Set multiple criteria when using regular expressions

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#1 : 20/08-14 17:07
David
David
Posts: 59
Can I use multiple replacement strings in a single replace method

For example replacing

Volume 1
vol. 1
vol 1

with
v\1

but placing the 3 examples in a single text to be replaced input box

In other words is there a character I can use to separate the three strings so AR will acknowledge all 3 of them.

Thanks


20/08-14 17:07
#2 : 05/09-14 12:27
Stefan
Stefan
Posts: 250
Reply to #1:
 
You can do that by utilizing RegEx and a non-capturing OR group (a|b|c|d):


FROM:
Example 1 Text vol. 1 Example 2 Text.ext
Example 2 Text vol 1 Example 3 Text.ext
Example 3 Text Volume 1 Example 1 Text.ext
Example 4 Text vol. 13 Example 2 Text.ext
Example 5 Text vol 123 Example 3 Text.ext
Example 6 Text Volume 4321 Example 1 Text.ext
Example 7 Text vol. Example 2 Text.ext
Example 8 Text vol Example 3 Text.ext
Example 9 Text Volume Example 1 Text.ext

TO:
Example 1 Text v1 Example 2 Text.ext
Example 2 Text v1 Example 3 Text.ext
Example 3 Text v1 Example 1 Text.ext
Example 4 Text v13 Example 2 Text.ext
Example 5 Text v123 Example 3 Text.ext
Example 6 Text v4321 Example 1 Text.ext
Example 7 Text vol. Example 2 Text.ext
Example 8 Text vol Example 3 Text.ext
Example 9 Text Volume Example 1 Text.ext

Use:
Replace Method
(http://www.advancedrenamer.com/user_guide/metho d_replace)
Find:     ^(.+)(?:Volume |vol. |vol )(\d+)(.+)$
Repl:     $1v$2$3
[X] Use regular expressions



Or with a capturing, but later on not used, OR group
Find: ^(.+)(Volume |vol. |vol )(\d+)(.+)$
Repl: $1v$3$4






EDIT

Remove to much $4 and $5 tokens. Because I can't count right, there are only 4 groups, not five ;-)
 

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05/09-14 12:27 - edited 06/09-14 11:49
#3 : 06/09-14 11:33
David
David
Posts: 59
Reply to #2:
Stefan Man, you SERIOUSLY ROCK

Both of the responses you just provided worked perfectly. I have been using many methods to accomplish the same things but your way is just SOOOOOOO much more efficient. Thanks VERY MUCH.

I do have one addition situation that comes up quite a bit and I'm not sure if the same method can be used what will happen is sometimes there are brackets around the volume specified ie:
(v1)
(volume 1)
(vol. 1)
(vol 1)

and sometimes there are other characters that I would prefer to eliminate as well such as commas or hyphens before or after the volume. ie:
- (v1) -
or v1 - blah blah.ext
- volume 1 blah blah.ext
how can i specify to get rid of these characters

^(.+)(?:Volume |vol. |vol |vol)(\d+)(.+)$
$1v$2$3$4

Can you tell me specifically what all of the components of this expression do exactly so I can start to create my own and not be bothering you with many questions. smile

For example what does the ? do in the expression
And what exactly does (\d+) do.
And (.+)
And does the $ specify to AR to stop searching the filename once it finds the expression specified between
^ and $ thereby ignoring the rest of the filename?
I notice you have (.+) at the beginning and the end of the expression what does this do exactly

Also what is the difference between using the $ in the Replace With field vs using / in the Replace Field. When should I use one or the other.

I really appreciate your skill with this app. Tell me are you the developer because I think all of the help I've gotten to my questions so far are from you?

Cheers.


06/09-14 11:33 - edited 06/09-14 12:19
#4 : 06/09-14 11:45
David
David
Posts: 59
Reply to #2:

So I've got another one for you. The titles I am working with have dates in numerous formats but I would like them all to resolve to the format (yyyy-mm)

The date starts in many formats
ie: mm-yyyy
mm yyyy
yyyy mm
Jan 15, 2014
15 January 2014
among other formats.

I would like to get rid of all the text dates and have them converted to digit dates in the specified format instead.
Is there a better, more efficient way to do that?

Sometimes there are year ranges in the format yyyy-yyyy in the same list of files and I want the method which will create the aforementioned format to not interfere with these dates.

Right now I am using about 35 different methods (maybe more) to accomplish this but If there is a way that I can more efficiently do it like the volume resolution method you showed me I would absolutely love that. Right now some of the batch methods I am using have upwards of 300 methods in them so it takes a while to load if I want to load a different group of methods because there are so many methods in them even though I am using a SSD for my OS and the batches are also stored on a SSD.

cheers.


06/09-14 11:45 - edited 06/09-14 11:54
#5 : 06/09-14 11:57
Stefan
Stefan
Posts: 250
Reply to #4:
 


Such work can be better accomplished with a scripting language.


Try Advanced Renamers' JavaScript rule.

Therefore you have to develop some rules in English words what's to do:
- search for x and do y
- but not if a is like b
- ...

With that info you can try to write (or ask for) a script.




There is already a script somewhere in the forum to change '01' to 'Jan' (or was it the other way around?)




 

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06/09-14 11:57
#6 : 30/01-15 21:16
David
David
Posts: 59
Reply to #5:

I would like to be able to convert all the following formats into the form "## (Of ##)" and I would like to be able to do it all in the same replace method if possible. Right now I am accomplishing this end through the use of 21 separate replace methods.

### (Of ###)
### (Of ##)
### (Of #)
### (Of##)
- ## (Of ##)
# (Of ##)
# (Of #)
#[of#]
# Of ###
### Of ###
### Of ##
## Of ##
## Of ###
# Of #
# Of ##
(# Of #)
(#of#)
#of#
##of##
##of#
### (of#)

I also have other similar tasks where it would be VERY useful to be able to set multiple criteria in the same replace method. So is there a character I can use to separate multiple criteria when the "Use regular expressions" box is checked so that AR will be able to see them.

Thanks


30/01-15 21:16 - edited 30/01-15 21:23