that I am reluctant to change software is because I have NO DESIRE to learn the silly quirks and tricks imposed upon me by the creators. e.g. all french cars used to have the door lock nobs extend up when in the locked position, completely opposite to the rest of the world, french gear shift was totally opposite to the rest of the world, french window winding (mechanical) was opposite to the rest of the world, etc. end result was that french cars were despised by most for these reasons, they just had to be different, and they were adamant that their way was correct, the demise of their auto industry says otherwise, and globally their market share was and is non existent.

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