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For Those Who Use A Lot of Digital Pictures But Hate the Default Filenames
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For Those Who Use A Lot of Digital Pictures But Hate the Default Filenames

For Those Who Use A Lot of Digital Pictures But Hate the Default Filenames

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(OP)
I noticed a lot of the pictures people attached to these posts have the default digital camera filenames. I take a lot of digital pictures for numerous reasons. I have one Client I may take 1,500 pictures in 1 day for. Put your calculators down, that comes to 3-4 pictures per minute. I have to separate these out for a later presentation (sometimes in court).

Anyway, attached is a pdf of how to rename large chunks of pictures as a subscripted array if you do not already know how to do that. It really helps organize routine job site pictures or presentation related pictures. In addition, it makes it a lot easier to search for pictures on your computer.

Make sure you try this on copies of pictures till you get use to it.

https://res.cloudinary.com/engineering-com/image/upload/v1552067246/tips/Renaming_Digital_Pictures_oa6upm.pdf

Oh, I just noticed the upload feature says jpg, gif and png only but it apparently will upload pdfs also.

RE: For Those Who Use A Lot of Digital Pictures But Hate the Default Filenames

Jogs my memory. Didn't we used to do this in DOS?

RE: For Those Who Use A Lot of Digital Pictures But Hate the Default Filenames

(OP)
Yes, that is where I learned it originally. Never had a need for the knowledge until digital cameras came along. Then the fuzzy knowledge came back to me. But it really helps for large chunks of pictures and audio files. I have been in court with other peoples pictures being used. One side has IMG_256781 while someone else has IMG32645 etc. The juror just gets fed up real quick with all the references.

RE: For Those Who Use A Lot of Digital Pictures But Hate the Default Filenames

I like this trick, thanks Ron.
What about binding all the pictures into a single PDF file? I had a boss that preferred that over having 100+ pictures in a file. Select them all and bind them into one file with a relevant file name (inspection date, location, etc.). I'm wondering, from your experience, if that would prove valuable in court.

RE: For Those Who Use A Lot of Digital Pictures But Hate the Default Filenames

you could use programs like IrfanView
has also lots of other options for picture preprocessing....like change size...

RE: For Those Who Use A Lot of Digital Pictures But Hate the Default Filenames

Good idea except when dealing with forensics/litigation. In those cases, the original file name created by the camera should be maintained. The original file name can be supplemented if you want by adding to the base file name, but keep the original in there.

RE: For Those Who Use A Lot of Digital Pictures But Hate the Default Filenames

(OP)
skeletron,
I think Windows 10 can do that. Windows 7 & 8 might be able to with additional software. Anything that makes it easier on the jury is a huge plus.

I only have Windows 7 and never thought of doing that.

For me, when in court I just see the jury getting tired of hearing the meaningless names called out since you have to verbally say them for the record.

The Client I have where I do 1500 in a day is doing pre-mining surveys of houses. There are 4 of us involved in using the pictures and everyone wants their reference method to be in the name. So each file name has "myjobnumber ClientsJobnumber Address Ownersname"

RE: For Those Who Use A Lot of Digital Pictures But Hate the Default Filenames

I use two freeware programs, at least they were freeware when I found them.

BulkRenameUtility, https://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php - as the name says, allows you rename a lot of files at once. Gives you lots of options on how the names are changed.

Bulk Image Resizer, www.eapsula.com - nice way to reduce the size of pictures, can do multiple pictures at once.

Mike Lambert

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