Can move method recognize _ ?

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#1 : 08/06-12 05:33
Posts: 1

I need to rename several thousand files that are structured like this:


so that a program which recognized all "04-30-12" files as a group instead recognizes all "Trial 1" files as a group.

I think it will work if I can move "Trialx" to the beginning instead of the end of the file name, with the _ or - separating this piece of the name from the next piece of the name.

It's not obvious to me how to do this in AdvancedRenamer. The problem I run into using the Move method is this. The IDs and Trial names (e.g., 6A3 and Trial1) vary in character length. So the syntax "move from 14" and "move count 6" needs to be tailored according to these variations, and this seems to leave more room for human error than automation should. (Because I have to manually look through a really long list and check/uncheck the files that a given syntax fits with, and then repeat.)

Is there a better way? I am especially hoping there is a way to get Advanced Renamer to recognize the "_" character...

Thank you for any help you might be able to provide!

08/06-12 05:33
#2 : 08/06-12 08:27
Kim Jensen
Kim Jensen
Posts: 756
Reply to #1:
I can be very tricky to move a piece of the file name to the front of the filename when the length is dynamic. I need to know a little more about your sequence of files before I can give you solid advice.

How similar are the patterns of the filenames? Does they always conatin two dashes and two underscores?
Will some of the file names contain spaces?
Is the Trail1 part always the first part of the name that start with a letter after a word separator?

The more similar the patterns of the file names are the easier it is to create a good renaming rule.

08/06-12 08:27