Is there online help for Advanced Rename/Copy/Move?

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Stamimail
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Is there online help for Advanced Rename/Copy/Move?

Post by Stamimail » Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:26 pm

Old format:
%1 Match any number of characters and save the match in variable 1
%2 Match any number of characters and save the match in variable 2

New format:
%1 replace with saved match in variable 1
%2 replace with saved match in variable 2


How to use, tips and tricks.

NotNull
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Re: Is there online help for Advanced Rename/Copy/Move?

Post by NotNull » Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:01 pm

Example:
( I am not aware of any online information)

EDIT:
There is! : viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7623
2020-11-19 18_59_58-Rename.png
2020-11-19 18_59_58-Rename.png (9.8 KiB) Viewed 1055 times

Another example (Advanced Copy, using the $.. funtions):
2020-11-19 20_12_10-Copy To.png
2020-11-19 20_12_10-Copy To.png (13.28 KiB) Viewed 1047 times



When Regex is enabled and your focus is in the Old Format or New Format field, you can press F1 to get regex syntax help.

(although not all regex functionality is available in these Format fields)

Stamimail
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Re: Is there online help for Advanced Rename/Copy/Move?

Post by Stamimail » Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:25 pm

Thank you NotNull

I don't use it often.
So I need a place/source that will remind me how to do things.

raccoon
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Re: Is there online help for Advanced Rename/Copy/Move?

Post by raccoon » Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:28 am

I think one of the more useful things that most people can get out of this feature, is how they organize their digital media, for instance, songs from iTunes or photos from Picassa. These programs (and others) are good at creating deep structured directory trees for categorizing your individual songs or photos, sometimes with only one file contained beneath a big nest of folders. Eg, %artist%\%year%\%album%\... or \%year%\%month%\%date%\.

With Advanced Move or Copy, you can rename all of your files to contain the folder names inside the filename instead, thus flattening the directory tree. For example.

All your selected file paths and names look like this:
M:\iTunes\The Beatles\1968\White Album Disc 1\13 Rocky Raccoon.m4a

You can flatten all that information into the filename thus eliminating the folders entirely.

Old Format: M:\iTunes\%1\%2\%3\%4 %5.m4a
%1 = artist, %2 = year, %3 = album, %4 = track#, %5 = title.

New Format: M:\Flattened\%1 - %3 $(%2$) %4 - %5.m4a
$( = ( and $) = )

Now all your files look like this:
M:\Flattened\The Beatles - White Album Disc 1 (1968) 13 - Rocky Raccoon.m4a

It doesn't take much imagination how you can rename all the discs from White Album Disc 1, 2 and 3 to move those numbers into the track number, ie, The Beatles - White Album (1968) 1-13 - Rocky Raccoon.m4a.

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