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Subject: Re: file rename question

Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 19:01:58 +0200

Hi,

What you are looking for is "parts". With parts you can re-arrange the filenames. I suggest using the "free format" function for this. I have copied the text from the manual below, so you can learn how to use parts!

Thank you for your suggestion. I have plans to implement a way to "catch" duplicate filenames. I will use your suggestions then!

// Dan


Format Tags

Many functions in Flash Renamer support format tags. A format tag is a special word that tells Flash Renamer to replace it with something else, usually related to the file currently being processed. Here is an example:

The size of this file is .

Here, is the tag. When running this in Flash Renamer it will become something like this:

The size of this file is 5MB.

As you can see, has been replaced with the actual size of the file!

Tags are always enclosed in < and >. You can see where you are allowed to use tags by looking for a small button with an arrow (4). Click on the button to open up a menu with all the available tags:

Parts

If you click on Setup Parts a window like this will open:

Parts allows you to tell Flash Renamer how your filenames are structured. This is done by separating the different parts with characters that are common to your filenames. In the image above you can see that the parts have been defined as <%1>-<%2>. There is also a preview that shows you what your parts will translate to when used on a filename.

When defining the parts you should look for sections of your filenames that are common to all the filenames that you want to rename. The above example would for example work on all filenames that have a - in the middle.

When you have defined your parts you can use them as tags in functions. For example you can use them to rearrange filenames. Here is an example:

* Original filename: 01. Metallica (S&M) Nothing Else Matters

* Setup parts: <%1>. <%2> (<%3>) <%4>

* Rename with the following format: <%2> - <%1> - <%4>

* Filename after renaming: Metallica - 01 - Nothing Else Matters


Tip:

Click on the magic wand button to automatically detect the parts of the filename that is selected in the preview box!






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