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Windows 7: Renaming

16 Apr 2011   #11
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I also use the Bulk Rename Frequently, and I like it very much for dealing with a batch of files with similar changes. I know that it can do a lot more than I understand, but the number of options available are not something that I have spent the time to learn. I don't know that it would solve the OP's problem, because it still rearranges files when I rename them, but then I have not found that to be a problem, and I have never applied any kind of tweak to change this.


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16 Apr 2011   #12
fafhrd

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

Sadly, from the human viewpoint, computer databases (of which a file listing is a special type) do not put things in order - they only present a view of that order, based upon some given instruction. The instruction that obtained earlier has been changed in your system, and without knowing what exactly changed it, and from what, it is difficult to return to that past status quo.

There is maybe another tack to follow, hartlyn1 - it appears that these are image files, .jpg and .tif - I did not notice if they were photographs, but that would be one reason to rename from a numerical sequence to a more meaningful name - would be to look at the extended file properties, or View, Choose Details...

There are, for instance, six possible date fields, on these images taken with two different cameras in this snip of a folder. There are also two different ordering options: sort by and group by:

Renaming-images.png

Perhaps at one time the ordering options have been changed and not changed back, grouping selected by mistake instead of sorting? - just a thought.

Otherwise, the date taken property could possibly be used to order the sequence back to the original order in the case of photographic sequential files?

This is a common sort of problem for music lovers who rip tracks from a CD and then find they are playing in a different order on their MP3 player.

There is a simple free utility for this problem: Copy In Order:
CopyInOrder - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com


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16 Apr 2011   #13
mrdemon

Windows 7 Home Pre
 
 

I think I know what your trying too do, But i want too just say a few things before I suggest this.

You have items (Photo's) in a order you like and then your renaming them using the pictures as a ref, ie: pics 1,5,8,15,45 are lets say dsci0100##.jpg and you want too name them into dave (###).jpg and keep the order you see them in.

Am I correct in saying this, If so its quite simple. Right Click, select sort by and then date taken, you should be seeing in the same order that you see when you see them in the dsci### order.
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16 Apr 2011   #14
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by allend66 View Post
Just a suggestion - File menu tools from lopesoft has an advanced renamer. insert, delete, substitute, wild cards etc. not as intimidating as bilk rename util.

Excellent Find. I didn't know about that tool, but it looks very nice for a lot of things.
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16 Apr 2011   #15
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrdemon View Post
I think I know what your trying too do, But i want too just say a few things before I suggest this.

You have items (Photo's) in a order you like and then your renaming them using the pictures as a ref, ie: pics 1,5,8,15,45 are lets say dsci0100##.jpg and you want too name them into dave (###).jpg and keep the order you see them in.

Am I correct in saying this, If so its quite simple. Right Click, select sort by and then date taken, you should be seeing in the same order that you see when you see them in the dsci### order.
The problem Hartlyn is having with this is with multiple file types. Say you have 5 files and one is a different file type

red1.tif
red2.tif
red3.jpg
red4.tif
red5.tif

if you try to rename them with the windows rename you get

blue1.jpg
blue1.tif
blue2.tif
blue3.tif
blue4.tif

so
red3.jpg was renamed blue1.jpg and red1.tif was renamed blue1.tif

red5.tif was renamed blue4.tif and they are no longer in order as the third one in the list is now the first
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