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Offline Alan W. Smith

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Always add lowercase letter for renaming resolution
« on: November 12, 2010, 01:58:33 PM »
I'm running:
Mac OSX 10.6.4
Photo Mechanic 4.6.6
4GB RAM

I'd like to request additional options for the "Renaming resolution" setting under Preferences > Files.

The main one that I'm interested would be: "Always append a lowercase letter (a, b, c)".

The goal being to have a standardized naming convention like:

20101112-img-16453022a.cr2

where:
20101112 = {datesort}
img = my text input.
16453022 = {timesortlong}

and there would always be a lowercase letter in the last "a" position.


If you add the "Always append a lowercase letter (a, b, c)". It might make sense to also consider:

"Append lowercase letter when needed (a, b, c)"
and
"Always append uppercase letter when needed (A, B, C)"

just so there are consistent letter options inline with the number ones and they exist for both upper and lower case.

Thanks for the consideration,

-Alan





 

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Re: Always add lowercase letter for renaming resolution
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2010, 04:53:19 PM »
Alan,

I'd like to request additional options for the "Renaming resolution" setting under Preferences > Files.

The main one that I'm interested would be: "Always append a lowercase letter (a, b, c)".

The goal being to have a standardized naming convention like:

20101112-img-16453022a.cr2

where:
20101112 = {datesort}
img = my text input.
16453022 = {timesortlong}

and there would always be a lowercase letter in the last "a" position.


If you add the "Always append a lowercase letter (a, b, c)". It might make sense to also consider:

"Append lowercase letter when needed (a, b, c)"
and
"Always append uppercase letter when needed (A, B, C)"

just so there are consistent letter options inline with the number ones and they exist for both upper and lower case.

The other options don't meet your needs?  Why do you want to always add a lowercase letter?

-Kirk

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Re: Always add lowercase letter for renaming resolution
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2010, 08:39:07 PM »
For me, it's all about naming conventions. I spend a lot of time on the command line so I try to keep everything I do all lowercase letters, numbers and dashes when it comes to file names. Not having to worry about case sensitivity (since everything is lower case) makes life a lot easier. 


The reason I'd like to have the option for them to always show up is that I'd like the pattern of every file name to be consistent. So, instead of having

20101112-img-23213004.cr2
20101112-img-23213015.cr2
20101112-img-23213100.cr2
20101112-img-23213100-a.cr2

I would always have:
20101112-img-23213004-a.cr2
20101112-img-23213015-a.cr2
20101112-img-23213100-a.cr2
20101112-img-23213100-b.cr2


I could use one of the "Always append a digit" settings to get results like:
20101112-img-23213004-1.cr2
20101112-img-23213015-1.cr2
20101112-img-23213100-1.cr2
20101112-img-23213100-2.cr2

but I would prefer the lowercase letters. I just like the idea that the only numbers in the file name would be associated with the date/time. So, it's in no way critical. I just think it would make for a nice clean (and consistent) naming convention.


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Re: Always add lowercase letter for renaming resolution
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2010, 09:23:12 PM »
Quick follow up. I've been playing with (and staring at) the "Always append digits" version and I really like it. I've been using PH for a while and that one never clicked for me. As far as I'm concerned, you can drop the request for the lowercase names. Still might be a nice feature to have, but I've pretty much sold my self on the digits.

(Note: The biggest thing was the "Always" part. That's the biggest thing I was looking for so that the character pattern would always be the same for all files.)

Thanks again for a great product.

-a